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Where I hope to be as a writer in five years…
by Violetta Rand
Great question, but I never really thought about it until now. With the June release of my debut novel, Blind Allegiance, I’ve been so caught up in the moment. I can, however, definitively say I have a goal of completing/releasing two books a year. One of the biggest challenges is keeping your name/work fresh on the minds of readers. With nearly 500,000 (approximate) new titles published a year, it would be easy to get lost in that quagmire. I’ve planned 6 to 7 installments for the Blind Series. I’m also working on a couple other projects. Of course there’s the dream of being a best seller … we all fantasize about that. Deep breath. In realistic terms, I’d prefer to make a living doing what I love. Writing.
If that means I need to simplify my life, be frugal, sell the second vehicle and stay home more to save money so I can afford to focus on writing, I’m up to the challenge. The most important thing is getting words on paper (onscreen). There are also a couple talented authors I’d love to collaborate on new projects with.
Approaching a historical romance with two unique perspectives excites me.
Another professional goal—mastering marketing. I’m savvy enough with Twitter and Facebook, blog tours and reviews, but I’d like to discover something unique and help new authors tap into that. This is a give and take profession. There’s no such thing as barricading yourself inside, completing your novel, and expecting it to sell. Friends and fellow authors nurtured and supported me through the process. Time to give some of that back.
Thanks for giving me something to think about.
Blind AllegianceBy Violetta RandThe Blind Series, Book 1Publisher: Soul Mate PublishingRelease Date: June 26, 2013Genre: Historical RomanceLength: 219 PagesAdd to GoodreadsBook Description:She’ll always fight for what she believes in…
Betrayed by a brother she hardly trusted before the bloodthirsty Viking, Jarl Randvior Sigurdsson, attacks her home, Noelle Sinclair is conveniently bartered as a means to save her cowardly sibling’s skin. Forced to leave her homeland and accompany the petulant Viking to the untamed wilderness of central Norway, Noelle is ever-aware of the burgeoning dangers around her—including her weakening resolve to resist Randvior.
Should Noelle surrender to his resplendent charms and seduction, or fight with every ounce of strength she possesses to get home?Buy Link: Amazon
She covered her face, blocking Randvior’s eyes from her own. She was only guessing—which never served anyone very well. She whirled, retreating full speed, heading directly for the cabin. She collided with a soldier. Noelle shoved him away in a huff, and tripped over her own feet as she stumbled through the door. She slammed it shut, barricading herself inside.
Confinement was the only escape at her disposal. But that only lasted a few minutes. Randvior tried to open the door. She braced her legs, hoped to keep the rest of the world locked out until they reached Norway. Randvior twisted the knob and pushed, but she stayed stubbornly locked in position. He banged on the planks and demanded she open the door. If she refused any longer, he’d probably just kick it down. She braced herself for what might happen when he came in and reluctantly stepped aside.
“What happened out there? Did you see a ghost?” he asked, entering the room.
“I would consider myself most fortunate if it was only an apparition taunting me.” She sat on the bed and wringed her hands nervously. “My conscience troubles me.” She raised her eyes to meet his.
He leaned against the doorframe, arms crossed. She couldn’t keep herself from sneaking admiring looks at his body. Only flesh and bone, she reminded herself, he’s only flesh and bone. His fine looks did little to relieve her; she was so helplessly riddled with guilt, she didn’t know what to do with herself any more.
He closed the door and moved closer. “Remember the things I told you in England?”
“I remember too much.”
What she really wanted were assurances for her future. She wanted him to vow he would care for her life as loyally as he would his own kinswoman’s. If he wouldn’t make her his wife, he should choose someone else. She needed a husband to protect her interests now. Even an inexperienced adolescent or an old man would do. As long as he had a pulse and a respectable name, she’d accept it. This was the only bargaining chip she had left.
About the Author
Violetta Rand holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and a master’s degree in Environmental Management. Serving as an environmental scientist in the state of Alaska for over seven years, she enjoys the privilege of traveling to remote places few people have the opportunity to see.
Violetta has been “in love” with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading whatever she can get her hands on, music, and losing herself in the ancient worlds she enjoys bringing to life in her stories.
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