Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: A Life Less Ordinary by Victoria Bernadine

A very big thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions for running this book tour and sending me this book to read. Victoria will be awarding a grand prize of  a $25 Amazon or Smashwords gift card with two runners-up each receiving a gift card of $15 (either Amazon or Smashwords, winner's choice). Check out the other stops at http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-tour-life-less-ordinary-by.html


For 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.


Have you ever wanted to chunk it all and start over?  Do something completely different and "less ordinary"?  Manny Mankowski did just that and took us all on the ride of our lives!  Not only did we get a chance to travel with Manny and Zeke (not to mention Harvey ...kudos to the nod to the giant rabbit, btw... we also get to see what's going on with Manny's sister and best friend's lives.  They, too, are going through their own "lives less ordinary."

I loved this book!  I loved all the characters.  I do hope Ms. Bernadine has plans for a sequel because these are people I want to keep in contact with--they are like friends :-)

Thanks for a job well done!!


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. (loveofwords@shaw.ca) or through her brand new blog at http://victoriabernadine.wordpress.com/.

A Life Less Ordinary is available for sale on Amazon in both Kindle and hard copy formats at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AMJBOSQ


  1. Hi Librarian Judith!

    Thanks for hosting me today - I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!

    Harvey was originally intended to be a nameless character with no dialogue. When he morphed into a character with dialogue, I struggled to name him-until I looked over at my movie collection and saw the movie "Harvey" sitting there. I mean, what else could he be called? ;D

    A Life Less Ordinary was intended to be a stand-alone novel...but I am now working on a sequel *facepalm*. I really want to know what happens to these characters!

    Thanks again for reviewing the book and hosting me today!

  2. wow sounds like you really liked this one! I like the blurb and I keep hearing such positive things on this tour! looks like A Life Less Ordinary is a keeper :)

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Hi Andra Lyn - nice to see you this morning. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! :)

  3. This reviewer really seems to have enjoyed this book. It does sound like a lot of fun.

    1. Hi MomJane - thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! :)

  4. Thanks for this review. I've been reading mixed reviews, but most have been very positive.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Karen - nice to see you! Thanks for leaving a comment. (There's a longer preview available on Amazon.com and Smashwords if you want to read more to determine if the book might be something you'd enjoy. :) )

  5. I'm so pleased you enjoyed A LIFE LESS ORDINARY. I'm looking forward to a wonderful read.


    1. Hi Mary - thanks dropping by. :) I hope you'll let me know what you thought of the book if you read it!

  6. What a great review where she loved it. Congrats! Sounds so good.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

    1. Hi Jbst - thank you! I'm always pleased (and a little relieved *cough*) when somebody enjoys my work! :D

  7. What a very nice review, Judith! I bought the book after a previous stop and so far am finding the characters very compelling.

    Victoria - will Manny still be the focus on the sequel you mention you're working on, or will one of the other characters take centre stage?

    1. Hi Liz - thanks for commenting! I'm glad you're enjoying the book so far. :)

      Right now, the sequel is really focused on Zeke and (some) of the other men in A Life Less Ordinary...then again, I haven't written very much (yet) of the women's stories (and I have a lot of stuff planned...well, as much as I ever "plan" my stories - LOL).

  8. Hi Judith!

    I just wanted to let your readers (who may not already) know that I've drawn the names of the winners for the gift cards. They are:

    First Prize – $25 Gift Card: CC from a comment on Tiffany Talks Books
    Runner Up #1 – $15 Gift Card: Jbst from a comment on Brewing Passion
    Runner Up #2 – $15 Gift Card: Shannon from a comment on The Write to Read

    All winners have contacted me and they have all received their gift cards.

    Thanks again for hosting me on my Review Tour! :)