One Of the Guys and from flip-flops to sweaters

Talking to author Jessica Strassner about her latest novel, out NOW:

A lot has happened recently… I have traded my shorts and flip-flops for boots and a heavy wool coat.  And scarves. And gloves. And lots of sweaters.

I just moved from Florida to Washington, DC.  Despite the cold, I love it here!  The move happened very quickly, but I believe that everything happens for a reason and I am ridiculously happy!

I’m also very excited to let you all know that my new book, One of the Guys, is now available on and 

I’m calling One of the Guys a semi-sequel to The One Who Got Away because although it continues telling the story of Lucy and Jackson, it’s really their friend Kate’s story.

Kate, a wedding planner, is often asked when she’ll get married.  The problem?  Kate can’t seem to find a boyfriend.  She is, however, surrounded by her guy friends.  She attempts to have a “no strings attached” relationship, but that doesn’t seem to be going so well.  Neither does her attempt at dating.  Quickly frustrated with the problems that can arise when dating within her circle of friends, Kate begins to wonder if trying to get romantically involved with her friends was a good idea.  Little does she know, Mr. Right is right under her nose!


“You are so lucky.”

“Me?” Kate asked.

“To be single. To be unattached. To be able to get up and go do whatever you want without having to make up stories about work problems. To not have to deal with your in-laws!” Julia grinned.

“You’re the lucky one. Married to a great guy. With a sweet kid.”

Julia shrugged. “Sometimes I wonder…”

“Oh, don’t say stuff like that!” Kate said. “Don’t ruin the dream for the old single lady!”

Julia sighed. “Seriously, though…  Thank you so much for coming out here.”

“Not a problem,” Kate said. “I was just thinking about opening a bottle of wine and taking a bath and watching a movie or something. What an exciting Friday night, right?”

“Oh, God, that sounds so great.”

Kate laughed. “Great?  Sounds boring to me.”

Julia drained her wine glass. “Are you kidding?  Do you have any idea how long it’s been since I’ve been able to do something like that?  Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve gone to a bar like this?”

Kate shook her head and gestured to the bartender for another glass of wine for Julia. “Then we should do this more often!” Kate said. “We always say we’re going to go out and we never do.”

“I know, I know.”  Julia smiled. “It would be really nice to go out with a friend and not always have to talk about the in-laws, pre-school, and who got who sick this week…”

“For me, it would be really nice to hang out with a girl,” Kate admitted. “I mean, I have my friend Lucy and everything, but she’s the one who’s getting married…”

Julia nodded. “Things are different?”

“Not yet…” Kate said slowly. “But I’m sure they will be. She’s my only girl friend. Everybody else that I hang out with is a guy. And I love the guys… But it would be nice to have more girl friends to spend time with.”

“Weren’t you dating one of these guys or something?”

“Kind of. But not anymore. Just friends.”

“Friends and dating. That hardly ever works out.”

“Tell me about it,” Kate said.

An Amazon reviewer says:

5 stars – “Jessica Strassner is just an amazing author. She has a way of telling a story that you can completely relate to everyone in the book and feel as if you are the main character! I have read all her books and just can not get enough. It is a great read and I would highly recommend this to anyone!! I hope she has more coming out soon.”

Find out more about Jessica and where to buy her books:

Loveahappyending author page
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Please leave a comment

  1. Mandy Baggot Says:

    Congratulations, Jess! I can’t wait to read it!

    Mandy xx

  2. Jess Says:

    Thanks!!!! 🙂

  3. Janice Horton Says:

    Congratulations Jess – on the new book and the move from Florida to Washington DC! Loved the excerpt and what a WOW cover!

    Janice xx

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