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Ask Victoria! Reply

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Elizabeth Quincy Nix asks: What are the most important literary influences on your writing?

Dear Elizabeth –

Let me begin with a rant.

In the not too distant past this was THE question to be asked of an author (in my opinion). However, what is forming on the horizon is a tragic need to ask a different question altogether and that is… DO. YOU. READ? I believe that a writer should read at least fifty books for every one we write and we should be careful to insure that we are exercising and maintaining a healthy vocabulary by not making that a diet of contemporary fiction. At least some of those books should be classical or acclaimed literature. 

End of rant.

To answer your question, we are a mass of collective experiences. Perhaps every book I’ve ever read that was memorable has influenced my writing in some way. Some of that influence is no doubt retained on a subconscious level, but there are a few greats whose names come to mind.

If I had to name one work as THE greatest thing ever written, I wouldn’t hesitate to say that would be a play entitled Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (perhaps). I have loved it and every great send off  – like West Side Story – and looked forward to being able to incorporate the idea into my series, which is why the war between the elves and fae was introduced in Book 1, My Familiar Stranger.

As a three-year-old I wanted to hear Snow White every night.

I believe the thing I found most captivating about the story was Snow White’s indomitable optimism.

She was cast out of her home and thrown into a world that was completely unfamiliar, but she quickly found people to love/care for and a way to be happy in her new life. (Come to think of it…. Hmmmm.)

In mid childhood I read all the Bobbsey Twins books by Laura Lee Hope and must give her credit because my first works were Bobbsey Twins novels that would be called fan fiction today.

When I was around ten, my dad bought me the Scribner Classics. It was a beautiful collection  of books illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. I loved the stories, but they were written by men for boys. All except for The Arabian Nights. One of the tales – “The Talking Bird, The Singing Tree, and the Golden Water” – was about a princess who set out on an adventure to save her brothers. Finally. Given the state of modern day Persia, it is so ironic that such a feminist story originated from that ancient culture.

I spent time with science fiction as an adolescent. I learned to appreciate the Ray Bradbury’s short stories and I learned to resent Robert A Heinlein. What I got from science fiction was more the flavor of possibility – the unknown, than a particular author.

In my late twenties I returned to fiction just as Stephen King, who is my age, began to gain popularity. I was captivated by Salem’s Lot and entranced by Christine.

I spent the next several decades with non-fiction, which I highly recommend to young authors. You need something to write about.

When I returned to pleasure reading, I read everything Anne Rice wrote and always wished I had written Memnoch the Devil.

Five years ago, or so, I read A Hunger Like No Other, by Kresley Cole and realized that horror and romance could be successfully married if approached with humor and an understanding of what we really need that’s not possible in reality. I devoured the rest of the Immortals After Dark series and went on to read a lot of other paranormal romance, but nothing else rocked me until the Fever Series (first five books) by Karen Marie Moning. The series was complete when I found it so I was able to read it as one story and loved the concept.

There you have it. Credit where it’s due. Thanks Grimm Bros., Laura, Sheherazade, Ray, Uncle Stevie, Anne, Kresley, Karen, and, sigh, Will.

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YES! Victoria. There IS a quantum universe!

Alenna Meduna-Mahar asks:

I loved Gathering Storm and can’t wait for the next installments. Especially Aelsong and the Prince. I have one burning inquiry though. Which Storm was shot in the face? Was it a third storm? I originally thought it was going to have been Angel. I thought “Storm” ended up in Halcyon Dimension which was Angel’s Dimension, making Angel his placeholder for Halcyon (even though he didn’t need one). I’m a little confused and for some reason I have to understand everything. It is driving my brain crazy….Please Help!

Victoria:

Dear Alenna,

One of my favorite bloggers sent me an email to clarify some of the finer points of this story that involves multiple dimensions. I’m going to simply recreate our exchange here. This was my answer.

I know this is complicated.

Our Storm is in Loti Dimension.

The version of Storm who is mistakenly brought to Loti Dimension is from Halcyon Dimension.

Our Storm ends up in a third (unnamed) dimension, reaping the consequences of a version that took the same path as Angel.

The point was to say that there may be thousands of versions of ourselves experiencing an almost infinite range of results based on turns of fate that are tiny in the big picture. Have you ever had dreams that feel so real, in a situation where you don’t recognize the environment or the players? That is what prompted my desire to write this book – the suspicion that there are these other versions of ourselves, to which we are connected in a psychic way, that overlap the subconscious (and alternate) reality of our dreams.

If this is not a good enough explanation, I will take another run at it.

My blogger friend replied with a lovely summary arranged by bullet points. I replied to each with a bold red YES!

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HI Victoria,  It’s a fine explanation for me.

  • Placeholder Storm who is murdered by the young woman is in Dimension X and that is Where Black Swan Engle Storm ends up. This Dimension is also a location where the Loan Shark is and where the dead guy owes him money. YES
  • In Halcyon Angel Storm goes to his favorite bar which is the same as Hal Cyon’s bar.  He owes another version of the loan shark money but is absconded with to Loti as he is about to be beaten up. YES
  • In Loti they are missing Engle Storm and get Angel in his stead. YES

It is confusing and felt like a continuity error until I had your explanation.

It’s a Quantum Universe!

Thanks!

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Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Yes. Stay the hell away from “creative writing’ classes because nothing will kill your own embryonic art or creativity faster. (See the scene on writing a poem in the movie, “Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams.) It can’t be taught any more than someone can teach you to carry a tune. Either you can or you can’t. If you can, do it. If you can’t, move on to something else. It’s a big world. I’m not saying this to be mean. I’m never going to play guitar like Carlos Santana. The last time I tried to play Black Magic Woman my left hand seized up in muscle cramps for weeks. If that’s what happens to your brain when you try to write, keep looking until you find the thing you were born to do.

Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?

If you’re sure you have a book that’s as good or better than anything else out there, go Indie, and publish yourself. If you aren’t sure, come to my workshop in October at the first ever Indie Rom Con before you decide whether you want to go Indie or follow the traditional path to New York publishers.

 

If you ever have a question(s) you would like to get answered, please email me at blackswanjunkie@gmail.com  – Sarah

Review Spotlight! My Familiar Stranger by KrissyT 5

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From Amazon.com

Holy Moly did I love this book!, August 9, 2013

by KrissyT

This review is from: My Familiar Stranger – Romancing the Vampire Hunters (Black Swan 1) (Kindle Edition)

I did not expect much at all since this book was free and I did not know the author. Holy cow was I completely taken by surprise! I LOVE this book with all my heart. So sweet and funny. There were several times when I laughed out loud. You completely fall for the main characters. Storm = dreamy. Ram = so hilarious and Elora = I want to be her.

I am a huge fan of J.R Ward, Kresley Cole, and Karen Marie Moning and I feel like I am now going to be as huge a fan of Victoria Danann! Get this book people…it’s worth it!

Victoria’s Notes: I give this review 5*.

Here’s one of the reasons why I LOVE this review! If someone asked me to name MY three top PNR authors – other than myself, of course – THOSE are my top three !!! Naturally I am thrilled to be included in that elite company. (Table for four?) 

As to the comment about wanting to be Elora? Well, that’s what I was going for.

Thanks again KrissyT for writing a review – Sarah

Review Spotlight! Moonlight by psejg Reply

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From Amazon.com

Gripping Romantic Adventure!!, May 23, 2013

by psegj

This review is from: Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf (Black Swan 4) (Kindle Edition)

“What is this?” she asked, running her hand over the jacket. “Sheepskin.” She looked at him with genuine amusement. “So when you wear this, you’re literally a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

There are so many “Quotes” I Love in this book. This is one of my favorites. Victoria has pure genius. Her writing just draws you in. I sighed, cried, laughed out loud!!!! I sat on the edge of my seat. I was so entertained. I say Harry Potter look out because The Order of the Black Swan is here!!! I believe these are the books to read.

If you want adventure, suspense, Romance, Action, Dimension travel, Did I mention True Love!!!

I have been reading since I was 13 (41 years ago). I have read tens of thousands of books.  I have my favorite Authors. Truthfully Victoria is Now #1.

This book has a diverse set of personalities & characters!  Werewolves, Elves, Fae, Demons, Vampire, Berserkers, Witches, Lets not forget Knights. Hunky Knights at that!

Victoria grabs you from the 1st sentence to the last. I did not want to put it down! I have already read it twice, and no I did not miss anything because it is so gripping you just want to soak up every word!! Since reading this series I do not need Calgon to take me away anymore! Come join me in being a Forever Fan.

Thanks again psegj for writing a review! – Sarah

Review Spotlight! The Witch’s Dream by Nelta M 1

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From Amazon.com

“Great Paddy”, You’re Gonna Love It!, October 8, 2012

by Nelta M

This review is from: The Witch’s Dream – A Love Letter to Paranormal Romance (Black Swan 2) (Kindle Edition)

“The Witch’s Dream” is the 2nd book in Victoria Danann’s Order of the Black Swan series…I would suggest reading “My Familiar Stranger” prior to reading “The Witch’s Dream” to have a better understanding of the characters and storyline ….The second in the series continues and evolves with the same characters you grew to love and introduces you to new characters that only enhance the journey of Bad Company and will surely delight us in the next book….Ms. Danann’s style captivates and brings you along for the ride. You find yourself laughing, giggling, holding your breath, and  drawn into the lives of the characters.  You are caught up in the hot and sexy world of vamps, elves, witches, demons, aliens and werewolves . It’s quite the combination and it works …

I thoroughly enjoyed reading both of the books in this series and can not wait to see what Ms Danann has in store for us next.

Victoria’s Notes:

Sarah chose this review to post today and I’m glad she did. It’s special to me, not just because of what it says, but because of who wrote it. Nelta was what I would call an early enthusiast. She was a Black Swan Street Team member before I’d every heard of street teams. Plus, if I was giving a prize for BEST REVIEW TITLE EVER!!!, this would definitely be it. Thank you for the support and encouragement and for helping me to believe that a few sales wasn’t a fluke.

 

 

Thanks again Nelta M for writing a review! – Sarah

Ask Victoria 3

Who is your favorite character?

I’ve made it no secret that Sir Rammel Hawking is my favorite. And he knows it. He uses it ito his advantage to manipulate me all the time. I can’t resist a beautiful, pointy eared, death-by-sex-appeal Irishman as well as a talented musician. Add his tireless sense of humor and I’m completely in love. He is in every book and probably always will be. One person recently told me that, if action figures of my characters ever come out, she wants to place a preorder for Ram. I have to agree with her. Because this saga has a lot of balls in the air (pun not intended, I swear). Ram is on the zigzag path of a hero’s journey in a classical sense. Add to that the fact that he is drop dead sex and a one-woman elf and, really, what more could you want? (3/9/2013)

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Victoria’s Postscript:

Well, really, I couldn’t want anything more. That must mean Ram is pretty close to my ideal male.

 

 

If you ever have a question(s) you would like to get answered, please email me at blackswanjunkie@gmail.com  – Sarah

Ask Victoria! 2

What genres do you enjoy?

When I became enamored with paranormal romance – the result of reading A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole – I spent two years reading every PNR that had enjoyed any success so that I would know what had already been done and wouldn’t repeat it. You can’t create something unique without knowing what’s out there. (February 2013)

Victoria’s Postscript:

Since I answered that question in February of 2013, I have come to enjoy New Adult sometimes: Thoughtless Trilogy by S.C. Stephens, Real by Katy Evans. My guilty pleasure is biker porn like Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde. These biker books are the antithesis of everything I have stood for as a feminist and yet I’m as hypnotized as if they were coiled rattlesnakes. (7/23/2013)

If you ever have a question(s) you would like to get answered, please email me at blackswanjunkie@gmail.com  – Sarah

Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves FEATURE & GIVEAWAY 9

Tristan's Lyceum Wolves Cover-KymGrossoVery pleased to present the latest release from my friend and colleague, Kym Grosso. This is the third book in the Immortals of New Orleans series and the one I’ve been pushing her for. I argued with her about cover choice, but have to admit – when seeing the final copy – I was wrong. The cover is perfect. – Victoria

TRISTAN’S LYCEUM WOLVES

IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS BOOK 3

Kym Grosso

An erotic paranormal romance…

Charismatic and powerful Lyceum Wolves’ Alpha, Tristan Livingston, is out for revenge after a devastating attack on his pack. Not only did he survive a building collapse, he orchestrated the rebuild of his chic, state-of-the-art nightclub within a week. Determined to mete out justice, he rescues a beautiful witness who may be the key to helping him find the perpetrators.

Dr. Kalli Williams, dedicated veterinarian, is hiding a secret that endangers not only her own life but the lives of wolves across the country. After being tortured by a savage vampire, she’s reluctantly agrees to help the sexy Alpha in his quest to identify suspects; ones who’d kill her on the spot if they knew she existed. As Kalli places herself in the hands of the dominant wolf, she soon finds she wants nothing more than to submit.

Tristan, committed to ruling his pack as a lone wolf, is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious and enticing woman, who seems more than human, but not quite supernatural. As he discovers her secret, he teaches her the meaning of trust, helping her learn how to be true to her nature. After living a lifetime alone, will he succumb to the visceral need to claim her, acknowledging the soul binding connection between an Alpha and his mate? And will he prevail against the menacing enemy who threatens to destroy Lyceum Wolves?

Giveaway at each stop is winner’s choice of ebooks for any of the three books In the Immortals of New Orleans series (Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves, Luca’s Magic Embrace,  Kade’s Dark Embrace)

 

 

About the Author:  Kym Grosso is the author of the erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. Both of her novels, Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1) and Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), are currently available via Amazon, digitally and in print. Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves is scheduled for release on April 1, 2013.

In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She writes autism articles on PsychologyToday.com and AutismInRealLife.com. She also is a contributing essay author in the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog, cat and guinea pig. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains. On any given night, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KymGrossoBooks

Twitter: @KymGrosso

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5785692.Kym_Grosso

My Autism Website: http://www.AutismInRealLife.com