Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sweet Saturday Samples - Oct 22

We’re here again with another Sweet Saturday Sample. Thank you to everyone who follows this weekly blog hop, and welcome to newcomers who are visiting for the first time today. We appreciate your interest and welcome your comments.

For the past several weeks we’ve been posting excerpts about Peggy, one of our characters from I.O.U. SEX. This sweet lady just can’t seem to get her weight and related health issues under control. We join her the day after she’s had a heart-to-heart conversation about these topics with her best friends, June and Kiki.

The next morning, bright Texas sunshine streamed through the plantation shutters in Peggy's bedroom, waking her from a night of restless sleep. She stretched her arms above her head and yawned.
Peggy looked down at the mounds her body formed underneath the white sheet, thinking they looked like the foothills of the Rockies, with bumps and bulges galore. She sighed. What was wrong with her? Why couldn't she control herself?
Her thoughts went back to Kiki and June's visit the night before. With their words fresh in her mind, Peggy climbed out of bed and walked into the guest bathroom. She took a long look at her face in the mirror and made a promise.
This is the day.
As of right now I am going to eat only healthy foods, keep a food and calorie journal, and start walking. Losing all this flab might be slower than cold molasses, but it's taken me a lot of years to gain it. One way or another, I'm going to get healthy.
Cross my heart and hope not to die.
Peggy removed every last stitch of clothing and stood in front of the Weight Watchers scale she'd purchased in one of her lost-cause diet attempts. She followed the directions printed on the front, tapping the scale with her big toe to activate it. When the read-out said "00", she climbed aboard and braced herself for the shock. The glaring truth flashed back at her—217 big ones. Somehow she'd lost three pounds since her last doctor's visit, but the huge number still made her cringe. It's a start, she thought, and I swear I'll never see a number that big again.

As you’ve probably realized, Peggy isn’t your typical glamorous character from a romance novel or from women’s fiction, but she’s definitely representative of a large segment of the real world. Anyone who’s ever been on the diet merry-go-round understands the challenges Peggy faces. We hope you enjoy following her story as she works to lose her excess pounds, and at the same time joins her two friends in tracking down their high school boyfriends.

Book Title: I.O.U. Sex
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance
Rating: R (tastefully written sex scenes between consenting adults – M/F)

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  1. She's a real woman! Imperfect and beautiful. Love the premise of this story. Wonderful sample!

  2. It is realistic and provoking. Thank you for sharing. :)

  3. yes very real - wish my mother had her determiation.

  4. The real woman angle is one of the enduring aspects of the book.

  5. Oh, the pain! Been there, done that, still trying.

  6. She's where I keep saying I need to be. This is a great book because the heroines are all very real women, not perfect Pamelas. I certainly feel closest to Peggy. Great sample. I need her determination!

  7. I think it's great your heroine doesn't fit into the typical mold. Way to go!

  8. She is someone most can relate to and thus love her the more for it. Great sample.

  9. I can feel her dejection and hurt. I hope she can keep the motivation and lose the weight she wants, just for her own health. Very inspirational story.

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  10. I know just how she feels. I'm rooting for her!

  11. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. Since we’ve both been on the diet roller coaster, we felt qualified to write about Peggy. I’m glad our expertise showed!


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