Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fat Girl Begone by D.E. Haggerty - #review #giveaway


I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.


Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

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MY REVIEW

I feel a real kinship with Everly.  Ever since puberty hit, I've struggled with both sides of the 'weight' coin - eating healthily and increased physical exercise.  And the snarkiness.  Most people think my middle initial of "S" is for my maiden name.   Not so!  It stand for SNARK in big, bold, italicized and red letters!  But E's (we're that close) so nice at heart that I cannot be more than just the teensiest bit jealous of her ability to attract eligible gentlemen. *LOL*

But not far from there the similarities taper off.  I do not have three men interested in me, let a lone, a dumper who wants me back, a sweat-worthy personal trainer and/or a millionaire!  (Of course, if I did, my husband of 20 years might have some 'issues' with my entourage!)

I love that many of Haggerty's heroines have 'issues' (body image, confidence, etc.) and they still manage to have all the love, danger, successes and failures of ... well, any other woman.  They are not defined by their looks.  They have rich, full and drama-filled lives outside the reality tv celebrities in their own minds zone.

I do appreciate the 'warning' above, because some of my subscribers are mild-mannered folks and might object.  But as I have  used those words, traveled those roads and been embarrassed a time or two (hundred?) in my life, so I'm mostly immune. ;)

So ladies, I raise my glass to all of you.  And D.E., if you keep writing about these (or new) women, pretty soon I'll have to build a bigger bookshelf!  (And gladly so.)

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MEET THE AUTHOR



I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

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GIVEAWAY!!!


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Click on the banner above to go to the tour page, where you will find links to more reviews of Fat Girl Begone by D.E. Haggerty, as well as guest posts by the author and a character or two!

(Diclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book  tours in exchange for my honest review.)

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