Thursday, 20 March 2014

Big Fat Disaster Blog Tour - 10 Things About Beth & Giveaway

Title: Big Fat Disaster
 Author: Beth Fehlbaum
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Publisher: Merit Press
Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative’s trailer, where her mom’s contempt swells right along with Colby’s supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.

“Colby’s life … is difficult enough, but it gets worse very quickly once she discovers a photo of her politician father kissing another woman. The fast pace, lively … dialogue, and timely topic make it a quick and enjoyable read.” – Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

10 Random Things About Me 

1. I’m an animal lover.
2. I advocate for children and abuse victims, sometimes quite fiercely.
3. I sometimes snort when I laugh.
4. I have NO sense of direction.
5. The wildlife around my house are all chubby because I feed them a  steady diet of sunflower seeds and Meow Mix.
6. I support my local National Public Radio (NPR) station, and it’s about all I listen to in the car except for…
7. Mumford and Sons—I’m a huge fan.
8. I am a self-professed Grammar Nazi and have even gone so far as to mark out unneeded apostrophes on signs in public.
9. I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and I began writing The Patience Trilogy when I was still in therapy. I wrote all 3 books over the span of six years, which is how long it took me to make it through recovery.
10. I have Binge Eating Disorder and I drew on a lot of my own experiences to write Colby’s story in Big Fat Disaster. 
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About the Author
In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience(WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds outThe Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!

Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.

Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.

Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
Links: Website - Twitter - Facebook

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