My Familiar Stranger (BLACK SWAN 1)

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About Victoria Danann

My early work (eight-years-old) would be called fan fiction today. I began by writing my version of Bobbsey Twins novels on legal pads that my dad brought home from the office. As an only child – in the days before children became little electronic receivers – there was often not much to do other than seek amusement in my own head.

Childhood fantasies involved being the only girl (for some odd reason) at a ranch for wayward boys. Yes. I do realize this sounds vaguely familiar. Those fantasies were supported by real life events because the boys included me in the afternoon neighborhood games whether it was cowboy/Indians or G.I. Joe.

When I left the Bobbsey Twins behind I didn’t write again until I was married with children and in my mid-twenties. I completed a paranormal romance and gave it to my spouse to read. After hearing his criticisms I didn’t write again for decades. At the time I didn’t understand that he’s the absolute farthest thing from my audience.

It turned out to be a blessing because during that time that I didn’t write, I lived an extremely full life. I traveled a lot, raised a family, got an education (I have an M.A. in Psychology.) and explored my compulsion to be a spiritual seeker. The fantasies were a constant companion throughout. The faces and names of the characters changed as I matured, but they remained a source of comfort. They helped me through hell-raising teenagers and three near-death scares.

By the time I started writing again, I had something to say.

I write cross-genre 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 by both Reviewers’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards. All of my books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards. For 2013 I won REVIEWERS' CHOICE awards for Best Paranormal Romance Series, Best Paranormal Romance Novel (General) - A Summoner's Tale, and Best Paranormal Romance Novel (Vampires & Shifters) - Moonlight.

If you’re interested in me personally, I am also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock. I’m the utility player which means I play rhythm guitar, keyboards, sing back ups and a few leads.

I have authored and illustrated Seasons of the Witch calendars and planners for fifteen years and teach magickal arts for Seasons in Avalon. I live in The Woodlands, Texas which is why I sometimes joke about being the witch in the woods. Married. Four children. One very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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Review by: Bev Rowden on Sep. 02, 2013 : star star star star star
I have never read any of Victoria Danann books before. I truly enjoyed My Familiar Stranger. The characters made me angry at times,and i have had many laugh out loud moments! The story was very intriguing.Now that i have finished this book. I can not wait to get my hands on the second book! I give this book 5/5 stars!
(review of free book)

Review by: Darragh8888 on June 12, 2013 : star star star star star
fantastic. couldnt put it down
(review of free book)

Review by: Crystal Dawn on June 09, 2013 : star star star star star
I enjoyed this book. It had a lot of action and an exceptional female heroine.
(review of free book)

Review by: Michelle Terwilliger on Feb. 13, 2013 : star star star star star
LOVE the first book, cant wait to read number two!!!
(review of free book)

Review by: gaele hi on Oct. 23, 2012 : star star star star star
Take one parallel universe jump, an elite paramilitary company of knights who are tasked with eradicating vampires, a vampire with a ‘life wish’ and then blend in a liberal sprinkling of characters drawn from old European religious idolatry, superior advanced medical technology and a touch of humor and you start to define the basics in this book.

Created with a deft hand, each character is so well developed and defined that their voices are unique and specific, although their development is gradual, as befitting of plot and action. The rest of the story is just as well-crafted, almost to the point that you aren’t 100% certain that the world described is not just outside your door. The author has done a stellar job in creating the world, those who live within it, and a story-line that both compels you to read as you rush through to see just what happens next, and who gets the girl.
(review of free book)

Review by: Kasumi on Oct. 12, 2012 : star star star star
Dudé entre darle 3 ó 4 estrellas, porque sería de 3 y medio, pero finalmente el redondeo ha sido hacia arriba para premiar la imaginación de la autora, que solo necesitaría un buen editor para pulir la historia.

Por lo demás, si bien bastante dramática en inicio, y recurriendo a un "deus ex machina" innecesario al final, resulta una novela muy entretenida y bastante divertida.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Iris Hunter on Aug. 28, 2012 : star star star star
My Thoughts: *spoiler alert*
I don't know really in which genre to put this book, but it a good combination of vampires meets historical with a twist of paranormal others.

The story starts heavy with the kick-ass heroine Elora who is forcibly transported through some kind of Star Trek beam to another dimension with similar people, but just a little different than what she is used to. She meets the knights of the Order of the Black Swan and there the story gets interesting.


Although Elora is a mere human (she thinks), she finds out that she's stronger than the strongest of knights. While at first, they don't know what to do with her, they find out soon that she will be a great asset to their team.
Victoria Danann has built a great world with fantastic paranormal characters, as well as provided them with a personality that fits right in with this amazing story. At first My Familiar Stranger reminded me a little of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series with the same elements; Brothers fighting to protect the world from the big bad vampire villains. But soon I realized that this book is too unique for that. Victoria's knights contain different paranormal beings like elves, berserker, fairies, and one hell of a dog. The story contains a good piece of dry humor and some sexual tension in the form of a love triangle with a kick of Baka playing third that makes this an original read.



“Gave him wood!” He shook his head and reached for moisture at his eyes. “This just gets better and better.” All three members of B Team tensed when they realized Baka was in the alley. “She killed him with a toothpick that she grabbed out of some fellow’s mouth as she ran by. Did you know that?”

Ram, Kay, and Storm forgot being wary of Baka and simultaneously turned to look at Elora like she was an alien which, technically, she was. But they were looking at her like they’d never seen her before. Finally, she raised her hands.

“What?” - Victoria Danann


There were also some minor issues, like the beginning that was set a little too slow. I think it was the extensive description that slowed it down too much and I believe that there were some parts that, for my taste, could have been cut to make the story flow a little better.

My Familiar Stranger has a lot of great characters. Everyone is so fascinating to read about. They all have their own story and how-to-handle-manuals. Personally, the Berserker Kay and the Vampire Baka were my favorite characters. I would have liked to read more about them, but maybe that will come in book 2 of the Black Swan Series. I hope every knight of The Order of the Black Swan will get his own book :)

This is a great book that combines different genres in an authentic manner. Victoria Danann has triggered my interest in wanting to read more about The Order of the Black Swan and all the characters. I can recommend this story to other adults, as well as adolescents who like to read in their favorite genre or get introduced to something new.


Happy reading!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Danielle Christine on June 26, 2012 : star star star star star
This story looks for love in all the right places. It squeezes your heart, revs your anxiety, then leaves you with a big, satisfying sigh. Highly recommended for all you romance and/or paranormal lovers.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Steve O'Driscoll on June 26, 2012 : star star star star star
If you're looking for some originality, My Familiar Stranger by Victoria Danann is for you. A new idea seems hard to come by in paranormal. What a treat!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jeff Taylor on June 25, 2012 : star star star star star
I love the paranormal romance genre and this particular book is a one of the best I have ever read. I loved the Elora character and the plot takes some turns that keep you on the edge of your seat and is filled with plenty of steamy moments. My Familiar Stranger really builds up a unique and detailed world for the next books in the series.

The book is well written with interesting characters put in hot situations that leave you wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for their next erotic romance fix. Five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: shymoon on May 24, 2012 : star star star star
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a good story and good world building.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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