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


“…The tone is confessional, the writing laced with venomous humor…”
–The 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, Page Six

“Josie Brown does an outstanding job capturing the glitz and glamour of Hollywood living yet illuminating the stark loneliness present beneath the façade. Filled with good-natured humor and witty repartee…”
—Romance Reader's Connection


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When Katie Johnson's husband, Alex, refuses to consider having children, starts a business helping pregnant women prepare for childbirth and parenting

But setting up her clients with the latest must-have baby gadgets, top-notch doulas, and most desirable playgroups is just the start. For the anxious mommies who have her on speed dial, Katie is also a therapist, referee, and best friend all in one.

By helping others navigate this difficult journey, she learns one very important lesson about family:  How we nurture is the true nature of love.

"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 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

"We love Josie Brown. Plain and simple. We first fell for her when we read the impossibly delicious SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES, and now we’re falling all over again after consuming her latest fun, funny, and completely satisfying novel, THE BABY PLANNER."
—Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors, THE GOOD WIDOW

"A funny, engaging, and often bittersweet tale."
—Cincinnati Public Library Spotlight Feature

"If you’re looking for a fun and thought-provoking summer read, Josie Brown’s THE BABY PLANNER is the one to pack in your beach bag."

"Fun with a bittersweet twist, THE BABY PLANNER will have you putting the kids to bed early so you can put your feet up and dive into this delicious read."

"Brown is able to get the reader to connect to and sympathize with Katie. Brown never uses exaggeration to get her point across. Her characters thrive on their own and take on various personalities based on their role in the story. They always give off a familiar feel that makes me think they're standing right in front of me. Katie is someone you want to hug, laugh with and cry with, all at the same time."
—Melissa Amster, Chick Lit Central

"I could not put this book down. If you like Sophie Kinsella, Sarah Pekkenan or Melissa Senate, you will love Josie Brown's writing."
—Mary Jacob,

"One of Brown's biggest strengths is that her characters are so very real - from their flaws to their crowning glories, they are authentic, with easily relatable emotions and paths in life that you can see your friends or yourself taking. I found myself reading well into the wee hours."
—Write Here, Write Now

"Exceptional chick lit. It was simply a fun read. And although it’s mostly light-hearted, there were some serious issues and struggles that most women go through."
—LitFest Magazine

Dear Readers,

Despite everything going on in the world, especially as it concerns the Covid-19 pandemic, now is a good time to remind ourselves that what happens today is only a moment in time. 

I live in San Francisco. Currently, California has over a thousand cases of the virus, and there have been nineteen deaths as of today. Like the Los Angeles Metroplex, the Bay Area’s seven-county area has had a "shelter in place" order in effect for over a week now. This means all restaurants, bars, retail stores—and yes, sadly, bookstores—as well as other non-essential businesses are closed. (This does not include, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and gas stations. Restaurants are closed but are permitted to provide take-out, and home delivery.

At this point, those who work ceaselessly during this event—first responders, medical professionals, support staff, pharmacists, grocery, bank clerks, and service station attendants—are the saints among us.

Our governor has been vigilant since Day One. Just yesterday, he called for a state-wide mandate to shelter in place. This is the only way to flatten the curve of infections.

Now that the virus has been detected in every state, other large cities, New York— for example—are following suit. 

Obviously, the disruption is upsetting. Many of my friends and family members will see a reduction in their pay, or experience temporary layoffs.

If like me, you are now sheltering in place, I hope you'll do your best to consider the upside of the situation. For  example:

1: Take stock of your food provisions. If you can't find what you usually buy, try something new.

Panic runs to the grocery store and wiping out the shelves as if you're a contestant in a fill-your-cart sweepstakes means spending your hard-earned money on food items you may never use.

Instead, make a list. Take your time going through the aisles. If something you always buy is gone, try something new. My family has discovered at least three substitute food items that we'd never eaten before and probably wouldn't have even considered if our usual staples weren't around. These items are now on our permanent shopping list.

2: Use your downtime mindfully.

Use it for some deep spring cleaning. Get rid of things that you'll never use that take up precious space in your closets and cabinets.

Fresh air and exercise will help keep you healthier. Even if you can't go to the gym or play in any league games, go out for long walks. In our shelter-in-place mandate, it is encouraged, although we've been told to stay six feet away from others or walk together if you cohabitate.

The upside: in our city, where neighborhood streets can be busy with numerous people passing each other in silence or lost inside their earbuds. Now, when we cross paths with the few others on the street, we all say hello. This is a small gesture that lifts the soul.

3: Create something.

Crochet a scarf. Work on a song, a poem, a book, or an essay. Bake something. Paint something, be it old furniture needing a touchup, or a watercolor of a lovely landscape. Then share it online, so others can admire your work.

4: Read. It's the best way to stay inspired and to learn something new.

It's also the best way to put your mind in a different place.

To that end, feel free to download one of my free books from your favorite bookstore. You’ll find the links included above, in this email.

I also have reduced the price on two other books to $2.99. Their descriptions and links are here, too.

When I read, I enter another world. You could call it a form of escapism—not a bad idea during times that test our strength and our patience.

I feel certain of only one thing, better days are ahead!

Warmest regards,




...and a Couple of Contests!


If you love jazz, you're in for a treat!

I'm gifting two copies of LA-based jazz singer Andrée Belle's latest album, QUEENDOM, between now and Wednesday, March 27, 2020.




1: No Purchase Necessary.

2: Listen to the podcast, then answer this question:

What is the name of the organization that Robert Dugoni supports in honor of the loss of his dear friend?

3: Send your answer to

Put "A Cold Trail Contest" in the subject line.

4: All CORRECT answers will be entered. 

5: Answers must be recieved no later than midnight PT, April, 5, 2020

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