Posted on July 25, 2017
I actually read this book back in 2013 when it was published under its previous title How My Life Became Chaos and really loved it and the two other titles that came after it in the Chaos series. So I was absolutely thrilled when I learned that Bombshell Books had signed Victoria J Brown and were publishing her books. It means I can rave about this book once again and hopefully bring some new fans to this brilliant series!
The author gives us a glimpse of what normal life is and how quickly it can change. Paranoia, insecurities, love, forgiveness, grief – we get a taste of it all in this book.
Holding Myself is the first book in a series featuring Kat. To start with the book feels like it’s going to be some sort of light hearted chick lit read but it is actually much deeper than that.
A wonderfully captivating story of life and struggles, with some extremely heart rendering moments.
Having really enjoyed this book I find it hard to believe that this is Victoria J Brown’s first novel as the writing just flows and the style is very accomplished. It’s an easy to read novel and although I’ve seen it described as chick-lit, the topics it deals with are very serious and sympathetically treated.
Whilst reading Holding Myself, it was almost like Kat and I were best friends and we were sat,her relaying her tale to me.
Holding Myself deals with some harrowing and incredibly difficult issues- but far from being a difficult read, the tone and craft of the writing turns this into a gripping, unputdownable drama laced with moments of humour and warmth that seem to hug the reader to them.
I was surprised by how involved I became in both the story and the characters lives and it was a deeper read than I was expecting to find.
A well deserved five stars from me and I will be looking out for future books by Victoria Brown.A very 21st century book!
There are lots of twists and turns along the way and things don’t work out quite how you would expect, however it still leaves you with that satisfied, happy feeling when you come to the end. A great page turner that you can’t put down.
Thank you, Alison Daughtry Drew from The Dragon Slayer for your lovely review:
Victoria has a knack of writing in such a way that little by little the story unfolds and the reader finds themselves engrossed in amongst the characters and part of the ongoing situation.
Another fantastic review from Emma-Louise Smith from Read, Write, Inspire. Thank you lots Emma-Louise.
The book while touching on sensitive subjects such as pregnancy, abortion, death, miscarriage and physical/mental abuse managed to stay quite light and not too heavy.
Kate Olsen from The Loud Library Lady made my week when she likened me to Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Oliver. A massive thank you Kate, I’m so pleased you enjoyed Holding Myself:
I found myself falling into Kat’s story immediately upon beginning to read this book, and finished it in one evening. Brown writes in an intensely readable fashion, one that I liken to many of my very favourite chick lit writers such as Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Oliver – conversational and very relatable.
Posted on July 17, 2017
What an exciting couple of days!
It has made me realise that I’m on the right path …
If you read my blog, you’ll know I’m a huge lover of inspirational messages and following dreams while appreciating life, being grateful and sending love always. Positive thinking is really the only way to move life forward, even when those life challenges are testing us. I hope you find this post inspiring and it motivates you to NEVER GIVE UP!
Yesterday, my original chaos series was re-released by Bombshell Books
NEW COVER & A NEW NAME! And I think it looks pretty awesome!
In the process of Sarah Hardy, the fabulous publicist at Bloodhound/Bombshell Books organising my book blog tour, I was lucky enough to talk with the lovely Joanne Robertson about my journey to becoming a writer and how my dreams are now coming true.
In writing this post, it made me realise how far I’ve come and what I’ve actually been through. I’ve not gone into too much detail, as to be honest, my life is a novel in itself … but it made me realise that the journey may have been tough at times, but not giving up, continually pushing, hoping, praying and ultimately believing, has made my dreams of publication come true. I pleased I started my inspirational blog and company … I truly hope others are inspired to achieve their own goals.
You can see a part of my journey on Joanne’s lovely blog, My Chestnut Reading Tree
Thank you to all that have and are taking part in the blog tour, those who have interacted on social media, those who have purchased the book, those who have left reviews … I am feeling extremely blessed.
Posted on June 26, 2017
This week’s positive word
on our A-Z Inspirational Journey …
Z is for
Zing … what a strange but beautiful word.
Hopefully this post, will help you to find your Zing!
If someone asked me to describe what it means to find my zing … I’d use words like, sparkling, vibrancy, exhilarating, tantalising … Does this describe your life?
Don’t worry, most people will say no here! But wouldn’t it be lovely to be one of those people who says, ‘Yes’, my life is full of zing.
I like to be honest in my posts, if you haven’t noticed already … but life is full of challenges. You may have faced something or you are facing something that is a complete upheaval in your life and you read these posts wondering if all this fluffy stuff is true. Trust me when I say, I couldn’t have written a blog that consists of an A-Z Inspirational Journey if I didn’t think it was true.
Life has thrown many many MANY challenges my way! Once I’d learned about the Law of Attraction I realised that it was me holding back on the good in my life. It was me that was attracting the negativity. Sometimes we have to let go of negativity to bring the positive into our lives. Whether that be a situation or a person. It may seem like the hardest thing to do at the time. Look for the signs, ask for help from the Angels and they will guide you.
Finding you zing for life is the reason you are here – your zing is your passion and your purpose. Your passion is what gives you the motivation to drive forward, which will add that extra zing into your life. Just how Emma Watson describes it;
You’ll find when you’ve found your passion and you have that extra zing in your life, that life becomes a journey of little zings. Little zings that are made up of little things. Little things that you may have taken for granted, not learned to appreciate until you find your Zing.
Now, I could talk all day about what your zing is, but you may be wondering how you can go about finding your Zing …
This week’s therapeutic creative writing exercise (and the last of this A-Z’s Inspirational Journey)
HOW TO FIND YOUR ZING:
- Start by closing your eyes, breathing for 10 minutes or longer if needed.
- Imagine, while you’re breathing, your ‘ideal’ life – where are you? Who are you with?
- In this ‘ideal’ life, imagine your alarm going off on a morning, imagine yourself jumping out of bed and knowing your day is going to be filled with happiness.
- Imagine, what would give you that happiness? What you would do that would make you happy?
- Some people may feel nothing … but imagine that you do have a purpose. I believe everyone has a purpose, so it’s sad if you feel you don’t have one. So let’s think about this … What is your passion? What are your hobbies? What makes you tick? There must be something … if you are feeling quite low and you’re unsure of where you’re meant to be, try thinking back to being a child … ‘When I grow-up I want to be a …’ If it’s never too late to change your profession, your goals, your dreams … we change as we get older, we become interested in different things, but what makes us unique is our own special mission. Many people have forgotten their mission, bogged down by finance worries, work pressure, family strains … many people have lost their zing.
- So write down what you would be doing in your ideal life, when you were younger did you say you wanted to be a nurse? Did you fulfil this dream? If not, what are you doing at the moment? Are you helping others? Are you working in a caring role? Try and look inside yourself and really thing about what makes you tick. When you find it, when you start putting plans in place to pursue it, you will start to find that zing … that calling. The reason you are here.
- If you’re still struggling, this is great time to do some freestyle writing. Freestyle writing is an awesome way to let go of your emotions and find out what and where our blockages are. What is really happening in our world? Where can we put things back on track to understand where we want to be.
Life has and will continue to throw challenges at you, but as I’ve talked about before all challenges are relative. What we need to do is open our hearts, minds and eyes to what is really happening in our world. Whatever is going on in your world, whatever pressures, struggles, problems, challenges you are facing, once you find your zing: your passion, your purpose, your reason for living … you will work your way through these barriers, in fact, you will bash down these barriers like the flimsy walls that they are, not the concrete jail you feel you are stuck within.
Remember, you deserve to find your zing; your passion, your purpose, your reason for living 🙂
Wishing you love, happiness and fulfilment always
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