Ten reasons to LOVE ‘The Art Of Letting Go’ – Anna Bloom (+ Excerpt)

Z. Elizabeth


Ten reasons to love The Art Of Letting Go

Anna Bloom’s debut novel – The Art Of Letting Go (the Uni Files, Year One) is released TODAY! YAAAY! I had the pleasure of reading this awesome book a few weeks ago…and it’s definitely 5 STAR material.

So I have put together ten reasons why you should buy The Art of Letting Go and why you should love it.

1) Ben Chambers. No further comment, jut Ben *sigh*

2) Lilah – Although you will want to kill her at times, she’s pretty damn cool!

3) Lilah and her drinking- you WILL buy wine in the bucket loads.

4) Ben’s cuteness – You will most definitely find that out!!

5) Tristan the arse – hes an arse but a nice arse 😉

6) How Lilah lives by Taylor Swift songs

7) Ben singing a Taylor Swift song.

8) Ben and Lilah…

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The Story of Us

So if you know anything about my book then you will know that Lilah McCanon lives her life to Taylor Swift songs.  I don’t even know how I came up with this idea, it just seemed rather amusing at the time of writing, and it still does now, so I am rolling with it.

 I  mean what’s better than writing a book about a girl in her twenties who can’t grow up than putting it to a backdrop of teenage music that girls all over the planet are currently singing away too (well and some thirty-five years olds but the less said about my singing the better).

 I always said that the day the book was released I would reveal the song that sparked off the whole writing process for me. It seems that day has come.

You see for such a long time (like my entire life) I’ve lived with stories in my head. My childhood could be split 50/50 between having a book in my hand and thinking up some crazy make-believe day dreams. I just never knew what to do with them, apart from worry that I should be carted off to the ‘funny farm.’

It was only about two years ago when it all clicked into place for me. I’m not mad. I just have stories in my head.

It was this Taylor Swift song that made it click. Daydreams are just stories, stories that can be written down.

How many times can you write ‘The Story of Us’?  How different can each ‘Story of Us’ be?

The answer is endless. You can write ‘The Story of Us’ a million times and each time it will be something unique and individual because that is what stories are; everything that you want them to be. Not like real life which is everything that it is.

That’s why from today when  people ask me what I do, instead of mumbling something about being a  teaching assistant, a dinner lady and a sometime writer I will instead say I am an author. And when the inevitable next question is asked “That’s nice, what sort of books do you write?” I will reply “I write stories about us.” Because in truth that is the only thing I ever set out to do, to tell it how it is. How life is, in The Story of Us.



Ps. When you are reading the book and you get to Lilah’s ‘Best Friend’ gaff (you  will know what this  is when you get to it) just know that this is the song I was listening too to write it. It’s just tooo perfect!


COVER/TEASER of The Art Of Letting Go – Anna Bloom

Excerpt…Cover and the chance of a $20 Amazon Card….now your can’t say fairer than that!

Z. Elizabeth

The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom is a Mature NA Romantic Comedy set in England (and is full of British charm and humor!). We’re excited to present you with the cover, an excerpt and a giveaway in anticipation of the release of this fantastic book on September 25th!

PS. I have already read this book and I can fully say you will all love it. It’s such an awesome book but hands off because Ben is mine 😉


The Uni Files: Year One- The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom
Due to Release September 25th, 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing


One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself
and if you could what would you do to stop it?

When Lilah McCannon
realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is…

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The Art of letting Go – Title Inspiration

Here is it….the song that helped me finish my first novel and the song that lent itself to the title of the book. I listened to this song about a thousand times as I wrote the closing chapters. Ha! And that is not a spoiler….you have to learn how to let go of lot’s of things…

Listen very carefully and you will hear it!

Have you learnt the art of letting go?

One week to go….

What I should be doing…and what I am doing…

This is the way my mind works. I should be doing one thing. Therefore I will do something completely different.

I should be writing the huge amount of interviews and blog posts I need to complete for the Book Tour which is starting in under a month…

What I am doing is thinking about Cornwall, and the boy made out of the moon and sea. The setting and a character from a new novel I am working on.  I am half inclined to blame Ms Pope for this because I sent her a sneaky scene this morning, now I cannot stop thinking about it and I just want to write more. I know I can’t.

I am just going to have to screw my sensible brain on and work through things in an organised manner….or I could daydream about the boy made of moon and sea just a little bit more whilst listening to this song over and over again.

Yes let’s do that…

The Art of Letting Go – read-along…..

So autumn is here, it’s chilly, the nights are drawing in. What do we all like to do when there summer leaves us again for the year? Yes that’s right we like to curl up with a large glass of red wine and a book to enjoy…No? Just me?

Well just in case any of you like curling up with a good book (with or without the wine) we are going to be holding a read-along for the first Uni Files novel The Art of Letting Go which is releasing next Wednesday.

This is going to be a completely chilled out relaxed affair (hence the wine) basically we are going to start on the 27th and split the book up into three sections – One for each term of the academic year; Autumn, Spring and Summer. The Aim to be for us to finish around the time the blog tour starts.

Some lovely book bloggers have said they are going to take part so each section will be hosted by them and I will link it up here on AnnaBloomWrites. Basically we will be talking about our favourite characters, favourite scenes (limited spoilers please…) what they think of the book so far and more importantly where they think the book is going to end up. For me this is real big topic because I am really keen to see who can work out where the story is going or are surprised by any of the turns it takes.

For each section I will also provide a little Anna Bloom insight and let you know what music was on my playlist for that part of the novel or what inspiration I was using – surprisingly this did not always take the form of a large glass of Pinot.

So if you want to take part then follow the blog using the little follow (via email) icon to the left and I will hook up with you to discuss which section you want to take part in. Or, you can just go wild and comment away the whole way through the Read-along! Join in, it’s going to be a good laugh.


Tomorrow Will be Kinder

I’ve been trying to write a post all day and for once the words just aren’t coming to me at all.

Normally I  have no issue accessing emotions to write about, but tomorrow I am facing the prospect of  saying a goodbye that I do not want to make.

So instead of writing I am going to listen and play this song for my family.