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V. M. Black

V. M. Black is the creator of Aethereal Bonds, the sensual urban fantasy world that takes vampires, weres, and faes to a place they've never been.

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I’m a storyteller

Filed in Writing Life by on June 1, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1748
I’m a storyteller

I started my storytelling journey around the campfires and in the playhouses of my childhood–I was the person everyone begged to tell a new spin on La Llorona or The Hitchhiker or The Man With the Hook. When I played one particular MMO RPG, people would ask me for stories–and I told them things like Hero and […]

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Treadmill desk? Sign me up!

Filed in Writing Life by on June 1, 2014 0 Comments • views: 3741
Treadmill desk?  Sign me up!

I’ve been doing most of my writing at a diner because it’s away from the distractions of home.  The problem is…it’s in a diner.  I get really hungry there, and all the food is terrible for you.  Delicious, yes, but terrible.  Plus, sitting on my rear end for 10+ hours a day is bad for […]

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Website down :(

Filed in Writing Life by on May 30, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1291
Website down :(

We had a weeeeeeee bit of confusion concerning a web designer I’d hired to redo the Aethereal Bonds site. The result was that the designer took down my site without my knowledge. I don’t know if the link to the excerpt was affected because in admin mode, everything looked great. If it was, it’s accessible […]

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Vicki Recommends The Guests of Honor by Cat Amesbury

Filed in Writing Life by on May 29, 2014 0 Comments • views: 6304
Vicki Recommends The Guests of Honor by Cat Amesbury

Amesbury’s debut novel The Guests of Honor has all the fun, energetic insanity of an early Terry Pratchett novel or Douglas Adams combined with the inventiveness of Garth Nix.  Though the pacing is more than a little rocky, especially in the beginning, and it occasionally veers into preciousness, if you love original fantasy (with just a […]

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The Slow Burn

Filed in Writing Life by on May 29, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2301
The Slow Burn

I’m taking a lot of risks with my Cora’s Choice series. Chief among them is my decision to write a story that starts out quietly but has the heat continually cranked up on it. In romance serials, it’s extremely dangerous to have no sex in the first installment. The potential relationship between the main characters […]

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Working on The Alpha’s Captive: Part Two

Filed in Writing Life by on May 25, 2014 3 Comments • views: 3014
Working on The Alpha’s Captive: Part Two

My cold knocked me sideways yesterday, so this is going to be up when it’s up.    I’m entering edits tonight instead of yesterday, and I’ve got to give my ARC reviewers a chance to catch any last typos.  Then it takes 12 hours to work through Amazon.  I’ll send an email as soon as […]

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Bad Blood has been released.

Filed in Writing Life by on May 24, 2014 4 Comments • views: 3681
Bad Blood has been released.

This has been a crazy month for me! Bad Blood has been released on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. My first werewolf serial installment, The Alpha’s Captive, is not only released but free. I’ve already written over 240 pages this month, which is why my blog has gotten somewhat neglected. I’m trying to figure out how […]

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Genre and tropes as tools, not props

Filed in Writing Life by on May 22, 2014 0 Comments • views: 3322
Genre and tropes as tools, not props

Savvy readers have already noticed that my vampire covers are unusual for paranormal romance, which is usually nekkid men. They are also unusual for urban fantasy (which my writing firmly straddles, the elements increasing as Cora goes deeper into Dorian’s world), which is usually the back of women holding weapons. I did this consciously, even […]

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Interviewing Viola Rivard

Filed in Writing Life by on April 25, 2014 1 Comment • views: 5147
Interviewing Viola Rivard

Today, just to mix things up, I’m interviewing Viola Rivard, Amazon bestselling author of the Claimed series, paranormal werewolf ménage romances.  You can check out her books here or visit her blog.   You write full time now.  What were you doing before that? I worked in a call center for a company that handles installment plans for […]

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Cora Finds her Strength

Filed in Writing Life by on April 22, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2917
Cora Finds her Strength

One of the thorniest problems with vampire romances is that there’s such a big difference in power between the vampire (almost always male) and the human (female, of course).  This means that, in most stories, the woman has no real agency to affect change in the novel except in relation to the vampire hero.  So her role […]

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Gotta serve the story!

Filed in Writing Life by on April 17, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2864
Gotta serve the story!

I’m doing something a bit dangerous with my story-arc. I’m sometimes including the dreaded CLIFFHANGER. Some people hate cliffhangers with an undying fury. So for them, I offer a way to resolve the cliffhanger—ALWAYS. There will always be a way to get the next chapter of the next book—even from one story arc to the […]

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Blood Born is out, but….

Filed in News by on April 16, 2014 2 Comments • views: 5353
Blood Born is out, but….

…I don’t have the energy to update the site today.    It will happen tomorrow. The launch was (very) rocky from a technical standpoint, and two of my kids are sick, miserable, and clingy.  I HAVE still been getting my word count in, and that takes priority over pretty much everything except actually uploading physical […]

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