Author Archives: Victoria

Greetings from Spain!

Greetings From Spain!

Well Hello There Readers! Last week I had popped over to Holland to visit a friend. Well this week I am in Spain. I popped over to hit the beautiful beaches and to celebrate the boyfriend’s birthday. Happy Birthday Steven!

Response to Last Week’s Grey Hair Email

I want to send a shout-out to Stephani! Thank you for your fantastic and funny email response to my vanity led grey hair dyeing drama. I just had to quote you:

“When my hair isn’t colored, I look ill. Like, really seriously physically ill – So younger me, the idealist, was told by older me, the pragmatist, to sit down and shut up. And I color my hair. hahaha.”

I feel your pain my sister. Hehehe. Thank for for taking the time to write. I love receiving emails people so please feel free to hit the reply button anytime.

OK – Back to Books, Books, Books!

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Some books, like mine, are 99 cents anyway but there are several that have been reduced from $4.99 or $2.99.

With over 50 books included in this promotion, there is sure to be something to take your fancy.

The books I have included in this offering are:

  • Bernadette Falls in Love
  • Courtney Falls in Love
  • Gabrielle Falls in Love

Click on the link below and check out the other 50+ books that are available. They are all romance with differing heat levels.

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My Next Story is Finished!

LouisaFallsinLoveI am so pleased to announce that the next short story in my series is complete. It is called Louisa Falls in Love. making this story number 12 in the series.

What do you think of the cover? Cute right? I hope you like it.

At the moment, my sister is proof-reading the draft and if there are no major rewrite issues, I hope to get it published by the end of next week. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Free Book Promo – 60+ Books – ENDS SUNDAY 16 JULY 2017

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This could be a great opportunity to discover new authors.

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Ok, that’s all from me. Time to enjoy some of the Spanish sun. I hope that you have a fantastic day wherever in the world you are and I wish for you an amazing weekend ahead.

Happy Reading!

Warmest regards from Spain 🙂

Be Inspired To Wake Up Early – Why I Try to Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier Each Morning

3 Reasons I Wake Up 30 Mins Earlier in the Morning

There are lots of books that describe the benefits of waking up early in the morning. One book that I read and really enjoyed was The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. The book looks at 6 habits that can transform your life. One habit that I have been working on is to wake up a little earlier each morning. I feel that this has been beneficial in several ways.

Be Inspired To Wake Up Early

Here are three simple benefits I get from setting my alarm to go off a little earlier each morning.

#1 – Waking Up Earlier Enables a Relaxed Start To The Day

I have been waking up 30 minutes earlier each morning. I do this on work days and it helps me feel nice and relaxed before I have to get on with the task of getting ready for work. I don’t set hit the snooze button on my alarm and I place my phone across the room so I have to physically get out of bed to turn off the alarm. As I am now out of bed, it makes it easier to head to the kitchen, and put the kettle on.

#2 – I Get To Hydrate With a Healthy Drink

I put a slice of lemon in a cup of hot water and I head back to my room. I open the curtains wide so that I can see daylight. I read somewhere that a cup of lemon water is good for the immune system. The body needs to rehydrate after several hours of sleep, so I sip on my drink and enjoy the peace and quiet of the morning.

#3 – I Take Time to Read Something Inspirational

The Miracle Morning by Hal ElrodI try to read at least one chapter every morning. I tend to read non-fiction books in the morning. Not sure why, it just seems to have worked out that way. One of the benefits of reading non-fiction in the morning is that it is a great way to get the brain working and thinking about positive things. This is what I gain from reading a lot of self help and personal development type books.

I find them very inspiring and motivational. When I read something that resonates with me, I will underline it so that I remember it.

My half hour is up. I have finished my hot water and lemon and it is now time to get ready for work.

Tweaks I Want to Make in My Routine

I want to expand on my morning routine and get up a little earlier so that I can incorporate a little bit of exercise or at least some stretching. I am interested in learning about Yoga so learning a few easy moves could make some positive differences to my morning. I know that this would improve my day even more.

Check Out The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod – This is a great read if you are looking for ways to improve your daily routine.

Have Your Say: Do you have a morning routine that helps you get your day off to a great start?  I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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20 Random Things About Me

I thought that a really great way to get to know the person behind the blog VictoriaVirgo.com was if I shared some things about myself.

I have put together a little list of 20 random things about me that I hope you find interesting, amusing and fun. Enjoy.

20 Random Facts about Me

A Random Collection of 20 Things about Me

  1. My name is Victoria and it is my dream is to make a full-time living from fiction writing and blogging. So watch this space.
  2. I was named after the character Victoria from a TV Western programme called The High Chaparral. It ran from 1967 until 1971. My mum loved that show.
  3. My Author name is Audra Bell. I wanted a way to separate my romance writing from my non-fiction stuff, which is under my real name, so I created a beautiful pen name. I chose the first name because it begins with the first letter of the alphabet and because I love the American actress Audra McDonald. I chose Bell because it begins with the second letter of the alphabet and I thought it had a nice ring to it  Audra Bell.
  4. My first record was “My Camera Never Lies” by Bucks Fizz (1982).
  5. After watching the episode of The Walton’s, where their house burned down, I used to have nightmares.
  6. When I was 22 I went to Australia. I went to a pub on my own, bought myself a celebratory birthday drink – Southern Comfort & Lemonade – and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
  7. During a school trip to Ramsgate, a seaside town in England, when I was about 7 years old, I fell over on the slippery moss covered stones on the shore line, soaking my uniform, and ended up spending the rest of the day walking around in my shirt and underpants.
  8. I drank so much crap cheap red wine when I was an au pair in Germany, that I have been put off it ever since. I am slowing trying to learn how to drink red wine again by drinking something called Tinto Verano, which is chilled red wine mixed with lemonade – a popular drink in Spain.
  9. While working as an au pair, I took the day off due to a bad migraine, but proceeded to go to a Sting concert later that evening.
  10. However I returned home at midnight with no keys, and rather than wake the whole household (and their mad barking dog), I ended up sleeping in their car, which was fortunately open but it was freezing. Karma certainly bit me on the ass!!
  11. I hate custard.
  12. I took part in a secondary school demonstration in support of teachers pay. The students refused to go back to class for the rest of the day. Hurrah!
  13. I took up smoking at aged 14 – it lasted 3 days. I just couldn’t see the point.
  14. I got a job in a clothing store. I lasted 2 days as I was so bored out of my mind that I just didn’t go back. 4 weeks later the company sent me a cheque for the days I worked which was an unexpected surprise.
  15. After 10 years of wishing and hopingI finally realised my dream of visiting Cuba. I went on a Salsa dancing holiday to Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in the country. It was amazing.
  16. I have a teaching qualification. I am qualified to Teach English as a Foreign Language. I got my certification but have not had a chance to use it yet.
  17. In my teens, I experimented with make-up and wore a lot of electric blue mascara – on a black girl? – what was I thinking! Hehehehe.
  18. I have been to Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Florida and on a Disney Cruise and had a fabulous time. (my sister used to work for the company).
  19. I have problems pronouncing the word reconnaissance.
  20. I love Victoria Sponge Cakes.

There are quite a few more things I could add to this list but I will leave that for another time. I hope that gives you a little insight into who I am.

Have Your Say: I would love for you to share one random fun fact about yourself. Leave a comment down below.

Author Website – Why You Should Have an Author Website

A for Author Website

A – Z of My Fiction Writing Business Tips

An Author Website is the online home for your fiction writing business. It is the one place where you can decide how to showcase your fiction and introduce yourself to readers. You can choose to use a free site from the many different companies like blogger, WordPress.com or you can buy a domain and hosting.

The free sites are a great way to start if you are working on a tight budget or you are not sure how to set up a site. However I would always suggest that it is a good idea to buy a domain and hosting because then you are in complete control of your site and it can not be shut down and removed without your consent.

Why You Should Have an Author Website

3 Tips on Creating an Author Website

#1 – Use Your Author Name as Your Website Name

When you set up your author website, it is always a good idea to use your name. If your name is not available then add something to the beginning or end that makes sense.

When I decided on the pen name Audra Bell, I discovered that this domain name was not available so I added the word writes at the end so it became Audrabellwrites.com.

You could add the word writer, author, fiction writer, your middle name or just your middle initial if you like.

I wanted a domain name with .com at the end as they are the ones that are most common but you can get a domain name with your country’s extension or with .net, .org if you prefer.

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#2 – Promote Your Books in Your Posts

The best thing about setting up an author website is that you can write about your books 🙂 You can write as little or as much as you want. The site is another way for people to find you online.

If you are unsure about what you should write then the simplest posts that you can put together are posts about the books you have published. The easiest way to create these posts is to use the blurbs you created for your Amazon book page. Just copy and paste the information, add your book cover and then add links to the Amazon store so that people can go ahead and make a purchase.

If you do not use Amazon, then link to the online stores where your books are sold. Once you have done that, publish your posts and share them on your social media accounts for further exposure.

Extra Tip – If you have an Amazon affiliate account, use your affiliate links and you could earn commissions from people who visit the site through one of your links. They may buy one of your books (sweet) or they may purchase something else. Either way, you will earn a little commission from their action.

#3 – You Can Collect Email Addresses Which Helps Increase Book Sales

One of the easiest ways to make money from your fiction writing is if you have a solid fanbase of readers who enjoyed one of your books and are interested in buying more. Having an author website enables you to add a subscribe link where people can provide you with their email address and you can get in touch with them. Building a successful relationship with your subscribers can lead to wonderful engagement and lead to future sales.

A good way to encourage potential readers to sign up to your email list is to offer a free book. It can be a short story or a preview of an existing book you have on sale.

Extra TipClick Here to Sign up for a Free Mailerlite Account. You can add up to 1,000 subscribers before you have to pay a penny to send out emails.

My Author Website – My Experience So Far

My author website Audrabellwrites.com is definitely a work in progress. There are still bits and pieces that I want to do in order to improve the look and functionality but the most important thing was that I bought the domain name and got started.

I will be adding a Free Books Page and I will improve on the Subscribe Page too so it is more enticing.

If I have more time, I will work on different types of blog posts to add, maybe introduce other authors but right now my time is best served writing more stories to sell 🙂

This post is part of my A-Z of Fiction Writing Business Tips Series
Click Here for The Other Posts in The Series

Have Your Say: Do you have an author website? Do you think that it has helped your fiction writing business? I would love you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.