What is a novel if not a trap for catching a hero?

“You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai?”
I asked as I closed the book’s cover and headed for the door.
“They always end up dead.” Leigh Bardugo

To spread the word about my wonderful, truly sparkling and never-shredding thriller book Sophia von X, I decided to promote it on Chic Lit Cafe – books & reviews

What can I add to everything that has already been said about Sophia’s story (check reviews )?

  1. I think the book is quite random… and the way I’m writing, too. The book was born from the picture (iconography) of Christ Pantocrator I saw in some magazine. I remember I thought: wow, it would be fun to write a novel about this place – Hagia Sophia. I’ve never been there, by the way, but that’s what the Internet is for 😂.
  2. It’s fast.
  3. It’s overcrowded.
  4. My heroes: TOO MANY 😂

I don’t have any favorite heroes or villains. Each one is unique, beautiful and brutal.

The story revolves around Sabina Ferrara, a simple Sicilian woman, who, against her will, has been dragged inside of a mad group controlled by a rich mogul from Jerusalem. She is doing her best to survive. And yes, she makes mistakes, but her move at the end of the story is very smart, even if I can’t tell you how, what and when – you’ll get the full idea of her survival skills in the epilogue.

There is also 1 hidden villain – I’m leaving a hook in the middle of the book, to find him/her…

  1. The thriller is stand alone and short – only 206 pages in print, but I believe it is enough. I have nothing more to say or add. Anything else would be babbling. I know a lot of people love babbling. Forgive me, I’m a very bored person… and some things* I simply don’t want to know – unless, in my eyes, it’s very important.

I’m the author, so I guess I can twist it as I wish 🙀😉

  1. This book is not everybody’s cup of tea.

I know the female crowd would love to read about the romantic or psychological struggles (fucked up mind) on 100+1 pages. Well, I doubt I am a female… I mean when I’m writing a book. I am Ray. And Ray has nothing to do with ‘females’ or me.

Or maybe I just want to get it over with as quickly as possible. In any case, I give only the details I think are essential for my RANDOM course. And I like it. Suspense should be suspenseful… 😜🔫💣. It shouldn’t give ‘yawning’ to the reader.

  1. I did my best.

Damn! Just lied. Ok… let me try again. I WAS FKN IN A RUSH TO FINISH THE BOOK! I still think it was a good result for a 6 month job.

Ebook is 99 cents until 1 May. In May – $2.99. Afterwards – $5.99.

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I’m working on the So Absurd It Must Be True, book 2 during the month of May. I’m planning to publish it at the end of May – at the latest the first week of June (as you remember, my book cover is ready).

This summer I’ll work on book 2 of the Child of Illusion series (Dulcinea). It should be ready in September (for publishing). Haven’t started yet… 😂😂

I also have 2 more projects: a sci-fi story about the Pearl (you can find the blurb on my website) and a new thriller/drama (working title – The Concept of Family).

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Recommendation: My Name is Danny: Tales from Danny the Dog, by Andrew Joyce

I just finished this absolutely amazing, positive, fun, humorous, full of kindness book… Did I fall in love with Danny? Yes, I did. He is probably the best read (hero) I have had in the past 3-5 months.

If you are stuck in negativity, have writers block, are tired of reading, living and breathing – this is the best choice you can make. Posted my reviews on Amazon/Goodreads. 

I’m also reading:

  1. Honey Ko, by William C. Pennington –  Writers Envy WP Blog
  2. Grinders, by Craig Boyack – Cold Hand Boyack WP Blog
  3. Rise of The Draman, by Alexander Elliot –  author’s website
  4. Walk away silver heart, by Frank Prem – Frank Prem’s WP Blog
  5. Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, by Gabriella Marie Milton – Short Prose WP Blog

I’ll post some reviews this weekend, some – in the middle of next week. Good luck with writing, sales, ideas, editing… or whatever is important to you now.

Stay safe! Keep distance!


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47 Responses

  1. alexraphael says:

    Can I start using Rayesque as a word? 🙂

  2. I must read Tales from Danny the Dog…even the name makes me smile!

  3. My book is full of antiheroes. Should I twist it?

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Full of antiheroes? Just like on Earth 🌍😷

      I would twist anything in the book. It’s my personal position… that’s why it is called – Absurd – … from the other side, seems life is more “twisted” nowadays.

  4. Jerry Laiche says:

    Reading Sophia now, will let you know! I always wondered about the Victoria/Ray=female/male issue🤪 😃 🤯 Will i ever know for sure ????🧐😍😂

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I’m very female 😅😂 but my writing is kinda Ray-ish 🙂

      Whatever works, and whatever makes me happy 🙂 I go for it

  5. I just started reading Sophia. I’m enjoying it.

  6. Best of lucky with all of your projects. Wish you much success and happiness.

  7. kinkyacres says:

    Still awaiting Amazon’s delivery! In the time I am waiting I think I’ll take the picture with this post and see if I can come up with a ‘twisted’ group of thoughts!

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I’m sure its on the way, K! 🙂 Amazon is having too much troubles bcz of Covid. Thanks for buying it – appreciate it 🙂 Hope you are fine! ☕️💃📚 hugs

  8. librepaley says:

    Oooh, love a book with a big cast – and lots of crowding. If you’re nosy, minimalism in text can be infuriating.
    Your level of production and blog continue to amaze me. The best blogs have quality content but with the personality of the blogger coming through.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      🙂 yeah maybe “crowded and noisy” will work…

      And thanks:) I’m quite lazy with the blogging… & writing. I have to do more, BUT… I don’t want to 😂😂😂

  9. Thank you, Ray. That was beautiful ❤🙂❤ I’m going to read it again.

  10. Hyperion says:

    Ray is quite productive and cool 😎 I hope to have the complete works of Ray so someday it will be worth a fortune as a collectors treasure trove and I can egotistically claim I knew your blog.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      When it will be worth a fortune I’ll be the first in the queue to sell it 😂

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Cheers for productivity! 🙂
      To answer – how so productive=>
      I guess bcz I’m not a perfectionist:) I’m publishing my books quickly even if I know that some of them need more work 🙂
      Plus, publishing & promotion of the book is expensive. Doing what I can tho…

      About cool – yeah, totally me 😂

      • Hyperion says:

        I think being able to avoid perfectionism is a huge talent. That alone is worth a lot of cool points.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Maybe you are right. I strive for “good-enough-ness”. Perfectionism cost too much money 🙂 and I’m a pragmatic person… & so far, not that rich 😂😕🤨

      • Hyperion says:

        Perfection is for people with a lot of time on their hands and only one thing to do. 🤓🧐

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Probably you are right…or maybe they are wired differently

      • Hyperion says:

        Wired differently is more likely. I just get tired and have to take a nap before perfection is achieved.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Haha yeah, no doubt. Let’s wait 30 years & then…

      Btw, do you think WordPress will survive 30 years? Or should be move? Like now? 🤔😱😶

      • Hyperion says:

        I think WordPress will last another 10 years and then we will do away with the internet and use Smart Phone 6G technology which will make WP obsolete. In ten years I’ll be an old Geezer stuck in my ways and whine all the time I want my wonky WordPress back. Those were the good ole days. Meanwhile Ray will be a SmartPhone 6G technology guru publishing altered reality stories with full animation. I won’t have a clue how to make it work.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Me? Full animation-whaaaat? Reality & Ray are too far away from each other. I never go “live” anywhere on inet… what 6G? No way. I want my Wp back too 😂😂

      • Hyperion says:

        Ha ha ha! Me too. My fingers don’t work on those teeny tiny phone keys and with AI smart incorrectness, communication is nearly impossible, but funny.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Yeah. Let’s see if we’ll survive this.

        Ps. I just can’t get why we need 6G… I feel fine with 4 🧐

        To tell the truth I’m fine with a pen… 😂

      • Hyperion says:

        We only need 6G so the providers can raise the rent by claiming it’s faster, better, and has a holographic app free with in app purchases.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Yeah…how fast 💨 we can go. Let’s wait & see 😏😏

      • Hyperion says:

        Good idea. Let all the early adopters go first and tell us what they think. If we never see them again, it was a trap we avoided.

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