Butterflies Wake 99 Cents Kindle Deal!

Coming June 2014!



Butterflies Wake- an underground female mafia rights the wrongs of an unjust society.

September 28th through October 4th

For seven days, you can download a kindle copy of Butterflies Wake via Amazon for only $0.99 in honor of my upcoming birthday! Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

If you already have a copy, feel free to post a review on Amazon and Goodreads.



An Underground Female Mafia Surfaces In Charleston, SC

Coming June 2014!

An Underground Female Mafia
Surfaces in Charleston in new novel “Butterflies Wake

Author Arlene Lagos, to hold book signing and release party
At Triangle Char Bar

August 15, Charleston, SC- The highly anticipated novel, “Butterflies Wake” by Arlene Lagos is coming back to Charleston where it all first began. The short-film-turned-novel is about an underground female Mafia who rights the wrongs of an unjust society.

The story was inspired by friends who appear not only in the short film, but also on the front cover of the book. The cover was photographed by Daniel Island native Jan Marvin at the Francis Marion Hotel downtown. Marvin also designed the cover of the book.

All ten women live in the Charleston, North Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant areas and were in the making of the short film that debuted in 2011 at Film Meets Fashion.

Lagos will be back in Charleston for the release party and book signing which will be held on Friday, August 15th at Triangle Char Bar on 828 Savannah Hwy in West Ashley from 7pm-10pm.

Lagos has written poetry, stage plays, screenplays and short stories for over 20 years. In addition to writing Butterflies Wake, she’s also written the Beyond Earth Series, as well as twelve short stories that are published in the Giant Tales anthology.

For press inquiries or information about Butterflies Wake you can email Arlene Lagos > butterflieswake@gmail.com

Butterflies Wake Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ6NulqdZsw

“Butterflies Wake” Novel Packs a Punch Without Chipping a Nail


Coming June 2014!

Written by: Arlene Lagos

The highly-anticipated novel, “Butterflies Wake” launches this June, and may very well find its way to the bestseller list before the end of the summer. The novel is about an underground female mafia that rights the wrongs of an unjust society.

Along with the book, I have put together a photo campaign that depicts vigilante women in positions of power, in an effort to go up against the mainstream depictions of women as victims of a domestically violent and rape-excused culture.

The messages the photos send are very clear, “We are not afraid” and “You are not alone”. For a fiction novel it seems to hit home, with many women often asking me, is it real? If so, can I join?

While my usual reply is that it’s just a tongue-in-cheek fiction novel, it does raise the question about whether or not its time for women to become more vigilant in their own protection against a culture that excuses such violence towards them.

Want an exclusive on the Butterfly Project with all the photos? Contact me at butterflieswake@gmail.com

Butterfly Project: Part II

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Violence against women has been portrayed (or rather shoved down our throats) for way to long now; whether it be through advertising, television, movies or print. This slide show is a pathetic and disgusting abuse of the way in which women are perceived. I can’t stop photos like this or images on the television or movie screen from appearing. So what should I do? How about I make my own.

In the next few weeks, I am working on a project with several wonderful women (and men) throughout the East Coast to counter this problem with our own photos. Our goal is to start showing more photos of women protecting themselves, their children and each other. I encourage you to send me your photos at butterflieswake@gmail.com



The Butterfly Project


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so perhaps its time we start taking pictures that change people’s minds? “The Butterfly Project” is a two-fold idea. One part being that it’s a satire riding on the wings of the novel, “Butterflies Wake,” I have coming out this summer.

The photos will be depicting everyday women of all different shapes, sizes, colors and ages; pictures of a soccer mom, a stay-at-home mom, a career woman, a gardener, a yoga instructor, a piercer, a hairstylist, etc.

But something in the photos will sneak out and grab you…something to show that these women, as warm and loving as they are, will fight back if necessary. They will all be holding something that could be used as a weapon. It shouldn’t be anything obvious such as a knife or a gun; rather something simple like a rolling pin, a pair of knitting needles, a nail file, a sharp stiletto, hair shears, etc.

The message I’m hoping to get across in these photos is simple:

“We are not afraid”

The second message that I’m hoping to get across is:

“You are not alone”

While this project is marketing for my book on a satirical level, it is also a very strong message on a feminist level. I want them to speak to women across the world that they can go from victim to victor; it’s all a matter of perspective and support.

This is your challenge as photographers if you choose to accept it. I want to put together photos from around the country of women like this. Each project will be named after its region. For example, “The Butterflies of Boston,” or “The Butterflies of Charleston” and so on and so forth.

I’ll be accepting photo submissions from now until June 30th. I will pick five winners to be featured on the cover of Book 2, Butterflies Rising. I will also be making a compilation photo book of all acceptable materials to be published. Any money made from the sale of the photo book will be split among the photographers based on number of photos submitted, etc. I have two magazines already interested in this project so you may also have your work featured in magazine print as well.

This book is fiction but the problems are real. Help me create a conversation.