When author Lacy Bell moved to Peachtree City, Georgia, on the outskirts of Atlanta, in 2011, she couldn’t help getting hooked on reality television series Real Housewives of Atlanta. Reflecting on the twists and turns of her own life, she saw a parallel between the characters on the show and herself.

“It’s fascinating how life can suddenly take you in a direction you never dreamed of,” she says. “How much of it is just by chance, and how much is based off your decisions?”

Tracey Alexander, the gorgeous and savvy protagonist of her debut novel, Fame Whore, definitely has her eyes on the prize—or what she thinks it is. And Tracey’s a woman who makes sure she makes things happen. But fate has a few ideas of its own.

Tracey leaves Delaware, and a long-term relationship, arriving in Atlanta with her friend Shyann in tow. She starts her own reality show, gets involved in a sex scandal (hence the book’s title), and finds herself making tough decisions about how much of herself she’s willing to give up to get to the top.

The likely niche for the book is the 19-26-year-old age bracket, but Bell thinks the story is universal. “Every woman can relate to Tracey,” she adds. “We’ve all had dreams, and we’ve all had heartbreaks.”

Set for release on April 21st, 2015, Fame Whore will be available wherever books are sold, including Barnes and Noble and B.A.M. The Kindle version can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com.

Bell also hosts her own YouTube program Ratchet Recap on Lacy B. TV, similar in format to shows like Wendy Williams Hot Topics and Talk Soup. Each week, Bell takes the opportunity to share her unique personal commentary on urban life and reality TV.

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