If a gold medal was awarded for ‘Worst Day Ever’ Laney Calderone would win it today, hands down. She’s just discovered she’s pregnant, her fiancé abruptly dumps her when she tells him, and her new car refuses to start as a brutal snowstorm hits Toronto.
Good Samaritan Tyler Hammond offers to take her home; however, with the heavy snow falling and his patience dwindling, Laney’s gold medal day isn’t over yet.
Storms intensify both outside and in as Laney finds herself inexplicably attracted to this tall, dark and very handsome but infuriating stranger.
Can Laney fight her unwanted yet increasing desire for this man long enough to get through the relentless storm? And will Tyler let her walk out of his life as easily as she came into it?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Victoria Grant whose book Stranded in Love charmed me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love romance but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Victoria Grant, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Victoria will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Victoria Grant!
Born in England to a Monty Python-loving dad & a Lawrence Welk-loving mum – tea drinkers all – we moved to Canada when I was seven. “Say book, say look” my new classmates would hound me just so they could have a good chuckle at my accent. But being incredibly shy, this was a great way for me to make friends.
My love of words and a creative imagination prompted English teachers to urge me to write for a living, especially after I got a letter from the Prime Minister who thanked me for writing to him! So cool for a twelve-year-old!
Through the years, I wrote while I earned a living as an Administrative Assistant in various companies; then I owned a Wedding Coordination business for six years (talk about romance!), all the while being happily married to the love of my life.
These interesting jobs plus wedded bliss gave me oodles of ideas for romantic plot lines, tall, dark and handsome heroes and feisty, beautiful heroines, and, of course, the happily ever afters.
I currently live in Mississauga, Ontario and spend time with family and friends, and struggle daily with the wine and chocolate that somehow magically appear in my house…
And, amidst the endless cups of strong tea while the dead parrot sketch and Cole Porter songs whirl around in my brain, I write. I will always write romances because I love creating fascinating characters whose lives I can make completely miserable before I give them their happily ever after.
Now, how wonderful does Victoria sound?! Victoria is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Victoria’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Victoria, I hope that you enjoy Victoria ‘s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Why do you write romance novels?
I live and breathe romance, I always have, always will. Writing romances is fun and exciting and I love it! I won’t deny I’m a girly girl, I love satin and lace and all things pretty and sparkly. I know there are lots of readers out there who love that, too. And I always write happily everafters, never a cliffhanger, but only after I’ve put my leading characters on the wild ride of that roller coaster of love.J
Are you a plotter or pantser?
I’m a big time plotter. For my Calderone Family Romance Series, I had a lot of fun creating spreadsheets for the entire family (including their likes/dislikes, birthdates, what car they drive, etc.), I even have a seating plan for the Calderone dining table – just so I can see at a glance where each character sits – it has to be the same for every novel or it would be too confusing for the reader (and me!). I also have spreadsheets for each individual novel focusing on plot lines and family dynamics, which I may never use, but it helps that I know it.
Why is your book a must read?
Stranded in Love is a sexy, sizzling contemporary romance novel from a new author – which means I have a unique style in presenting all the elements that readers of this genre come to expect and enjoy. It’s filled with laughter and tears and starts when Laney and Tyler, the main characters, are both having a really rotten day and are forced together to wait out a brutal snowstorm. They have a few intense arguments, they dance together in the firelight, and have fun with a spontaneous snowball fight. And there’s an emotional finale with a fitting happily ever after. It’s getting some fabulous reviews, so I hope your readers will take the plunge and dive into the world of Toronto’s wealthy and powerful Calderone family.
Please share your setting for Stranded in Love. Have you ever lived or visited there?
The setting is the beautiful, multicultural city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. I live about 30kms from Toronto and love going into the big city! With its beautiful beaches, pretty parks, sensational shopping, and every type of restaurant you can imagine, Toronto is a world-class city in so many ways. And, it’s skyline, with the iconic CN Tower, appears on the cover of Stranded in Love. Bonus: it’s where Prince Harry meg Meghan! J
Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
I don’t think I’m like any one of my characters. What I do think is that parts of me (some great, some tiny) come through in all my characters. I’m creating them, placing them in situations, putting words in their mouth, giving them issues and stressors to manage, etc., so my feelings, emotions, wants and needs can’t help but sneak out and come through in their actions and dialogue on occasion.
If you could visit any setting from your book, which one would it be and why?
I would love to have a grand tour of the Calderone family mansion. I see it very clearly in my mind’s eye, but to actually step through those double doors into the fabulous white marble floored entrance hall, to see the white concert grand piano at its center, framed by two winding staircases – it would be a sight to behold.
This entrance hall plays a key role in every book of the series. I’ll even drop a mega-hint and tell you that one of the brothers exchanges wedding vows in this entrance hall on Christmas Eve. It’s spectacular!
If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
If I were to cast the characters from Stranded in Love, I would choose the beautiful actress Julie Gonzalo as Laney Calderone and the handsome Henry Cavill as Tyler Hammond. For Laney’s parents, I know Susan Sullivan and James Brolin are perfect. Laney’s eldest brother, Stephen, could be played by the good-looking Dylan McDermott. For Laney’s ex-fiancé, Ramone DeSantis, I think Nicholas Gonzales works well, and for Tracy, Tyler’s soon-to-be ex-wife, I like Nina Dobrev.
What is your writing process like?
I’m fortunate to be able to write full-time and I love it! I’m an afternoon/night owl, I’ve discovered that’s when my creativity is at its peak, so I try to get all my errands and chores done in the morning, then I spend anywhere from 8-12 hours at my laptop. And if I’m on a roll and the story is evolving nicely, it can be 2 or 3am before I get to bed. One night just recently, I stayed up the entire night writing almost 12,000 words. I was exhausted the next day, but it was worth it.
Do you listen to music when you write? What songs do you have on your playlist?
Yes, I love to listen to music when I write. Depending on what type of scene I’m writing, I will listen to either big band music (I love Glenn Miller) or the oldies, which, for me is the fabulous music from the 1960s & 70s. This does sometimes backfire as I can’t sit still and have to get up and dance!LOL When I’m writing love scenes, I’ll usually listen to classical pieces with no vocals – I find that really helps me connect with the emotions I’m trying to evoke. And when I’m editing, I shut the music off completely so I can concentrate on the words.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Near an ocean. Any ocean. I love the feel of the sand and the water, I love the sounds of the waves, I love the scent of the salty air, and I find I’m my most relaxed and creative when I surround myself with this picturesque scene.
If you could travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
I’d love to travel back to Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s. I’m a huge Cary Grant fan and love the movies he made back then. I’m also a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers admirer (which comes through in Stranded in Love) and a Bogie & Bacall addict, too, so to actually see any of these iconic stars in action or meet them face to face would be truly amazing.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I love to read, anywhere, anytime! To get my romance/chic lit fix, I adore Jennifer Crusie and Sophie Kinsella. In the mystery genre, I enjoy reading Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, and fellow Canadian Louise Penny.
I just finished reading the Fifty Shades trilogy because…well, I had to read it eventually, right? J
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Read, write, repeat. It’s vital for all writers to be sponges and absorb as much literature as they can. Read everything – poorly written novels, well written novels, the classics, books by as yet unknown authors – because every writer has to start somewhere. This will not only help you define your own style, it will educate and inspire you, too, so it’s all good.
When can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
Stranded in Love is Book #1 of the Calderone Family Romance Series. And as Laney, the heroine, has four older brothers, I decided to give each of them their own love story. Book #2, Write to Love, will be released next year, and is the story of Noel Calderone, the youngest brother, and what happens when he meets raven-haired, violet-eyed mystery author KC Dunlop. Book #3 will continue with the brother’s love lives, Charles is next, followed by Stephen then Jamie. To wrap up the series, Book #6, which I’m currently working on, will be about their parents, Eve and Boyd, and the obstacles they had to overcome to find their happily ever after.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Victoria! If you have liked what you have read about Victoria and are interested in learning more about Victoria and reading Victoria’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,