THE SISTERS CLUB (Diversion Books, August 18, 2015) in paperback and ebook
Some families you are born into. Some you choose. And some choose you.
Four women have little in common other than where they live and the joyous complications of having sisters. Cindy waits for her own life to begin as she sees her sister going in and out of hospitals. Lise has made the boldest move of her life, even as her sister spends every day putting herself at risk to improve the lives of others. Diana is an ocean apart from her sister, but worries that her marriage is the relationship separated by the most distance. Sylvia has lost her twin sister to breast cancer, a disease that runs in the family, and fears that she will die without having ever really lived.
When Diana places an ad in the local newsletter, Cindy, Lise, and Sylvia show up thinking they are joining a book club, but what they discover is something far deeper and more profound than any of them ever imagined.
- "My favorite book of the year - I just want to grab everyone and tell them 'read this'!" ~ Kaethe Douglas, #1 Top Reviewer in the US for GoodReads
- "Who doesn’t need a sister? That’s the question at the heart of the charming novel, The Sister’s Club. With her deft touch and sure eye for character, Lauren Baratz-Logsted lovingly evokes the lives of four ordinary women who become each other’s surrogate families. A warm, wise, and witty tale. You will love it!" ~ Elizabeth Letts, bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion
The Thin Pink Line in Paperback and ebook
Jane Taylor is a slightly sociopathic Londoner who wants marriage and a baby in the worst way, and she's willing to go to over-the-top lengths to achieve her dream. When Jane thinks she's pregnant she tells everyone. When it turns out to be a false alarm, she assumes she'll just get pregnant, no one the wiser. But when that doesn't happen, well, of course she does what no one in her right mind would do: Jane decides to fake an entire pregnancy!
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- "Wonderfully funny debut with a fine sense of the absurd and a flair for comic characterization." ~ Kirkus (starred review)
- "…hilarious and original."~ PublishersWeekly
- "…amusing, light fun."~ Booklist
- "…the reader is soon endeared to such a single-minded creature and it's impossible to put this debut novel down without knowing how Jane is going to end this charade after her ninth month."~ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- "…Baratz-Logsted keeps us hooked by zinging us with one-liners followed closely by heartfelt passages…"~ St. Petersburg Times
- "THE THIN PINK LINE is well written with excellent characterization and snappy dialogue…I closed the covers with feelings of awe."~ Romantic Reviews Today
- "It's what Jane Austen might have written if she were working today."~ JanuaryMagazine.com
- "…fast-paced and funny. Anyone who has been pregnant or within twenty feet of a pregnant friend, wife, co-worker, or relative will enjoy the satire."~ MostlyFiction.com
Crossing the Line in Paperback and ebook
In the madcap sequel to the international hit comedy THE THIN PINK LINE, London editor Jane Taylor is at it again, only this time, there's a baby involved. Having-SPOILER ALERT!-found a baby on a church doorstep at the end of the previous book, Jane is forced to come clean with all the people in her world when it turns out that the baby is a different skin color than everyone had expected Jane's baby to be. As Jane fights to keep the baby, battling Social Services and taking on anyone who seeks to get in her path, what kind of mother will Jane prove to be?
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- "Even better than the first book, CROSSING THE LINE offers the possibility of another delightful adventure for Jane." ~ Kristine Huntley, Booklist
- "This is a certainly a delightful read packed with all that I love in a book. The twists, the humour and the ability Lauren Baratz-Logsted has to touch on the nasty side of reality with a dose of laughter, as always, impressed this reader. I believe Lauren has also left room for another sequel which I will anxiously await."~ Tracy Riden, CataRomance Reviews
- "Quick, funny, and warm-touching, Lauren Baratz-Logsted has done it again. With such a different storyline, you won't be able to put the book down." ~ linkup-parents.com
- A terrific read – a story that is dryly funny, brightly written and emotionally satisfying. ~ Peter Lefcourt, author of Eleven Karens
The Bro-Magnet in Paperback and ebook
Poor Johnny Smith. At age 33, the house painter has been a best man a whopping eight times, when all he's ever really wanted is to be a groom. But despite being everyone’s favorite dude, Johnny has yet to find The One. Or even anyone. So when he meets high-powered District Attorney Helen Troy, and falls for her hard, he follows the advice of family and friends. Since Helen seems to hate sports, Johnny pretends he does too. No more Jets. No more Mets. At least not in public. He redecorates his condo. He gets a cat. He takes up watching soap operas. Anything he thinks will earn him Helen, Johnny is willing to do. There's just one hitch: If he does finally win her heart, who will he be?
- "One of the BEST 'guy' stories out there...HILARIOUS! I laughed so much while reading this story - it really was great!" ~ Jen Is Reading
"There are so many memorable moments in this book that I could spend page after page quoting them." ~ Mandi Schreiner in USAToday HEA
- "...an absolutely charming, feel-good read. Lauren Baratz-Logsted writes genuine characters, killer comedic timing and romantic blunders that are truly something special." ~ Romantic Times
- "I started laughing about 5 paragraphs in and didn't stop." ~ Dear Author
- "I have so many good things to say about this book that I don’t even know where to start... This is how romantic comedies should be." ~ Romance Around the Corner
- "Very clever book that had me laughing out loud from beginning to end." ~ Scraps of Me
- "This book is SO funny. I was cackling my way through this book and I think I started laughing pretty close to page one." ~ Kaetrin's Musings
- "I literally laughed out loud while reading this book." ~ Fiction Vixen
- "This book was a pure gem of hilariousness." ~ A+/A from The Book Pushers
- "It is absolutely hysterical and told in a male point on view. Finally, a book that made me LOL for real." ~ Heroes and Heartbreakers
- "This is what you call an OMG book, hilarious right till the end." ~ BookLoons Reviews
- "It’s really rare for me to find a comic romance that works so well...This book reminded me of a screwball comedy from the late 30s or 40s." ~ Sonoma Lass
- "Even with having read what feels like a million reviews The Bro-Magnet still surprised me- in a good way. This whole book is so different and refreshing in a genre that sometimes seems to be too set in its ways." ~ Book Lovers Inc.
- "...Johnny stand(s) out in a sea of books filled with cookie cutter heroes." ~ The Brazen Bookworm
- "...a hilarious, engrossing read... I can't tell you how many times I literally laughed out loud." ~ Book Binge
- "Wildly refreshing and outrageously funny, Lauren Baratz-Logsted completely took me by surprise...engaging and unlike anything I’ve ever read before...I died laughing at some of the lines in this book." ~ Under the Covers Book Blog
- "The Bro-Magnet is hilarious. Shoot your drink through your nose while you're reading funny." ~ For What It's Worth
- "What, for me, Baratz-Logsted has added to her long list of tools in her writer's toolbox is the ability to create a male character that is well-developed, that feels real, that makes you want to smack him and love him all at once." ~ ChickLitGurrl
- "[Johnny] makes you laugh out loud...a great combination of wit, friendship, family and romance." ~ Barnes & Noble Romance Blog
- "This is completely escapist fun reading, which was exactly what I wanted it for...I lost track of how many times I’d be reading and come across something that would make me snort" ~ Basia's Bookshelf
- "...a laugh out loud story of life and love...something out of the ordinary" ~ Blithely Bookish
- "The Twitter buzz about this book made me pick it up, and I'm so very glad I did. It was a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon and evening." ~ My House of Books
ISN'T IT BROMANTIC? available in Paperback and ebook
What happens after Happily Ever After? That's what Johnny Smith is about to find out. Having wooed—and won!—the girl of his dreams in The Bro-Magnet, he is ready to take on married life. Finally, Johnny will be the groom. But right off the bat, during the honeymoon, things start to go wrong. And it only gets worse when the newlyweds return home to their new house in Connecticut. Different taste in pets, interior design, friends. Too much togetherness. Jealousy. Nothing is easy, given that neither Johnny nor his wife has ever even had a roommate since college. Can this couple, still so in love, share a home without driving each other crazy?
- "I would have been upset if I had unknowingly let this book slip by me...it is the humor that makes you laugh and laugh and laugh, which is what I did all through the book." ~ Leigh Davis for All About Romance
- "Johnny's voice is so authentic, and I must give major praise to the author for that. Many times during reading, I would turn to my husband and read to him, stunned by how perfectly Johnny was written. He was definitely intrigued, as well, and ended up stealing my Kindle to read for himself, after which he gave the book two thumbs up. Isn't It Bro-mantic? was hilarious and charming, a perfect companion to book one, The Bro-Magnet. I am so thrilled I got to hang out with Johnny again, and I hope it's not the last I've seen of the fantastic Mr. Smith." ~ Andrea, The Bookish Babe
- "I really love this series and I already cannot wait for the next installment." ~ Jonita, The Book Chick
"I am going to go ahead and recommend that not only do you go get yourself a copy of Isn't It Bromantic?, but that you also get your hands on The Bro-Magnet to get yourself started off right. In fact, while you're at it, why don't you just go ahead and pick up a few more of Lauren Baratz-Logsted's books? She is a genius storyteller with a knack for creating the most endearing characters. I'm looking forward to reading many more of her books myself!" ~ Tiffany, Book Cover Justice
- "It was an adorable read. The Nice Guy Series is truly a nice series of a really nice guy." ~ Sarika, The Readdicts
- "...surprisingly refreshing, and will have readers experiencing major belly laughs." ~ Jaime A. Geraldi, Romantic Times Top Pick
THE DISRESPECTFUL INTERVIEWER: Kindle Edition.
Just what the title promises! Thirteen disrespectful interviews with authors, including: Chris Cleave, Jon Clinch, Tish Cohen, Joseph Finder, Kristy Kiernan, A.S. King, J.A. Konrath, Greg Logsted, Lisa McMann, Lynn Price, Lev Raphael, Adriana Trigiana...and Lauren Baratz-Logsted - discover new favorites and see some of your favorite authors, like you've never seen them before!
- "[Lauren Baratz-Logsted's] observations and humor are unique, pointed, and involving...The result is at once a work of humor, literature, and publishing industry insights that will appeal to a wide audience, from teens through adult readers." ~ Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
- "Because I was bored stiff at work and looking for something to keep me awake, I decided to start reading The Disrespectful Interviewer. Not only did it keep me awake, I literally laughed out loud several times (which made my coworkers wonder why I was having so much fun performing my job)." ~ Mandy at Literary R&R
JANE’S WORLD - available on Kindle!
In 2003, The Thin Pink Line, a dark comedy about a sociopathic Londoner who fakes an entire pregnancy, was published. It was released in 11 countries and received a starred Kirkus review with Publishers Weekly calling it "hilarious and original"; a sequel, Crossing the Line, followed. Now, with the publication of JANE'S WORLD, four of the standout characters from those books - ditsy receptionist Constance; beleaguered blond bombshell editor Dodo; penny-pinching and bottom-pinching Stan from Accounting; and adorable baby Emma - all get to finally tell their sides of the story of what it's like being in the orbit of crazy Jane Taylor. No matter who's talking, it's always JANE'S WORLD
WAITING FOR DEAD MEN'S SHOES - available on Kindle!
Underachiever Minette "Mini" Monroe has long dreamt of how much better life would be if only she were in charge of the world, said world being the independent bookstore in Westport, CT, where she's worked for the past half dozen years. After her beloved boss Colin Quimby is murdered, Mini gets her wish and also gets a chance to solve the case, aided by hot young Officer Michael "Mickey" Maus. Despite his unfortunate nickname - would any woman really voluntarily become part of Mini and Mickey Maus? - Mini takes a shine to him, but there's no real time for romance, not when Mini has her hands full dealing with Colin's viper's nest full of ex-wives, offspring, former business partners and current business rivals, all of whom had good reason to want to see Colin dead. Who will turn out to be the guilty party? The only way to find out is to read WAITING FOR DEAD MEN'S SHOES, a madcap comedic novel that proves that the Shakespeare Unabridged Globe and the Oxford English Dictionary are still a girl's best weapons.
- "When you sit down with one of Lauren's books, you know, without any doubt, that it is going to be a side-splitter. When I started reading this one, I thought that as a murder mystery it might be a bit somber but as it proceeded I realised that Lauren has once again delivered the laughs that are her trademark." ~ Chicklit Club
- "I loved reading it and hope there's more books featuring this funny protagonist." - Lisa on I Feel So Unnecessary
- "An excellent read, I'd call Waiting for Dead Men's Shoes a keeper to be read again and again. Five Stars and a standing ovation for this book and its fantastic author." ~ Books 4 Tomorrow
- "Waiting For Dead Men's Shoes is just another example of why I love books. It sucks you in and doesn't let you go." ~ Book Cover Justice
- "Mini’s sassy spirit and sarcastic humor draws you along through this first offering in this series...I laughed through this fast moving novel and am awaiting to see what will happen to Mini next." ~ DelAnne Frazee, Cozy Mystery Reviews
PURSUING THE TIMES: A Novel - available on Kindle!
All that popular Chick-Lit author Mercury Lauren wants is to have one of her books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review - just one - and she'll do almost anything to get it. In this contemporary romantic comedy, with a nod toward Pride and Prejudice she crosses swords and hearts with the Editor-in-Chief of the NYTBR in a madcap adventure that takes her from her home in Westport to a yoga retreat to a golf course in Florida. Will she get what she wants and will she finally be happy if she does? Only one thing's for certain: nothing will stop her from Pursuing the Times.
- This was a 'laugh out loud shock my socks off' initiation into the Romantic Comedy genre... Seriously, I'm giving you an unofficial warning label since the book doesn't come with one. You really shouldn't read it in public if you are ashamed by the sound of your laugh." ~ Delighted Reader
Z: A Novel - available on Kindle!
After years living of living in Los Angeles, novelist Nix Carter returns home to Connecticut to care for her ailing father. As she reconnects with childhood friends, she encounters a window washer who also happens to live in a mansion, throw lavish parties and go by the name of Zorro. Yes, Zorro. But is he really the caped man of legend? Or just an eccentric who drives a horse-drawn cart and wears a cape while washing windows? And what will happen when the townspeople who once flocked to his parties and drank his champagne become suspicious of him? A contemporary re-visioning of The Great Gatsby, Z is a smart, quirky novel that has it all: comedy, drama, romance, adventure, even swordplay.
- "Z’s a very different book than anything I’ve ever read before. It’s unique and will keep you reading to find out what happens. It’s one of those books that you become slightly obsessed with, because you need to read that last chapter... If you are looking for something unique, with cute twists and snarky turns pick up Z." ~ Wicked Little Pixie
- "Do you love stories like The Great Gatsby and The Mask of Zorro? Lauren Baratz-Logsted has combined the two books together to bring you a modern rendition called Z: A Novel." ~ The Phantom Paragrapher
- "Just finished Z: A NOVEL by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Still a little knocked sideways. So eccentric. So unpredictable. SO good. Wow!" ~ Irene Preston, author of Infamous
- "I will say, I couldn't stop reading Z...Z: A NOVEL was a fun story for me. Once I began, I didn't want to stop until I'd reached the conclusion." ~ Andrea, The Bookish Babe
BABY NEEDS A NEW PAIR OF SHOES (Red Dress Ink, August 26, 2008)
An obsessive-compulsive window washer turns to casino black jack when her new Shoe obsession spins out of control.
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- "...makes for a refreshing chick lit tale as readers obtain a deep but humorous look at someone suffering from OCD... Fans will applaud Lauren Baratz-Logsted for her intelligent use of the sub-genre to inform readers on a psychological problem while enjoying the insightful character driven Sin City debacle." ~ Genre Go Round Reviews
- "Baratz-Logsted offers a humorous, original twist on the typical singleton-in-heels story. The parade of quirky characters and situations make for happy, escapist reading" ~ Aleksandra Walker, Booklist
- "Baratz-Logsted's fresh voice and excellent storytelling deliver a quick read that's deep and realistic enough for readers to feel a sense of foreboding and lighthearted enough to keep a smile on their faces." ~ Romantic Times
- "I loved this book." ~ Bookshipper
Vertigo (Bantam, September 2006)
A literary novel with suspense and erotic undertones that opens on New Year's Eve 1898. Emma Smith has just informed the reader that "For seventeen years I was a good - some might say exemplary - wife. It is important that you know this about me from the start." That night, she resolves to, during the course of the next year, become "a better person." Her husband John, a writer, suggests that she do so by striking up a correspondence with a convicted murderer who he thinks does not deserve to be in prison for his crime. The prisoner, Chance Wood, initially wants nothing to do with Emma, but then his letters become more heated and Emma learns that the real definition of vertigo is not the fear of falling, but the fear of wanting to fall. As the following New Year's approaches, and the world gets ready for 1900, Queen Victoria announces - at the suggestion of an advisor who states that this will make her look more progressive - that she will free certain prisoners that do not pose a real threat to society and who can get an upstanding citizen to petition for them. But by the time Chance is freed, Emma finds that she is in a prison of her own making. Unable or unwilling to merely turn away from the only world she has ever known in order to achieve what she wants, she becomes convinced that if she is to ever have her Chance, then her husband must die.
- "What captivating characters Baratz-Logsted creates in Vertigo and what a cunning plot she spins. I couldn't stop turning the pages of this fascinating novel." ~ Margot Livesey, author of Banishing Verona
- "Lauren Baratz-Logsted has tapped the Victorian fascination with the social monster, and in VERTIGO she concocts an ingenious chamber opera of a novel. But whether the monster is to be found behind bars or deep within the protagonist herself is ultimately a question for the reader to decide." ~ Dave King, The Ha-Ha
- "...entertaining novel...keeps readers guessing up to the end." ~ Publishers Weekly
- "In Lauren Baratz-Logsted's VERTIGO, Emma Smith, the privileged young wife of a successful English novelist, narrates her own story, building layer upon layer of tension in a plot reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's novels of psychological suspense ...
Like the more famous Emma, she's a victim, trapped in an unsatisfactory marriage, hamstrung by society's limitations and expectations …
It's clear almost from the start that her story is bound to end badly, but the author is talented enough to keep readers interested until the last page." ~ Diane White of The Boston Globe
- "This book was meticulously crafted, well written, surprising, and thought-provoking - five stars." ~ Memarie Lane, Book Nook Club
This is Chick-Lit
THIS IS CHICK-LIT was conceived as a response collection to the negatively-titled This is Not Chick Lit. In addition to a story from collection editor Lauren Baratz-Logsted, it includes original stories from: Deanna Carlyle, Jennifer Coburn, Johanna Edwards, Karin Gillespie, Raelynn Hillhouse, Andrea Schicke Hirsch, Julie Kenner, Harley Jane Kozak, Stephanie Lehmann, Caren Lissner, Cara Lockwood, Ariella Papa, Kayla Perrin, Rachel Pine, Gena Showalter, Karen Siplin, and Heather Swain.
- "This is a long overdue and smart answer to the naysayers of an often maligned genre"
"Funny, a little edgy, thoughtful, and thoroughly entertaining"
"Lots of interesting and eye-opening stuff for clever guys who want to see how the other half thinks." ~ Nelson DeMille
- “Like a lot of snotty literary types, I have often sneered at chick lit … I’m here to tell you: I was wrong...These stories, which take chick lit beyond its Bridget Jonesian beginnings, show that it’s time to take this maturing genre a little more seriously. In this round of the culture wars, at least, the point goes to the chick-lit girls.” ~ BUST Magazine
How Nancy Drew Saved My Life (Red Dress Ink, September 2006)
HOW NANCY DREW SAVED MY LIFE is about Charlotte Bell, a young nanny who, having been burned by one affair with a married ambassador boss in NYC, accepts a new position with the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland. Once in Reykjavik, history begins uncomfortably repeating itself as she finds herself falling for Ambassador Edgar Rawlings. But where is Mrs. Rawlings? And, oh, by the way, is there a madwoman in the attic? Part Charlotte Bronte, part chick-lit, part Nancy Drew, HOW NANCY DREW SAVED MY LIFE is about the choices we make the first time around and the choices we make the second time around.
- Readers who appreciate classic love stories will enjoy the old-fashioned dialogue and Charlotte's fanciful imagination. ~ Booklist
- Witty and wonderful… her best book yet. ~ Tom Groneberg, author of One Good Horse
A Little Change of Face (Red Dress Ink, July 2005)
A librarian blessed with good looks decides to give herself the ugly-duckling treatment to see if what one of her friends says is true - has the world been treating her differently because she can turn heads?
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- “A Little Change of Face not only has something to say about how women look, and are looked at by others, but it says it with a whip-smart, funny voice.”
~ Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and Fluke
- Baratz-Logsted offers a clever twist on makeover fiction. ~ Booklist