Lusciously Curvy Heroines - The Melting Pot
Did you know that the average American woman is a size 14? I swear aliens intercepting our television and media would assume that we are all a size 2 or smaller. Despite our average 14 size, designers are reluctant to offer plus size clothing. (BTW, dear reader, in the USA plus size starts at a size 12.)
Clothing lines aren’t the only space where real sized women are missing. Until recently, plus size heroines were rare if not darn near nonexistent, but this underrepresentation is changing. As a plus size woman, I am happy to see this inclusive shift and there seems to be a major cultural shift at play. “Skinny” is shifting to “healthy” and I think it is a good move.
Let’s add the sweetness of positive body image and the buttery lusciousness of self-love and acceptance to the melting pot.
Well, when I read Ms. Walker’s acknowledgements and saw that Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club was one of her inspirations I wasn’t one bit surprised. While Fight Club provides a commentary on consumerism, Dietland provides a scathing review of the media, advertising, cosmetics, and diet industries. This novel really grabbed me by the throat and demanded to be read. There were many moments, while devouring this book, that I totally recognized the thoughts and feelings of the heroine, Alicia ‘Plum’ Kettle. Dietland is NOT the typical ‘fat-girl-gets-skinny-meets-a-guy-and-lives-happily-ever-after’ kind of story. Instead, it digs deeper into the journey of one woman’s evolution towards empowerment and self-acceptance. Oh…and did I mention the female terrorist organization exacting their own special brand of revenge?? WARNING: this book contains descriptions of violence that may act as triggers for some readers.
The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.
Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.
But when Plum notices she’s being followed by a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots, she finds herself falling down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House, a community of women who live life on their own terms. Reluctant but intrigued, Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerilla group begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her own personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.
Part coming-of-age story, part revenge fantasy, Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession—from the inside out, and with fists flying.
If you follow this column, then you know that I love a good anthology. So when I discovered this short and sweet anthology in my stack of Crossed Genre Publications’ books, I had to pick it up. Two of my favorites included in this work are La Gorda and the City of Silver by Sabrina Vourvoulias and Nemesis by Nicole Prestin. If you can find a copy, be sure to gobble it up and hold on to it for safekeeping.
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For every supermodel, there are thousands of women who have heard “Why don’t you just eat less?” far too often. Except as comic relief or the unattractive single BFF, those women’s stories are never told. Crossed Genres Publications presents Fat Girl in a Strange Land, an anthology of fourteen stories of fat women protagonists traveling distant and undiscovered realms. From Guatemala, where a woman dreams of becoming La Gorda, the first female luchador, before discovering a greater calling in “La Gorda and the City of Silver”; to the big city in the US, where superhero Flux refuses to don spandex in order to join her new team in “Nemesis”; to the remote planet Sidquiel in “Survivor”, where student Wen survives a crash landing, only to face death from the rising sun. Fat Girl in a Strange Land takes its characters – and its readers – places they’ve never been. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Sabrina Vourvoulias – “La Gorda and the City of Silver” Lauren C. Teffeau – “The Tradeoff” AJ Fitzwater – “Cartography, and the Death of Shoes” Josh Roseman – “Survivor” Brian Jungwiwattanaporn – “The Right Stuffed” Katharine Elmer – “Tangwystl the Unwanted” Bonnie Ferrante – “Flesh of My Flesh” Rick Silva – “How Do You Want To Die?” Nicole Prestin – “Nemesis” Anna Dickinson – “Davy” Jennifer Brozek – “Sharks & Seals” Barbara Krasnoff – “Marilee and the SOB” Anna Caro – “Blueprints” Pete “Patch” Alberti – “Lift” Cover art by Lili Ibrahim
My Curvy Valentine is a lovely, snarky romance that features the curvy Maggie May Calhoun and a hunky Executive Pastry Chef Alex Sanna. Like its delectable cover, this book will make you crave fresh baked buttery croissants, chocolate lava cakes, and all manner of muffins and cookies. By the way, Chef Alex gets a rather seductive thrill out of feeding forkfuls of his latest confections to Maggie May. Steamy in the bedroom, this novella leaves you satisfied, yet wanting more! My Curvy Valentine is one of the most recent additions to Ms. Jamison’s A Perfect Fit series. Characters from the other books in the series pop up in this story, but the book stands comfortably on its own.
On Valentine's Day
When her parents' divorce throws Maggie May Calhoun's quiet, ordered life into a tail spin, she decides to quit her well-paying job as a biomedical engineer and follow her fashion dreams by working in a clothing store that specializes in dressing curvy girls like herself. Life is pretty sweet until her brother's best friend opens a bakery beneath her apartment. The smells from the bakery are tantalizing, and so is it's sexy pastry chef owner. Too bad Maggie has known Alex all her life and wants nothing to do with the boy who used to pull her hair, even though he's turned into a man that's just as delectable as the food he makes.
Love tastes a little sweeter
World class pastry chef Alex Sanna was told his entire life that only women belonged in the kitchen. After years of working in New York's best restaurants he decides to return to his hometown to open a bakery and prove to his father that real men aren't afraid of getting a little flour on their hands. He's worked hard to get where he is, but his career and his bakery are depending on the Valentine's Day ball he's catering to be a success. All of his focus should be on perfecting his pastry, but his neighbor Maggie is driving him crazy. She's grown from the awkward girl he used to know into a delicious woman who he can't seem to get enough of. Will a disapproving brother and a pining ex get in their way? Or will Maggie and Alex find love on Valentine's Day?
Take a hunky werewolf shifter, add in a quirky yet luscious heroine, and few spoonfuls of mating season heat and you’ve got the first book in a series by Elsa Jade. This book is a fun and quick read. Warning: You will want to pick up book two to find out what some of the other Angels Rest pack members are up to…so be ready!
Maddie Joplin’s heart was broken by the small-town golden boy who took her virginity and left her behind. Now he’s back with secrets he won’t share and scars she doesn’t remember, and she wants just one chance to show him what he missed. Kane Villalobos had one choice: abandon Maddie or reveal his dangerous life as a wolf shifter. But with the mating moon on the rise, Kane is bound to take a mate. And this time, Maddie refuses to let him walk away alone.
The “Mating Season” werewolf shifter novellas are brought to you by six authors following the adventures of six different packs. Each novella is the story of a mated pair (or trio!) with their Happily Ever After. Enjoy the run!
Columnist: C. Morgan Kennedy
I have a confession to make. I’m a time traveler. I love flinging myself into the future, then hurtling fast to an alternative past. In my usual time-space-dimension, I’m a mechanical engineer and business woman. So, I have a natural penchant for hover cars and steam or aether powered engines. Though I was born in the wrong era, I’m actually a child of the sixties – 1860, 1960, 2060.
My stories feature strong women, who know how to wield their minds like weapons. Their men are smart and often controlling….but, rest assured, my female leads give them a run for their money. They strive to follow their hearts and dreams for the betterment of themselves and their loved ones. Like my life, all of my stories feature a diverse cast of characters.
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