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August 7th, 2014 • by Sandy Zimmerman

New York Times Bestselling Romance Author Meets Husband In A Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Could It Be The Perfect Love Story?

That’s exactly what happened to Lisa Renèe Jones, author of the sexy Inside Out Series, described as part Fifty Shades, with the thrilling suspense of Gone Girl. One day before her career took off, Lisa was in a Barnes and Noble at the New Release rack, dreaming of the day her books might be there, when her now husband, also a book addict, approached her. From there, love bloomed, and the story gets even better.

Diego was a physical therapist, laid off when the office had financial troubles, and Lisa was a starving artist. They began auction-hunting before’ Storage Wars’ made it popular. During that time, Diego found a journal and started reading. Lisa often jokes he was such a chick reading it. ‘Someone is dead next door!’ ‘She’s pregnant again!’ ‘What is she thinking?’ He decided right then that Lisa needed to write a story about a journal found in a storage unit, and either someone dies or they turn into a zombie. She opted out of the zombie idea, but after Diego “nagged” her (her words, not his) for several years, she sat down and penned the mystery.

The story tells of a prim and proper school teacher, Sara McMillan, who inherits a storage unit full of Rebecca Mason’s belongings. Sara reads Rebecca’s journal and could relate to how the other woman has feared her dreams but chased them despite that fear. When the journal ends ominously, she also fears for her life. Sara seeks out Rebecca, but is unable to find her. Somehow Sara begins living Rebecca’s life without meaning to, becoming involved with the same people that Rebecca knew, and with one man in particular. Lisa uses sex as a tool to show vulnerability when we trust someone. What if we trust the wrong people? What if we do it at a time in our lives when we feel the most exposed?

The story was an immediate bestseller and was quickly snapped up for cable television, currently in development with acclaimed producer Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland w/Johnny Depp, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs, and more).

“Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story – her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality,”
– Suzanne Todd, Producer of Alice in Wonderland

Since the release of book 1 in the series, If I Were You, Diego and Lisa’s life has changed, their dreams have been realized, and it all started with their love of books, and inside a Barnes and Noble. Lisa and Diego can be seen weekly on YouTube with their adorable Oriental Shorthair cat, Julie. Recently, Lisa convinced the rather shy Diego to “Read from Fifty Shades of Grey and If I Were You. If that isn’t love, what is?” To see that video and more, visit Lisa’s YouTube channel:

Book 4 of the Inside Out series, No In Between, where all the secrets behind Rebecca’s disappearance are revealed, is due out August 19th. Find out more about Lisa at:

The series begins with If I Were You

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