Spotlight and Giveaway: A Life Less Ordinary by Victoria Bernadine

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Victoria will be awarding a $25 (grand prize) gift card as well as 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.

MEDIA KIT Book Cover A Life Less OrdinaryFor 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.

Read an excerpt:

Manny walked in her door, looking tired and feeling worn out. She wondered ruefully why the only thing not on a schedule was the time she could leave the office. She dropped her purse on the table and hung up her coat and keys. With a tired sigh, she walked into the living room and plopped into the armchair. She closed her eyes as Harvey walked out of the kitchen with a glass of white wine and began to rub her shoulders. He again looked impossibly handsome, this time wearing a sweater and jeans. She sighed in imagined bliss, and looked at him with sad eyes.

You have no idea how much I wish you were real. 

In a blink, he was gone–and the phone was ringing. For a split second, Manny considered not answering it.

There’s your chance to talk to a real person, Harvey murmured.

Probably a telemarketer. 

Probably Rebecca. Or Daisy. They’ll worry if you don’t answer. 

All right, all right. 

Manny heaved herself to her feet and walked to the phone.

Maybe I’m glad you’re imaginary after all. 

She caught a glimpse of his grin as she answered the phone.

It was Rebecca, asking her to go out the next night.

“I don’t know…” Manny sighed.

“Oh, come on–you’ll have fun! And seriously–you haven’t gone out with us in months!”

“I’ve been tired…”

“You’ve been tired your whole life I think. You need to break out of this rut you’re in! Come out for a few drinks and dancing with me and Daisy. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet a good-looking guy and be swept off your feet into a red-hot love affair.”

Sounds like a plan to me. 

Yeah, ’cause that’ll happen. 

“I’d love to go dancing,” Manny said to Rebecca, “but the guy is just a figment of your imagination.”

“Only because you don’t put any effort into it. Seriously, it’s not healthy to do nothing but work and go home. That’s how people go crazy you know.”

“Huh. You mean next thing you know I’ll be talking to my imaginary friend?”

Harvey grinned wickedly and Manny abruptly turned her back to him.

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. ( or through her brand new blog at

A Life Less Ordinary is available for sale on Amazon in both Kindle and hard copy formats at


  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Hi Again 🙂 Thanks for your awesome tour! Tell me, was there any points while writing the story when you had writers block or just hit a wall?

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    • Hi Andra Lyn – glad to see! 😀

      Hmmm…good question…I would say Episodes Three and Four were the hardest to write. They were (to me) transition chapters and I struggled to make them relevant enough to the story. Otherwise, no writer’s block but I did sometimes hit a wall with a character (“Why on earth would s/he do that??? Why wouldn’t they just talk to each other? Who is this person and why should I care?”).

      I actually ended up with whole subplots for characters they met on their travels which had to be left on the cutting room floor. 🙁

  3. Hi! And thanks for hosting me today! 😀

  4. Rita Wray says:

    I love the premise of the story and can’t wait to read it.


  5. Well, it’s the beginning of another week! I look forward to all the great posts and excerpts! Thanks so much for sharing and for the great giveaway!

    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

  6. Catherine says:

    I am also a “woman of a certain age”…the more I age, the more certain I am. LOL. I love that “certain age” idea. Thanks for the Monday smile.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  7. Mary Preston says:

    I can identify with Manny in so many ways.


  8. Karen H in NC says:

    Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  9. Interesting characters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com


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