Thursday, October 26, 2017

In the Spotlight: Is This It Then? by Victoria Pombeiro

Chick lit fans looking for a humorous, fast-paced romp may enjoy Is This It Then?, the debut novel from British American author Victoria Oliver. Set in present-day Los Angeles, the story is told from the very different but equally compelling perspectives of 30-something coworkers, Becky, Fay, and Brigitte.


A humiliating experience at an office party prompts married mom-of-two, Becky, to ditch the junk food and start a healthy new lifestyle, with or without the help of her apathetic family. During one of her early morning workouts Becky meets an attractive new guy in town, whose attentiveness makes her question her 15-year marriage to sports-obsessed husband, Dave.

Seemingly unflappable businesswoman Fay is convinced that her husband, Pete, is having an affair with his leggy, blond personal assistant. Determined to find out the truth, Fay enlists the help of Becky and HR nightmare Brigitte. After several failed attempts at playing amateur detective, Fay discovers that what she thinks she knows about Pete doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of his deception.

Oblivious to her coworkers' marital woes, lovable but self-centered Brigitte is on a two-pronged mission: to beat out her arch-nemesis Tom for a departmental promotion, and to sleep with as many men as possible. Unfortunately her inability to separate business and pleasure means that Brigitte is more likely to get an appointment at the unemployment center than a desk in a corner office. Everyone can see Brigitte's impending career spiral…except for Brigitte.

Is This It Then? is available as a paperback and in Kindle format from Amazon.

About the Author: 

Victoria Oliver is a former reporter at a UK press agency and has placed articles in national newspapers including The Times and The Telegraph, and features in women’s magazines, including Closer, Bella, and Women’s Own. She has a BA in English and American Studies from the University of Nottingham and an NCTJ qualification in Print Journalism. After living in the United States for 10 years, she recently returned to the UK with her husband and very badly behaved rescue dog, Wookie. Is This It Then? is her debut novel.

You can follow Victoria on Twitter

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Show Must Go On by D.D.Marx

As I sit here writing this post, I’m reminded that a year ago today, I was participating in a walk for ALS for my childhood friend, Kevin. It was a glorious fall day, full of the color with the leaves changing. The backdrop was the picturesque, Chicago city skyline. Kevin’s team, of well over a hundred, including family, friends and colleagues, joined countless other teams to raise awareness and show support for this debilitating disease. Exactly one year later, he is no longer here with us. He passed away a month ago and now, I officially know more people that have died from ALS than any other disease. Any diagnosis of any illness is devastating to hear. I have several friends that have been fighting the battle of breast cancer. The impact and reach, to all loved ones, is enormous. I recognize with each passing year, the fear and discomfort of hearing this type of news, within my inner circle, is something I will be forced to deal with but how do you prepare?

All of us have experienced grief in some capacity, whether it be the physical loss of a loved one or the loss of something, like a marriage or relationship. I lost my best friend in a car accident at the ripe age of twenty-three and it shaped my life in ways I never imagined.  This year will mark the twenty-fifth year of his passing. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I know the exact moment the call came in, where I was, what I was wearing and the overwhelming sense of loss. Indescribable. I finally channeled my grief into a trilogy titled The BeyondSeries. I never dreamed my life would lead me to becoming a writer but it’s been the one and only remedy to dealing with this pain. It’s been cathartic, healing and refilled the void in my heart, by allowing me to share him with the rest of the world. Trust me, he was worth knowing.

There is no answer. Experiencing grief is unavoidable for all of us. We require emotional tools that enable us to support our loved ones when they are faced with gut-wrenching news. I choose to believe our deceased loved ones are always with us, guiding us. They send us signs and symbols letting us know they are here. You just need to be open to receiving them. That is what this book series is about – faith, hope and love and to provide an escape into a world that all of us can relate to. The ups and downs of life and that glimmer of light that keeps us going.   

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