Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fat Girl

Today's special guest is Leigh Carron. In her own words, she says:



I am an American living in Canada. Chocolate snob. Recovering yo-yo dieter. Devoted mom and wife, blessed with a brilliantly witty daughter and unintentionally humorous husband. My wacky family feed my creativity and fuel my passion. Most nights, you will find me either curled up with a great book or, more often, sitting at my computer, tapping out the countless visions in my head. 

To me, there is nothing better in a narrative than perfectly flawed but strong characters and intense romance that is sexy, deep, and sensual. Mm…I liken such stories to a box of Godiva. Decadent and delicious! You can’t stop at just one. In fact, I’m now hard at work on my next novel—A Naked Beauty, the conclusion to Fat Girl


AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

I asked Leigh about the inspiration behind the writing of Fat Girl. Here is her answer:

Combining body issues with my love of romance was a natural for my debut novel. I wanted to write about something I knew first hand and about something that I knew other women could relate to on some level.

So with that, “Fat Girl” was born. 

Not being much of a planner, I dug in unsure of exactly how the characters would take shape or where they would lead me. To my pleasant surprise, writing Deeana and Micah’s story ended up being cathartic and inspiring in ways I hadn’t expected.

Dee is a real woman with real issues.  Despite her success as an attorney, she’s still mired in the past and struggling against the fat girl that lives inside her. I happen to know that girl too.

She’s the voice that tells you, you’re not good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, perfect enough. She consumes the pictures that bombard your psyche and fuels the negative self-talk. She compares you to the unrealistic and plastic version of perfection and tells you that you don’t quite measure up.  That somehow you are less desirable, less worthy, less lovable. And for far too long I listened to her. Seeing what was wrong with me, instead of what was right.

“Fat Girl” is a sexy romance about the tumultuous and passionate relationship between former lovers, and the family ties that connect them. But it is also the story of a woman’s journey to find what we all want and need, unconditional love and self-acceptance.

May you too find a little inspiration among the pages.

~ Leigh Carron
Every body is beautiful


ABOUT THE BOOK



Years after fleeing small-town Springvale, Illinois, Deanna Chase has picked up the pieces of her shattered heart and built a new life for herself as a child advocacy lawyer. Her food addiction is quasi under control, her secrets are buried, and she has even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. Until…

Micah Peters—the very sexy and now famous man she fled— walks through her office door and sends Dee reeling. His demand that she help a young boy caught in a custody battle will reunite her with the past she left behind.

Torn between duty and self-preservation, Dee isn’t easy to convince. But when obligation wins, the former lovers get more than they bargained for—a searing passion that burns hotter than ever and startling revelations about what really happened the fateful night she left.

Will the truth set Dee free to love again? Or will past hurts and lingering insecurities destine her to walk away from her heart again, this time for good?

Fat Girl is the first book in this provocative two-part series about love and self-acceptance.




AN EXCERPT



“Hello, Deeana.”

His voice, deeper with age, packs an unfair sexual punch. Just like the rest of him. 

As handsome as he was at eighteen, it didn’t come close to his appearance at thirty-three. People magazine has called it right. Micah Peters is the Sexiest Man Alive. No amount of shock or disdain could deny him that.

Partly Brazilian, on his mother’s side, he is blessed with exotic good looks. Short black waves carelessly styled, caramel skin that doesn’t pale even in winter, and espresso-brown eyes fringed with the darkest, thickest lashes I have ever seen.

Like his body, his facial structure is harder—more masculine, more defined. And the inky stubble framing his strong jaw and full, gorgeous mouth only adds to the instant, powerful impact.

But I’m not that naive girl anymore. I’ve taken my knocks and know all too well that the quality of a man’s character doesn’t lie in the quality of his looks. The fact that time has been unjustly charitable to him only fuels the resentment I’ve kept secret and locked away for fifteen years.

It takes every ounce of my trained composure to push civility past the bile rising in my throat. I lean against the wood frame for support and manage to say, “This is a surprise.” The fake calm of the words burns my tongue.

If he’s affected, it doesn’t show in the easy strides that move him toward me. The delicious aromas of leather and earthy cologne fill my senses. As he comes closer still, I struggle not to breathe him in. Mustn’t let him think he has any effect on me either.

Without smiling, his dark gaze slides over my every feature, studying them one by one, as if comparing them with his memory. “It’s been a while,” he says.

Not nearly long enough to forget or forgive. “Several years,” I reply.

Now he smiles. A mocking grin that tells me he knows I remember just how long it has been. That I remember the very night I left him—and everything else that mattered to me—behind.




SPECIAL LINKS






Twitter:@LeighCarron





 Leigh will be awarding a digital copy of Fat Girl to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop. A Grand Prize of a $50 Visa or Amazon GC, an autographed copy of FAT GIRL and an invitation to discuss the book with the winner via phone or online will be awarded to a randomly winner. All prizes will be awarded via rafflecopter during the tour.


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13 comments:

Mary Preston said...

An interesting interview.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for joining us here today. I love the premise of your characters; I know many people who have a fat girl living inside them! Best of luck with your book tour.

leigh carron said...

Thanks for hosting today and for the opportunity to share Fat Girl.~ Leigh

leigh carron said...

Mary, I appreciate you taking the time to read my post and comment. If you stop back, I'd love to know what you found interesting.~ Leigh

Theresa said...

I read "Fat Girl" a few months ago. Great read - looking forward to the sequel! I enjoyed reading this blog post and learning more about Leigh and her family and inspirations. Keep at it Leigh!

leigh carron said...

Aw...thanks for all your support and kind words, Theresa! A Naked Beauty is in progress. I'll start posting status updates on FB soon. xx

Andra Lyn said...

The cover is excellent! The perfect blend of kind of ew and kind of aww!

lol

Andra Lyn said...

The cover is excellent! The perfect blend of kind of ew and kind of aww!

lol

leigh carron said...

Thanks, Andra for commenting. I love my cover too. Although I was told it will be harder to promote a romance book without a sexy couple or washboard abs on the front. I enjoy those covers too, but I thought this fit the story. Glad you got it! :)

bn100 said...

Nice interview

leigh carron said...

Thanks, bn!

Curtis heining said...

I liked the interview