About the Book
Author: Leila Lacey
Genre : Multicultural, Contemporary Romance
Shelby Beasley is a smart, kind, and curvy woman. With bad family relationships and low self-esteem. She is the oldest daughter in the Beasley family. One of the richest most prominent families in the south. Her mother is over critical of her and her sister and brother, well they pretend she doesn’t exist. The only two people Shelby has are her father and her grandmother Queenie.
Logan Chandler is an ex-con from the other side of the tracks. Having made his share of stupid mistakes as a kid; he finally knows what he wants out of life and is trying to go after it. He is close to his family. He had a young daughter who was a product of another one of his mistakes, his mother and his twin brother Lance who is best friends with Shelby Beasley.
Logan hates rich people, he feels they use their money and power to break laws and keep poor people down and never suffer any consequences. Shelby is and has always been the exception to that. She was the one and only person he could think of that he actually liked that was wealthy. When Shelby needs his brothers help and Logan has to step in it starts a journey of discovery, heartbreak and love. Can Shelby discover her true power and stand up for herself and love the wonderful woman she is? Can Logan put all his demons aside and share in the love and acceptance Shelby has to give? Or will the Legacy of being a Beasley keep them apart?
BONUS: Sample of “A Broken Belle” to be released in March 2015
Book Links: The Legacy Series Complete Set
Q & A with Leila
A: Women inspire me! Even the ones that I look at and go “What in the name of all that is good and pure are you doing? I try to write women that the female readers can relate to. There are so many different types of women, from sinners to saints. I like to “people” watch and the women I see give me great inspiration for the female characters that I create.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: I knew I wanted to write when I was 10 years old. But I never ever imagined I would be published or that this particular occupation would be encouraged by my mother so I never told anyone accept my grandmother. I put it in the back of my mind with other things I figured I would never do. Like be a phenomenal basketball player at 4’11”
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
A: Shelby is a tortured soul you might say. She has spent the majority of her life feeling like she did not “belong” to her own family, like she was “unwanted”. But over the course of the series she grows into her own. She accepts her past and all the craziness that her family has going on and tries to make the best of her relationships with each person.
I think what makes her special is with all the lies and pain and so on. Shelby does not hold a grudge, she manages to not let pain and anger rule her. She decides to love everyone for the good that she sees in them. But also realizes they all have some bad in them but she doesn’t treat them as such. I guess that is the long winded way of saying she chooses to be ruled by her love, faith and hope.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: I am still trying to figure out how to not neglect my family and still keep writing and creating and handling the business of having published works.
Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others?
A: YES! Action I am currently taking a class to learn about writing action like a martial arts fight scene in a book or a boxing match. I can’t figure out how to write that where I am not going… WHAT??
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A: Do not give up! Write, Write and keep Writing and DO NOT critique your own work. Find someone you trust that will tell you the truth and it not drive a wedge between you and let them read the book you have written. If you critique your own work, you will NEVER publish.
I have found that the literary world can be kind of high school amongst the authors so when you do publish. Don’t take that group of authors that are mean and hateful to you for no reason to heart. Do you and let the rest go. EVERYONE is not going to like you and you are not going to like everyone. That is ok.
What can we expect from you in the future?
A: More amazing books of course. As I said before I am taking classes so that I can write a romance-action thriller. I am hoping to turn one of my series into a YouTube series, I also plan to start writing not children’s, but youth inspired “chick” books. I am hoping to start a blog about the clothes and shoe and underwear battle for the curvy woman. And whatever else I can get my busy little hands on.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
A: I am an excellent cook. Love to bake and cook. I actually plan to write a cookbook with a friend of mine.
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
A: I would have a small bistro. Which I still plan to do in the future.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A: Being a mom, I will not say I am the best mom in the world. However I am not the mom my mother was to me. THAT is a wonderful accomplishment to me.
What books have most influenced your life most?
A: My life, I Am a Black Woman by author Mari Evans. My genre: Harlequin Romance.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: Romance, Diana Palmer and Beverly Jenkins. They both pull you in from page one, there is something about their detail and descriptions that keep you locked into the story until the end. There characters make you love them and hate them all at the same time.
Do you have any Character Crushes?
A: In my books… I think my crush would be Nick Crowne from my Curvy Goddess series. There is nothing like a sexy English black man. Just ask Idris Elba’s wife!
“Grey, it’s me, talk to me. I want to help you if I can,” she whispered.
“I am not like you, Shel!” Greyson yelled at her. Shelby hated when people raised their voice at her. That was one of her pet peeves. If she could manage to stay composed when upset, then so could everyone else. But she knew that right now what Grey needed was to let it out. “How can you forgive them? How can you act like nothing has happened? You know I will never know my own mother? Think of the finality of that word. Never,” he finished still pacing. Shelby was not sure if he was done and got her answer when he started to talk again. “I love BOTH of them, they are Momma and Daddy. But I hate them at the same time and I do not know if that will ever change. My wife is a cheater, my kids are not mine and then I find out that my mother is not mine either and I will never know the woman that is, thanks to my father deciding to play God. I am finding that I can trust no one in my life,” Greyson said finally melting into tears as he sank into one of the plush “couch” chairs in the sitting area. Shelby rushed to her brother’s side and wrapped her arms around him. “Oh, Grey! I am so so sorry! I feel so terrible with all that has been going on. I didn’t even think to ask you how things are going with you and Leslie,” she said.
Greyson cried for a little bit and Shelby could feel his pain and anger releasing from him. She knew he needed to do this; she had needed it too. Luckily for her, she had Logan and he had been her rock through all of this. Logan was amazing to, and for, her. Thinking of how happy Logan made her made Shelby wonder how happy she was making him. Probably not very, considering that she hardly saw him and when they were together, she was preoccupied with either work or the family. She had to admit to herself that she had not made him a priority lately.
“How things are going is that my divorce will be final in a week. My soon to be ex-wife was sleeping with my best friend the majority of our marriage and I am not allowed to see the children that I thought were mine for the past three years because it turns out they are not mine and I have no rights to them. Top it off with my father and mother lying to me about my identity my whole life. My biological mother being dead and the mother that raised me pumped five hot ones in my father’s ass and I think you can say that is the shit sundae that is my life,” Greyson said sitting back in the chair.