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On Tour with Once Upon a Time, Bitches by Branden LaNette and Meet the Author

I don’t host a lot of self-help books. It doesn’t mean I don’t get absolutely fascinated with some of them. This is the case. Forget about the (absolutely perfect) title, and the fact that the author is the woman on the cover, I’m firmly convinced that with all the sweet talks, the hand-holding, and the carefully worded advices we’re all given in this confused time, what we really need here and there is a figurative kick in the ass. Honest. Sweet and nice is really not what we always need, all the time. Which is why I liked the book’s attitude.

Once Upon a Time, Bitches by Branden LaNette released in October in the self help genre.

That’s Branden on the cover. Yes, she has a boy’s name, a Mom bod, and her tattoos are not photoshopped. She doesn’t look like your typical author and she sure doesn’t look like the next self-help Instagram sweetheart. 

However, besides being a wife, mom to six kids (plus others with fur), coach and business owner, Branden is the author of the new book, Once Upon a Time, Bitches. It’s a fast paced, in your face, expletive laced, nothing held back message to women everywhere: There is no magic fairytale, but if YOU work at it enough you can come pretty close to creating your version with a happily ever after. 

But first, no more whining and no more damsel locked in a tower, bullsh*t. Is it possible to design a fairytale life? Control your destiny? Be the hero in your story? Branden thinks there is and she wants to help you.

By saying adios to the man who’d refused to be a fifty-fifty partner in our relationship and support my goals and dreams as well as his own, I created what science calls a vacuum—not the Hoover-kind, of course, but the science-kind: a space, an emptiness, a void. (Who says you’ll never use the stuff you learned in school?)

Until I’d left, with my life as crazy as it was, engulphed in the plethora of problems I’d created for myself, there was no room for solutions. No room for help. No room for a prince. 

I was like one of those motels you pass on the highway at night, with my neon vacancy light burning brightly like a beacon in darkness. I’d created a vacancy.

I’d made room for a Prince Charming to arrive and from my lips to God’s ear, that’s exactly what happened. 

That said, I can guarantee you this: The chances of solutions showing up for any problem you might have in your life are greatly reduced if you don’t make room for them. 

But if you do make room for them, you’ll find that my 11th grade science teacher was right: Nature really does abhor a vacuum.

It’s important to realize it’s not Prince Charming’s job to come and save you—it’s your job to be worthy of being saved. Someone who doesn’t even need to be saved. 

Ironic, huh?

Becoming a person who doesn’t need saving—being someone capable of saving themselves—is what draws your prince into your life. And not just a prince, but the right prince. Back to Cinderella.

If there ever was a strong-ass bitch who didn’t need saving, it was Cinderella. Yes, her circumstances sucked. And if it were me in that situation, I might have tossed that evil-ass stepmother in the f-ing fire (and the whiny-ass sisters, too). But she’s a better person than I am. Better than most of us. 

Cinderella not only took their sh*t, she did it with grace and remained kind to others in spite of the daily cruelty being dished on her. Maybe that’s why she got saved, huh? 

Because even though she clearly was a victim, she never acted like one. She kept her chiseled little chin held high. She didn’t beg to be saved. She was simply someone who was worthy of being saved.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Branden LaNette doesn’t look like a typical author but she has long ignored what she “should” do, say and look like. On her own at a very young age, Branden eventually found herself with the wrong guy, the wrong job, and a bleak future. The fairytale she was promised as a child never materialized.

Finally, Branden decided that she wanted something different for her life, and realized no one was going to do it for her. Prince charming wasn’t coming to save her—she’d have to save herself.

Step by step, decision by decision, through major trials and tribulations that would stop most people in their tracks, Branden learned how to turn heartbreak into happiness and self-judgement into inner joy.

Today, Branden LaNette is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, wife, and stay-at-home Mom to six C-section babies (ages 1-16) and way too many f-ing pets. Somehow, however, she manages to juggle all of this effortlessly (a blatant lie) while pushing her way through the kinds of fear and self-doubts that whisper within all of us (totally true) to achieve her goals. Her most recent dream come true is this book, one that is destined to have a major impact on millions of women across the globe (or at least nine people in Michigan.)

Through it all, she has found her happiness, her joy, and more importantly, her voice. 

About the Book Title: Once Upon a Time, Bitches 

by Branden LaNette

I used to dream and wish for things. For success, for money, for love. I thought all my answers would be found in a prince. He would have the money, he would love me, he would make my life easier, and success would just rain upon me and I would live in a castle forever and ever. I was still that eight-year-old girl just wishing for the fairytale magic to just happen. It hit me one day, I couldn’t keep wishing. I was going to have to do something. I was going to have to save myself. 

Once Upon a Time, Bitches came to me easily and it encompassed everything that was me. I second-guessed the title thinking some would think it was immature. No one would take it seriously. 

When I talked to my now-publisher, she had a lot of great things to say, even went as far as saying she loved it. She said I was on the right track, I just didn’t have the platform. I knew she loved the title.

She loved the idea. At the end of the day it still comes down to business. 

I loved her feedback and I felt empowered, but my uphill battle looked like it did before we talked. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t question giving up. I can’t speak for her on her end but I feel like over the next few days, my title and idea was so good, it struck a chord within her, and it replayed in her mind and she knew it was something that they couldn’t let go of. I say this because I got a phone call from her and her husband offering me a contract to publish the book within a week of our first call. It was because she loved the title! And she believed in me. 

Once upon a time is for the fairytale daydreamer in me. Bitches is my term of endearment for all of the queens out there who don’t fit the cookie cutter ideology of what a princess is. I needed it to scream possibilities without the BS. This book is proof that dreams come true if you put in the work and keep showing up no matter how many times you want to quit. 

I’m incredibly proud of the work and honored that so many people have given it a chance and loved it. I’m even more proud that my publishers got a little reassurance that they didn’t make a mistake taking a chance with me. 

Contact Info:

Website: www.BrandenLanette.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Branden.Lanette

Twitter: @Branden_Lanette

Instagram:@@Brandenlanettel


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