Thursday, April 10, 2014

Uni Files Blog Tour: Top Ten Heroines with Anna Bloom + GIVEAWAY

I'm very excited to be part of this blog tour! Sadly, I wasn't able to finish the book on time, but I'm happy to tell you about it!

Goodreads rating: 4.24
ebook, 393 pages
Published September 25th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing
Series: Uni Files #1
Genre: NA contemporary

For Lilah McCannon, life has taken a bit of a wrong turn. Engaged to a guy she is not in love with and stuck in a job with her tyrannical father as her boss, life has definitely not turned out the way she expected.

At twenty-five years old, Lilah knows that she has a simple choice: live the life she has created or change it.

Enrolling on a course at the local University, Lilah sets out with some clear rules to ensure her success at being a grown-up. No alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys, and no going home. But the last thing she anticipates is meeting Ben Chambers, the lead singer of a local band. With Ben, it’s instant, it’s hot, and it’s deep, but when Ben is offered the opportunity of a lifetime and it looks like his future lies on a different path to hers, Lilah has some heart-rending decisions to make.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges. Will she ever make it up the library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? Most of all, will she be able to make the ultimate sacrifice and learn The Art of Letting Go?

About the author:
Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series. Anna’s main aim in life is to create the perfect book which makes a reader laugh and cry at the same time, hopefully causing a convulsive (impossible to ignore) donkey noise. It’s a work in progress! Anna also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

TOP TEN HEROINES according to Anna Bloom!

To answer honestly I have randomly split my answer among books, tv and films and reality.
1) Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The love she has for Captain Wentworth and the way she handles its loss breaks my heart. Persuasion is one of my all-time favourite books and Anne is the reason why. She makes some silly mistakes but she does her best to suffer the consequences. I completely get that. 
2) Katherine Swynford. Katherine was a medieval princess and an ancestor of kings of England. I fell in love with her story when I was thirteen and it inspired me to make my way to University where I finally wrote a dissertation based on aspects of her life. Living through the Plague and married to John of Gaunt, who apparently died of a sexual disease must have really sucked, but when I was young she really inspired me to live and love deeply and it’s something that I still try to do every day. 
3) Buffy the Vampire Slayer! I kid you not. I so wanted to be able to kick butt like that when I was younger. She is a serious badass. 
4) Jane Austen for writing books that I have reread more times than I can count and still move me to tears every time. 
5) Enid Blyton for creating in me a lifelong passion for reading. 
6) Maggie Steifvater. For writing some of the most beautiful prose I have read in recent times. 
7) Katniss Evendeen. For inspiring a whole new generation of Kick Ass wannabe’s like her predecessor Buffy! 
8) My English Teacher a very very long time ago at secondary school. Mrs Greenhalgh completely got my intense need to read, she really encouraged me to dive into my reading passion and live in books. I’d love for her to know that I am now a writer, but at the same time I would be worried in case she took a red pen to my book. 
9) I’m cheating on this one because I am going to say Helen Graham from The Tennant of Wildfell Hall and Anne Bronte who created her. Bronte was so brave to create a female character to break all the norms of English society back in a time when the only cause for a woman to be a single mother would have been bereavement. Helen Graham is strong, direct, passionate and ultimately a fierce mother. Bronte created the epitome of strength in the form of a woman who refused to be beaten by those who believed themselves to be her betters or superiors. Perfect. 
10) Lastly and I have to do this. . . Lilah McCannon. For never being perfect but realising that the path to happiness does not run smoothly and that sometimes you have to fight for the things you want to keep.

Open to US and UK only:

  • 1 signed paperback copy of The Art of Letting Go, plus e-copies of all the other books in the series. 
  • A 50$ Amazon giftcard.
  • A unique one off Uni File ring, the sterling silver ring will have Foi Vainquera engraved on it, the same as Ben and Lilah’s rings. Faith Conquers!

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