Boles, Philana Marie

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BOLES, Philana Marie

PERSONAL:

Born in Toledo, OH. Education: Bowling Green State University, B.F.A.

ADDRESSES:

Agent—c/o Author Mail, Random House, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

CAREER:

Worked at 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks and Glamour magazine; playwright.

WRITINGS:

Blame It on Eve: A Novel, Ballantine Books (New York, NY), 2002.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

A second novel and a children's book.

SIDELIGHTS:

In her debut novel Blame It on Eve Philana Marie Boles tells the story of Shawni Kaye Baldwin, a spoiled, naive model. Shawni turns down a great modeling job with a top designer to get engaged to her boyfriend Bo Delaney, a rich entertainment attorney. Bo spoils Shawni by buying her everything she wants, including a New York apartment and a brand new Lexus. At the last minute Shawni's brother, a music promoter, asks her to take a job as a stylist for a new music group. While working with the group she falls in love with Zin, the lead singer. Shawni starts to examine her relationship with Bo, and realizes she doesn't want to be his trophy wife, especially after she suspects Bo is cheating on her. Shawni is confused about what she wants in a man, in her career, and out of life, but is eventually able to put it all in perspective. A Book Remarks contributor praised the book as "an engaging and impressive read." Booklist writer Lillian Lewis concluded that "teen girls will identify with the young woman who thinks she knows what she want but doesn't."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, September 1, 2002, Lillian Lewis, review of Blame It on Eve: A Novel, p. 54.

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2002, review of Blame It on Eve, p. 971.

Library Journal, November 1, 2002, Ann Burns, review of Blame It on Eve, p. 110.

Publishers Weekly, September 2, 2002, review of Blame It on Eve, p. 54.

ONLINE

Ballantine Books,http://www.randomhouse.com/ (March 28, 2003), description of Blame It on Eve.

Book Remarks,http://www.book-remarks.com/ (March 28, 2003), "Featured Author: Philana Marie Boles."*