It's your child's senior year. A private high school's reputation is at stake. Students have only one more shot at the SAT before college applications are due. A few desperate parents with much more money than brains are willing to do anything to get their children into Ivy League colleges.
In the EXTRACURRICULAR trilogy, a dark family secret leads to a college admissions cheating scandal at a private school, setting off a crisis of conscience for the parents, teachers, administrator and the students involved—and a catharsis for one couple about their marriage.
Extracurricular - Book 1
TRADE PAPERBACK: 9781970093025
IN THE FIRST NOVEL OF THE EXTRACURRICULAR EPISODIC SERIES:
It's your child's senior year. A private prep school's reputation is at stake. A math teacher refuses to grade his final exams on a curve. Students have only one more shot at the SAT before college applications are due. And a few desperate parents have much more money than brains.
Is love an illusion?
Twenty-two years ago, Audrey Thorpe made a mistake that has haunted her for the rest of her life. And now her dirty little secret that will soon be the downfall of everyone and everything she holds dear: love, family, friends, and her private high school alma mater.
And, as with all illusions, it starts with an unrequited love story...
Extracurricular - Book 2
TRADE PAPERBACK: 9781970093049
IN THE SECOND NOVEL OF THE EXTRACURRICULAR EPISODIC SERIES:
Audrey’s worst nightmares are coming true:
Despite being gravely ill, her mother, Lavinia, doesn't want to give up her position as Head of Ashbury Academy, the school she created and nurtured into a success. Doing so means watching the status-conscious leaders of the school’s trustee board change its core mission: keeping AA affordable, or free, for children who weren’t born into wealthy families.
Not only that, Egan’s return to the school puts Audrey’s dark secret in jeopardy, especially now that twins Chuck and Charly are enthralled by him.
To make matters worse, Miranda’s quest to burnish her reputation as the region’s premier college admissions consultant includes some questionable practices that could put the school’s reputation in jeopardy and entangle Egan in her plan of deceit.
Extracurricular - Book 3
TRADE PAPERBACK: 9781970093056
IN THE THIRD AND FINAL NOVEL OF THE EXTRACURRICULAR EPISODIC SERIES:
A tragic death catalyzes a power play for control of Ashbury Academy’s trustee board. Daniel’s covert actions, however, have Audrey questioning his vow to protect Lavinia’s legacy at the school.
The arrests resulting in the FBI’s investigation into Miranda’s college admissions fraud bring tragedy to some of the families involved, and unexpected opportunities to others.
Can Ashbury Academy survive this scandal?
An even bigger question:
Will Audrey’s marriage—and her family—fall apart after her long-held secret is finally revealed?
PRAISE FOR THE EXTRACURRICULAR SERIES
“Josie Brown brings it, in this ripped-from-the-headlines romp of a novel set in the world of academia and its shadow world – extracurricular activities that may not be legal. It has romance and intrigue, and a pace that doesn't let up. Highly entertaining. Sure to delight Brown's legions of fans.”
—Eileen Goudge, New York Times bestselling author of Garden of Lies and The Diary
“Master storyteller of the competitively elite, Totlandia's Josie Brown graduates from strollers and playgroups to the high stakes game of college admissions in this captivating tale of trickery, deceit, and unrequited love. Told across three episodic novels, in Book 1, meet the movers, the shakers, and the dirty-deal makers that, together, establish a page-turning premise to carry us forward: It's the tiny twists of fate that change us. A++ for Extracurricular!”
—Julie Valerie, author of Holly Banks Full of Angst and the Village of Primm series
“Sharp, smart, and sexy, Brown's timely new series about the cut-throat world of college admissions is a must-read. As always, Brown's cast of characters is a delicious mix of sweethearts, scoundrels, and the just plain morally corrupt. Never predictable, Extracurricular is immensely enjoyable.”
—Meredith Schorr, author of The Boyfriend Swap and the Blogger Girl series
“Delicious, hilarious, and addictive, Extracurricular has all the hallmarks of a classic Josie Brown book: fleshed-out, juicy characters, a to-die-for plot, and a ripped-from-the headlines premise. I absolutely loved it and must read the entire series!”
—Samantha M. Bailey, author, Woman on the Edge
“Dirty little secrets have a way of catching up with us. Housewife Assassin and Totlandia fans rejoice! Josie Brown has a new trail of secrets, lies, and parents behaving badly—and you're gonna love it. Ripped from the headlines, Extracurricular delivers the perfect summer read on just how far some people will go, no matter the cost, to get exactly what they want.”
—Jen Tucker, author, The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out, and Chick Lit Central columnist
"I couldn't stop reading it because I just needed to know what would happen. There were lots of interesting surprises and twists...and this is only Book One!"
—Melissa Amster, ChickLit Central
“Josie Brown has hit it out of the ballpark with this timely tale of family, friends, love, and the morally corrupt. As always, Ms. Brown's writing is sharp, smart, and oh-so witty. She'll have you laughing out loud one minute and cringing the next at her characters' antics and comments. Filled with twists and turns and complicated emotions that lead to decisions that play pivotal moments in the characters' lives, this story will reach out and grab your attention from page one and not let go until the end. I now sit on tenterhooks awaiting the next release to find out who will be going down and who will be saved.”
—Gail Chianese, author, Love Runs Deep
“The characters were well-drawn, the storyline was great, and a few unexpected twists throughout made it a fun read… I can't wait to get my hands on the next book to see what happens.”
“Loved this story of unrequited love, backstabbing, and keeping the faith. I'm so excited that this is a part of a three-book episodic story that runs alongside the current event everyone is talking about: rigged college admissions. Book 1 opens with a chapter from Book 2 so you know, as you read and get to know the characters, that they're all headed for a downward spiral. A surprise event in a hotel, a natural disaster, two lovers who keep missing their opportunity—a great read. One that will have you wishing you didn't have to wait for Book 2 and Bok 3 to release.”
—Chick Lit Chit Chat Blog