Monday, November 12, 2012

Psst: The New Book is Out (And I Have Copies to Give Away!)

Okay, let’s get this party started. I am THRILLED to announce that four years after Driving Sideways hit the shelves, I finally have an answer for everyone who has ever asked when my next novel will be out. That answer is TODAY! All the Lonely People is out today

*faints from excitement...gets back up to finish the post*

So Jess, you may be asking, what’s it about? Glad you asked! Here’s the synopsis:

After losing her beloved mother to cancer, 37-year-old Jaime Collins must confront the ugly fact that she and her siblings don't actually like one another. At all. Fueled by grief and an epic argument at Thanksgiving dinner, Jaime decides to 'divorce' her siblings and posts an ad on Craigslist for a new family for Christmas.

What happens next is a heartwarming, funny, and surprising journey to forgiveness and healing. Is blood really thicker than water? And how far do we have to go to find our way back home again?

Dedicated to anyone who has ever wanted to unfriend a relative on Facebook, ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE is about family: those you make ... and those you make peace with.

What are people saying?

"If your family is perfect and you've never felt lonely, or lost someone, or feared losing someone, or loved someone too much, or not enough ... if your heart is made of stone and you have no sense of humor ... well, even then you might love this book. All the Lonely People is a gorgeous, deep, layered, nuanced, hilarious and fabulously written novel that will suck you in and hold you hostage to the very last page ... and you'll be grateful it did."
--Danielle Younge-Ullman, author of Falling Under

"For every person who wishes they could choose their family, All the Lonely People is a perfect blend of heart and humor. Packed with quirky characters and honest emotions, you won't be able to put this book down until the last page."
--Eileen Cook, author of Unpredictable, Do or Di, and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

I didn't even have to get them drunk first! Also, a lovely woman in a book club I visited last Thursday told me she liked it even better than Driving Sideways. Check's in the mail, Tracy! Just kidding. But I will buy you a cupcake for being awesome.

It’s available exclusively for Kindle via Amazon for the first three months, mostly because I checked a box online without realizing it was a 180-day contract. This is yet more evidence of my impulsivity (see Exhibit A, my first marriage), but we’re OKAY! We’re okay. We’ll get to Nook and Kobo and other platforms soon. Also! The paperback is in production; a few unexpected kinks to work out, and I’ll let you know the minute it’s available. 

To make up for my impatience in rolling out the e-book first, I am giving away three autographed copies. Leave a comment below, send me an email, or “like” my Facebook author page by December 1, and you’re entered to win! 

The Eleanor Rigby earworm is a free bonus. You’re welcome!

If you don’t want to wait for other formats but don’t have a Kindle, you can easily download the Kindle app for your smart phone, iPad, tablet, or computer. 

And here’s a final teaser: I’ve included the opening chapter for Mandatory Release. Yep, this is the prison book you may have seen me write of, and I've filled it with all kinds of goodies, including a recipe for "seg loaf"--something to wow the book club members!

Over the next few weeks I have all kinds of exciting new books and contests and such to tell you about, so stay tuned. (It's like I have a blog again or something!)


  1. congratulations on the release! That's so exciting!

  2. dude - i cant wait to read it!

  3. Thanks so much! Entered. :)

  4. can't wait to read it!

  5. Anonymous11:09 AM

    SO excited for you! Don't enter me--I'm buying my own copy.

  6. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. I loved the first book and could really use a good dose of your humor right about now.

  7. Linda P.6:13 PM

    Okay, I have the Kindle version already - and am loving it - but, hey, a hard copy would be so nice to put on the shelf reserved for your books.

  8. Got it, everyone! Thank you!!!

    Linda, you made my day...

  9. Ohh I want a copy soooo bad!!!!!!!! I don't have a Kindle so I am having a hard time being patient :)

    Pick Me! Pick Me!

  10. Saw on FB that Jen Lancaster loves your book, so had to check it out. Love the premise! I've been an "orphan" for 9 years & it has been down hill for me and my brother ever since. Very intrigued!


  11. I'm SO happy for you Jess. You're an amazingly gifted writer.

    p.s. 86 the word verification. Research shows people stop commenting when they have to jump thru hoops to copy illegible letters and numbers just to comment!!

  12. Thanks everyone! I'll still keep it open 'til December 1. :)

    (Suzy--I'll give it a whirl, see if the spambots catch on.) :)