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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tiara Trouble--Lane Buckman--Review, Interview, and Giveaway


Tiara Trouble:
A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery

New Series

Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (August 27, 2013)
Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1939816160
E-Book File Size: 609 KB

What happens when Dynasty meets Honey BooBoo, they have a baby, and that baby is raised by Charlie’s Angels? You get TIARA TROUBLE, a bedazzled cozy mystery full of gritty glitz.
One foreign policy question five years ago sent Destinee Faith Miller’s dreams of being Miss American Universe up in flames and landed her back in her hometown of Phenix City, Alabama, with her tail between her legs. But like the mythological bird that her hometown is misspelled after, she rose from the ashes to create Destinee’s Dolls, a thriving pageant consulting business knee-deep in pink, prints and tulle.
A death at the local level of a national event lands her the job of pageant emcee, and Destinee dares to dream of bigger things—maybe even a reality TV show! But when judges start dropping like flies, she has her hands full keeping herself alive long enough to see those dreams come true. Contending with catfights, car bombs, and the camouflage-colored funeral of a redneck’s dream, Destinee gets a little help from her friends, family, and a pit bull named Clarabelle.
My Review:
I love the show Toddlers and Tiaras and this is a very amped up version of that show.  It not only has the trash talking and bickering, it has murder!  This book takes you into the world of Glitz pageants and what mother's will do to make sure their daughters win.  This was a well written book that had a lot of action that kept my attention from the very beginning.  Destinee is a very likable character who loves pageants.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and this foray into the world of glitz pageants.  I look forward to more Destinee Faith Miller Mystery books.  Great job Lane.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About This Author
Lane Buckman is a former beauty queen from Phenix City, Alabama. Growing up, she wanted to be Miss America, a criminal lawyer, a super model, the President, a Bond girl, a brain surgeon, a journalist, a back-up singer for Duran Duran, and a college professor of Medieval Literature. In order to fulfill those dreams, she became a writer. She lives in Texas with her family, and enjoys every miserably hot second of it.
Her solo debut novel, TIARA TROUBLE, is available from Cozy Cat Press on October 28, 2013, with a sneak peek launch the week prior at the BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL. TIARA TROUBLE, a light-hearted cozy mystery, marks a departure from Lane’s earlier works in the darker horror/fantasy genre.
The well-received THE ORDER OF THE BLOOD (Black Bed Sheets Books, April 09, 2011), co-authored with Nicole Vlachos, was Lane’s first novel. She has ghost written and consulted on two others.
Follow Lane on Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with her world on her blog.

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Interview with Lane Buckman





1.      Where did you get the idea to write a mystery series centered around a pageant consulting business?


When I started writing TIARA TROUBLE, Destinee was a legal secretary, working at a small law office in Phenix City, Alabama.  I was about 20,000 words into the manuscript, and had to set it aside because it just didn’t feel right.  About six months after I set her aside, I was watching Toddlers & Tiaras and painting a pair of sneakers to help advertise a business.  The sneakers were hot pink, zebra print, and sparkly white with crystals all over them.  I finished one shoe and something in my brain connected the dots between the color scheme, the TV show and Destinee.  All of a sudden I realized that the problem with the manuscript was that Destinee was in the wrong business.  Destinee’s Dolls was born, and then the story just flowed.


2.      I noticed from you bio that you are a former beauty queen, what have you gained from doing pageants?


Tiaras!  My first pageant was Little Miss Phenix City, and my school selected me to represent them.  It was the equivalent of the Puppy Bowl to the Miss Phenix City pageant, which is a preliminary to Miss Alabama, and Miss America.  Since it wasn’t something my mother, or I had pursued, but was something I was elected to, I didn’t go in looking to build confidence, or learn to be on a stage.  My mother did an excellent job of preparing me for what to expect, and an even better job explaining that the outcome of the pageant did not diminish or enhance me as a human being.  I did win, and that was fantastic, but the only difference in my world was that I had some new headgear and got to ride in a parade.  I would tell you that my greatest gain came out of the conversations my mother and I had, when she told me that win or lose, she was proud of who I was as a person.  I was already her beauty queen, and it didn’t matter if I was anyone else’s. 


3.       Do you have any daughters, and if so, do you plan to put them in pageants?


I do not have any little girls, though I wouldn’t mind it! I could do with some pink around this house.  I don’t think I would pursue pageants for a daughter, but would certainly support her with great enthusiasm if she chose to pursue them as a young woman. 



4.      Besides writing and pageants, what are you other interests?


Like Destinee, I am a family girl.  Everything in my world revolves around the people I love, and my hobbies end up being things I can do in the middle of the living room.  I do get bored quickly, though, so I have a lot of half finished hobbies.  If you know anyone who wants a piece of a scarf, or a part of a sweater, call me!



5.      How many books do you have planned for The Destinee Faith Miller Mystery series?


At the moment, I have three plotted out.  TIARA TROUBLE introduces Destinee to the world of criminal investigation.  In book two, you’ll see her playing a much more active role in sniffing out a criminal, and by book three, she’ll be a full-fledged amateur detective.  Who knows, though?  As she grows and develops, new worlds will open up for her and maybe that will mean new novels for me.


6.      Where is your favorite place to vacation?


The car.  My family takes several 3 and 4 day road trips every year, and we haven’t had a bad one.  We go down to Austin once every few months because we love that city, and we hit Corpus Christi at least once a year. 


7.      I love the show Toddlers and Tiara’s , do you watch it?


I do!  Destinee brings up shows like that, using them as examples of what not to do.  She has very strict rules about how her girls are treated.  She wants her girls to be healthy and strong, mentally, emotionally, physically.  She watches out over how they are treated, how they are presented, and how they are nourished.  I think, with the exception of Go-Go Juice and Sketti, Destinee would love to work with Honey Boo Boo.  She likes a little girl with confidence and sass, and who minds her mother.


Thank you so much for having me on your site!  I really appreciate you and your time, and I hope you’ll enjoy TIARA TROUBLE.


Giveaway:  Leave a comment about why you want to read this book and whether or not you like glitz pageants and shows like Toddlers and Tiaras.  The prize is a Swag Bag and a signed copy of Tiara Trouble.  Please include your email in the comment so I can contact you to get your mailing info.  Good Luck.  


  1. I think this book is interesting and fun to read. Enjoyed reading the interviews and reviews about this book. I believe pageants are okay for older young ladies because of the scholarships they win for their education. I'm not for pageants for small children. Those pageants are more for the Mother and some have the attitude of my child is more beautiful than yours. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson

  2. Thank you so much for having me on the blog! I really appreciate it.

  3. I appreciate that many pageants offer scholarships to the winners and the judging is based on more than just looks. However, they push an unhealthful view of the "perfect" woman which is truly awful for young girls.

  4. I'd like to read this book because it sounds just as "over the top" as most of the pageants and therefore, should be lots of fun to read adn pure escapism. I just can't take the pageants seriously---most of them seem phony to me.

  5. This book has a very interesting storyline and I do not approve of pageants involving children. I have read stories of how these children end up having a low self esteem or just the opposite and how they do become abused by some mothers. I would just love to read this book.

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