Today coming up the gangplank as the Captain’s honored guest is author Victoria Craven. She will be telling us about her splendid tale and brand new release, ”Destiny’s Promise’.
But first, a teaser to tantalize ye swabbies as we hoist the Jolly Roger and sail off to Medieval Times with author Victoria Craven!
LOVE, MURDER, AND SECOND CHANCES
“A touch whispered across her face. Her dream bathed her with desire as fingertips traced the ridges of her bottom lip. The scent of masculinity floated into her senses. Carina floated to the surface of her sweet dream……..and when she opened her eyes she found herself staring into eyes the color of a frozen blue lake.”
“His untamed raven hair framed the face of an archangel. His jaw was squared with a cleft in his chin. He was the most beautiful man she had ever seen. She wanted to raise her hand and caress his cheek. Then reality shot through her like a hunter’s arrow.”
AND the evil HERS:
“The old flesh had been burned away to reveal the woman she had once been. Gone were the aches that had riddled her body. Hesitantly she peered at her reflection in the pool of water, and staring back at her were the eyes of her youth. She could feel the powers of old renewed and surging through her body…
Insidious euphoria engulfed her.”
1. Victoria, what is it about the medieval period that captivates readers so? Why were you drawn to it for Destiny’s Promise, Book Three in your ‘LOVE CONQUERS ALL’ series?
I believe people are drawn to the romance of medieval times. It was a time of chivalry and honor. Readers love a hero that has a strong moral compass.
I was drawn to writing medieval paranormal romance because of the creative freedom. Even though I had to stay inside the parameters of historical accuracy, I was able to create a world of fantasy and empowerment for both the hero and the heroine
2. Your beautifully descriptive scenes draw the reader in. Did this talent evolve with practice or does this way of writing come naturally to you?
It was both. I always loved painting the picture of a scene, but over time I learned how to go beyond the visual, I learned how to add the other senses, as well, such as taste, touch, and smell.
3. Who were your greatest supporters and influences in your journey as an author?
My husband is my biggest supporter. He will sit by my side while editing a book and ask me tough questions that make me dig deeper into my characters or into the plot. He is a great influence.
4. Can you tell us something that readers might be surprised to find out about you?
I love to sing. I won a gold medal in highschool for singing. Since I don’t sing now, people are often surprised when I show them the medal.
5. Do you do research for your novels? What is the most unusual thing you’ve googled in your research?
I think any author has to do some kind of research. A good deal of my scenes comes from research. The weirdest thing I looked up is medieval hairstyles. Men were very vain back then. Women’s hair was hidden under a scarf or whimple, and they were very elaborate. I don’t use any of those, because they detract from the character I want the reader to envision.
6. What is one of your favorite genres to read?
Fantasy. I can’t get enough.
7. One word response please:
Chocolate or Vanilla? Both
Day or Night writer? Day
Introvert or extrovert? Extrovert
Plotter or Pantser? Both
8. Which three living actors would you choose to play the three main characters, Aris, Carina and Disa, in the film adaptation of your novel ‘Destiny’s Promise’?
Angelia Jolie, for Disa. Carina, would be Mila Kunis, (Bad Moms), and Aris would be, Chris Pine, (Star Trek).
9. Do you tend to write standalones or series?
Each book in My Love Conquers All, series can be read as standalones. You don’t need to read all three to understand them.
10. What other projects do you have planned that your readers would be excited to hear about?
I have a story about Liam. He is one of the characters in the first book who has true hero qualities. One of my friends said she wanted to read about his story.
Disa is in love with Arys, but he’s in love with Carina. Out of heartache and rage she murders them on their wedding night and vows they will never find happiness together. Now the two souls are about to reunite. Disa makes a pact with the Red Demon to destroy Carina’s soul so she can never be with Arys again. On his deathbed, the sorcerer who raised Carina tells her she’s in grave danger and only the Black Knight can protect her. But she has no idea who the Black Knight is or where to find him, and she’s being evicted so has bigger problems.
Randolf, known as The Black Knight, is a powerful warrior and possesses strong magic, but he is plagued by dreams of a woman pleading with him to find her. After yet another dream, restless and frustrated, he goes to a local inn where he encounters Carina. She’s familiar but he doesn’t know why. Not then. Will their souls reunite before Disa carries out her diabolical plans?
Victoria Craven discovered her love for story-telling in her sophomore year of high school. Those teenage adventures always had a romantic happy ending, and they still do today, whether she’s writing thrilling contemporary suspense or paranormal historical romance.
Having lived most of her life in Western Michigan, Victoria relocated to the suburbs of Chicago where she lives with her husband, who is the love of her life. She has three beautiful daughters, and two toddler grandsons who keep her busy.
Supported by her friends and family, she left a career as a media account executive to pursue a career doing what she’s passionate about, writing happy endings that she can share with others.
When Victoria isn’t writing or revising, she is playing with her grandsons or curled up with a good book and a vat of hot chocolate.
The Whimsical Herald would like to thank Author Victoria Craven for a rousing time. Her tale of jealousy, betrayal and love that endures beyond both space and time is a must read for lovers of paranormal romance.
As we watch the fair lady walk down the gangplank to return to port, we search the horizon with our spyglass and hoist anchor to sail off on the literary seas in search of our next beguiling read!
We bid you farewell, fair winds and fair weather. Tis Spring, after all.
P.Mattern, Mistress of Madness
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Mistress of Madness
Well, do you have any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?
Lewis Carroll, in 1897, proposed this answer, "Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is 'never' put with the wrong end in front!" (raven, spelled backward, is nevar aka never...or as we like to say here at TT...never more!)