Friday, June 4, 2010

TGIF New Release~Victoria Gray's Destiny

Please welcome Victoria Gray today. She's sharing her new release with us--DESTINY. It's a Civil War era romance and I know there are some frustrated fans of that setting out there, so here's your chance. Take it away Victoria!

Blurb:Emma Davenport was going to be a bride, and no one was going to stop her, not even an outlaw. Bound for a forbidden marriage to her father’s sworn enemy, Emma’s scheme shatters when she is abducted and spirited away to a remote hideout. Any proper young woman would be frightened out of her wits, but she challenges her daring, seductive captor at every turn.

Major Jack Travis was used to the battlefield, not stealing spoiled, sheltered women from trains, but the by-the-book officer never doubted his ability to carry out orders until he laid eyes on Emma. His captive is intelligent, headstrong, beautiful – and forbidden. He risks his neck to protect her. But how can he protect her from himself?

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About Destiny :Thanks to Emily for inviting me to her blog to discuss my new release. Destiny is a Civil War-era historical that blends romance with adventure. Emma Davenport, the sheltered daughter of a powerful Northern senator, runs away to marry Christopher Staton, a charismatic businessman – a traitor with his own ruthless reasons for wanting Emma as his bride. Traveling to her rendezvous with Staton, she’s abducted by a daring train robber who harbors a bitter grudge against the man she plans to marry. Unknown to Emma, Jack Travis isn’t what he seems – he’s a cavalry officer tasked with keeping Emma out of Staton’s clutches. Driven by duty and a deep-seated hatred of Staton, Jack risks his life to protect Emma, even as he falls in love with his spirited, challenging captive. She’s forbidden to him, but sometimes, even a man on a mission has to follow his heart.

About the hero and heroine:
Jack Travis is an alpha-male with a heart. A respected, by-the-book soldier, he’s put his life on the line on the battlefield and courageously accomplished the most challenging missions. When he’s tasked with keeping Emma out of Staton’s clutches, he resents being pulled from battle to serve as a bodyguard – but he’s driven to take on the mission by his hatred of Christopher Staton and his first-hand knowledge of the man’s treachery. Isolated with Emma at his remote hideaway, he’s drawn to her spirit as well as her beauty. She’s the woman he’s always wanted – but she’s forbidden to him – until he decides to risk everything to capture her heart.

Emma Davenport is no damsel-in-distress. She’s led a sheltered existence and craves a life away from her father’s stifling influence, but she’s nothing like the mousy wallflower Jack expects. Emma surprises Jack at every turn with her intelligence, spirit, and courage. Drawn to her captor, she’s conflicted by the attraction to a man she shouldn’t love – but her heart can’t resist.

What’s next for me?
Destiny’s sequel, Angel in My Arms, will be released by The Wild Rose Press later this year. The story of a Union spy ring running out of Richmond in 1864, the book’s hero, Steve Dunham, was introduced as Jack’s partner in Destiny. In addition, I’ve begun a third book in the series, centering on the tumultuous events surrounding the fall of Richmond in 1865. I’ve also completed a romantic suspense set in 1896 Manhattan and am plotting a trio of Victorian-era historical.

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Victoria Gray wrote her first story soon after she started elementary school. When she was in the third grade, her mother bought her a Smith Corona manual typewriter. She was officially a writer!

A trained librarian, Victoria uses her research skills to explore other eras in time. Her interest in research is a perfect fit with her work as a writer of historical romance.


Thanks for visiting today, Victoria. That 1896 Manhattan romantic suspense sounds interesting. Be sure to come back when that one sells!

It's only been a little over a week since my newest release hit the bookstore shelves. RT BookReviews calls STROKE OF GENIUS "Wickedly enjoyable!"

So go out there an enjoy your weekend! What are you reading now?

I'm blogging in a couple places today. Please grab your second cup and visit me at Over Coffee where I'm Desperately Seeking Writing Space. Then I'll be at The Chatelaines, solving the problem of Aliteracy.


Carol L. said...

Hi Emily and Victoria,
I love the story and I'm always fascinated by the Civil War. I love history and Alpha males. :)I'll definitely have it on my TRL. Emily, Stroke of Genius is on my bedside table waiting for me this weekend. :)
Carol L.

EmilyBryan said...

The Civil War (or the War of Northern Agression as some still call it in the south) was a heartbreaking time for our country. There were so many moments of quiet heroism, from the members of the underground railroad who hid fleeing slaves, to the Quakers who tended the wounds of soldiers on both sides.

Thanks for dropping by, Carol. Hope you love STROKE OF GENIUS!

Christie Craig said...

This sounds wonderful!! Congrats on the release Victoria!


Jane L said...

Victoria, I am excited to read your story! I love the Civil War era also!! It is awesome to see some of these stories come to life again in the publishing world. Congrats on your release and looking forward to your series.

Hi Emily*** waving like crazy!

EmilyBryan said...

Hey Christie! Hope you're doing great. Had any more auctions lately?

Barb H said...

I'm so glad to see Civil War era stories again, and yours sounds great, Victoria.

Love the premise and love alpha-males who aren't always what they seem--and the spirited heroines who battle (tame)them.

I look forward to reading your book!

Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Emily!

EmilyBryan said...

Jane--I knew you'd be excited about Victoria's book!

Wait till you see the review for STROKE OF GENIUS from BooksMonthly. I'm posting it here tomorrow. I nearly swooned when I read it! Glad to see "our" book is getting such great press.

EmilyBryan said...

Barb--I just popped over to your blog. I couldn't believe it. You wrote 15 words and got 6 comments! You really should make another post.;-)

Sandy said...

I've always been interested in the civil war since I watched Gone With the Wind.

The was was a horrible period in our country but it seemed the only way in order to free people who should never have been enslaved. Everyone deserves a decent wage and a choice to stay or not.

It sounds like a lovely story, Victoria.

Emily, I know I won't be disappointed in Stroke of Genius after reading two of your stories.

Victoria Gray said...

Thanks so much for sharing Destiny. When I was in college, not all that long ago, Civil War historicals shared bookstore shelves along with other romance subgenres. I'm so happy to see others who enjoy American heroes and that time period as much as I do.
Looking forward to reading Stroke of's definitely on my summer reading list.


Victoria Gray said...

Hi Carol,
Don't you just love an alpha-male with a sense of honor? I think that's one reason the Civil War has fascinated so many was a time when honor really mattered to men.

Thanks for introducing yourself!

Victoria Gray said...

Thanks, Christie, for your kind words!


Victoria Gray said...

Jane, Barb, and Sandy,
I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who loves a good Civil War story. I've never figured out why they went out of vogue. Rugged men with a sense of duty and honor, just waiting to be tamed by the right woman...perfect hero material. Even though the war was a sad time, there's so much potential for conflict and romance.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Victoria Gray said...

Thanks to everyone who left such kind comments. I hope you enjoy Destiny. Please let me know how you like it. You can reach me through my webpage, and I'm on Facebook - new "friends" are always great :)

Jane L said...

Emily! I am sooo excited about Stroke of Genius! That is wonderful, unfortunately, I still don't have one yet!!!! I was out of town in Jackson Hole and could not find one, now I am in Oklahoma with my husband in a town of 145 people!! 3 hrs from civilization! I have decided to order it on Amazon and have my son bring it back with him. I am going crazy!! LOL!

Kathleen Bittner Roth said...

Great blog, Victoria. Everything you write sound so interesting...and it is! Best of luck to you and congratulations on your debut.

Victoria Gray said...

Thanks, Kathleen!

Victoria Gray said...

The winner of the Destiny pdf is Kathleen. Please contact me at so I can send you your prize : )