The Witch's Dream: Demon in the Details (BLACK SWAN 2)

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Elora Laiken broke Storm's heart when she chose his best friend. Now the handsome knight wants nothing to do with love, but a witch with a big secret has other ideas. When B Team arrives in Edinburgh, the afterglow of an elftale wedding ends abruptly when Katrina is kidnapped by a demon with a grudge. More

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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: gaele hi on Oct. 23, 2012 : star star star star star
Picking up momentarily after the close of My Familiar Stranger, this book also manages to encourage the page-turning, what comes next of the first. Adding to the already established mix of Beserkers, Elves, Demons, Vampires and the Order of the Black Swan, we find touches of majik and mysticism in the form of a lovely witch, and a werewolf to fill in those spots that you didn’t realize needed filling.

The spells are all as close to real as one will find in any careful writer’s book, the language is poetic and the characters are even more intriguing and palpable than before. Readers who are introduced to this series with this volume will find themselves wondering, the author has specifically created these stories to read in order to best follow the action. It is no hardship to read the two, believe me – the writing is tight, descriptive and flows neatly along a path that often is twisty, but always seems to resolve with a satisfying feeling of “what will they get into next”.

This world is so unique and the writing so constant and detailed with little pieces of information drop like breadcrumbs until the loaf is completed. You will be turning pages as you need to get to the end – and then re-reading as you await book 3 in this series.

I was provided an eBook copy from the author for purpose of review for Booked and Loaded. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maya Bowen on Sep. 18, 2012 : star star star star star
The Witch's Dream starts off a little slow with a glimpses of a few characters, new and old, and what they're up to presently. The story then picks up those threads (and pace) and intertwines them into the main story.
I had mixed feelings about the simultanious story lines but I think it worked out well in the end. There's a little bit of obvious set up for the next book but that's all right with me since this didn't leave major threads hanging, just a few enticing ones! It makes me look forward to #3 all the more!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Liz Cabrejos on Sep. 15, 2012 : star star star star star
I was quite excited when the author asked if I would be interested in receiving an ARC of book two in the Black Swans series.  Having loved book one, of-course I said yes. She did not disappoint. I thought book two was a little slow in the beginning, not giving me as much of a fix of the characters I have grown to love. However slow it might've been in the beginning, she made up completely with the rest of the storyline. We're again brought into the beautiful love and romance of Elora & Ram. We're introduced to Kay & Katrina and his crazy sisters. Best of all, we watch Storm still moping around, not himself at all in the aftermath of the whole love triangle. The great surprise in this book is Lithia, a demon and a witch, who's dad is an incubus!!  Love, love, loved the book. The details that this writer puts into her stories are just, well....wonderful. Enjoyed it just as much if not a bit more than book one. With that said, bring on book 3, Baka needs me!  Lol
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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