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Monday – My Familiar Stranger
Tuesday – The Witch’s Dream
Wednesday – A Summoner’s Tale
Thursday – Moonlight
Friday – Gathering Storm
Saturday – A Tale of Two Kingdoms
Sunday – VICTORIA TAKES OVER 3-6pm Eastern Daylight Time
Victoria will be guest starring on this Facebook blogpage all day! Stop in and say hello if you get a chance. It’ll be lots of fun. -Judy
Victoria is busily writing, and we’re happily (some more happily than others) waiting. I thought it would be fun to take advantage of her distraction and let her characters run loose while she was looking the other way. This game is simple. Her characters planned to go on vacation, but it all got mixed up! Just take two characters, picked from your birth month and your birth date, on a trip, based on the color you’re wearing, and create a story complete with how they were dressed based on the first letter of your last name. Be sure and leave your tale of the escapade in the comments. I can’t wait to see what comes up! Huge thanks to my co-worker, Sarah, for helping to dream up some of these ideas!
Every Monday, we’ll post a new question for our fans to answer on our Facebook page. You’ll have until Thursday noon of each week to answer the question. A winner will be chosen from a variety of methods (whichever works best that week), and we’ll feature both the answer and the identity of the winner as the Fan of the Week! The winner will receive a keychain and bookmarks from Victoria Danann. You can enter as many weeks as it takes to win, but you can only win once.
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Best book yet! by Lady M.C. on September 19, 2013
“Gathering Storm” I was speechless for a long time after I finish reading. I laughed so hard (I almost did not make it to the little girl’s room), I cried, I was shocked and sad, all these emotions left me speechless.
The story picks up where Moonlight left off, and if I start telling you about it, I’ll get excited and ruin the story for you!
I first read “My Familiar Stranger” earlier this year and I was hooked, Ms. Danann has this ability to write a story that when you read her books you are not reading, you are actually living the whole adventure! The way it transports you wherever the characters go is unbelievable, I actually think I get a full workout while reading any of the “Black Swan Series” Books.
When the next book comes out I will have confirm that Ms. Danann is in fact out of this world! As I am sure it will be as good if not better than what I have read!
If you have not read any of the “Black Swan Series” you need to go to the beginning follow the links below:
The First 3 books “My Familiar Stranger” “The Witch’s Dream” and “A Summoner’s Tale” are in a collected pack here!
And “Moonlight” you can get here!
Thank you Ms. Danann! Your books definitely deserve more than 5 stars!
Thank you for the review Lady M.C.! We appreciate it! – Sarah
Have you ever been happily enjoying a promising book – you’re buying the plot, you’re relating to the characters, you’ve successfully escaped your real life – only to be slammed back to reality by a glaring (and usually senseless) error? Like all authors, I’m a reader as well and have my personal peeves.
Today I’m posting some of my top picks for worst book mistakes (no titles, no author names). Please believe me, there have been hundreds. This is just a tiny sampling and don’t think they all came from non-edited or self-published books. Oh contraire!
5. “Open ten a.m. to twelve p.m.” – I think the author meant to say twelve a.m. and not that the establishment was open for only two hours out of twenty four.
4. “Chock it up” – The phrase is “chalk it up“. It’s a reference to writing something noteworthy on a blackboard with CHALK.
3. “Faithful journey“. – Although that is entirely possible, within the context referenced the author meant to say “fateful journey“. If the writer doesn’t know the difference, I know what to say about that, but will refrain from saying it.
2. “Fire in the hold“. Although there may have been fires in ships’ holds from time to time, as there have been fires in barns, theaters and outhouses, the phrase “fire in the hole” originated with cannon fire as a warning to clear away after the fuse was lit.
1. AND THE WINNER IS… Fred Flinstone. The author, intending this reference to be a running gag, made this mistake a whopping NINE times in this book. Tragically, the author missed the tongue-in-cheek joke behind Flintstone‘s name.
Flint is a hard, sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz, categorized as a variety of chert. It occurs chiefly as nodules and masses in sedimentary rocks, such as chalks and limestones. When struck, flint fractures like glass. Flint is one of the hardest materials, close behind diamond. It takes a razor sharp edge, so is ideal for tools and weapons.
CALLING THE LIBRARY POLICE…
In an effort to practice the Golden Rule, I used to contact other authors and let them know if I found an editing issue, but I stopped the practice when I learned it wasn’t accepted as intended – as a good will gesture. As for myself, please! If you ever find an error in one of my books, let me know so that I can upload a corrected version. I would rather be embarrassed and right, then ignorant and wrong. Sincerely, Victoria
This series is securely grounded in an elaborately crafted context that transfers seamlessly from the imagination of the writer to the consciousness of the reader!! The storyline and characters are fantastic.. As fantasy demands. But, beneath it all are the truths that bind reality to the journey… Like. Love is gift..life has no guarantees. To live life to the fullest is always risky and family is the core.
Danann is a gifted writer. I salute the metaphoric virus of the vampire and its real world cousin drug addiction. If only we had a world wide order to bring our citizens home to themselves!!
These books create a structure for reflection that resonates with excited insight.
You need to add more Stars for this one!, July 24, 2013
This review is from: A Summoner’s Tale: The Vampire’s Confessor (The Order of the Black Swan, Vol. 3)
This is the third book in the Order of the Black Swan. Again, I must stress it is best to read them in order.
I think this might be my favourite one so far, and I loved the others. Perhaps I would give this one 5 stars plus. The story had me at the edge of my seat for most of the book. Both Baka and Elora had me biting my nails and frequently in tears. I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned Blackie in my reviews of the previous books. I suppose there are just so many wonderful characters and events in each book that it is hard to cover them all without spoilers. And I don’t want anything to spoil your experience of these books. That said, Blackie plays a very important part in this story. It will make you hug your dog even more and if you don’t have a dog, this might make you go out and adopt one.
There are also so many unforgettable images in this book; the snow falling in an Irish forest, the howl of wolves, an infant’s cry. This is a book about love, loyalty, and sacrifice. There are so many examples of incredible bravery in this story both human and nonhuman. A Summoner’s Tale is darker than the others in the series but is not without humour. We are now aware of what can be lost and how fragile existence can be. Your whole life can change in an instant. Perhaps because it is darker, the joys are even deeper.
One final thing, NEVER FORGET YOUR CELL PHONE.
This is simply one of my favorite reviews EVER. This reader is also a writer, but most importantly she expressed the exact sentiments I hoped would be the “take aways” when I was plotting and writing the book. How gratifying is that? It’s priceless.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that A Summoner’s Tale is special to me, the book that I shall always consider to be my masterpiece. And Ellen has named most of the reasons why. I can’t give this reader a prize, but I can share her thoughts with you.
Thanks again Ellen for writing a review! – Sarah
Here’s the link to the Moonlight Pre-Release Party TODAY!! http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=64474
Starts at 1 Eastern, 12 Central, 11 Mountain, 10 Pacific. I will stay on until around 7pm Central.