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Monday, 29 October 2012

BTS Tours: Victoria Danann


The Witch's Dream, By Victoria Danann
The Order of the Black Swan #2

Genre: Adult Paranormal ROMANCE, Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: 7th House
Release Date: October 14, 2012


BOOK DESCRIPTION:

He was left behind when Elora Laiken made her choice. Now he’s had it with love, but a transplanted witch who happens to be the world’s best tracker hopes she can change his mind.

The Witch’s Dream begins with B Team on loan for temporary assignment to Black Swan headquarters in Edinburgh where they are supposed to fill in for stretched-thin resources and assist with a werewolf issue. They’ve been given permission to stop in Ireland for a few days and help Ram and Elora celebrate their handfasting at the palace in Derry.

When they reach Edinburgh, the afterglow of an elftale wedding quickly turns all business. A missing person report turns into a demon abduction. A simple werewolf sanction becomes a diplomatic issue requiring the one thing Elora is no longer willing to give - finesse. From New York to Ireland to Edinburgh to Siena to the Texas Hill Country to Napa Valley. From promises to rages to hunts to epiphanies.

This is a story that proves true love can find you when you’re least expecting it – even when you’re far, far from home.

Erotic quotient: A few steamy scenes. No menage. No BDSM.

ebook ISBN: 978-1-933320-56-4 
print    ISBN: 978-1-933320-63-2      

WORDS:  98,000
PAGES: 268 (5x 8 paperback)





EXCERPT 1:

When Kay’s bunch arrived it suddenly seemed as if the one hundred seventy five room palace on twelve thousand acres would not be nearly big enough. His family had migrated to South Texas in the nineteenth century and found it agreeably inhospitable. Berserkers enjoy a good challenge. So they founded an organization to clean up the mess, taking on rowdy itinerants who heartily embraced a get-it-done, no-rules philosophy and called it the Texas Rangers. Were it not for berserkers it seems unlikely that the frontier mix of Comanche, desperados, and javelina could have been subdued so relatively quickly and by so few.

Chaos Caelian, named such by his maternal grandmother as was her privilege in berserker society, was affectionately known as Kay. It was the nickname bestowed upon him by his teammate Rammel Hawking soon after they’d met. Ram had thought a knight named Kay – like the foster brother of King Arthur from Arthurian legend – was amusing. So Chaos became Sir Kay and it stuck. Even his own parents eventually began calling him Kay.

Yes. Everybody knew the near giant knight as Kay except for his three older sisters who refused to give up calling him Bubba, never letting him forget for a minute that he was the “baby” of the family. The four youngest Caelian children were close in age, only a year apart, and in familial ties. There was a much older brother, but he and their parents almost seemed to comprise a second family. The three preschool girls started out calling him “brother”, but the nickname quickly degenerated into Bubba and would not go away.

Their grandmother, sometimes called Evil Gran by those she had named, gave the girls similar hardships to bear. Having inherited the “sight” from her own grandmother, Evil Gran claimed she knew three girls were coming and set out to name them after the Norns; the three keepers of time according to Norse myth. Hence, they were named in order of linear time – past, present, and future: Urda, Verdandia, and Skulda. In a triumph of sibling camaraderie and conspiracy over custom, their names had morphed into something more suitable before they entered kindergarten. Urda became known as “Urz”, Verdandia as “Dandie” and Skulda did a triple twist into “Squoozie” which, odd as it was, seemed like a custom fit.

Elora had once heard Kay say that opening the door to his boyhood home was like going through the wardrobe to the land of “Nornia”.

The entire family resembled the popular perception of Vikings: tall, fair haired, fair skinned, with blue eyes, an abundance of athletic ability, and an indomitable desire to know where to plunder the best jewelry. Fortunately the family had accumulated multigenerational wealth in land, cattle, and oil in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century so the quest for jewelry did not require going a’viking as it was known in the old days. Kay’s sisters were content with the occasional plunder of Gump’s, Tiffany, and Cartier.

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Author Bio: 

For the past thirteen years, Victoria has illustrated and authored Seasons of the Witch calendars and planners.

Though works of fiction are a departure for her, she has had this series simmering on the back burner of her mind for years. In addition to authoring and illustrating Seasons of the Witch, she plays rock music and manages one of Houston's premier R&B/Variety/Pop bands.

This series will eventually include some of my actual experience in the paranormal with fictionalized anecdotes from my journals during the years when I was a practicing "metaphysician", but most of the material is fantasy - of course.


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Reviews!

My Familiar Stranger (Order of the Black Swan #1)

4 Stars

My Familiar Stranger is the story of Elora Laiken a seemingly ordinary female who is pushed into another dimension by her mentor. Lucky for Elora she lands in the confines of The Order of the Black Swan, an organization that deals with all things supernatural.

I found the overall idea for the story interesting, and rather refreshing. Danann has created a world in which supernatural creatures and the paranormal exists and works well. The characters are lovable - particular the irish elf, Ram - and grow on you rather quickly. The plot was easy to follow and the love triangle kept me on my toes, although I have to say I was routing for Ram the entire time. It was fun to watch the budding romance between him and Elora. They are so sweet and entertaining to watch, and yet extremely sexy at the same time. I have to say I found Baka hilarious and look forward to hearing more about him.

The only thing that distracted me from time to time was slice of information that felt unneeded at time, or had nothing to do with the main plot. But other than that I found My Familiar Stranger to be the right amount of actions, romance and humour.

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The Witch's Dream (Order of the Black Swan #2)

4 Stars

The Witch's Dream continues from where My Familiar Stranger finishes. It introduces a new plot with new supernatural characters, a new romance, and lots of weddings. The reader is able to continue enjoying the banter and relationship between Elora and Ram, while enjoying the introduction of a new love interest for the broken hearted Storm.

In the second instalment of the series we see the world opening up a little more as three more "supernatural" beings are introduced; a witch, incubus, and werewolf.

Yet again, Danann has written an interesting world - other dimensions included - that support a cast of interesting and believable characters who fit perfectly together. It was nice to see the continuation of the romance between book ones main characters  Elora and Ram, and wonderful to follow the growing attraction between both Storm and Lilith.

There was less action in this book and yet again I found myself distracted by information that was used to explain characters history, but the story lives up to the previous book and remains sweet and heartfelt. There is plenty of humour in this book along with romance, magic and heat.

I enjoyed reading the book just like I did My Familiar Stranger, and will definitely be reading the third book in the series, The Summoner's Tale.

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