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5* Reviews from Book Bloggers on my Awesome Book Tour!

These last two weeks have been so amazing!

Here’s just a few comments from book bloggers:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was genuinely gutted when it ended, thank goodness I still have books 2 and 3 to read.  Highly recommend this book to anybody who loves chick lit that goes a bit deeper”

“I could not put this book down as I was genuinely interested in what Kat was going through. She is a very strong character …”

“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 accomplised”

“I absolutely loved Victoria’s debut novel – and as I say that I still cannot quite believe that this is her debut! How My Life Became Chaos really drew me in and gripped me to the pages”

“Considering the high heels and other woman stuff on the cover of the book I thought that this would be a good rom-com book – laugh out loud, but I got really awesome book with many tears”

When I started on this virtual book tour organised by Fiction Addiction Book Tours (check out their website to find out about my Buy One Get One Free offer!), I’ll be honest I was a little worried that the book bloggers wouldn’t like How My Life Became Chaos. Writing and reading is very subjective. I’ve had amazing support from family and friends, really encouraging me by reading my book and giving me 5* reviews. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support I’ve received.

But putting my work out there for people who don’t know me is quite daunting. I know they don’t have to be nice. They can’t rave about every book as no-one would trust their reviews, so it just feels so amazing to have all 6 book bloggers involved in my tour give me such awesome reviews.

I’m still BUZZING!

You can read the reviews here: And don’t miss out – if you buy HOW MY LIFE BECAME CHAOS before April 27th, email me and I’ll send you WILL THE CHAOS END for FREE!

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If possible, my book tour gets better!

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I’m so excited! In fact, I’m that excited to write this blog post, while Daddy plays lego with little people, that I’ve just burnt pizza!!! (However, for anyone who knows me though, this is not something that is unusual! – I get distracted VERY easily 🙂 )

Anyway, I told you earlier in the week about my book tour hosted by Fiction Addcition Book Tours, and you’ll have read how excited I was at the beginning of the week when Dawn from Crooks on Books gave me an amazing 5* Review.

Next I talked with JB from Brook Cottage Books about winning a competition judged by Adele Parks while studying for my MA, and much more interesting stuff! Loved this interview … but I did talk for ever! I can’t help it when I’m enthusiastic! The questions were fab: asking about being a wedding planner, my positivity, my future writing plans and so much more. I could have talked to JB all day long!

If that wasn’t enough, and I wasn’t already buzzing with meeting such lovely people, along comes Beckie from Beckie’s Book Mix: who gave me such an awesome review, I’ve got jaw ache from grinning all day!

I just can’t believe it. I’m even having a glass of vino to celebrate! God, just think if I made it to the bestseller list, I’ll be treating everyone to champagne 🙂

This tour continues throughout next week. I’m just loving this … I don’t want it to end 🙂

Right back to the next pizza!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Home Working or Lone Working?

Working-from-homeI’m amazed how fast this first half-term has gone. My youngest has settled nicely into full-time school, the transition was easier for her than it was for me. I miss them like crazy, and even after a week off together, our time seems to go so fast, I could do it all again. However, I look back over the years, when I was desperate for this time. Two young children, who are exactly 2 years apart, it was quite stressful to say the least. I used to long for the time when I could have uninterrupted working time, sleep and the energy to fulfil my goals. And now here I am … it all seemed to happen so quickly!

I just wanted to air my thoughts on working from home. Not so much the motivation, as I believe if you love doing something then you should have the motivation to do it! If you’re not motivated, then it could be time to have a think about your true goals and dreams in life. I wanted to talk more about the time aspect (where does it go?) and the isolation!

I thought when both my girls were at full-time school I would have copious amounts of time. But still I find I’m meeting myself coming backwards. I always set myself targets and I would advise anyone reading my inspirational books to do the same (which are FREE at the moment). However, I do set myself lots of targets, but I never cut myself up if they all haven’t been achieved, as there is a danger in having high expectations; the feeling you are not getting anywhere when you haven’t reached them (which I’ve found in the past). But now I realise that ‘EVERY STEP COUNTS’. As long as steps are being made then you are continually moving forward.

So these last few weeks I set myself realistic goals. I’m happy to say they have been achieved. I now have the Chaos Series out in paperback. My books are available on Smashwords (which is a great ebook website). These tasks took me longer than expected, due to the formatting procedures. However, they are now available in lots of other formats, which I’m very pleased about.

However, bearing in mind how busy I’ve been, I never thought about the loneliness of working from home. Although, I love my own time, but I am also a people-person. While writing this blog, I came across a website called Colleagues on Tap. This company has devised an amazing programme for people who work alone at home. I think it’s a wonderful idea. They have co-working days, events and much more. This is not only a great way of networking and being introduced to new businesses, but to make new friends too.

I have a friend, S.A Silva (her website is coming soon), she is in a similar position to me, writing in her own environment, she is a very inspirational lady and I love spending time with her. We have recently decided to work together. Just a day or so a week, but this interaction is important. If you can find someone who you can do this with, this is a fantastic way of easing the loneliness. Writing is a lonely job. Once you’re immersed in your characters you’re generally in another world, but there are times when human interaction is needed. But this goes for lots of other vocations that involve home-working. If you can find someone who will work with you rather than seeing this an opportunity to chat aimlessly. We found that we did chat but we were bouncing ideas of each other and it was so much fun. Colleagues on Tap do exactly this, so if you don’t have anyone who could help with your working day, I would recommend getting in touch with this organisation.

I love meeting like-minded people, so I’m pleased I’ve found a way of being able to spend time on my own at home when I need too, but also being able to have the interaction with other people. It doesn’t have to be a lonely place if you find those around you in the same position.

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What have you achieved this month?

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So it’s the end of September and like most months I find myself wondering what have I achieved this month.

There are two major things I haven’t achieved: getting the Chaos series into paperback and getting my books onto a website called Smashwords. But as always, I haven’t cut myself up about this, because I’ve done so many other things and I’m still moving forward.

My third book Never-Ending Chaos is now available and I’ve been networking and building relationships, so that’s been fun. On a personal note, I painted one of the rooms in my house that I was meant to do in the summer holidays, I’ve lost a stone, I’ve started exercising again and I stopped the vino up until the 26th September -which trust me, is a massive achievement for me.

Now, I’m really into goal-setting and working towards dreams. My inspirational book for 2013 gives weekly advice on setting goals. I’m a huge believer in not giving-up. Just because a certain task hasn’t been achieved by a certain date it doesn’t mean it won’t be achieved ever, it just needs to be given a new deadline date.

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 One of my favourite quotes is :

THE SMALLEST STEPS COUNT

And for building motivation and trying to push yourself forward, think of this:

THE TIME IS COMING ANYWAY, DO YOU WANT TO BE THINKING IN A MONTH’S TIME, SIX MONTH’S TIME OR A YEAR … IF ONLY I TRIED!

I’ve set my goals this month, and I’ve included getting the Chaos series into paperback and getting my books onto Smashwords. These sound like simple tasks, but formatting my books, so each platform will take them, is taking a lot longer than I anticipated. But this is fine. I’m learning as I go along.

So guys, set yourselves some goals. What do you want to achieve this month?

If you need some help, my inspirational books for 2012 and 2013 will be coming out FREE very soon. Daily quotes and weekly tasks will hopefully help you move forward. Just visualise how good you’ll feel when you have achieved your goal.

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