A Fabulous Fourth of July, 2020 including a speech from my Soapbox

Posted on July 5, 2020 When I say I had a fabulous Fourth of July, I am speaking the truth! I stayed home and watched a two ‘classic’ patriotic movies while watching massive fireworks outside my window. The movies were patriotic in that I felt proud when they ended with crowds of soldiers marching off… Continue reading A Fabulous Fourth of July, 2020 including a speech from my Soapbox

I get by with plenty of help from my friends…

My new book, VENICE, by my alter ego, Jaye Burke, has now entered the production phase. There are so many hours involved when writing and publishing a novel you really believe in. It has taken almost a year to perfect Venice Arial and Etienne Armand whose stories I have so carefully and lovingly brought to… Continue reading I get by with plenty of help from my friends…

Staying in my little corner of the world…

Since my mere existence is now spent inside my house- social distancing and pollen distancing, my new novel is complete, and the next one (a revision) is in the beginning stages. I've been staring into a computer for the last 28 days straight. Therefore, my eyesight is failing, I've gained XXXXX pounds since I snack… Continue reading Staying in my little corner of the world…

Short promo brings “Rachel Clair” to #1

Hi, my book-loving friends! Between working and writing (I feel writing IS working), I decided to offer a FREE promotion on Amazon for my novel, "The Image of Rachel Clair" by Judith M. McManus. Promotions DO work! Now #1 in one category, and in the top 25 in two more popular genres, my gamble worked to… Continue reading Short promo brings “Rachel Clair” to #1

“VENICE” Debut novel coming in 2020 by Jaye Burke

2019 became a stellar year since my alter ego, JAYE BURKE, took over and is directing me down new and exciting paths in the literary world. There is no telling where she’ll take me, but I’m sure historical fiction and romance will be at the top of the list. Judith M. McManus is still alive… Continue reading “VENICE” Debut novel coming in 2020 by Jaye Burke

My new novel is available now…

Releasing a new novel is like watching your child leave on his first day of school. A huge part of your life is now going out into the world and its success or failure depends on how many people like the new kid. Its performance is more or less out of your control. The only… Continue reading My new novel is available now…

Let me give a little shout out…

The newest novel written in my non-existent downtime will be released tomorrow, August 1. If you like a historical southern mystery with a twist of the paranormal, The Image of Rachel Clair is for you. Set in the deep south from 1905-1910, this is a compelling story of how love survives after a murder rips it apart.… Continue reading Let me give a little shout out…

A different direction…

Being a historical fiction writer, my mind is constantly searching for new subjects to write about. My future novels could be about a Civil War heroine, or a soldier saying goodbye to his beloved before going off to war. History abounds with information of all kinds, and crafting an interesting story should be easy. Well,… Continue reading A different direction…

Developing a thick skin…

When I decided to fill my downtime with writing historical fiction, little did I know my thinning skin would need extra conditioning. Would there be enough lotion or crepe-erase to help? Thick skin doesn't come naturally. It has to be nurtured, then blistered, and finally callused to provide an indifferent attitude. Critical opinions may soften… Continue reading Developing a thick skin…

Life parallels fiction…

Too many times I've noticed how my life coincides with the historical and ghostly fiction I immerse myself with. I write about and remember the wonderful fragrance of old forgotten gardens and once beautiful abandoned homes from my past. A past that was hidden away in my innermost thoughts, but is now being unveiled one… Continue reading Life parallels fiction…