#BookBlitz The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke

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Hi all,

I have been reading away behind the scenes to bring you some Blogtour posts that you will love to read about. I have come across some fantastic reads and have enjoyed getting to know seemingly unknown authors along my ‘book-blogger’ travels.

The wonderful Rachel of Rachels Random Resources(www.rachelsrandomresources.com/) always has the best books to promote and I am always astounded at how brilliant the content is that she shares. 

Here is one example of a brilliant, well written story that made my heart soar as I read through it. 

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Big thanks as always must go to both Rachel and the author, Victoria Cooke for allowing me read and review Melissa’s story. 

This story had me captured from the very start, Melissa (or Lissa – exactly the way I call my own sister of the same name) was enchanting and I fell in love with her character. She was flawed as we all are in some way and she was at times unable to see her own worth but she was such a good character to get to know. 

Before I tell you more about this book, let me tell you a bit more about the author. 


About the Author

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Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

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About the Book

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Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.
That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

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My Review

This story was quirky, loveable, fun and very easy to read. These are just some of the words I would use to describe this book.

I fell in love with Melissa’s character from the very start. Sure, she had some anxieties about herself as we all do, but she never failed to let that bring her down. She was strong-willed and I loved how bubbly and fun her character could be. 

The story was easy to get into and I enjoyed the character interactions, which were  believable because the dialogue was so well written. There was a definite chemistry between Melissa and her ‘love interests’ and I read with eagerness to see who won her heart. I was not disappointed in the least. This story wasn’t predictable; just when you thought you had figured out the story, then you bowled over by a twist that you didn’t see coming. I enjoyed reading this book and was pleasantly surprised with how it was concluded. 


Conclusion

I was expecting to like this book just from reading the description.  I love reading a romance book that is simple and easy to get into and I flowed quickly through this book and I enjoyed reading about the characters. I would have loved to have read more about the love interests and delved deeper into who they were, but this story was so well written, that it didn’t subtract away from the drama of it all.

One thing I did love about this book is how thought provoking it was. It seriously had me thinking about how much of my own life is controlled by technology and social media. It was interesting to read how obstacles could be overcome if those things were taken away. We as a society get so caught up in what is on our screens in front of us, that we fail to properly look and listen to what is going on around us. I feel like this story opened my eyes up a little and made me realise that I need to start putting my phone done more and see about living my life away from my phone. 

I would recommend anyone who loves this type of genre to give this book a try. Great first book by Victora, I look forward to reading more from her in the future. 

Rating – 4 out of 5

S x

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Making Plans, Making Changes

Today has been productive to say the least.
I have been in touch the local college about there Journalism Course. The tutor I spoke with advised what the course entailed and offered to book me in for an assessment.
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I have also been looking more into how I can earn from my writing. My blog has been changed to the Premium plan and I have turned on Wordads, although I need more tutoring on this if anyone can help? 😀

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I am researching and I am ahead with my blog scheduling and I am feeling better than I have in months. For once I actually know without a doubt what I want to do. So I am taking a step forward everyday and I will hopefully see my goals and dreams realised. I just have to put the work in and hopefully belong I can be my own boss. 🙂

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Wish me luck on this journey! 😀

 

S x

 

Writing Goals

For those who follow me, you may have noticed that I haven’t added further posts connecting to the 30 Day Challenge that I set myself to write Flash Fiction. I haven’t forsaken this task, in fact I am working on pieces for you as I speak, but I put a slight pause on it as I put a few ‘personal issues’ right.

I have to say, I seriously enjoying getting back into the swing of writing. I love sitting and putting words down on the screen and stringing them together to make a sentence, which in turn makes a paragraph and so on. I love writing and have done for as far as I can remember. Life has played a part in slowing down my dreams and as much as I love my children and my husband, I am ready to start doing something for me. I don’t ever want to look back on my life and say that ‘I never tried’. So, I am looking at getting a qualification in Journalism. There is a local college to me which does a 12 month course and I am waiting a response from them as to when I can apply officially. It would be starting in September and yes, this would mean giving up my day job (scary, eeek) but I know I can’t keep putting my goals aside out of fear.

When I was younger, almost 20, I made  list of writing ambitions that I wanted to achieve. I wrote these in a notebook and I have recently come across these again. Some of these seem childish now, but I wanted to share them with you. Some of these I am still hoping I can achieve.

  • Write a book.
  • Write for a tabloid or girly magazine.
  • Write scripts for tv-shows, especially Buffy, Angel, Smallville and EastEnders (lol, I was a fan-girl for sure!)
  • Create a script/screenplay for my story, Emily (this has changed title and has been re-hashed a few times but if you look back at my previous post, Tainted Love, you will see the story that has stayed with me the past 20 years)
  • Interview a celebrity – especially Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Sarah Michelle Gellar (still do love these ladies!!)
  • Create a completely new soap opera, one that will be talked about all around the World (a girl has to have ambition, right?)
  • Write a book of short stories
  • Collaborate with another author, maybe Stephen King or Dean Koontz? (yeah, because they guys need my help to sell books. ;0))
  • Work for a local newspaper
  • Write Book Reviews (well, I do this one – See previous posts/blog tours)
  • Become a broadcast journalist and report on the news.
  • Present on television.

I have lived a happy life with my husband but now its time for me to create a career for myself. Some of the above points are way out of my reach, some are unrealistic and maybe all of the them will not be achieved at all, but one things for sure I am not going to sit around and not doing anything now. Here I go. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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