Release Day Launch + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Saving of Benjamin Chambers

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

We're excited to announce the release of The Saving of Benjamin Chambers, a Uni Files novella by Anna Bloom.  This tells the story of Ben and when he meets Lilah. You can read it before or after reading The Art of Letting Go.

The Uni-Files novels are NA/Adult British romantic comedies that will make you swoon, laugh and sigh.  The first book, The Art of Letting Go is now available.  The Saving of Benjamin Chambers releases December 4th.

The Art of Letting Go is FREE for December 4th only! 
Purchase Links:
The Art of Letting Go: The Uni Files - Year One (#1)
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The Art of Letting Go - Anna Bloom
The Uni Files: Year One- The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom

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 going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action. 

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.

As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.

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? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.

With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?

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The Saving of Benjamin Chambers - Anna Bloom
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TITLE: The Saving of Benjamin Chambers
(A Uni Files Short)
AUTHOR: Anna Bloom
GENRE: New Adult / Romance
RELEASE DATE: 4th December
PUBLISHERS: Soul Mate Publishing


Benjamin Chambers needs saving, he just does not know it yet. Bored of his life of repetitive gigs with a band going nowhere fast and one night stands with girls who are only interested in his role as a lead singer, something has got to change. It’s just what do you do when the only life you know involves messing around with guitars and attempting to run away from any female attention that comes your way.

Ben has a New Year’s resolution and one that he is determined to keep, quit the band and get a life of his own. Little does Ben realise that on his last night with his band Sound Box he is going to meet a girl who will turn everything he knows upside down. As Ben sets himself the challenge to find ‘The Girl’ again, he may be about to learn that in an effort to rescue her, he himself will be the one to be saved.

My Thoughts:
Benjamin Chambers would definitely make you fall in love again.
For sure, he would put other romantics to shame.

“That very moment gives me something completely different to live for her.”

It was a novella, so it was short but I loved how the title suited the book: The Saving of Benjamin Chambers – he was losing his passion, he was drifting apart with music but it was Lilah who saved him. Even when he just saw Lilah one time, he sought her and that seeking was one of the reasons he stayed in his band. He was saved to love his music again and to find his girl.

I really loved The Art of Letting Go, the Book 1 of this series. I loved how the heroine was so hilarious there – her hardships, how she chose what she should have done from the start, and of course, how she fell in love (and tried not to) at Benjamin Chambers. So for this novella, I expected fun and carefree characters, particularly, Ben Chambers; since this was his story. I had this stereotype that some musicians (particularly those in a band – since my neighbor’s a guitarist for a local band) stay up all-night for gigs, had girls then of course, get drunk (or pissed in English context). I was consumed that maybe that was what will happen; that Ben had girls on the side. But I was wrong.
How ironic that after Lilah made me laugh, Ben was the one with the drama?

Ben, I know you’re not vain but I’d happily do a double or triple or multiple take over you. You were so hot yet you did not put too much effort was just charming! But you made me swoon so much!
Benjamin Chambers was born a romantic – he was like this celibate, waiting for the right girl (I mean, is there still a guy who does that?) and of course, he was a loving son and brother – because we all know that his Dad left them.
But that was not all, Ben Chambers?
He was totally enamored to that girl.

It was such a sweet love story that showed the course of Ben’s journey of constant seeking and searching for Lilah. The author, Anna Bloom, had proven that like anyone was a fool in love; just like how she depicted Ben here. Ben was captivated by Lilah, he knew and felt Lilah was the one. Lilah was it for him.  And to be honest, it was rejuvenating how Ben perused Lilah. I just read loads of books wherein it was always the girl who seeks the guy; always the girl putting up the moves or the girl with a megaton of crush towards the guy. But in here, it was Ben. The thing was that, Lilah did not do anything. She just spoke at him and she could not even remember it! Yet Ben was so enthralled by her that he could not get her out of his mind. There was no effort on Lilah part, just her collected and frustrated self; but she still managed to capture Ben to her.

As for his band, they were the proof of the stereotype I had. Ben told how they met and knew each other. They were blunt and crass but it was welcomed because there was no offense taken. Plus, I was in awe how they measured their time through alcohol and cigarette butts (I just needed to share this because I think that was so awesome). But then, here was the moment wherein the saving should be done. It had been bothering Ben how he did not feel the same thing while he was on stage – he sort of mature and questioned himself. He was decided and he told his mates about it; because for him, being on stage was something tedious, just like a work.
How could he get back that euphoria he once felt?

He had a plan to just walk away and he was being enveloped by this sad vibe – like nothing was in place. Then he had that moment with Big Baz and the Gibson; it made the old Ben appear but it was not enough. But there were too many coincidences, in the form of Dave (thank you, Dave)…
It was love at first sight for Ben.
He got it bad. He knows she was engaged – but saw how unhappy she was.
Knight and shining armor? Caveman, who would claim what was his?
He knew that, she was it.
And he was (sort of) saved.

The flow of the story was just free-flowing and realistic. It was like: when a guy falls in love, he falls hard; and when he feels that person is the one, he would do anything to get that girl. The passion was getting there, the seeking was continuous, and he was becoming the irony: the old and the new Benjamin Chambers. He claimed the saying: “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Oh my gosh, Ben, how you seek for her. That was just wow! He was so determined and patient. I caught myself chanting: “OMG! OMG! OMG! THEY’LL MEET AGAIN!”
Days, weeks, months. That’s nothing.
Because he knew that everything and every wait was worth it.

It left me hungry for more Ben POV! I loved how he was so confident and charming on the outside but inside he was that caring and thriving guy. I loved how he was wrapped up with Lilah. And how he knew that Lilah was the one for him. That was the best thing ever! Benjamin Chambers, if it was not obvious, I love you so much! *still swooning*


Rating: 4.75 – 5 out of 5.
I was craving for more Ben Chambers.

Delilah, Lilah or whatever she is called is, standing over on the far side of the room, her back against the wall wearing a figure-hugging red, floor-length dress. Her dark hair and eyes stand out in contrast. She looks like a Forties movie star, all curves and perfect poise, watching everyone with a critical eye. She hates this place and she hates the people that are here, that is clear to me straight away.

I want to jump off the stage to get to her. I can’t tear my eyes away, even though Dave has picked up my guitar and shoved it back into my hands, hissing, “play, you idiot.”

I am walking to the front of the stage still staring when I notice that I am being watched but not by her.

Some guy who looks like a pretentious arsehole is watching me watch her and then he starts to move across the floor to get to her before I can leave the stage. I am stuck like a rabbit in headlights, rooted to the spot as I watch him clearly move towards her like he is proving he has ownership.

When he gets to her he pulls her in close and winds his hands around her waist. I have to physically restrain myself from leaping off the stage and punching him. That’s what I want to do, a deep urge burning inside me. Jump from the stage, bop him on the nose, hopefully causing significant blood loss, and then throw her over my shoulder and march her off with her someplace. Someplace where I can kiss her and talk to her, in no particular order. Then I may well ask her to marry me because I am pretty sure that I want to.

I don’t though, I don’t move from my spot on the edge of the stage. I start to play my guitar instead but not the song the rest of the band are expecting. Luckily it has a long intro so they are able to catch up.

As I start to sing ‘Wonderwall’ I watch as the banker wanker twirls her onto the dance floor.

It’s not a song for twirling, what is he doing the bloody arse?

She has her hands on his shoulders and her back to me but I can clearly see an enormous diamond ring sitting on her left hand from my spot quite a distance away on stage.

Damn it to hell.

I nearly stop singing, but I hold it together and as I head into the second verse my choice of song becomes even more appropriate.

The banker wanker pulls her in even tighter and I get a nasty taste in the back of my mouth. I am just in the middle of the chorus when they take a turn and I catch a glimpse of her face.

That’s what does it. That very moment gives me something completely different to live for.


She is biting her lower lip and the beautiful eyes are staring far away in the distance, framed by a frown. She looks like she would rather be anywhere then where she is right now. She looks lost, but on top of that she looks lonely and I feel a bubble of something well up inside me, something like joy. Joy at the fact that this guy holding her, who’s obviously bought her the ring, has no idea what she is feeling. I don’t think he has looked at her face once, not to read it the way that I am. This is good. It means that if I can get to talk to her again then I can make sure my words are the right ones, the ones to make her notice me, the ones to make her want to at least talk to me. And, well, if that fails then I will just crinkle my freckles at her, pick her up and throw her over my shoulder and march off with her hoping for the best.

I know that I will do anything to save her from whatever is causing her sadness and by doing that I have a feeling she will save me.

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Author Bio:

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 she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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