"WHERE DO I START?"
Whenever I meet someone who learns I write romance novels, also known as "those books," I receive a plethora of reactions ranging from polite to excited. My favorite question to be asked by someone interested in the books is "Where do I start?" As an author with over twenty books in publication, that's an understandable conundrum. The truth is I never quite know how to answer that question! I write books in series and standalone formats, short books, long books. Most are punchy romantic comedies with deep emotional wells, other explore dark subjects like abuse and grief but always, always end with a happily ever after. If you found this page because you're wondering "where to start" you're in the right place.
Keep reading or take a shortcut by choosing one of the books below, which are all the first books in a series:
What I believe.
I believe in romance and coffee and happily ever after and a comfy pair of slippers. I believe that creating is what brings you closest to God since He is a creator Himself. I believe in laughing with someone never at them. I don't like gossip, betrayal, or unkindness. I believe that life teaches us many, many things through trials and tribulations and I've had a lot of those myself. Why am I telling you this? Because that's what you can expect from the books.
For the number one bestselling genre, romance is grossly underrated. For decades, it's been a genre largely written for women by women, and still is. More recently, men have dipped their toes in for a taste of this huge, profitable market. With the birth of self-publishing romance has exploded and blurred the lines between what a book is worth, what is taboo and not, and how often books are published. It's an exciting (and sometimes frustrating) time to be a published author.
Why we read romance.
Romance readers devour books about love because in our heart of hearts, we want everyone to be okay. We want to be loved for who we truly are, which includes our flaws. We don't want to read about perfect people in perfect lives that don't make mistakes. We want to love others fully and give from that overwhelming abundance. We love fresh starts, first kisses, and happily ever after.
What I do.
Ho boy, do I run into a lot of confused people whenever I boldly and proudly state that I'm a contemporary romance novelist. Those of you in the know wink and nudge and ask if it's the "hot stuff" to which I concur that yes, it is the hot stuff but it's also brimming with emotion. Those of you with limited knowledge of the wide and richly populated romance universe usually mention Fifty Shades of Gray or Fabio--which is totally okay! If I were talking to a doctor, I'd probably mutter the word "scalpel" to relate because I know very little about being a doctor. (PS, I'm so not comparing myself to a doctor... and let's not even bring the words "love doctor" into this... oh wait. Shoot.)
I write about relationships. More importantly, I write about beginnings. All of my books are about men and women who are starting over or starting out. Some have been divorced. Some have never been married. Some have been in long-term relationships that ended badly. Some have been in relationships with each other and are trying again. A few are virgins. A few are complete playboy cads. All of them are deserving of love, and most of them have no idea that the person they've encountered is going to be their forever person and/or the father of their future children.
I write about love in its rawest and realest form. I am fascinated by human beings and how we react to life. I've read books on everything from birth order to business building to organization to love languages. Whenever I'm fascinated by a subject, I infuse it into my writing.
My books aren't for everyone.
As much as I would love for every person on this planet to have a Jessica Lemmon book in hand, there's a truth here even my pie-in-the-sky self is going to have to acknowledge. My books are not right for everyone. If you don't like to read about sex. If you're offended by swearing. If you're reading as a critic rather than kicking back, relaxing, and having a little fun... my books aren't for you.
the right person for my books.
Ahh, my favorite part! Who are Jessica Lemmon books written for? People who want a real and raw emotional experience. Readers who like to laugh out loud and smile on the inside and outside. People who love to tell their friends the funny line that made them laugh, or about the hot love scene that made them blush (and/or that they now want to try out). Readers who want to escape the daily drudgery of work, social media, or laundry. If you like substance, real-world romance, and want to have some fun, folks... I'm your girl.
the right book for the person.
We've come full circle! Where to start? Now that you know a sexy, splashy, real, raw, and fun Jessica Lemmon book is for you, which one do you start with? I'm going to be very specific here, but I'm also going to encourage you to sift through the books page and peruse the covers and get a feel for the one for you.
- If you like tattoos, heroes in ripped jeans, and Girls Nights Out in a lakeside setting: Start with Bringing Home the Bad Boy from the Second Chance series.
- If you like suave, sophisticated city billionaires and women who are fierce and feisty: Start with The Billionaire Bachelor from the Billionaire Bad Boys series.
- If you like romantic comedies, don't mind reading digitally, and love nothing more than sharp banter and supersexy encounters: Pick literally any of the Real Love series books (they're loosely connected but can all be read as standalones.)
I love what I do.
If we're a perfect fit reader to author and you loved the Jessica Lemmon book you just read, I want to hear from you! Drop me an email at authorjessicalemmon [at] gmail [dot] com and I'll respond as soon as I can. Thanks for being here.
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