Release Day & Giveaway for Solomon’s Sieve (Knights of the Black Swan # 7)

I’m so excited about the new release of Solomon’s Sieve, the 7th installment in Victoria Danann’s popular Knights of the Black Swan series! I have really enjoyed all of the books, and you can see my related reviews below.  If you like paranormal romances, I recommend giving this series a try. Read on to learn more about this latest installment, check out an excerpt, and enter for you chance to win a boxed set of the 7 Knights of the Black Swan!

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 Solomon’s Sieve (Knights of the Black Swan # 7)  by Victorian Danann

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Release Date: May 27, 2014 / Publisher: 7th House/ 90,000 words

Genre: Adult Fiction, Paranormal Romance

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Nominated for Best Paranormal Romance Series of 2014 IRC READERS CHOICE AWARDS – Voting in September. Victoria Danann is also up for Author of the Year.

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When Sovereign Solomon Nemamiah lay dying on a beach under an overturned vehicle with his fiancé helplessly sobbing next to him, he made a vow to himself that he would refuse to stay in some arbitrary afterlife. He silently promised to return and finish what he started with The Order of the Black Swan and the love of his life. When the new Sovereign of Jefferson Unit begins saying and doing things that remind people of Sol, it raises suspicion in the minds of people who were closest to him.

The mutated and more aggressive strain of vampire virus surges back to the forefront of The Order’s priorities forcing retirees to be recalled and trainees to be inducted earlier than ever before.

Meanwhile, The Order sends Z Team with its newest member, Glendennon Catch,  to escort new recruit, Dr. Mercedes Renaux, to Bulgaria. Her mission is to shut down and investigate an archeological site that may contain irrefutable evidence that vampire exist. Their mission is to protect her.

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Review of Gathering Storm (The Order of the Black Swan #5) & Giveaways

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Gathering Storm by Victoria Dannann

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Scifi Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy Romance

Publisher: 7th House 

Date of Publication: September 19, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-933320-93-9

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Number of pages: 364

Word Count: 90k

Formats available: Kindle, epub, paperback

Cover Artist: Victoria Danann

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The fifth installment in the Black Swan serial saga. READING IN ORDER STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. That’s why we have a try-before-you-buy-program. The first book in the saga, My Familiar Stranger, is PermaFREE everywhere.

THE NEWSLETTER: Z Team, a.k.a Zed Company, is transferred to Jefferson Unit, which is being temporarily retired as an active hunter facility and converted to a research / training institution. Sol takes his first vacation – ever – leaving Glen in charge with Storm supervising. Rosie is proving to be an extraordinary little girl and Deliverance is in BIG trouble with her mother.

THE SURPRISES: Storm is really not himself. Former members of B Team must reunite to preserve his image and reputation.  No one could have prepared for the surprises Rosie delivers, least of all Glen.

THE ADVENTURE: The Ralengclan send a second wave assassination team to Jefferson Unit at the worst possible time, when it’s been left defended by only Z Team, Glen, the Lady Laiken and the trainees.

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The Order of the Black Swan is one of my favorite paranormal romance series. It’s fun, full of drama, action, and nail-biting suspense that never fails to entertain.  This is a serial saga, with each book beginning where the last ended.  I strongly recommend that you read this series in its intended sequence so you are able to understand and fully appreciate the richly developed multiple story threads that consolidate into a creative and complex plot.

This is one of my favorite paranormal series, and I always look forward to the release of the latest book. Plus, Danann is one of those authors who doesn’t keep her fans waiting too long!

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Danann has created a fascinating multi-dimensional fantasy world that centers on a secret society of Black Swan Knights who volunteer to serve and protect humans from paranormal beings who pose a threat.

In addition, I enjoy this series because of the depth and complexity of the characters. Protagonists featured in one book don’t get pushed aside or have their storylines dropped once the book ends. Instead, they continue to play prominent roles in the following books as the plot evolves.  Danann has created an array of interesting characters who come alive and feel like real people that I would want to spend time with. They are serious about their roles within the organization, yet they are also warm, fun-loving and just down-right entertaining. I’ve become attached to them now, and I care about their successes and failures as they continue to grow and change.

Gathering Storm is the fifth book in the series, and just like all of the previous books, it doesn’t disappoint. In fact, Danann breaks away from her usual pattern of featuring one main couple falling in love. Instead she parallels multiple story threads evenly throughout the book, and romance doesn’t play as heavy of a role as it has in the past.

I interpreted the book’s title to indicate that the focus of this book would be about a central conflict affecting Storm, but I don’t think his situation dominates the book. In many cases, there books tend to have one major plot and one or more subplots. I didn’t see that happening here. Storm, Litha, Rosie, Elora, Glen, and the Z Team all face major struggles that are central to the plot’s progression. Danann uses multiple POVs to develop the plot, and this can be tricky. Too many shifts in characters’ POVs can cause confusion to the point that you can just end up with a muddled mess of a plot. However, Danann skillfully provides multiple perspectives in a way that doesn’t disrupt the smooth flow of the story.

I experienced a range of emotions as I read the book, and if you have been following the series, there are some surprises in store for you.

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One of the biggest shockers deals with Litha and Storm’s daughter Rosie.  Another shocker is the arrival of Angel, a character who isn’t very likable at first, but I enjoyed watching the physical and emotional changes he experiences in the new dimension he’s found himself in. He certainly turns Litha’s world upside down.

All of the characters stay true to their established personalities; Ram is just as charming as ever with his good natured teasing and beautifully lilting accent that Danann voices so well.  He’s still and probably always will be my favorite knight. That may change, though, with the addition of the Z Team, an unruly group of knights who don’t play well with others and have a reputation for going rogue.

Deliverance has also become a favorite character. I haven’t really cared for him in the past. He was always amusing, but in this story, he is downright hilarious!

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Demon Daddy gets into so much trouble with his daughter, Litha, and even though the situation is grave, it’s also funny as well.

The danger and action really kick in during the latter part of the book, and the drama is intense! Thank goodness the young knight-in-training Spaz is there to ease some of the tension. I will say that I think he could have a successful career as a DJ if things don’t work out with the Black Swan Knights. He is “The Voice of the Fray” and plays a critical role when danger comes swooping in to the Jefferson Unit. His choice of music is clever (Victoria has a great sense of humor in putting the playlist together) even though it annoys the heck out of the B Team.

There are also some sad moments in the book as well, but I won’t give them away.

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Even though I really enjoyed the book, I was disappointed that the romance between certain couples wasn’t as detailed and descriptive as I would have liked. I missed the flirting and descriptive scenes that lead to falling in love.  I also wish the Z Team had played a more prominent role in the book, but I expect their characters will become more fully developed, and they will play a more significant role as the series continues.

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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If you’re looking for something new and different in PNR, you’ve come to the right place.

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  and Readers’ Choice Awards. Each of my books has remained on the Amazon best seller list in category every day since release. All four also earned the Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK award and have remained on the Amazon Best Sellers list every day since release.

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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WEBSITE: http://www.VictoriaDanann.com

BLOG: http://VictoriaDanann.me

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/vdanann

TWITTER: @vdanann

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PREFACE Dunkilly, Ireland

Glendennon Catch caught the eye of the bartender who simply pointed toward a back corner. He couldn’t see what the man pointed to, but he nodded and began making his way toward the rear.

He wound through a few layers of standing people who were holding glass mugs and talking loudly to be heard over the music, until he could see a corner snug in the back. It was close to a window so there was enough light to see, even with the smoke, that the bartender had been right in surmising that he was looking for Z Team.

There they were – the farthest thing from inconspicuous. Glen couldn’t begin to guess how they had managed to be successful vampire slayers when everything about them drew attention and broadcasted vibes of this-is-your-last-chance-to-run. It was a message that floated around them like a diaphanous cloud of warning.

The four of them fit comfortably in a snug designed for eight. That was partly because of their sheer size and partly because they had a casual way of draping arms and legs so that they took up as much space as possible. It also communicated disdain for established notions of propriety. Glen knew instinctively that even the word “propriety” would make Black Swan’s infamous misfits laugh out loud.

One of them was wearing a sleeveless shirt that had once been a denim jacket. His left arm had been transformed into a tattooed sleeve by an intricately inked mural of muted colors. It was odd to see bare biceps when it was brittle-dick cold outside, but Glen supposed that if he’d made that much of an investment in ink he might want to show it off too.

Glen’s initial impression of the guy sitting next to Sleeve was that he should have the nickname, Dark, or Black. He wore black jeans, a black metal band shirt that was probably a collectable, and his spiky hair was so blue black it had to have been dyed that color. All that with eyes so pale he could almost get away with going undercover as a vamp. He wasn’t wearing eyeliner, but the contrast between his ice-color irises and those thick ebony lashes made his eyes pop in a dramatic way that probably drew interest from a lot of babes. The Black Knight. Glen smiled a little to himself. He enjoyed his own company and his own offbeat sense of humor.

The third wore a plain gray long sleeve tee that covered his upper body, but Glen could see black ink climbing out of the neck of the guy’s shirt, stopping just below his pronounced jaw line. Either tribal pattern or angel glyph. Hard to tell with just snake tails in view. He had a serious case of bed head going, probably by design, and one eyebrow that was raised and had been since he’d noticed Glen standing there watching them.

He said something to the others. Then the fourth, the one facing away with one long arm draped over the back of the snug, turned to look at Glen, revealing elfin ears. Those ears were outlined by light brown hair with titian streaks. Same curl as Sir Hawking. Had to be Torrent Finngarick.

They looked exactly the way Glen had expected them to look. Hard. Tough. And like they belonged together. He was thinking, So they’re Black Swan knights with a little bit of a nasty reputation. They put their pants on one leg at a time just like me. Right?

It was an inadequate internal pep talk, but he just wasn’t feeling it. He decided to go with Plan A, which was taking life straight ahead, one step at a time. Glen had a reputation of his own for being easy going, but he made an exception for passive aggressive nonsense. He didn’t like it, didn’t like people who habitually avoided the front door, and didn’t mind letting his irritation with bullshit bubble over.

Plan A meant walking straight up to them, stating his business, hoping for the best, but being prepared for the worst. That was the thought bouncing around in his mind as he observed their reactions to seeing him approach the table.

When he was standing over them, he looked around the table and said, “I’m Glendennon Catch.” Then he zeroed in on Torn. “Sorry for your loss, Sir Finngarick.” He said “sir” quietly enough so that only they heard him, but they got the message. It was as good as a secret handshake. “The office sent me with a message from the HR department.”

They left him standing there for a minute without saying anything or changing expression. It was a thinly disguised intimidation strategy to get him to reveal nervousness, timidity, or some other weakness that would register as a flaw in their eyes. That sort of thing didn’t work on somebody who had inherited the dominant werewolf gene. He could stand there all day without flinching or looking away.

Finally, the big guy with the glyphs crawling up his neck grinned, showing dimples which seemed entirely out of place against the persona he’d so carefully crafted. “So go ahead and deliver your memo, Sweet Cheeks. We’re waiting.”

The other three chuckled softly without taking their eyes off of him. Glen laughed openly and good-naturedly, but let the sound trail off ending in a low level growl, incongruent with the smile on his face. The growl wasn’t loud enough to draw attention from the wake-goers, but it was definitely heard by Z Team. They all sat up a little straighter and took another look at the kid. He had their interest, but that was worlds away from respect.

Looking at Glyphs, he said, “My briefing didn’t mention that any of you are hard of hearing. If you want to call me by a name, it’s Glen.”

Finngarick’s blue eyes twinkled in a way that brought Ram to mind while the other two laughed at Glyphs being put down by a kid who was years away from growing into his big frame.

“Long way to deliver a message. Would you no’ have a pint with us then? Glen.” He reached out with a long leg, put the toe of his scuffed boot through the leg brace of an unoccupied chair, pulled it up to the snug, and made a gesture of invitation. “You’ll find we’re no’ much on formality. Call me Torn.”

Glen nodded then looked at the others. Torn pointed at the guy with the sleeves and said, “This is Gunnar. That’s Raif.” He raised his chin in the direction of ‘black knight’. “The fella with the questionable personality is Bob.”

“Gunnar. Raif, Torn, And Bob. No way.”

Finngarick’s eyes twinkled with that special elvish sparkle. “Aye. Make no mistake. Name’s Bob.”

Glen shook his head. “Let’s rename him.”

Finngarick looked at Bob and then back at Glen. “What we have here gentlemen is a cool, gloomy Irish day with no place to go and no’ a thin’ to do, but have another pint. So I say we’ll play that game. What would you call the man if it was up to you, young emissary?” Glen shrugged. “Come now. No ideas?”

“Well, yeah, I sort of named him in my head on the walk across the bar.”

“Pub,” Torn corrected.

“Yes. Pub. Sorry.”

Bob raised both brows. “I, for one, cannot wait to hear what you named me in your head on your walk across the… pub.”

Glen looked at him with speculation trying to decide whether or not to tell the truth. “Glyphs.”

While Bob studied Glen, his three teammates studied Bob in turn, like they were trying it on for size. Bob lowered his eyebrows and rolled his big shoulders in approval.

Finally Torn nodded as if to say he’d reached a conclusion. “Right you are. Now that you point it out, I can see he’s no’ a Bob. Glyphs suits him fine. Congratulations, trainee. You just named yourself a knight.”

Torn Finngarick called for a Guinness Extra Stout to be served to Glen, who wasn’t used to alcohol at all and certainly wasn’t ready for Irish black beer. He took a manly mouthful, thinking he had arrived, and promptly spewed it all over Torn in a spectacular demonstration of human fountain power. The other three members of Z Team laughed so hard they had to wipe tears.

“That was almost as funny as the night that Chokarzi stripper puked half a gallon of half-digested Cuervo in your face in the middle of a lap dance.”

Glen borrowed a wet bar towel and offered it to Finngarick with a blush. “I’d offer to clean you up, but your file says you prefer to get personal with women.”

Torn took the towel without a word, but with a glint of amusement in his eyes. When he was as clean as was possible without a shower and fresh clothes, he handed the towel to Glen. “Go get yourself somethin’ else. Drinks are on me. Milk maybe?” he teased.

When Glen returned with a mug of root beer, no one asked him what was in the glass. Torn simply motioned to the chair. Glen sat.

“You’re needed at Jefferson Unit. You’re to accompany me to Fort Dixon after the funeral. Your things are being gathered and moved as we speak.”

As Glen looked from one to another, he saw no discernible reaction. They were a cool bunch. He’d give them that.

Glyphs shrugged. “New York’s no worse than any other place. Maybe better than some.”

Finngarick looked at Glen like he was a lab specimen on a microscopic slide. “Would you be happenin’ to know why we’re needed so urgently?”

Glen thought about it for a minute and decided there was no reason to withhold the truth. “Yes.”

A ghost of a smile seemed to cross Finngarick’s handsome elven face. “And would you be sharin’ with us then?”

“Sorry. No.”

Torn glanced at his teammates as if the four could communicate telepathically. “See. The thin’ is, we’re accustomed to hearin’ The Order needs to sweep us further under the rug. No’ brin’ us into the light. We would no’ be the least surprised if you came to say we’re bein’ transferred to Antarctica. But this? Naturally we’re curious, you understand.”

“Of course I understand. But I’m not at liberty to say.”

Torn nodded thoughtfully. “Well, then. Might you be at liberty to say why you were sent to escort us?”

It took Glen less than a second to process whether it might be problematic to divulge that information. “The Jefferson Unit sovereign is retiring. I’m being given a try-out for his job. He sent me to get you.” Z Team stared at Glen as if they were waiting for the punch line. Finally, he said, “No. Really.”

Gunnar cleared his throat. “So. You’re saying that, at some point, we might be calling you boss?”

Glen responded with a shit-eating grin so big, it begged for comeuppance. Gunnar swept his gaze around the snug before it came to light on Glen with a chilling mix of challenge, mischief and amusement.

Torn leaned forward. “Seems we have limited time for the application of a right proper hazin’ then. Glen.”

Four sets of eyes darted to the movement in Glen’s throat when he swallowed

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Spotlight and Review of Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf (Order of the Black Swan #4)

Interview & Giveaway for Order of the Black Swan Set (Books 1-3) by Victoria Danann

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Victoria Dannan has expanded her Book Tour for Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf  (Book 4 of the Order of The Black Swan series)

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To see the book promotion for the Order of the Black Swan, Books 1-3, complete with book trailers for each book, please click on my earlier post: Book Promotion: Order of the Black Swan

Learn more about Book 4 in the Order of the Black Swan series by clicking on my earlier post that includes an excerpt from the book along with my review: Spotlight and Review of Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf

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Victoria Danann’s Self-Interview

Hey. If Rembrandt and Van Gogh can go self-portraits, I can do a self-interview. I know what you’re thinking. “Yeah. Well. You’re not Van Gogh.” You’re right, of course. But doing three blogs around the release of three books in the space of ten months has created the answers to a whole lot interview questions.

On occasion I interview other authors. I always ask if there was a question they always wanted to be asked and had never had been and, if so, what was it? That was part one of what led me here. The second part is character interviews. When I do character interviews – let’s face it – I’m interviewing my own imagination.

Soooooo, why not just ask myself the question I’d like to answer. The following is a sampling of some of my favorite all-time blog tour questions followed by one of the one questions I’ve never been asked, but would like to answer. (There are a lot.)

PART ONE: THE BOOKS

1. Do you feel that you can relate to one character in “this book” more than any other? And why?

No. I don’t relate to one more than another, but I love Rammel Hawking the most. And he knows it. He uses it  to his advantage to manipulate me all the time.

One person recently told me that, if action figures of my characters ever come out, she wants to place a preorder for Ram. I have to agree with her. Because this saga has a lot of balls in the air (pun not intended, I swear). Ram is on the zigzag path of a hero’s journey in a classical sense. Add to that the fact that he’s drop dead sex and a one-woman elf and, really, what more could you want?

2. Many people feel the PNR genre is on the way out. Do you agree? Are there any changes you’d make to stay on the cutting edge of this genre? Will you change genres?

I think that will be true if more authors don’t stop the vamp-by-number, more-weres-the-better rehash and try for something different.

Before I started writing I spent two full years reading every PNR that had enjoyed any success to find out what had already been done, then set out to create something new. I get a lot of feedback that starts by saying, “I                 don’t really know what genre to put this in…”  I love comments like, “She explodes stereotypes.”

Also, I’m writing true Paranormal Romance. It’s not paranormal suspense or paranormal mystery or paranormal  thriller with a love interest back story. The romance is the main plot for me. And romance is never going to be on  the way out.

3. As writers, we are bombarded with ideas every minute of every day. What’s the idea behind this series and   how did it come about?

I read Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein when I was about twelve-years-old and have always been  fascinated by the concept of other worlds that are similar, but not identical.  I combined that with my formal                 academic education in Paranormal Psychology, the fact that I always got along super well with boys, and voila.

PART TWO: WRITING

1. Do you write full time?

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2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

If people “decide”, they’re not really writers. My working theory is that, if you watch children carefully, they will show you who they really are by the time they are eight or nine. At that age I had two stacks of legal pads on my bed. One I used to sketch glamorous evening wear. The other I used to write my own Bobbsey Twins novels. I did spend a few years as a designer of glam dresses and was copied by the biggest names in the business. I had a big following in the Northeast, South America, and Europe and still see some of my dresses show up in the movies. So I checked that off the list and did it until I was done. Now I’m writing.

3. Have you ever made big changes in your story because someone – your crit partner, a friend, or beta reader – really didn’t like it?  Are you glad you did (or didn’t)?

The answer is yes, but the someone was one of the characters. My Familiar Stranger started out to be a different story. My heroine was supposed to end up with the character of my choice. I was about 80% finished when another one of the guys (characters) started insisting that he was the one who should get the girl! I let him make his case and finally had to agree, but it caused a lot of overhaul.

Since then I have done a poll on Facebook asking fans who they wanted to end up with the girl and the big majority agreed with my character. It was him all along.

4. What unique factor do you think you bring to the book/story market?

First, I waited to start writing until I was old enough to really have something to say.  Secondly, one of the  comments I hear most often is that people enjoy the chronicle style of ongoing story. I call it a serial saga. If I                 were not an Indie, it never would have happened because it doesn’t fit the commercial “formula” of how to pie chart a paranormal romance. (Yes. I made a verb out of the phrase “pie chart”.)

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing is slogging through the emotion. I know that, if I’m crying so hard I can hardly see the  PC screen, I’ve gotten it right, but it’s also very emotionally draining and it ruins my looks for half a day.                 Conversely, if I’m lying in bed at night reading my own book and laugh out loud, I know I got that right as well.

6. Who were your major influences?

Stephen King, Anne Rice, my tenth grade literature teacher without whom I might never have read Julius   Caesar, MacBeth, Random Harvest, or Lord Jim, my seventh grade English teacher without whom I never                 would have read the entire works of William Saroyan, my father who bought me the Scribner Collection which  included all the classics appropriate for young readers. (I learned to love the art of story AND the art of Maxfield                 Parrish who illustrated the covers.)

7. Do you have any advice for any other aspiring writers out there?

Yes. Writers are born, not made. Run as hard and fast as you can from a course on “creative writing” classes because nothing will kill your own embryonic art or creativity faster.

PART THREE: PERSONAL

1. What are 5 fun/interesting facts about you?

I play bridge. I like going to movies in the daytime by myself (though I rarely get to). I teach magickal arts online.  I worked for the airlines when I was very young and have traveled a lot. I speak canine. (Bonus #6. I do all my

own graphics work: covers, ads, book trailers, etc.)

2.  What is the most inspiring quote you have ever heard?

a. This actually relates to how busy I am. It’s a motto used as my email signature on personal mail. THE QUOTE: “It’s better to burn out, than fade away.” – Rock of Ages, Def Leppard. Some people have wrongly attributed this to Kurt Cobain. Sorry. No. Others have said it wasn’t Def Leppard, it was Neil Young, “It’s better to burn out, than to fade away,” – My, My, Hey, Hey. Also wrong. Neil Young used an extra “to”. Big difference you see.

b. Winston Churchill is reported to have given a commencement address in which he simply took the podium and said, “Never give up,” nine times.

3. What’s your favorite book?

Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice. Also high up on the list: The Gate to Women’s Country by Sherri S Tepper and Good Omens  by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. HOWEVER, I wouldn’t recommend any of these to someone unless I knew that they were students of religious studies or, in the case of Gate, feminism.

4. Greatest joy?

Reviews.

5. Greatest aggravation?

Reviews.

Now, about A Summoner’s Tale… If you haven’t read Books One and Two, I hope you will do so before you read Book Three. Black Swan is a serial saga meaning that each book is actually a chapter installment in an ongoing story. This particular installment involved characters that were introduced in the first book.

If you read by Kindle, you will find A Summoner’s Tale available at Amazon after release. If you another e-reader, you can still get the book in the form of an anthology that will be available in electronic format everywhere. The Order of the Black Swan Collected Tales, Books 1-3. $6.99 for all 330,000 words. This is a dream come true for me because readers will experience the first three books as conceived as one story.

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Spotlight & Review of Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf (Order of the Black Swan, Book 4)

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Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf (Order of the Black Swan, Book 4) by Victoria Danann

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance

Publisher: 7th House

Date of Publication: May 26, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-933320-69-4 ebook

ISBN: 978-1-933320-64-9 paperback

Number of pages: 390

Word Count: 90,000

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This is the fourth installment in the Black Swan serial saga. Reading in order is essential. The first book, My Familiar Stranger, is free everywhere. (Nominated for Best Paranormal Romance by REVIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS.  Nominated for Best Indie Paranormal Romance and Best Indie Fantasy Romance for READERS CHOICE AWARDS. Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK.

What would you do for love? 

1. Storm’s unexpected reply when tapped to replace Sol as the new Jefferson Unit Sovereign. 

2. B Team learns the shocking truth about the origin of the vampire virus.

 3. Monq races to develop a defense system to repel invasion from Stagsnare.

4. Litha volunteers her father to help to Black Swan.

5. Desperation drives Stalkson Grey to embark on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams in a bid to save the Elk Mountain werewolves from extinction. In the process he learns that true love can find you in the strangest places, even when you’re far, far from home.

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Chapter 1

“What do you know about my sister and that prancin’ prick of a fairy prince?”

Elora blinked, but in the space of that flutter he learned all he needed to know. He had found out the first night Storm brought her to poker, back at Jefferson Unit, that her very expressive face telegraphed even the tiniest nuance or feeling or thought. By now he knew her so well that she was as transparent as air. She was caught off guard because she hadn’t expected that question while Ram was cooking a leisurely Sunday breakfast.

“Say that three times fast?”

“No’ goin’ to work this time. Stay on topic.”

“You just don’t like him because he can stand toe to toe with you and not be cowed by the H.O.H. elfster.”

“ELFSTER!? What in Paddy’s Name, Elora? And what is H.O.H.?”

“Hall of Heroes.”

Ram turned away from frying bacon and gave her a look. It probably didn’t have the effect he intended. He was wearing jeans, a long sleeve black tee that stretched across his chest enticingly, and a black Jack Daniels apron tied around his waist. She thought perhaps nothing was sexier than watching Ram’s muscles ripple while cooking her breakfast.

“Do no’ try to deflect. ‘Tis I. And Paddy knows I can tell when you’re hidin’ somethin’.” Ram looked determined.

“Speaking of hiding. You’re going to have to do something about all these guys overrunning our property. Our home – the one that was intended to be our very own, very private property. Please, Ram. Make them go away.”

His expression softened a little as he decided to allow himself to be temporarily derailed.

“Sol, Simon, and every one of your friends agree that we can no’ leave you and Helm vulnerable after the threat those alien buggers left hangin’ in the air. That goes especially for your friend, Sir Storm.”

My friend, Sir Storm?”

“Aye. Your friend. The bloody wanker suggested that I’m no’ responsible enough to be entrusted with lookin’ out for you. Said, ‘You’re no’ takin’ good care of my namesake’s mother. I’ll be forced to give the job to someone else if you do no’ shape up and begin takin’ it seriously’.”

Elora laughed. “He said that?”

“Aye. As if ’twas all my doin’ that you ended up givin’ birth alone in a freezin’ wolf cave. With. No. Phone.”

“Well…”

Ram narrowed his eyes at her. “Think very carefully about what you are about to say before you say it.”

Elora smiled brightly. “I was going to say that no one in his right mind could fault you.”

Ram nodded and resumed turning the bacon. “Exactly. I should have reminded him what happened when he was in charge of the Baka interview at Unit Drac. He pouted for hours after learnin’ first hand that the Lady Laiken does as she fuck-well pleases.”

Elora concurred by nodding vigorously. “It’s a burden, but you bear it well, my love.”

“All kiddin’ aside. I do. I really do.” He began setting strips of cooked bacon out to drain the grease.

“Well, Sir Storm is going to be plenty busy with his own burdens.”

“What’s your meanin?”

“They’re expecting.”

“Expectin’ a baby?”

“No. They’re expecting Publishers Clearing House to pay for their villa renovation.”

Ram gave her a look. “You know, I’m thinkin’ there’s only enough of this lovely bacon for one and, since I cooked, I really should be keepin’ it for myself.”

“Yes! They’re expecting a baby. Litha thinks it’s a girl.”

“A girl!” Ram practically whooped. “Paddy’s Great Balls Afire. I can no’ wait to see Storm try to be da to a girl.” He laughed enjoying that idea and then grew serious. “As for the buggers who violated my grandda’s forest, I’ll no’ be givin’ ’em a second chance at my family.”

“Rammel. I hear you and I understand you.”

“I do no’ suppose the next sentence will be ‘and I obey you’.”

Elora smirked while she snagged a piece of bacon. “Have I ever mentioned you make great bacon?” She nuzzled his ear on the way back to her stool. “Almost as good as chocolate.”

Ram pointed a spatula at her. “I swear to Paddy you have that thin’… that ADDD.”

“ADHD?”

“Aye.”

Elora started laughing. “Pot.”

When his brows drew together she smiled because Helm looked at her with that same expression several times a day. They made him accidentally in a snow covered cottage, but he was made with love and now he was a little bit her and a little bit him. A miracle indeed.

“You can no’ concentrate ’cause you’ve been smokin’ dope?”

“No! ‘Pot’ as in ‘you’re the pot calling the kettle black’.”

Ram stared at her for a few beats, finally shook his head and said, “No idea.”

“You don’t have an expression here about the pot calling the kettle black?”

“We do no’ that I know of, but I think I begin to follow your point. You’re tryin’ to say that I should no’ be accusin’ you of short attention because mine is even shorter?”

Of their own accord, his eyes drifted down to the cleavage showing between the henley buttons she’d left undone.

She chuckled. “See?”

“See what?”

She did a little shimmy and he grinned sheepishly. “Guilty.” He put an orange juice in front of her. “And be careful of the sexy dancin’. You’ll be gettin’ Helm’s milk all over your clothes again.”

Elora rolled her eyes. “He gets enough. Have you seen how chubby his little face is getting?”

“Well, blood will tell.”

Elora narrowed her eyes to slits. “Rammel. Paddy help you if you’re saying what I think you’re saying.”

“All I’m sayin’ is that chubby cheeks do no’ run on my side of the family.” When she took a mock threatening step toward him, he laughed. “Just teasin’ darlin’ girl. Just teasin’. You know I would no’ change a hair on your head. Or his.”

“Okay. All I’m sayin’ is that insanity doesn’t run on my side of the family.” A look of horror slowly covered her face as she realized what she’d just said. She hadn’t yet personally confronted what the assassin in the woods had said about the Laiwynn clan, but if it was true, it meant that cruelty and despotic behavior might run in her family.

Ram put his utensils down, wiped his hand on his apron, and offered himself for a hug. She stepped into the comfort of his arms.

“What I was trying to tell you earlier is that I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I won’t give up my freedom to live a restricted life, no matter how luxurious or comfortable. Not for anything.”

“No’ even for Helm? And me?”

“That’s not fighting fair and you know it.”

“When it comes to your safety – and our son’s – you think I care about fightin’ fair? ‘Tis the very last of my concerns.”

“Let me put it this way. You need to come up with a more agreeable Plan B and you need to do it while I’m still in a listening mood.”

“Any ideas?”

She looked down at her pretty Holland china plate, part of the set they got as a wedding present from Kay and Katrina. She had a picture of how good life was going to be there in their new home. Had the Ralengclan assassins spoiled her vision of the future to the point of ruin? Was it time to confront that possibility?

“No.” When she looked back up, Ram thought he might have seen her look just a little worn. Like her aura hadn’t been buffed in a while. Sometimes he caught her looking off into space and he suspected that she was thinking about what she’d been told by the Ralengclan assassin, wondering if the massacre of her family was really a coup d’etat.” Armed people guarding the house. Hardly what I pictured.”

“I know.” Ram sat down next to her and took her hand in his. “We’ll figure it out. Monq’s workin’ on it.” He pulled up like he had an idea. The change was so subtle that no one besides Elora would have even noticed it.

“What?”

“He’s workin’ on detectin’ interdimensional activity – identifyin’ the source and location. He says ’tis a logical first step toward the defense system we’re goin’ to be needin’.”

“Yeah. I heard.”

“Well…” She knew she was in trouble when he turned on that look that he had given her the first night they had met, the puppy dog plea that was so irresistible she could be manipulated out of her socks with full knowledge and complicity. She hated that. It was… manipulation by consent.

“Stop that right now!”

“‘Twas just thinkin’ that, for the time bein’, just while we’re sortin’ this out, maybe we should move back into Jefferson Unit. You and Helm would be safe there. I know ’tis no’ ideal, but there is the courtpark, food, and babysittin’ on demand. ‘Tis no’ this.” He looked around the room and gave a little sigh. He had put a lot of himself into renovating the property and somewhere along the way had come to understand why she loved it and pictured their little family living happily ever after there. “But we were happy at Jefferson too. We could even help Monq. Maybe speedin’ thin’s along a bit?”

“I’m expecting puppies.”

“I truly hope no one is recordin’ this conversation.” Ram’s mouth softened at the corners making him look so beautifully kissable that she had to lean in and remind herself if those kisses were as good as she remembered. He didn’t seem to mind complying with her wish. When she pulled back, he said, “We could get Glen to keep an eye on that. The wolf pups I mean.”

“This is not just some ruse that’s going to get us sucked back into active duty?”

Ram cocked his head like he was having trouble with that question. “Why would I go to so much trouble to keep you safe only so I could risk gettin’ you killed?”

Elora stared at Ram for a few seconds. “I’m not the only knight in the room and we both know how persuasive Sol can be when he wants something. Before I even consider this proposal, I need some reassurance that none of us, not you, not me, not the baby – none of us – are going to end up on any field assignment. Not in any capacity.”

Ram nodded. “Deal.”

“Okay.”

“Okay you approve of my answer or okay we’re packin’ for Fort Dixon?”

“Fort Dixon, but that’s all of us. Blackie too. And we need an apartment big enough for the four of us.”

“Thank Paddy. I’m goin’ to get a good night’s sleep for a change.”

She hadn’t realized just how much stress the fear of assassination had caused Ram until she saw his facial muscles relax. Yeah. It was a good plan. A good choice, everything considered.

And, let’s outline what would have to happen to make it possible for us to come back here and proceed to live life the way it should be lived. By ourselves. Speaking of which, I’m also not giving up the pleasure of a weekend at the cottage – just us – forever.”

Certainly. I’m no’ unreasonable.”

She smiled at him lovingly and indulgently. “Of course not. You’re my hero.”

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Book Review

If you are looking for a great paranormal romance series, please check out the Danann’s Order of the Black Swan. I started this series last year, when I found the first book, My Familiar Stranger, on Amazon for free. Once I finished this book, I was hooked.

Please be aware, though, that this series must be read in sequential order for you to understand and follow the plot. Unlike other series, that may focus on one main protagonist’s story, the Order of the Black Swan continues with main characters’ sagas that were started in the previous books. Now, however, their story lines become subplots surrounding a featured character  introduced earlier in the series.

Each book in the series focuses on a character’s journey to find love. In Moonlight it’s Stalkson Grey’s turn.

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Stalkson is a sexy alpha werewolf whose clan is becoming extinct because of the low number of female werewolf births.

To seek a solution, he turns to Monq, a scientist who works for the Order.  His quest takes him to multi-dimensional worlds looking for answers, and along the way, this serious, hardened alpha falls in love.  Stalkson is a dynamic character who changes as he realizes that alpha duties alone are not enough to fulfill his life.

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However, finding love is never easy, and Stalkson also never expects that he will become enamored with a human living in another dimension.  His plans to get Luna to love him back are comical and endearing.  Danann provides a modern day spin on the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood and allusions to the story are subtly interwoven into the plot.

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If you like paranormal stories heavy on romance, seduction, and steamy love scenes, then you will enjoy this series. Danann’s witty and humorous style of writing creates laugh-out- loud moments that immerse you in a fantasy world where paranormal beings are the norm.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Victoria DanannIf you’re looking for something new and different in PNR, you’ve come to the right place.

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.

WEBSITE: http://www.VictoriaDanann.com

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The Order of the Black Swan (Collected Tales, Books 1-3) by Victoria Danann

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Genre: Contemporary Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Publisher: 7th House

Heat Level: Steamy

Word Count: 313,000 words

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Discover a world of adult fantasy where modern day knights of a secret society interact with an alien, a witch, a demon, a psychic, a berserker, a most unusual vampire, werewolves, elves, and fae. Fairytales intersect adventure, romance, and emotion proving that true love can find you in the strangest places, even when you’re least expecting it, even when you’re far, far from home.

 These are single titles presented in a bundle, the first three installments of the serial saga presented in anthology form. Included are:

Book 1:  My Familiar Stranger:Romancing the Vampire Hunters  (Nominated for best paranormal romance of 2012 by the Reviewers’ Choice Awards.) Released April 2012. 241 reviews on Amazon. 663 ratings on iTunes.

Book 2The Witch’s Dream: A Love Letter to Paranormal Romance  Released October 2012. Only available on Amazon. 111 reviews.

Book 3:  A Summoner’s Tale: The Vampire’s Confessor  Released February 2013. Only available on Amazon. 56 reviews.

All three of the single titles have been in Amazon’s TOP 100 in their category EVERY DAY since release.

 Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

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Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Adventure you will not put down, By Christine Merritt

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“This series is written beautifully and with intelligence. Reading them together is the way to go – one story ends with the beginning of the next book picking right up where the last ended. I’ve read the three books separately MORE THAN ONCE. Having the three bundled together is brilliant.

5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, vampires, werewolves – WOW, By Elizabeth Nix

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“While you can read these books as stand alones, this series is best read in order as they’re the continuing story of one group of the people of the Black Swan unit. There’s travel from other dimensions, a new outlook on vampires, elves, sexy warriors, romance, what more could you want? Each book is a bit different from the others as they deal with the lives and loves of these people and the trials they encounter. It’s a great series by a new writer.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series!!!, By Cynthia J

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“I received a complimentary copy off the series for review, and simply could not put it down! The story grips you from the first page, and keeps going non stop. The characters are well developed and she manages to seamlessly weave fantasy, sci fi drama and romance into a very good read. I found myself tearing up at times, laughing out loud at others. I highly, highly recommend this series, can’t wait for the next!!”

About the Author

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For the past fourteen years, Victoria has illustrated and authored Seasons of the Witch calendars and planners and written several non-fiction books. She owns 7th House Publishing and contributes to its enterprises. In addition to art and writing, she plays Classic Rock music (keys, rhythm guitar, vocals) and manages one of Houston’s premier party bands. Married. Four children.

UPCOMING PROJECTS: The fourth book in the serial saga, Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf, will release on the full moon May 25th.

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