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Josie Brown Novels

Novelist, journalist, and playwright Josie Brown is the author of

  • 24-novel Housewife Assassin’s Handbook series (Signal Press; previously optioned for television);
  • ​8-novel Totlandia episodic series (Signal Press); ​
  • 3-novel Extracurricular episodic series
  • (Signal Press); and 
  • 2-novel True Hollywood Lies series (HarperCollins); as well as 
  • Stand-alone novels The Candidate and The Baby Planner (Simon & Schuster)

Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), was optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer for television.

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When a film director’s obsession with a sex phone operator threatens his latest production — and his marriage — his talent agent thinks he knows how to handle the situation: buy off the woman with “the voice that launched a thousand erections.”

Instead, he falls in love with her.

But how will he feel when he discovers that she is the wife of his hot new client?


“With tongue-in-cheek dialogue, Josie Brown provides a fascinating look at the jet-set lifestyle of the rich and for-the-moment famous. You will laugh, cry, and wonder if it's worth it to be rich and famous.”

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THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN SERIES

24 Mystery Novels

 

Every desperate housewife would love an alias. Donna Stone has one, and it's government-sanctioned. But terrorism makes strange bedfellows. Jack Craig, the wild card Acme operative paired with Donna brings, new meaning to that old adage “Honey, I'm home…”

"The last book that made me laugh: The Housewife Assassin's Handbook. Brown's unorthodox surprises did make me laugh. I taught it in a class about comic novels."

—Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

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EXTRACURRICULAR EPISODIC SERIES

3 Episodic Novels

 

In the Extracurricular episodic trilogy, a dark family secret leads to a college admissions cheating scandal at a private school, setting off a crisis of conscience for the parents, teachers, administrator, and the students involved—and a catharsis for one couple about their marriage.


"Master storyteller of the competitively elite, Josie Brown's captures the high stakes game of college admissions in this captivating tale of trickery, deceit, and unrequited love. A++!" Julie Valerie, author of Holly Banks Full of Angst


"Delicious, hilarious, and addictive, Extracurricular has all the hallmarks of a classic Josie Brown book: fleshed-out, juicy characters, a to-die-for plot, and a ripped-from-the-headlines premise. I absolutely loved it!" Eileen Goudge, All They Need to Know

Extracurricular IN OTHER BOOKSTORES

BOOK 1 - BOOK 2 - BOOK 3

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JOSIE'S OTHER NOVELS

JOSIE'S STAND-ALONE NOVELS

THE CANDIDATE

Seduction and intrigue are rampant on the campaign trail when a political campaign adviser discovers that Washington's power broker elite have embroiled his presidential candidate in a plot involving an act of terrorism on US soil.


SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES

A divorce that rocks a planned community reveals secrets and lies in other marriages as well.

 

THE BABY PLANNER

While secretly longing for a child of her own, San Francisco's most prestigious baby planner throws herself into helping her clueless clients on how to prepare for their pregnancies.

 

HOLLYWOOD HUNK

There's only one thing worse than playing personal assistant to a handsome, egotistical, oversexed actor: falling in love with him.


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SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES

THE CANDIDATE

HOLLYWOOD HUNK

THE BABY PLANNER



TOTLANDIA EPISODIC NOVELS

8 Episodic MomCom Novels


 Four candidates vying for the remaining four slots have a secret that would knock them out of the running of San Francisco's Pacific Heights Moms & Tots Club: 

  • Jade is a former stripper and porn actress, who has been absent for most of her son's life.
  • Jillian's husband cleaned out their joint accounts and left her for his pregnant assistant.
  • Ally never even had a husband–just a sperm donor–and she's hiding a high-ranking corporate job.
  • And Lorna fears that her son may have special needs—just the excuse her sister-in-law, Bettina, needs to deny her entry to the club. 


Can these hopeful moms keep up appearances long enough to outlast the competition? Or will their chances–and their private lives–go up in flames?

PRIINT + DIGITAL IN OTHER BOOKSTORES

BOOK 1 - BOOK 2

BOOK 3 - BOOK 4

BOOK 5 - BOOK 6

BOOK 7 - BOOK 8


TOTLANDIA AUDIO BOOKS: Exclusively in Josie's Book Shop!

“I love a good mommy sendup as much as the next gal, and this peek into the ridiculousness of the San Francisco upper crust is delightful. Brown's tale is as charming as it is cringe-worthy. I laughed, I winced, I kept scrolling.” —Romantic Times


“With affairs, pending divorces, secret jobs, and unsavory pasts, each wannabe member hides something that could blow her chances for good. Laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes touching, the Totlandia novels serve as the perfect quick read for busy moms or anyone looking to escape with some gossipy fun.” —Examiner.com


“Josie Brown writes Totlandia with her usual storytelling flair. The dialogue is smooth and flowing. The characters are easy to side with or become angry with. The scenery is easy to visualize. And we mustn't forget all the sex (blushworthy, at that) and scandal that is a staple of a true Josie Brown novel. It's like a soap opera for mommies. Guilty pleasure, anyone?” —Melissa Amster, ChickLitCentral.com


“This book is wonderfully written and has more than just drama. There are touching moments, parts that made me laugh out loud, I felt like I was reading a television show!” —Divine Secrets of a Domestic Goddess


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My closest Little Free Library makes me smile. How about yours?
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Life's a Beach. And if your lucky, you'll swim fine.
I know this first hand. You see, I almost drowned. Three times, really. The first time I was just seven. I was taking swim lessons at the local pool. My mother was wrangling my toddler brother and hadn't realized the les...
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I learned to read by walking behind my mother's lawnmower.
I kid you not. Now, here's the funny part. As a five-year-old, it would not have occurred to me that Mom couldn't hear me. Still, it was important to Mom to follow my teacher's instructions and I read aloud while she listened, so, if n...
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I was describing a current work in progress to a friend — stand alone, historical fiction, spanning 50 years — and as I was doing so, I realized I was writing a love story. It’s not that I haven’t written love stories before. All of my books are stor...
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I'll admit it: I'm a Potterhead.
I was one of the bazillion parents who bought the Harry Potter movies, and then—every year or two, during the premieres—took my children to the movies based on the best-selling record-breaking book series by J.K. Rowling.Now that both my children and...
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It’s a war story, and it’s a love story.It’s about spies and lies, the living and the dead brought back to life, if only to pose as someone else.All in the name of God and Country.Operation Mincemeat, the nonfiction book by British historian Ben MacI...
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Is it true that John Steinbeck wrote to Marilyn Monroe?Read this mash note from the literary lion to the box office bombshell. If you were Marilyn Monroe, by the mid-1950s mash notes probably arrived daily by the truckful. When she died, her estate...
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Your First Instinct Is Always the Best One
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