Author, Judy Howard’s mailing address is Sun City, California, but you will rarely find her there. Instead, you might find the top ranking Amazon author strapped in at the race track ready to check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience or cruising down Route 66.
Of one thing, you can be sure she is living up to a quote by Henry Thoreau, Howard questions, “How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live?”
Our president, Lynne Spreen, described me as a firecracker when she introduced me as the main
speaker on Saturday, but did you realize what an energetic and enthusiastic bunch
of writers and poets are beginning to make up this outstanding guild?
We are growing and evolving in our first year. The fascinating
folks who are joining comprise every facet of the writing profession imaginable.
You will definitely be able to find your kindred spirit at the Diamond Valley
Writers Guild in Hemet, Ca. on the fourth Saturday of the month!
Thank you all for coming and listening to my take on, What Makes A Good Story?I hope you all came away inspired and
excited, because I love giving back what I have learned over the years.
Hope to see you all in June!
Thank you all for your book purchases. Reviews on Amazon are
an author’s lifeblood. Please support me and the other authors whom you have
enjoyed. Let the world know how the writers’ words moved you and perhaps
changed your outlook.
In honor of the sacrifices of our veterans and their families on this Memorial Day, I am discounting my two books in The Masada Series. Beginning on Memorial Day, and for a limited time, MASADA'S MARINE and MASADA'S MISSION will be available for $1.99 each. That is a 65% discount for both books combined!!
Take advantage and discover how dogs save veterans lives.
Today is Motivation Day.People use words like Inspiration and Brave to describe me. Even my cat,
Sportster has an electrifying personality.
I believe everyone who crosses our path,who touches
us, those whom we have shared moments with, whether good or bad, become
a part of us. They change us. Our
encounters are like pouring thick cream into a black cup of coffee, the contents
become forever altered. The action itself may be long forgotten, yet the mug carries the
combination into eternity.
I recently reconnected with my best friend from high school, Jan Gingold. We shared a love for horses and were inseparable. Saturdays and Sundays, sun up to sundown, we rode anywhere and everywhere, breathing in nature and feeling the freedom, racing down abandoned country roads. That time with my best friend nurtured my
love for freedom, the outdoors and adrenaline rushes. Today, when I am asked to
name an enjoyable moment in my life, I recall my time with Jan.
We cannot always control who shares our journey, walking along with us for a while. Are those interactions
divinely guided and predestined? We might never know, but what I do know is
those events change us, hopefully like rich cream.
But, maybe not.
Sometimes it is more like sour milk.
During my 70 years, I faced the shame of a teenage pregnancy
in the fifties and the aching guilt of an estrangement from my teenage daughter,
which lasted sixteen years. I’ve endured
despair, watching three people whom I loved
fight futilely against cancer, the last, my granddaughter, who succumbed only
a month ago at the age of twenty-eight. So how can I swoosh into a room with an explosion of energy?
I am motivated to change the world. And I fear I will not reach my goal.
to make a difference, is it a lofty goal?Many days I believe my dream is like
the nonsense of a young girl’s fantasy to marry the prince.
Everyday I wake up afraid, yet every day I am driven to overcome the fear, because if I do not believe in the dream, then
change will never have a chance.
Dreams and imagination are seeds for a better
Every day I sit down to write. To inspire. To motivate. To make a difference. Every day I search for the
inspiration to motivate others.
What are you afraid you might not achieve? What do you care
about? What makes you get up in the morning?What are your dreams?
Here are my mine.
I want to save the lives of 22 veterans a day. That is the
number who lose their lives on home soil to suicide. I want them to find honor, to rise above their
anguish by using their stories to reach out to others. The public needs to
know. What was it like? What happened? What is it like now?By traveling
across the country presenting writing seminars and motivational workshops, I
hope to help veterans and their families to find the courage to tell their
stories, their history and speak of their sacrifices.
I want to save our
youth from the ugly world of t humantrafficking, which generated an estimated $7 billion to $9.5 billion
per annum as of 2004. The average age a girl disappears into the grasps of sex
traffickers is twelve. Human trafficking
is thought to be one of the fastest-growing activities of trans-national
With so much at
stake, motivation is everything. Discover what you care about and light your
I was recently interviewed by Jim Hitt of the Diamond Valley Writers Guild. If you are one of the 80% who have thought about writing a book, please listen and then mark Saturday, May 28th on your calendar. I will be speaking on the subject of "What Makes A Good Story?" Whether you are a seasoned author or an aspiring writer, you will come away INSPIRED and MOTIVATED.
The DVWG meets from 9-11 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month from January – October, at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E Latham Ave, Hemet, CA 92543. We invite our audience to engage speakers during their presentations, to discuss and question the topic at hand for the greatest amount of feedback and interaction. Speakers will sign and sell books after the meeting. Hope to see you there.
MAY 28, 2016
Judy Howard and Sportster
“Getting Started on Your Bestseller” with Bestselling Author Judy Howard
“I should write a book!” How many times have you said that? Here’s your chance to answer that yearning – to check it off your bucket list! On Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:15-11 a.m. at the Hemet Public Library, Judy Howard, author of Coast to Coast with a Cat and A Ghost, Going Home with a Cat and a Ghost, and Masada’s Marine, will reveal the secrets of writing a book you can’t put down.
Judy will cover the critical elements of plot, structure and character development. Informative handouts will be provided. If you’d like to see more about Judy and her commitment to writing, click here for the video.
What was the best day of our life?The miracle of your child’s birth? The moment
you met “Her”? Or was it that private moment when you sat by a creek, the heat
of the sun on your cheek and a brisk breeze tugging at you hair?
Was your best day the one moment when you swelled with a
desire for the freedom to soar into vast world before you?
It probably happened when you were young, at least it did
for me. Before experience proved the consequences of dreaming impossible
On my best day, my eyes watered as I urged my horse,
Trigger, to chase his own dream of running free. I was sixteen.
forgotten coal mine was home to a few jackrabbits who protested our presence and
sprinted across our path, failing to spook the spirited palomino.My heart raced as his hooves pounded the
black dusty mine road. He kicked up long ago coal chunks discarded from
the rusty boxcars, which had come to rest on the abandoned railroad tracks tracing
I hugged his neck and never wanted to stop, but I had been riding since morning
and had to be home for dinner. That was the rule.
Reining my steed in,
his nostrils puffed hot breaths into the frigid air and I thought of the bad
boys smoking in the alley behind the school. Trigger snorted and shook his
head. His flowing golden tail switched across my leg as I slid off the horse’s
bare back. His body heat rose like smoke as he puffed and then pawed the earth.
“Just catch your breath, boy.” I panted from my excited
exertion as I smoothed my hand over his thick muscles, wet with sweaty foam.I pulled the reins over his head and kissed
his velvety nose. “Let’s walk awhile.”And we headed home.
The best day of my
Tell me yours!
Studies show that
when you recall moments when you felt powerful, and believed nothing could stop
you, those memories will recharge your soul.Don’t let those adult doubts and fears invade and over power your
ability to dream.Everything you see
before you, EVERYTHING! -- Began as someone’s dream.
to celebrate my 70th birthday.I was terrified and afraid not only of
dying in a fiery crash, but worse, of embarrassing myself by driving at a grandma speed.
But, I am afraid
every time I sit down at the computer to write. My stomach flip-flops when I
hit the publish button and expose my creations to you, my fans. My hands
tremble when I walk to the podium to inspire you, to tell you how I made it
this far and what I am doing today. I am always racing scared.
So why do I do it? Whether I only achieve, writing one page,
or publishing one book, or racing the slowest speed at 128 miles per hour, the
effort of the journey is howIgrow, blossom, and bring Inspiration to
others.And doing that makes it my BEST
I am not telling you it is going to be easy, I'm telling you it is going to be worth it!
Sportster the cat always envied the huge cats who lived the
big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he
travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his
Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust
settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild.
And he is in the Olympic Forest
ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this
yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters that he never
imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls,
drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a
coddled cat of leisure can do.
Masada, a bumbling golden
retriever puppy, struggles through eighteen months of training to become a
lifeline for a veteran with PTSD.
As part of her training,
the puppy is assigned to prison life, where she matures and adapts to the cold
concrete life of confinement and experiences hair-raising risks, tension, and
the ache of loneliness.
She forms unusual bonds,
first with Roy, her inmate trainer, and in the end, the total prison population
When she walks point for
her veteran down the graduation aisle, an awe of respect silences the crowd.
Will the readers also be
led down the wedding aisle?Brad and
Judy, founders of the K9s for Warriors training facility,who have reunited after a forty-year
separation, face monumental responsibilities that test their relationship as
they try to build the dog-training program for veterans.
A touching yet educational
story, about the world of service dogs who save veteran lives.