Secondary Characters

I love secondary characters; writing them, reading about them, even watching them on the big screen. Secondary characters support the “stars”; make them more vibrant and compelling. But when the story ends, I’m often left wondering what they’d do if they were in the “spotlight”.

Nothing like a child.

That’s why I gathered up a handful of “people” from That Second Chance series and sent them to Magdalena, New York, the fictional small town in my bestselling Truth in Lies series, also known as the A Family Affair books.

I call the books in That Second Chance series, prequels to particular books in the Truth in Lies series. A prequel is a story that happens before the main story and I didn’t think about doing this until after I wrote A Family Affair: Christmas. Here’s a list of the Truth in Lies books and the order in which their prequels should be read:


Book Title


A Family Affair Truth in Lies Book 1
A Family Affair: Spring Truth in Lies Book 2
A Family Affair: Summer Truth in Lies Book 3
A Family Affair: Fall Truth in Lies Book 4
A Family Affair: Christmas, a novella Truth in Lies Book 5
Simple Riches That Second Chance Book 3
A Family Affair: Winter Truth in Lies Book 6
Pulling Home That Second Chance Book 1
A Family Affair: The Promise Truth in Lies Book 7
The Way They Were That Second Chance Book 2
A Family Affair: The Secret (2015) Truth in Lies Book 8
Paradise Found That Second Chance Book 4
A Family Affair: The Wish (2016) Truth in Lies Book 9
Not Your Everyday Housewife That Second Chance Book 5
A Family Affair: (TBA)(2016) Truth in Lies Book 10
The Butterfly Garden That Second Chance Book 6
A Family Affair: (TBA) Truth in Lies Book 11



Is it necessary to read the prequel before reading the “main” book? No, but it will give you a broader understanding, fill in missing pieces, and provide an overall richer experience if you do.

Because I love food, I’ll use this analogy. The prequel is like the cinnamon in a pumpkin pie. Is it still tasty without it? Of course. You won’t catch me turning down a piece. But add the cinnamon and that pie pops, fills your senses, settles on your tongue, and makes you hold out your plate for seconds. And if you’re wondering about this odd analogy, yes, it really is all about the food!

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Alison Halley

I have just read The Seduction of Sophie Seacrest and enjoyed it very much. I am hoping to find the other books in this series in Kindle.

Mary Campisi

Hi Alison:

Thank you very much for contacting me. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed “Sophie”. You will definitely be able to find the rest of this series on Amazon. Here is the link to my Author Page and you will see the books there:

Again, many thanks for taking the time to write.

Have a great day!


Vickie Backes

I so love your books and look forward to email notices and of course, many more books. Thanks for the opportunity and for sharing your wonderful work!

Mary Campisi

Hi Vickie:

Such kind words! Thank you very much. Make sure you’ve read Gloria’s notebook on my website – I tell everyone not to read it until after they’ve finished A Family Affair: Fall because there are spoilers in there. I’m still debating about more notebook entries…