Author: Marie Lavender
Series: Misfits #1
Published by Self-published on March 10, 2020
Genre(s): Steamy Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, BBW/Curvy/Rubenesque Romance, Billionaire Romance
Chased by a group of angry men. Saved by quite a hunk.
This is not the résumé Ginger Halloway ever imagined having. But thanks to a miracle pill, which makes her size 22 body instantly sexy, that’s what happened.
Yet, now Lance Franklin is showing interest in her, and she can’t figure out if he really likes her for her, or if it’s just because of a bizarre drug.
And her wild bunch of friends, The Misfits…well, they’re always getting her into some interesting situations.
So, yep, business as usual. Except for the guy. What the hell should she do about him?
As for Lance, he believes he’s lucky to have found Ginger. But can he convince her they should go for it?
With some new attention from the hottest guy she’s ever met, Ginger can’t help but wonder…is this all too good to be true?
(CONTENT WARNING: Watch for foul language, steamy scenes, and a pesky yet messy ability to choke on your dinner while laughing. If you’ve come expecting just a lighthearted, slapstick romance, you may not get that here. The author approaches sensitive topics in the best way she knows how. Just be prepared for all the feels to be deeper than usual for this genre – an emotional romantic comedy. No unruly cliffhangers, HEA guaranteed.)
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Today I am excited to have Marie Lavender here, she is the author of Chasing Ginger (Book 1 of The Misfits series) Marie is here to to talk to you about her book
Big Girls Need Love Too:
Through fiction, readers derive pleasure from escapism – the unique way that writers have of absorbing us in their words and worlds – and once the book is finished, stepping back into reality is difficult. But part of identifying with a character is finding something in that person we can relate with.
It’s why we need more realistic characters in fiction, tales that portray people with strengths and flaws of all kinds – some even physical. And the romance genre in particular could use more plus-sized heroines. Though ‘curvy romances’ exist on the market, it’s all too obvious that writing about Rubenesque body types is just something many writers avoid with their main characters. But dealing with one’s limitations, whether it’s a struggle with weight or another handicap entirely, is just a part of life for a lot of people. So, why wouldn’t writers try to represent them too?
When I wrote Chasing Ginger, I drew on my own experiences, as I struggled since childhood with weight issues. Even when I did lose a bunch of weight once, I gained it back years later, all at a significant detriment to my self-esteem. Using bits and pieces of my story to fill in the gaps I normally would’ve filled in by imagining myself in a character’s shoes, it hit so close to home that I had to take a deep breath at times. I think we don’t realize just how hard something was until we revisit it.
But I did find true love in life…eventually, at least after some duds I had to trip over along the way. Heartbreak only makes us stronger, right? And it’s so wonderful to have a loving partner who truly sees me, and would never want to change me. As I get older, though, I’ve begun to realize that to truly love, to understand that deep emotion on every level, you must love yourself first.
Give the whole of you – the heart of you – a break sometimes. Realize you’re just human, and yes, you will screw up sometimes. That’s not all you are, though. Your appearance isn’t the only thing about you that matters. Who you are inside counts, and as long as you’re content with that, then it’s a good start. If there’s something you want to change about yourself, then work on it. But don’t give up on yourself. Try to always see your own value. And, of course, it can happen later, yet the journey of self-discovery will be much harder at that point.
The truth is that no matter who you are, despite your limitations or mistakes, everyone deserves love. And we should have realistic characters to represent us. The main character of my novel, Ginger Halloway, is a plus-sized, aspiring singer-songwriter with some wonderful dance moves. She is sweet and funny, and has this wacky group of friends – The Misfits – who sometimes get each other into awkward situations. As her journey goes on, she starts to see more about herself than she did before.
So did I. Writing Ginger’s story was cathartic. This character inspired me to write two more plus-sized heroines into future projects. Well, why not?
Of course, Ginger Halloway isn’t me, nor am I her. However, I identify with her story, and that’s the key here. I hope the way she came out on the page connects with readers as well.