Author Spotlight: Curvy Goddess Leila Lacey

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Over at Writestream Publishing, we just posted a feature article with the beautiful, talented #CurvyGoddess Leila Lacey about her books, career, and future plans. Visit Writestream Publishing to read the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt:

Why did you create the Curvy Goddess series?

Originally I didn’t intend for there to be a Goddess Series. The first book in the series is The Vixen. I have always wanted to read books with women that I could relate to, women who are smart, strong, successful, plus size, and loyal. To me that is the average everyday woman that isn’t getting a voice in romance. As I wrote the book and finished I realized these women (the core Goddesses are Vixen, Nya, Camille, Phoenix and Jackie) all had such a strong voice and distinctive personalities it would be cheating the readers not to give them all a book. So the Curvy Goddess Series was born

How have your own experiences shaped your plots?

I try and keep two main things in any plot that I come up with: laughter and a little bit of what myself or another woman may be going through on a day to day basis. While I want to entertain my readers, I want them to feel a sense of sisterhood with other women in the world, which I hope with translate to a movement of women having more respect for themselves and therefore other women.

Are your distinctive Curvy Goddess characters based on real people?

Yes, each woman is loosely based on women that I have known, for a great many years. Now while I know a lot of women, I chose these women because of the level of respect that I have for them faults and all. I guess the books are my tribute to the “type” of women these ladies are.

And if you would like to chat with the #CurvyGoddess, I invite you to join us on Twitter tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern when Leila will also give away four of these beautiful shirts to randomly drawn participant winners. You must chat with us for the full hour to qualify.

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See all of you Curvy Goddesses on Twitter tomorrow night — get ready to #BowDownToTheCurves!

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Join the #CurvyGoddess Twitter Chat with Leila Lacey

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Which #CurvyGoddess are you?

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On Wednesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern, discover the heroines of Leila Lacey’s #CurvyGoddess romance series when @Writestream hosts a Twitter chat with @LeilaLacey1. The author will tell us all about her fictional characters and give away four of these gorgeous shirts:

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Never participated in a Twitter chat? Click on this link to Writestream Publishing for an explanation and tutorial. Hope to tweet with you on Wednesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern!

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Coming Soon from Lisa Tarves – Just Believe: Commonsense Spirituality for the 21st Century

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I am beyond thrilled for my dear friend and business partner Lisa Tarves on the impending release of Just Believe: Commonsense Spirituality for the 21st Century. Featuring a sleek new cover (designed by the immensely talented Kia Heavey), updates on professional and personal happenings (including Writestream Radio and Writestream Publishing), and further explanation about spiritual principles like forgiveness, energy vampires, and chakras, this second edition is sure to be a hit!

In my review of Lisa’s first effort Just Believe, I noted:

Part autobiography and part Spirituality 101, Lisa first introduces herself to her readers, sharing in down-to-earth, “real” language her experience as a young child with a remarkable sense of the unseen world and the ability to see and communicate telepathically with angels. Having established herself as a legitimate source of information on the topic, Lisa then delves into various aspects of spirituality with humor and authenticity. Chapters include the aptly named, What the Heck is a Chakra?, Energy Vampires (I immediately recognized several people I know who fulfill one or more of these descriptions), and Those Pesky Little Etheric Cords.

There’s even a rundown on the hierarchy of angels (Archangels and Guardian Angels), a clarification of spirit guides and definitions various psychic abilities. Throughout the book, Lisa’s personality shines through as she moves from topic to topic in her own engaging style.

In this new edition I had the privilege of writing the Foreward, in which I share the story of how Lisa and I met online and eventually partnered up to create Writestream Radio Network and Writestream Publishing. I’m proud to be her friend and business partner and cannot wait until Just Believe: Commonsense Spirituality for the 21st Century is released — hopefully by the end of this week.

Unlike the first book, this gorgeous new cover reflects Lisa’s personality and style perfectly. Great job, Kia Heavey!

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Exciting times at Writestream Media. 😉

 

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‘Snobby Girl’ Maureen Miles Bucci Returns to Writestream for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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Hard to believe we’re already looking at September — Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! Has it really been a year since Maureen Miles Bucci released her book ‘A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer?’

In that time, Maureen has started a successful Snobby Girl Cancer Club on Facebook, where she offers support for women worldwide who are dealing with cancer, along with their devoted caretakers. She’s also done several local book signings and made plans for future Snobby Girl branding.

She’ll join me on Writestream Tuesday on August 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern to talk about her advocacy work, future plans, and goals for the Snobby Girl brand. During the live show, we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246. To listen via your computer, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday: A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Cancer/Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

To preview/purchase A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer, click here. To request to join the Snobby Girl Cancer Club, click here.

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Writestream Tuesday: ‘Honor At Stake’ with Declan Finn – UPDATED with Archive

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Love a good thriller/vampire story? Tune in to Writestream on Tuesday, August 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern when I welcome returning guest Declan Finn to talk about his latest release from Eternal Press, Honor At Stake:

One is a heartless, merciless killer. The other is a vampire.

College freshman, Amanda Colt knows few people and wants to know fewer still. She enjoys fencing and prefers facing a challenge every once in a while. She is beautiful, smart, and possibly the most interesting person on campus…and most people stop after the first adjective. Then she finds Marco Catalano in her fencing class. He is tall, attractive, and very intense. With a mind like a computer and manners of a medieval knight, he scares most people. Except Amanda.

They both have secrets, for they are both monsters. As they draw closer, they must find the line between how much they can trust each other, and how much they can care for each other. Each carries a secret that can destroy the other. They must come to grips with their personal drama soon, because a darkness is rising. Bodies are turning up all over New York, and an army of vampires is closing in on all sides. They have only one hope—each other.

To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday: ‘Honor At Stake’ with Declan Finn. Have a question for my guest? Dial in at (347) 945-7246 at press 1 to get into the queue. For more information about Declan and Honor At Stake, visit Eternal Press.com.

UPDATE: Missed the live show? Click to listen.

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