I’m absolutely delighted to be on the blog tour today for Holding Myself by Victoria J Brown
About this book…
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…
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!
I’m loving this new cover and title as I think it better reflects the emotions that are explored within this book and the journey Kat is about to embark upon. Although there is humour in there, like how Kat deals with her clients at the salon and other situations such as the trip to buy the pregnancy test, there are also some very difficult and emotive issues for Kat to have to deal with. The first chapter especially contains a real shocker which sets the tone for the relationships that follow, especially for those within her own family.
I loved Kat and because of those family dilemmas I found myself feeling very maternal and protective towards her. Her shock at becoming pregnant so early on in her relationship was pitched just right by the author and resonated with so many differing emotions, all of which felt right for her situation. She had so much to deal with that I could physically feel her frustration and anxiety at times.
This is a easy read that I read one just one session. Victoria J Brown has a wonderfully enchanting writing style and the narrative just flows so perfectly, enveloping you in Kats life right from the first page, that it’s impossible to put down. She has created an extremely likeable character that we can all empathise with and recognise, bringing Kat to life so vividly that the reader feels as though they are reading about a real life friend. And that ending!! Needless to say I am now VERY excited to read the next book in the series and follow Kats chaotic lifestyle as it unfolds further. Surely the worst is over for Kat now……or is it!?
Highly recommended by me!
Meet the author…
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.