Claiming Victory: A Romantic Comedy

Victory Shackleford is 32 years old and still lives at home with her slightly eccentric father, despite his best efforts to get her married off. However, unbeknown to Tory, her comfortable humdrum existence is about to change as their house is rented out as a location shoot for the year’s biggest blockbuster movie. Especially as her madcap father appears to have set his match making sights on the lead actor who has just been voted the sexiest man on the planet…


Claiming Victory is a funny contemporary romantic comedy that will appeal to every woman who still believes fairy tales can come true…

Victory Shackleford is a spinster, or at least well on the way to becoming one. She is thirty two years old, still lives with her father – an eccentric retired Admiral, and the love of her life is a dog.
She thinks her father is reckless, irresponsible, and totally incapable of looking after himself. He thinks his daughter is a boring nagging harpy with no imagination or sense of adventure and what’s more, he’s determined to get her married off.
Unfortunately there’s no one in the picturesque yachting town of Dartmouth that Tory is remotely interested in, despite her father’s best efforts.
But all that is about to change when she discovers that her madcap father has rented out their house as a location shoot for the biggest blockbuster of the year. As cast and crew descend, Tory’s humdrum orderly existence is turned completely upside down, especially as the lead actor has just been voted the sexiest man on the planet…

Full of romantic humour, Claiming Victory is a must for fans of funny love stories – especially quirky British Romantic comedies.


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Beverley and her husband divide their time between a large flat overlooking the sea on the beautiful English Riviera (where it’s generally warm and wet) and an officer’s cabin on the west coast of Scotland (where it’s cold and wet).

Between them they have 3 children (2 grown up) and a menagerie of animals including 2 dogs (an Irish terrier called Nelson, plus a neurotic ‘Chorkie’ named PepĂ©) and two cats called Dillon and Honey.

Beverley spent 8 years teaching English as a Foreign Language to International Military Students in Britannia Royal Naval College which is the premier officer training establishment for the Royal Navy in the UK. She says that in the whole 8 years there was never a dull moment and many of her wonderful experiences at the College were not only memorable but were most definitely ‘the stuff of fiction’

An avid reader and writer since childhood, she always determined that on leaving she would write a book…

Beverley is currently writing a series of romantic comedies entitled The Dartmouth Diaries. Claiming Victory – Book One, and Sweet Victory – Book Two, are already available on Amazon. Book Three – All For Victory, is planned for publication sometime in the autumn of 2015.

You can contact Beverley via her website or Facebook;