Monday, August 26, 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON: A Life Less Ordinary by Victoria Bernadine


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Victoria will be awarding a $25 (grand prize) gift card with two gift cards for $15 each; the cards would for either Amazon or Smashwords (winner’s choice). Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

You can read my review of this book here:
For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. Now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house, cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.

After placing an ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-zine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time.

Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.


Now, enjoy an excerpt:

…Manny wondered if Craig truly understood what he’d gotten himself in for by promoting Steph rather than Manny.

Cleavage and legs.

She mentally rolled her eyes at Harvey’s dry, cynical tones.

Maybe–but that’s not really fair to him, is it? He’s not a bad guy.

But he is just a guy.

She does bring a new perspective–a new way of thinking about things. She’s not a bad choice–and I can’t argue with Craig’s idea that shaking things up could make things better.

And where does that leave you?

No worse off than I was before.

And no better.

If you’re not going to be helpful...

Harvey glanced down at his suddenly ruffled shirt opened to the middle of his muscled chest and skin-tight breeches. He glanced back at her with a ruefully amused smile.

Watched the Ice Pirates again, did you?

Oh, shut up–it’s a classic no matter what anybody else thinks!

I’m just sayin’–if I was real and regularly wore pants this tight, I’m not sure I’d be of any use to you. If you know what I mean.

Manny groaned and shook her head, and Harvey blinked out of existence. She wondered when she’d managed to lose control of a figment of her imagination–one she’d eventually felt compelled to name after an invisible rabbit.

She groaned again, rolled over and pulled the covers over her head. It was going to be another long day tomorrow.

Complete with dancing.


About the Author:Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a “woman of a certain age”. After twenty-something years of writer’s block, she began writing again in 2008. She began with fanfiction about a (now-cancelled) TV show called Jericho and particularly about the characters of Heather Lisinski and Edward Beck. From there, she expanded into writing original fic and she hasn’t stopped since.

Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody’s guess.

She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt). A Life Less Ordinary is the first novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.

Victoria can be contacted through Love of Words Publishing Inc. (loveofwords@shaw.ca) or through her brand new blog at http://victoriabernadine.wordpress.com/.

A Life Less Ordinary is available for sale on Amazon in both Kindle and hard copy formats at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AMJBOSQ.

8 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Rita said...

Can't wait to read the book.

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Karen H in NC said...

Well, it's the last day of the tour and I want to say I've enjoyed following you around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good time!
kareninnc at gmail dot com

victoriabernadine said...

Hi all - sorry for being slightly MIA today; real life is getting in the way! :D

Thanks, Judy, for hosting me (again)! Greatly appreciated!

Rita - thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll let me know what you think of the book when/if you read it!

Hi Karen - it's been great having you follow me around - LOL. I'm glad you had a good time!

Catherine Lee said...

That was a nice review back in May, Judy. It sounds like a good read.

I think Karen had the same comment back in May...LOL!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

victoriabernadine said...

Hi Catherine - good to see you! Thanks for stopping by. Judy gave my book an awesome review in May; I'm always thrilled (and relieved - LOL) when somebody likes my work!

And the review tour was just as much fun, so I totally understand where Karen is coming from! :D

Mary Preston said...

That really is such a fun excerpt. loving this tour.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

victoriabernadine said...

Hi Mary - sorry for taking so long to respond to your comment!

Thanks for dropping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed the tour! I had a blast! :D