Author Mayes comes home for book signing


By LPR Staff

A curtsy is defined as a respectful bow made by women and girls, consisting of bending the knees and lowering the body. It is generally executed as a sign of respect upon meeting another. In many cases, a curtsy is a submissive maneuver, wherein the lady lowers her head and eyes below those of the person she is meeting.

p>In 2007, Laura Mayes (nee Harrison) and two friends decided during the Super Bowl to give the old-world word a new-world meaning – a meaning of power, unity and sharing among women.

Thus, “” was born.

An Internet portal that scours the web for information, stories, recipes and shopping tips, Kirtsy is “the friend that always finds the best stuff… only better.” From entertaining tips to dieting advice, child-rearing information to business ideas, has it all.

On Nov. 15, 2009, Kirtsy expanded, leaping from the Internet to hard copy in the form of “Kirtsy Takes a Bow,” a collaboration of what editors believed to be the best of the best that Kirtsy contributors had to offer.

Mayes, as the book”s editor, was one of the chief voices in making those decisions.

Not too bad for a former Chisholm Trail Queen and 1989 graduate of Lockhart High School.

Mayes has now earned a place in popular culture, helping women across the nation to ferret connect, share and ferret out the most trendy, helpful, interesting and informative information the Internet has to offer.

After stops on her book-signing tour in Austin, Houston, Washington, D.C., and New York City, Mayes is bringing her talents home for a limited engagement in Lockhart. She, and “Kirtsy Takes a Bow” will make an appearance on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 – 3 p.m. at Wendy R.

When she”s not busy being a web mogul or book editor, Mayes works as the vice-president of an advertising agency, where she stretches her literary legs writing for Fortune 500 companies and musicians, among other clients. In her spare time, she spends time with her husband, and chases her son, James Harrison “Hurricane Harry” Mayes, around the house.

If you miss “Kirtsy Takes a Bow” at Wendy R, the book is also available at Borders and Barnes & Noble bookstores, and can be ordered through


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