I’m delighted to be participating in author Debby Mayne’s Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tour for her contemporary women’s fiction, PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES. This is book one in her new Class Reunion Series.
As part of the tour I’m sharing my thoughts on the book, a bit about the author, links to other blogs participating in the tour, and the author is sharing an excerpt from the book. Let’s get started.
PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES by Debby Mayne
For Priscilla Slater her 10-year high school reunion will be a chance to show her classmates she’s no longer an ugly duckling. She’s traded her discount wardrobe for designer clothes, she has perfectly straight teeth, gone is her mousy brown hair, and she has a successful chain of hair salons. But her parents’ disapproval of her career doesn’t help her self-esteem.
Once at the reunion, Priscilla discovers her classmates aren’t as she remembered nor have they changed in the ways she imaged. Receiving attention from the boy of her high school dreams, Priscilla realizes he’s not what she thought after all.
The reunion organizer has overdone herself, while her husband does his self in by drinking too much and making a fool of himself. Having starved herself for the event, one woman passes out. The class beauty queen seems unshakable until her ex-husband arrives with his latest fling.
Author Debby Mayne has created realistic and likable characters that will remind you of people you know. The characters are well-developed and a good blend of the typical high school class.
PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES moves at a steady pace and story flows smoothly. The story is told from a number of view points giving more insight into the members of the class. Mayne also includes the viewpoint of Tim, a rep for a beauty supply company, who is enamored with Priscilla and is her date for the reunion.
Mayne touches on the various aspects of attending a class reunion and does an excellent job showcasing how expectations drive people. The story is plausible and pulls you in from the first page. There’s a good mix of humor throughout the book that will have you smiling and even laughing out loud at times.
Anyone thinking of attending a class reunion should be sure to read PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES first. It will make you see things in a whole new light.
Author Debby Mayne's website is www.debbymayne.com.
Pretty Is As Pretty Does by Debby Mayne, Class Reunion Series Book 1, Abingdon Press, @2013, ISBN: 978-1426733581, Paperback, 304 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of the author’s virtual book tour and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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 Writers Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition.
Three of Mayne’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.
For more on Mayne and her writing, visit her website at www.debbymayne.com or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES is available at the following sites:
AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | ABINGDON PRESS
Visit Mayne’s virtual blog tour page for the schedule of blogs she’s visiting this month.
Now here’s an excerpt from PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES to entice you to read more. Just so you know…..the second book in the Class Reunion Series, BLESS HER HEART, is slated for release next month and deals with Priscilla’s 15-year class reunion and a whole new set of problems.