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Friday, July 12, 2013

I Had to Work My Characters Hard! by Debby Mayne and Giveaway

Page Count: 304
Release Date: 1 June 2013
Publisher: Abingdon Press

Genre: Contemporary, Women's Fiction

Priscilla Slater goes to her 10-year high school reunion as a successful business woman. Even though she got rid of her mousy brown hair, swapped out her discount store wardrobe for designer clothes, and now has perfectly straight teeth, she can't get past feeling like the ugly duckling. Her parents' disapproval for her choice of careers—running a chain of hair salons—deepens her self-doubt. She experiences self-discovery and learns that things aren't always as they seem.

During the reunion, one woman passes out after starving herself for the event. The class beauty queen appears to have more self-confidence than ever until her ex shows up with his new wife. The reunion organizer has taken her responsibilities to a whole new level that makes the Marines look like Boy Scouts, while her husband drinks too much and makes a fool of himself. The man she always dreamed about being with finally gives her some attention, but when she finds out more about him, she realizes he's not worth her time. These realizations boost her self-confidence, but now she has to deal with her best friend Tim's new feelings for her?

Dig Deep but Stay Out of the Ditch

One of the things I discovered while writing the Class Reunion series was that all of my characters had to dig deep and make the most of what they had. Intelligent and nontraditionally gorgeous Priscilla Slater uses her brains to become an immensely successful hairdresser and business mogul.

Tim's job as a beauty supply salesman could get him down, but he turns on the charm and enjoys calling on beautiful women all day. His company car might not be the chick-magnet he'd rather be driving, but it gets him where he needs to go.

Laura had no idea what she got herself into when she married the class alcoholic, but she has a husband and four young'uns who need her, and she's not about to loosen her grip. Still, though, it's hard to coordinate and run a class reunion with one hand while trying to maintain control at home with the other.

Trudy might not have the teenage body she so desperately wants, but after her no-good husband dumped her for a younger woman at the ripe old age of twenty-five, she discovers that she's very good at retail sales. However, she still wants to be part of a couple, and she's willing to connive and starve herself to do it.

Nothing in Celeste's past has prepared her for what she always thought she wanted—to be part of something really important. Not only does it require a ton of hard work, she has to look the part. Good thing Priscilla saw something in her that she didn't even see in herself.

Like my characters, I've had to dig deep many times to find the energy and resources to accomplish what needed to be done—whether it's family related or involves my writing. Most of the time, I find some level of success, but there are days when I wonder why I even bothered getting out of bed. Have you ever experienced times when you weren't sure you could do something but managed to get it done?

About the Author

Debby Mayne has published more than 30 books and novellas, 400 print short stories and articles, more than 1,000 web articles, and a slew of devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past eight years, she has judged the Writer's Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition. Three of Debby's books have been top ten favorites by the Heartsong Presents book club. Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July 2009.


Thanks to Pump Up Your Book and the author, we've got a finished PRINT copy of Pretty Is as Pretty Does up for grabs! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below :)

For FOUR extra entries, leave a comment in response to Debby's question:
Have you ever experienced times when you weren't sure you could do something but managed to get it done? Tell us about it!
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