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Excerpt: Welcome to Beantown by Elle Vanzandt and P. Marie


They say the college years are what really shape a person for adulthood, and although rare, unbreakable bonds of friendship can be made.

Gianna Moretti, Alexis Cole and Shelby Lansing are about to discover just how true that is.

When the three of them are thrust together in a new city and on their own for the first time at Boston College, none of them expected to click so suddenly despite their many differences.

They also didn’t anticipate how much their lives would be changed.

Forgotten dreams, family secrets and heartbreaking fears are revealed as they grow, learn and laugh together. What started as a bond of circumstance quickly becomes something they never realized they’d all been missing –true friendship.

However, when devastation strikes, will their friendship survive?


“Good morning, sweetie. How did you sleep?”

“Like a rock,” I admitted as I took in her warm, welcoming smile and returned it with one of my own.

“I’m glad to hear that,” she replied as I moved to take the seat beside Gia. “Now, if you’re anything like that growly monster of a daughter of mine, you’ll need your large cup of coffee this morning, too. You know where the mugs are, help yourself.”

Gia emitted her own version of a monster growl only proving Theresa’s point. Laughing, I got myself the biggest mug I could find. Despite being up at dawn for chores on the ranch my entire life, I still needed that caffeine jolt. Once poured, I moved back to the counter, patting Gia on the head.

“Easy now, Cujo,” I teased, laughing as Gia nipped her teeth at my hand, prompting Mama T to shake her head while she continued buzzing around the kitchen like she was cooking a meal for the Queen of England. Gia and I both continued to sit in zombie-mode until the full effect of the caffeine kicked in, careful not to get in the way of the crazy lady with a spoon.

“Be careful now, Shelby,” Theresa smirked from her place at the stove. ”She has rabies.”

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About the Authors

About Elle Vanzandt

Elle Vanzandt grew up a Navy brat who has had the privilege of living in many places but she will always call Illinois her home. A stay-at-home mom to two amazing children, a blogger, and a writer, she wears many hats. With determination and strength taught to her by her mother, she has made it through many obstacles, always sticking with the family motto ‘pull up your bootstraps and get it done’. Writing is an adventure she could have never predicted but is enjoying the ride all the same. In her free time you can find Elle with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Background noise is a must, usually in the form of her kids, but Netflix and country music on Spotify come in a close second and third.

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About P. Marie

P. Marie lives in a small town outside of Boston where she was born and raised. She resides in the house she grew up in with her husband of 33 years and her two fur babies, Tek and Tessie. She is the proud mother of two adult children as well. While she is a corporate girl during the day, she has become both a writer and blogger by night. P. Marie says she owes her success to her mother who taught her that if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.

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