Publisher: 7th House
Genre: paranormal romance, fantasy romance, scifi romance (key word = romance)
THE COLLECTED TALES OF BLACK SWAN, Books 1-3
Once upon a time a girl traveled so far from home that she found herself in another world where heroes, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, fae, berserkers, and psychics became her friends and family. As an accidental pilgrim, a stranger in a "strangish: land, she learned that there's a place where adventure intersects fairytales and that true love can find you in the strangest places, when you're least expecting it, even when you're far, far from home.
1. My Familiar Stranger: Romancing the Vampire Hunters (Nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by Reviewers Choice Awards. Nominated for Best PNR and Best Fantasy Romance by Readers Choice Awards.)
DESCRIPTION. Minutes ahead of inevitable assassination, Elora Laiken is forcibly transported to an alternate dimension similar, but not identical, to her own. She is stranded. Alone. Far from home. An alien amid the modern day knights of a secret society of vampire hunters and paranormal investigators.
Of course a girl could suffer worse problems than having gorgeous suitors. Perhaps more importantly, in the midst of an epidemic of vampire related abductions, can she stay alive long enough to choose between an honor debt, true love, or the breathlessness of single-minded passion?
2. The Witch's Dream: A Love Letter to Paranormal Romance
DESCRIPTION: Quintessential Black Swan knight, Engel Storm, was left behind when Elora Laiken chose his best friend. Now his heart is bruised and battered and he’s had it with love. But a transplanted witch who happens to be the world’s best tracker plans to do everything in her considerable power to change his mind.
The Witch’s Dream begins with B Team on temporary assignment to Black Swan headquarters in Edinburgh where they are supposed to fill in for stretched-thin resources and assist with a werewolf issue. They’ve been given permission to stop on the way to celebrate a special handfasting in an Irish castle.
When they reach Edinburgh, the afterglow of an elftale wedding quickly becomes all business. A missing person report turns into a demon abduction. A simple werewolf sanction becomes a diplomatic issue requiring the one thing Elora is no longer willing to give - finesse.
3. A Summoner's Tale: The Vampire's Confessor
DESCRIPTION: A secret society, a witch, a psychic, vampires, modern day knights, heroes, elves, fae, assassins from another dimension, and fairytales come together where emotions intersect. Two souls, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, struggle through pain and darkness simultaneously. Each alone must traverse an ultimate confrontation with character and the will to survive. Ex-vampire, Istvan Baka, and his first victim prove that true love can wait patiently through lifetimes for a second chance. Even in the strangest places. Even when you're least expecting it. Even when you're far, far from home.
My Review of My Familiar Stranger
I love it when a story has the ability to instantly take me away. From the beginning of My Familiar Stranger I was wrapped up in a story that certainly promised to give me an adventure. Certainly when I began reading it I thought it was going to be a story of magic. But My Familiar Stranger was so much more than that.
Instantly you are thrown into an alternate dimension, a world that is so much like your own that it is so easy to feel comfortable, making you often forget that you are indeed in another dimension. And the trip to this alternate dimension was painful and bloody, as the wounds and story of Elora told us. Upon entering this new dimension Elora immediately caused men to take notice and caused a rift that would forever change The Black Swan group forever.
Black Swan is a group of deep cover vampire hunters trained to be the best of the best and the elite of the elite and they happen to be called Knights. And they are all men, so when Elora showed up on their doorstep she more than took them by surprise. She instantly gripped the heart of one knight and he saw to her personal care and recovery in his world, but not long into the story we are given a love triangle. But I don't know if I would call it much of a triangle. It was obvious that two men loved her but it was also obvious that she did not feel the same way about both men, so needless to say the love triangle didn't work for me. But I am happy with how things turned out for Elora.
I have to say that the story of My Familiar Stranger took me by surprise. I was expecting more action, more vampire hunting and more paranormal, but what I got instead was a romance, with just enough touch of the paranormal. So, no I didn't hate it, I enjoyed the story, but I really do wish that there was more vampire in this tale of vampire hunters. I did love how author Victoria Danann imparted knowledge of vampire at the beginning of every chapter, however, this also caused me to expect more vampire in the tale.
Being a lover of paranormal I would have loved for the vampire to be introduced sooner. But it feel like Victoria Danann is building up to more, so I can't wait to dive into the rest of the Black Swan Series and find out just what she has cooked up.
In the story of My Familiar Stranger, Victoria Danann gave me more than a few laughs, shocks, and definitely made me squirm in my chair! I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Elora and her journey at the base of the Black Swans. I recommend this tale for anyone who loves paranormal romance.
MOONLIGHT: The Big Bad Wolf, Black Swan 4
Subtitle: The Big Bad Wolf
Author Name: Victoria Danann
Series: Black Swan, Book 4
Genre: paranormal romance, fantasy romance, scifi romance
Publisher: 7th House
Date of Publication: 05/25/2013
What would you do for love?
Moonlight, The Big Bad Wolf, is the fourth installment in the serial saga, The Order of the Black Swan. READING IN ORDER STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
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+
Victoria Danann's LISTS
Readers sometimes ask about what kind of music I like and if I have actually traveled to the places I talk about in my books. Since I play Classic Rock music, those songs are going to feature prominently among favorites. And, yes, I have traveled to the places I talk about in my books.
TEN FAVORITE SONGS
Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin
Losing My Religion - Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Shoot to Thrill - AC/DC
You Get What You Give - New Radicals
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Mystify - INXS
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Where to Now St. Peter? - Elton John
Paper Sun - Def Leppard
TEN FAVORITE MOVIES
Six String Samurai
Alien from L.A.
The Empire Strikes Back
Field of Dreams
A Walk in the Clouds
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Princess Bride
The Company of Wolves
Tristan and Isolde
TEN FAVORITE BOOKS
Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon)
Memnoch the Devil (Anne Rice)
The Gate to Womens' Country (Sherry S. Tepper)
Christine (Stephen King)
A Hunger Like No Other (Kresley Cole)
Demon from the Dark (Kresley Cole)
My Familiar Stranger (Victoria Danann)
The Witch's Dream (Victoria Danann)
A Summoner's Tale (Victoria Danann)
Moonlight (Victoria Danann)
TEN MOST MEMORABLE DINNERS
The Gore Hotel (Lond0n)
Castle Kronberg (Frankfurt)
Las Brisas terrace (Acapulco)
La Tour du Argent (Houston)
Cafe de Artiste (New York)
Piazza del Duomo (Siena)
Le Comptoir Darna (Marrakech, Morocco)
Joe T. Garcia's (Fort Worth)
Roatan Ricks (Honduras)
TEN FAVORITE MUSICALS
Phantom of the Opera
Bye Bye Birdie
TEN LEAST FAVORITE FOODS
fish that tastes like fish
shellfish that tastes like shellfish
TEN DEAD PEOPLE I WOULD REANIMATE AND HAVE TO DINNER
Austin Osman Spare
Aethelflaed (Alfred the Great's oldest daughter)
Florence Scovel Shinn
Suzanne Summers (the psychologist, not the actress)
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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 then blend in just enough steam to make you squirm in your chair occasionally. 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.