A Date with an Author ~ Victoria Vane

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce to you Victoria Vane! Victoria is a bestselling and award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Victoria’s books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series.

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GdG: Welcome, Victoria! Thank you so much for the ‘Date’ 😀 How’s the weather where you live right now?

VV: It’s  January and still in the 80’s here in Palm Coast, Florida. I am not a native Floridian but moved here from South Carolina when my father-in-law had a massive stroke last year. Hubby and I now take of him.

GdG: Aw, you guys are good peeps 🙂 Tell us, what is your favorite piece of winter/seasonal clothing?

VV: I LOVE my cowboy boots and hats! I have several that I wear all year!

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GdG: Pet Pix! Please show us your furry companions –

VV: I have a dog named Alfie and an Arabian horse named Princeton.

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GdG: ADORABLE!! Now, how do you get into the writing zone if you happen to be unmotivated that day?

VV: If I stare at my computer long enough, the guilt eventually gets to me!

GdG: LOL! Been there, sister! 😀 What is your preferred media when writing? Pen & paper, audio notes, laptop, cocktail napkin?  

VV: I can only write in my private place with my desk top computer. Laptops are not for me!

GdG: What is the weirdest thing you’ve written an idea on? 

VV: Probably a napkin. I use post it notes a lot.

GdG: Do you have a favorite work space?   

VV: YES! I love my home office.

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GdG: Ooooh, that looks lovely! Tell us about a time when you weren’t writing and a fantastic idea hit you like a truck.  

VV: I get my best ideas when I am NOT thinking- when I am sleeping, taking a shower or riding my horse!

GdG: Me, too! Funny how that works!! Kindly provide how you came up with your latest WIP + a blurb and a few sentences from it

VV: My current WIP is a sequel novella to my very first Victoria Vane title, A BREACH OF PROMISE.  

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I always wanted to write about the secondary characters, Mariah and Nicolas. Fans of the book will be happy that Lady Russell also returns. The title is A PLEDGE OF PASSION (The Rules of Engagement #2).

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A PLEDGE OF PASSION BLURB

Only a madman makes a promise in the heat of passion...Three years ago, during a midnight tryst in a moonlit garden, Nicolas Needham fell in love—only to walk away. As a younger son with few connections, his pride demanded that he better his circumstances before paying his suit to her. After working several years as an undersecretary in the Foreign Service, Nicolas is finally given the opportunity to advance—by negotiating a contract of matrimony on the British Envoy’s behalf. Little does he know, the intended bride is the same woman to whom he once pledged himself.

And only a fool believes him…. Lady Mariah Morehaven has lived a quiet, almost reclusive life in the country. While she accepts that marriage is her unavoidable destiny, as a baroness in her own right, and heir to one of the oldest and land-rich estates in England, she fears becoming the target of fortune hunters.  Entrusting her well-connected cousin to present her with a list of suitable candidates, Mariah decides on a match with a diplomatic envoy, only to discover the man sent to negotiate for her hand is the one who broke her heart.

 

EXCERPT:

   Nick considered her for a long, silent moment. It wasn’t the actual remark she had made, but the look that accompanied it.  He was certain she was unaware of it, but the seductive wood nymph had reappeared. There was something mezmerizing about the angle of her head, the way she pursed her lips, and the stray curl that had entangled itself about her ear, that made him suddenly want to touch her.  The urge was so powerful he had to close his hands against it.

   “I used to play,” he replied. “Back in my university days.”

   “And I used to play the harpsichord,” she said, “But I was never any good. So now I must ask, were you good, Mr. Needham?”

   “I was one of the better batsmen,” he replied. “I frequently hit over the boundary.”

   “Indeed?”  Her eyes challenged as her gaze held his. “Then one wonders if you still possess talent with your bat or if it has diminished with disuse.”

   Nick shifted in his seat. If this were any other woman of his acquaintance, he would have no doubt of the sexual innuendo, but he was as certain as he lived and breathed that the “bat” Lady Mariah referred only was merely the club made of willow. “I don’t know. I haven’t held a cricket bat in over five years,” Nick said. As to the other, at the moment he was absolutely certain it had not suffered from prolonged disuse.

–          A PLEDGE OF PASSION by VICTORIA VANE

 

GdG: Ooooh, looks delish! So can you tell us about a few of your books that are available right now?

VV: I actually have three I would like to mention. I wrote my very first holiday story (A COWBOY’S MIDNIGHT KISS) that just released this week in the RING IN A COWBOY anthology.

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I have a new historical release next week that is my first in 20 months (THE REDEMPTION OF JULIAN PRICE) that is included in the ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS anthology.

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Lastly, my hot new HOTEL RODEO series is releasing the 19th of January with HELL ON HEELS.

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GdG: Do you have any plans to attend book conferences in 2016? If so, please tell us which ones.   

VV: Nothing is confirmed yet but I will probably attend IND’Scribe in October. Other than that I would LOVE to go to Oxford for the Historical Novel Society meeting but it’s too soon to know if that will be possible. I am also on a waiting list for the Historical Romance Retreat.

GdG: Cool! I’ll be at IND’Scribe too! Where is the best place for people to follow you where you consistently post? Twitter, FB, etc.? 

VV: I am quite active on Facebook. Drop me a line there any time!

GdG: Please provide your official website, blog and all the other places where we can find you:

VV:

Email: victoria.vane@hotmail.com          

Website: www.victoriavane.com

Blog: www.embracingromance.com        

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/YVeXrf

Twitter: @authorvictoriav                          

Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1vONQZh

Amazon: http://amzn.to/10QMKT5         

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1sccsM4

YOU TUBE : http://bit.ly/1yNtEMP

GdG: Thanks again, Victoria, for sharing a bit about you today. Any final words of wisdom or well wishes for the new year you’d like to share?  

VV: Live every day as if it’s your last!   Wishing you all much joy and many blessings in 2016!  – Victoria Vane

GdG: Words of wisdom from a lovely lady!

GdG: All – If you enjoyed this’ Date with an Author’ and would like to join us here weekly for more ‘Dates,’ please feel free to enter your email in the field at the top right of the page under ‘Blog Post Alerts.’ 🙂

 This just in: Victoria has generously offered to give a way to one lucky comment participant, the title (eBook) of your choice from her published works! Act now, as this offer will expire on Friday, January 22, 2016 at Midnight!

A torrid love affair and why you should have one that lasts forever.

 

Love has many forms. In Greek there are four different words for love: Agápe, Éros, Philia and Storge.

 

Agápe type love is the word you would use to describe one whom you hold in very high regard such as close family members or a deity. Philia refers to a dispassionate yet virtuous love – the love and loyalty one would have for friends, relatives and community. Storge (the only one I can’t pronounce) is used when referring to natural affection – such as the love of parents for their offspring. Éros of course, is passionate love, desire, longing; usually reserved for someone who is more than a friend. The modern word, erotas, refers to Intimate love – which is where we get the word ‘erotic’ from. Oddly enough, the use of the word Éros can mean the appreciation of beauty; it does not necessarily have to be of a sexual nature.

 

Anyone confused yet? Seriously. However, what is love if not confusing? And yet the majority of single people continually pursue love and romance as if it were sustenance for their starving soul, (which it is, IMHO.) We browse internet dating sites, haunt local hangouts and bars . . . we’re always on the lookout for that perfect . . . someone.

 

A torrid love affair can last one night, ten years or the span of a lifetime.

 

Who wouldn’t want to meet someone with whom the heart, mind and soul connection was so intense that both parties would be thrilled to spend the rest of their lives together? I know every marriage or serious relationship starts out with this mind set, but what happens? Why does that spark fizzle out?

 

 I have a theory regarding this – an unspoken rule that should be voiced  – perhaps taught in college relationship classes, something that took me literally years to figure out.

 

If each person in the relationship makes a conscious decision to uplift the other whether in support of working toward a mutually beneficial dream, the perpetuation of physical pleasures, giving encouragement, or discovering new ideas or hobbies together, there would never be cause for that relationship to go stale. This takes consistency and creative thinking by both parties, but what better way to enrich your life than by focusing such positive energies on your soul mate – giving and taking equally. The love can only spiral upwards and blossom unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

 

This recipe requires two passionate, devoted people willing to work at a relationship 24/7. They must respect each other and hold the other in the very highest regard. All forms of love must be recognized and utilized at all times. It’s not a complicated as it sounds. Really, I promise.

 

Now that you have your guidelines, boundaries must be set outside your circle of two. Got kids? Put them to bed and lock your bedroom door.  Intrusive relatives? Turn off your phone. It’s great to hang out with dear friends, but not every single night. Balancing your priorities with outside relationships will take concentration and practice, but will be well worth in in the end.

 

Now for the why. I’ve read recently (in a book about Feng Shui of all places) that people in a mutually loving relationship live healthier and longer lives than those who are widowed or divorced and choose to stay alone. When you think about it, it makes sense. Often when a life-long partner dies at a ripe old age, their spouse follows shortly thereafter.

 

So technically, physical +emotional + spiritual love help sustain life. Love *is* good for the soul.

 

Think of a torrid love affair you’ve had. Are you grinning? Does it give you the warm-fuzzies? How can that not be good for you? Now to find someone willing to meet said challenge right along with you.

 

For some humans, sex is just something to pass the time. It’s “fun.” (I must admit, I can’t stand it when people say that about their aimless sexual experiences. It totally cheapens the gift we’ve been given.)

 

A caution to the casual lover: I know (especially for the male of the species) jumping from flower to flower like a bee is looked upon as ‘cool’ especially from your buddies. But eventually, your soul will feel empty – you will long for a companion – someone to have meaningful, deep, soul-wringing conversations with. You will likely think to yourself as you approach the autumn and winter of your life, ‘if only I would have realized this earlier . . .’ Finding your soul mate can take precious time. Dating trends, at least for serious dating, tend to change as technology, generation-generated and/or cultural climates expand and shift. Don’t be left alone.

 

Open your heart to the possibilities of a love that lasts a lifetime. Desire a fulfilling existence where both parties work hard and contribute – daily – to that relationship. There is nothing more romantic that doesn’t come with a view.