Behind the Book: Three Simple Words by AJ Pine


My Very Own Central Perk

I’ve been known to celebrate release day like…


And in my daily life I will find any reason to say…


I know what “He’s her lobster” means (and I quote the line in Kingston #4). I know Joey’s favorite food is sandwiches and the difference between being on a break and being broken up.

Yes, folks, I’m a die-hard Friends fangirl who swells with pride when her eleven-year-old daughter says, “Can we watch ‘The One With All The Resolutions’?” because we are bonded by our love of Ross in the leather pants.

What, you ask, does any of this have to do with THREE SIMPLE WORDS? Because we’re all friends here (see what I did there?), I’ll tell you. This is more than just behind the book. It’s behind the Kingston Ale House series.


As much as I enjoy Ross cutting a couch in half or slapping himself in the face with a hand full of lotion and powder, what I really love about the show is the idea of the close-knit group of people who love each other like family, who’ve got each other’s backs no matter what, and who fall in and out of love until they all (except for poor Joey), find their lobsters.

That’s how (fake) Chicago brewery, Kingston Ale House, was born. I wanted to create my own Central Perk…but with beer.

While book one, THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, is a road trip book, it starts with Jamie Kingston (ale house owner) hosting his ten-year high school reunion at Kingston’s. Book two, SIX MONTH RULE, is an office romance, but Kingston Ale House is the place where the hero and heroine first decide to take their flirtation to the next level, and it’s also where the grand gesture happens at the end. In THREE SIMPLE WORDS, my hero, Wes, is a writer struggling to get out of the sophomore slump, working at Kingston Ale House to make some extra cash. And book four, WORTH THE WAIT (January 2017) brings us to Jeremy, Kingston Ale House bartender and the hero who just wouldn’t stop nagging me for his own book.

All four books work as stand alones, but the characters throughout the series all show up in each other’s stories, and always in the background is Kingston Ale House–home to misunderstandings, proposals, conflicts, and grand gestures. It is home to the makeshift family of Brynn, Jamie, Holly, Will, Annie, Wes, Jeremy, and Grace. It’s my version of Friends for the new millennium.

As an added bonus, my current release, THREE SIMPLE WORDS, not only promotes a healthy love of beer…but of the written word itself. With a heroine, Annie, who is a bookshop owner and romance blogger, and a hero, Wes, who doesn’t believe happy ever after exists in real life–what cou
ld possibly go wrong?

Maybe Phoebe’s knowledge of lobsters mating for life was a little off the mark, but a girl who’s holding out for her own happy ending can certainly convince a cynical writer that she’s his, right?

Find out in THREE SIMPLE WORDS. And keep your eyes peeled for the final installment in the Kingston Ale House series. I promise Jeremy and Grace are totally WORTH THE WAIT.

lobsterAbout Three Simple Words:

She’s holding out for a happy ever after.

I know where to find my happily ever after–between the pages of a romance novel. It’s why I sell books, why I blog about them, and why I’ll never get disappointed by love.

So what if my brother’s best friend from high school is now a bestselling author? Or that he just blew back into town on a Harley, filling out a pair of jeans like he never did before? Or that he’s agreed to do a signing at my bookstore on such short notice?

Because despite all his adoring female fans, I kind of hated his book.


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Each book in the Kingston Ale House series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.  Series Order:

Book #1 The One That Got Away 

Book #2 Six Month Rule

Book #3 Three Simple Words

Book #4 Worth the Wait
About AJ Pine:


AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

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