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About LJ Evans
Award-winning author LJ Evans writes achingly heartfelt slow-burns with deep, relatable characters, true friends, real "family", and dreams remade on this wild ride called life.
She lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, child, and the three terrors called cats. She's been writing, almost as a compulsion, since she was a little girl and will often pull the car over to write when a song lyric strikes her. A former 1st-grade teacher, she now spends her free time reading and writing, as well as binge-watching original shows like The Crown, A Discovery of Witches, Veronica Mars and Stranger Things.
If you ask her the one thing she won’t do, it’s pretty much anything that involves dirt—sports, gardening, or otherwise. But she loves to write about all of those things, and her first published heroine was pretty much involved with dirt on a daily basis. Which is exactly why LJ loves fiction novels—the characters can be everything you’re not and still make their way into your heart.
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Five heart-stopping books with football heroes, swoony rock stars, and tortured artists who might just work their way into your soul.
It all started with kids at a lake. And when loss hit, they all had to learn to live again...
To find joy...
To find redemption...
To find love...
MY LIFE AS A COUNTRY ALBUM ― a boy-next-door, coming-of-age romance. Tomboy Cam's diary-style coming-of-age story about growing up loving the football god next door. She vowed to love him forever. But when fate comes calling, will she ever find a heart to call home? Warning: Tears may fall.
MY LIFE AS A POP ALBUM ― a road-trip, rock-star romance. Bookworm Mia is trying to put behind years of guilt when soulful musician, Derek Waters, strolls into her life and turns it upside down. Once he's seen her, Derek can't walk away unless Mia comes with him. But what will happen when their short time together comes to an end?
MY LIFE AS A ROCK ALBUM ― a second-chance, antihero romance. Recovering addict, Seth Carmen, is a trash artist who knows he's better off alone. But when he finds and loses the love of his life, he can't help sending her a series of love letters to try and win her back. Will Seth prove to PJ they can make broken beautiful?
MY LIFE AS A MIXTAPE ― a single-dad, rock-star romance. Lonnie's always seen relationships as a burden instead of a gift and having to pick up the pieces his sister leaves behind is just one of the reasons. When Wynn enters his life just as her world is disintegrating, their mixed-up pasts give way to new beginnings neither of them saw coming.
THIS LIFE WITH CAM ― a box set exclusive novella. Written as a response to Cam's story in Country Album, Blake shares what it was like growing up in the shadow of Cam's first love. Discover the exact moment he fell for the tiny football referee with her lopsided braids and popsicle-stained lips.
This award-winning series from LJ Evans should come with a warning label: Do NOT read unless you are prepared to invest your heart and soul. It's about finding yourself and your path on this wild ride called life while overcoming loss, heartbreaks, and illness. It's about family and hope and love. Each book can be read as a STANDALONE novel but comes with spoilers for the first book in the series.
“Challenge accepted!” were the last words she expected him to utter, and now it’s a race to see who will back down first.
Dani Whittaker has turned in her Washington D.C. insider badge, leaving behind the backstabbing ways and seedy politicians. When a friendly favor ends with the one man she can’t have making her body sing in ways she hates to adore, D.C. isn’t the only thing she needs to escape.
Navy S.E.A.L., Nash Wellesley, is all about honoring a promise to his dead brother, so accepting a dare from the long-legged force of nature tempting him isn’t in the cards. Not if he wants to keep his only remaining friend and stick to the code he grew up on.
But retreat is impossible after Dani’s new job puts her in the headlights of a fanatic, and Nash is called upon to protect her.
When the chase ends, will they be left shattered or will they emerge from the ashes together?
inspired by Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams, comes a standalone, bodyguard romance about the triumphant healing power of love that just might make you laugh, tear your heart out, and slowly combust. Are you ready for it?”
*Contains nongraphic assault flashbacks not involving the hero.
Turmoil might be prevalent in their personal lives, but that won’t stop Edie, Khiley, Stephen, Ty, Eliza, Mayson, and Ginny from throwing their parents the biggest surprise 50th birthday party ever seen on New Year’s Eve. What they don’t realize is that the magic of family might just be the answer to their own problems.
From award-winning author, LJ Evans comes a standalone, soul-filling story full of wintery goodness inspired by Lady A's "All I Want for Christmas Is You.
From award-winning author LJ Evans comes a soul-tugging, standalone romance between a broody, military man and a spirited, musician who threatens everything he’s built…
Serious, by-the-book Eli Wyatt has life all figured out. He’s got a five-year plan, his future in the Coast Guard, and friends who always have his back.
And then Ava Abrams breezes into his life one summer day and tempts him in ways he can’t shake.
A free spirit, Ava’s on the run, heading in the direction of her dreams. She's set her heart on Juilliard and country music stardom, not a happily ever after with a man she’s just met. Still, there’s something about Eli’s commanding presence that demands her soul take note.
Just as they start to fall, her past forces them into a goodbye that leaves only the memories of a fairytale summer and the bitter taste of what could have been.
Four years later, Eli stumbles into a bar with Ava on stage. And once again, she’s like a siren calling to him.
Will he make the same mistake and let her slip away? Or will he build a new dream with her at its center?
Inspired by Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn Sunset,” comes a slow burn, summer beach read about dreams lost and remade with vibrant characters, beautiful friendships, and families made along the way.
"Just like the moon calls the tides, she has called me home. To her."
Also available in The Anchor Novels: The Military Brothers box set with an exclusive novella.
“We’re worth fighting for. A life full of love will always be worth it.”
Dax Armaud has spent the last decade haunted by feelings for the one woman he can never have. Family secrets mean just being seen with a Mori is a dangerous dance let alone dating one. But a desperate call sends him spinning back into Jada’s life, and now he can’t walk away without leaving half his soul behind.
For years, Jada Mori fought the ties to her father’s world while healing a broken heart. She thought she’d finally escaped both until a shadow creeps out of her past seeking retribution. When Dax shows up trying to protect her, she’s determined to send him away before her mistakes destroy them.
Forced into hiding, the tantalizing desire hovering between them refuses to be ignored, and in the end, they’ll have to decide what matters most―family allegiances or a chance at a forever after.
Inspired by Imelda May’s “Falling in Love with You Again,” comes an emotional, friends-to-lovers romance with deep, relatable characters and a story you might never forget.
“You were my only wish. My only dream come true. But what if I couldn’t keep you?”
Dive queen Cam Swayne refuses to give up on her destiny. For as long as she can remember, her heart has belonged to the dreamy boy-next-door. But despite their lifelong friendship, the three years separating them is an insurmountable hurdle for a high-school romance.
Until one summer night, when everything changes and Jake finally sees her for the woman she’s become.
Can Cam’s sheer determination keep them together when college, illness, and fate come calling? Or will she be left to pick up the pieces without him?
Inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again,” My Life as a Country Album is the first heartfelt standalone novel in the My Life as an Album series. If you like unforgettable connections, emotional journeys, and beautiful prose, then you just might adore LJ Evans’ bittersweet, diary-style tale.
Warning: tears may fall…
Also available in the My Life as an Album series box set with exclusive content.
“I always saw relationships as a burden instead of a gift...until Wynn showed me the way.”
Lonnie Brennan may be the comic relief in the chart-topping band, Watery Reflection, but he’s also the one silently protecting it from behind the scenes. Which is how he ended up living in Tennessee and falling in love… with the Southern charm and sweet-tea lifestyle of the small town. When a sexy, redhead enters into the mix, he isn’t sure he’ll ever escape again.
Wynn Nichols has always been the stable friend guiding the way for others until her world crumbles, and she slinks home with disappointment and failure following her. With divorce papers in hand, she isn't looking to start a new relationship. Certainly not one with a sexy musician who treats life like a series of jokes.
When Lonnie finds himself suddenly in charge of his tiny niece, Wynn swoops in to help, and they form an unlikely friendship that gets them through the darkest days of their lives.
But can they risk the relationship they need for a chance at a very unlikely happily ever after?
Inspired by Chris Janson’s “Drunk Girl,” My Life as a Mixtape is the fourth heart-searing, slow-burn standalone in the My Life as an Album series. If you like unforgettable connections, emotional journeys, and beautiful prose, then you just might adore this series.
Also available in the My Life as an Album box set with exclusive content.
"He sounded like he looked. Sultry. Intoxicating. Bad Boy. Good Girl Mia was screaming in my head to back away from the boy."
Bookworm Mia Phillips is back home, trying to pretend she's got it all together while taking over the family car dealership. She’s an expert at hiding her guilt and the regrets she has over a man who never really loved her.
Derek Waters is spending the summer touring with his band and trying to forget everything he left behind in L.A. Falling head over heels for a small-town girl is completely out of the question, and yet he can’t seem to get the enticingly sweet Mia out of his mind.
A spontaneous purchase at a charity auction means Derek has the perfect excuse to ask Mia to go on the road with him, and her guilty secret means she can’t say no.
But when the road trip ends, will they be able to walk away without permanent damage to their hearts?
Inspired by Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Outloud,” My Life as a Pop Album is the second heartfelt standalone in the My Life as an Album series. If you like unforgettable connections, emotional journeys, and beautiful prose, then you just might adore this series.
Also available in the My Life as an Album series box set with exclusive content
I inherited a fortune from a dad I never knew,
And a thoroughly charming guy asked me out.
Unfortunately, my fairy tale could disappear in ninety days...
Because there’s an impossible task to complete,
And a greedy cousin plotting against me.
Plus, I’m not your typical fairy tale princess.
I have a secret that might send my charming running,
And threatens my future if the press finds out.
If today was a fairy tale…
Why does my happily ever after look so far out of reach?
From award-winning author, LJ Evans, comes a contemporary romance filled with all the magic, hope, and love of a fairy tale plus the slow-burn, old-soul vibe her fans adore. Inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale,” this small-town romance is pure escapism.
A full-length, standalone adult romance.
“I was at peace living with the loneliness of my art, and then she entered my life with a bubble gum scent and heartbreak on her lips, making me ache for more.”
As a recovering alcoholic and a rude bastard, Seth Carmen knows he's better off alone. He's made a success of himself by focusing on the one thing he's good at, turning garbage into art. But when fiery, fairy-like PJ Hensley enters his world, he can't imagine a life without her in it.
PJ is dealing with a tormented past and a stalker she’s trying to ignore. The last thing she needs is a moody trash artist absorbing her time while she finishes college and figures out what comes next. But once she meets him, Seth overwhelms her with an intensity she can’t walk away from.
When her stalker emerges from the shadows, PJ bolts for New York, and Seth spends five months writing her love letters convincing her to come home.
Can he prove that they can take broken and make it art?
Inspired by Bon Jovi’s “Everybody’s Broken,” My Life as a Rock Album is the third heart-wrenching, standalone, redemption story in the My Life as an Album series. If you like unforgettable connections, emotional journeys, and beautiful prose, then you just might adore this series.
Also available in the My Life as an Album box set with exclusive content
“We would be art. We would be paint and chords blended together.”
Brady O’Neil tells the world he’s returning to upstate New York to help his sister. While it’s the truth, he’s also hoping to rediscover the soul of his music. When he goes to his mentor for help, he finds a woman trapped in the past instead. A woman who makes him want to stay like never before.
Losing her grandmother feels like yet another blow the world has dealt Tristan. Keeping the music store and her daughter afloat is all she can focus on, and Grams’ beloved student sauntering in doesn’t change anything. He’s just another adventure she can’t afford.
When Tristan has to concede that Brady holds the solution to her troubles, she’s determined it won’t mean giving him access to her heart. After all, she buried that bruised organ alongside her husband years ago.
Can Brady convince her that hearts aren’t limited to just one love song?
Inspired by Chris Janson's "Done,” comes a standalone, single-parent romance about the lyrical, healing power of love with vibrant characters that might just leave a permanent mark on your soul.
From award-winning author, LJ Evans comes a breathtaking, roommates-to-lovers standalone romance between a driven military man and the law student he can’t afford to love…
Leaving his Navy career behind, Mac Whittaker is ready to join his family on Capitol Hill and pursue the political dream he’s had since childhood. His goals are just within reach, and all he needs to complete them is a woman he adores at his side.
Georgie Astrella is just getting her life back on track after putting aside her own goals for years. She isn’t looking for love, a man, or anything that might deviate her from her given course. She plans on losing herself in the law and nothing else.
After sharing an intoxicating kiss at their friends’ beach-house, Mac and Georgie run in opposite directions as neither can afford mere attraction to shift their futures.
But Fate has other ideas, throwing them together until neither can walk away without losing a piece of their souls. But when her family’s past promises to make his future an impossibility, they’ll have to decide just what they’re willing to sacrifice for love.
Inspired by Lewis Capaldi’s “Bruises,” comes a heart-warming, friends-to-lovers, city-life romance about dreams and family with vibrant characters on an emotional journey you won’t want to miss.
“My heart enlarged at a thought I’d never had for a woman... I wanted to keep her.”
Also available in The Anchor Novels: The Military Brothers box set with an exclusive novella.