Victoria Montes is the author of the novels: A Diplomat’s Daughter published at Bouncing Ball Books, Camouflage Venom, Hive of Hornets and Stung. She worked as a staff writer for the Mountain Signal, a local magazine. She freelanced for newspapers The Tehachapi News and Bakersfield Californian. Her short story ‘The Day the American Embassy Burned’ won first place in the Foreign Service Journal’s contest of the Summer of 2009, where it was published. She won first place in the non-fiction category for her short story, “You turn Two” at the Kern County Writers Festival in 2011.
She has traveled to Afghanistan and appeared on television Channel 23 and made several guest appearances on KNZR 1560 radio.
She conducted writers’ groups in Ventura County, CA, Bakersfield, CA and Tehachapi, CA from 1998 to the present time. In May 2004, she spoke at the Kern County Writers’ Group about scene goals in fiction writing. At the Tehachapi Library in March of 2007 and April of 2007, she conducted workshops on character development and the many ways to get published.
She has taught for seventeen years as a science and more recently English teacher at Monroe High School, an alternative education school, in Tehachapi California
Where to find Victoria Montes online
The Christmas Wrap
this is a memoir about looking back at life, time passing and the things we hold dear.
A soldiers story
A young soldier is sent to war without completely understanding why. He ends up involved in a friendly fire situation and doesn't know how to deal with it.
Explores the pitfalls of dating and life after divorce in a humorous way
Camouflage Venom is a 80,000 word military mystery. Before there was a ‘Don’t ask. Don’t tell” policy, when the war was still cold, and a wall still divided Berlin, PFC Virginia Hornet enlisted in the US Army. Little does she suspect she will be defending her right to serve her country as well as running for her life.
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Smashwords book reviews by Victoria Montes
- "A Murder in Harlem"
on March 08, 2013
I have never read anything like A Murder in Harlem. I believe it's biggest appeal is that it has takes the reader on a ride in the eyes of a protagonist most reader will never have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of. This unlikely protagonist Miriam is marginalized due to her gender and place in the a country where she is not completely comfortable. Miriam uses her wits and strength to not only deal with a unpleasant husband but get her family out of a tight spot with the police.
- Assume Nothing
on March 12, 2013
Assume Nothing has a wonderful title. So it was intriguing right from the beginning. This book is a fun little story with very colorful characters and wonderfully natural dialog
- My Premonition
on March 12, 2013
This short story is full of very strong imaginary. I felt like I was in the accident. However I wondered about the traveling companions who were they are why was this eclectic group traveling together. I would have liked more information there.
- The Cocoon Called Conscience
on March 16, 2013
Interesting story very imaginative. I think it could be longer to make it easier to visualize. I had to go back to see if the guidance had left the cocoon before after Veron talked to Philip but decided it was all from a distance. I do think it could benefit from some revision. There are a few major typos like a voice spoke in his mind in agreement. Two prepositions tacked on to the end makes the reader stop and think about the word order instead of the story so maybe a voice in his mind spoke. There is one tense change from past to present on about the 3 page that jarred me as a reader. Another one due to the face that. Typo made me stop. Clearing those up would be a good idea.