5th installment in the serial saga
YES! Victoria. There IS a quantum universe!
Alenna Meduna-Mahar asks:
I loved Gathering Storm and can’t wait for the next installments. Especially Aelsong and the Prince. I have one burning inquiry though. Which Storm was shot in the face? Was it a third storm? I originally thought it was going to have been Angel. I thought “Storm” ended up in Halcyon Dimension which was Angel’s Dimension, making Angel his placeholder for Halcyon (even though he didn’t need one). I’m a little confused and for some reason I have to understand everything. It is driving my brain crazy….Please Help!
One of my favorite bloggers sent me an email to clarify some of the finer points of this story that involves multiple dimensions. I’m going to simply recreate our exchange here. This was my answer.
I know this is complicated.
Our Storm is in Loti Dimension.
The version of Storm who is mistakenly brought to Loti Dimension is from Halcyon Dimension.
Our Storm ends up in a third (unnamed) dimension, reaping the consequences of a version that took the same path as Angel.
The point was to say that there may be thousands of versions of ourselves experiencing an almost infinite range of results based on turns of fate that are tiny in the big picture. Have you ever had dreams that feel so real, in a situation where you don’t recognize the environment or the players? That is what prompted my desire to write this book – the suspicion that there are these other versions of ourselves, to which we are connected in a psychic way, that overlap the subconscious (and alternate) reality of our dreams.
If this is not a good enough explanation, I will take another run at it.
My blogger friend replied with a lovely summary arranged by bullet points. I replied to each with a bold red YES!
HI Victoria, It’s a fine explanation for me.
- Placeholder Storm who is murdered by the young woman is in Dimension X and that is Where Black Swan Engle Storm ends up. This Dimension is also a location where the Loan Shark is and where the dead guy owes him money. YES
- In Halcyon Angel Storm goes to his favorite bar which is the same as Hal Cyon’s bar. He owes another version of the loan shark money but is absconded with to Loti as he is about to be beaten up. YES
- In Loti they are missing Engle Storm and get Angel in his stead. YES
It is confusing and felt like a continuity error until I had your explanation.
It’s a Quantum Universe!
An Interview with Deliverance
Victoria: Thank you for taking the time to give an interview. Your fans will be happy to hear from you.
Deliverance: Of course they will. What a shame I can’t give them all an ‘interview’ (air quotes) in person.
Victoria: Yes, well, they’d love that, I’m sure.
Deliverance: They would. (smiles) Guaranteed.
Victoria: (sigh) Whatever.
Deliverance: (frowns) I don’t get it. Why don’t you like me?
Victoria: What makes you think I don’t like you?
Deliverance: (smirks) The way I know how to read women, what do you think are your chances of hiding your feelings from me? Take, for instance, the way you keep clenching your teeth between questions.
Victoria: (I try to relax my jaw.) Just pre-release day stress. Nothing to do with you.
Deliverance: Bull. Shit. (says it in a very metrosexual sing song way)
Victoria: Fine. Let’s start with this. Disrespect. You’ve come to my interview wearing nothing but doeskin pants, which look incredibly soft and comfortable and luxurious by the way. You don’t even have on shoes.
Deliverance: (looks at his feet and admires his stretching toes) Is there something wrong with my feet?
Victoria: No, demon. Even your feet are beautiful. You know it. I know it. (He smiles wickedly.) That’s not the point.
Deliverance: It’s not?
Deliverance: Well, I didn’t know this was a no shirts, no shoes, no shit interview.
Victoria: It’s not! Obviously. Since I’m talking to you.
Deliverance: If we agree that my feet are nice to look at, then why would I want to cover them up?
Victoria: Why are you wearing pants?
Deliverance: Because I get too much of the wrong kind of attention in your dimension if I display the uncensored version of glory. But since it’s just the two of us… (stands and reaches for his waistband)
Victoria: Stop right there! I’m a married woman.
Deliverance: (stares before throwing his head back to laugh) And you think most of my fuel isn’t provided courtesy of married women? You still haven’t given me a reason why you don’t like me. (sits, pants on)
Victoria: Because I pride myself on multifaceted characters and you’re pretty close to one-dimensional.
Deliverance: One-dimensional Funny.
Victoria: (grins) It was. It is. I need to make a note and use that in a book. (I look around for something to write on.)
Deliverance: I’m not one-dimensional. I have a family.
Victoria: That’s the only thing that keeps you from being completely one-dimensional. Except for that, your entire existence is nothing but sex.
Deliverance: What’s wrong with that?
Victoria: What’s wrong with that is – sex is not everything!
Deliverance: If I put you someplace where there’s no food for two days and then ask if food is everything to you, my bet is you’d say yes.
Victoria: Okay. You have a point there. I’ll give you that. But that’s not all. There’s the fact that you are completely self-absorbed and as irresponsible as a fifteen year old. It’s a waste of eight hundred years.
Deliverance: (laughs) Okay. I get it. You hate me because I’m beautiful, live for sex, never age, and may live forever. You’re jealous!
Victoria: I am not!
Deliverance: Are too.
Deliverance: Look. You’re holding the pen. You don’t like me like I am. Write me different.
Deliverance: So. Are you gonna do that?
Deliverance: (smiles) Fine. Then let’s move on to something more pleasant.
9/19/2013 Gathering Storm Release Day
An Interview with Ram
Victoria: Well, Sir Hawking. Always a pleasure.
Ram: So you say.
Victoria: Come on. For once could we just have a quiet and cordial conversation? Can I make you tea?
Ram: (slouches in chair and gives me a look of incredulity, which is distracting because the slouch posture is very sexy and I’m supposed to be concentrating on the interview and not another woman’s husband) ‘Tis your best plan for makin’ up to me? Fuckin’ tea?
Victoria: Well, uh, I can’t say that I actually had a plan per se. Did you have something else in mind? Something you wanted?
Ram: You know perfectly well what I want.
Victoria: I know it probably seems that way, but it’s not entirely true. I suspect that you want to go back to your little bit of Irish heaven with Elora, Helm, and Blackie and raise Alsatian dogs in quiet familial bliss.
Ram: Could no’ have said it better myself. Like I said, you know perfectly well what the fuck I want.
Victoria: Yes, but are you sure? I mean you lived a pretty tumultuous life as a vampire slayer. You’re the most celebrated Black Swan knight of the last hundred years. That’s a lot of excitement to trade in for life on the farm.
Ram: Aye. And I can no’ wait to be doin’ precisely that. You, mistress, have the power to make that happen with a simple stroke of the pen. Or click of the keyboard or whatever.
Victoria: I could, but here’s the thing. I saw the little smile and the dark twinkle in your eyes when I was just talking about you as legendary hunter. I know you love the recognition. Remember how you felt when Elora gushed all over you, repeatedly. “Oh, Ram, your portrait is so handsome, your beauty captured for all time here, where you belong, in the Hall of Heroes. You’re perfection personified. So special, so unique, unlike any other.” (I delivered this paraphrase in an exaggerated mock-Elora voice.)
Ram: (laughing) Aye, you have me there, mistress. Who would no’ fuckin’ crave hearin’ such thin’s from his beautiful mate?
Victoria: Everyone longs for that sort of attention, Ram. The point is that you don’t get that sort of attention down home on the farm.
Ram: Perhaps ‘no. But as was pointed out in Book Five in a tussle over whether or no’ Storm and I would be playin’ rugby, I’m no’ gettin’ younger. Will you be gettin’ me sliced up in bar fights when I’m ninety then? Give the others their fair chance at sheet time.
Victoria: But you’re my favorite, Ram.
Ram: (gaping) And bein’ your favorite means always bein’ one fuckin’ step away from catastrophe?
Victoria: Well… yes. Fact is, slogging about in Wellies feeding chickens and watering wolf-dogs is not novel-worthy because, well, because it’s not novel.
Ram: For the moment, let’s be leavin’ me out o’ the discussion. What about my wife? The injuries you’ve visited on me are paper cuts next to what you do to her. Great Paddy in the Mornin’. The way you punish her is beyond… (stops abruptly, narrows eyes, then pins me with a glare) So I’m your favorite, am I? Are you jealous of my wife?
Victoria: What? Of course not!
Ram: Jealous enough to be punishin’ her in unspeakable ways?
Victoria: No! Ram! Do you hear yourself? That’s crazy talk.
Ram: Oh? ‘Twas you who’s so fond o’ sayin’ the simplest explanation is probably the correct one. And that is, without a doubt, the simplest explanation.
Victoria: This is an exception to that rule.
Ram: After everythin’ she went through to reach my world, you would think a writer with heart would be seekin’ to brin’ her only happiness.
Victoria: Again, happiness without incident? Not interesting.
Ram: Cold-hearted bitch. Tell your husband I said ‘tis unbelievable you snagged a mate.
Victoria: If that was true, the cold-hearted bitch part, shouldn’t you be trying to suck up to me instead of insulting me?
Ram: Well, then I would no’ be the hot-blooded rash personality you’re so hot for, would I?
Victoria: (nothing to say to that)
Ram: So here’s my proposition. If you want me to continue cooperatin’ with your farfetched ridiculous pain-in-the-ass stories that no one in their right mind would be believin’, which – by the way – says quite a lo’ about your readers, then you will lay off my wife. AND my child.
Victoria: First, my readers are perfectly sane. They have excellent taste in literature and marvelous creative imaginations.
Victoria: You may be my favorite, at least you were before this interview, but the Black Swan saga is Elora’s story. I can’t make promises about the entire future of the tale, but I can promise you that Elora and Helm pass through Book Six without injury. How’s that?
Ram: (considers) How ‘bout me?
Victoria: (seeing the opportunity for pay back, smiles wickedly) You, my love, will have to wait and see.
9/19/2013 RELEASE DAY GATHERING STORM
The Attack on J.U. Playlist.
Music from Spazmodoc, The Voice of the Fray.
1. DANCE HALL DAYS (Wang Chung)
2. STAYIN’ ALIVE (BeeGees)
3. HANGIN’ TOUGH (New Kids on the Block)
4. MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME (Three Dog Night)
5. LOSING MY RELIGION (Scary Kids Scaring Kids)
6. SHOOT TO THRILL (AC/DC)
WOW….What can I say…. Wow
This is the 5th book in the Order of the Black Swan. Please forgive me for repeating that the books need to be read in order (MY FAMILIAR STRANGER, THE WITCH’S DREAM, A SUMMONER’S TALE, MOONLIGHT). I say this because I love these books and that is the way to fully appreciate the scope of this series.
Gathering Storm is amazing. So much of it I didn’t see coming because I was so caught up in the story. The action sequences were beyond exciting. To be honest, when I come to most fight/battle scenes in books, my mind seems to wander a bit and I tend to skim through them. In this book, my attention was totally captured. I was edge of my seat, glued to the page, laughing at some parts, and holding my breath at others.
There is a lot of action as well as love (all different kinds) in this book. But I think what really affected me the most was the theme concerning the true essence of person.
Why do some rise to a situation and become heroes and others take a different path? What happens when just one person recognizes the potential of another individual and helps nourish that potential? What happens when that potential is ignored?
Victoria Danann has created such complex characters and has presented such deep themes that this question isn’t as black and white as it seems. Some are given chances and seize the opportunity to become the best they could be. Others waste or abuse the opportunities they are given. Some appear to be slackers but when they are tested, they find their strength and courage. Some slackers slink away. There are no easy answers. A math instructor can become a warrior, a warrior can be totally useless in a crisis. Our actions have far reaching consequences and bravery is expressed in many forms- a scientist who has had enough, a bar owner who trusts a stranger, an angel who comes to care for his assignment, a wastrel who sees himself clearly for the first time. But don’t worry. This is not presented as a dry philosophical thesis. The book is exciting, entertaining, and moving.
After finishing the story, I wondered how I could come up with the words to express what I thought of this book and how it affected me. I had lots of tears. Some of them were sad tears, many were happy tears. These books are about friendship, loyalty, and love. I have come to care deeply for the characters and look forward to spending more time with them. The books are even better on a second (or third or fourth….) read. In fact if there is one thing that I find very sad it that I can’t actually have a hot chocolate with Elora, an Irish whiskey with Ram, Storm, and Kay, hold Helm and kiss his little fingers, or play with Blackie.
When I first read My Familiar Stranger by Victoria Danann, my thought’s were this Author has something Special, but after reading her fifth installment Gathering Storm part of The Order of The Black Swans series, I now know that I am reading books of a Master Story Teller. Gathering Storm made me cry, sigh, and wonder why this series is not a major movie, Victoria Danann’s books are not just another Paranormal read but rather a symphony of a mind like no other, creating a world where it takes a true Master of imagination to create images that one would only find in the movies or art. Which leaves me with only the utmost respect for a woman of Ms. Danann’s caliber and intellect and a reason to bow my head in respect, to you Ms. Danann I say BRAVA!
Victoria Danann has turned a fun, funny, sexy, thrill ride and turned it into an EPIC JOURNEY. This book tore my heart out. made me laugh, pulled me apart and put me back together again. If you have been reading the series you will soooo NOT be disappointed in this one. A reminder this series is not stand alone books, you must read the whole series to get the total experience. I urge you to start reading them now. All my favorite characters and some new ones as well.
Victoria Danann’s writting is spectacular!
I was an the edge of my seat, glued to my screen, wondering what was going to happen next!!
Victoria Dannan’s writting is so intense and full of emotion, that it made me feel like I was actually there with all my favorite characters. I can’t count how many times I’ve had to put my reader down and dab away quite a few tears, both from happiness and from sadness.
There are also quite a few surprises that I never saw coming!! All I can say is AMAZING!
Victoria, I’ve never felt so connected to characters in a book, until I met The Order of the Black Swan. Thank You
I first have to say…O MY GODS!
this is an awesome, bangin, mind blowin 5th installment to The Order of The Black Swan Chronicles. You are not going to believe the happenings. I never saw this coming at all! Not any of it! I am totally in awe of the way Victoria Danann can just put you there, right in the mix, it is so real, I was laughing then crying and at some places I was doing both.
I have to say that you really do need to read these in order because right about now you will get lost and then we would have to send out Bad company, and then you can explain why you didn’t start at the beginning in the first place especially since the first book(My Familiar Stranger) is FREE!