Month: March 2018

I have a Newsletter!

Posted March 21, 2018 by Victoria in Newsletter / 0 Comments

I thought I’d have a few reviews for you all by now, but my reading streak hasn’t been good. Some books that I’d anticipated turned flat. I only post about books that are 3.5 stars or more to keep this site positive!

Anyway, I’m working on a list of my all-time favorite alpha males. Also, I know I tend to disappear into my writing world. That ends now! I’d love to keep in touch with readers if only to chat about books.

I’ve launched the sign-up for my Newsletter. I plan to publish one a month or at least every quarter. I will also have fun giveaways for every newsletter which could be Amazon gift cards up to $50. Who wouldn’t want more books, right?


Review: High Voltage

Posted March 7, 2018 by Victoria in 2018-Reviews, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

I was excited for this book, so I pre-ordered and woke up early (5:30 am) and skipped my workout to to read it. LoL!
I’m really torn on how to rate it. The first 30%, I wasn’t too optimistic that I was going to like this installment. I felt there was too much internal monologue—and it could be a personal thing, because I’m not a fan of this. But then the book picked up and I couldn’t put it down. I did stumble some along the way. The interruption of one chapter shifting to a different scene when there was anticipation of action at the end of the previous one somehow messed with the momentum. Also, I felt Dani and Ryodan’s relationship jumped to a declaration of love too fast, I was taken aback. If Ryodan wasn’t such a badass, I would have thought it was too emo-boy and sort of out of character. However, I was thrilled with Dani’s transformation to her ultimate potential. I thought that storyline went very well.
So, I would say 3 stars for 50% and then 5 stars for the rest for a 4 star average rating.
What I didn’t like:
Highlight for spoiler: * The reason I love this series is because I’m intrigued by the nine. For them to be missing for 30% of the book was disappointing especially when nothing was really happening. *End Spoiler*

This series is not finished. There’s still a war brewing. We do get closure with Dani and Ryodan’s relationship arc, unless something else happens in future books.


On Writing Captive Lies

Posted March 5, 2018 by Victoria in Author Ramblings, Fire and Ice, Misty Grove, Smoke and Shadows / 1 Comment

Captive Lies was a “turning point” book. I wanted to explore my writing voice, to see where I could improve and to figure out what could be holding me back. I have always written what I wanted which was why quitting my day job wasn’t in my immediate future. 😉

Let me backtrack a bit. Writing Fire & Ice started out as an accident. I’d been reading about amazing alpha male heroes but they were always getting paired with doormat heroines and I got frustrated. Out of that frustration, I wrote the first five chapters of F&I and sent it to my friend and forgot about it. A couple of weeks later, she emailed me back and asked me where the rest of the manuscript was. And I thought, really? Someone wanted to read it? I went ahead plotting and writing the rest of it, googling editors and sending it off to one I found. No way was I publishing unedited work. I got good feedback as well as critique. I had a male editor, and he thought Jack was a wooden character, but he liked Maia and my plot was well-paced. Made some adjustments and the rest, as they say, was history.

I’ve always liked to tinker with a character’s story arc, but I noticed I always followed what was the “trend.” I’ve ventured into dark and twisty with Deadly Obsession, but that hesitation to go darker than I was comfortable with curtailed some of its storyline. Don’t get me wrong, I loved how it turned out, but I knew I could have explored it more, but would I be writing “me?”

Then I wrote the alpha-hole that was Matt in Saving Grace. Could I have made him more of an asshole or did I hesitate because I didn’t want readers to hate him so much? Or maybe his arc was a bit too contrived? Maybe a bit, but that was where my editor and betas came in and I think he’s still an asshole but he’s my lovable asshole. 😉

I was learning throughout my writing journey, but I wasn’t exactly sure what I was learning.

Makes sense?

Then came clarity.

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