Writing and What It Teaches

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 | Gratitude, The Writing Life | No Comments

I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about the role of writing in my life lately, because I’ve been under deadline. I don’t spend a lot of time ruminating when I am under the gun of the daily word count. Actually, I should be writing my next novella right now, but I wanted to stop for a moment and reflect on why I spend so many of my waking hours at this task, and why I love it so much.

 

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I find that opening a blank page on my computer and asking my characters to tell me their story holds up a candle and a mirror to my own inner thoughts. I learn more about the things I value, like love and friendship and family, and I remember why those things are so important to me.

I remember why I like happy endings, and why joy is such a blessing and yet so hard to capture on the page.

I remember why I am in love with love, and how deep a part of me that love will always be. My love affair with love is something I came to accept about myself long ago, which is why I am still writing at all.

I remember the joy of discovery and how it happens on every page, in every scene. Characters I thought I knew surprise me, and I surprise myself. There is joy in that, too.

So as I swim down the river of yet another adventure, I want to thank the gods of inspiration and the gods of caffeine, all I have read and all I will read, all the things that go into the alchemy that is creation, and the ability to sit at the computer, day in and day out, and do it again.

 

Quote of the Week

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 | Quote of the Week | No Comments

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Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

–Vera Nazarian

Interview with Cowboy Dirk Knowlton from ROUGH RIDER

Friday, February 20th, 2015 | Victoria Vane | No Comments

Rough Rider CoverWhen Victoria Vane offered to do a character interview with her latest cowboy, Dirk, I jumped at the chance.

Dirk, who is your perfect woman and why?

If you were asking the young and stupid me, I’d have given you the wrong answer. Back then, all I cared about was a pretty face and having a good time but age and experience thankfully brings wisdom. My perfect women is the one who understands me. She’d the one who shares my hopes and dreams and even makes me laugh when there’s nothing to laugh about. She’s my equal in every way. I never thought she’d have me after all we’ve been through, and God knows I don’t deserve her, but I found that perfect woman in Janice.

 

I have never seen a cow up close, except on a plate. What was it like to grow up on a ranch as a boy?

 It’s hard to describe because I’ve never known any other life than ranching and the U.S. Marines. Between the two, the Corps was easier! Ranching is never-ending, unforgiving, dirty work. The day begins before the sun rises and ends only when it’s too dark to finish the last chore you started. There’s always a crisis, always something that needs fixing, and there’s never anyone to fix it but you. A rancher is a jack of all trades from mechanic to veterinarian. But if it’s in your blood, there’s no cure.

 

 

Montana is exotic to Easterners. What is your favorite thing about your home state?

The wildlife that lives right outside your own door, the wide open spaces and majestic natural beauty. The sense of freedom all of that engenders. The friendliness of the people. There’s no place quite like it.

 

 

What made you become a rough rider?

 I was on the back of a horse almost before I could walk. Learned to rope and brand by the time I was five or six, so it was all just a natural progression from there. I competed in Saddle Bronc riding in high school and eventually moved on to bulls, purely ‘cause I wanted to win the all around title. Rodeo suited me back in those days when I was a restless adrenaline junkie. Now I’m happy to settle down to ranching and leave all that craziness to the young guys.

 

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Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

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Five Stars for Victoria Vane’s ROUGH RIDER

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 | Reviews, Sourcebooks, Victoria Vane | No Comments

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It is no secret that I am huge fan of my friend Victoria Vane. Whether she’s writing historical fiction under the guise of Emery Lee or erotic romance, Victoria Vane tells a rollicking good story with passionate joy in her characters that shines through on every page. Her contemporary  novels are no exception.

ROUGH RIDER, the second in her cowboy series with Sourcebooks Casablanca combines her award winning story craft with a passionate duo of characters that really makes the story come to life. Told over a decade, from youthful first love between Janice and Dirk during their time on the rodeo circuit, until they meet again years later, both battered by life. Both of these heroes, for heroes they are, might be battered, but they are not beaten. They find that their love is stronger than anything that might have come between them, farther reaching than the baggage that weighs both of them down. Janice and Dirk are modern heroes for a modern world: neither one rich, neither with an easy life, they both struggle to live with dignity in the face of difficult circumstances, and they both succeed. I found a lot of joy in watching these two find each other again, as they learned to trust and revel in the love that was already between them, love that had only grown during their years apart.

So once again, I give five stars to Victoria Vane’s work ROUGH RIDER. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one…

Buy ROUGH RIDER by Victoria Vane here: Amazon | Apple | B&N | BAM | !ndigo | IndieBound | Kobo

Praise for Slow Hand by Victoria Vane:

“A “red-hot cowboy tale…their sexual chemistry crackles. Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter move the story along while setting the stage for Wade’s war-hero brother to find his own true love in the next installment.” – Publishers Weekly

“SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page turning steamy sexy… I’m beginning to think Victoria could write a phone book and make it sexy.” – Unwrapping Romance

“PULL THE FIRE ALARM & STOCK UP ON FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR THIS STEAMY ROMANCE!” – Avon Romance

Happy Launch to Victoria Vane!

Monday, February 16th, 2015 | Victoria Vane | 2 Comments

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Happy launch to Victoria Vane! I’m happy to say she has done it again…told a fabulous story in a fun, contemporary setting. But my review will be online on Wednesday. For now, kick back and enjoy her book trailer for ROUGH RIDER.

Buy ROUGH RIDER by Victoria Vane here: Amazon | Apple | B&N | BAM | !ndigo | IndieBound | Kobo

Praise for Slow Hand by Victoria Vane:

“A “red-hot cowboy tale…their sexual chemistry crackles. Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter move the story along while setting the stage for Wade’s war-hero brother to find his own true love in the next installment.” – Publishers Weekly

“SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page turning steamy sexy… I’m beginning to think Victoria could write a phone book and make it sexy.” – Unwrapping Romance

“PULL THE FIRE ALARM & STOCK UP ON FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR THIS STEAMY ROMANCE!” – Avon Romance

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