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Guest Post by Erin Brady

One Last Blind DateI welcome Erin Brady onto my blog today. Totally honored to have Erin here 🙂

I’ve already purchased this book … I love the sound it. Hope you do too 🙂

One Last Blind Date!

I am very excited to announce the release of my next book, “One Last Blind Date.” The story centers around Sarah Jenkins who, on her thirtieth birthday, gets a six-month subscription to an online dating service as a gift from her best friend. She’s not exactly thrilled with her present. After all, she had hoped for a new handbag or a trip to a tropical destination instead. But “happily married” Amy thinks she’s doing Sarah a big favor by throwing her into the dating pool, feet first and without a life vest, regardless of whether she’s ready to swim or not. Sarah is perfectly happy with her life and her career, but decides to give the service a try, if only for her friend’s sake. Besides, it’s the one gift that can’t be returned!

I can certainly sympathize with Sarah’s dating problems. I’d like to think we all can. Although it’s ancient history now, I certainly remember (like it was only yesterday) the anxiety I felt about dating and trying to find my soul mate. It was nerve wracking having friends and family set me up with guys they thought were perfect for me, but whom I knew nothing about. It was, at times, painful, but always comical. I can laugh about it now, but it took several years of therapy to get over it 🙂 It was interesting to see that the person they thought was Mr. Perfect for me was, in I was having lunch with a friend of mine a few months ago when the idea for this book dropped on my lap. She was sharing all of her online dating misadventures and I thought to myself, there’s definitely a storyline there. We’ve all been through this. We can all certainly identify with Sarah and her journey of one blind date after another after another. We can relate. Why not write about these dates and the journey of finding love while being true to yourself at the same time?

So I went home and started documenting my friend’s dates, as well as mine and a dozen other friends’ and, before I knew it (I couldn’t type the words fast enough), I had a book. A wonderful potpourri of pieced-together dates.

The finished product: It’s a light, romantic comedy and, hopefully to my readers, a good beach read!

Erin

YOU CAN BUY ONE LAST BLIND DATE HERE – I’m really looking forward to reading it 🙂

 

 

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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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New Chapters for Little People

sports dayWell what a week it has been at Vic HQ. This week has been about little Gabriella. I’d never forget Lexi, who had a good week herself: school trips and glowing school report. *Beaming proud parents*  Her school trip was part of her R.E subject, so they visited a local church then finished off at the library to listen to a storyteller. Admittedly, I would have loved to have joined her. Although I write chick-lit/women’s fiction, I love children’s stories. Anyway, I couldn’t attend the school trip as it was Gabriella’s sports morning. So cute: little 3 & 4 year olds racing across the field, little smiles as we all clapped and cheered. But then the morning got even better. As parents we had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets. We had 10 tickets, and nearly every ticket came out. I had to keep telling the teacher to give someone else a chance. After Gabriella had picked a lovely little set; a fairies craft set, which will come in very handy in the summer, our tickets just kept coming out. Now, the bottle of red was waving at me, it obviously really wanted to come home with me! So after we were all laughing and joking, the red wine was given to us (and gratefully accepted) when it became embarrassing that our numbers kept coming out: you’d think we’d fixed it! Now because of this lucky streak, we stopped at the shop and put the lottery on, plus I picked up a scratch card. We didn’t win on the scratch card, however, there were 2 x £100,000 and 2 x £100. Now if this isn’t a sign that we are on a winning streak, then I don’t know what is. But it wasn’t the lottery, as we didn’t win on the Euro Millions. However, I’m a positive person so I’ll keep you posted on our lucky streak.

However, as I started saying this week has been about Gabriella. My little girl starts full-time school in September. I know there are many parents out there in the same boat as me, that’s why I felt the urge to write this blog. You see part of me, can’t wait … I mean that in the nicest possible way. I plan my working (writing, wedding website and marketing) around my girls. So my two hours on a morning and working late into the night, sometimes isn’t enough, so I keep thinking I’ll have more time to really get my teeth into my work, which does excite me. However, Tuesday evening was an introduction to FS2 (foundation stage 2), which was fine, Lexi had the FS2 teacher, who is lovely, so all is good there. Wednesday was trying out school dinners. We were allowed to go with them, parents were allowed to eat, which I didn’t (I’m still on with my Green Glowing Smoothie – if you haven’t read that blog, you really must) but Gabriella had a plate of pasta and cake, which she just thought was great. But as I watched all these little people carrying trays which were half the size of them, my heart swelled. Gabriella is one of the taller children, but still she looked like a little dot. I wanted to tell them she couldn’t move up just yet. Could we not just wait another year? I didn’t think I’d feel like this. Lexi was so ready to go to full-time school, and the only wobble I had with Lexi was when we changed her schools in her first week joining full-time school (because we moved house). That was horrendous, I came home and cried, and then rang her new school to make sure she was okay! But she was fine. She hasn’t looked back. And I know Gabriella will be the same. I keep joking about celebrating when they are both in full-time school, but I’m actually feeling quite sad about this new little chapter in our lives. I thought I’d be skipping out the school (and I may just do that, as we have 6 weeks off before then!) but at the moment, I can’t believe I’ll have two big girls, who have their own little lives. I won’t know what has happened in their lives every minute of every day, and Gabriella may forget everything that has happened, as Lexi does, but as long as their happy I suppose I have to be too.

Many of you may know that in some countries such as Sweden, Denmark and Finland, school doesn’t begin until the age of seven! And their results are better than ours! Visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7234578.stm to find out a little bit more. Although I’ve known this information I’ve always somewhat disagreed, being a Stay at Home Working Mum (SAHWM) I’ve been desperate to have my working hours during the day rather working until late into the night. But suddenly, this week feeling a little nostalgic and sad I’m starting to wonder if four is too young to start full-time school. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to start campagning or anything as drastic, but it may not be the champagne I’m getting out, but the wine to drown my sorrows!

Anyway, I have a week left (as do many of you) to do 11.30am pick-up. A week left of just me and Gabriella on an afternoon. So I’ll just have to find something special to do. And then do something with Lexi so she doesn’t feel left out! So to all mums out there who have a little one starting full-time school I’ll be thinking of you when we either come home and sob, or get the Champagne out. I thought I’d be the latter, but I think this week has just proved that may not be the case. However, I’ll keep you updated in September, if I’m not rocking in my chair after the school holidays 🙂

PHOTO CREDIT: earlydaysnursery.org.uk

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50% of profits go towards Hope for Holly

Hope for Holly

On May 27th 2012 Lucy and Andy Gowland’s world was turned upside down when they were given the devastating news that their 3 year old daughter Holly had Leukaemia.

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Having two gorgeous little ones myself, I couldn’t begin to imagine what Lucy and Andy must have been through and continue to go through as they support their little girl through endless treatments. As I know many parents will be thinking it’s unimaginable. A fear none of us want to live through, but unfortuantely their are many parents who have to.  This is why I decided to give 50% of the profits for my first novel to this deserving charity.

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If you’d like to buy a copy and contribute to this amazing charity, please download How my life became chaos here. Your purchase is appreciated by us all.

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My New Journey

This is a very exciting time for me. I recently launched my 2nd novel, Will the chaos end?Will the chaos end - 3D coverMy 3rd, Never-Ending Chaos, is currently with my editor, in hope to be released in July. I feel extremely lucky for the support I have around me. My first novel How my life became chaos, did amazingly well. Admittedly, I put it out there and thought ‘we’ll see how it goes’, I was so taken aback by the feedback. I love my books, I love Kat, I love writing about Kat and I’m so pleased so many others ‘get her’.

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 It’s recently been decided that How my life became chaos,

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will raise money for the Hope for Holly charity:

50% of the profits will go towards this amazing charity.

 

So since launching my first book, I’ve discovered I have fans … yes, little me, has fans. It’s all so exciting. I love receiving emails from my readers. So if you would like to share anything with me, please do. I couldn’t be starting this journey without your support.

I’ll be blogging about all kinds of things: being a mum, a wife, a writer, a business woman and anything else that I come across. To support the launching of my 2nd novel, I’ve moved rooms! I just had to share this with you. I’m lucky enough to have my own room to write. Admittedly, I do love sitting on my bed to write, and actually as I write this, I’m enjoying the glorious weather that we don’t get much of in the UK, rather than using my new room. But the opportunity can’t be wasted to get a bit of sunshine. Two umbrellas are surrounding my laptop, and my shoulders and legs are out! Let’s hope nobody comes to the door, they might run off!

On a serious note, this slouching is no good for the old posture, being all of 35 years old, I often leave the bed feeling 70 years old. In fact, I look at my Pops-in-law (my hubby’s granddad) who is coming up to a grand age of 90 years old, and he’s much fitter than me. Honestly, it’s true … it’s embarrasing really. 

So, anyway, because of my posture worries, (plus, I’ve been told I have a ‘dodgy disc in my neck’ – they didn’t use those words, but that’s what they meant) I’ve invested in a new chair. Not any old chair, but a ball and a chair! This must go on the ‘best invention list’ if there is such a thing.

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If you would like to find out more about these fantastic chairs, just click here to view more ball chairs

I used a gym ball when I was in labour first time round. First-time was a two day labour, but very steady, very calm, I only used gas and air. I was quite proud of myself. Second time, however, I was induced (anyone, who has been induced, will understand why I nearly told them to shove the ball where the sun doesn’t shine!) and begged for a c-section, epidural or just to be knocked out. 

Anyway, I digress. (As you’ll probably find in most of my blog writing!) I’ve included a few photos of my new office, which I love.


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LOVE AND OWLSGHANDI MESSAGEThe photos won’t end here, there is lots of filing to do at present, which is being pushed to the bottom of my long to-do list, but I hope to have a ‘vision board’ in my office, which I’ll tell you more about when I get there.

I just wanted to share this new journey with you. I’m hoping my current readers will love my new blog, and hopefully if you’re just coming on board, you will love my ramblings.