The next Guardians book

Thanks to everyone who have read Smoke and Shadows. No, this won’t be the last Guardians book. After I write the first book in the Always series, I’m going to write the next Guardians book, which will most likely be Stan Morgan’s. Hmm…don’t think some of our guys will be too thrilled about it. ;)

Anyway, some readers were not too happy with Marissa with her actions in the end. I wish blog posting will allow me to put spoiler tags, so if you have not read the book and plan to, do not read past this spoiler warning.

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Our dear Marissa suffered from a mild case of PTSD. She recognized the symptoms and had to walk away from the trigger, which was Viktor, in order to fix herself. I did not want to term it as such because that would open a whole can of worms on how to deal with the disorder. So I showed her symptoms through Viktor’s eyes. The CIA have shrinks for this, but I didn’t want to go through all her therapy sessions either. Her one mistake, once she’d dealt with it, she didn’t know how to face Viktor again. These spooks don’t have girlfriends who they can have normal conversations with regarding their own problems. They’re out there making sure the country is safe at the expense of their personal life. So the regular support infrastructure was not there. I know Allison was there, but even Marissa didn’t confide in her that she nearly got raped. She was a team lead, she didn’t want to show weakness.

Luckily, our man Viktor, having been in this kind of life for a long time, recognized the signs of PTSD and gave her time to come to terms with her anger and fears. Then he stepped in and took over as only an alpha male would do. ;)

* I’m learning to straddle the line between giving the readers too much or too little information. I think I wasn’t able to properly convey what exactly happened here. I’m figuring out the ways of showing and telling and I’m learning with each book!

About Victoria Paige

Author, Fire and Ice
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2 Responses to The next Guardians book

  1. Sue says:

    Victoria, I really love the Guardian series and I am glad to read that it will make a return after your new series’ first book is published. Thanks for that extra explanation about Marissa’s actions near the end of Smoke and Shadows and helping your readers have a further understand of the characters and plot in your books. I appreciate all the information on your website about your stories, especially the freebies. I hope an epilogue to Smoke and Shadows will appear soon. :)

  2. Thanks, Sue! I welcome feedback! Sometimes explanations of certain character action interrupt the flow of the book, so I tend to leave them to the reader’s imagination. I did have more than one friend ask me about Marissa’s actions in the end so I thought it was best to write a blog post about it for readers who are interested in more information. I’m done with the first draft in the Always series, so it’s about this time when I shift gears to write the extended epilogue and revisit Viktor and Marissa. :)

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