Paper Stars Press is bursting with pride at the release of our third title, Celestial Bodies: The Tess Lee and Jack Miller Novels by Patricia Leavy, with cover art and illustrations by Mindi Rhoades.
Heart-warming and wonderfully romantic, written with the sharp wit of Candace Bushnell and the sensitivity of Meg Donahue, comes best-selling author Patricia Leavy’s tour de force about learning to balance darkness and light in our lives.
Celestial Bodies is a series of six novels that follow the epic romance of Tess and Jack: Shooting Stars, Twinkle, Constellations, Supernova, North Star, and Stardust. An exploration of the power of love, each novel focuses on love at the intersection of another topic: healing, doubt, intimacy, trust, commitment, and faith. While external threats occur in each book, this is ultimately a story about internal threats—the audio playing in our own heads.
Tess Lee is a world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore people’s innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Despite her extraordinary success, she’s been unable to find happiness in her personal life. Jack Miller is a federal agent who specializes in counterterrorism. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. He’s dedicated everything to his job, leaving nothing for himself. The night Tess and Jack meet, their connection is palpable. She examines the scars on his body and says, “I’ve never seen anyone whose outsides match my insides.” The two embark on a beautiful love story that asks the questions: What happens when people truly see each other? Can unconditional love change the way we see ourselves? Their friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend who calls her Butterfly; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby and Gina, Jack’s younger friends who never fail to lighten the mood. Along the way, others join their journey: the female president of the United States, with whom Tess bakes cookies and talks politics; the Millers, Jack’s childhood family; and many others. Celestial Bodies is about walking through our past traumas, moving from darkness to light, learning to live in color, and the ways in which love—from lovers, friends, or the art we experience—can heal us. Written as unfolding action, this collection moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy. It can be read for pleasure or selected for book clubs.
“Celestial Bodies is one of the most important literary works you’ll ever read and the must-read book of the year. Leavy writes light in every corner… Read this—you’ll be SO glad you did. Highly recommended!” Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators
“Leavy has done what she does best: write a story that you won’t be able to put down until you finish the final sentence. I was glued to the page, and you will be too. It is a love story about friendship and real romance, but most importantly, it is a story about learning to love ourselves, the most difficult love of all. Don’t miss the adventure, love, and lessons these characters have to teach us all in this profoundly beautiful work of art.” Sandra L. Faulkner, Ph.D., author of Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method, and Practice
“This healing story has left an indelible mark on my soul. Brava, Patricia Leavy, for creating a fiction series worth its weight in gold.” Renita M. Davis, LICSW, PIP, Creatrix, Illuminated Expressions, LLC
“A spectacularly compelling, breathtaking series…. There is so much beauty in Celestial Bodies that stayed with me long after I read the last page: the beauty of our good friends, of healing, of real and steady love, of life’s experiences wonderfully told.” Alexandra Lasczik, Ph.D., Southern Cross University
“’For so many of us, perhaps all of us, life is challenging as we learn to live through and with trauma, grief, and loss. Celestial Bodies shows us how to thrive through unconditional love. Read this book—it will crack your heart wide open.” Laurel Richardson, Ph.D., author of Lone Twin
“Celestial Bodies is one of the grandest love stories of all time, romantic, thrilling, and adventurous. It celebrates the power and agency of love to hold its own against the darkest forces of hatred and violence. This book grounds the possibility of hope, love, and healing in our ability, if we will it, to truly see, hear, and accept each other as striving, troubled, imperfect, and ultimately, lovable and loving beings. It will make your heart smile. A must-read!” Eve Spangler, Ph.D., Boston College
“With stunning prose loaded with equal parts heart and humor, Leavy’s writing is realistic and compassionate. A splendid work of fiction written with sensitivity, wit, and compassion. I loved it.” J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D., author of Scarecrow
“… the deepest cuts came from Leavy’s frankly audacious creation of space for trauma processing and healing as priorities in daily life, rather than the afterthoughts they often become in a world that expects us to smile through pain. That Leavy manages to create this kind of visceral authenticity within the splendor of a modern fairy tale speaks volumes of her talent. In a world where wit is often an underappreciated weapon, this tightly crafted series sparkles brightly and pierces straight to the heart.” Alexandra “Xan” Nowakowski, Ph.D., MPH, Florida State University
“Celestial Bodies is contemporary literature at its very best, one that hides its lessons inside perfectly baked cookies that leave you feeling better about the world and the people in it, despite all the darkness. A perfect choice for book clubs and summer reads.” U. Melissa Anyiwo, Ph.D., editor of Gender Warriors
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Paper Stars Press is ecstatic to announce the release of our second title, North Star by Patricia Leavy.
North Star follows Tess Lee and Jack Miller after five years of marriage. Tess is a wildly successful and world-famous novelist. Her inspirational books explore our innermost struggles and the human need to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Jack is a former federal agent who specialized in counterterrorism. After spending decades immersed in a violent world, a residue remains. As they both heal from past trauma, their epic love, fostered by their ability to truly see one another, has brought them lasting happiness. However, when life’s challenges arise and two significant forces from Jack’s past resurface, everything they’ve learned about unconditional love is put to the test. Will they finally live their happily ever after, or will they fall apart into the darkness? In addition to new characters, their long-standing friends are along for the ride: Omar, Tess’s sarcastic best friend, who calls her Butterfly; the female president of the United States, who Tess visits regularly to discuss politics and bake cookies; Joe, Jack’s friend from the Bureau, who understands the sacrifices he’s made; and Bobby and Gina, Jack’s younger friends, who never fail to lend a calming presence. North Star is a novel about commitment and letting go, loss and gain, and the ways in which love—from lovers, friends, or the art we experience—can help us move from trauma to healing and redemption. Written as unfolding action, North Star is a poignant novel that moves fluidly between melancholy, humor, and joy. It can be read entirely for pleasure, selected for book clubs, or used as supplemental reading in a variety of courses.
“That Leavy manages to create this kind of visceral authenticity within the splendor of a modern fairytale speaks volumes of her talent.” – Alexandra “Xan” Nowakowski, Ph.D., MPH, Florida State University
“… a splendid novel that traces the fuzzy edges of personal desire, professional fulfillment, and familial formation with sensitivity, wit, and compassion.” – J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D., The University of Tampa
“… the enchanting, luminescent story we all need right now.” – Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University
“…a poignant book about the significance of relational commitments and how these commitments can help us traverse pasts and presents riddled with trauma, secrets, and success.” – Tony E. Adams, Ph.D., Bradley University
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Paper Stars Press is thrilled to announce the release of Low-Fat Love: 10th Anniversary Edition by Patricia Leavy.
Prilly Greene lives between who she is and who she longs to be. She moved to New York City in search of a “big life.” Despite her job at a publishing house and weekends spent racing around the city, she’s painfully lonely. She falls for Pete Rice, an unemployed, charming, ever-sexy aspiring graphic novelist. Prilly thinks she is finally experiencing the big life she always sought but feared was beyond her grasp. Pete’s unconventional, free-spirited views on relationships unsettle Prilly, ultimately causing her to unravel over the course of their on-again, off-again love affair. Meanwhile, her colleague Janice Goldwyn, a workaholic, feminist-in-name-only editor, undercuts her professional identity at every turn. Janice’s “picture-perfect” life is set on a new course when her alcoholic father is injured in a car accident and she is forced to face her own demons. Ultimately, each woman is pushed to confront her own self-image and reasons for having settled for low-fat love. Along with Prilly and Janice, a cast of characters’ stories are interwoven throughout the book. The offbeat characters include Melville, Pete’s awkward friend who lives one beat outside the moment; Jacob, Melville’s younger, pothead brother; Kyle, Janice’s seventeen-year-old son, who appears ordinary in every way but is actually quite extraordinary; and Tash, Kyle’s wild, sexpot cousin who ends up dating Jacob. Low-Fat Love is a novel about the struggle to overcome the secret fear that we are not enough so that we can reimagine ourselves and truly live a “big life.”
“Low-Fat Love proves the astonishing talent that Leavy possesses as both a writer and social commentator. Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Girls meets Sex and the City, but all with Leavy’s raw honesty and clever wit. This is one of my favorite books with a message I can’t shake.” – U. Melissa Anyiwo, Ph.D., editor of Gender Warriors
“Witty, humorous, and smart. The true beauty and power of this novel is reflected in the ways the characters—just like many of us—settle in life and love.” – J. E. Sumerau, Ph.D., author of Via Chicago
“This definitive 10th anniversary edition of Low-Fat Love does not disappoint. The new ending is brilliant. I would run, not stroll, to get a copy for yourself and all the important people in your life. This beautiful and relatable novel offers smart critique of how pop culture’s expectations for intimate relationships often let us down.” – Sandra L. Faulkner, Ph.D., author of Real Women Run
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