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Just Pru-Anne Pfeffer

Welcome to my tour stop for Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer. This is a review tour and runs February 16-27th.  Just Pru releases March 2, 2015. Check out the tour page for more information.

About the Book:

JustPru_Lo res_11.20When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends …  or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru’s favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of a girl who’s never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen’s whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director’s assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.

Only one thing can derail Pru’s exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it’s two things—and they’re in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?


 Preorder Just Pru from Amazon for only $2.99!



Anne Pfeffer worked in finance and was a children’s rights attorney before she decided to follow her respective dreams of writing books and working in her pajamas. Since then, she has self-published the novels Any Other NightThe Wedding Cake Girl, and Girls Love Travis Walker, which was named one of‘s Best Indie Books of 2013.
Anne loves her family, cool breezes, carbohydrates, and elastic waistbands. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her dachshund, Taco. Learn about her latest projects at

Writerbee’s Review of Just Pru

5 Stars!

This book made me laugh and made me shudder. Looking into the mind of a person suffering from anxiety and depression can be humorous and frightening. Pru is a size 16 gal with severe anxiety issues who is trying to change her life – she doesn’t want to go on living with her parents forever. She wants to get out and do things on her own, but everything her parents have ever told her is holding her back. A series of unfortunate events propels her to make many of those changes happen, and shows her that she isn’t as crazy as some other people – especially actors.

There are many great devices used in this book to propel the story, such as Pru’s love of television and the “life lessons” she remembers from different episodes of sit-coms, dramas, and made-for-TV movies. The journal entries add a touch of realism to Pru’s character.

The pages of this book flew by. Ann Pfeffer created an easy-to-read novel that was a joy to keep going, if it weren’t for the other two million things that have to get done in a typical day. You want to root for Pru and hope that she’ll get everything she dreams of.

Two (2) winners get a paperback set of Anne Pfeffer’s books, Any Other Night, Girls Love Travis Walker, The Wedding Cake Girl and Just Pru.
Open to US only
Ends March 4, 2015

Blurbs for the books in the giveaway:

Just Pru

When shy, anxious Pru loses her apartment in a building fire, she learns how to make friends and find love.

“….a laugh out loud, heartwarming story…. The eccentric characters are easy to fall in love with and to cheer for…” The Self Publishing Review

Girls Love Travis Walker

Despite his sexy charm and good looks, Travis must struggle to get the job and girl that he wants.

“This novel deserves every award it got… an incredible redemption story that’s both lighthearted and sincere…”

The Wedding Cake Girl

When expert scuba diver Alexandra wants to leave her island home for college, she must stand up to her difficult, demanding mother.

“A well written emotional plot with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you hooked from the beginning. Highly recommended for all YA genre fans…”

Any Other Night

After Ryan’s friend Michael dies with a secret, Ryan must take over Michael’s unfinished business.

“…. beautifully realized characters in a gripping, page-turning plot….This lively, fresh young-adult romance is Say Anything for a new generation…”

Reviewed as Loving Emily.

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.



African Me & Satellite TV-Jo Robinson

Intriguing. The conflict is worth reading. I wanted to keep reading to find out just what was going to become of the foreboding feelings of dread and the foreshadowing constructed in the beginning chapters.  This is a story of a woman diving into depression, shielding herself from the woes of real life, while at the same time being faced with racist, elitist moochers that she can’t stand, but she won’t say a word about it. The book is long and covers a lot of topics, including racism, depression, relationships, and murder. The only reason I put this book down at any time was out of obligation for other parts of life.

The writing is both terrifying and humorous (and the typographical errors were mostly forgivable), woven in a way that brings out understanding for events in a chaotic time and place. I enjoyed numerous details about this book, including the new vocabulary to which I was exposed and the purposeful use of words in particular passages. I actually would say this book is akin to “To Kill a Mockingbird” for its depiction of life amidst Zimbabwe’s land reform policies. We meet characters of all types throughout the tale, Shona employees, white farm managers, racists, and civilized folk, pitted against each other or allied in meaningful ways.

This one receives 4 Stars.  The book was a bit on the long side, and trimming a bit here and there would have lent more momentum to the plot. This could easily have made two books to cover everything the author wanted to cover.


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