Category: Smoke and Shadows

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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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. spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler spoiler : : : : : : : : : 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 […]

Posted March 12, 2014
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Hope you’re all ready for Viktor and Marissa! Coming March 7, 2014!     Smoke and Shadows, Chapter 1 & 2 Blurb: When someone close to Viktor Baran becomes a target of an assassin, he vows a hellfire of a payback. But the enemy is cunning and avoids the trappings of the digital web, preferring to strike out from the shadows. Drawing on old-fashioned cloak and dagger methods to investigate the enemy’s hatred for the Guardians, he uncovers a link to a past he is reluctant to revisit. Eight years ago, Marissa Cole walked away from the man she loved. New to CIA black ops then, she was overwhelmed by the intensity of the man who would stop at nothing, no matter how ruthless, to get the job done. “Don’t get involved with the person you work with” has become her motto ever since—until a series of events throws her back into Viktor Baran’s world. Danger and mayhem are the perfect formula to reignite their passion, and Viktor has decided he’s done fighting his attraction to Marissa. He is determined to make her his. However, their road to a happily ever after is a bumpy one. Years on the job have […]

Posted February 23, 2014
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Not joking, the next book of the Guardians will bring plenty of characters. It would help if you’ve read the first two books. I’ll still have my glossary in the beginning. For character inspirations check my pinterest board.

Posted January 15, 2014
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I’ve started writing Smoke and Shadows—Viktor and Marissa’s book. It’s turning out to be an emotional one because Viktor’s backstory is very tragic. Anyway, it’s not all sadness because as I try to figure out how to write him—what he says isn’t exactly what’s going on in his mind and some of his thoughts are hilarious (and sarcastic). 😉 I’ve always had one casting in mind when I think of Viktor, check him out after the jump if you want. Blurb: Guardians are getting assassinated. When someone close to Viktor Baran becomes a target, it becomes extremely personal, and he vows a hellfire of a payback. But the enemy has avoided the trappings of the digital web and wisely employs a network of couriers to plan his strikes. With high-tech systems rendered useless, Viktor resorts to old-fashioned cloak and dagger methods to delve deeper into the root of his enemy’s hatred for the Guardians. What will happen when he uncovers a link to a past he is  reluctant to revisit? Eight years ago, Marissa Cole walked away from the man she loved. New to the CIA’s Clandestine Service then, she was overwhelmed by the intensity of the man who would […]

Posted October 10, 2013
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