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Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives Paperback – June 1, 2010
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"I loved it! Josie Brown captures the highs and lows of love, lust, and marriage with heart wrenching pathos. I'm recommending it to all my friends as the perfect beach read!" —Lisa Rinna, New York Times bestselling author of Rinnavation
"I loved this juicy-as-it-is-heartfelt novel about love, marriage, friendship—and sharp, manicured claws. Could not put it down!" —Melissa Senate, author of The Secret of Joy
"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in the bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money, and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly entertaining reading." —Jackie Collins
"Poignant and funny! Josie Brown’s protagonist is strong, resilient and unflinchingly honest; she has all the skills she needs to navigate the ‘mean streets’ of the gated community of Paradise Heights. A great read!" -- Wendy Wax, author of Magnolia Wednesdays
“Brown proves that a story with suburban bodies can be just as suspenseful as one with dead bodies! Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives is a probing, entertaining fishbowl of married life in a well-heeled, wayward neighborhood. Loved it!” - Stephanie Bond, author of Body Movers
"Fans of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES will love this story..The quick pace and snappy dialogue make this a fun read."
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- The Housewife Assassin's Vacation to Die For [Book 5; August 2013, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Recipes for Disaster [Book 6; November 2013, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Hollywood Scream Play [Book 7: March 2014, Signal Press]
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- The Housewife Assassin's Garden of Deadly Delights [Book 10; March 2015, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Tips for Weddings, Weapons, and Warfare (Book 11; July 2015; Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Husband Hunting Hints (Book 12; December 2015)
- Totlandia/Onesies, Book 1/Fall [2012, Signal Press]
- Totlandia/Onesies, Book 2/Winter [2012, Signal Press]
- Totlandia/Onesies, Book 3 / Spring [2013, Signal Press]
- Totlandia/Onesies, Book 4 / Summer [2013, Signal Press]
- Totlandia/Twosies, Book 5 / Fall [2015, Signal Press)
- The Candidate [Steamy Political Thriller; 2013 Signal Press]
- True Hollywood Lies Series [2011 / 2005, Signal
- Hollywood Hunk
- Hollywood Whore
- Gone with the Body [The Body Movers/Kindle Worlds Novella]
- The Baby Planner [2011, Simon & Schuster]
- Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives [2010, Simon & Schuster] which was optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic series for television.
Like most authors I know, I'm a voracious reader. My favorite classic authors are Edith Wharton, John le Carre, Martin Cruz Smith, Jane Austen, Graham Greene, P.D. Wodehouse, Margaret Mitchell, Glen David Gold, and Raymond Chandler.
As for contemporary authors, I think that both Martin Cruz Smith and John Le Carre are two of the best writers alive, and I love the writing styles of Helen Fielding, Jackie Collins and Allison Pearson. I think John Lescroart and MJ Rose are amazing, both as authors and author advocates.
I'm a cinephile (I see everything--chick flicks, action films, art house movies, almost every kind of foreign film) and I'm a walker and hiker--anywhere from four to eleven miles a day.
Otherwise, I'M WRITING. Or researching for my next books....meeting the wonderful people who let me know that what I write resonates with them...or hanging out in my fave bookstores (which is any bookstore in any town I happen to be in, at the time).
I've got a sweet romantic husband (who both cooks AND walks the dog, come rain, sleet or flood), and two great funny kids, a boy and a girl. Yeah, I know, I'm lucky, and I should count my blessings. (Believe me, I do!)
I'm 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 Cosmopolatans: A Modern Girl's Dream Dictionary [St. Martin's Press]
As a journalist, my celebrity interviews and relationships trends articles have been featured in Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo, AskMen.com, Divorce360.com, and SingleMindedWomen.com
You can connect with me here, or on:
- Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/JosieBrownAuthor
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/JosieBrownCA
PRAISE FOR JOSIE'S BOOKS:
The Baby Planner
"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
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
"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
"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
"I loved it! Josie Brown captures the highs and lows of love, lust and marriage with heartwrenching pathos. I'm recommending it to all my friends as the perfect beach read!" -- Lisa Rinna, acatress, and author of the novel Starlit
True Hollywood Lies
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
"Brad, Angelina, Britney and Kevin may want to check out Josie Brown's new novel, Impossibly Tongue-Tied, for its ripped-from-the-headlines plot that mixes their scandals together..." - PAGE SIX, New York Post
Josie lives in San Francisco, California, with Martin and our two children.
Martin, my husband: THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO FINDING MR. RIGHT, and MARRIAGE CONFIDENTIAL: 102 HONEST Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Ask, and Every Wife Needs to Know.
Top Customer Reviews
Are we having our cake and eating it too?
For the women of Paradise Heights, the first crack in the veneer of their perfect kingdom is the break-up of a seemingly flawless marriage. The gossip mill is alive and well in the Heights, and soon everyone is speculating about what broke up Harry and DeeDee Wilder. Popular opinion says that her husband walked in on her and her lover.
DeeDee moves out, without the kids, while Harry stays behind; he works at home and occasionally at the office, but he is the primary caregiver. The two will be battling custody out in court throughout the months ahead, and the secret of just who DeeDee's lover is hovers over the storyline.
When Lyssa Harper, whose husband Ted is a typical workaholic, befriends Harry and invites him to meet the other "mommies," she has no idea what will follow. Then Harry, who has become her friend, rebuffs the other women's advances, and he is exiled. And Lyssa will be, too, if she continues the friendship.
Risking everything for her friend, Lyssa has no inkling of the events that will now unfold.
I loved this "insider tale" of life amongst the privileged. Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives felt almost like a tabloid publication, but with the added bonus of being sensitively written, and with that hint of mystery hovering over everything. Told in Lyssa's voice, in the first person narrative, the reader is privy to her thoughts, feelings, and desires.Read more ›
The story is set in rich suburbia, with a bunch of spoiled, generally annoying, housewives. A newly separated dad, thrown into single parenthood, is practically run down by the pack of vultures, but one of the women rises among the rest to become good friends with the guy. Of course, rumors abound about the "real" nature of their relationship. The woman realizes her so called friends are a bunch of two faced whiners, and becomes an idealist, learning she doesn't want to be like them as she once thought. Among all the unhappy marriages, back stabbing, etc. the book ends as predictably as any romantic big screen movie. If I could, I would give the book 3.5 stars, but decided to round up instead of down.
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I've read all of Josie browns books and they all were very good except one. It's been a while since this one was read but I found it engrossing and entertaining. Read morePublished 21 months ago by carole lendosky
This book? Why did it have to end? It was such a fun read, I was honestly mad when I realized I had just flipped the last page. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Jana Anthoine
I rarely do not finish books but I had to stop reading this book. It was superficial and way too far fetched to be believable. Don't waste your money.Published on April 12, 2013 by dmk
I just happened on this book and after reading the reviews I thought that this would be a book that would capture my attention. It was!!! Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Lynnie
This story was hilarious and addicting; I was also surprised a few times by fun twists. It was hard not to fall in love with the main male lead, and loathe a lot of the catty... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Charmayne Stadtler
My favorite Josie Brown novel to date, and apparently Jerry Bruckheimer agrees because he has chosen this wonderful story as the basis for his latest TV series, which I believe has... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Melissa Brown
Fans of Desperate Housewives are going to gobble up SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES by Josie Brown. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Mrs Mommy Booknerd
If you enjoy spicy characters who make you feel better about your own circle of friends, you'll enjoy Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives thoroughly. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by DesMiller