Here We Go Again

It has been brought to my attention that some people are receiving e-mails from somebody named Judy Jance.  These e-mails contain nothing but a link.  This is called phishing—somebody who isn’t me pretending to be me.  I am a writer.  That means, if I send out an e-mail, a real e-mail, it’s going to have … well … writing in it, not just a link.  And by the way, I never sign e-mails Judy Jance.  I sign them JAJance or Mom or G. If you receive an e-mail that says it’s from me or from anybody else for that matter that contains nothing but a link, here’s a helpful hint: DO NOT CLICK.  HIT DELETE.

And now, just to prove that this is me, here are a few more words.  Ali Reynolds #13, Duel to the Death, is coming out next week. The tour schedule is up on the website.  You’ll see it’s mostly a driving tour starting in Arizona and then traveling up the West Coast with an event in Bay City, Michigan, tacked on to the end of the schedule for good measure.

Somewhere along the way, someone is going to ask me the big question, as in “How many books have you actually written?”  So let’s do the math together:  Beaumonts:  23;  Bradys: 17; Ali Reynolds: 13. Walkers: 5; Poetry: 1)  According to my limited Arithmetic skills, and not counting the novellas, that totals out as 59.  But then there are the three shared books, ones which include more than one character.  Those end up being counted on more than one list.  If we subtract those from the total, that means DTTD is actually J.A. Jance book number 56.  That’s a lot of books!  Whoopie!

From the beginning, whenever I’ve signed books, my customary practice has been to indicate where that book falls in that particular series.  It might be easier to switch over to using the TOTAL number, but since it’s not easy to teach an old dog new tricks, I probably won’t do that. At this point I’m pretty sure Duel to the Death will be signed “Ali # 13.”

By the way, speaking of dogs.  Earlier this week, someone sent a note suggesting that I say something cute about dogs on my facebook page.  The problem is, I’m having a hard time feeling dog cuteness right about now.  What do you do about a recently arrived five year-old dog who has decided, all on her own, that she really doesn’t much care for the idea of being housebroken?  Especially with doggy door access right there in the room?  For the time being, I’m papering the bedroom floor with puppy pads every night before I go to bed and hoping for the best.

Okay, that probably qualifies as TMI—too much information—so back to the new book issues at hand.  This is the call out for bookmark SASEs.  If you want a whole autographed book mark instead of one cut in half, the SASE has to be a regular #10, business sized envelope.  Some people have sent me SASEs that are actually repurposed Christmas card envelopes.  Those don’t work for me because they aren’t long enough.  Please send the SASEs to me at:

P.O. Box 766
Bellevue, WA 98009

The book mark requests will arrive while I’m on tour, and I won’t be signing and sending them out until after I get back home.  If you happen to live outside the US and can’t lay hands on US postage, send an SAE—a self-addressed envelope minus the stamp—and we’ll all continue to be grateful to the fan who sent me a generous supply of forever international stamps.

So see you on the road.  No, the dogs will not be traveling with us.  They’ll be taking a much more direct route home and taking the puppy pads with them..

Earlier this week, someone wrote to me asking how old I was since he found information on the internet saying I was born in 1999.  No, not even close.  That eighteen year-old is probably the same Judy Jance sending out the phony link e-mail mentioned above.  I am definitely a woman of a certain age.  If you look at the schedule, you’ll see that my husband and I, both in our seventies, will be working—traveling and signing—every day for the next month or so with no time off for good behavior.  When you see us on the road, please refrain from telling us how tired we look.  I know you’ll think you’re only expressing concern, but on this end of that remark, we’ll feel like somebody has just told us we look like hell.

See you on the road and remember, keep laughing.

JAJance (the REAL JAJance)

18 thoughts on “Here We Go Again

  1. Sorry to hear about the dog house training issues – our rescue dog had a major relapse for no reason we could discern…..our current theory is that she is frightened by the click made when power goes out and the generator goes on and is unwilling to go through the room where the click occurs to get outdoors. At the moment we are carrying her through that room (11 pounds = possible carry) but it doesn’t seem like a long term solution.

    I am elated to see how many books you have written, because I suspect there may be some I haven’t read! Oh happy day!

    Good luck on your tour – I feel a bit tired just reading about it.


  2. Your ” want to be” , has not sent me anything so far but I will keep a look out. You have a full schedule but I know you do enjoy it .
    We had a dirty dog one no matter what we did she could/would not us the outdoors. She was so sweet but stubborn. We also lived with doggie pads. We lost her about 5 years ago took us about 3 years before we got the nerve to get another dog. Good luck. Looking forward to your tour hoping to see you in livermore. We’ll see it not that far but a lot of different freeways… lol oh to be young again… have a great week… Jan

  3. I haven’t received an email from that other person, but I always delete a message that doesn’t have anything except a link. Also I get one from a friend who passed away two years ago. Don’t know where these people get my address.

    Wednesday we had the snow storm of the century. 24″ of the heavy, wet stuff. I had no problems with power outages, etc. Tree branches are bent over and it is really a mess. However, it is above freezing and starting to melt.

    Hope your tour goes well. It will be easier without taking your dogs along.

  4. Judith: I just want to say thank you for all the joy and excitement you have brought into the lives of so many people, including me: thank you for your talent, your sense of humor, your love of dogs (most of the time!), your empathy, your skill in expressing yourself: I have loved all your books and always look forward to a new with with “great expectations”: you have not disappointed, ever.
    Please get plenty of rest, put up your feet, take care of yourself and Bill: we all need you to continue on strong.
    Thank you for persisting and showing the world that yes, women can indeed be authors, very good ones at that! I always wondered about that professor at U of A and if he ever read any of your books!
    Sue from Sisters and Green Valley, looking forward to hearing and seeing you once again next week. And you always look GREAT!

  5. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow (3/10) at the Book Fair. I hope you’ll have bookmarks with you. I’m reading everything on Kindle now and I have all of your books on my Kindle. trina

  6. The professor from the U of A croaked out before my first book was published, butI expect that whenever one of my books hits the NYTimes list, both he and my first husband are spinning in their graves.

    • I actually love you Judy: you brighten my day today with that response!!! Going to stand in line now to get a ticket for a seat at Green Valley Library next Friday: the line will be long and people will talk to each other about you and your books! I know because I have been there several times before!

  7. Darn! We need to start checking your appearance at the Poisoned Pen before we schedule our trips to Scottsdale ! Anyway, we ordered our book from them for you to sign. I hope they don’t goof like they did with your last book.

  8. We will be seeing you in Green Valley. Last time we saw you in Tombstone so are really excited that you will be just up the road from us a mile or so.

  9. Thanks for writing ALL your books. I did enjoy the dog, Rambo/Lucy, in your latest Seattle installment. You were feeling dog-friendly while writing that book. I admire your energy. I am in the same age decade as you and your husband. Your schedule looks demanding. Both of you look terrific!

  10. Dear J, I am so excited to meet you on Saturday at the Tucson FB! My husband and I moved here just 16 months ago

  11. I just pre-ordered the Ali Reynolds book. It will be on my kindle the day I have to travel to DC for my brother’s funeral mass. I love to read when flying, so I am looking forward to bury,g my nose in my kindle!

  12. I am anxiously awaiting the new Ali Reynols book and just wondering what is next, maybe a Brady novel (here’s hoping).

    I realize it takes far more time to write a book than it takes to read (unless your James Patterson?) but I am very close to having read ever one of your books and don’t know whst I’ll do when I run out.

    • Debora, what you do is just start re-reading the books. I’ve found when doing that that I find things I missed the first time or have forgotten.

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