Bookended By Beauty Queens

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go as planned.

Angie Palmer likes her life just the way it is–private. She has no desire to entangle herself in complex friendships, and her relationship with her two beauty queen sisters is safely distant.

When disaster strikes her Grandmother, Angie takes her into her home. A life with Grandma comes a world full of changes, and new friends, including Val, a drag queen with hopes of being the next US-Gay Beauty Pageant winner. Angie is determined to keep Val at a distance. Val has an instinct for knowing what is in Angie heart.

Just as Angie gets comfortable with Grandma living with her, a budding friendship with Val, and a new romantic interest, everything takes an unexpected turn.

Val becomes the victim of a violent crime and ends up in a coma. Angie begins a struggle against Val’s family who wants to remove their son from life support.

Suddenly her private life becomes very public, and her world becomes a media circus. Angie is caught in a clash between religious beliefs and gay rights.

Her life and Val’s are threatened by religious extremists, and her relationship with Pete is strained, as her life spirals out of control around her.

Through many twists and turns, Angie discovers a new appreciation for family, friends, and love.

In the end, Angie learns that a life filled with people to care about is never too crowded.


The Review Are In!

 “Eye & Mind Opening Read”

I enjoyed the story as the author does a wonderful job with the plot. The characters are easy to fall in love with and support. Victoria opens up all of our minds and lets us see how things really are. You will laugh and cry which I find is wonderful in a book. This will be a re-read for me.   Barbara Hightower Babs Book Bistro 5 Star Review  

“A Riveting Read”  

With wonderful characterization that will keep you rooting for Angie, Grandma and Val as well as scenes both tense and tender that will have you gnawing your fingernails and crying into your makeup kit, Ms. Marshal succeeds in crafting a truly enjoyable and satisfying story that is well worth your time to read.   “Kat” Duncan Write About 5 Star Review  

“A Journey Rich In Characters and Emotions”  

The author does an excellent job weaving many story elements into a fine fabric of action, romance, courtroom drama, social issues, and female relationships. There’s a little something for everyone. I commend the author for taking on the controversial subject matter. Don’t be worried about preaching, though. The story focuses on the journey to opening up your heart.   Tia Bach Mom In Love With Fiction 4 Star Review

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  1. Victoria: This book sounds fantastic, and I enjoyed perusing the rest of your site. If your voice in the book in nearly as engaging as your voice on the site, your book is sure to go great places!

    I will keep an eye out for release/ordering info… it’s a sure thing for me!

    I also invite you to check out my upcoming novel, “Momnesia.” Contemporary Women’s Fiction, it’s about an unconventional entrepreneur who, struggling between her “momminess” and her “sexiness,” diagnoses herself with Momnesia and sets about finessing a new version of her old vivaciousness! More info including 2 free sample chapters & lots of great stuff can be found on my site: I am also on FB at LoriTheAuthor.

    Thanks for inviting me to visit via your Twitter! –Lori

    • b4tfb

       /  01/24/2012

      Hi Lori,

      I’m looking forward to reading Momnesia!

      Best wishes,

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