$pears and mom cash in on 2 books

Oops, they did it again.

Mega-pop sprite Britney Spears and her mega-mama Lynne are following up on the success of last year's autobiography, "Britney Spears' Heart to Heart," with, like, a novel.

To be published April 10, the novel is called "A Mother's Gift," and concerns a teen-age girl who wants to be a star. Reportedly, Random House paid the duo $1 million for a two-book deal that will include a Christmas-themed book.

The line between Britney the human and Britney the merchandise grows fuzzier by the day, as she and handlers have parlayed super-stardom into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with a growing list of products.

It wasn't just a straight shot from performer to literary light. In between, she's been made into a "You Make Me Happy" doll, a cell phone cover and a mouse pad. After that, one would think writing a novel is a piece of cake.

Yet, think how hard it must be to squeeze a writing career in between rehearsing for the Super Bowl half-time show, emceeing the American Music Awards and preparing for a leading role in a feature film about a straight-A student going to Los Angeles for a musical contest.

The 240-page book is aimed at all ages, according to Random House. It's about a talented girl named Holly Faye Lovell who leaves her tiny Mississippi town for a posh music school. She also leaves her mama, Wanda. According to a synopsis on Amazon.com: "Although they don't have much in the way of money, there's always been plenty of love ... and there's always been Wanda's birthmark, an ugly red scar on the side of her face that makes people who don't know her turn away."

Holly Faye must wrestle with embarrassment for her mother, and Wanda must wrestle with a festering secret. Kind of a Southern Gothic for kids. The good news, according to Amazon's promotional spiel, is: "This is Britney and Lynne's first � but definitely not their last � work of fiction together."


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