adult romance debut

For Her Consideration

"With vibrant prose, a setting that is both upscale glam and homey comfort, and a thrumming, pounding, romantic heart, For Her Consideration is pure romance magic."
New York Times bestselling author of The Soulmate Equation
"I loved how joyful, how thoughtful, and how real For Her Consideration was. This book made me laugh out loud, smile big, and swoon hard. Amy Spalding made me adore Nina and her friends, fall in love with Nina and Ari, and want to live in their world forever."
New York Times bestselling author of While We Were Dating
"For Her Consideration is so many things I want in a book: funny, sexy, and super queer. Spending time in Nina and Ari's world was a joy. Amy Spalding has written a warm celebration of Los Angeles, chosen family, and learning how to love and be loved."
Cameron Esposito,
bestselling author of Save Yourself
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When an aspiring L.A. scriptwriter falls head-over-heels for a bossy and beautiful movie star after a devastating break-up, the two take a risk on love and cast themselves as the leading ladies of their own star-struck romance in this sweet and spirited love story from critically-acclaimed writer Amy Spalding in her adult debut.

Since a crushing breakup three years ago, Nina Rice has written romance, friends, her dreams of scriptwriting for TV, and even L.A. proper out of her life. Instead, she’s safely out in the suburbs in her aunt’s condo working her talent agency job from home, managing celebrity email accounts, and certain that’s plenty of writing—and plot—for her life. But a surprise meeting called by Ari Fox, a young actress on everyone’s radar, stirs up all kinds of feelings Nina thought she’d deleted for good…
Ari is sexy, out and proud, and a serious control freak, according to Nina’s boss. She has her own ideas about how Nina should handle her emails—and about getting to know her ghostwriter. When she tells Nina she should be writing again, Nina suddenly finds it less scary to revisit her abandoned life than seriously consider that Ari is flirting with her. Between reconnecting with her old crew and working on a new script, a relationship with a movie star seems like something she’ll definitely mess up—but what could be more worth the risk?

A funny, flirty, and heartwarming novel about bad breakups, found families, and embracing life. A moving love story sure to appeal to fans of Casey McQuiston and Meryl Wilsner.

“A fiercely funny, super sexy story about believing in your dreams, finding your chosen family, and letting yourself be loved. After reading For Her Consideration, I’m in love with both Los Angeles and Ari Fox. Amy Spalding has such a gift for snappy dialogue and loving, quirky friend groups, and I’ll read everything she writes.”
Kerry Winfrey,
author of Just Another Love Song 

"For Her Consideration is a heartening, dishy, celebratory novel that features true-to-life queer characters—the exact kind of book I’ve longed to see flourish on bookstore and library shelves. It is an absolute delight to read and a worthy addition to the modern romantic-comedy genre."
Camille Perri,
author of When Katie Met Cassidy

"For Her Consideration is the perfect kind of romance—it  sucks you in, makes you swoon, and leaves you utterly satisfied AND wanting more. Amy Spalding has created an authentic Hollywood love story between two wonderfully relatable women both striving to find themselves while also falling for each other."
Kate Spencer,
bestselling author of In a New York Minute

For Her Consideration is incredibly funny, queer, sweet, and sexy. Anyone with a toxic ex or a serious celebrity crush will be able to relate! It's about learning to trust yourself and the people in your life, and it's guaranteed to leave you smiling and wanting to hug your chosen family very hard.”
Celia Laskey,
author of So Happy for You and Under the Rainbow 

For Her Consideration by Amy Spalding is a charming romantic comedy with two winning heroines. I especially enjoyed the strong family bonds, including a truly delightful group of friends. My heart ached at the emotional moments and I giggled aloud at all the funny parts. I loved watching Ari and Nina learn to trust themselves and each other and follow their dreams. Cute and heartfelt, For Her Consideration is a highly recommended read.”
Erica Ridley,
New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Loving a Wallflower

“Flirty and fun, with romance and laughs on every page, For Her Consideration is a rom-com that truly embodies the term. I loved every moment of this book, from Nina and Ari’s love match, to their found families, to the Los Angeles-local backdrop. Spalding’s singular sense of humor and lovable characters make for a perfect escape. I tore through this with a smile on my face!”
Sarah Skilton,
author of Fame Adjacent



Lydia and her younger sister Penny make a pact to avoid boy drama for the summer—but Lydia can’t help looking for a loophole when she falls for a cute girl
"No Boy Summer is the perfect summer hangout book - warm, witty, and heartfelt. Watching Lydia turn into a person who's more than the sum of her romantic relationships is an empowering, relatable journey."
award-winning author of Indestructible Object
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Lydia Jones and her younger sister Penny have had it with boy drama. Last year was marred by relationship disasters for both of them, threatening Lydia’s standing with her school’s theater tech club and Penny’s perfect GPA. Penny has, naturally, diagnosed the problem and prescribed a drastic solution: a summer off from boys.

Lydia and Penny decide to stay with their Aunt Grace and her boyfriend Oscar in Los Angeles while their parents are off on a European cruise. Penny follows her future-business-school dreams with an internship at Oscar’s office, and Lydia gets a part-time job at Grace’s neighborhood coffeeshop, Grounds Control.

Even when they spent hours, days, weeks dissecting their various boy drama, Lydia’s never felt this connected to her sister before, and it makes her wonder what else in her life could be different. She finds herself drawn to a group of friends she meets through her Grounds Control coworker, Margaret, as well as an intriguing customer, Fran, an aspiring filmmaker and—while not the first girl Lydia finds herself attracted to—the first girl who has mutual feelings for her. But she’s not breaking her pledge to Penny, right? That was just about boys. Even though in her heart Lydia knows she’s bending the rules, she hasn’t had a connection with anyone as strong as her connection with Fran, so she thinks it can’t be wrong. And Penny won’t mind as long as she’s happy . . . Right?

COMING APRIL 25, 2023 FROM ABRAMs/amulet


We Used to Be Friends

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"Amy Spalding knows that best friendships are love stories, and this one is complex, earnest, and unflinching. A must-read for anyone who's ever had or lost a friend."
bestselling author of Simon & the Homo Sapiens Agenda
⭐"It’s rare to find a novel that treats friendship so perceptively and acknowledges its potential end so truthfully."
starred review
"Amy Spalding spins a story of friendship, family, love, and longing as perfect and bittersweet as the last days of summer."
Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Like Water
"A captivating snapshot of a friendship that many teens will relate to. Spalding explores important questions while lyrically weaving the two stories together."
School Library Journal
"Honest, heartfelt, and fiercely charming. This is Amy Spalding at her absolute best."
bestselling author of The Beginning of Everything
"We Used to Be Friends chronicles the end of a friendship with a bittersweet authenticity balanced by Amy Spalding's trademark humor. This book will break your heart like only a best friend can."
author of Somewhere Only We Know
  • 2021 ALA Rainbow List Title

  • 2021 TAYSHAS Reading List Title

  • 2021 ALA YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Nominee

  • Amazon Teachers' Pick

  • NAMED A Best Book of 2020 by Cosmopolitan,  Refinery 29, and more



(and the best burger in Los Angeles)

"This book is the queer, fat girl rom-com of my dreams! Plus-size fashion, a fat girl falling in love, nuanced friendships, and cheeseburgers! Did I mention cheeseburgers?"
Julie Murphy,
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'
"If your heart sings for teen rom-coms, then stop reading right here – this book delivers every bit of the fizzy fun the genre promises, from perfect first kisses to the heady joy that only a crush reciprocated can bring."
⭐"Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc."
starred review
"The Summer of Jordi Perez is a confectionary delight. From lovely romantic date nights to secret makeout sessions to utterly relatable friend drama, this is the happy queer-girl romance I've been longing for since I knew enough to long for happy queer-girl romance."
Robin Talley,
New York Times bestselling author of Lies We Tell Ourselves
"Yes, this book is as fantastic as it sounds."
  • NAMED A Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The Boston Globe, Kirkus, Cosmopolitan, Autostraddle, BuzzFeed, BookRiot, Paste, PopSugar, and More

  • 2019 ALA Rainbow List Title

  • 2019 TAYSHAS Reading List Title

  • 2019 ALA YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Nominee

  • 2019 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee




Fake relationships. Enemies to lovers. Love triangles and best friends, mistaken identities and missed connections.
These are the tropes that romance is made from. Then add in powerful flora, a superhero and his nemesis, a fantastical sled race through snow-capped mountains, a golf tournament, the wrong ride-share, and even the end of the world. This collection of genre-bending and original stories shows how love always finds a way — whether at a family party or transcending space and time.
Join fifteen bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming authors as they reimagine some of the most popular themes in the romance genre that are sure to steal your heart.
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Amy Spalding is the author of several novels, including the bestselling We Used to Be Friends and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, the Boston Globe, Kirkus, and more.

Amy grew up in St. Louis and now lives in Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.


Photo by Jessie Weinberg

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For Her Consideration

February 21, 2023

No Boy Summer

April 25, 2023

We Used

to Be Friends

The Summer of Jordi Perez

(and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Adult Romance Debut

A funny, flirty, and heartwarming novel about bad breakups, found families, and embracing life.

This summer Lydia and her sister making a pledge: no boys. Lydia isn't expecting to fall for a girl, but she's not technically breaking her promise to her sister. What could go wrong?

A story told in alternating timelines about the most crushing breakup -- a best friend breakup. "Complex, earnest, and unflinching" (Becky Albertalli)

Praised as "the summer's hottest queer romance" (EW) and a best book of 2018 (NPR and more), a romcom bursting with first love, friendship, fashion, and humor 

The New Guy

(and Other Senior Year Distractions)

Kissing Ted Callahan

(and Other Guys)

Ink Is Thicker than Water

The Reece Malcolm List

Who wouldn't be thrilled to have a former boyband member show up their senior year of high school? Jules McAllister-Morgan, that's who. She's got stuff to accomplish!

Sneak out, make out,

rock out! Riley and Reid make a pact to help each other find love, but nothing goes as expected in this hilarious tale of rock 'n roll, friendship, and, obviously, kissing

Kellie's life has never felt so complicated, between family drama, a new role on the school newspaper staff, and an older boy. A story rife with sister feels, relationship messiness, and tattoos

When Devan's dad dies, she's shipped off to L.A. to live with the mother she's never known--but it's also about musical theatre, cute boys, and learning to believe in yourself onstage and off


Love and Music

(and Missing Ted Callahan)

(an eBook mini sequel)

Riley's rock 'n roll dreams are finally coming true...but will Ted even be there to see it happen? Set one summer day after the events of Kissing Ted Callahan 


Fools in Love: Fresh Twists on Romantic Tales


The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce 


Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists


This book made me laugh out loud, smile big, and swoon hard.


New York Times bestselling author


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