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Available Now: Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around

I am so happy to announce the release of my latest RomCom novel, Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around!

Available now beginning January 26th, 2023.

The highly anticipated sequel to romcom Josh and Gemma Make a Baby

Everything is about to change.

Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around is available now. Image shows an ipad, iphone, and paperback of the cover.

Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.

Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.

Except…

What really comes after the happily ever after?

Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.

His life is amazing. Terrific.

Except…

What happens when everything changes?

Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.

They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says…it’s already gone.

Captivating, gripping, and full of unexpected twists and turns, this love story yanks you into what happens after the happily ever after. 

“A charming and disarmingly tough story of the many ways that love can adapt to crises..” – Kirkus Reviews

Available now: Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around.

I can’t wait for you to read it!


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Only 3 more days!

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Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around is coming in only 3 more days! Are you ready?


The highly anticipated sequel to romcom Josh and Gemma Make a Baby. 

Everything is about to change.

Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.

Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.

Except…

What really comes after the happily ever after?

Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.

His life is amazing. Terrific.

Except…

What happens when everything changes?

Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.

They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says…it’s already gone.

Captivating, gripping, and full of unexpected twists and turns, this love story yanks you into what happens after the happily ever after. 

“…winning read about a little-discussed topic.” – Kirkus Reviews on Josh and Gemma Make a Baby


There are only 3 more days until Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around releases. Pre-order your copy at all of your favorite retailers:

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The Reviews Are In!

Reviews are a great way to share your excitement about a book you love. Virginia Kirkus started her own professional review service in 1933 because she saw the need to inform book sellers about the quality of the books they were considering carrying in their bookstores. For nearly 90 years, Kirkus Reviews has been a great source for professional book reviews. I want to share this great review from Kirkus reviews of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around.

Review are great and this is a review of the paperback Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around. cover featuring Josh and Gemma reaching out for each other against a colored background. This is the highly anticipated sequel to the best selling Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by romance writer Sarah Ready

Coming January 2023.

You can pre-order now at:

www.books2read.com/joshandgemmathesecondtimearound

so you can jump right in when it’s released!


BOOK REVIEW

In this sequel to Josh and Gemma Make a Baby (2022), Ready continues his story of a couple as they face major changes in their lives.

The author begins this novel where the last one left off, with her two main characters, Gemma Jacobs and Josh Lewenthal, poised on the brink of a perfect life. Gemma has a career in social media marketing, Josh is an author, and the two are deliriously in love with a baby on the way; they’re about to be married in a ceremony with Gemma’s extended, loving family in attendance. They’ve put the shocking events of the previous novel behind them, which involved an encounter with Ian Fortune—a former “self-help guru” who’s now known as an “employee-abusing conniver who misled millions.” Gemma was directly involved in Fortune’s downfall, but she’s contentedly refusing all phone calls from the press about it. However, the couple’s pregnancy coach tells them that “everything is about to change,” and soon afterward, Gemma is at the altar when disaster strikes: She collapses, and when she awakens, she learns several things in quick succession: She’s given birth to her baby, Josh is not around, and Ian Fortune is back in her life. Most notably, she finds out that several months have passed while she was in a coma. Her picture-perfect future is now in tatters, and as the novel picks up steam, Gemma not only wonders if she can put it all together again, but also whether she really wants to do so.

The underlying concept of Ready’s novel is intriguingly unconventional. Most contemporary romances take their adorable couples through a series of minor tribulations before smoothing things out and leaving the characters ready to live happily-ever-after. Indeed, these are hallmarks of the genre. But in this sequel—which stands well enough on its own—the happily-ever-after moment is merely the starting point, after which Ready piles on one complication after another to darken the picture that she painted in the first book. Gemma’s world is suddenly in turmoil—not only because her own health has drastically altered for the worse, but also because Josh is nowhere to be found. Ready makes the winning decision to lighten up the narrative with quipping humor. As in the previous book, she uses Ian Fortune as the vehicle for the most amusing material, and he almost completely steals the book. When Gemma tells him that she hates him, for instance, he quips, “Please. Try to be original. The whole world hates me. Wouldn’t it be more fun to love me? Don’t be a follower, Gemma.” For a thrillingly long section of the book’s third act, Ready effectively leads readers to wonder if she isn’t going to upend every single one of the genre’s expectations. It’s a testament to her exceptional writing skill that even the most romantic-minded readers won’t be sure which outcome they prefer.

A charming and disarmingly tough story of the many ways that love can adapt to crises.

Romance Writer Sarah Ready. Contemporary romance, chick lit, romantic comedy, romcom books. High quality reviews are great.

“…winning read about a little discussed topic.” Kirkus Reviews on Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready

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Countdown to Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around!

Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around releases in 2 weeks. Have you pre-ordered your copy? If not, go to your favorite retailer using the links below and get it as soon as it launches on January 26th, 2023!

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Win a paperback!

Do you want to win a paperback copy of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around? Now is your chance on Goodreads.

win a paperback of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around. cover featuring Josh and Gemma reaching out for each other against a colored background. This is the highly anticipated sequel to the best selling Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by romance writer Sarah Ready

Coming January 2023.

Do you want to know what happens next with Josh and Gemma? What do they name the baby? What about the wedding? So many questions that will all be answered on January 26, 2023.

You can pre-order now at:

www.books2read.com/joshandgemmathesecondtimearound

so you can jump right in when it’s released!

Can’t wait until January, enter my Goodreads paperback giveaway now for your chance to win Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/355992-josh-and-gemma-the-second-time-around


Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.

Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.

Except…

What really comes after the happily ever after?

Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.

His life is amazing. Terrific.

Except…

What happens when everything changes?

Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.

They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says…it’s already gone.

Romance Writer Sarah Ready. Contemporary romance, chick lit, romantic comedy, romcom books

“…winning read about a little discussed topic.” Kirkus Reviews on Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready

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Win Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around!

Do you want to win a paperback copy of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around? Now is your chance on Goodreads.

win a paperback of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around. cover featuring Josh and Gemma reaching out for each other against a colored background. This is the highly anticipated sequel to the best selling Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by romance writer Sarah Ready

Coming January 2023.

Do you want to know what happens next with Josh and Gemma? What do they name the baby? What about the wedding? So many questions that will all be answered on January 26, 2023.

You can pre-order now at:

www.books2read.com/joshandgemmathesecondtimearound

so you can jump right in when it’s released!

Can’t wait until January, enter my Goodreads paperback giveaway now for your chance to win Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/355992-josh-and-gemma-the-second-time-around


Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.

Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.

Except…

What really comes after the happily ever after?

Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.

His life is amazing. Terrific.

Except…

What happens when everything changes?

Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.

They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says…it’s already gone.

Romance Writer Sarah Ready. Contemporary romance, chick lit, romantic comedy, romcom books

“…winning read about a little discussed topic.” Kirkus Reviews on Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready

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What is happening with Josh and Gemma?!

Do you want to know what is happening with Josh and Gemma? What do they name the baby? What about the wedding? So many questions that will all be answered on January 26, 2023.

Pre-Order Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around now!

Coming January 2023.

Pre-order now: Cover of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around features two people, Josh Lewenthal and Gemma Jacobs walking away from the view. They are reaching to each other but their hands don't quite touch. The colors are vibrant. This is the much awaited sequel to the best selling romance book Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by romance author Sarah Ready.

You can pre-order now at:

www.books2read.com/joshandgemmathesecondtimearound

so you can jump right in when it’s released!


Read the prologue:

When I said that Josh and I would live happily ever after, I believed that love would never die.

I was wrong.

Or maybe I was wrong in that I never thought about the moment I would die. For thirty-three years I galloped through life without ever considering the moment of my own death.

A hot tear slides down my face.

Does love die when you die? I think it must. It feels like it does.

There’s a heavy, dark silence smothering me and the world frays apart at the edges, unraveling at a frightening pace. The color leaches away, like threads pulled from a cloth. Soon, I’ll only be left with black.

Would I do it all again? Knowing that I’d end up right here, my breath gone, my life leaking away?

Yes. I’d do it a thousand times again. And each time I’d make the same choices that led me here. To this place.

I focus on the bright sky above. The blur of Josh’s bone-white face. He begs me not to leave him, not to leave, don’t go, don’t go, don’t go.

I want to tell him a million things, a million and one, but most of all I want to tell him to take care of our baby.

To love him. To save him. To care for him.

But I can’t. I can’t talk. I can’t breathe.

Instead.

I go.

I think…I die.

This has to be death.

Because the love, it’s gone.

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Win a Paperback!

Do you want to win a paperback copy of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around? Now is your chance on Goodreads.

win a paperback of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around. cover featuring Josh and Gemma reaching out for each other against a colored background. This is the highly anticipated sequel to the best selling Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by romance writer Sarah Ready

Coming January 2023.

Do you want to know what happens next with Josh and Gemma? What do they name the baby? What about the wedding? So many questions that will all be answered on January 26, 2023.

You can pre-order now at:

www.books2read.com/joshandgemmathesecondtimearound

so you can jump right in when it’s released!

Can’t wait until January, enter my Goodreads paperback giveaway now for your chance to win a paperback copy:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/355992-josh-and-gemma-the-second-time-around


Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.

Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.

Except…

What really comes after the happily ever after?

Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.

His life is amazing. Terrific.

Except…

What happens when everything changes?

Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.

They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says…it’s already gone.

Romance Writer Sarah Ready. Contemporary romance, chick lit, romantic comedy, romcom books

“…winning read about a little discussed topic.” Kirkus Reviews on Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready

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Pre-Order Now!

Pre-Order Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around now!

Coming January 2023.

Pre-order now: Cover of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around features two people, Josh Lewenthal and Gemma Jacobs walking away from the view. They are reaching to each other but their hands don't quite touch. The colors are vibrant. This is the much awaited sequel to the best selling romance book Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by romance author Sarah Ready.

Do you want to know what happens next with Josh and Gemma? What do they name the baby? What about the wedding? So many questions that will all be answered on January 26, 2023.

You can pre-order now at:

www.books2read.com/joshandgemmathesecondtimearound

so you can jump right in when it’s released!


Here’s the blurb! 

Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.

Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.

Except…

What really comes after the happily ever after?

Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.

His life is amazing. Terrific.

Except…

What happens when everything changes?

Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.

They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says…it’s already gone.

Romance Writer Sarah Ready. Contemporary romance, chick lit, romantic comedy, romcom books
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Cover reveal!

Check out the cover reveal for Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around is coming January 2023.

Cover of Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around features two people, Josh Lewenthal and Gemma Jacobs walking away from the view. They are reaching to each other but their hands don't quite touch. The colors are vibrant. This is the much awaited sequel to the best selling romance book Josh and Gemma Make a Baby by romance author Sarah Ready.

It’s cover reveal day for Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around!

❤️❤️❤️ This cover design is by Elizabeth Turner Stokes who always creates the most beautiful book art and makes the stories come alive. 🥰 

This book has my heart and I hope it captures yours as well. 

It’s coming January 26, 2023. You can find it at www.books2read.com/joshandgemmathesecondtimearound


Here’s the blurb! 

Gemma Jacobs has life figured out. She’s upbeat, positive to a fault, and the master of her own destiny. She has a wonderful career in social media marketing, lives in a trendy apartment with her fiancé Josh Lewenthal, and is pregnant with their much-loved baby.

Her life is wonderful. Absolutely perfect.

Except…

What really comes after the happily ever after?

Josh Lewenthal is laid-back, fun-loving, and always finds the humor in life. He writes a wildly successful web comic series, and can’t wait to marry Gemma—the woman of his dreams.

His life is amazing. Terrific.

Except…

What happens when everything changes?

Suddenly Josh and Gemma’s lives are turned upside down, and their love and their future together are at risk. They realize their happily ever after isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning—and now they have to fight for it.

They confront a devastating separation, the return of world-infamous Ian Fortune, and the question of whether or not their love can truly survive when everyone says…it’s already gone.

Romance Writer Sarah Ready. Contemporary romance, chick lit, romantic comedy, romcom books