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Jay Howard

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Writing is a mixture of OCD and schizophrenia. Each time I finish a novel or short story I wonder why I put myself through so much hard work and frustration. But you know what they say about forgetting the pain of birth once you have the joy of holding your baby… I know full well that the characters in my head will insist I carry on. I hear their conversations, they drive me back to the keyboard. I hope you enjoying reading what I’ve transcribed.

I blame my husband. It’s all his fault for pushing me to actually finish and publish that first novel. I suppose his patience was wearing thin after so many years ;-) I haven’t asked him if he remembers any of the many swear words I invented when I was trying to master all the other skills I needed

Anthology for charity

woohoo! It's up to #80 in the anthologies on Amazon.co.uk :)

What is? This book of shorts:

As The Sun Goes Down by Jay Howard

that I have just published on behalf of Saluki Welfare Fund. 100% of royalties go to helping the dedicated volunteers who care for and find new loving homes for Salukis who have fallen on hard times. Hopefully there will be a steady flow of income for these beautiful sighthounds who have stolen my heart. A Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 04, 2013 15:14
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message 10: by Larry

Larry Garner Hi Jay! I finally got some health problems ironed out and decided to get back on GR. I just wanted to say Hi and hope you're doing well.

message 9: by Lara

Lara Biyuts Hello Jay.
Reading your wonderful reviews, I would like to ask you about reviewing my latest novel.
Through the Baltic Looking-Glass

message 8: by Larry

Larry Rodness Jay, I have a question. After reading Perverse, some readers have put o their 'to read list' my first novel, "Today I Am A Man". How do they get the novel - do they purchase it or is it up to me to send them a file? No one has approached me per se.

message 7: by Jay

Jay Howard Wow, Engelia, that must mean your name is totally unique, how thrilling!

I suggest you put these links in here:
and ask for feedback. I'll take a look myself in a week or so when I've had chance to catch up on a bunch of other stuff.

message 6: by Jay

Jay Howard That's brilliant news, JoAnn, as we're just forming up Group 3 (I'm amazed - that many people reviewing already!). These are the threads to watch, but please join in the discussions and playful threads too :)
This one to register for a reviewing group:
This one for the group you'll be in:

message 5: by JoAnn

JoAnn Hill Hello Jay,
Guess you'd be the best person to let know I'm caught up on my reading commitments and ready to read for someone. Of course I would like to have my book read too. It's a historical novel,"Yet Another Fallen Star" Just let me know please.

message 4: by Jay (last edited Sep 18, 2012 12:22PM)

Jay Howard Hi Gloria,
You use exactly the same word as I did when I first joined GR - fumbling. That's just how it felt to begin with. I didn't have a clue! One thing I found very quickly was how friendly and helpful the members are. Never feel a fool for needing to ask a question.

you are in review group 2, so that's the thread to watch. You are reviewing Ali's book first, so follow the link I posted, friend her and sort out getting her book. You don't have to wait until the start date.

Anything you want to know, post in the group threads or PM me :)


Gloria Piper Whoops, I mean Review Group 2, not 3.

Gloria Piper Hi, Jay,
Glad to have you as a friend. I'm fumbling my way along, figuring how to be part of the review group. So I guess I'm part of Review Group 3? So far as I know, September 22 sounds OK for beginning a review.

I'm part of an online writers group where we critique novels--not continuously, but I'm anticipating having one of mine critted, which means I'd be busy for about 4 weeks simultaneously critiquing. Not sure when that will happen.

I guess you know the mechanics of our reviewing here and can lead me through, and then I'll be less of a fumbler as we proceed.

Again, thanks.

message 1: by Jay

Jay Howard No cookies I'm afraid, Susan, but I bake a mean chocolate cake if you want a slice :)
And you can probably tell from my bookshelves that I'm one of those people who move a 2nd time and find I still have boxes packed from the previous move!

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