C D’Angelo


C. D’Angelo is an Italian American author living in Winter Garden, Florida, with her husband. She has been a psychotherapist for 20 years and began writing in 2013 to add to her many hobbies (playing the ukulele, drawing, painting, crocheting, cross-stitching, sewing, and any other craft available to try!). Soon writing became more than a hobby, and now her passions and life experiences have made their way into her relatable stories of the Italian culture in women’s fiction. The Difference is her debut novel, and more are on the way. She also assists other writers with pitch writing and strategy for social media pitch parties through her Pitch Party Prosperity services.

Meredith R. Stoddard  

Website: www.meredithstoddard.com

Book Title and Tag Line: Once & Future Series – Folklore-Inspired Fiction. Books: The River Maiden, Cauldron, Thrice to Thine, Nothing Good Gets Away; Short Stories: Unfit, Buddy, Lost & Found, Truth Seer, Steward; Historical Fiction: The White House, A Fond Kiss

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Historical Fiction 

Book Synopsis: Once & Future Series: Celtic legends and modern life collide in this saga of a contemporary woman coming to grips with a destiny set in motion generations ago.  Inspired by her unusual childhood in rural Appalachia, Sarah MacAlpin is set on pursuing a career as a folklorist. She had a rough start in life but has worked tirelessly to set herself on the right track. Just when Sarah comes closest to reaching her professional goals, a startling revelation turns her whole world upside down. Can she survive what fate has in store for her, or will she follow in her mother’s footsteps down the road to madness?

Author Bio: Meredith R. Stoddard writes folklore-inspired fiction from her writing shed in Virginia. She studied literature and folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before working as a corporate trainer and instructional designer. Her love of storytelling is inspired by years spent listening to stories at her grandmother’s kitchen table. She also advocates for the preservation of traditional fiber arts and the Scottish Gaelic language.

Topics for discussion: Southern American and Scottish Folklore, Scotland, Scottish Gaelic, North Carolina and Scottish history, independent publishing, writing

Author’s Notes: Example interview: https://desideratumpodcast.com/2021/07/09/episode-17-the-river-maiden-with-meredith-stoddard/

Contact the Author: Email: mrstoddard@gmail.com  Phone: 540-287-6897

Leslie Lehr  

Website: www.leslielehr.com

Book Title and Tag Line A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me… and You

Genre: Memoir/nonfiction, fiction, women’s fiction  

Acclaim: Good Morning America, People Magazine,  Entertainment Tonight,  Glamour Magazine, Katie Couric’s Wake-Up Call Newsletter – 

Reviews: https://leslielehr.com/book-reviews/ 

Link to trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRn_QIVTL-w

Book Synopsis: Author Leslie Lehr wants to talk about boobs. She’s gone from size AA to DDDD and everything between, from puberty to motherhood, enhancement to cancer, and beyond. And she’s not alone – these are classic life stages for women today. At times funny and heartbreaking, A Boob’s Life explores both the joys and hazards inherent to living in a woman’s body. Lehr deftly blends her personal narrative with national history, starting in the 1960s with the women’s liberation movement and moving to the current feminist dialogue and what it means to be a woman. Her insightful and clever writing analyzes how America’s obsession with the female form has affected her own life’s journey and the psyche of all women today. From prize-winning fiction to a viral Modern Love essay, exploring the challenges of contemporary women is Lehr’s life-long passion. A Boob’s Life, her first project since breast cancer treatment, continues this mission, taking readers on a wildly informative, deeply personal, and utterly relatable journey. No matter your gender, you’ll never view this sexy and sacred body part the same way again.

Author Bio: Salma Hayek is developing A Boob’s Life into a comedy series for HBO Max. Leslie’s novels include What A Mother Knows, Wife Goes On, and 66 Laps, winner of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize. Her nonfiction includes Welcome to Club Mom, Club Grandma, and Nesting, featured on Oprah. Lehr’s essays have appeared in NYT Modern Love (narrated by Katie Couric on NPR), HuffPost, Yourtango, and anthologies including Mommy Wars. She wrote the screenplay for the romantic thriller, Heartless. A Breast Cancer survivor, Lehr works with StandUp2Cancer. She is the Novel Consultant for Truby Writers Studio and taught in the Writer’s Program at UCLA. Lehr is a graduate of USC Film School and has an MFA from Antioch. She’s in PEN, the Authors Guild, WGA, Women In Film, and the Women’s Leadership Council of L.A. Lehr has two daughters, two cats, and lives with her husband in southern California

Topics for discussion: America’s obsession with breasts, women’s health, body positivity, women’s history, feminism, fashion, censorship, domestic abuse, motherhood, & writing.

Author’s Notes:  Sample interviews and a Book Club guide are available at www.leslielehr.com.

Contact the Author: Email: leslie@leslielehr.com