My short story "The Beautiful Move In Curves" will appear in the Xcite anthology "Ultimate Curves" to be released in May, 2009. This book is about big, beautiful women and the men and women who love them.
My title comes from the saying "In life, as in art, the beautiful move in curves", by Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton. That's the same Bulwer-Lytton who wrote "It was a dark and stormy night". Here is a blurb about "The Beautiful Move In Curves":
Olivia Taylor is a gorgeous and large woman who is angry over an article about "butterbodies" - women with beautiful faces "butterbody" leaves something to be desired. This is the flip side of "butterface". The idiot who wrote the article called Salma Hayek a "butterbody." If some moron can diss Salma Hayek, what does that say about Olivia? She cannot be in a bad mood before attending the SF/F convention, especially since she's going to meet Jeremy, a gorgeous hunk of a man several years her junior. There is more than enough woman in Liv to please several men, and she has the spunk and sex appeal to prove it.
Why are women bombarded every day with messages telling them that they have to be the size of a toothpick to be considered sexy? That "butterbodies" article in my story about sexy plus-sized women isn't something I made up. It's for real, and it's idiot author really poked fun at Salma Hayek for gaining weight, accusing her of having a beer belly when the woman just had a baby. He picked on lots of larger women, including Liv Tyler, Salma Hayek, Kate Winslet, and Tyra Banks. The article originally appeared at Spike.com, and I guess Spike got so much ugly mail about it that it had to take the article down. I read it and flames burst from my eyes, since I took umbrage to that article. I'm glad to see that due to the outcry over it that it has been removed.
There are plenty of heavy, sexy women out there. Some of them are Pam Grier, America Ferrera, and Kirsten Vangsness (who plays sassy and sexy Penelope Garcia on TV's "Criminal Minds"). Ferrera made the "Butterbodies" list, and you may know her from the hit TV show "Ugly Betty" and the hit movie "The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants". These are vibrant, sexy, and sassy women who eat just as much as their anorectic model sisters - they just keep their food down.
I'm tired of seeing normal looking women - women who look like most of us - called fat because they can't fit one leg into a size 0 pair of jeans. The book "Ultimate Curves", which will be released by Xcite in May, celebrates plus-sized women in all their glory. My story "The Beautiful Move In Curves" appears in that anthology.
Keep an eye out for more details about this fun and sexy read that comes out in May from Xcite. I'll keep everyone updated on my blog: Elizabeth Black - The Countess - Blog