Month: July 2014

Some clarifications: “It’s Always Been You”

Posted July 28, 2014 by Victoria in Always / 0 Comments

Just finished 5 chapters of rough draft of Always book#2. Gabe is a hot mess. 🙂

Now that “It’s Always Been You” has been out for a few weeks, I’ve been getting questions about Caitlin and her past. I’ll spoiler it below. If you have not read the book, you probably shouldn’t read past the spoiler lines.

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It’s been brought up in passing in the book. Now that I’ve seen some questions, in hindsight, I probably should have written more to explain this part.

In the rolling car meeting between Porter and Travis, Porter said specter agents are recruited at a young age from foster homes. This is so they have no link to a past, no identity at all. They’re “ghosts.” I guess with this in mind, I’ve projected on Caitlin into acceptance that she was raised in the CIA to have no identity, no past, no real friends or family except fellow specter agents who also, do not, technically exist.

Her life with Travis was the only one that was real, yet was still a lie in itself. This was something Travis had to accept and is the main message of the book. Travis LOVED Caitlin unconditionally, he will ALWAYS love her no matter what.

Caitlin can’t dig into her past because everything to do with her past is classified even Porter said he couldn’t divulge much about the specter agent program. With no memory, what can she really do? Caitlin was pragmatic enough to move forward, get everyone who wants a piece of her (except Travis once she began to trust him) off her back and move forward with the man she loves.

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Thank you, readers!

Thanks to everyone who has read my new book “It’s Always Been You.” Thank you for the awesome reviews! Many times I almost wanted to leave a comment on the review because I was so thrilled how the review captured exactly how I wanted the book to be perceived. But as a reader myself, I feel a review is really for another reader to make an informed decision whether to read a book or not. So I controlled my twitchy fingers and decided to thank everyone in this blog post. 🙂 I know the book didn’t work for some; I know my writing style is not for everyone. I’m so excited to start working on Gabe and Bee’s story. The plot is developing nicely and there’s nothing more exciting than to see connections snap into place. I’m finding that Travis and Caitlin’s characters were easier to write than our next couple. I’m not sure if you all noticed in book #1, but Bee doesn’t fit the “self-sacrificing, goody-two-shoes” mold. I discussed this with my friend about how Bee’s character may not be entirely likable. She flat out told me: “You don’t have to make her likable.” Which means I’m going […]

Posted July 23, 2014
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Always #2 Blurb and Teaser

I’ll put the teaser a couple of spaces down from the blurb for those who do not want to read any spoilers. Blurb: Beatrice Porter swore she would never fall in love with a man like her father. For years she watched her mother self-destruct in bitterness, married to someone who only lived for his job. Gabriel Sullivan was such a man—a Navy SEAL, a man who put duty and country above all else. Yet falling in love with him was inevitable. She thought their relationship could work until he’d left her one night with a broken heart and her pride in tatters. Three years later, he’s back and he wants a second chance. Having committed atrocities for the greater good, Gabe has nothing left but darkness inside him. The only flicker of light is the memory of Beatrice—a woman embedded so deeply under his skin. Winning her back won’t be easy for she has erected walls that only the toughest of SEALs can hope to scale. When Beatrice finds herself at the center of a deadly game, Gabe discovers the eerie similarities of the killer’s MO to a former assassin. A link to a past, a truth that may […]

Posted July 20, 2014
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Finding inspiration in the ..

    Before I wrote the first book in the Always series, I read a couple of non-fiction Navy SEAL accounts to gain an insight into the psyche of the planet’s greatest warriors. When we watch them in movies or television you’d think that was all Hollywood exaggeration depicting how strong and  unbreakable these soldiers are. Little did I know that when it comes to the SEALs, they are nothing short but real-life superheroes. I read Lone Survivor and watched the movie as well. It was hard. The four SEALs were outgunned and outnumbered against dozens of Taliban fighters. Riddled with bullets, and suffering from numerous fractures, their mental toughness and never-say-die spirit still took down a chunk of the enemy forces. However it was the book FEARLESS that left an indelible mark on me. It was about the life of DEVGRU (SEAL Team 6) operator Adam Brown. He passed the SEAL Team 6 selection process one-handed and with one eye (separate incidents injured his eye and gun hand—he had to relearn to shoot with his left hand). His struggle climbing out from hitting rock bottom because of drug abuse into becoming one of the most legendary operators of DEVGRU […]

Posted July 13, 2014
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The Always Series page

I’ve dedicated a page to the development of the Always series. I am so excited with the response. Also if you want to get some Facebook status updates please visit my newly revised Facebook Author Page. If you have liked my original page before, those likes have been lost. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you have any other questions about the series, feel free to email me. Also, I’m on Goodreads and I read a lot of alpha male romances. My favorite authors are Shay Savage, Karen Marie Moning, Kresley Cole, Kristen Ashley, Lisa Kleypas, Tessa Bailey, Julie James and many more. You can check out the books I’ve read, including my reviews. And if you are new to my website and a lover of alpha males, check out my post on: Fiction and the Evolution of the Alpha Male        

Posted July 12, 2014
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It’s Always Been You ..

Available on Amazon: It’s Always Been You Blurb: Former Navy SEAL Travis Blake is a rising star in the security business. In two short years, Blake Security Inc. has become highly sought after by the who’s who in Washington DC. But unbeknownst to many, Travis is haunted by the mysterious death of his wife three years before. He carries with him the guilt of not being there to protect the one person who meant everything to him. He has buried his wife, but his heart refuses to accept that the body six feet under is hers. His obsessive search for her leads him deep into the trenches of covert ops—and everything is not what it seems. Caitlin Kincaid has been on the run for a while. The sum of her memories began three years ago when she awakened with a broken arm and leg and a severe concussion. Hunted down by a secret group within the U.S. government, her companion persuades her to stay off the grid because of the standing kill order on their heads. One night, while fleeing assassins, she is left on the side of the road with a cryptic message: “It’s time for you to stop […]

Posted July 10, 2014
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