Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!
With us today is Romance Author, Victoria Allen.
Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words …
Romance … lasts – romance can take many forms, but if it’s always there, there’s always love.
Spring … renewal, freshness, light
The 80s … family time – kids growing up
Karma … can bite you in the rear so watch it! *g*
Iron Man … whew! Hot!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any young ones running around?
I live in south-central Pennsylvania, less than a hundred miles from where my ancestors settled here in 1741. I’ve been married for forty years to a wonderful guy (yes, I’m older than dirt) and we’ve raised four wonderful kids who are scattered to the four corners of the nation (PA, WA, FLA, TX). We now live with our eldest in a three-generation house so, yes, little ones running around. It makes for interesting times – and story fodder! *g*
What is the most devilish thing you’ve ever done?
Oh my… hmmm…. Probably calling my sister in Minnesota one time and asking her what she was making for dinner. When she told me, I jokingly said “I’ll be right over” – which we do a lot with each other – then I knocked on her door. (a surprise visit arranged with her husband). Her shock was hilarious.
Name one quirk you have.
I’m almost obsessively organized with my books – catalogued, arranged by subject/author (yes, I have a library science degree! LOL)
What is your favorite junk food?
Homemade potato chips. So much better than store bought.
What is your favorite meal that you wish you could eat at least three times a week?
Grilled lobster/scallops with seared potatoes and zucchini/greenbean/carrot mix. Yum.
What five items do you take everywhere with you – besides cell phone, keys and purse/wallet?
A small set of screwdrivers, blade and tape measure (small toolkit), inhaler, calendar, sewing kit, snacks.
If we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
Depends on whether you’re gluten intolerant. Either a pasta dish like seafood fettucini or lasagna, or go grilling with veggies, chicken, potatoes.
What is your favorite TV Show?
Split between Once Upon a Time and NCIS. Or Dr. Who…. *g*
Have you ever thrown a book you’ve been reading against the wall because you couldn’t finish it?
Yep. Several times.
What three words best describe you?
Steady, reliable, responsible.
Where have you traveled that you’d love to return? What made it so special the first time?
Washington state last year to see my youngest get married. Would love to go back to see more of that amazing state.
If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
Hilo Hawaii. Have never been there and would love to see it.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Sandra Hill, Tracy Madison, Linnea Sinclair, David Eddings, so many more…
Who/What are you currently reading?
Sandra Hill’s “Snow on the Bayou” (to be pubbed Aug 2014)
Did you always want to be an author?
Yep. From the time I could hold a crayon in my stubby fingers.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Finding time. Always have ideas, always have characters… but time? That’s the challenge.
No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
Anywhere and everywhere. Just look around and ask “What if…?” Life is my inspiration. It can be something as simple as a line in a news story, something heard on the street, a dream, the grandkids imagination…
Coming and Going:
I am one of those fortunate people who gets to enjoy all aspects of the publishing world. First, I’m a writer. I get to create characters, worlds, situations and form them into a coherent story that, hopefully, others enjoy.
In addition to this, I’m also an editor for an online publisher (no, I do not acquire, so please don’t ask! LOL). But I get to spend my days helping others make their stories marketable. And then I work part time at a bookstore. So I get to help readers find that one gem that fits them to a tee.
All this allows me to see into the publishing world with a finer perspective than most writers because I can see what’s coming out and what people are buying. Does it give me a leg up with my own stuff? Nope. I wish it did. Basically all this knowledge comes down to the same old thing: write the best story you can. Do that, and it will sell.
From “The Emerald Key” available from Liquid Silver Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon
For centuries, four women have held the keys to Lemuria, a land where magic is the norm. They and their protectors are all that stand against The Brotherhood, a group of exiles who want nothing more than to go back, and control Lemuria and the gateway.
Cassandra Richards, keeper of the emerald key has grown up knowing about her powers but not about the amulet she wears or why it is suddenly so important. Stalked, kidnapped and threatened with a horrible death, she must turn to the one man who scares her more than the Brotherhood. They’ll just take her body. Nicodemus will take her soul.
Nic wants nothing more than to protect Cass but he can’t do that if she won’t let him. Nor can he deny the pull she has over him, but he’s not sure if he’s under a witch’s spell, or something deeper. Both Nic and Cass struggle to deal with their powers and their attraction while on the run from a stalker with murderous intent.
Bound through time to protect the key to magic, Nic and Cass discover that true power lies not in control, but in the magic of love.
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