BEING ME is the continuing story of Sara McMillan, an ordinary high school teacher with an uneventful life whose surprise acquisition of a storage unit key leads her to discover the journals of a woman she never met. Riveted by the journal writer’s erotic adventures, Sara begins to obsess until she takes steps that lead her to living out the other woman’s life. But the writer’s path is dark and the men Sara meets are darker still—can she solve the riddle of what happened to the writer before she meets the same fate?

Throughout your career so far, you’ve written a wide range of genres, from paranormal romance to erotic thrillers. Which has been your favorite to write and what inspires you to jump around?

I love suspense and it’s where I started. Opportunity lead me other places but my heart is always in a good sexy mystery.

Your latest series, The Inside Out Trilogy, begins with a character who discovers a woman’s “lost journals” in an old storage unit she purchases. How have your real-life experiences buying storage units inspired you to write this story?

My fiancée found a journal when we were buying and selling storage units and it inspired the idea. He got absorbed in the journal and insisted I write a sexy mystery involving a journal found in a storage unit. It took me years to listen to him but he never stopped pushing me. By the time I wrote INSIDE OUT had been developing the idea so long, that it made the fictional world and characters felt very real to me.

Before publishing your books, you owned your own staffing agency, which was named Entrepreneur Magazine’s #7 growing women-owned business (1998) and recognized by the Austin Business Journal and Dallas Women Magazine. How has your experience in the business world helped shape your female characters?

It helped me understand the dynamics of personalities and relationships. It also exposed me to some of the good and bad sides of people and situations I do not think I would have known existed otherwise.

In your opinion, what ingredients are needed to make up a good erotic thriller?

Well, great sex is a must. And not the same sex. And not sex just for sex. If I Were You didn’t have a ton of sex because the characters weren’t ready. I wasn’t going to make them have sex to make sex scenes appear on pages. And a good mystery is a true mystery. It’s woven into the story with subtle little clues. For me, it also has to be deeply rooted in something one or more characters have some emotional attachment to.

What’s up next for you and your writing career?

I have a new series Escaping Reality, another sexy mystery, out in July. A novella coming up with Random House and more books in the INSIDE OUT series. There will be 5 Inside Out books and a spinoff series. Books 4 and 5 are highly focused on the man who did not get Sara. And you will know what the spinoff series is by the end of Revealing Us. You will have no question.


When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.

Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.


The sexy second installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy, following If I Were You—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?


‘Skye’s friend Ella convinces her to go Auction Hunting with her. While Ella scores a unit with Rebecca’s Journals that she later gives to Sara in the first chapter of IF I WERE YOU, Skye buys a unit of her own where she finds a key to a locker. And what she finds inside will lead her to mystery, danger, and passion.


June 3rd began weekly chapters at Storagetreasures.com. It’s free to register. Storagetreasures.com is the community co-founded by the Dotson’s who are on the mega-hit TV show Storage Wars.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

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  1. I agree with your ingredients for a good erotic thriller. Altho we love hot sex scenes, gratuitous sex interrupts the flow of a good story. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win!

  2. I haven’t read your books yet, but they sound great.
    I agree with you that sex scenes should fit with the story and it shouldn’t just be sex for sex.

  3. I would love to win this book. I just finished the 4 novellas so this one is next on the list. I want to know more about Mark! 🙂

  4. i would love to win! great interview. sometimes a little thing can inspire fantastic books like here with the journal.

  5. Awesome, interview!! I have not read this series yet but I definitely want to. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these books and CANNOT wait until August and September for the next novella and novel!!!

  7. Oh my oh my! I’d love, love, LOVE to win a copy of If I Were You and Being Me!!!!! It’d be like a dream come true! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  8. I would love to win this giveaway. I am being a HUGE fan of Lisa and would love to keep reading her work. Thank you for the chance to win this book 🙂

  9. I’m reading If I were You now- and loving it. I decided to get the book after listening to your interview online (this was during the time of the fires near Lisa’s home).
    Great Interview- Great story line- (glad you listened to your fiancee’)

  10. I love this idea of a story line. I love watching Storage Wars just to see what interesting things they find.

  11. Great interview! Lisa is a super nice person…and I too now watch storage wars to see what’s going on…lol

  12. Hello Lisa! I am very familiar with your Tall, Dark & Deadly series, but this Inside Out Trilogy is new to me. I’m glad you were on this blog today so that I could find out more about it…and you. 🙂 I sure do appreciate your prolific writing.

  13. Great interview, I enjoyed reading it!! Thank you for the chance to win these amazing books 🙂

  14. Enjoyed reading the interview with this author. There has been a lot of great posts on this series & I have downloaded book one & cannot wait to begin reading it. Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. I purchased If I Were You just last week! I think the concept is so interesting. Have you written anything for this series and when you went back and read it you decided that it was too far or too much? I always love finding out what authors decided to cut from their series.

  16. Thank you for the giveaway! I live in Colorado and wonder if you’ll be doing any local book signings?

  17. Thank you for sharing the interview and book excerpts, I have been a fan for a long time and I always love seeing and hearing about her books. Thank you for the opportunity to win 🙂

  18. Lovely post. I reaaly like it. And i can’t wait to read this book. The cover books was amazing!!

  19. I love that the idea for the story was pitched by your fiancee and a found journal in a storage unit.

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