She Didn't Win the Crown, But She Wrote the Book

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In a world where beauty pageants are promoted for youth, new book ‘The Age of Elegance’, based on an actual Ms. Senior Pageant, shines a light on the “beautiful experiences” of senior pageants.

'The Age of Elegance' by Mary Jane Baetz

I did not win the crown...but I wrote a book.

‘The Age of Elegance’, the story of a pageant where women age 60 and up compete for the title of Ms. Senior Tri-Rivers, is now available at The narrative is based on the personal experience of author Mary Jane Baetz, who competed in the Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant.

"I did not win the crown," the author says, "but I wrote a book." It's about a group of women of the age of elegance, their backgrounds, their talents and their philosophy of life.

The author was one of sixteen women who strutted the stage in dazzling gowns, recited their philosophy of life in 30-seconds, and displayed their talents to an audience of nearly 1000 people in Sun City, Arizona. "They were singers, dancers, a writer and even a sommelier," she said. "Their talent was impressive, and their personal stories were fascinating. I created a cast of characters for my book who are equally interesting. You don't find out until the very end who wins the Crown and the Title, and there are some surprises along the way, just like in the real pageant."

Baetz says almost every state in the nation has a Ms. Senior Pageant. The winners go on to compete for the national title of Ms. Senior America. Her book will entertain the casual reader who is curious about the pageant, but it is also a good opportunity for potential competitors to see what it takes to win the Crown in a Ms. Senior Pageant.

The book is also available in soft cover at

Mary Jane Baetz

About the Author
Mary Jane Baetz reached "The Age of Elegance" with a rich history of experiences. A career encompassing education, communications and marketing; a stint as a stewardess, beauty pageant contestant, and model; a world traveler from Africa to Asia to Antarctica; an athlete with titles in swimming and soccer; a public speaker, performer, and Tango dancer are just a few of her life experiences which prepared her for competition in a Ms. Senior Pageant.

A graduate of the University of Washington, she was a high school teacher, worked at Arizona State University, and headed her own research and communications corporation. Her articles on the American Civil War and other topics have been published in various journals.

She is the mother of three fantastic sons, and grandmother of two amazing grandchildren.

Since 2010, (based in Sudbury, Massachusetts) has helped thousands of authors and publishers get their books converted to ebook format, and distributed to all the major ebook retailers, including,, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Sony Readerstore, Ingram Digital, and Google eBookstore.

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