A hearty welcome to Victoria Vane. (Leave a comment before midnight EST Friday 15th to qualify to win an ebook from Victoria).
Thanks so much for having me, Anna!
Where were you born, Victoria? Although I have lived in the south all of my adult life, I was born in Bangor, Maine. Most of my extended family are from the northern part of Maine along the Canadian border.
What do you like most about where you live now?
Over the past thirty years, I have lived in south Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia and now north Florida (due to my father-in-law’s stroke last February) but I am a South Carolinian at heart! I love the climate, the topography and the friendly people.
What’s your favorite season? I have always preferred autumn.
Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?
I was involved in advanced diagnostic medical imaging for 18 years. I helped to pioneer CT scanning of the heart as well as 3-D imaging in my hospital system, but left that career to pursue writing full time.
Do you have any hobbies? Anything related to horses. I have loved them all of my life. I have owned thirteen and used to train and show them. I also taught all of my family to ride. These days I only own one, a sweet Arabian gelding named Princeton.
What is your feeling about social media?
I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I love being connected to so many people but it’s also such a huge time suck.
Tell us something you are really proud of.
I’m very proud of anything I create and love that my stories are unique only to me.
Can you confide something you wish you were better at?
I can’t read music. I have tried several times to learn but am just not able to process it. Very frustrating! I learned to play guitar and Celtic harp but only by ear.
Music is a brick wall for me too! What do you enjoy most/least about being a published author?
I love the creative process but hate all the promotion that’s required. It’s another necessary evil.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I try to brainstorm. If that fails, I try to sleep as my subconscious is where all my stories come from.
To what do you attribute your success as a writer? Very hard work and determination, and I always try to be fresh and original. My goal is always to deliver the unexpected in my stories.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
I never know what will inspire me! It’s usually something I read that has captured my interest.
Tell us about your latest release.
I have begun 2016 with a bang! December 28th was the release of my first ever holiday novella, A COWBOY’S MIDNIGHT KISS in the RING IN A COWBOY anthology. I then followed up with my first ever Regency romance, THE REDEMPTION OF JULIAN PRICE in the ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS ANTHOLOGY. Lastly, my HOTEL RODEO hot contemporary series launches on January 19th. And coming soon, PASSIONATE PROMISES:An Embracing Romance Anthology.
Do you enjoy writing series?
I love series writing! To date, I’ve published three series in two genres and have at least two more planned. THE DEVIL DEVERE is a hot Georgian era historical series that is comprised of six books and counting. HOT COWBOY NIGHTS is a four book contemporary series set in Montana and Wyoming. HOTEL RODEO is a romantic comedy series set in contemporary Las Vegas. The first three books are finished and I have five more planned. THE WOLVES OF BRITTANY is an early medieval/Viking series that I started as part of the De Wolfe Pack Kindle World. I hope to add two more books to it later this year. Lastly, I am working on a brand new Georgian era historical series called THE DEMOMONDE DIARIES that’s based on the lives of four real women.
I hope you will enjoy this brief except from my January 4th historical release, THE REDEMPTION OF JULIAN PRICE (from the ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS anthology.
Dressed in her habit, Henrietta went in search of Julian. Failing to find either he or Harry at breakfast, she then sought them out in the library, fearing the worst. Last night, Julian had taken Harry out to the Powis Arms. She’d heard them stumbling back into the house close to dawn. To no surprise, she found them both slumped unconscious in the pair of wingback chairs in front of the hearth. Their cravats and waistcoats were discarded, and the floor was littered with a deck of playing cards and several empty bottles of port.
Her gaze lit with tenderness on Julian’s beard-shadowed face. His dark hair was too long, and he was in want of a shave. Coupled with the dark rings under his eyes, he looked far more highwayman or gaming hall habitué than war hero. How careless he’d become of both his appearance and his reputation since selling his commission. She’d hoped to ride with him, but by the look of things, it was doubtful he’d even be able to sit a horse. The fact that he drank overmuch and slept too late filled her with grave concern.
If possible, Harry looked even worse for wear. She approached her brother, nudging his shoulder with two fingers. “Harry, you must wake up!”
Other than an unintelligible oath, he remained dead to the world. Henrietta murmured an oath of her own, drew back her foot, and landed a sold kick to her brother’s shin.
“Beelzebub!” Harry started awake. He blinked twice before finding focus on her face. “Henrietta? Why the devil are you assaulting me?”
“I’m saving your skin,” she said. “Have you forgotten that you were to take Mama to Lady Brightmore’s this morning?”
“Damnation!” Harry groaned. “Why can’t they do all this bridal nonsense without me? Jules and I were to go and look at a new hunter today.”
“Come now, Harry,” she chided. “How will it look to Penelope if she finds out you placed the acquisition of a new horse above her? I daresay you would then have no wedding to grumble about.”
“Problem solved,” Julian chimed in with a shameless grin. “And a new hunter to boot.”
“Julian!” Henrietta admonished her brother’s cohort with a warning look.
“But what do I know of flowers, etiquette, or wedding breakfasts?” Harry whined.
“You need know nothing. And you need say nothing,” she advised. “Indeed, I strongly counsel you to withhold any opinions on anything whatsoever, but as the groom, you will be expected to smile and nod and display at least a modicum of interest in your forthcoming nuptials.”
“Pray forgive me, Jules,” Harry said. “The whole thing completely slipped my mind. Could you perhaps accompany me tomorrow? You know what a pitiful judge of horseflesh I am.”
“So sorry, ol’ chap,” Julian replied. “I have pressing business in London. I must return today.”
“Can it not wait a day or two?” Harry begged.
Julian flushed. “I fear not. My reputation is at stake . . or what little remains of it.”
“What do you mean?” Henrietta asked, at once anxious. What awaited him in London? Had he fallen in with bad company?
“It’s nothing I can’t manage,” Julian dismissed her concern with a wave of his hand.
“But you will return in time to stand up with me, won’t you?” Harry asked, oblivious to all but his own concerns.
“Of course,” Julian replied. “And I’ll be certain to bring a loaded pistol.”
“A pistol? Whatever for?” Harry asked.
“I shall use it as inducement should you experience cold feet before repeating your vows . . . and gift it to you afterward in the event you suffer remorse and wish to turn it upon yourself.
Victoria Vane is a #1 bestselling award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations including: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (Slow Hand), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best Ebook Romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.
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