Author Archives: Victoria Schwimley

About Victoria Schwimley

I am a reader, writer, mother, grandmother. I live in Northern California with my family. I love sewing, hiking, playing games, and did I mention writing. I love to hear what my readers have to say...good or bad. All comments help me grow as an author.

It Touches my heart

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As an author, I’m thrilled when I can touch a reader.  Despite the fact that writing is a business, it’s not why I started writing. Simply put, I love to tell stories.  I’ve been telling them since I was a kid and will tell them well into my senior years. Every once in a while, I get a review that is so special I want to share it.  Here’s a review by Verasbookreviewsandstuff.

Customer Review

on July 27, 2017
STORY-LINE IN THE VICTIM’S SHADOW BY VICTORIA SCHWIMLEY:

In The Victim’s Shadow by author Victoira Schwimley, the reader finds a suspense filled romance. Amber Winters lost her mother to violent when a child; without leads, the police never caught the culprit.. Never receiving closure of her mother’s murder affected Amber greatly . Amber, a successful attorney, lives a life of luxury, as her father’s wealthy and she’s wealthy in her own right. However lately, she felt dissatisfied with her life. She’s feeling her internal biological clock ticking. As the next anniversary of her mother’s death approaches strange things begin to happen; she turns to her best friend.

John, an attorney in the same firm and Amber’s best friend, secretly felt more for her. As a result, John recognizes Amber’s unease; someone’s messing with her mind and life. A psychotic stalker has Amber in his sights. My suspense romance book reviews of In The Victim’s Shadow follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Victoria Schwimley filled In The Victim’s Shadow with intrigue, suspense, and romance. Stalked by a psychotic deranged man, fueled by revenge and jealousy, Schwinley created a first-class villain in Chad. As Schwimley developed the character of Chad, I found him a scary man. With a personality filled with hate, Chad hides his true character as best he can from Amber. However at times of stress, he reveals his true nature; Chad’s temper sits on the edge of explosion and he erupts often. Chad’s a crude rude man raised in an atmosphere of uncaring and poverty. I can not reveal the reasons for Chad’s mental instabilities without spoilers. Needless to say, the turn of events will surprise the reader.

Amber and John, although wealthy and privileged, have caring hearts for the underdog, their friends, and family. Schwimley skillfully introduced the romance between them; including very tasteful love scene which did not include erotica, explicit, or graphic sex. This is a sweet romance between best friends as they realize they want more than friendship. Each have strong personalities; John’s the perfect love interest for Amber. Each are classy, articulate, and successful.

With many plot threads to bring together and weave into a solid book, Schwimley wove the plot threads together and masterly leads the reader through this action packed story. I found the pace of story correct for the length of the book and the characters well-developed. Schwimley also added in tidbits of faith into the story-line. Schwimley demonstrates how past events affect many lives. The reader views this story from the prospect of the victim and culprit. After I started this book, sleep was the only thing which had me laying it down. The suspense, intrigue, and mystery, kept at high peak, had me reading long into the night. The inventive way Schwimley introduced Chad into Amber and John’s life made his crossing their path seem normal.

In Chad, the reader finds not only a first-class villain, he’s also intelligent in a crude way, angry, sneaky, street wise, and bordering on insanity. You will love to hate him and wish for his demise. He is far beneath Amber’s class and his dreams of the future ridiculous. With an explosive surprise ending with multiple revelations, I sat on the edge of my chair as Amber learns the reasons behind Chad’s madness. An epilogue brings closure to this intense story. I closed this book with a sigh of satisfaction for a story which held my attention from the first page, characters I came to love and a story which me kept intrigued. Kudos Ms. Schweinley, kudos for a job well done.
IN THE VICTIM’S SHADOW RECOMMENDATION: STARS 5

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E-BOOK WEEK AT SMASHWORDS-BIG SAVINGS SITEWIDE

It’s time again for the annual read an e-book week at Smashwords. Already more than 20,000 authors have signed up to offer drastically reduced prices for one week only.

I’m offering all my books for 0.99. Just follow the links below beginning March 5th.

THE BOOKS

Suspense

Lacy’s End – A mother and daughter fight to escape an abusive home.

In The Victim’s Shadow – Her mother is murdered, as she stands by helpless. Twenty-seven years later, the killer is still at large and someone is stalking her.

Children’s books

Fight for the Kingdom – Two young boys on an adventure to recover a stolen dragon’s egg before the mother incinerates the kingdom

Crime Solver’s Detective Agency book 1- She’s a pint-sized detective and her antics will leave you in stitches

Grand Theft – Crime Solver’s book 2- She back for more laughs and adventure as she solves the case of the stolen mustangs

YA Christian

Capturing Faith – Amber loves God. Chelsea loves herself. When these two worlds collide, Pastor David Owens must do what he can to smooth out the mess

Twisted Faith- Pastor David Owens has the biggest case of his life; trying to save the life of a teenage suicidal mother

Jessica Crawford series

Coveting Love- Jessica Crawford is torn between two brothers. She flees to Australia where she confronts danger she never saw coming

Confronting Truths- Jessica Crawford and Amy Jackson come face-to-face with their past lies

 

YULIN -A terrible injustice

There’s a terrible injustice going on and the world needs to hear about it. Dog’s are being tortured all around the world – everyday for the sadistic pleasure of people who think it makes dog meat taste better if the dog is tortured and mutilated while still alive.  I’m not going to preach about my beliefs about eating dogs – who are supposed to be man’s best friend, except to say that as I write this, I see my two sweet, loving dogs sleeping on the couch beside me, not a care in the world except filling their obligation to be a loving pet to me and my family and can’t even imagine that happening to them.  That’s not what this is about.  Torturing dogs, and butchering them alive while people stand by and cheer is inhumane and MUST stop.  Stealing dogs from what’s supposed to be the safety of their own yard for the purpose of torturing them – sacrificing them to the highest bidder needs to STOP.  How can you help?  Go to this website and read about it.  There are several links on the site with suggestions for ways to make the public aware. http://savingdogsinyulin.org  There’s an event, organized by my animal rights activist daughter, Jamie Schwimley, scheduled for March 11th in Downtown Sacramento.  If you’re in the Sacramento area or know of people in the area you can pass the word to, please plan to join us for the Fight for The Innocent on:

March 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM

CALIFORNIA STATE CAPITAL ROSE GARDEN PARK

CALIFORNIA STATE CAPITAL ROSE GARDEN PARK – 15 ST. AND CAPITOL AVE. – Sacramento, California 95814
PLEASE don’t turn a blind eye to this injustice  – help spread the word, let your government know we won’t stand for this!

Free books? Free for whom?

I had a recent encounter with a co-worker who gushed excitedly about all the free books she gets on Bookbub.  So, I asked her, “Do you ever leave a review for those books?” Her reply was that she hadn’t even thought to do that. I pointed out to her that authors offer free books in hopes of getting a review in exchange for that book. I also shared with her the many hours and dollars we authors put into producing that free book.  She hadn’t thought of that either.  It brought to mind a distant post I made about free books. I decided I needed to share it again. Please fee free to share this information. Author really need those reviews!

Here it is:

A word about free books:

Food for thought. I recently received notification from a Facebook friend who liked a site that gives away free books. I read the comments following the post where people had commented on how great it was to get all these free books, followed by others who were frustrated because after downloading the AP they found they had to actually pay for the books they wanted. As an author, I just want to bring to attention the fact that an author spends at least a year producing a good quality book. The expense to the author is costly. There are editors to pay (readers want error free books, right?,) book covers to pay for (the artists want to be paid), and that could cost anywhere from 100-600 dollars. Then there is advertisements to pay for…etc. I have to put the question out there, would you expect to go to the movies and not pay for your ticket? I think not. Would you go to work in the morning and not be paid for your days wage? I think not. Now, I want to point out that authors (including myself) give away many free copies of books for promotional purposes. So, if you want a free copy of a book and are lucky enough to obtain one, please don’t pass around a book you like, recommend it to a friend for purchase. And please be kind enough to leave a review on book websites. Reviews drive sales for authors. The more reviews an author receives the higher its ranking on Amazon, which increases its chance of being noticed. Thanks for listening.