One wild, unexpected weekend and a Neighborly Affection update

We made Jay the spokesman? But no one will read the words. They'll be looking at his shaggy hair and his sexy abs.

Thanks, Jay. I’ll take it from here.

Wow. You all shifted my world on Friday, and the aftershocks are rumbling through Monday, too. You propelled Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection #1)  to No. 13 in Amazon’s Kindle Store over the weekend. I couldn’t have imagined that in my wildest dreams.

And then you went back for seconds faster than Jay on waffle day, driving Crossing the Lines (Neighborly Affection #2) and Healing the Wounds (Neighborly Affection #3) to Earth-shaking rankings, too.

Massive thanks go out to all of you who have let Henry, Alice, and Jay into your lives for a few hours. I hope you’ve found them to be kindred spirits.

I’m guessing most of you have noticed that Healing the Wounds will be out in a week — on June 2 — so here’s a quick update on three other Neighborly Affection series-related things:

How to get free flash fiction

The monthly author newsletter includes free, original flash fiction from Jay’s point of view. Tuesdays with Jay stories fill in some of the time in-between Alice’s nights with the guys in Playing the Game and Crossing the Lines. You can sign up at the bottom of the page with just an email address, and you’ll never hear from me more than once a month.

If you’ve just signed up and you want a copy of Tuesdays with Jay #1: Rush Job, which went out to subscribers last month, please email me at with “Tuesdays with Jay request” in the subject line and I’ll send a repeat of the earlier newsletter out to you.

Three-Way Tie available again

Three-WayTie_cover_px250As my editor and some fellow Lyrical Press authors have been reminding me for months, the Neighborly Affection short story Three-Way Tie hasn’t been properly available since the First Frost anthology went off the market on January 1.

So with copious amounts of help from author Joanne Wadsworth, this weekend I finally learned how to make the magic happen. I’m starting with baby steps, which means the story will only be available on Kindle for at least the first 90 days, but look for Three-Way Tie to show up on Amazon on Tuesday, May 27.

Guy time for Henry and Jay

Farther out, the next full-length novel on the horizon is Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4). Henry demanded the chance to share how he fell in love with Jay, so this book takes us back five years and explores the beginning of their relationship.

My editor and I are hard at work polishing the manuscript. If we get it right, you’ll love getting inside Henry’s head as much as Alice does. Becoming His Master is tentatively scheduled for release in March 2015.

Questions? Just ask.

I think that’s everything, but this weekend has me so gobsmacked I might’ve missed something glaringly obvious in my stupor. If there’s anything you want an answer to, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to be more coherent. 😉

M.Q. Barber

M.Q. Barber is the USA Today bestselling author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. She's also an inveterate, unrepentant scribbler of ideas on whatever's handy.


  1. Congrats! I’m really happy for you (and really looking forward to June 2nd…). 🙂

    • Thanks, Stacy! I hope you end up enjoying the third book as much as the first two. I’m about dying of nerves over here the closer the day gets!

  2. Tuesdays With Jay please

  3. HUGE congratulations, M.Q.! I’m so pleased for you and proud of you! These stories are wonderful, and I’m glad that they are connecting with readers everywhere 🙂

    Could I sign up for Tuesdays with Jay, too? Pretty Please???

    • Thanks, DB! If you’d have told me two years ago this was gonna happen, I’d have fallen over laughing in disbelief. Having so many people falling in love with Henry and Alice and Jay is incredible.

      Sending Jay to you now. 😉

  4. Congrats on your upcoming releases. I’m not sure how I missed signing up for your newsletter, but that will be rectified. Signing up now.

    Tuesdays with Jay please.

    Thanks for the shout-out too. 🙂 *waving*

    • Hi, Joanne! Thanks for visiting. Your help was fantastic!

      Shipping one Jay express to you. 🙂

  5. Tuesdays with Jay please!! Can not wait until the 2nd!!

  6. Stacie Garnett

    Love! Love! Love! Playing the Game! I just purchased Crossing the Line, can’t wait to start reading it!

    I would love to have Tuesday’s with Jay as well please! 🙂

    • Yay! I hope you end up loving book two as much as book one, Stacie. 🙂

      Sending one Jay straight to you now!

  7. I love love love these characters! You have done an amazing job with all three of them. So glad to see a book 4, so hoping that won’t be the end. Would love to read Tuesdays with Jay please! THANKS

  8. Please keep on writing those stories you have a talent for keeping my mind completely under the covers and I love it there. And ill be looking forward to jays stories probably as much as alice was to her Fridays with her boys.

    • Now that’s a challenge! Henry and Jay are great at surpassing Alice’s expectations for their Fridays. I’ll do my best to make sure Jay’s stories are as memorable in their own way. 😉

      • Thank you and congrats on making USA today list at number 1. You deserve every moment of joy from this.

  9. Tuesday with Jay please

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