Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fatty Patty by Kathleen Irene Paterka


Small towns, long memories. Everyone in the exclusive summer resort of James Bay, Michigan remembers FATTY PATTY, the chubby little girl with the round face and wild red curls. All grown up now, Patty Perreault teaches at the same elementary school where the painful playground memories still taunt her. She hasn’t forgotten the cruel nickname—plus she still hasn’t lost those extra pounds. Convinced her weight is the biggest reason why she’s a four time loser in the semi-finals for Teacher of the Year, Patty resolves to make some changes in her body and her life.

Sam Curtis, an overweight accountant she meets at the community pool, swims into Patty’s life with romance on his mind. But as their friendship grows, Patty finds it hard to see beyond his extra pounds. She’s torn as Sam refuses to deal with his own overweight issues. Her heart tells her one thing, but her eyes see another. She’s not interested in an overweight boyfriend. When it comes to winning the Grand Prize in life and love, Patty has some hard lessons to learn. Will she be able to confront her fears about the kind of woman she yearns to be? Will she be able to put down the fork and give her heart a try?
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Author Bio:


Kathleen Irene Paterka fell in love with writing (and food) at a very young age. By the time she graduated high school, she’d completed her first manuscript and she weighed 300 lbs. Though the extra pounds have long since disappeared, Kathleen still carries the emotional scars of being a former fatty. FATTY PATTY was born from the cruel teasing she endured on the school playground. Kathleen is the author of numerous novels which embrace universal themes of home, family life and love, including the Women's Fiction series, "The James Bay Novels". Kathleen is the resident staff writer for Castle Farms, a world renowned castle listed on the National Historic Register, and co-author of the non-fiction book FOR THE LOVE OF A CASTLE, published in 2012. Having lived and studied abroad, Kathleen's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. She and her husband live in the beautiful north country of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Kathleen loves hearing from readers. You can contact her via her website at http://www.kathleenirenepaterka.com or follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KathleenIrenePaterka.

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22 comments:

  1. Wow, this book sounds really different. I look forward to the tour. MeredithGSchorr at gmail dot com.

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    1. Hi Meredith! I hope you enjoy Patty's story!

      -Kathleen

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    2. How sad to think that someone was given the name Fatty Patty. I'm sure this story will be a good one and I'm certainly looking forward to reading it and participating in the tour. I LOVE chicklit!

      Connie

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    3. Hi Connie, FATTY PATTY was what the other kids called poor little Patty when she was the grade school (she was a chubby little girl). She's never forgotten that cruel nickname... just like I've never forgotten the nickname they gave me: "Baby Huey" (remember the cartoon overweight duck with the baby bonnet who waddled?) I weighed 300 lbs. when I graduated from high school, and though the extra weight has long since disappeared (I've been at a normal weight for nearly 35 years), I'll never forget what it felt like to 'live fat in a thin world'. FATTY PATTY is a story about how women (and men) deal with issues of self-esteem. I do hope you enjoy it!

      -Kathleen

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  2. This was such a great book. I'm really looking forward to reading the guest posts, Q&A's, and other reviews on this tour. :)

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  3. Hi Lisa,

    I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed Patty's story. She is quite the character, isn't she? But she has a big heart (and big hips!). LOL. If you're interested in reading more about The James Bay Novels series, Book #2, HOME FIRES, has just been released. It has a little bit of everything: romance, emotional intrigue, and suspense (there's an arsonist loose in James Bay!). HOME FIRES is available in both e-book and paperback through Amazon.com.

    Thank you for participating in my blog tour! I'm having so much fun!

    -Kathleen

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    1. Thanks for the heads-up, Kathleen! I'll definitely add HOME FIRES to my TBR list! :)

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  4. Great story! I loved that it was different from a lot of other books I have read recently. And I love the way Kathleen writes and am looking forward to reading more from her.

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    1. Hi Susan,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed Patty's story. She certainly had her moments, didn't she? Poor Sam. LOL.

      Thank you for participating in my blog tour!

      -Kathleen

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  5. She sounds like such an awesome, likable character:)

    The themes are so important too:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

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  6. Hi Christina,

    I hope you enjoy Patty's story. She tries very hard, but she has her flaws... yet, don't we all? Patty is her sister's champion, her students' champion, the underdog's champion... what she really needs to learn is how to be her own champion... without the food.

    It was a dificult story to write, but one that I personally found very rewarding. Patty definitely had her own mind about how the story would turn out, and I, as an author, could do nothing else but allow her to follow her heart. Eventually, it leads her in the right direction.

    I hope you live out many happily-ever-afters in your life.

    -Kathleen

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  7. During my childhood and later, I have been friends with many girls who were dealing with obesity and so I can really understand the Patty's pain and determination to get rid of the pounds.

    This book sounds amazing. Unlike the usual romance, I have no idea where this book will go. On one hand, I think Patty should go ahead and try to deal with her issues and there's nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight but on the other, I fear she's going to lose Sam Curtis. What a conundrum! I've never read anything like this.

    Ana
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    http://book-spark.blogspot.com/

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    1. Dear Anonymous,

      Patty took total control of this story and forced me, as the author, to address issues about food and low self-esteem that women normally never speak aloud. Who wants to admit they devour a six-pack of candy bars? Who wants to admit they take out their resentments on their friends and family when they're simply feeling frustrated about their own foolish behavior. Who wants to admit any of that? Patty certainly didn't... but she forced me to confront those issues. It wasn't an easy story to write, and it's not an easy story to read as Patty makes choices that begin to alienate her from the loved ones in her life. But life is all about the journey. Patty's smart enough to know that. But is she smart enough (and willing enough) to finally put down that fork and give her heart a try?

      I hope you read Patty's story... and I hope that you let me know how you feel about it after you finish. I'd be very interested in your thoughts.

      Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour.

      -Kathleen

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    1. Hi Mrs. Mommy,

      But you didn't miss the tour! I'm still on my blog tour, and will be through Aug. 27th. Please check out today's blog (Chick Lit Club Connect) where I'm blogging about "Enough...Enough" (one of my favorite posts).

      -Kathleen

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    2. You have had an amazing tour! I meant that I was sad I mised hosting you on my blog!

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  9. This sounds like a great read!! And something lots of food lovers can relate to! I'm definitely going to add it to my list of books to read!!

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    1. Hi Rosary,

      So many food lovers out there! :) And so many great books to read, too! Thanks for adding Fatty Patty to your TBR pile!

      -Kathleen

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  10. Sounds like a great story, I love how she has to get over her own issues and well as learning to accept people the way there are.

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  11. Hi Shannon,

    Patty certainly has issues that she needs to confront. She also need to learn to accept people the way they are... including herself.

    I think, deep down, no matter how much we weigh, or how much money we might earn/win (my novel, LOTTO LUCY, will be coming out soon - she wins $70 million in the lottery), we still have our 'core personality'. That is one we all need to make peace with... to be content within ourselves, and to be kind and not hurt others. Patty is full of pride and hurt as she starts off on her journey to win Teacher of the Year and ends up, rather, trying to win at being happy with her own life.

    I hope you enjoy the story!

    -Kathleen

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  12. Kathleen...Thanks for sharing your story. You're a new-to-me author and I like the themes present in your book's blurb. I'm heavy now, but wasn't as a child. Kids can be so cruel and those taunts can leave lasting emotional scars. I look forward to reading more about Patty. Will we see her in future stories?

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  13. Hi Catherine, I'm glad you enjoyed Patty's story. There's a little bit of Patty in Book #3, called LOTTO LUCY (and there's a lot of Sam). Lucy, the heroine, wins $70 million dollars in the lottery, and she needs lots of financial help trying to figure out what the heck to do with all that money. Her privacy is gone, she takes shelter in a million dollar condo inside a gated community at the James Bay Yacht Club. But suddenly Lucy, who comes from a very poor background, is faced with living among 'privileged' people. The type of people that her grandmother (who raised her) cleaned house for... and cleaned their toilets. Sam is a big help to Lucy. She also has to deal with self-esteem issues, like how do you get along with people who want to be your friends because you've suddenly got lots of money? LOTTO LUCY is scheduled to be out sometime this fall. The 2nd James Bay novel, HOME FIRES, is available now through Amazon, and it actually has a bonus read at the end, with the first chapter of LOTTO LUCY.

    Thanks again, Catherine! I'm so glad you enjoyed Patty's story!

    P.S. People keep telling me they'd like to read a story about Priscilla, but I actually think she's very happy and settled in with Dr. Brown. :)

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