Fairest of Them All is my first published book, but I wrote my first book-length manuscript in the early 1990s. I submitted it to several publishers and got a ton of form rejection letters. The rejections stung, because I thought I’d written a great story. But when the stack of rejections was waist-high (Not really, but it felt that way!), I decided it was time to move on. So I wrote six more novel manuscripts and got six more stacks of rejections. Were editors trying to tell me something? No doubt. I stopped submitting and put my efforts into writing--and teaching and working out and taking care of my pets and gardening and reading--but mostly writing and studying about writing. With a lot of luck, my wonderful agent, and help from my magical writing group, Fairest of Them All was published by MTV Books on April 21, 2009. You can buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Borders.http://www.simonsays.com/content/destination.cfm?sid=33&pid=631785&app=related_sites&get_links=1http://www.amazon.com/Fairest-Them-All-Jan-Blazanin/dp/1416579931/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246398025&sr=1-1http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=fairest+of++them+all%2Fjan+blazanin&r=1&box=fairest%20of%20%20them%20all/jan%20blazanin&pos=-1http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=1416579931shapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1shapeimage_1_link_2shapeimage_1_link_3

Synopsis of Fairest of Them All:


    Oribella Bettencourt is living a teenage girl’s dream. At fifteen, she’s a beauty queen, a model, and a breath away from her life-long goal of acting in a major motion picture. She and her mother are more than partners; they’re best friends. When Oribella is diagnosed with alopecia, she believes that losing her hair means the end of her career. While she struggles to cope with that loss, the strain shatters the special bond she and her mother have always shared. Without friends, family, or a direction in life, Ori feels like a discarded doll. As she struggles to put her life back together, Ori wonders if she can build a future worth living for.