Monday, October 3, 2016

What inspired Fighting Chance by Victoria Paige + #Giveaway

What inspired Fighting Chance?

I always wanted to write a small town romance, but I knew that with my fondness for fast-paced plots, I would need to be creative about it. If many writers find their inspiration in music, I find my inspiration in movies or TV series. It is a well-known fact that I’ve based the pacing of my first few books on the series 24. I love movies with good characterization and great dialogue that would keep me engaged. This always made me strive to be a better author by never rushing the plot and making sure it is always moving forward, giving my characters interesting character arcs, and eliminating frivolous dialogue that would put a reader to sleep.

There are two movies that served as an inspiration for “Fighting Chance.” Although their storylines are very different from my book, they planted the seed for a story I wanted to write. These movies are “Red”—the movie with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, and the Chinese film, “Kung Fu Hustle.”

Actually, Dame Helen Mirren inspired one of my favorite secondary characters in this book. The series “Justified” also encouraged me to look into character relationships and how to make them richer. That series also had one of the best-written dialogues on TV. I also do a lot of research on websites maintained by ex-military or anonymous active-duty personnel. These are news and alternative point-of-views you don’t really read in mainstream media. It was on one of these sites that I found scientific data to support one of the main plot points of this book. ☺

31008952Fighting Chance 
(Misty Grove #1)
by Victoria Paige
Published September 22nd 2016 by Victoria Paige Books
One small town.
One dead sheriff.
A town with secrets.

Newly appointed sheriff Trent Stone is investigating the murder of his predecessor. This leads him to Misty Grove, a town lined with innocent diners and general stores, but his gut instinct tells him that nothing is what it seems.

It doesn’t help that his first encounter with one of its citizens is at the end of her shotgun.

A beautiful hellion.

Cassandra Reed is unlike any woman he has ever met. She’s tough and sassy, yet her eyes hold a vulnerability that calls to his protective side. Trent’s dedication to his job has always caused the demise of his previous relationships, so what is it about Cassie now that compels him to risk it all, especially when she has made it clear she doesn’t need his protection?

When Cassie brushes off injuries from a suspicious incident, Trent’s need to serve and protect deepens into an alarming obsession over a woman who challenges his every instinct of self-preservation. Staying away from her is not an option, and he will be damned if he lets Cassie deny the growing attraction between them.

But when the town’s secrets are revealed, he discovers he’s in over his head. As a mere sheriff, the menace that looms over Misty Grove is way above his pay grade. Before the threat can rip away the woman who has come to mean everything to him, Trent will have to make a tough decision. One that will give him and Cassie a fighting chance at a future together.

Victoria Paige Bio:
I work as a freelance database administrator, and when I’m not geeking out, I write romantic suspense novels. I live in Richmond, Va—less than two hours away from Washington DC—so most of the settings of my books are in the nation’s capital—of course, I’m not averse to creating fictional towns and cities.

When I’m not arguing with the alpha male characters in my head, I love to watch high-octane action movies. I think Jack Bauer is the shit, which is why most of my characters are such badasses bent on saving the world from evil doers.

I love reading adult contemporary, paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, romantic suspense, and a few new adult fiction as well as military non-fiction.

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  1. Very interesting to learn where the inspiration for Fighting Chance came from and I get it with those movies, it kind of makes sense if you've read the book which I have and I loved the story.


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