Blog Tour: A Virtual Affair by Tracie Podger



Do you know what hope smells like?

It’s a combination of the sea, of exposed seaweed and salty air.

Of wet sand on a winter’s day.

Jayne was mid forties when she experienced the worst and the best times of her life.

She fell in love, so desperately in love.

She lost everything overnight.

But no matter how bad life gets, how far down that dark tunnel you are, there is always a glimmer of hope.

From her dream house in Kent, via the nuthouse, and eventually to a cottage in Cornwall, Jayne takes a journey that is to wound, to destroy, and eventually heal her.

This is a story of one woman’s quest to find herself, and learn to love herself again.

Contemporary Romance for readers over the age of 18.

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Do you know what hope smells like? Let me tell you…

First, I have to explain where I am. At the bottom of my small garden is a gate. A plain wooden gate that needs one hinge fixed. Beyond the gate are a few steps carved into a grassy bank. It’s down those steps that you can reach the beach.

The Atlantic ocean pounds the centuries old cliffs, the rugged shards of black rock snake their way into the sea and the course yellow sand whips around my feet. I breathe in deeply. The smell of exposed seaweed and salty air fill my senses. That is what hope smells likes.

For a long time there had been no hope. I was at the bottom of a well, in the worst place I could be. I couldn’t see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. I felt nothing but sorrow and sadness. And pain, so much pain. It has been a long journey but I need to take you back a couple of years, not quite to the beginning but to a pivotal point in my life. A time when I thought everything was going to be okay, when I thought my life was turning around. A time when I had plans and I believed I had the future I longed for. But I was wrong. It’s only now that I have hope.

And what am I hoping for? A reply to an email I have just sent.


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Reviewer comments

“This story is not only powerful and inspiring to those of us battling depression it also gives a message to woman living a loveless and lifeless marriage. Most importantly it gives strength and hope that with the right care we can control and keep fighting against depression.” A Parkins

“Beautiful, heartbreaking, intense and heart in mouth moments describe my experience with this book.” R Nicholson

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About the Author

Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.

Available from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo & Nook

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Fallen Angel, Part 2

Fallen Angel, Part 3

Fallen Angel, Part 4

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A Virtual Affair

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Rocco: The Missing Years

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Beyond Books FIVE Star Review

Do you know what hope smells like? Poignant words.

Jayne’s story could apply to anyone you know. Or it could be you. At the beginning I couldn’t understand why this forty something woman would put up with the life she had, the pigheaded husband who treated her like a housemaid on less than minimum wage while he lead the life of Riley with a string of mistresses. The bratty daughter who treated her mum like a slave and was daddies little princess, God I wanted to slap her. But then, I realised, most of us put up with things others wouldn’t for a quiet life.

A holiday in the Maldives with her best friend Carla results in her meeting the handsome Dane, Stefan. He’s also very married although like Jayne, not happily. They begin an affair, A Virtual Affair of the title, conducted through emails. Alas, something happens that has Stefan pulling away with a sharply written letter leaving Jayne to lick her wounds. She blames herself. Not just for things with Stefan but with her own marriage and how her daughter behaves. Eventually she reconnects with Stefan and they spend an idyllic few days together. Her behaviour is understandable but as an outsider looking in, I was giving her a virtual shake and screaming don’t lay down and take it. But this is a woman with an underlying illness. An illness that doesn’t come to the surface until the ultimate tragedy occurs. I’ve never known anyone to suffer so badly with depression that they’ve been institutionalised. My naive vision was always something akin to a horror movie but the description by Tracie is somewhere calm & serene with a great support network. I hope this is a reality. But I digress, Jaynes time in the ‘nuthouse’ is a long fought battle through a fog to the surface. This part of the story was an eye opener and gave me a better understanding of depression sufferers.

The rest of the story about Jayne learning to love herself, moving on and reconnecting with loved ones is all part of the recovery process and I thank a higher power that I’ve never had to go through it myself. It gave me huge amounts of respect for those who battle through and come out smiling the other side.

A Virtual Affair will make you cry and laugh, want to put the kettle on, book holidays in the Maldives and Cornwall and give your kids a hug. Mostly it will give you an insight into how depression can sneak up on you and the strength it takes fight this illness. If you read no other book this year and want something that touches your soul, put the kettle on and take to a comfy chair with A Virtual Affair, you won’t be able to put it down until The End.

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