Maureen Joseph is a seasoned business woman, veteran copywriter and a lifelong goth, who goes out occasionally in the sun as per her doctor's orders. She was born in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a degree in Accounting and Computer Services. She's also studied French literature and philosophy.
I had a whole article written out for this month’s blog. I had taken my time to write a rough draft only to be sidetracked by my own sense of urgency. Call me an elitist, grammar Nazi or whatever term the internet world has bestowed upon us lately. I am not even going to touch on the subject about dyslexia nor the topic of colloquialism. I won’t even get into the boring details of how language is a form of orderliness in a system used by humans as a means of communication based on speech, writing, signs and gestures. I will also not get into how languages have evolved, nor will I get into the anthropological themes of civilizations and cultures. All the aforementioned are not my premise. I will, however, mention that the orderliness of language is its grammar and its free components being vocabulary. Now let’s divert back to the grammar part and how it creates a structure for a language. Why has it become socially acceptable to use improper basic grammar? I say ‘basic’ for there are certain things that should come naturally to us after middle school. I am not talking about using commas in long sentences, homonym confusion, ending sentences with prepositions, or linking ideas with a conjunction. There are so many rules in grammar. This is where professional editors come in to take over the show. See? I am even getting sidetracked whilst writing this. The soliloquy of my being, to be or not to be. To pluralize with an apostrophe or not to pluralize with an apostrophe?...
Stop Pluralizing with Apostrophes
Twice The Demise
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2019
I’m not usually a reader of Gothic romance, but I decided to take a chance on this one. Twice the Demise is author Maureen Joseph’s debut, and what a treat for fans of gothic romance it is.
It’s about Polly Deuce, an undertaker who gets caught in an intrigue between Castor, the FBI agent who’s just entered her life, and Michael, the ballet dancer who’s been by her side since childhood.
Set against a backdrop of colorful characters you wish you knew in real life. Great, fast-moving prose with rapidfire wit and humor. Never bogs down, and the compelling and believable story made me, a non-romance reader, effortlessly turn the pages.
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