About Josie

josie-2016Over a million copies of Josie Brown's novels are in readers' hands. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, as well as an independently published author. She's appeared at #1 on Amazon  and iBooks on numerous occasions.

Josie is the author of the 15-novel Housewife Assassin's Handbook series; the 6-novel Totlandia series; and the 2-novel True Hollywood Lies series; as well as The Candidate and The Baby Planner.

Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, was optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer for television.

Read Josie's books. You'll get a good idea of her sense of humor.

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Josie's Books

The Housewife Assassin
Novel Series
, including

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook 
[2011, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing
[2012, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Killer Christmas Tips
[2011, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide
[Book 4; 2013, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Vacation to Die For 
[Book 5; 2013, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Recipes for Disaster
[Book 6; 2013, Signal Press]

 The Housewife Assassin's Hollywood Scream Play
[Book 7: 2014, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Deadly Dossier
[Prequel: 2014, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Killer App
[Book 8: 2014, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Hostage Hosting Tips
[Book 9: 2014, Signal Press]

 The Housewife Assassin's Garden of Deadly Delights
[Book 10: 2015, Signal Press]

  The Housewife Assassin's Tips for Weddings, Weapons, and Warfare
[Book 11: 2015, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Husband Hunting Hints
[Book 12: 2015, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin's Ghost Protocol
[Book 13: 2016, Signal Press]

True Hollywood Lies Novel Series, including

Hollywood Hunk
[2010; 2015, Signal Press]

Hollywood Whore (UK, AU and NZ Only)
[2006; 2015, Signal Press]

Totlandia Novel Series, including

Book 1 / Fall – The Onesies [2012 Signal Press]

Book 2 /Winter – The Onesies  [2012, Signal Press]

Book 3 /Spring – The Onesies  [2013, Signal Press]

Book 4 / Summer – The Onesies [2013, Signal Press]

Book 5 / Fall – The Twosies [2015, Signal Press]

Book 6 / Winter  – The Twosies [2016, Signal Press]


The Candidate
(Political Thriller) [2013; Signal Press]

The Baby Planner
[2011, Simon & Schuster]

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
[2010, Simon & Schuster]


“Josie Brown writes with all the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK Magazine cover. Truly entertaining reading.”–Jackie Collins, Hollywood Wives

“Josie Brown’s writing is whip-smart as well as wickedly funny, and just as you are enjoying the ride she takes you on, she shatters your heart with her insight into modern lives.”—Tatjana Soli, New York Times bestselling author and 2011 recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction for The Lotus Eaters

The tone is confessional, the writing laced with venomous humor…”
Wall Street Journal

“Brown captures the humor of working for a megalomaniac…[A] well-paced, entertaining story…” —Publishers Weekly

“A fine piece of literary work.” —New York Post

“Already touted as the perfect summer beach read, this character driven (sometimes steamy) book can best be described as the offspring of an affair between Desperate Housewives and a Jennifer Weiner novel….A quick look into the sometimes catty world of wealth where priorities get shifted, friendships get broken and marriages, like their mansions, get rearranged. It was light and fluffy (with some excellent dialogue.)…“—GoodHousekeeping.com

“The book ended with a hook that immediately wanted me to get the next one…I'm completely smitten.” —Barbara Vey

“Brown  takes baby mania to its illogical, hysterical extreme in this bubbly romp….But what begins as a light foray into Bugaboo country turns into something bigger than a satire of status-obsessed Bay Area yummy mummies as Brown takes a dark look at the fears of parenthood and family, with Katie's heartbreaking longing for a child unveiling a disturbing reality about her marriage and family. Still, the message from the somber realities is one full of hope: love makes a family, commitment keeps it together.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Desperate Housewives will enjoy this story. The examination of neighborhood politics and shallowness of the affluent is insightful and entertaining.” —Romantic Times

“I loved it! Josie Brown captures the highs and lows of love, lust and marriage with heartbreaking  pathos. I'm recommending it to all my friends as the perfect beach read!” — Lisa Rinna, actress, and author of the novel Starlit

Josie's novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster),  was optioned  Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic television series.

Josie is also the author of three non-fiction books: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finding Mr. Right[Alpha/Pearson]; Marriage Confidential: 102 Honest Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Ask, and Every Wife Needs to Know [Signal Press]; and Last Night I Dreamt of Cosmopolitans: A Modern Girl's Dream Dictionary [St. Martin's Press]

As a journalist, Josie's celebrity interviews and relationships trends articles have been featured in the Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo, AskMen.com, Divorce360.com, and SingleMindedWomen.com


20160726handout (1)Josie has also co-created a musical based on Jane Austen's celebrated novel, Pride and Prejudice. Click the link here, to hear the music.

Music and Lyrics: Rita Abrams

Libretto: Josie Brown

“Rita Abrams' PRIDE AND PREJUDICE songs are catchy, entertaining and, in the case of the ballads, touching. She has captured the period flavor in both music and lyrics, and given the score just the right gloss. The tunes shimmer with an inviting appeal, and it's clear that the Abrams-Brown production has the right “sensibility” for Austen and her characters. It's a great beginning to what should evolve into a winning show.”
—Gerald Nachman, Theatre Critic and Author of Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s

“Emmy award winning songwriter Rita Abrams has managed to bring her considerable powers to Austen's Pride and Prejudice in a way that brings that classic work alive, and keeps us thoroughly engaged as we listen to the catchy and compelling lyrics embodied in her delightful and wonderfully enchanting melodies. The songs are a triumph of inventiveness and skill, and display the abundant talent of this rich and original, gifted songwriter.” 
—Michael Krasny, Host of NPR's Forum (KQED, San Francisco) and Author of Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life

“Witty, tuneful, and very sophisticated.”
—David H. Bell, Helen Hayes Award-winning Director for THE HOT MIKADO

“This musical does not disappoint. When I listened to the musical I was entranced and I wanted to know more about its creators. I am a music buff and attend many concerts and Broadway musicals. From my perspective, I would pay to see this production.”
—”Ms. Place” of the Jane Austen's World blog


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Dramatic Agent: Bob Freedman of the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency