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The Second Love Of My Life

I’m so excited to announce that my debut novel THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE will be published by Headline in April 2016! It’s great to finally be able to share the news with you guys, I’ve been sitting on it for a while now as we came up with the perfect title for the novel and I’ve already completed a round of edits with my amazing editor at Headline Emily (who you can follow on Twitter here).

The news was announced yesterday via The Bookseller and I’ve pasted the press release below:

Headline has acquired an “utterly captivating debut novel” by an “exciting new talent” who works at Waterstones.

Commissioning editor Emily Griffin bought British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters from Hannah Ferguson at Hardman & Swainson.

The Second Love of my Life tells the story of Rose – a young artist living in the small Cornish village of Talting – whose childhood sweetheart and husband is killed in a road accident, leaving her widowed at the age of 25.

Two years on, as Rose starts putting her life back together piece by piece, and her “challenging journey towards love and happiness is a heart-rending and ultimately life-affirming tale of survival”.

Griffin said: “What makes this novel special is the way that Victoria utterly immerses the reader in its world, portraying Rose’s story with insight, sensitivity and a seemingly effortless balance between light and shade. It moves me to tears every time and I can’t wait to put our publishing plans into action and introduce countless readers to this enthralling novel.”

Walters is a bookseller at Waterstones, and last year won Simon & Schuster’s New Adult short story competition. Her winning story, Dancing in the Fire, was released as an e-book in February.

Headline will publish The Second Love of my Life in e-book and paperback in April 2016, and will give a “tantalising taste of the world of the novel” in a digital short story to be published two months before.

A huge thank you needs to go out to my agent Hannah Ferguson (follow her on Twitter here) for making my dream of having a book on the shelves come true! I’m so thrilled that you guys will be able to read this novel and I can’t wait to hear what you all think in 2016!

(And you can already pre-order the eBook version of THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE here!)

And finally we need a gif to describe how I’m feeling right now:

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Victoria

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Books read in April 2015

Books read in April:

All Played Out – Cora Carmack

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In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Last Night in Montreal – Emily Mandel

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Lilia has been leaving people behind her entire life. Haunted by her inability to remember her early childhood, and by a mysterious shadow that seems to dog her wherever she goes, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and friends along the way. But then she meets Eli, and he’s not ready to let her go, not without a fight.

Gorgeously written, charged with tension and foreboding, Emily St. John Mandel’s Last Night in Montreal is the story of a life spent at the centre of a criminal investigation. It is a novel about identity, love and amnesia, the depths and limits of family bonds and – ultimately – about the nature of obsession.

All Fall Down – Ally Carter

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I don’t mean to get into trouble. Trouble just sort of finds me.

Grace has been shipped off to stay with her diplomat Grandpa in the glittering Embassy Row, a place where trespassing into the wrong garden can cause an international incident. Grace knows the rules – she’s ignored them before – but however much she wants to change, she can’t. Not while she’s certain of three things:

1. She isn’t crazy.

2. Her mother was murdered.

3. Someday she’s going to find the man with the scar, and then she is going to make him pay.

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

All My Puny Sorrows – Mriam Toews

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Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters.

Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die.

Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.

When Elf’s latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalised weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go.

Book of the month:

I really enjoyed Cora Carmack’s All Lined Up, if you’re looking for a New Adult writer, you should really check her books out – fun and romantic, I always race through them!

For the book of the month, I was really torn between two books. I loved Red Queen – it’s sort of Games of Thrones meets The Hunger Games meets Divergent and was a great start to this new YA trilogy. But as it’s only book one and the series has a long way to go, I went with this as my book of the month:

Amy Snow – Tracy Rees

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Winner of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition. ‘A sparkling and compelling mystery. Amy Snow captured our hearts from the very first page’ Richard and Judy.
Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy’s only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits… if only she can unlock the secret.

This was a lovely Victorian mystery / coming-of-age story about a girl called Amy Snow sent on a treasure hunt  to uncover the secrets of her recently deceased friend. Amy Snow has wonderful voice ad you’ll root for her from page one. Although it’s a mystery it’s really about Amy’s journey rather than her destination as she leaves the mansion she grew up in following her friend Aurelia’s directions and discovers what she wants for her life. She meets all sorts of special people on her way and there is a lovely romance plot mingled in with the mystery. I could definitely see this as a BBC series as each chapter kept you wanting to read on and I think it’s a book I would re-read in the future.

What book stood out for you this month?

Victoria

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A Brooding Hero

Am I the only one who has become obsessed with the BBC series Poldark?! I do love a good costume drama and let’s face it, a large part of the appeal is the brooding hero at the heart of most of them!

So here are my favourite brooding heroes from costume dramas.

You’re welcome.

Ross Poldark:

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Fitzwilliam Darcy:

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Heathcliff:

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John Thornton: 

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Edward Rochester:

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George Knightley:

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The mark of a true brooding hero is The Smoldering Look, which I think we can agree these have cracked.

Have I missed anyone?

Victoria

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An Austen Day Out

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What I love about living in Surrey is there are so many lovely places to visit. On the Easter weekend I went to Painshill Park with my mum. Despite it being close by, I’d never been there before. It’s an 18th century garden that made me feel as if I was a character in an Austen novel.

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Unfortunately Mr Darcy did not emerge from this lake to complete the experience!

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As well as lovely greenery and a lake, there were buildings to explore and a man-made crystal grotto too:

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It was a lovely afternoon out and I would definitely recommend the park to anyone who can make it there!

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Victoria

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Books read in March 2015

This is what I read in March:

The Ruby Circle – Richelle Mead (Bloodlines series)

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After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world . . .

The Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth

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Laura and Tyler are best friends who live together, angrily philosophising and leading each other astray in the pubs and flats of Manchester. But things are set to change. Laura is engaged to teetotal Jim, the wedding is just months away, and Tyler becomes hell-bent on sabotaging her friend’s plans for a different life

I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson

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From the author of The Sky Is Every­where, a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying – all at once. For fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver. Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

Paper Towns – John Green

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Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.

But the next day Margo doesn’t come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance . . . and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery – culminating in another awesome road trip across America – he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.

And then I read two books that I’ve been meaning to read for years!

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Book of the month:

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This was a really difficult decision this month as I read some great books! The Ruby Circle was a great finish to the Bloodlines series, a spin-off from Vampire Academy and I really recommend these series! I’ll Give you The Sun is a quickly, emotional YA read, and I loved Paper Towns – my second John Green book and one I couldn’t put down until the end. I’m also pleased I finally read To Kill A Mockingbird.

So it was hard to pick just one book of the month but I’ve gone with The Bell Jar. I found it a really compelling read, I loved the main character’s voice and raced through the book. It’s definitely disturbing in places as it charts her descent into depression and as it’s told from a first person point of view, you feel as if you’re right there with her through it all. I think it’s one of those books that will not only feel different to each reader but if you read it at different stages of your life, it will also affected you differently. So it’s one that I’m sure I’ll re-read in the future and for that reason, it’s my pick this month.

Has anyone else read these books? What did you think of them?

Victoria

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