Today is the official release day for my second book, Crowned!!  It’s a fun story set in the drama-filled world of beauty pageants.  Excuse me, I mean “scholarship” pageants.  And one of my sisters (until very recently) did a lot of pageants in the Miss America system, so it’s based on a lot of first-hand info.  In fact, I had sooooo much good stuff that this actually ended up being a hard story to write.  And by “good,” of course, I mean totally scandalous and/or shocking.

Speaking of scandals and beauty queens, the pageant world has had quite a tumultuous time over the past few years.   Seriously–when E! makes a show called Beauty Queens Gone Wrong: 15 Shocking Pageant Scandals, you know something is up.  So, over the next couple of weeks I thought it would be interesting to talk about some of these scandals, as well as the good, positive aspects of pageants.  Because for all the bad stuff you hear about, there is just as much good.  At least, I assume there is!  If there are any pageant girls out there, I’d love to hear your opinions.  In the meantime, check out the Crowned cover and info below!


Smile. Wave. Dominate.
Presley loves the pageant world. She knows how to work the crowd and looks gorgeous in an evening gown. But really, she needs the pageant world — for its scholarships and opportunities. The only thing standing in her way? Her archrival, Megan, who was practically born wearing a crown and sash. Megan may be the nastiest girl on the circuit, but she has one thing that Presley doesn’t: connections. And she won’t hesitate to use them.What happens when two girls will stop at nothing — including scandalous Internet pictures, vicious message board rumors, or “accidentally” ruined hair — to be crowned the winner? Strap on your stilettos and tuck in those shoulder pads…it’s going to be a bumpy ride.