Daryl Devore's Blog

Daryl Devore's Blog

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Let me introduce my other pen name - Victoria Adams and Dancing in Circles #romance #NA

Yes, you all know me as Daryl Devore - well, there is another side to myself - Victoria Adams. She writes NA and sweet romances. I used to keep these two pen names separate, but that began to be too much work - 2 blogs - 2 twitter accts - 2 email accts and so on. Now both are here which is why the blog is titled - Sweet to Heat.

This is the first book I ever wrote. It was a gr 10 creative writing assignment that grew into a book. Talk about a "rough" draft. It was 80 pages long. Zero formatting and had every broken writing rule imaginable.

One day I decided to dig through and clean it up and a few years back- Dancing in Circles was published. That publisher went belly up. Not wanting to give up, I dug in and went indi pub. A  critique partner suggested splitting the first book into 2. I did. Now I regret that and may - someday - reconnect the two.

Excerpt - Dancing in Circles - NA- opening scene.


"Have you seen the new guy? We're talking stud material." Tricia sighed as she texted and walked with her friends down the school hallway. "That body...that face...those eyes."
"We are aware of his anatomical structure." Francine sniffed. "I don't think he's all that great."
"You?" Tricia put her hand on her chest. "Francine Paulin, are rejecting the most perfect assemblage of male anatomy in this whole deprived – or is it depraved – school?"
"What aren't you telling us?" Jennifer popped the top on her lip-gloss-of-the-month and coated her lips with Swanky Pink. "Oh God. Ssh. Here he comes." The subject of their discussion headed in their direction.
Tricia leaned closer to Jennifer. "The gods did right by this one. He's got to be 6'2" or more, and his chest looks like it's going to burst right through his shirt."
Heather looked at her shoes and whispered, "Never seen eyes that dark before. She glanced out of the corner of her eye. "They're…so sexy."
Sexually intriguing. Julie stiffened at her thought. What the…?
Francine rolled her eyes. "Grotesque. Jeans and a T-shirt, in Westland Prep. I know we don't wear uniforms, but come on, show some level of civility. And his hair is much too long." She flicked her silky, long black hair over her shoulders. "Definitely not up to the standards of Westland Prep."
With everyone deep in their thoughts, silence fell on the five young women who defined this clique: Tricia, the bouncy brunette and co-captain of the cheerleading team.
Francine, the sophisticated member, known to be harshly judgmental and fiercely proud of her family's wealth.
Blue eyed and blonde, Jennifer, the school's gossip queen and social committee president.
Petite Heather's long brown hair covered her shoulders and the sides of her face like a protective coat. She was the quiet member.
And Julie, the dreamer, whose chestnut-brown hair sweeps against her shoulders but today was pulled back off her ivory-skinned face. Her long silken lashes framed her dark brown eyes.
They'd been friends since preschool. They dressed to the latest codes, and dated the right boys. To them, prep school was the period between high school and marriage. A time to hunt for the perfect date, shop and enjoy life. Prepping for college was the last thing on their minds.
Tricia broke the silence. "Jennifer, you know everything about everybody. Start talking."
Jennifer dropped her iPhone 4 into her purse. "Well, Addison said that Zoe said that Janai got it straight from...bell. Gotta go. Got Spanish. Must conjugate another verb. Adios."
Tricia grabbed Jennifer's arm. "DREAMS - 3:30. Julie's treat this time."
"Pardon?" Julie raised her eyebrows.
Tricia, Heather and Jennifer batted their eyelashes at her.
"All right." She shook her head. "How can I refuse those angelic faces?"
"Girls, am I mistaken, or didn't the bell just ring?" The principal, Mr. Morris, stood beside them with his hands on his hips.
"Going, sir." Francine waved.
"Going, sir." Heather scurried off to Drama.
"Gone." Tricia winked.

Come Back June 5th for more :-)




Dancing in Circles. One born into privilege and a charmed life surrounded by love and family. The other born to a life of violence on the streets as the solemn gang leader of the notorious Shoresmen. A young, idealistic co-ed, Julie Anderson, meets a jaded, cold gang member, Robert Holiday, and cracks his icy shell, allowing the warmth of her love to awaken his soul.

 


What's happening in May on Romance - Sweet to Heat
2- Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
3- Thursday #Yoga
4- Fridays in Space
5- SPOTLIGHT – Daryl Devoré - Two O’clock with the Billionaire
6- Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
7- NEBT - Author Spotlight – Ashe Barker - Rough Diamonds
8- Author Spotlight – Victoria Adams – Circles Divided
9- Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
10 – Thursday #Yoga
11 - Fridays in Space
12- SPOTLIGHT – Daryl Devoré - Two O’clock with the Billionaire
13- Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
14- NEBT - Author Spotlight – BJ Wane – Mastering her Fear
15- Author Spotlight – Victoria Adams – Circles Interlocked
16- Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
17- Thursday #Yoga
18 – Fridays in Space
19 – SPOTLIGHT – Daryl Devoré - Two O’clock with the Billionaire
20-  Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
21 – NEBT - Author Spotlight – Libby Campbell – Seeing Ronnie
22 – Author Spotlight – Victoria Adams – A Guy and A Girl
23 – Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
24 - Thursday #Yoga
25 – Fridays in Space
26 – SPOTLIGHT – Daryl Devoré - Two O’clock with the Billionaire
27 - Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday
28 – About that Cliffhanger…
29 – Author Spotlight – Victoria Adams – Red Tulip
30 - Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor
31 - Thursday #Yoga

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