From USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Stephanie McAfee, comes another Ace Jones adventure. The fourth novel in the Mad Fat Girl series, Lord Help Us All is a story of friendship, heartbreak, and perseverance set against a backdrop of old Southern gospel hymns, an embattled flag, and flowering dogwood trees.

Still mad. Still fat. Ace Jones is back!

On a personal level, Ace Jones isn’t doing so good. She knows that the time in her life has arrived to start taking care of herself, but as the fruits and vegetables rot in her fridge, she continues her long-term love affair with cold beer and pepperoni pizza. She despises the gym worse than ever but has to keep going because even her “fat pants” have grown snug. As for her teaching career, Ace doesn’t really like most of her coworkers, but understands that she must abide by the daily tradition of exchanging phony smiles and lame greetings, regardless. And her love life, as usual, leaves much to be desired.

Ace desperately needs a break from her life, but the only entertainment she can afford is to go junking every Saturday morning. So now, with a collection of souvenir spoons from places she’s never been, along with a horde of touristy trinkets from other people’s vacations, her aging two bedroom house has morphed into a five-star mess.

But Ace is about to have to put aside her personal problems as there is, once again, trouble brewing in Bugtussle, Mississippi.

When a foe from the past tries to usurp the mayoral throne of her hometown, Ace Jones and her friends aren’t having it. But when a great divide forms amidst the conflicting ideas of right and wrong, Ace finds herself standing opposite a few good friends… and alongside few sworn enemies. Armed with a pair of antique binoculars and a second-hand copy of Buddha in Daily Life, Ace sets sail once again upon the stormy waters of small town politics and religious hypocrisy.

Will Ace’s hometown survive another fervent battle between the “good” people and the people who are good? Can she find peace and balance in her life despite the momentum of a downhill slide? And in her time of loneliness, will Ace be able to resist the warm temptation of an old flame?

Pre-order today exclusively from Amazon!

Lord Help Us All is a self-published eBook. It is only available as eBook; there will be no print version. And it’s only 99ȼ because why not?


Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

(Mad Fat Girl Book #1)

In Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling debut novel by Stephanie McAfee, Graciela “Ace” Jones is mad -mad at her best friend Lilly who cancels their annual trip to Panama City for mysterious reasons; at her boss Catherine for “riding her ass like a fat lady on a Rascal scooter;” at her friend Chloe’s abusive husband; and especially at Mason McKenzie, the

February 2012

love of her life, who has shown up with a marriage proposal one year too late. Ace is never mad, though, at her near-constant companion, an adorable chiweenie dog named Buster Loo.

Ace’s anger begins to dissipate as she takes matters into her own hands to take down Chloe’s philandering husband-and to get to the bottom of a multitude of other scandals plaguing Bugtussle, Mississippi. Then, she starts to realize that maybe Mason deserves a second chance after all.

With a sharp and distinctive voice, Stephanie McAfee delivers a hilarious and fast-paced tale about Ace Jones and her two best friends-thick as thieves and tough as nails-navigating Southern small-town politics and prejudices, finding love, and standing up for each other all the way.

Get Diary of a Mad Fat Girl from your favorite bookstore or from Penguin Random House, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Happily Ever Madder

(Mad Fat Girl Book #2)

The saga of Ace Jones continues in McAfee’s hilarious follow-up to her New York Times and USA Today bestselling debut novel, Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. In Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl, Ace has left the tiny Mississippi town of Bugtussle for the palm fronds and mojitos of Pelican Cove, Florida. She’s finally opening her long-dreamed-of art gallery, is kick-starting a life with her fiancé, Mason, and has vowed to leave her straight-talking, sassy ways behind her. From now on, she’s going to be as sweet as sugar.

November 2012

Unfortunately, something comes along to sour her plans.

That something is Mrs. Lenore Kennashaw and her coterie of crones. They’re a bunch of snippy, snarky, and just plain mean ’ol ladies who aren’t quite as smart or rich as they’d like to think they are. But that doesn’t stop them from treating everyone else like second-class citizens. And when Ace inadvertently takes some of the steam from Mrs. Kennashaw’s stride, she becomes their #1 enemy. But with the support of a new group of fabulous friends, as well as her friends from Bugtussle—and her always-faithful chiweenie Buster Loo—Ace will find a way to make it, even if she has to throw some weight around…

Get Happily Ever Madder from your favorite bookstore or from Penguin Random House, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Ace Jones: Mad Fat Adventures in Therapy

(Li’l Mad Fat Shorty: Mad Fat Girl Book #2.5)

June 2013 – A Penguin Special

Back in Bugtussle, Mississippi, after her relationship with her ex-fiancé has fallen apart, Ace Jones is naturally depressed. What’s worse is that every time she leaves the house, she winds up in some kind of altercation. She can’t help but wonder if she’s an idiot magnet, or if she’s the smart-mouth stirring things up. Hoping for a little peace of mind, Ace gives in to the advice of her best friend and goes to see a therapist. But she quickly discovers that the road to nirvana isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. And as Ace goes from one therapeutic misadventure to another, the plus-sized spitfire becomes more determined than ever to find enlightenment—even if it means bending herself into a pretzel to do it.
Includes excerpts from Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, Happily Ever Madder, and Down and Out in Bugtussle.

This eBook is available for only $1.99 from Penguin Random House, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Down & Out in Bugtussle

(Mad Fat Girl Book #3)

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie McAfee delivers another irreverent, laugh-out-loud page-turner about the (mis)adventures of plus-size spitfire Graciela “Ace” Jones. 

With her fiancé now her ex-fiancé, Ace has hightailed it back to Bugtussle, Mississippi, and back to her Gramma Jones’s house. Her best friends, Lilly and Chloe, are delighted she’s back, but Ace still has some challenges ahead of her.

July 2013

For one thing, her replacement as Bugtussle High School’s art teacher, Cameron Becker, refuses to vacate the position. So Ace is stuck working as a substitute teacher while harboring fantasies of running Miss Becker out of town. On top of that, Lilly and Chloe are obsessed with setting her up on less-than-romantic blind dates—even though all she wants is a break from her pitiful love life.

To ease her troubled mind, Ace resolves to restore her grandmother’s gardens to their former glory. But in the well-worn gardening book she’s dug out of her grandmother’s attic there are a series of suspicious notes that indicate her grandmother may have had a special someone in her past. Now, with her faithful chiweenie, Buster Loo, by her side, Ace is determined to get to the bottom of her grandmother’s secret life, all the while hoping her own life isn’t about to implode….

Get Down & Out in Bugtussle from your favorite bookstore or from Penguin Random House, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.


Ace Jones: Misadventures in a Winter Wonderland 

(Li’l Mad Fat Shorty: Mad Fat Girl Book 3.5)


December 2013 (SM)


Snow deep in a winter wonderland, misadventures abound as Ace Jones is thrown face first into a dream come true. Don’t miss this special release from Stephanie McAfee.

This eBook is available for FREE on Amazon.

61 thoughts on “

  1. I hate to say I actually stole a copy of your first book because I’m dirt poor, but I found it at a store, stuffed it into my book bag and walked out. I read it whenever I had time. I sat out in my yard in the summer and read, lying in the grass. I loved it so much I gave it to my cousin to read a few weeks ago. I really hope she likes it.

  2. Love your books….been hooked since the first page! Gives us “fat girls” someone to relate to…and provide MANY laughs at the same time! Can’t wait to read ALL of your books!!

  3. I just found your Diary of a Mad Fat Girl book yesterday and cannot put it down! I will be looking for all of your books and cannot wait for you to write more! I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time. Housework be damned today!

  4. I’m a high school couselor in North Georgia, and I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!! The funny parts are GREAT and the serious matters grabbed my HEART. Keep on writing these books are Great for MY SOUL!!! Laughter is always the BEST Medicine!!!:)

  5. Love Love LOVVVVVvvvVVVEeEEEeEe these books!! They make me laugh out loud. I relate to Ace.. ALOT! (probably because I have her same smart a** sense of humor..haha!) When is the next one coming out? 🙂

  6. I have been checking your site and Amazon Kindle on an almost weekly basis for months in hopes of finding a newly released Ace Jones adventure. You have an amazing talent Stephanie McAfee. My best friend, whom I will admit, doesn’t always have the same awesome taste as me in books, finally gave in and read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl after relentless begging on my part. She couldn’t put it down and we’ve been talking about the series nonstop since then.
    You even get the snot-giggles going in us while recapping the book together. Please. More. As soon as you can!

  7. I just found this series at my local library I’ve been looking for a new series and can’t wait to keep reading. I hope you continue this series!

  8. I just read Diary of a Mad Fat Girl and it was amazing. I was laughing so hard I cried. I loved the part about the gym. It was awesome to read a book where the main character is not a knock out supermodel just an average “fat” women. Finally a story a could relate to! Thank you for writing it!

    • Well, thank you for reading it and for taking the time to leave such a great comment! And, yes, the character of Ace Jones is for all of us who have grown weary of those perfect supermodel superwomen. Enough of that already! Ha! I’m so glad you like the book!

  9. So I just finished Happily ever Madder (after just starting it yesterday) and you can’t imagine my relief when I saw on your website that you do in fact have another book after that! I can’t wait to read it!!! And I so relate to her relationship with Mason, unfortunately. Please keep writing about Ace!!!

  10. I just came across your happily ever madder book on a discount table at Barnes and Noble. After sitting in the coffee shop reading the first few pages I went online to see what else you had written and discovered there was a book prior to this one…which I promptly went and found!! I absolutely love these books and hope you will continue this series so I have more books to look forward to reading!!


  12. Thank you so much for writing these great stories for us! I am not a big reader, but my sister recommended these books and I could not put them down. I hope there is more Ace Jones to come!!!!

  13. I keep recommending your books and looking for new ones. I hope you keep up the great works! I’ve been caught laughing aloud while listening to your books while driving. Thanks : )

  14. I cannot find This Book Anywhere “Ace Jones Misadventures in a Winter Wonderland.” Does anyone have a copy I can buy? Don’t want E-book.

  15. Really don’t mean to be pushy, but could you please hurry and put out another book? I just LOVE your books. Ace Jones is my hero!

  16. These are the funniest books ever. I keep checking back every few months but no new
    book. When! When! When! Hasn’t it been
    Few years. Trying to wait patiently 😩.

    • Okay, so now I have a huge head to match my fat beautiful ass, thank you! LOL! How does December 25, 2017, sound for a new Ace Jones book? With a preorder date of September 29th? I’ll keep you posted, I promise. Thank you for your patience… and for that fabulous comment! 🙂

  17. I love your books! Please come out with something new soon. Your books are a treat to read. Your righting is whitty and I can see the characters while enjoying your books.

    • Hello Karen, First of all, I’m so happy you asked about The Bluebirds because I do love those characters and have big plans for them. Right now, however, I’m finishing up a new Ace Jones book for a December 2017 release. Soon after that, I will return to my beloved Bluebirds (which is actually in the process of rebranding right now). Thank you for taking the time to ask. You have truly made my day. I promise to keep you posted. Best, Stephanie

      • Thanks Stephanie. I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to your releasing a new one.

        Ace is a co character and I am super excited about a new book for her. Thank you!

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