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Sunday, July 16, 2017

BLOG TOUR & Review: Holding Myself by Victoria J. Brown @victoriajbrown @bombshellpub

Excited to be launching off the blog tour for Holding Myself.  A contemporary romance dealing with every day life struggles.  A perfect summer read for those who want to dive into someone else's drama and forget about their own. 

Book Description:

Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant.

Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away.

As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take.

Is having a baby the right thing to do?

Can you she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control?

Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever…

My Review:

I think we can all relate to unexpected surprises in our lives and how when one thing goes wrong, it seems to escalate in threes.  Kat certainly has found this out.  With her beauty salon going well to the point where she can expand, the last thing she expected to happen is to find out she's pregnant.  She's only been dating Max for 6 months and his mother seems to hate her.  Can she imagine a lifetime of this?  Her best friend is dealing with her own issues and she's there for her while trying to sort through her own.  

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.  The characters are relatable though slightly annoying at times with their repetitive self esteem issues... but hey, that's life for you.   It was nice to clear my head of all things going on in my life and concentrate on someone else's issues.  The author puts us right inside Kat's head as she juggles all aspects of her life and confronting a decision that will change her life dramatically.

If you're looking for that short, quick read about every day life's struggles, this is the perfect summer read for you.  Take yourself out of your own world for a few hours and let Kat take over for you. 

Author Bio:

Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’

Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.

In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.

After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.

Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.

Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Victoria, her inspirational blog and shop you can visit, plus you can follow her on:

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