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Spotlight: Back in Beantown by Elle Vanzandt and P. Marie

Publication Date: July 17, 2017
Genres: New Adult, College, Coming of Age

Their friendship has grown into an unbreakable bond…

Gianna Moretti, Alexis Cole, and Shelby Lansing have been helping one another navigate the rough waters known as life, hoping to survive and grow with each experience.

As the girls finish up their freshman year at Boston College, they begin planning summers that will be spent apart, and obstacles of all shapes and sizes will hit them along the way.

With a change of scenery, blossoming relationships, and the unearthing of deep family issues, the sassy trio tries to find a way to balance it all.

A new journey is beginning for these Boston Belles; a season of inevitable change is in their future. Life-altering events are happening every step of the way, but will they be able to stand strong together, or will their friendship ultimately be torn apart?



“I hope you like shrimp and grits, Miss Gia.”

“Audrina, I will eat whatever you cook,” Gia promised, raising her bacon to salute her. “I can’t wait to try it.”

When the kitchen door shut, Gia faced me.

“Hey, I didn’t want to sound stupid, but what the hell is a grit?” she asked with a confused look.

“Seriously, you don’t know?” I tilted my head and laughed before I realized she was being serious. “It’s made with hominy, kind of like cornmeal.”

“Oh, you mean kind of like polenta? Nonna makes it with sauce, pork ribs and a little parmesan. It’s to die for,” she groaned, making me laugh. “No worries then. I was afraid you were gonna ask me to eat sheep balls or something.”

“Sheep balls, Gia?” I shook my head, laughing. “Good Lord! Where do you come up with this stuff?” I asked, making her shrug. “Come on, let’s FaceTime Shelby. I miss her and want to check in to see what she has been up to.”

I grabbed my cell phone and we spent the next twenty minutes catching up with Shelby. She gave us a video tour of all the construction going on at the ranch, it was finally starting to come together.

“I can’t wait for you all to get here! The ranch is almost ready and having you all here will get it up and running, plus you get to be our first test guests,” she grinned, rubbing her hands together like a villain.

“You sound like you plan to do evil experiments on us, Country,” Gia teased, knowing Shelby was joking.

“Well… you never know. There is a lot of land out here, plenty of space to get rid of the failed experiments.”

I couldn’t help but join in her laughter. Our quiet country girl had developed a sass we could all be proud of.

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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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