Philana Marie Boles is a devoted "word artist" who
considers a blank page her "canvas", Philana fell in love with reading and
writing as a child and says that she is "a lifelong student of literature."
She attended the prestigous St. Ursula Academy high school, obtained a BFA
in Creative Writing and Theater from Bowling Green State University (on
talent and leadership scholarships) and now lives in a suburb of New York
City where she is completing a graduate degree in literary arts.
In addition to her books, Philana is a freelance journalist, editorial and media consultant, playwright, screenwriter, and poet. "I am a writer... period," she says. "And nothing fascinates me more than the written word in all its infinate and beautiful forms."
Hardcover: 263 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 3, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
Ann Michelle is tired of her boring, sheltered life. She longs for something real. Then she meets Raquel Marissa Diaz - Raq for short. Sassy, streetwise, and totally fearless, Raq is everything Ann Michelle isn't. She has a voice to die for and the attitude to go with it, and she'll stop at nothing to be a star. All Ann Michelle wants is to go along for the ride. Even if that means leaving home to go on the road with Piper, both girls' favorite hip-hop artist. And shedding her identity along the way to become Glitz, a bolder - but not necessarily better - version of herself.
Crackling with authenticity, energy, and heart, Philana Marie Boles's first young adult novel is about the true meaning of friendship and the pitfalls of fame.
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Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Amistad (December 27, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
American Library Association favorably compared Little Divas to the works
Judy Blume and
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
The "good" girl
Cassidy has let her parents, her strong-willed cousin and best friend, Rikki, and cruel classmates push her around long enough. Before school starts, she WILL become independent.
The "bad" girl
Rikki also wants independence, mostly from her preacher father and perfect older sister. But secretly she doesn't mind having her goody-goody cousin around to keep her in line. Without Cassidy, it would be easy to go too far.
The "new" girl
Golden is new to town, and she's got all the freedom she wants. What she needs is a parent to actually listen to her. But at least she has some new friends to help her deal.
For all three girls, life is changing fast. If they're going to make it to seventh grade, they'd better summon their inner divas -- because sometimes having a little attitude and a little respect for yourself is the only way to get what you want.
In Little Divas, Philana Marie Boles delivers a sassy, spirited tale of loyalty, family, and friendship.
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Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Amistad (January 18, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
With her sophomore effort, Boles delivers an irresistible, sexy tale of love, art, and basketball set in present-day Detroit. Detroit art gallery assistant Danni Blair is frustrated. Her NBA Detroit Piston boyfriend has been acting shady, she and her best friend end up arguing more than laughing, and her job has been filled with endless drudgery and incompetent co-workers. When her world suddenly shifts in every way imaginable her cheating boyfriend breaks up with her and she's fired from her job Danni goes on an emotional journey that she hopes will reunite her with a love of her life, bring peace to her tumultuous childhood, and reconnect her with her passion for painting. This novel is set in the world of Detroit's contemporary fine art world combined with the world of the NBA. It's a story of romance and sisterhood.
It on Eve
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Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine (October 1, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
Boles's debut novel!
Shawni Baldwin has everything she has ever closed her eyes and wished for. She can wrap her arms around a devoted and very sexy fiancé, Bo Delaney, an entertainment attorney. She is living a glamorous life as a successful, jet-setting fashion model. But now, much to the dismay of her mother, Shawni has decided not to sign her next modeling contract. For beyond the pop of the flash bulb, beneath the glitzy trappings of fame and fortune, Shawni feels like just another empty doll on the runway.
As the cold war with her commanding mother silently rages on, and her overprotective brother tries not to cramp her style, Shawni starts a new career as an independent beauty and fashion consultant. But a current client, a band of gorgeous crooners known as The Gentlemen, challenges her in ways she would never have imagined. In particular, one of the singers, Zin, with his Kenneth Cole boots and Joop cologne, defines sensuality and knocks her feelings of fidelity off balance.
Suddenly there is a wedge between Shawni and her groom-to-be—and the estrangement turns a woman’s confidence into uncertainty. As her life begins to recklessly spiral out of control, Shawni is forced to confront demons she never knew she had. She asks herself a profound question: Does her sense of self, her happiness, her very existence, depend upon a man?
By turns probing and funny, searing and sweet, Blame It On Eve follows the ups and downs of a sassy new heroine as she navigates brave new emotional terrains of the heart and soul. It’s an infectious novel about independence, sisterhood, and finding the strength to be true to oneself. If you don’t like that truth, well . . . Blame It On Eve!