Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fat Girl (Blog Tour & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Fat Girl (#1 in the series)
Author:  Leigh Carron
Publisher:  Carron Publishing  

Published Date:  24th June
2014
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: Years after fleeing small-town Springvale, Illinois, Deeana 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.

Interview: 

Where did you get the inspiration for this novel?

The inspiration for Fat Girl came from my own struggles with body image and knowing how many women struggle with the same. I could see her story unfolding inside my head. I could hear the inner voice that tells her she is not pretty enough, skinny enough, perfect enough.

Regardless of size, I thought Deeana Chase would be a woman most of us could relate to in some way. On the surface she’s a successful attorney who appears to have her life together. But it’s built on a shaky foundation of secrets and insecurities. A fact she quickly discovers when Micah Peters walks through her office door and cracks those carefully concealed fissures wide open.

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.

What's your favourite thing about the cover?

I’m crazy about the cover. My favorite is the color contrast and the image of a broken heart on a plate, which is both simple and powerful. 

Who is your favourite character and why?

I love Micah…love the beauty he sees in Deeana, but my favorite character is my girl, Dee.  Her self-confidence and self-worth have been damaged by a number of factors in her life. She often appears to be mired in the past, in her battles with food and her body, but I see her as a fighter. Strong, smart, independent and perfectly imperfect. I enjoyed taking this journey of self-discovery with her.
What is one thing you learned about your writing as you wrote this?

It’s amazing to be able to pull something from my imagination and make it come to life. But it’s also a challenging task to translate an idea from my brain onto the computer screen. I tend to do better with minimum structure. When I try to plan out my story or my time, I find my creativity gets stifled and it limits the flow of my writing. That doesn’t mean I don’t set some guidelines to keep on track. I do. My muse and I just don’t adhere to a rigid schedule.

Do you have anything you want to say to your readers?

Yes. Thank you for the support and validation. Readers have been great at posting reviews and tweeting. It means a lot to me as an author to know my work is appreciated. The best thing though, is when women reach out and tell me that they related to Dee and found a little inspiration among the pages. I am truly humbled.

Review: Well, this was a book that really wasn’t what I was expecting, but I still managed to really enjoy. Leigh Carron did a wonderful job of making incredible characters that had a lot of depth to them.

I will give you a word of warning though – this is very much for mature readers of 18+. I knew this was a romance, but I didn’t know the sexual scenes were going to be so descriptive; otherwise I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. Erotica is not my genre and I avoid it at all costs >.> So be prepared for that. However, I still did like this story.

The beginning drew me in. We start with the scene where Mick walks into Dee’s office and asks for her to take a case. And even though we know nothing of what has happened between them yet, we can tell there is a lot of anger between them in the past, and tension upon them meeting again. But you can also tell there is a lot of chemistry there too, and it made for an interesting mix. This is a dual point of view, so we get to see things from both Mick’s and Dee’s viewpoints. Which is good, because these characters see the same happenings in different ways, and since emotions are so important in this novel it’s good to see both of theirs.

I loved the characters, and Dee was my favourite. Whenever she gets into a difficult patch she tends to either run away or throw up her defenses, which is only acceptable if you consider her past. She’s been through a tricky past after she lived in plenty of foster homes, saw her mother die and then found peace with her foster parents Mama and Papa T. But something happened one night that causes her to run away, and we never get to find out what this is until the end. When I did discover what it was my heart went out to her so much, it was unbelievable.

Seeing as Dee is overweight the themes of self-esteem, fame and appearance come into this, as well as accepting who you are. There is also family abuse as well as coping with death. The funny thing is I recently read Cinder & Ella which also deals with self-esteem and fame, and Only theGood Die Young which also ties in with court and law.

Dee is a lawyer, which means there is some mention of a court case. I wished that this was a more prominent thing in the book. Amongst the themes and the romance it kind of got shoved to the side and that was sad, because it was something I felt should have more importance.

The ending to the book was really sudden and abrupt! I thought it was the ending of a chapter so I turned for more… but it just wasn’t there D: At least there is a book two coming up, which I can’t wait to read J
 
Giveaway: A digital copy of Fat Girl will be awarded to a commenter at each stop, so leave a way for us to contact you! And enter the rafflecopter to win a Amazon/visa giftcard, an autographed signed copy of Fat Girl and a chance to discuss the book with the author on the phone!
 
 
Author Bio and Links:
 
 

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.


Olivia’s Question: Have you ever struggled with self-image?

Olivia-Savannah x

49 comments:

  1. What a lovely interview and review Olivia! It's so good to know what is "behind the scenes" really of a book and I'm quite intrigued by this book to be honest. I don't mind sex scenes if they are not the whole plot, you know? That's why I find erotica so.... urgggg because sex is everything. But if a book has explicit sex scene(s) I don't care as long as is not the only thing in the book. I might pick this one up because some of the psychological aspects of it I'm interested about

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    1. Thanks, Noelia for stopping by and commenting. I'm with you...sex scenes that are the entire story aren't my thing either. In Fat Girl they were intended to show a woman with body issues being desired and enjoying hot sex that is inspired by love. If you do read Fat Girl, I would welcome your thoughts. Best, Leigh.

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    2. In this book I do believe it isn't the main focus, but there is still a lot of the story to it outside of this! So I am sure you would like it :) And the other sides of things as well are pretty interesting. I can't wait to read book two!

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    3. Ooh and Leigh, I can understand why you included them more now! It was to boost her confidence, regardless.

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  2. Great review and interview! I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds really interesting. But, if I'm honest, I'm not a fan of big descriptive sex scenes so that would probably put me off.

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    1. Thanks, Charnell for your post. Glad you enjoyed the interview and review. Olivia did an awesome job. While there are several graphic sex scenes, the sex is inspired by love and is intended to demonstrate that a woman with body issues can be desirable. However, the plot is more robust than just sex. I think Olivia with her caution stated that well. If you decide to read Fat Girl, I'd love to hear from you. ~ Leigh

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    2. Maybe you wouldn't like this one as much then, Charnell. I think this is a good book but maybe it isn't in your genre.

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    3. I am glad you think I did your book justice in the review, Leigh!

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  3. Thank you, Olivia, for hosting me today and for taking the time to read and review Fat Girl. Your comments were thoughtful and thorough. I appreciated your perspective. The sex is indeed explicit, but my intention was not to be gratuitous. Rather to show a woman with body issues being desired and wanted, and enjoying sex that is inspired by love. I hear you about the custody case, and promise there will be more in book 2, A Naked Beauty. :-) Thanks again!

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    1. It was my pleasure, Leigh. And when I heard what this was about I knew I wanted to read it! I am glad you appreciated it :) I look forward to book 2!

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    2. I'll be sure to send you an advanced copy. I better get cracking...

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  4. Hi Olivia - I like your review. It sounds most interesting. Makes me curious about how it all turns out. Thanks! :)

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  5. Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by. Olivia did a fab review. I'm happy to hear it piqued your interest. ~ Leigh

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  6. I can't say I've read any of the authors books but the excerpt sounds interesting. Thank you for the opportunity to win and good luck to everyone.
    Angela

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    1. This was the first book by this author for me as well! I hope you are in for something :)

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    2. Thanks, Angela, for your comments. Fat Girl is my first book. Good luck to you on the raffle! ~ Leigh

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  7. Always nice to hear the inspirations behind the stories

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    1. Thanks, Brandi. Glad you enjoyed the interview. ~ Leigh

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    2. Yes, I love knowing why an author writes their books as well.

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  8. Good interview. You gave us a good behind the scenes look at the author and review of the book. I'm not a fan of books with heavy sex so I don't think this is a book for me.

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    1. Hi Mary, I respect your view that explicit sex scenes aren't your thing. It's not a genre for everyone. Nevertheless, I appreciate you stopping by and enjoying the interview. Best, Leigh

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    2. This might not be for you, but I appreciate you stopping by. Thanks Mary :)

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    1. Hey, bn, nice to "see" you at this stop. Thanks for continuing to follow my tour. ~ Leigh

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  10. I liked the interview. It was very interesting. Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, John. Pleased to hear you enjoyed the interview. It was fun to do. ~ Leigh

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  11. This sounds good. I like the Q & A section and I liked how the character has issues like me.

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    1. Yes, I think you might like this and finding out how they overcome them as well.

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    2. Thanks for your comments, ash I. I hear you on the issues...I struggled with body insecurities for most of my life. I actually found writing Fat Girl cathartic in many ways. Like Dee, I'm finding my way toward self-acceptance. It's a journey. If you pick up/win a copy, I hope you'll find some inspiration in her story. ~ Leigh

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  12. Everyone has struggled with self image at one point in my life so this book looks to have a very powerful message behind it, that said it's not one for me

    http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/anticipated-releases-of-2015.html

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    1. Yes, it does have an important image that I think a lot of girls and maybe even a few guys need to know. People have flaws, but they can be loved with or without them.

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  13. Loved how it deals with body image. *sings* I'm all about that bass, 'bout that bass! I have that stuck in my head now

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    1. Lol. That one is on my playlist. Thanks, Faith, for stopping by and making me smile. ~ Leigh

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    2. Oh yes, this book could be related to that song! It definitely has the same idea :)

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  14. This sounds like a great book, I'm glad you enjoyed it though :D Thanks for sharing & great review!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Appreciate your comments, Benish. Glad you enjoyed the review. ~ Leigh

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  15. I haven't been to your blog in so long, I've missed so much! First I want to say great interview Liv. I've been so nervous about doing author interviews, but this was so professional and I learned so much about the authors mindset with this book with just a few questions. This book actually sounds really good. Definitely looking to add it to my TBR!

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    1. It's good to have you back around again! I am glad you liked the interview. It's helpful to have a list of set questions you can reuse again! Hope you like it :3

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  16. What a great book, we need more of these types of books for sure! I seem to struggle with self-image constantly.

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    1. Self image can be a tough battle for everyone. I hope you read this one because it may be for you.

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  17. I don't really read books with a lot of erotica in them (but read books with some) - but the characters in this book sound well developed and the story sounds interesting. It must have been good if you are planning to read book two! :) Thanks for sharing.
    ~Jess

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    1. Yes, it was good! I don't usually either, but this book was good in other aspects as well.

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