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Happy Bookiversary To Me!Β 

  
My debut novel The Second Love Of My Life was first published here in the UK a year ago today! It was a dream come true to hold the book in my hands and see it on the book shelves. And it still is.

I still receive messages from readers who have enjoyed the book and that is always the most wonderful feeling. Getting published was a long journey for me, and for most writers, so knowing the book has found a place in someone’s heart just makes it all worthwhile.  


I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who got a copy and supported the book’s release (and who are still supporting it and me!). Being a writer can be lonely sometimes and it’s easy to doubt yourself so knowing that someone has enjoyed your book is a huge boost and you guys have put a smile on my face so many times since publication.

Lots of love and hugs,

Victoria 

xoxo 

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The RoNA awards 2017

Last night, I made my way to London Town for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards as my novel The Second Love Of My Life was on the shortlist for the Contemporary Romance award. 

Here are all the books in my category: 

  

The professional photos with the other nominees:

  
  
Obligatory pre-event selfie:

  
The event was held in a lovely building in Whitehall full of original features and it all had a Beauty and the Beast feel to it.

  
If only I had a library like this. Swoon.

  
  
Sadly, my book  didn’t win (I was robbed, obvs πŸ˜ƒ) but it was lovely to have been nominated and it’s always lots of fun meeting other authors and publishing peeps. Plus there was pink fizz to be had!

  
So happy it was finally warm enough to wear my new jacket! 

Here I am with lovely author Ali McNamara:

  
With my agent Hannah Ferguson: 

  
And, here are the three of us!

  
It’s always fun having a glamorous writer night out. But tonight it’s all back to normal and I’m slouching on the sofa in sweats watching Netflix with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s. 

You’ve got to keep it real folks. 

Victoria

xoxo 

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Books that make you cryΒ 

  
So I read this review of my novel (from this list of the ten most romantic books: http://bit.ly/246MFqP) and it got me thinking about books that have made me cry. 

Here are my five favourite weepies:

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

  

The love story that will leave you a weeping wreck at the end is soon to be a film and I don’t think anyone will be leaving the cinema with dry eyes.

One Day – David Nicholls

  

A couple you rooted for from the first page and THAT ending … *wipes eyes*

The Last First Kiss – Ali Harris

  

I loved this book – again an epic tale of young lovers through their life together and I was not prepared for the ugly tears that came at the end. 

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks 

  

The classic weepie! Both the book and the film will have even the most cold hearted person reaching for the tissues! 

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green 

  

I am still traumatised by this book. I think it made me cry the most out of any books yet is so life-affirming. I just love Hazel and Gus and want to hug them both *slinks away crying*

And if you’re still in the mood for more tears after reading this you can pre-order The Second Love Of My Life now! 

  

  

What are your favourite books to make you cry? 

Victoria

Xoxo