I Want to Hear Your Body Stories

Hi, gorgeous readers.

I explained in my last post all about how PICTURE PERFECT (coming out in 12 days!) is a “Fat Girl Book,” and why I wrote it.

Since then, reviews have been rolling in for PICTURE PERFECT from early readers, and there’s a common thread in their comments: “We’ve all felt like that,” “Everyone’s hated their body at some point,” “Girls will be able to identify with Cat.”

Which, on the one hand, is sad, right? I hate that so many – most, it seems – women have had the experience of hating their bodies.

I want to show you some photos of the inspiration for Cat Mitchell and, well, the whole story, really.  This is Lizzie Miller.

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Isn’t she gorgeous? She’s a typical plus-sized model, but she became really famous when she did a shoot for Glamour magazine, and they published this candid shot:

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Belly roll! Never before seen in the pages of a fashion magazine!

Glamour really took a gamble when posting this picture, and you know what? It really paid off. People wrote in to the magazine, thanking them for publishing a photo of what a real woman looks like.

Now, a lot of you have said that size 12 isn’t big. And it’s not. But for Cat, my main character, who used to look like this:

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You can see how the change would be tough. Right?
So. Getting down to business.

I know that so many women have these stories, of their bodies growing and changing and losing confidence, losing a sense of beauty. Maybe they got it back, and maybe they’re still trying hard to get there.

I want to hear them. I think we ALL want to hear them.

SO here’s what we’re gonna do, you gorgeous foxes. If you’re okay with it, email your story to me at authoralessandrathomas@gmail.com. Do it by THIS FRIDAY, March 15th. Tell me everything – yeah, EVERYTHING – you’re comfortable with. If you’re okay with me posting it on this blog, let me know, and I will. 

My fellow author friends and I will pick a few that really speak to us, and put them up here on the blog. Then you, my gorgeous readers, will pick your favorite two, and I’ll put them in the back of PICTURE PERFECT.

Because Cat’s fictional, but she sure as hell is based on thousands of real girls. And I want their voices to be heard too.

Love you all.

Kisses,

Aless

(and, if you’d like, you can add PICTURE PERFECT to Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17286268-picture-perfect  . Thank you!! )

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On “Fat Girl Books”

PICTURE PERFECT is about a girl who went from a size two to a size twelve in just under a year, and has some serious body image issues.
Yes. This book is about a girl who is size twelve and hates her body. She hates it so much that she tries to hide it, squeeze it into Spanx, cries over it, and emotionally eats up a storm. She hates it so much that she doesn’t believe her friends when they tell her how gorgeous she is. She hates it so much that she thinks no guy will ever want to have sex with her again.
Is Cat’s body image healthy? Lord in heaven, no.
Is Cat’s body image REAL? Yes.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever hated your body unreasonably.

Raise the other one if you’ve known someone who has hated her body unreasonably.
Yep. That’s what I thought.  (Now do the Harlem Shake. You know you want to.)

Cat Mitchell, the protagonist of PICTURE PERFECT, is a freaking disaster. That’s what the book is about – her journey to becoming not-a-disaster. If Cat felt awesome about rolling out her new bangin bod all over campus, I’d be all, good for you, honey, but you make a damn boring story.

Are you a size twelve, and you love it? Good for you. Go on with your bad self. I’m a size sixteen, and while I have occasional moments of woe about a belly (or knee) roll, I’ll tell you right now, I’m freaking gorgeous. Not to mention that between the sheets, The Boy has nary a complaint. (*wink*)

Cat hates her size twelve body, but that doesn’t mean that I’m saying you should hate yours. In fact, what I want is for you to root for her to feel as good about herself as you do.

I’m so happy you like your body the way it is. I like it too. I think you’re DEAD SEXY, in fact. So you can bet that Cat Mitchell is gonna feel dead sexy by the end of the book, too. And no, it’s not the way you think.

Can’t wait for you to read it. If you’d like to add it to Goodreads, click here, sweeties. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17286268-picture-perfect

Love and sexy kisses,
Aless

Announcing: PICTURE PERFECT

I’m so delighted to announce publication of my New Adult debut novel on March 26, 2013, PICTURE PERFECT!!! (<— click to add it to Goodreads.)

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Here’s the blurb!!!!
Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes – and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two.

When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn’t there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral – nude modeling for a nearby college’s human form drawing classes.

When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she’s posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she’s ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat’s absolutely smitten.

Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again – confident and beautiful – as long as Nate’s around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he’s just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again.

But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing – this might destroy their relationship before it’s even had a chance to get off the ground.

Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she’ll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin – even if it means leaving him forever.

AND you can add it on Goodreads! Isn’t that exciting? Thanks in advance for all the love, my sweeties! *wink*
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17286268-picture-perfect