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Happy Birthday to Me – A Free Gift for You

It’s My Birthday Month – Happy Birthday to Me!

To celebrate my birthday I thought it would be fun to do two things. One, is to offer you a Birthday Gift and two, is to take a trip down memory lane and look at the things I did over the last 12 months.

A Birthday Gift for You – 2 Free Books!

To celebrate my birthday, I have placed two of my short stories on a FREE PROMOTION. Please take this opportunity to download your free copies and enjoy. The links can be found at the end of this post.

What a Difference a Birthday Year Makes – What I Got Up To

I checked through my diary and found that my activities could be summed up under the following categories:

  • Writing
  • Theatre Trips
  • Films
  • Books
  • Travel
  • Special Events

Writing

Wow – As a blogger, I didn’t write as many blog posts as I would have liked but as a fiction writer I did really well. I published 8 short stories and compiled two bundles of my work. I am over the moon with the progress.

I still have plenty more stories to write and publish. I currently have three stories in draft mode and I should get at least one of those published by the end of this month. Yippee!

Here is a list of the books I published since my last birthday:

  • Felicity Falls in Love – Free to Download
  • Gabrielle Falls in Love
  • Helena Falls in Love
  • Isabelle Falls in Love
  • Josephine Falls in Love
  • The Love Series – Volume One
  • Kimberly Falls in Love – Free to Download
  • The Love Series – Volume One & Two – 10 Book Series
  • Louisa Falls in Love
  • Melinda Falls in Love

Theatre Trips

I saw 12 theatre productions. Some were musicals, which are my favourite, and the others were plays. The highlights were:

  • Dreamgirls
  • Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
  • Billie Holiday at Emerson’s Grill & Bar
  • Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong
  • The Girls

Films

I only went to the cinema 4 times over the last 12 months. There wasn’t really that much that I was interested in seeing on the big screen. The films I watched were:

  • Fantastical Beasts
  • La La Land
  • Hidden Figures
  • Girl’s Trip

Books

The books I read can be easily divided into two camps – romance and self-help books.

  • For Now and Forever
  • Her Sweetest Christmas
  • Once Upon a Set-Up
  • Beautiful & Other Stories
  • A Spoonful of Spice
  • One Last Summer
  • Statistically Improbable
  • Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses

Non Fiction

Travel

I got to fulfil the biggest wish on my bucket-list. I travelled to Cuba! It was amazing. It was a dancing holiday so I got to salsa dance all day and all night and there was also a bit of sight-seeing thrown in.

It was a truly amazing holiday that I had been wanting to take for years.

Other places I travelled to were Spain – Cordoba, Granada and Malaga.

I also went to France and Holland.

Special Events

I visited Harry Potter World. This was a birthday gift to my sister as she is a huge Harry Potter fan.

Other special highlights of the past year include my first ever visit to The Olivier Awards Ceremony where I got to walk the red carpet.

I also had a bit of a splurge and treated myself to a brand new MacBook Pro laptop. I love it. It was time to ditch the little netbook so I upgraded and I am so happy I did.

I enjoyed a fantastic reunion with Uni friends. We have now known each other for over twenty years! One friend lives in Rome, another in Beirut and another in Oxford.  It was wonderful to get together in London with my old housemates and talk and laugh about the good old student days 🙂

Any Lessons Learned?

I learned that it is so important to live life to the full and to do things that really make you happy. You have to be brave, make the time for yourself, have fun and create beautiful memories so you can look back and be happy with how you have spent the precious time that we have.

I want to write and publish more stories. I want to see more countries, I want to see my friends more often and I want to create new memories.

My Birthday Gift to You – 2 Free Books!

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I would like to celebrate my birthday by giving you the opportunity to check out two of my short stories.

These two books are FREE TO DOWNLOAD from Amazon. Just click on the links below and enjoy 🙂

Click Here to Download Courtney Falls in Love

Click Here to Download Isabelle Falls in Love

These two stories are Free to Download from Wednesday 19th – Sunday 24 September 2017

If you enjoy theses stories, I hope that you will pop back to Amazon and leave a lovely little review. Many thanks and Happy Reading 🙂

Have You Say: Do you think you have achieved a lot since your last birthday? What has been the highlight for you? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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.