If you're looking for a different kind of Paranormal Romance, then this author might be for you! I'm happy to hand over the reins today, to author Victoria Danann!
About the Author
I write unapologetic romances with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners - usually - whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.
My first book, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by the Reviewers' Choice Awards. Each of my books has remained on the Amazon best seller list in category every day since release. All three also earned the Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK award.
My work has been compared to J R Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Lara Adrian. For example:
"I do see shades of Lara Adrian's Breed books and shades of J R Wards Black Dagger books, but this story is unique enough that it stands out all on its own and can stand up along side those other books and I think given time will elbow them out of the way with the rich story telling and deep emotional core that makes you want to know more." - Kerry, Musings of a Bookworm
The Order of the Black Swan is a series that is also a serial saga. Each book is an episodic installment in an ongoing story. Join me for the adventure.
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Victoria Danann's Music Inspiration
The original release of My Familiar Stranger had song lyrics at the beginning of every chapter. They were removed for legal reasons, but the sentiment behind the songs still permeates each page.
If you've run across my bio, you know I'm also a musician. Because I can so easily get drawn into music and be distracted with such things as breaking down its parts or thinking how I would have done the arrangement differently, I don't listen while writing. Ever. But, that doesn't mean that music doesn't serve my writing as both inspiration and influence. Or that I don't hear it in my head when writing.
The songs I'm listing in this post are songs that are either mentioned in the books or inspired parts of the books.
Black Swan 1, My Familiar Stranger
1. "At Last"
MY FAMILIAR STRANGER VIDEO:
My good friend Alicia (Lovely) Brass, one of the lead singers with The Next Level Band, sings the soundtrack for the video. I think of this as Ram's perspective in song. He didn't know how long he'd been wishing for his mate until she showed up holding his best friend's hand.
2. "Love Bites" - Def Leppard. http://youtu.be/C7gMtWTMNt8
This song is mentioned in the book. It's a joke between Elora Laiken and Istvan Baka, but it's also darkly serious. I really think of this as Baka's song. I'm including the lyrics because I was hearing this song in my head over and over when I wrote the following scene. The pull that he feels toward Elora is desperate. He isn't just looking for a good time. He has to be close to her.
"If you bite me, I will stake you." - Elora
"If I bite you, I will stake myself." - Baka
3. "Victim of Love" - The Eagles
What kind of love have you got?
You should be home but you’re not.
A room full of noise and dangerous boys
still makes you thirsty and hot.
I was hearing this song when I was writing the scenes in Notte Fuoco. Elora was in mid-dilemma. Three dangerous boys believed they were in love with her and any one of them would make any woman thirsty and hot.
4. "Face in the Mirror" - Thunderstone
There’s a face in the mirror, the eyes of a stranger.
You can burn yourself if you fly too close to the sun that shines so bright.
You can turn away or decide to stay where the darkness takes over the light.
We are weakened by the virus and there’s nothing we can feel.
If this will be our last song, I welcome you to the real.
So this is the way we live. These are the hands that give.
There’s a face in the mirror and mirror never lies.
These lyrics went with the chapter when Ram woke up in the same hospital room as Elora to find that she had been infected by the vampire virus.
5. "Broken Wings" - Mr Mister http://youtu.be/Ejz9UVXhlwk
it’s all I know,
that you’re half of the flesh
and blood makes me whole.
These lyrics went at the beginning of Chapter 21, when Ram had retreated to his boyhood sanctuary in the New Forest preserve in northern Ireland, thinking he had lost his mate forever, to his closest friend.
Black Swan 2, The Witch's Dream
There are three songs that figured prominently into the writing of this book which drew heavily on an eighties theme.
1. "Holding Out For A Hero" - Bonnie Tyler http://youtu.be/dLNCX84-kfA
2. "Never Gonna Give You Up" Two versions: Original - Rick Astley. Acoustic by Derik Nelson for The Witch's Dream.
THE WITCH'S DREAM VIDEO: http://youtu.be/BGKm-A1JqbI
Of course, as you all know, there is one song that figures prominently into the storyline. I would have loved to include most of the lyrics in Kay's and Katrina's wedding ceremony, but reaching three composers and trying to negotiate separate deals turned into a bigger "deal" than I could have imagined. Nonetheless, I referenced the song and hoped that people who weren't familiar would look it up. It is, without a doubt, THE quintessential disco song of the era. It also has the most romantic lyrics of all time.
My promise to deliver Ram's acoustic version in the video has brought lots of readers to hear Derik Nelson's arrangement which, as Ram would say, is bloomin' perfection.
Victoria'a FAVORITE fan comment ever! Grabbed as a Goodreads quote... "I've been Rick Rolled by my book!" What? You don't know what it means to be Rick Rolled? Watch this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H52TTCoS7To
3. "Devil Inside" - INXS http://youtu.be/jPDh0F67YsA
Because Deliverance's demon is tongue-in-cheek. In Moonlight, he actually programs this song as a ring tone into Litha's phone without her permission.
Black Swan 3, A Summoner's Tale
1. "Still of the Night" - David Coverdale/ White Snake http://youtu.be/iXTRRFM_TuA
This is the song that provides the music for the book video. It is, in my opinion, THE great Classic Rock masterpiece of the era. It dovetailed into what I was writing about so beautifully that it almost seemed like the song and the book were conceived as a pair. I looked up the song because the phrase that I kept hearing in my head over and over again, when Elora and Baka were simultaneously alone and in agony, was "Still of the Night".
My band has covered everything from Led Zeppelin to Styx, note for note, but even we won't attempt this music.
2. "Mairsy Doats" - The Pied Pipers http://youtu.be/EU2CKQQr90E
Mentioned near the end of the book, when Baka inadvertently leads the rescue team to his location by singing this song loudly. It's a nonsense song from 1944, but, at six-hundred-years-old, that would practically make it a current hit to him. I include this for the 99% of readers who may never have even heard of this song.
Black Swan 4, Moonlight
1. "Lil' Red Riding Hood" - Sam the Sham, and the Pharoahs http://youtu.be/_FA85RO89HA
Obviously, this is Grey's song. The fact that he's a fool for Luna doesn't make him any less dangerous. In fact, being cast into the uncertainty of love be conquered probably makes him more predatory. If you are a reader who gets caught up in a story, you probably don't think about the fairytale parallels being subtly woven into the story, but it is there nonetheless.
The story continues to touch on the lives of former B Team members and their families while new characters and situations are introduced.
THE NEWSLETTER: Ram and Elora move into temporary quarters at Jefferson Unit to protect mother and baby. Storm gives a surprising answer when he’s tapped by Sol to replace him as Jefferson Unit Sovereign. Litha solicits her father to help Black Swan.
THE SURPRISE: B Team learns the shocking truth about the origin of the vampire virus. Monq races to develop a defense system to repel invasion by Stagsnare terrorists and assassins.
THE ADVENTURE: Desperation drives Stalkson Grey to embark on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams in a bid to save the Elk Mountain werewolves from extinction.
THE ROMANCE: In the process of migrating the Elk Mountain werewolves to a new home, Grey learns that true love can find you in the strangest places, even when you’re far, far from home.
Appropriate for 17+.
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