Ace returns in this sequel by Stephanie McAfee, Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl. The summary says: "Ace has left the tiny Mississippi town of Bugtussle for the palm fronds and mojitos of Pelican Cove, Florida. She's finally opening her long-dreamed-of art gallery, is kick-starting a life with her fiance, Mason, and has vowed to leave her straight-talking, sassy ways behind her. From now on, she's going to be as sweet as sugar. Unfortunately, something comes along to sour her plans. That something is Mrs Lenore Kennashaw and her coterie of crones. They're a bunch of snippy, snarky, and just plain mean 'ol ladies who aren't quite as smart or rich as they'd like to think they are. But that doesn't stop them from treating everyone else like second-class citizens. And when Ace inadvertently takes some of the steam from Mrs. Kennashaw's stride, she becomes their No. 1 enemy. But with the support of a new group of fabulous friends, as well as her friends from Bugtussle - and her always-faithful chiweenie Buster Loo - Ace will find a way to make it, even if she has to throw some weight around." Happily Ever Madder is out in November.

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl - Stephanie McAfee (2012)

Best friends Graciela (Ace), Lilly and Chloe are three sassy, strong, southern women who would do anything for each other, and do, in this rollercoaster ride of a girlfriends' tale. After Lilly ditches Ace for their spring break trip to Florida, Ace decides to investigate why her friend is being so tight-lipped about cancelling their trip. In the process of getting to the truth, she opens up a whole can of worms about the hateful principal of the school where they teach, the colourful characters in her hometown of Bugtussle, Tennessee, and Chloe's scumbag-of-a-husband, Richard. Ace and Lilly's stalking of Richard for proof of his philandering ways can only be described as Lucy and Ethel go undercover ... to a strip club. Diary of a Mad Fat Girl takes off from the first page and never lets up until the very end. This was originally self-published in late 2010. (LEK)

In Stephanie McAfee's debut novel, Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, Ace Jones is ready for a break, but instead of a relaxing she gets wrapped up in scandals, and small town antics. The summary says: "Ace Jones needs a vacation but she's not going to get it. What she gets instead is a good dose of scandalous small town politics that takes her on a wild quest for truth and redemption. Things get really complicated when the love of her life, who she hasn't seen or heard from in over three years, shows up and vows not to leave town until she agrees to marry him. Diary of a Mad Fat Girl is adventurous and entertaining as Ace and her friends delve into illegal surveillance, stalking, and covert operations in a strip club." (CF)

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