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Today we welcome the wonderful and talented Cari Kamm, and her debut novel “Fake Perfect Me.” Cari was born in West Virginia. She attended West Virginia University and obtained a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition and Food. She then moved on to New York University, where she completed her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition. Cari chose to focus on both nutrition and skincare, and hence developed her own skincare product at one point. She has also worked at one of the top cosmetic laser companies in New York City as the Director of Marketing and Media Relations, before launching her writing career. She currently resides in New York City and is working on her third novel.
Cari and I connected a while back before I started working with Chick Lit Central. Besides emailing and talking on the phone, she actually helped me out with my job search and hooked me up with a couple of interviews. When she offered to send me a copy of her book, I was SO excited, and it was actually one of my first reviews for Chick Lit Central. Last, but not least, I had the pleasure of meeting Cari a few months ago when she was in New York City, where she actually lives now.
Cari is giving away TWO copies of “Fake Perfect Me” to some lucky winners anywhere in the world.
Cari is here today to tell us what Isabella Reynolds, the main character from “Fake Perfect Me,” is doing nowadays. If you haven’t read “Fake Perfect Me,” be forewarned that this contains spoilers. If you want to wait to read the post until you’ve read the book, we’ll still be here when you get back! (Just skip to the end for the giveaway.)
The Whereabouts of Isabella
Fake Perfect Me introduced Isabella Reynolds, the former Southern belle turned savvy New Yorker whose world came crashing down as she was stripped of everything she loved—her man, her company, and the death of her beloved dog, Potato. With her penchant for bingeing and purging, did she turn her life around against the need to maintain her “perfect” façade?
Isabella still lives in NYC conquering the streets of Manhattan in her Manolos, but this time around, her price tags and need for perfection don’t define her. Two years later, at 32, she continues to relish single life and the dating scene without relying on Findyourperson.com risking more Internet disasters. Without the pressure to find the perfect man, she’s embracing her independence.
Her stay at the juice retreat peeled away her toxic souvenirs shattering her fake perfect personality. The retreat gave her the opportunity to step outside her life and acknowledge her perspective, her attitude, and her lack of love for herself. She hasn’t fallen off the ‘Chinese take-out’ wagon, maintaining a healthy relationship with food. When Isabella does need reminding, she simply glances at the inside of her right wrist at her Truth tattoo. Isabella Reynolds was fake perfect; now, she’s perfectly imperfect.
A month after the retreat, her gratefulness and new sense of self fueled her passion to launch a start up from her kitchen called Sip, a juice delivery program cleansing the city one block at a time. Today, with its success, Isabella has expanded it into a popular Manhattan location. She still enjoys making deliveries and meeting with her new clients.
One afternoon, on a delivery, she found herself on 110th street in front of a sign and paralyzed by the word Euthanize. Just when she thought Sip couldn’t bring any more healing, it provoked memories of Potato. Suddenly, she was inside the shelter holding her new mutt, Harlem. When the rescue staff thanked her for saving his life, she said, “Actually, I think we are going to save each other.”
What she thought was a 3 strike curse, was a gift. Isabella learned that unfortunate things happen to a lot of people. Her past struggles helped grow her abilities, giving her an edge in life and presenting Isabella with something to pass on, to teach. Each event raised the plateau she stood on helping her see occurrences in everyday life more clearly and with greater vision. Isabella joined a charitable organization that promotes self-esteem, confidence, and education in teenage girls preparing them for college.
Recently, Isabella received an exciting business opportunity in Vermont. She’s planning her visit to a plush ski resort for the first Sip & Ski retreat. However, there’s no preparing for the unexpected as three random paths intersect sending them in a new direction with no looking back.
Isabella Reynolds’ journey will continue in one of Cari Kamm’s upcoming novels.
How to win “Fake Perfect Me”:
Tell us about something you’ve faked your way through. (One entry per person.)
Giveaway ends May 13th at midnight EST.