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The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear [Kindle Edition]

M. Pax , Leigh T. Moore

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Book Description

The journey into adulthood is stranger than she expects. A new adult science fiction fantasy.

Hetty Locklear lives in a nerd girl fantasy where she is the savior of a dying ancient galactic race. When she’s not role playing in the exotic game world she created, she dreams of being the new It Girl with suave clothes, hundreds of friends, hunks galore falling at her slippered feet, awesome parties, and a job to make every person in the cosmos drool.

Instead she’s stuck at the convenience store wearing stretchy clothes to fit over the paunch formed from a steady diet of donuts and coffee and with a social calendar as empty as deep space. In her whole life she’s only acquired two friends — a cousin, who barely counts, and her best friend since grade school.

Hetty is banking on graduation from community college to transform her into a full-fledged woman. It doesn’t. It gets her an unflattering coffee stain down the front of her gown and an invitation from her parents to visit. Estranged since they went gallivanting off to fulfill their dream of working the Renaissance Faire circuit, Hetty isn’t eager to see them. However, this trip is the best chance she has to repair their broken relationship.

A steamy romance with her boss or the handsome stranger she met at the coffee shop would cure her doldrums, but she’s stuck with the annoying Sir Gnat and is stalked by a ghost. The invisible stranger leads her to a reality she finds hard to believe. It also leads to love and a better relationship with herself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3939 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y89X4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #814,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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M. Pax is author of the sci-fi series, The Backworlds, and the new adult urban fantasy Hetty Locklear series. A Browncoat and SG fan, she's also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats. Want to connect? www.mpaxauthor.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heroine for all the misfits out there 4 Jan. 2013
By Julie A. Flanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Hetty Locklear is the perfect heroine for anyone who has ever felt like a misfit. Awkward and clumsy, Hetty worries about her weight, hates what she sees in the mirror, and feels completely unlovable. She wants her life to change after her graduation from the local community college, but has no idea how to make that happen.

As Hetty struggles to become the adult she wants to be, her life does begin to change in ways she never could have imagined. She meets a gorgeous guy who stuns her with his interest in her, deals with the parents who left her years ago to work in traveling Renaissance fairs, and even ends up haunted by her own personal ghost. It's impossible not to root for Hetty as she learns to navigate the changing landscape of her world and is faced with things she never could have dreamed existed.

The supporting characters in the book are just as strong as Hetty, with special mention going to her best friends and roommates Raspberry and Maisey. The relationship between the three young women is funny as well as touching.

The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is a great start to a new series, and I know I will be looking forward to reading more of Hetty's adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A weird and wonderful urban fantasy 14 Nov. 2012
By Christine Rains - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It's Hetty Locklear's big day. She's graduating from college and starting her life as an adult. But when her diploma's in her hand, nothing changes. She's still sharing an apartment with her cousins, working at a convenience store, and eating too many sweets. Her only escape is through her fantasy worlds, but that's where the surprises in her life begin. Two new members join Hetty's online role-playing game and a gorgeous man at a bakery offers to help her find a job. Her estranged parents contact her and want her to visit as they work at Renaissance fairs. If that isn't enough to drive a woman to too many donuts, a ghost stalks Hetty at the shop and sends her chilling warnings. Hetty's fantasy worlds begin to look tame compared to her real life, and she can only hope to survive the strange secret life she's being dragged into.

Mary Pax's newest book is a weird and wonderful ride. It begins on a familiar note. Trying to find one's place in the world and start life as an adult is something we can all relate to. From the ordinary, we slowly spin into a tale of the extraordinary. Mysterious men, ghosts, psychics, and then we're hit with a sci-fi twist. I had wondered how everything would fit together, but Mary Pax weaves a clever tale.

The biggest hook for me was Hetty Locklear herself. She's not your typical heroine. She's a real woman with flaws and too many curves. She's creative, geeky, and loyal to her friends, but insecure and way too nice. Sometimes she's far too emotional, but she's brave when she needs to be. I immediately connected to her. It was as if the story could be about me. I love reading about woman who are real. Most urban fantasy heroines I might enjoy reading about, but I can't relate to them. There needs to be more books out there with ordinary woman who rise to great challenges.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected awesome 24 Mar. 2013
By Annah S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wow. From the blurb this was not entirely what I was expecting but it was amazing all the same. Hetty is a wonderful character. I love that she's this overweight, self conscious homebody that dabbles heavily in gaming. She is so different from a lot of young adult story leads and I loved her. I think the title is perfect as well. I like that renaissance alludes to her parents but is really about Hetty becoming an adult and coming into her own. The sci-fi aspects were great. It wasn't too terribly out there so it was believable, especially because Hetty had such a horrendous time believing it herself, like a normal person would. Overall I thought this was a fantastic story and I'm so glad I won a copy in a giveaway.
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovable character 13 July 2015
By T B M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book I’ve read by M. Pax and I have to say I was wowed. Hetty is unlike many heroines one meets in books. She’s awkward, unsure of herself, too curvy (in her opinion), honest, and she loves donuts. Seriously, I was craving donuts the entire time. She’s also a geek. Many can relate to Hetty as she’s transitioning from college to real life. For me, real characters make the best characters. I want to get to know their flaws and fears. This is a fun story about a lovable character bumbling into adulthood.
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Out 12 Sept. 2014
By GemCaprica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A wonderful coming of age book with some freakish twists. You really don't know what to believe, just like the main character, Hetty. It's a page Turner that keeps you wondering at ever twist. Will Hetty get along with her estranged parents after not seeing them for seven years? Will, Hetty, help her human/ beast boyfriend? Or will she take the easy route with easygoing Nate? I can't wait to read the next installment to find out!
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