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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Celebrating BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

Here goes my very first blog contest, and I’m totally nervous. Does my hair look OK? Is there anything in my teeth? Does my butt look big in this post? I need to be pretty.


I am an audiobook nut, especially when the author is the one reading the story. BEAUTY QUEENS is hands down my best ride through an audiobook EVER! I was laughing so hard at Libba Bray’s narration that I got lost in Fresno for over an hour on my way back from Yosemite. This hilarious story is well worth the mileage and confusion.

Libba’s performance is one of a kind and takes this brilliant comedic romp to a whole new level. At the SCBWI-LA conference I had the privilege of meeting Libba, and she graciously 
re-enacted a few lines from my favorite character in the book, Tiara. That memory is now my happy place.

BEAUTY QUEENS is more than a snort-laugh inducing treat. It also shares the journey of the girls as they discover who they truly are. Great message for our teens. Thank you Libba for this story that is sparkly gold with a chocolate center.

Laugh with me if you will by watching this BEAUTY QUEENS VIDEO starring Libba Bray herself.


 Pretty Prize – A copy of BEAUTY QUEENS autographed by Libba Bray.

*Throws Confetti, blows a bugle, and marches around the room with a baton*

Many of the contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant share a Fun Fact page with us in the book. Here’s mine:

Name: Leslie S. Rose
State: The voices tell me I’m normal.
Age: Old enough to be stalked by AARP.
Height: 2 inches shorter than my dream of 5’6”
Weight: In pounds or stones?
Hair: What day is it? Okay, blonde.
Eyes: The paint chip from Home Depot says cinder block blue - so pretty
Best Feature: My Star Wars memorabilia collection

Fun Facts About Me
  • ·      I have a titanium hip, but magnets don’t stick to me so what's the point in having it?
  • ·      I used to be able to do a back bend, grab my ankles and walk. If only the Corporation had invented Cirque du Soleil back then.
  • ·      Once a Shetland pony bit me.

Leave a comment below telling all of us a Fun Fact about you. Comments must be in by midnight EST on Monday, October 24th. The winner will be drawn at random and announced starting October 25th on each of the celebrating blogs. Don't forget to leave your email. My apology to the international blogging community, but this is a US only contest.

Go to the BEAUTY QUEENS posts on the blog links of my awesome (and pretty) writing buds below to share more fun facts and earn two more chances to win our fabulous prize. You can earn an entry for your comment on each of the three celebrating blogs.

Stay pretty.

Audible. com on BEAUTY QUEENS:
The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?


  1. The best part of this post is that I could *hear* you saying "pretty".

  2. Nothing in your teeth, your hair is tidy. I can't see your butt at all, no worries.
    I've been leaving fun facts on the other 2 blogs so here's hoping you guys don't get sick of me. Fun fact: I used to be able to shuffle cards and do a cartwheel at the same time.
    The summer I was 14 I had a lot of free time.

  3. Hey Leslie!! I'm not participating in the contest bc I don't live in the US, but I'll spread the word! :D
    I think this is an amazing idea, and I love Libba Bray!

  4. Kristen - Now my life's goal is to shuffle cards while cartwheeling.

    Monica - Thanks for the PR. I could always bring the book to you in person. I have a passport.

    Lisa - Your pretty.

  5. Hey there Leslie! Thanks for giving us the chance to win this awesome prize! =)

    Btw- “I used to be able to do a back bend, grab my ankles and walk. If only the Corporation had invented Cirque du Soleil back then.” That’s amazing.

    My fun fact: I have never climbed a tree before.

    Not very interesting, but I've run out of interesting fun facts about myself lol.


    email -

  6. We're talking hot male pirates, right? If so, where do I sign up?????? :D

  7. I love audiobooks, too. I will listen to this on your recommendation. I could use a good laugh.

  8. I'm in the mood for silly/funny reads lately, so will check it out!

    That's funny about the Shetland pony. I once got butted by a goat. My sister couldn't stop laughing.

    Am not entering the context as not in US.

  9. Magnets don't stick to titanium hips? Darn! That would be such a cool party trick.

    I've had such fun reading all these fun facts about our blogging buddies. Keep 'em coming, guys!

  10. Omygosh the sexy pirates. Blushes to admit that's was the hook that cinched it for me.

    "the voices tell me I'm normal" - love it!

    Funny thing about me? I was once so mad at my husband I squirted a whole ketchup bottle all over his snowmobile. (okay, well, it made ME smile)

  11. That is the most original cover. Love it!

  12. Ah!!! So so excited!

    Ok, ok. Fun fact. I used to live across the fence from a guy who owned ostriches. Also, I have shaved a llama.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  13. Hello Leslie,

    My final fun fact is that: I believe in fairies. =)

    Pennsylvania, USA

  14. One of my greatest physical achievements (outside of having kids) was being able to do a back walkover. I wish I still could but if I tried now I'm sure I'd become a paraplegic.

  15. Your butt totally does NOT look big in this post...

  16. Larkan - We could have raced! That would be our Cirque act. Pretzel racing.

    Thanks, Melissa. I feel my self-esteem rising.

    Lydia - I've been dying to try a cartwheel again after my hip replacement. Too chicken so far.

    Hey, Megan, I'm Irish so my leprechaun obsession is right up there with your fairies.

    Sarah - Ostriches freak me out. I'd never be able to live that close to one.

    Ciara - I agree. That cover is a bucket of awesomeness.

    Margo - I'd like to see a picture of that incident on your blog.

    Julie - You know I'm all about the party trick.

    Lee - I've had my share of near escapes from goats. Not exactly warm and fuzzy creatures.

    Stina - The pirates are DEFINITELY swoonworthy.

    Laurisa - Just avoid using heavy machinery while you listen to this audiobook.

  17. Your weight comment in pounds or stones was hilarious! Thanks for the grin!
    One of my fun facts is that my little toe is folded over onto my next toe because of a tightened tendon. Foot fetish people love me. ;D

  18. You are so darn funny. I love your stats and fun facts. I would LOVE a copy of this book!

    My fun fact: I have a birthmark on my left knee in the shape of a pig, so does my 11 year old son.(same place, same shape)

  19. Emily - That's footastic!

    Dana - And why didn't we see that birthmark last Sat. night?