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About Lela Fox
The series begins with my first drink at age 13, in the fall of 1972, and you'll identify with the Shame and Self-Hate we all experience. The series is divided into Lifetimes - moments when my life changed completely and I knew I'd never be the same. Seven books cover my Nine Lifetimes, all within the crazy, rollercoaster life of Lela Fox.
My sobriety date is June 30, 1999, but I didn't find true serenity until November 14, 2016 when I forgave myself completely.
I live in the majestic mountains of Tennessee with my canine child Stormin' Norman the Schnauzer.
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You’ll laugh and cry as Lela Fox evolves from a needy newcomer with a chip on her shoulder to an honest soul with a chip in her pocket.The joys and pitfalls of getting and staying sober in my world spin quite a story. Crazy circumstances never end. Follow my adventures as I ‘walk the walk’ through two years of sponsors, boyfriends, and chaos, changing jobs as fast as my peak-and-valley moods change.
Yet I turn troubles into solutions, looking to my build-it-yourself Higher Power and twisted approach to AA principles.
Honesty presents a cast of colorful characters and a full load of action.Meet Bear, my first sober boyfriend, and re-meet Damon, the OCD ‘guardian angel’ who ushers me home but leaves me hanging.
Tension runs as high as my credit card balance. Betrayal and grief put a dent in my determination, but all seems right when I meet Railroad Gil at the offbeat West 40 AA club.
Have I found the real deal?
Book 5 is full of sobriety, but not yet the happily-ever-after.After all, I’m still an errant alcoholic with a rollercoaster life and two more Lifetimes to go. Trudging the road to happy destiny, I find out just how screwed up I am. READERS LOVE HONESTY!
“Fantastic! Lela Fox does it again.”
−Laurel Night, best-selling author & editor
“I love Lela! Her life is crazy-funny and chaotic, even in sobriety, yet she’s a survivor. Never a dull moment here!”
−Samantha L, Idaho
For 13-year-old Lela Fox, an electrifying new life began in a gravel alley with a six-pack and two albino sisters.For me, it just took four warm beers to rouse the ogre of alcoholism. The compulsion led the way through Nine Lifetimes of jarring ups and downs, sweeping curves, and dizzying 360-degree turns. I created my own personal rollercoaster, and rode it like a hamster on the wheel.
Heartbreaking and funny, my memoir is a story you’ll identify with, beginning to end. You’ll know what the voice inside my head is saying. You’ll recognize the warped motivations and early compulsions. You’ll understand why I went to any extreme to get my way.
Far from a drunk-a-logue, Lela's memoir reads like a novel… a paraphrased life story with real-time action and dynamic dialogue.It’s a different approach; one I think you’ll like. I tackle alcoholic emotions honestly – so much that it hurts sometimes. But funny stories abound in my ping-pong life, including laugh-out-loud stories that also changed my life.
Most chapters are followed by a “reflection” from Lela’s current sober self.I share sober clarity throughout my memoir, as twenty years sobriety has flip-flopped my perspective.
The series begins with my first sip of spiked punch. In Powerless , you’ll feel the angst, guilt, and shame I endured, and the many ways I manipulated others so I could drink.
As the first in the series, you’ll follow Lela through her rollercoaster life as an alcoholic.It’s a high-spirited and poignant story that presents both sides of “functional,” before and after my sobriety date. This edition is the intense beginning of my the seven-book series.
Yes, it took seven books to tell the whole, crazy story before I dared to dip my toe into self forgiveness and grace. READERS LOVE POWERLESS!
“The sensitive and vulnerable Lela Fox is easy to love, and her to-the-point writing style kept me up long past bedtime. UPDATE: The 2nd book is even better! Lela’s struggles with bad choices and twisted thinking… just like me!”
−Sarah L., Columbus OH
Like sobriety, honest to the point of pain.Be a part of the head-spinning downward spiral that pushes me to an inevitable bottom. Then we’ll crawl to a crossroads of emotional and spiritual choices. My “cure” is surprising.
It’s the moving story of my no-holds-barred journey to sobriety with all its ups and downs. You’ll feel my pain, my shame, my utter hopelessness before admitting defeat. Then it’s the raw emotion of early sobriety and the waves of false confidence that threatened every ounce of my success.
With but a thin thread of self-worth left, Lela finally admits powerlessness.Heartless husband #3 speeds my failure with a series of nasty tricks, leaving my heart crushed while bringing more dysfunction. I collapse into the depths of alcoholism’s black hole in a by-the-day hotel, alongside a tattooed man with no name.
An empty human shell by then, I meet rock bottom in a very Lela-like fashion.
With hardly a thread of self-worth left, Lela finally admits powerlessness.A new lifetime begins: a week at a psych hospital, ninety days of inpatient rehab, three months in a halfway house – then wreckage of the past brings what my sponsor warned me about: the first year sober can be worse than the last year drinking.
As in other books in my memoir series, I chronicle the comedy along with the tragedy, along with the heart-felt emotions I felt at the time.
But is AA enough to save her in the long run?It’s an adventurous story – moving and poignant, action-filled and funny… and, like sobriety, a repeating series of forward steps and backward crashes. My early sobriety read like a heart monitor’s ups and downs. READERS LOVE THE LELA FOX SERIES!
“It’s like I can reach out and touch this writer and feel her pain. I keep thinking about her, even when I’m vacuuming and stuff. Excited to see what she gets into next!”
−a Grateful Alcoholic in St. Louis
In this poignant sequel, 18-year-old Lela Fox struggles to keep alcoholism at bay.I try a new approach in my early 20s: maybe early marriage, motherhood, and forced maturity will loosen addiction’s grip. But the squeeze tightens instead, and my solution becomes more dangerous by the minute.
Denial begins with my drunken freshman year in college and its horrors – an assault and harrowing car accident – and ends with a new challenge to pick up and move on.
As the need for settling down becomes overwhelming, I take a high-paying job that forces me to commit fraud, causing yet-another setback in the peaks and valleys of my rocky marriage.
Imitating my Southern Belle mom, I was determined to be responsible and practical. But when the bottom drops out, responsibility was the last thing on my mind.
Lela’s Bi-Polar mood swings send frustrated husband #1 on his own kind of bender.The pain of Andy’s betrayal bankrupts me emotionally and spiritually, but I keep a bottle of Chardonnay nearby. Knowing I was doing wrong, I embrace the comfort of a dozen drinks, even when forced to “be normal” among the group that excluded me.
I become a fragile 25-year-old single mother who had evolved from a dedicated binge drinker to a frightened full-time drunk. With honest and touching prose, I share my story that may be familiar to alcoholics, but somehow, I even get that part wrong.
Is kicking the booze Lela’s only goal? Is that enough?Denial is the second book in my Life & Times of a Curious Drunk series, where self-doubt and shame continue to fill my head, and alcoholism continues to dictate my future.
Half-time custody of my two-year-old son Bo is comic yet poignant, and tangles my two lives into a knot.READERS LOVE DENIAL!
“Lela Fox shares her story in such an intimate and emotional way. It's a memoir about what life can throw your way, and you never know how she’ll react.”
“She’s so honest it almost hurts. This book is true to the toll alcoholism takes on us. Well written and amusing, and the best addiction memoir I’ve read.”
A jaw-dropper as Lela fights the truth of her disease.It’s my Lifetime #4 as I scramble to keep pace with the crazy world I created. Full of funny stories and days I lay face-down on the sofa.
In this decade, I survive the slow simmer of alcoholism as it comes to a rolling boil, while playing two different roles. And playing neither of them well.
Follow my life when the determination to be a respectful and responsible mother falls waaaay short. I was courageous and lucky, but my shame heightens in this Lifetime, and dysfunction comes front and center.
Lela’s plans for escape are ingenious and downright hilarious.After many false starts, I find another alcoholic in denial who becomes my BFF Jilly. We travel the world in search of trouble, and we find it at every turn. The stories are laugh-out-loud adventures, including a drunken fall into the Amazon River.
Far from a drunk-a-logue, I write my memoirs to read like novels… it’s my paraphrased life story with real-time action and dynamic dialogue.
With the trauma of marriage #1 behind her, Lela gives decorum another try. She didn’t come close.My failed efforts to fit in with the good parents and snooty neighbors make the voice in the back of my head scream in frustration. But “normal people” saw the shame that shrouded me. They saw my inability to function and dared to ignore me! I knew I had something about that crap, and I did.
Most chapters end with a “reflection” from Lela’s current sober self.I share sober clarity throughout the series, as twenty years sobriety has completely flip-flopped my perspective.
Finally, the guilt of living a lie overtakes the Lela Fox I once knew. I became a part-time mother with part-time freedom to party, and shriveled in shame when party becomes my clear choice.
Drunk and stuck in the chaos of marriage #2, I had lost the power to change. Chaos continues the series as I drink away all but two choices.
Is Lela’s future doomed or can she thrive?The story begins when my future was bright and blooming, a career on the fast track, and ends with the terror of looking deep into the eyes of the relentless ogre of the disease. Always a survivor, I run, but the race is already over.
Or is it?READERS LOVE CHAOS!
“Lela’s creativity screams a story that will make your toes curl! I recommend it to any alcoholic, no matter how much time they have.”
“That’s 3 for 3, Lela! Your story is fascinating and thanks for sharing it. I’m ready for book 4 to champion you through the NEW chaos to come.”
−Laura G., 15 years sober in Atlanta
Buckle in for a ride on Lela’s rollercoaster, set in the years most trying and bizarre.Follow my crazy Lifetime #5 to the last of my drinking years. “Unmanageable” is the right word… not just to define my actions, but the progression of the disease year by year.
Through adventures in the Ho-Ho-Green House to sunny days in the Bahamas, you’ll meet my greatest enabler, my guardian angel, and my back-stabbing shyster husband #3, the infamous Stuart.
When Stuart gets clean, all seems rosy, but vodka keeps my curious life on the edge of ruin.
The pace is head-spinning. Her “interesting life” takes a life of its own.You’ll meet Stuart’s ultra-wealthy parents and watch their privileged life turns mine sour.
You’ll laugh through my sad-but-hilarious attempts to hold a job, then cringe when I’m tricked to be the stepmother of a troubled child and boss to a crazy nanny.
It’s a twisted story, and I still can’t believe I lived through it.
Can Lela stop the spiral and escape the hell she’s created?Continuing the Life & Times of a Curious Drunk series, my memoir follows the twists and turns of my life in and out of the bottle.
Most chapters end with a “reflection” from my current 20-years-sober self, bringing bits of wisdom and a healthy perspective.READERS LOVE LELA FOX!
“WOW! It’s like Lela is telling MY story and sharing the exact feelings!
“I love the sober-summaries at the end of the chapters.”
An addiction memoir with a funny and inspiring twist.My rollercoaster life slows at last, bringing a comical sense of serenity and my own twist on joy. The full spectrum of craaaazy happened in my sober life, and I scramble to keep the pace. But as my marriage deteriorated, my choices were limited.
You’ll see how I learned to survive what should have knocked me back to the start.
Follow the adventures of this adorable alcoholic as she faces two more Lifetimes of ups and downs.With the necessity for a heart of steel, I could only share my woes with one long-distance BFF. With her help, I walk through the flames to find my true spirit.
I gain and lose a husband, three jobs, and five stepchildren, but in the end, there’s peace and the beauty of forgiveness.
She proves that finding gratitude, even when gratitude is hard to find, is the key to serenity.A happy-but-not-sappy end to a series alkies love. In Serenity, I grow despite a tragic, life-changing injury and disability. I leave husband #4 at last, and almost instantly, my life’s struggle with shame disappears. Only then did I dare to stick my toe in the gentle river of serenity.
The end is my own brand of inspiration, stripped to the core that most alcoholics share.READERS LOVE LELA FOX!
“Inspiring! Her lifelong ups and downs settle, ending with a dramatic and joyous twist, sure to inspire.”
−Ben Marshall, author & editor
“Her life is chaotic and bumpy, even in sobriety! The perfect ending to a series I’ve loved!”
−Ellen B, Texas
Books 1 and 2 of a series alcoholics love.
Alcoholism up-ended my life early, with almost-instant addiction at age thirteen. The hunger for booze began, sparking a jagged and tumultuous life with constant chaos as I fight to fit in.
Laugh and cry as Lela tells her survivor story in a memoir that reads like a live-action novel.
This bundled volume begins with Book One, Powerless, and my first cup of spiked punch. Then, drinking in a gravel alley with two albino sisters, the creeping cravings began.
Emotions run high, but I keep the story comical with a series of crazy sprees, most with profound consequences.
Bi-polar, maybe TRI-Polar, Lela’s life is an entertaining disaster.
Depression… mania… I learned why self-medicating had helped, but it took a sweaty epiphany in a roach-infested apartment to find the courage to change.
Alas, the change is short-lived. My laugh-out-loud disaster of a life, along with raw emotion, create a story that hits close to home for most alcoholics. Like sobriety, it’s honest and raw, sometimes to the point of pain.
It’s a coming-of-age story about a woman whose life never came easy.
In Book Two, Denial, I face a series of adventures through college, where binge drinking disrupted my well-laid plans. Ride with me on a rural road where no drunk should drive, roar with laughter through my honeymoon from hell. You’ll feel my anguish as I set alcohol aside to raise a family, also a short-lived notion.
A year later, her world dissolves again.
“Just a sip” took over my thoughts, and vodka flowed once more. Always a survivor, I scoop myself up and begin anew, as you’ll see here and in the books that follow. It’s a series about the inherent pain of alcoholism and the vulnerability it takes to get sober.
I find serenity in the end… just not in the way you’d think.