by Leigh Carron
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.
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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.
It is my pleasure to welcome Leigh Carron, author of Fat Girl, to Room With Books.
Thank you so much for having me.
What do you do when you are not writing?
My daughter and husband generously share me with my characters, so when I’m not writing I enjoy spending time with them, the rest of my family and friends.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way?
The first book I can remember reading that had an impact on me was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by the amazing Judy Blume. I was maybe 10, and thought “I want to do this one day—write a book.” I finally did it!
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I knew out of the gate that I was going to self-publish Fat Girl. I like having control and ownership. It’s been a learning curve on the marketing side and requires more time and effort than I had anticipated. However, I enjoy being hands on, finding out what works and what doesn’t, and directing my destiny. Social media is my new best friend. It allows me to connect directly to book bloggers like you, who support us indie writers, and to fellow authors and readers. That part has truly been awesome.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Invisibility. Where I could vanish in the blink of an eye by using my mind. Think of the perks. As a child you could get into mischief and never be found out. As a teen, sneak out of the house without your parents knowing. As an adult, get out of any situation by just disappearing. Oh…the many conversations I could have escaped.
What was your first job?
Selling chocolates door-to-door. Unfortunately, I ate most of the profit. That job was short-lived, but a delicious foray into the working world.
What types of books do you write?
Provocative romance with multi-dimensional characters, steamy sex scenes, a chick-lick vibe and love as the over-arching theme.
Who’s your main audience?
Women looking for a mature, emotional and sexy read.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
While I love Micah…love the beauty he sees in Deeana, my favorite character so far is Dee. She’s strong, smart and independent. Yet her self-confidence and self-worth are damaged by a number of factors in her life. As such, she’s built up these tough outer walls to shield her heart, but beneath the layers she’s really vulnerable and sweet. She’s looking for what we all want and need, unconditional love and self-acceptance.
What does your writing schedule look like?
No schedule. At least not a strict one. My muse is a go-with-the-flow girl, so I don’t mess around with too much structure. I set a completion date for my book as a general goal and my only rule is that I write every day.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
I suppose loosely. I grew up with body issues like my character, Dee, so I can relate to her on many levels. However, our experiences are not the same; we are very different people and I did not always agree with her decisions or choices. Dee’s more self-contained than I am. She tends to bottle her emotions. I spill mine. And then some. Just ask my husband.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
I flirted with several titles, but the one that stuck was Fat Girl. It’s not sexy, but it’s real and felt right. The fat girl is Dee’s inner voice. It’s the voice that tells her she is not good enough, skinny enough, perfect enough. It’s the voice that drags down her self-confidence and influences all the decisions she makes in her life. But it doesn’t have to own her. That’s part of her journey in Fat Girl.
What one profession would you choose if you were not an author?
If skill weren’t a limitation, I’d be an artist. I love art, the whole creative process, the ability to create something wonderful on paper for others to visually enjoy, appreciate and interpret. I guess it’s like writing, only with pictures. Maybe that’s the draw (no pun intended).
What are you currently working on?
My main project is A Naked Beauty, the conclusion to Fat Girl. Notice the difference in the titles…it’s the transformational part of Dee and Micah’s story. But I’m a dabbler. Finding that variety keeps the creative juices flowing. With that, I am also working on Jordyn’s and Lexie’s stories. Friends of Dee’s you get to know in Fat Girl. Jordyn is feisty and opinionated while Lexie is understated and cultured. Jordyn will meet her match in Color Blind. And we’ll find out if Lexie marries the man of her mother’s dreams or if she will rebel against her upbringing and walk on the dark side?
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Dark chocolate with peanut butter
Night owl, or early bird? Definitely night owl
Red, or white wine? White
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Neither, unless the water ride is a tube taking me around a lazy river
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Ocean
Walking or fitness club? Walking
Any last words?
Ah…those infamous last words. The pressure to be profound. Lol. So here goes: On the entertainment side, I hope readers will find Fat Girl steamy and romantic with relatable, well-developed characters and interesting plots. On a deeper level, I hope readers will learn through Dee’s journey that there is no one size that makes you beautiful, sexy, lovable or worthy.
Thank you for chatting with me and our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!
Thanks for the great questions and the opportunity to share Fat Girl. It’s been fun.
About Me: 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.
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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