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Why you must read Amanda Mahan’s Heiress, P.I


If you’ve ever read the tabloids and wondered, “What was she thinking?” then HEIRESS, P.I. offers one possible answer.

Meet Lucy Hansen. She’s the richest teenager in the world – and possibly the shyest. She doesn’t flash her business to the paparazzi as she’s getting out of limos or send selfies while smoking salvia. No, Lucy hides behind her frizzy bangs, environmental causes and organic hemp-blend sweats. Her one true friend (and secret crush) Holden is the poorest kid in Beverly Hills – and probably the scrappiest. He interns for a famous private investigator, and when he asks Lucy to help him crack a case, her life turns from tame to tabloid, from glum to glam, from private to private eye. And when the trail leads directly to her hotel magnate father, it’s up to Lucy to solve the case by infiltrating Hollywood’s most elite and unwelcoming club: Celebutantes. Teens who are famous for, well… being famous.

Along the way, “LuHan” endures wardrobe malfunctions, fake romances, compromising videos-turned-YouTube hits, unflattering mug shots and – worst of all – a makeover. Now Lucy has to save her father, dodge the paparazzi, and keep her IRL ID on the DL – all while maybe, almost, possibly having her first real kiss.

What genre is this, and who is it aimed at?
Young Adult contemporary & mystery.

Tell us more about LuHan.
Lucy Hansen has hidden in the shadows her entire life, despite being heiress to a hotel fortune. And that’s the way she likes her. While her mother is starring in her own reality show, and her father is constantly in the spotlight, Lucy is just fine cleaning up the beaches and handing out pamphlets for her favorite environmental causes. But she will do anything to help her best friend Holden – so she transforms herself into a celebutante to infiltrate the party crowd on a super secret undercover mission. Of course it all goes wrong.

We hear you’ve got something in common with Lucy. It’s the huge fortune, right?
I am the writer of the People’s Choice award winning Green Mommy blog so all of Lucy’s environmental causes are dear to my heart. And I wish I were the heiress to a fortune that big!

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
I have an adult mystery novel in the works. You can read the first chapter of Unclad at the end of Heiress, P.I.

We’ll check it out.
Tell us about yourself.
Amanda Mahan’s secret mission began in high school when she won a writing competition with an essay about a skydiving trip. The fact that she never actually went skydiving suggested a career in fiction. After graduation, she spent several years writing comedic online games and worked on two NBC sitcoms.

Amanda is an expert in applying lip balm, a complete failure at doing her own hair, and specializes in baking addictive red velvet cupcakes. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two munchkins, and entirely too much glitter.

Heiress, P.I. – which was just selected to advance to Round 2 of Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award – is her first novel.

Have you got a website where we can keep up with your work?
Not yet.

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