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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 😃) 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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Meeting Readers Is My New Favourite Thing

This week, I took part in my first ever author event! I joined authors Sheila O’Flanagan and Jo Thomas at Foyles in Birmingham. Here we are waiting to go on …

  

We started the evening with each of us saying a few words about our books and then we did a short reading. It was my first experience of standing up in front of readers and talking about The Second Love Of My Life. I was quite nervous but the room was full of friendly faces and I actually enjoyed doing my first live reading from the book reading some of chapter one.

  
After we all spoke, there was time for the people who came to ask us questions and then we were able to have a chat and mingle with everyone. It was so wonderful to meet some readers who had read and loved my book and ones that were excited to read it. 

As you all know, I get very excited about books myself so I loved meeting fellow book fans and getting to chat with them. Plus there was wine and cheese, which is always a bonus. 

   
   

It definitely was a night where I felt like a “proper” author, and because most of the time I feel like a massive fraud, it was such good fun. I also got to stay over in Birmingham with my fellow authors and publicist and I’m hoping I will get to do more events like this in the future! 

Thanks so much to Foyles for having us and everyone who came along too. Book people really are the best. 

  
Victoria 

xoxo 

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Fangirl-ing over Rainbow Rowell

Yesterday, I went to a talk, Q and A and signing with Rainbow Rowell at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. It was the first author event I’ve been to actually and I had a great time. I went with my writer and bookseller bestie George Lester, you can follow his blog HERE. This is us in the queue, we are a tad excited:


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Rainbow was really engaging talking about her books, her writing process and things she loves like Sherlock (good taste!) and I love how she connects with her readers. If you haven’t read one of her books, you really should 🙂 Eleanor and Park is my favourite and is a lovely teen romance that isn’t afraid to deal with all kinds of issues.

What I like about her is all her books are so different, she writes for teens and adults and it’s hard to define her work, which makes it more unique and fun I think. You never know what she’ll bring out next.

After the talk and questions, we lined up to have our books signed and I had three of her books with me. They were also giving out pretty amazing tote bags, just look!!

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Here are my signed books:

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And meeting the lovely lady herself (my smile is very cheesy!):

 

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What authors have you met?

Victoria

xoxo

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Valentine’s Day Survival Guide

Okay so V Day is here and for a single lady, there are 2 options – curl under your duvet and cry whilst clutching a box of choccies and watching a sob fest romance film, OR push your shoulders back, lift that chin high and not worry you don’t have someone to make a fuss of you today – do it yourself!

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, right? (Ignoring the mindless commercialism, of course) so, who needs Prince Charming – just love YOURSELF.

survival tips:

1. If you work as I do somewhere that involves taking public transport – put on your iPod and do not make eye contact with any ladies carrying roses, choccies etc. Instead, focus on shop windows, your shoes or how the roses will likely die within a couple of days.

Songs to listen to that will spread the love to yourself:

  • Lauren Pritchard – Stuck
  • Thea Gilmore – How the Love Gets in
  • Tina Dico – Love all around
  • Clare Maguire – The Last Dance

2. Make sure you buy yourself a treat. This can be chocolates, cupcakes, a girlie DVD or a new top. something that will make you SMILE. I’m going for some form of these:

3. Devise an after work plan. Do not go home alone and sob. Make sure you have something to look forward to – you could have a singles party, meet up with a friend for dinner, watch something that will make you laugh or cook yourself your fave food and pour yourself a glass of rose wine. Cheers!

4. Go home and look in the mirror and list 3 great things about yourself – looks and /or personality. If you don’t love yourself, no-one else will love you!

(Source – Ninapaley.com)

5. Make sure you go to bed on a positive note – no crying into the pillow please! Why not put on one of these love fest films (have the popcorn ready):

  • Dirty Dancing
  • A Walk to Remember
  • While you Were Sleeping
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Valentine’s Day

Then curl up with your fave teddy (I  know you have them) and dream sweet dreams!

Finally, remember that Nobody puts Baby in the Corner so don’t let anyone do that to you today – you deserve to shine whether single or not single. Spread the love people!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!!!!!!

Vix xxxxxx