{Interview+Giveaway} Holding out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem @VVanTiem_author

March 16, 2016 Adult, Giveaways, Interview 0

{Interview+Giveaway} Holding out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem @VVanTiem_authorHolding out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem
Pages: 273
Published by Acorn Independent Press on January 14, 2016
Genres: adult, Romance, contemporary, Romantic Comedy

Their love survived the 80s. She wished she hadn't.

A funny, bitter-sweet romantic dramedy set to an 80's soundtrack.
Libby London fell in love in with the 80s, came of age in the 90s, and now, in the 21st Century, she's completely falling apart... Her New York City fashion sensibility is more 'vintage tragedy' than 'retro babe' and might just be what's holding her back in all matters of life and love...

At least that's what her well-meaning friends think. They've staged a #80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up-to-date. But how do you move forward when the one you love holds you in the past?

Between her dreaded birthday party, friend's madcap ambush, and being forced to relocate her Pretty In Pink thrift shop, Libby's nearing the end of the rope... If her therapist isn't quick, it could be a literal one.


InterviewToday I have Victoria Van Tiem here, the author of the romantic comedy- Holding out for a Hero. This book has been getting rave reviews, and it looks hilarious, so check it out. I will put links for the book above the interview, and there is a giveaway below for an ecopy of Holding Out for a Hero. Good luck! (P.S. I know it is totally obvious, but my responses are in blue)

  1. Describe Holding Out for a Hero in a tweet. (140 characters or less)

Libby survived the 80s. She wished she hadn’t.
Holding out for a Hero – 80s fun with surprising depth.

#80sIntervention – BookBriefs: #YES!

  1. What is a trend from the 80s that you would love to see come back? What is one that you are happy to leave behind?

I still love gaucho pants and culottes. A more modern version in classic colors just came out again, so I was quick to grab a few because once they’re out of trend, they disappear and are hard to find. Oh, and denim overalls. The style changes, but they’re a classic. In the 80’s we had paint splattered ones we wore with huge hair scarves and netted gloves like Madonna.

The worst? Does the hair count? Seriously what were we thinking?

  1. Tell us something about Libby that we would be surprised to learn?

As sparky and confident as Libby is, she struggles daily with depression.

  1. What are some of your bookish pet peeves?

When a character releases a breath they didn’t know they were holding. What? How did they not know and HOW is this description used by some very well-known authors? There’s actually an entire Pinterest board dedicated to this, showing pins of books using it. BookBriefs: HA! I will have to check that pinterest board out. That is too funny!

  1. What is the hardest part in the writing process for you?

    Actually I love the entire progression, from idea to fleshed out story. I LOVE writing blurbs and log-lines, figuring out the structure (what is the best way to tell this story?) and even line-by-line edits to polish to sparkly shine. If I had to pick one little thing I don’t like? Synopsis. I don’t mind putting one together, but I don’t want to share them, not with my agent or editor, because they give everything away without the experience of the story. What fun is there in that?

  2. If we looked under your bed right now, what would we find?

Roomba. You know the little robot vacuum? He’s run out of juice there and I can’t quite reach. BookBriefs: HAHA! Oh no! We should arrange a rescue mission ASAP.

  1. If we had an author talent show, what would your talent be? 

Nothing that could be shown on stage. OK, wait, that sounds wrong. I’m a writer and an artist. Neither would fare well in front of a live audience. So . . . yeah.


What Readers are saying about Holding out for a Hero:

“…one of the most uplifting, soul searching and delicately written books I’ve ever read!”-Tay, Chicks That Read

“…a superb & addictive story.”-Rachel’s random reads

“…unexpected poignancy & surprising depth.”-GoodReads top reviewer

“I didn’t want to put this novel down, I just wanted to know what happened next…”-On My Bookshelf Blog

“I LOVED this book… Holding Out for a Hero reminded me of two very different books: Ready Player One and Confessions of a Shopaholic.-Reviews and Cake

“This book was brilliant.  It kept me smiling, laughing, but also emotionally connected to the characters.  I flew through it wanting to know what would happen next.”-Jill loves to read blogspot

“Thie story is a quick, entertaining and fun read… it’s also very emotional and deep, which I really loved.”-Sky’s Book Corner

A NOTE FROM Victoria Van Tiem about her new novel, HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO:

Dear Reader,

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO features Libby, a feisty New York vintage shop owner stuck in the 80s. She’s opinionated and quick witted, but secretly at her witsend. Under the neon surface of 80s pop culture, Libby struggles with depression–an affliction that 350 million people worldwide share. Many in silence.

My hope in writing HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO is to shed some light on this very misunderstood condition while putting a smile on your face. I hope Libby’s antics make you laugh out loud and her bittersweet bumpy road in love and life touches your heart.

–Victoria Van Tiem xo

@VVanTiem_author stops by @BookBriefs for a hilarious interview & Giveaway for her book, Holding Out for a Hero #80sIntervention Click To Tweet

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About Victoria Van Tiem

Victoria Van Tiem (pronounced ‘team’) is an international author of romantic comedy and dramedy novels, a former gallery owner and creative director with a background in brand development.  She lives just outside of Indianapolis on a small hobby farm with her husband and two teenage boys.

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