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Inspiring Book Bloggers – A Huge Thank You! Overwhelmed by the support and great reviews …

If you read my blog, you’ll know I’m all about inspiring and following your dreams. I wanted to share how this week has been amazing for me and how I hope you guys never give up and keep following your dreams.
This week was the launch of my book, Holding Myself, which has been published by Bombshell Books.
It’s been an amazing week with fab reviews, plus meeting the Bombshell team in Harrogate Crime Writing Festival at the weekend was awesome. Bombshell Books is relatively new and is a recent expansion of their sister company, Bloodhound Books. I feel blessed to have joined this awesome company with the amazing team and amazing authors.
After this week, it has amazed me the support I’ve received. Especially from book bloggers. They have been amazing and I can’t thank them enough. I’ve been overwhelmed with the response I’ve received. So I felt the need to send a special thank you to:
Joanne Robertson of My Chestnut Reading Tree, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the weekend, it was so lovely to meet Joanne. A huge thank you to Joanne, for starting my blog tour last week, with her awesome review:
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!
And a huge thank you to Chandra Claypool from Where the Reader Grows, who joined Joanne on Sunday 16th to kick-off the blog tour. Thank you for your lovely review:
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.  
A huge thank you to Sarah Hardy, who has been an amazing support. I also had the pleasure of meeting Sarah at the weekend, it was so lovely to put names to faces. Another lovely lady who has really helped me this week 🙂 You can have a read Sarah’s wonderful review here on her blog, By The Letter Book Reviews
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.
The Harrogate weekend also gave me the pleasure of meeting Alexina Golding, who is the Commissioning Advisor for Bloodhound Books, blogger and Alex was so supportive and I can’t thank her enough for her encouragement. Thank you so much Alex. Although, she wasn’t part of the blog tour, she was kind enough to leave me an awesome review on her blog BookStormer. 
A wonderfully captivating story of life and struggles, with some extremely heart rendering moments.
Julie Ryan has been a great support with my writing and I can’t thank her enough. Julie, an author herself, supported me back when, ‘Holding Myself’ was released as part of the Chaos Series. She kindly reviewed and supported me again when Bombshell Books published Holding Myself. You can see Julie’s review here on her blog, All Things Bookie
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.
My next thank you has to go to Laura Turner from pageturnersnook for her amazing review. I’m hoping Laura has embarked on a women’s fiction-athon and is hopefully enjoying the reads …
Whilst reading Holding Myself, it was almost like Kat and I were best friends and we were sat,
her relaying her tale to me.
And another huge thank you to Laura Bambrey from Bambrey Books … 
 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.
A massive thank you to Rachel Broughton from Rae Reads for her emotionally warm review of Holding Me,
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.
Gemma Garskarth from Between the Pages, gave a fab review on the 19th July, a few days after Holding Me was released. Thank you so much to Gemma for your support and encouragement:
 A well deserved five stars from me and I will be looking out for future books by Victoria Brown.
A very 21st century book!
A massive thank Lena Baker from The P.Turners Book Blog for her awesome review:

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.

And thank you to Emma Mitchell from the Little Bookworm for featuring my guest post.
Thank you to Lauren Anderson from As The Page Turns for featuring an extract of Holding Myself
I’m truly grateful to everyone who supported me on my blog tour and launch of ‘Holding Myself’.
A huge thank you to everyone who shared, retweeted and spread the word. I’m so proud to be published by Bombshell Books. It’s such an honour to be part of the team headed by Betsy and Fred, their support and encouragement for writers is instrumental to people like me fulfilling their dreams. However, the support from book bloggers and readers is also essential.
Time is so precious and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to support me.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to read my book, review my book and supported me this week. I can’t be more than grateful than I am right now.
Sending you all lots of love
Victoria
xxx
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FREE – HOW MY LIFE BECAME CHAOS

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5* REVIEWS 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”

Don’t miss out – GET IT FREE NOW –  HOW MY LIFE BECAME CHAOS 

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Book Review – The Adventures of Pebble Beach

Cover Pebble BeachAdmittedly, when I started ‘The Adventures of Pebble Beach’ I was a little unsure whether it was my type of book. The erotic scene and language that gets this book started, was not my usual type of read. However, I’m so pleased I continued. Pebble Beach is a great character. Although I sometimes wanted to slap her, I couldn’t help but love her. She’s in a very vulnerable time in her life; she is in her mid-40s, recently divorced and single mum to two teenage boys. She is working so hard to make a career for herself but there seems to be obstacles at every turn. Pebble has to go through certain situations to make her realise what is happening in her life and how she can make the changes. Once she starts to realise this everything starts to fall into place.

I loved the way Barbara Berger has created a mixed-up character that many women could relate too. I love even more how she develops a storyline that would help many women move forward in their own lives. There are quotes and advice that have been integrated into the story, I think this has been very well done. I think Barbara has created a very interesting novel that not only relates to real-life but gives great advice on finding oneself.

I give this novel 5/5. For anyone who loves chick-lit that has meaning 🙂

 

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Guest Post by Barbara Berger

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I gladly welcome international bestseller, Barbara Berger, to my blog on this lovely Monday morning. I was kindly asked by Barbara to review her new novel ‘The Adventures of Pebble Beach’ – see my review on Friday 🙂 But read here how her excellent novel combines chick-lit with self-help!

The Adventures of Pebble Beach – by Barbara Berger

Published by Roundfire Books / Release date: February 28, 2014

Attracted to the wrong men and don’t understand why? Afraid of being alone, getting older and losing your sex appeal? A little sex crazed (or a lot)? And still dreaming of a man who can save you from your life?

CHICK LIT MEETS SELF-HELP IN THIS SAUCY TALE OF PEBBLE BEACH!

Chick Lit meets Self Help in this high-spirited tale of a newly divorced, 40-something woman with two teenage sons who is trying to take control of her life, her sex-crazed body, and her new relationships with men – while struggling to build a career in advertising in the big city. When she realizes how disastrous her relationships with men are and an unsavoury business scandal threatens to ruin her burgeoning career, our brave heroine decides to go to therapy. And so begins one modern woman’s journey of self-discovery.

Cover Pebble BeachBarbara Berger’s many readers around the world will be delighted to finally be able to read Barbara’s quirky novel which she originally wrote almost 30 years ago in 1987!  Now at long last the book is being released by Roundfire Books (after being revised and updated), offering Barbara’s highly relevant insights into the trials and tribulations of single women and into relationship problems, people pleasing, low self-esteem, ageism, sexism, co-dependency, judging people by their appearance, lack of assertiveness, poor people skills, believing your stressful thinking, believing relationship myths, and more… in short, it’s an entertaining, fictional glimpse of the real-life problems that Barbara later explores in her many popular self-help books.

Barbara Berger is the author of more than 15 books including her international bestseller The Road to Power – Fast Food for the Soul (now published in 30 languages) and Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life (now published in 18 languages) and The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind. For more see about Barbara Berger see www.beamteam.com

 

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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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Entertaining Kids While You Work!

work at home mum imageSo the Easter Holidays are over … not sure about you but we had a lovely time.

A nice trip to London, as Santa had been very kind in buying us all tickets to see Mamma Mia. Which was quite good of Santa, as with the girls birthdays being so close to Christmas, it gave them something to look forward to after Christmas. However, if Santa decides to do something similar this year, let’s hope mummy and daddy will be more organised instead of booking only the week before the Easter Hols 🙂

It was such a fab show. However, I was so pleased there were lots of other children there as I didn’t realise how provocative it would be! I wasn’t the only one getting ‘Bad Parent of the Year!’ But, as musicals go it was brilliant and both my girls loved it. Luckily they haven’t picked up on anything that will scar them for life 🙂

But now it’s back to reality. If you read my facebook yesterday, you’ll see I had every intention of starting my day mega organised, but after putting dry dog food into the washing machine drawer, I realised that I had that much going around in my head I needed to sit, write it all down and get re-organised! Although I’ve managed to get some work done throughout the holidays, we did have our little break away, which was needed, once we got back from London I seem to stay in holiday mode! Hence the reason I feel so scatty!

One of the reasons I chose to work from home was so I could work around my children, but that means when they are off school I am at home with them. Although that sounds nice in theory, when they are off school, I’ve come to understand that my work shouldn’t just stop, but it’s inevitable that it has to slow down, as this sort of defeats the object of being at home with them. But no matter how much I prepare myself beforehand I always seem to be chasing my tail. I wouldn’t, don’t get me wrong, have it any other way.

I recently moved my desk downstairs, I was lucky enough to have a room to myself upstairs, however, I decided before the holidays that I wanted to be near the doors that open onto the garden. Our lovely weather (yes, we are having a few gorgeous days here in the UK) was just too lovely to miss out on. As I write this, the sun is shining and the doors are open, the birds are singing, it’s just bliss.

The other good thing about moving my desk downstairs is that I can actually get some work done while my girls play! (This is a complete bonus, as I didn’t think this would happen). The first week of the holidays worked really well. I would set them up with some crafty bits, or their own folder of work (they like to pretend to work in the office too!) and we’d all work away for an hour or two.

I always felt guilty going upstairs to my other office, when they were home, so I just didn’t do it. Whereas now we can still interact with each other, and I can feel like I’m getting through the pile on my desk that doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller 🙂

If you work at home and want to keep your kids entertained while you get the essential bits done, or if you want to entertain your kids while you get certain jobs done, hopefully these articles should help:

5 Ways to Entertain Children While You Work

Tips on Entertaining Kids While Working at Home – This lady has a problem working while her 5 year old is at home, look through the conversation at the bottom for tips from other mums. Hopefully, these articles will help you, they certainly did for me. Now back to shifting papers on my desk and deciding what to do first 🙂

photo credit: http://www.alancosens.com/work-from-home-moms/

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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!

Crooks on Books

Beckie’s Book Mix

Books are my Life

All things Bookie

A Novel Thought with Jess

JGR Writer

 

 

 

 

 

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My Book Tour

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My Virtual Book Tour started yesterday, with Fiction Addiction Book Tours .

It’s got to be said I was quite nervous. There are many of my lovely friends who have encouraged my writing. They have loved How My Life Became Chaos (or so they told me 🙂 ) They have recommended my books to their friends, and I’ve had a steady amount of people reading the whole series.

But admittedly, I was a little unsure what the book reviewers and bloggers would say about my first novel; people who don’t me, so don’t have to be nice about my writing!! I know the Chaos Series is based on real-life issues, although I feel it definitely falls into the chick-lit genre, I know it isn’t one of those plain-sailing books where everyone lives happily ever after. I love to write like this because that’s what life is about. We’d all love a happily ever after, but wouldn’t life be boring without a bit of drama 🙂

So to start the tour yesterday, Dawn from Crooks on Books, gave me the most amazing 5/5 review. I still buzzing. She understood the emotional rollercoaster behind the story and how it does relate to real-life. I can’t thank Dawn enough for her review.

Have a look at her review here:- Crooks on Books Review.

I’m so excited to be taking part in this book tour. I can’t thank Shaz (from FABT) enough for organising the tour and Dawn for giving me such a boost at the beginning of the tour.

Sending everyone lots of love who takes part in the tour 🙂 Lots of luck on the giveaway 🙂

xx

 

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My guest post on Jera’s Jamboree

My virtual book starts from the 31st March 2014 – I’m very excited to be working with Shaz Goodwin from Fiction Addiction Book Tours

Here’s my guest post on her website: HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MOTIVATION GOING?

Enjoy xx

 

 

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PMT: Women that have killed!

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Last week I was talking to a friend about PMT. My words: ‘I feel great this week, it must be the GGS!’ You see, generally the ‘week before’ I don’t feel my usual bubbly self. But I always try to recognise this and take note to oneself to ‘think before speaking’ (I can’t say that this always happens!). But I do try to control the need to shout because pots have been left in the sink, shoes are randomly placed across the floor, or nobody thinks to tidy ANYTHING away! I push back the thoughts that ‘I’m just a bloody slave around here!’ I may mumble expletives under my breath, but generally I try to hide this from hubby and girlies. I smile through gritted teeth, and I know in a few days time I’d have the craft box out and we’ll have glue all over the floor, coats will hang over chairs for days and I will just be so appreciative that I have my family who can make a mess! 

Now, I must admit, I have often wondered if PMT is psychological. But I don’t think to myself (like I imagine many other women don’t either) ‘oh, I’m going to be in a right old mood next week’. It just occurs. It just happens. Tears over the slightest thing! It’s like being pregnant all over again. But if you PMS 3read The Mail Online you’ll find a woman researcher who thinks it may all be in our minds. However, if you read NHS Choices you’ll find their argument against this research. Very interesting stuff!

Anyway, whether PMT is in my mind or not, when I rose from my pit on Monday morning, I could feel my heckles rising. Why? No reason in particular. There was nothing to annoy me. Life was still the same. Now I’m a huge believer in the Law of Attraction, so feeling slightly less than contented and grateful doesn’t bode with me very well. I’ll chat more about the Law of Attraction on future blogs. As for now I’m still very curious about PMT. However, knowing that I have to choose my response, I didn’t shout at the guy who didn’t wave thank you when I kindly let him through the tight space although it was my right of way, I sent him lots of love and hoped he had a lovely day. And when the woman pushed in the queue at the shops, I didn’t physically push her out the way and shout about her manners and rudeness, I also sent her love and hoped that she would do something for someone so she could feel some love back. Now, don’t think I’m some loony woman, (although, if you’ve been reading my blogs you’ll understand that maybe I am slightly) but I suppose even though I felt as if I was possessed by some angry, depressed inner demon, I controlled these thoughts and forcefully made sure I didn’t allow them to come forward.

PMT and ‘Crazy Lady’ Myth is a great article I came across for women or women with teenagers reaching this stage in their life (I remember being that vulnerable age and it was dreadful, I cried for nothing, I cried about everything, frustrated one minute, laughing the next). Another funny article which criticises the above research is PMT doesn’t exist? Try telling that to my husband!

So what got me thinking about all this? Well, a while ago I recorded some programmes called Snapped: Women that Kill (on the crime and investigation channel 555 – SKY TV) Don’t worry I’m not planning on anything major, but I thought it may be good research for a future novel. Anyway, hubby and I were scanning our planner and I suddenly wondered if these women that had killed had suffered with PMT. Bizarre, I know, and I promise luckily my PMT is not that bad. But it did intrigue me a little. Now PMT wasn’t mentioned, but these ‘normal’ every day women leading ‘normal’  every day lives had just snapped and murdered someone. It was actually very interesting to watch. I couldn’t help but wonder if this ‘out-of-character’ action was down to PMT.

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So, after doing a bit more searching, it seems women have had their sentences reduced because of PMT.

PMS in the Courtroom shows how R v. Craddock (1980) and R v Smith (1981) (two very famous cases) pleaded diminished responsibility.

So there we have it, not that this is some big researched exercise, but a little inquistive, plain old me being nosey, but it seems apparent the argument is still going on: is it in women’s minds? or is it real?

Anyway, I suppose this is a word of warning to all men out there that use those words: ‘Is it the wrong time of the month or something …?’ Well, hide for cover, because it might just be!!

PHOTO CREDITS: hello crazy