Title: Little Gray Dress
Author: Aimee Brown
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit GoodReads: add Little Gray Dress to your to be read list
Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak. From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress. When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack! Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?
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The unspoken truth from me…
I’m going to get really personal here. Which is something I don’t do often. This is a subject I don’t talk much about because it’s one of those things that is really hard to put on display. As a woman it’s already hard enough to fit into the world if you have a visible imperfection, such as a handicap or even bad skin. But, when your problem is weight, it’s sometimes devastating to hear the things that come out of people’s mouths.
I have have been overweight since I was pregnant with my first son. I gained 60 pounds with that pregnancy, and 20 more pounds with each of my other two pregnancies. 20 years later, I’ve only just lost part of it. I’ve worked my ass off since January and have lost 60 pounds thus far. I still have 50 to go. But, I’m getting there. And I’m so pleased with how far I’ve come. It’s a life change. It’s harder than anyone who’s never dealt with it can imagine and it’s an adjustment that is worth every single moment. I’m proud of me.
In Little Gray Dress I created main character Emi as a thicker woman. I didn’t want her to be picture perfect. I wanted to her be real and have the real struggles that so many normal women have.
Emi is a size 12. Which to me, doesn’t seem like a ‘larger’ girl. But, to America, it’s a plus size woman. When did this happen?
I’m always hearing about this ‘positive body image’ movement but yet, the same companies that are spouting this are the same ones that are putting our women who wear smaller double digit sizes and labeling them as ‘plus size’. How is that positive? When can we ever just be ‘women’ without being labeled for our appearance?
One of my favorite book titles is by Meg Cabot ‘Size 12 is not fat.’ I realize it’s not a size 2 but it’s also NOT fat. Sweet Jesus, America, come to your senses. Are we looking at our health or the superficial surface of woman around the country?
Did you know that despite the ‘positive body image’ movement than a woman size 12 and up is often looked at as lazy, fat, and unhealthy? None of those words are positive. When you see a woman on the street who might be over a size 8 and you automatically assume they are lazy, you’re probably not considering that she’s possibly just finally left her house for the first time after pushing a tiny human through the most sensitive part of her body. You might be overlooking the fact that she’s so busy with three toddlers that the only meal she gets at night, besides picking at the uneaten mac & cheese left over from her kids’ plate, is cold. You might not realize that the man who’s trying to hide his double chin with his beard, has been on prednisone for an unseen disease for months. You might not realize that when you judge my now size 16 figure that I’ve worked my ass off to lose 60 pounds.
Who are we to judge someone else by their appearance? Who are we to decide who’s healthy, lazy, or sick, by the size of their pants? Whether you are a size 0 or a size 28, you’re a human and I respect you the way you deserve to be respected. I will support you in anyway you need support. Your size doesn’t mean you’re a failure or less than anyone else.
My only advice is this – we can all overcome our obstacles in life with determination. We can help each other by supporting without judging. Nobody is perfect, even those with perfect exteriors have issues in life. Some of the most beautiful people on the planet are the ugliest people on the inside and visa verse.
Be the change in helping America’s self-esteem problem. Young, old, black, purple, white, thin, thick, male or female, we are all human and we all deserve support from our peers.
If you’ve something judgemental or negative to say to me (or anyone else for that matter) go and tell it to yourself in the mirror first and think about how that would make you feel coming from someone else. Think about how that statement would make you feel if someone said it to your parent, spouse, partner or child and think twice before you put that on someone else. Words matter, use yours wisely.
Aimee has the cutest Giveaway for the tour - pictured here <-- & opened worldwide.
Included is a 'create' coffee cup, some dark & handsome K-cup pods, a cute Life is Short, Eat Cake wall art, some tiny macaroons, a Little Gray Dress bookmark & postcard!
Aimee Brown – author bio: Aimee Brown is a writer and an avid reader. Little Gray Dress is her first published novel. My second novel is in the works now. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal. Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets. She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress! If you’d like to chat with her she’s very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!
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