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“Josie Brown writes with all the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! cover story…truly entertaining reading.”

-Jackie Collins

“THE BABY PLANNER is as a delight. I wondered, as I was reading it, how I every managed without a baby planner, and by the end I wondered how I ever managed without its author, Josie Brown.”

- Eileen Goudge, New York Times bestselling author of ONCE IN A BLUE MOON

"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, actress, and author of Starlit and Rinnavation on SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES

"I loved this juicy-as-it-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 on SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES

"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 on SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES

From the Author

Every now and then, a novelist's muse will play the proverbial stork and deliver a wonderful little bundle of joy in the form of story concept that that is fully formed, from beginning to end. That happened to me, with this, my latest novel, THE BABY PLANNER. 
My heroine, Katie Johnson, is married to Alex, who is, overall, a great guy: good looking, financially successful, great in bed . . . yep, the full package . . . Except for one thing: he's fighting her tooth and nail about having children. 

This is a sore spot with her. She has just turned thirty-seven, and already her younger sisters have three kids between them--and one is pregnant again. 

When Katie gets laid off from her job as a state product safety advocate, she puts her knowledge of consumer products to good use in a new career: as a baby planner. 

At first Katie envisions her  job as all fun and games, that it's cross between a wedding planner and a personal shopper: a concierge for moms. Or, as she puts it, a "momcierge," since she'll help her clients arrange their nurseries, turn them onto the safest baby gear, plan their baby showers, get them into the best toddler playgroups, find them reliable au pairs, you name it. 

And since the success of her marriage to husband Alex depends on controlling her own urges toward motherhood, it allows her to live vicariously through her clients. 

But Katie soon finds herself playing a very different role in their lives: that of a caring friend who helps them overcome any paralyzing fears they have about protecting their babies--and for that matter, their marriages. 

There is a lot of humor in this book, but in writing about Katie and her pregnant clients I also had the opportunity to explore the many serious issues that come up in the process of parenting: sibling rivalry, adoption, surrogacy, single parenting, infertility, infidelity-- 

Even how a new parent grieves the death of a spouse. All of these topics merit a story the reflects the fears, the tears and the joys of this life passage. 

Enjoy this excerpt of THE BABY PLANNER--and thank you for putting it on your must-read list.
-- Josie Brown

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439197121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439197127
  • ASIN: B006CDFZZ4
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,036,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My novels are:
- The Housewife Assassin's Handbook [Book 1; 2011, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing [Book 2; 2012, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Killer Christmas Tips [Book 3; 2012, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide [Book 4; 2013, Signal Press]
- 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]
- The Housewife Assassin's Deadly Dossier [Series Prequel; June 2014, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Killer App [Book 8; August 2014, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Hostage Hosting Tips [Book 9; November 2014, Signal Press]
- 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 Candidate [Steamy Political Thriller; 2013 Signal Press]
- 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)
- Gone with the Body [The Body Movers/Kindle Worlds Novella]
- The Baby Planner [2011, Simon & Schuster]
- True Hollywood Lies Series [2011 / 2005, Signal Press], including
- Hollywood Hunk
- Hollywood Whore
- 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,,, and

You can connect with me here, or on:

- Facebook Fan Page:
- Twitter:


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.)..." --

"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

Impossibly Tongue-Tied

"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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on April 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Baby Planner is a wonderful novel for anyone who enjoys a great pregnancy story, or several. Taking the concept of a wedding planning and twisting it for prenatal crowd works well and leads to funny and emotional scenes.

Katie is a wonderfully full character. Longing for a baby, but married to man who refuses to impregnate her, Katie fills the void by helping other women get ready for their own children. Having no real life experience, beyond being an involved aunt, she starts her business and quickly finds a niche market that never knew it was waiting for her. Through Katie's work, readers will experience multiple pregnancy situations - all of which lead to surprising ends.

Katie's marriage was something else entirely. She loves her husband, but he refuses to have a child with her. Their relationship and Katie's various pleas and tactics to get what she desires most left me wondering not about her sanity, but about my own. Katie's actions drove me crazy. I was never on the same page as her. I wanted her to "accidentally" get pregnant. She respects her husband and believes she can rationally convince him. I want her to run away from him as fast as she can. She then decides it's a good time to have a condom malfunction. You can tell early on how the story is going to play out, but there are some great twists along the way.

The Baby Planner is unique and thought-provoking at times. Laughter and tears come easily and often. You may not always agree with Katie's decisions, but you'll care about her from the very first pages.The Baby Planner is the perfect next step for chick lit fans leaving singledom and entering babyville.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dina on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed Josie Brown's previous book, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives. I was looking forward to The Baby Planner. For the most part, it did not disappoint. Once I started it, I could not put it down and read it in less than a day. Katie, the main character, loses her job as a baby product tester at a consumer safety agency. Quite by chance, she stumbles upon a business that's a perfect match for her skills and personality: a baby planner consultant. She puts together information and tips for expectant moms who are more than happy to have someone else do all the research. Katie is a dream come true for those who can afford her expertise. While her business is on the rise, Katie's personal life goes in the opposite direction. She longs for a baby of her own but her husband is less than willing. Things pretty much go downhill from there and life seems set on giving Katie a few worthwhile but painful tips on love and family.

Overall, I loved the story - although I thought the first two-thirds of the book were timed better than the last. I felt events were a bit rushed towards the end of The Baby Planner. Then again, when it rains, it pours... Aside from that small gripe, I enjoyed the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on December 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
"The Baby Planner" opens on February 18, 2012 which is protagonist Katie Johnson's 37th birthday. An active advocate hired by a watchdog company that tests product safety, Katie, her twin sisters, Grace & Lana and their respective spouses convene at a popular restaurant in southern California. (Katie was probably named after Katherine Hepburn and the twins after Lana Turner and Grace Kelly). The party goes well until Grace, the mother of a 3-year-old girl announces that she is pregnant. Her twin Lana has two boys aged 6 and 4. Katie tries to keep a game face while her heart is breaking. She wants a baby desperately and her husband Alex, a high powered executive at a firm called S&M after the two founders does not want another child after his first wife spirited his 2-year-old son away to Holland 8 years earlier.

Shortly after Katie's meltdown at her birthday dinner, she loses her job. Ironically her boss, Helen does not want a child, but to keep her "perfect size-two figure" instead. Katie ratchets up her "Operation Oops" scheme. She pokes minute holes in her husband's condoms; she seduces him by wearing black lingerie including a thong and providing him with his drink of choice, Johnnie Walker Blue.

Katie is all set for motherhood. In an unlikey yet fortuitious meeting, her sister introduces her as a baby planner. Thanks to Katie's work with the advocacy group, she begins lecturing before expectant mothers about desirable products and nursery decor. She even hires a web designer to create a web page. When a very funny mishap causes her to change web designers, she is finally on her way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on January 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of The Baby Planner by Josie Brown in exchange for an honest review.

Josie Brown is a hands-down a favorite author of mine. The first two books in the Totlandia series had me stitches, and I absolutely adored The Baby Planner as well. Whenever I read mom-lit I always point out in my reviews that I am not yet a mother myself, as sometimes that can cause a disconnect with the characters. Not in Brown's books. Katie was my new BFF, and I loved reading her story. She was savvy, smart and my kind of heroine, and I devoured this book in a couple of quick days. Another 5 star review for a marvelous Josie Brown book!
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