People's Choice Award Winner Makes it to Round 2 in The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

Amanda Mahan, author of the young adult mystery "Heiress, P.I.," beat out thousands of other authors to advance to the next round, getting one step closer to a book deal with a $50,000 advance
Amanda Mahan advances to round 2 in Amazon contest
Amanda Mahan advances to round 2 in Amazon contest
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ALBANY, Calif. - March 18, 2014 - PRLog -- Amanda Mahan has already won a People's Choice Award for her "Green Mommy" blog (no longer published). She has also worked on two NBC sitcoms and spent years writing comedic online games. But now Mahan has something new to focus on: the success of her debut novel, Heiress, P.I., which just made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

The Amazon contest allows up to 50,000 writers to enter their independent work into five categories for the chance of winning a book deal or professional reviews. Heiress, P.I. was one of only 400 books in the Young Adult category to make it through the first cut, which eliminated up to 9,600 books. Amazon does not release the total number of entrants.

If Mahan wins the grand prize, she'll get a book deal for her hilarious novel and a $50,000 advance on royalties. She'll have to beat out the other YA books as well as the winners of the other four categories: Romance, General Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, and Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. Each finalist, not including the Grand Prize Winner, receives a book deal and a $15,000 advance. Several other prizes, for Publishers Weekly or Amazon-selected Editors' reviews, will also be awarded. The list of second round authors in Young Adult can be found here:

Mahan lives in the Bay Area with her family. She is the Creative Director for Clorox, Inc. Heiress, P.I. is her first novel in a planned series.

Heiress, P.I. Blurb

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.

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

Available only on Amazon

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