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“But, but, but the books are numbered!” — Imaginary Reader

You are correct! The hilarious and amazing Blue Moon series chock full of small-town romcom zaniness is numbered. However, there’s this sneaky little book called Where It All Began. It’s the prequel to the series and it tells the story of John and Phoebe Pierce.

If you’re new to the series that means absolutely nothing to you. But trust me. I’m protecting you here! Do NOT begin with Where It All Began. I forbid it.

You’re going to make me say it, aren’t you? Fine. In the main Blue Moon series, John Pierce, the family patriarch is… no longer alive. So you can imagine be-bopping into this romantic comedy series and trying to read Where It All Began first and then curling up on your living room floor sobbing “Why, Lucy? Why???” And then never reading any of the rest of the books.

I’m not even going to get into how I didn’t want to write the book in the first place. Yes, I am. This is how it went:

Readers: We really want John and Phoebe’s story.

Me: Ha! That’s hilarious. John is dead. I can’t write a romance novel where one of the main characters DIES.

Readers: Yes you can. Now go do it.

Me: Well, I’ll show you what a hot mess this will be. *starts writing* *instantly falls in love with John* *curses self and readers* *writes romance novel in which main character dies* *sobs uncontrollably throughout*

Look, I’m really glad I listened to you readers and wrote it anyway because I honestly think it’s one of my best books. And we get to go back to the 1980s in that hippie dippy little town. And meet tiny Carter, Beckett, and Jax! And we find out where Clementine came from! However, I do think new readers need a stern warning to NOT read the prequel first. So without further ado… (what is an ado anyway?)

The Official Lucy-Approved Reading Order of Blue Moon:

  1. No More Secrets
  2. Fall Into Temptation
  3. The Last Second Chance
  4. Not Part of the Plan
  5. Where It All Began, The Prequel
  6. Holding on to Chaos
  7. The Fine Art of Faking It

Boring Fine Print: Should you decide to buck the rules and read Where It All Began too early in the series, the author wilst showeth upeth at your house and slap your Kindle out of your hand. And then probably ask to use your restroom, depending on how far away from her you live.

Cover of Rock Bottom Girl

5. It’s a girthy standalone. That’s right. You don’t have to read 17 books before this one. There’s no commitment! It’s a once and done trip to small-town central Pennsylvania.

4. Jake and Marley are almost 40. Which means they’re good at sex and things like paying bills and navigating professional relationships. Sure, they’ve still got problems. Jake has never been in a committed relationship that lasted longer than a few orgasms. And Marley is still looking for her place in the world. But together, they make 38 look pretty damn good. Especially since they’re high school teachers and deal with teenagers all day.

3. I’m not going to call this an ugly duckling to swan story (there is an actual swan in Rock Bottom Girl), but there is a pretty great makeover. In fact, Marley’s entire character arc is an inside out makeover. And there’s a scene at Ulta that would make a great music montage.

2. It’s funny. Like really, really funny. Here are a few of my favorite snippets:

“I had rebelled and complained and limped my way through the minefields of popularity, academic achievements, and athletic accomplishment. None of those had I any actual personal experience with.”

“I couldn’t think of anything in this world that could compete with the feel of Jake’s palms on my boobs. Not a litter of golden retriever puppies. Not world peace. Not even triple chocolate fudge brownies with ice cream.”

“The Eighth Wonder of the World: Jake Weston’s Erect Penis.”

“I was buried inside Marley Cicero and trying my hardest not to explode. I thought about Homer and my grandma. Homer eating my grandma’s broccoli casserole at Thanksgiving. I thought about the gas bill I’d left laying on a flat surface somewhere in the house. Anything but the woman under me, around me. Damn it. I was thinking about her again. I could feel my pulse in the tip of my dick and knew I was one jerky thrust away from coming so hard my fillings would pop out.”

Numero Uno: This is a fake relationship that starts with a meet-puke, a girls soccer team, a rescue dog, a perfect sister, and the bad boy from high school. Oh and a high school nemesis who only got meaner with age. Did I mention the best bonus epilogue I’ve ever written? Two words: Wedding. Day.

If you’re thinking this book sounds like your cuppa tea, check it out on Amazon, my friends!