Book Tour – Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum Tour


Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum

March 19th: Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
March 20th: Lost In Ever After 10 RANDOM THINGS
March 21st: Spiced Latte Reads SPOTLIGHT
March 22nd: Sleepless Reviews  SPOTLIGHT/EXCERPT 
March 23rd: TTC Books and More REVIEW
March 24th: A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
March 25th: The Library of Sheen  AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 26th: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW
March 27th: Kat’s Book Buzz REVIEW
March 28th: Mom With A Kindle THIS OR THAT


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Big Fat Disaster
By Beth Fehlbaum

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)

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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 out The 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.
You can find Beth online at http:www.bethfehlbaumbooks.comon Facebook, and on


Recipe Substitution Guide

Ok, so I haven’t done much cooking or baking since my husband died, which by the way, was two years ago last week. But…I may be getting back into the kitchen, so how fortunate was I to stumble upon this recipe substitution guide?



I hope this comes in handy for you, too.


Kim Soo Hyun – Promise

It’s been a while since You Who Came From the Stars, also known as My Love From Another Star, ended, and I miss the characters so much, specially Do Min Joon many faces (ha!) . . .

and Cheon Song Yi’s spastic moments. . . (double ha!)



My Love from Another Star is a mix of science fiction, romantic comedy and thriller. It’s the story about Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun), an otherworldly being who crashed on Earth 400 years ago in what is now South Korea. Living for centuries, he’s become cynical about human beings. He possesses enhanced vision, hearing and agility as well as a beautiful appearance which does not change no matter his age. His orderly life changes when he meets actress Cheon Song Yi (Gianna Jun) and begins a romance out of this world.

At one point in the drama, Do Min Joon sings this song to Cheon Song Yi, and I can’t get enough of it. What is it about this song that makes me so melancholy? Is it Kim Soo Hyun’s voice or the lyrics? Whatever it is, I want to play this song over and over and over again. I’ve had it on a loop ever since I started writing this post.



Flower by Na Tae Joo

Who says T.V. can’t be educational? Here’s another poem I found while watching a Korean Drama. This time, it was School 2013, a reboot of the “School” series. I’m two episodes in, but I already found a beautiful gem.

Flower by Na Tae Joo

You have to look closely
To see that it is pretty
You have to look long
To see that it is lovable
You are the same

-Na Tae Joo

So simple. So beautiful.


When You Assume . . .

Tonight, a friend of mine slipped something into my hand as I was leaving the parking lot. Now, I hadn’t seen that friend in months, and she knows I’m a widow struggling economically, so when she slipped what looked like a folded envelope into my hand while asking me about my job search, I assumed she might be giving me some money.


What’s that saying about when you assume?

Once I got home and looked at what she gave me, I realized that it’s an invitation to a wedding reception. At the bottom of the invitation, the guests are asked to bring a side dish. So, knowing that I’m struggling economically, my friend invited me to a celebration where I’m expected to bring food and a present.

I don’t know what to make of that. At least she suggested I look into her company’s website for job openings . . .