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Never Done

A writer’s work is never done!

I am busy working on PR, blog hops etc for Summer in a Bowl and also at the same time working on poems, my usual quota of articles, and coordinating with my publisher on revisions in the texts of the NEXT TWO Rosa books–Rosa and the Red Apron and Rosa’s Shell


Heather Zeissler of THEAQLLC has been wonderful to work with.

If you want me to come to your school to talk about the process of writing picture books or  to talk to your group about how I got started writing picture books, just email me at joanleotta@atmc.net




Red Face

I made a book club appearance in Raleigh yesterday. I put it on Facebook, I notified my book club by email–but I forgot to note it on my blog–oh dear!!!

Wonderland book club in Raleigh hosted me yesterday! Thanks to Alice Osborn and all who attended. Tho the photo is of short story book, we discussed Secrets of the Heart.
Thanks again, everyone!

Alice Osborn's photo.

Book Review–A book to lead you in new directions–voiceover

Voice Acting for Dummies

by David and Stephanie Ciccarelli

Paperback $24.99 list,  $16.81 on Amazon and $13.99 on Kindle

Many story performers think about doing voice-over. It seems like a natural. doesn’t it? We make our living by using our voices, so do they (voice-over artists). We work from stories, they work from scripts. Oops. Maybe not so similar here. We work on stage with a live audience and interact with the audience often. They work alone in a studio (except for the technical folks). Very different.

Our work is not dependent on the technology. Theirs is all about technology plus voice talent, each making the other better, each contributing almost equally to the quality of the finished product. Yikes!  For two years I’ve followed an outstanding Voiceover professional group on FB– vox.  Canadian spouses, David and  Stephanie Ciccerelli are the owner and voiceover mavens who operate a blog and FB page as well as a voiceover business. Their FB site is a forum about issues in recording, opportunities for work, every and any issue you can think of that might arise in the field of voiceover. 

Stephanie’s personal almost-daily shout-out to the community, to make us feel like we, her subscribers are a part of a community, not simply a loose conglomeration of job seekers, is her almost daily , “What are you eating for dinner tonight? And then she tells us what she is making for her family. Of course, being Italian-American myself, I strongly relate to this approach to inclusion.

It was no surprise to me after following them for two years, that the “Dummies” franchise reached out to them to write the book on Voiceover. They graciously sent me, a silent and non voice-over member of their community, to review. I ,looked at it from the perspective of someone who may want to start in this profession, without taking a $300-500 weekend course in it. (Many friends have told me that such courses are really just a way to make connections, too quick to learn the basics of a new profession even for those of us who use our voices in work all the time.)

My conclusions is that if you are considering the voiceover career track,(pun intended, voiceover folks!) then buy this book! Stephanie and David bring common sense and comprehensive information to the task of helping others learn  how to do the thing that they excel in–step by step. They are as comprehensive in technique as they are in technology. So many little tips and references besides! Technology will inevitably need a  “catch up”, but the information they provide will give a base from which you can ask questions to see if the newer equipment is what you want or if older models will serve your needs for start-up. If you are considering the voice-over business at all, start with this book–at around $25 (less on Amazon), it’s a bargain and a marvelous one at that!


Three Day Town

Three-Day Town

Margaret Maron


Judge Deborah Knott and her husband Dwight Bryant have not had a honeymoon since their marriage in an earlier episode in the Judge Deborah Knott series. They finally leave Colleton County and Knott’s vast array of relatives (and Bryants’!) for some fun in NYC. They are going to get to enjoy each other and the sights for three whole days in the city that never sleeps. Bryant wants to explore history and meet old friends. Knott has shoes and fashion on the brain.

Unfortunately, murder disrupts their plans.

Fortunately for us, the murder involves a piece of art and Knott and hubby get to meet Maron’s first series detective, NYC art theft squad expert, Sigrid Harald. This delightful twist brings two wonderful characters together–and Maron does not play favorites. Each plays out her role with élan in solving both the mystery of the ugly (but valuable ) erotic sculpture that Harald’s grandmother has sent her via Knott, and the murder of the “super” of the building Maron and Bryant “borrowing” an apartment for the weekend in question.


This meeting of the two mystery mavens coincides with Maron’s re-release of the Sigrid Harald series in paper and in e-format! Good news for readers everywhere.


Read this book if you like a good mystery, if you like New York, if you have ever been stuck in a snowstorm, well, just read it!


I’ll be reviewing Maron’s newest, scheduled for release later this year, in overmydeadbody.com.

You may want to put it on your gift list for your favorite mystery fan for the coming holiday season.