It’s Just Pru {+ Giveaway}

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Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Date Published: March 2, 2015

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When 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 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?
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Early Reviews of Just Pru
“Just Pru is a laugh out loud, heartwarming story ….Pfeffer does an amazing job with Pru’s character…. The supporting cast is … easy to fall in love with and to cheer for….” 5 Stars
The Self-Publishing Review
“A five star read all the way…. a happy, funny tragicomedy of errors with a cast of delightful neurotics.”  Literary
“Pru is hilarious….. Totally a perfect story, IMO. How often does that happen? Like never.” 5 stars
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Chapter One
From Pru’s Journal:
How can you know if you’re normal when you’re always alone? You have no one to compare yourself to. I mean, I have my mom and dad, and I’m pretty normal compared to them. But then… a lot of people are normal compared to them.
As the rich CaraMellow ice cream slipped along my tongue, I popped a few potato chips in my mouth for contrast. Ah, the soothing combination of sweet, salt, cream, and crunch.
No good. Its magic wasn’t working.
Shifting my size 16 tush around on the sofa, I focused on the TV. It played an old episode from Model Cop, my favorite show ever on the Wholesome Family Channel.
Today, the show’s awesome heroine, Pepper Hathaway, was tracking down a serial killer in between fittings for a runway show at Fashion Week. It was hard to juggle her two jobs as a police detective and supermodel, but she excelled at both. Pepper ended every episode with a wink to the camera and her life motto: Remember, folks. Do Good, Look Good!
She was amazing.
I sighed. I bet Pepper didn’t get job rejections like the one I’d had today. Dear Loser, the letter said. We are relieved to say we cannot offer you the position of Low-Level Proofreading Gnome at our crummy little start-up online encyclopedia. No matter how unknown and undesirable our company is, you are more so.
Executive Drone
Okay, so they didn’t use those exact words, but it’s what they meant. As I lifted my spoon, caramel dribbled down the front of my flannel nightgown. I scraped it off with a potato chip and ate it.
Mmraow. My cat emerged from one of his many hiding places. I suspected he hid on purpose, just to annoy me. “Hey, Chuck-Chuck.” I scratched his orange-and-white striped back. It lasted only a few seconds. Done with human contact, Chuck strolled away, tail in the air.
On the TV, Pepper was returning home to her elegant apartment in the Big City. Hey, girlfriend, she called out to her funny, devoted homosexual roommate Tad. They sat down and sipped Chardonnay. She was so cool.
I bet Pepper could pay her rent. I bet she didn’t run out of money just two months after moving into her place. I could justify having bought a used car, but perhaps the fifty-inch flat-screen TV had been excessive. Then there were those unfortunate yard sale purchases, but I had needed furniture, after all. I needed that Victorian-style vanity and the faux-leather recliner.
I could still hear my father’s voice, cool and cutting. You won’t last a month in Los Angeles. Mark my words, you’ll be back in Oregon before you know it.
 Well, ha ha on him, I’d lasted two months now.
And ha ha on me, because I didn’t know if I could last a third.
 Tears prickled the backs of my eyes. I wished I could talk to Dr. Abbot, my wonderful therapist back in my hometown of Clayton. He had died unexpectedly last week. I’d hardly left my apartment since I’d gotten the news.
On the TV, Pepper was modeling her latest fashion purchases for Tad. I scraped the bowl with my spoon while contemplating her minuscule waistline. Was that real or digitally enhanced? Could a person’s body organs really fit into such a tiny space?
Not mine—I was sure about that. My body organs undoubtedly filled giant caverns, which was why I’d been blessed with my five foot ten inch, big-boned body.
A ringing began—yet another fire alarm. Great. We’d had two go off already this month, I thought grumpily, and they’d turned out to be cases of burned toast—a total waste of time.
I struggled up from horizontal, made my way to the living room window, and peered out. It was 8:00 on a June evening. It had just turned dark. Below loomed the building’s quiet, empty courtyard.
Just as I thought—no flames, no people fleeing for their lives.
The sofa called to me, yet the alarm blared on.
I should probably investigate, even though it meant I might have to talk to someone. And for what was probably a false alarm. I stumbled to my bedroom dresser and wrestled a pair of plain white panties up under my nightie. Where had I thrown my bra? When you’re a size 36D, you do not venture forth into public without one.
My eyes swept my twin-sized bed, the flowered rug, the vanity whose drawers I used to store cat toys. No bra to be seen.
Feet thudded down my hallway.
WHOMP! A fist hit my front door.  “Vacate the building now! Everyone out!” The man’s voice resounded through my door, then grew fainter as he moved away from me.
In an instant, sweat beaded my forehead. Vacate the building?
A siren, then others, wailed from the street. A megaphone-amplified voice blared from outside. “Immediate evacuation is required.”
“Chuck!” I shrieked. That ingrate. He’d probably hidden from me again. I dropped to my belly and crawled commando-style around the bedroom, checking under the bed and dresser. No sign of his malevolent green-eyed gaze. I checked the open laundry hamper. He wasn’t there either.
Outside, shouts and cries came to me from a distance, sirens grew louder, and banging noises intensified. I rushed again to the open living room window. Spotlights now lit the courtyard below, which had transformed into a disaster scene. Groups of people milled behind barricades. Firefighters twice the size of ordinary humans unfurled hoses and set ladders up against walls, while smoke drifted from some windows on the fourth floor, where I was.
Holy moley! Were we really on fire?
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Author Links
Twitter:  AnnePfeffer1
Purchase Links
$125 Amazon Gift Card
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  1. ginette4 says

    I’m intrigued that a person could have no friends, to think that a fire brought on her worse nightmare! I’m intrigued

  2. Debbie Snell says

    I dont want to be offensive or not politically correct but I am intrigued by the fact that Pru is a bigger girl and not a slender, drop dead gorgeous gal with a big rack.

  3. says

    Her size 16 tush. It’s not often enough that the heroines are plus size. Plus it sounds like there’s a good amount of humor in the book.

  4. Jennifer Rogers says

    This is what intrigues me the most about this book, “the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens”,

  5. says

    I really enjoyed thee excerpt but the best thing is the cover it make the book look playful and fun in a cute misterious way. You made an awesome decision with the cover!! I love it!

  6. christine burd says

    The main character intrigues me as I wonder if she will take charge of her life and get things together. Will she prove her father wrong and become independent and successful ?

  7. Brandi Goolsby says

    This book sounds intriguing to me because it just seems so REAL. The main character is not a stick thin model. She has real world problems. She is regular sized. I like that she is very relatable.

  8. Michelle S says

    I like that it’s told from her point of view so we can feel like we are her, and not just being told a story.

  9. Rhonda R says

    It sounds fun and sounds like it has depth since it was described as a tragiocomedy. Sounds interesting.

  10. Jennifer Herman says

    This looks like it’s going to be a cute book and I am really interested after seeing the cover. I feel like a cover tells alot.

  11. Jennifer Herman says

    I am intrigued because it says it’s a laugh out loud story and those are the kind that my daughter likes a lot.

  12. John Herman says

    I am intrigued because it says it’s a laugh out loud story and those are the kind that my daughter likes a lot. I also like that it says it’s heart warming too.

  13. Edmond says

    Wow, prize Amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the Amazon gc to shop and eat again.

  14. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says


    Your link for visiting Reading Addiction on Facebook on the Rafflecopter does NOT work – I use the link BELOW (the image) ~ just thought you should know.

  15. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    1. I always enjoy “tragicomedies of error” stories ~ I can always really relate!

    2. Who doesn’t need a regular does of “laugh out loud” fiction as comic relief to help keep us as sane as possible in this crazy, half-sad world.

  16. Doreen Lamoureux says

    First I love the cover. She grabs your attention to go and read. She looks like she is up to something. The excerpt was interesting. Makes me want to read on and see how she gets out of the building that is on fire. Hook , line and sinker… a must read now. :)

  17. Tracy Robertson says

    It intrigues me that the sample chapter already sucked me in. I want to read on and find out why Pru is always alone (except for her Mom and Dad) and I like that she seems down to earth and flawed, like most of us. I can relate, LOL! I’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.

  18. Amy Green says

    I like the idea that the protagonist is given a chance to change things for the better in her life.

  19. Dawn Monroe says

    I’m interested to see where this young woman is going to go in her life. It’s so exciting to be young and pick your direction and experience life. To be young again…

  20. Soo says

    I like that the drama in the book seems like it will come from Pru’s internal anxieties, as opposed to external forces – I think those types of stories are more interesting.

  21. Lisa Walker says

    I love the excerpt. I think it’s great that the main character in a book isn’t a perfect size 6. Thanks for sharing and this is going on my TBR list!

  22. Daniel Scott says

    What intrigues me is that my wife would enjoy reading this book. She loves a good reboot your life book.

  23. Ronald Gagnon says

    In Just Pru we are faced with the uncertain conclusion of a single woman, facing so many obstacles physical as well as mental, ever succeed in the goal she had set for herself, against all odds (which included her families doubt)

  24. Debbie Welchert says

    What intrigued me the most was how down to earth Pru is. She could be me. I read the whole chapter above and loved all of it. It kept my attention the whole time and I wanted to read more to find out what happens…

  25. susan king says

    I love that she seems like one of us and not a story about a beautiful, wealthy, skinny woman !! Would love to read it ! Thank you for the giveaway too !!


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