January 26, 2015

Vicky Burkholder: The Ruby Key @vickyburkholder #RLFblog #amreading

Meet author Vicky Burkholder, writing for Liquid Silver Books.

Title The Ruby Key
Genre contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Who or what inspired you to write?
My dad. When I was very young, I was considered a "slow reader". Back then, we didn't have enrichment classes so my dad took it upon himself to show me the wonders of the written word. Though not highly educated himself, he was an avid reader. He would take me on his lap and read to and with me. He'd do word games with me – for instance, if we were in the car and waiting somewhere, he'd find a billboard and point to a word in it and tell me to find as many words with those letters as I could. Or he'd do crossword puzzles with me. He found things I was interested in and books that would go along with those interests – like horses (what little girl doesn't love horses?). He bought books about horses, both fiction and non-fiction. In short, through my love of him and my interests, he taught me to love the written word. And in a year, I moved up from the "slow" section to the top of the class.
What are your five "desert island" books?
Probably a Boy Scout handbook (come on, I'm nothing, if not practical!), a science fiction book (like Anne McCaffrey's Crystal series), a good mystery (like Laura Bradford's Amish mystery series), a good romance (like Nora Roberts, especially her paranormal romances), and a good fantasy (like David Eddings). You will note that these are all paperback books. I'd choose differently if I could take my electronic reading device, but on a desert island, I'm not sure that would work well, though I suppose I could use the handbook to figure out how to create electricity to power up my devices!
What advice would you give a new author?
Grow a thick skin. This is not a business for the weak of ego. You are going to get bad reviews. You're going to get rejected – a lot. You're not going to get rich quick (except in very very rare cases). You need to be able to bounce back. Yes, give yourself a day or two to rail at the fates on the bad stuff, then get right back in there. You can't let the negativity that is part and parcel of this career get you down. If one bad review or rejection makes you quit, then you need to rethink being a writer. Because unless you're just doing it for yourself, you're going to get hurt. BUT, if you keep at it… if you keep trying… if you keep learning and improving, someday you may get that acceptance or that great review and the sales will start coming in, and it will all be worth it. Perseverance is the key.

The Ruby Key

The following blurb and excerpt are from my latest book, The Ruby Key, a paranormal romance available from Liquid Silver Books. It is the second in the Crystal Keys series.
Blurb: (from The Ruby Key)
For centuries, four women have held the keys to Lemuria, a land where magic is real. They and their Protectors are all that stand against The Brotherhood, a group of exiles who want to return to Lemuria and take control of the gateway between realms.
Phoebe, Keeper of the ruby key, lost her lover and Protector, Ryan, to murder. The Powers That Be saddled her with a dorky salesman. That is, until Zack arrives on the scene. With his Scandinavian good looks, he is the essence of what a Protector should be, but he is a loner and wants nothing to do with magic. Magic is what got his brother killed. Phoebe wants nothing to do with him as a protector, but he draws her in ways Ryan never did.
Edward is the epitome of a British gentleman and shows Phoebe the genteel side of life, but Edward has a past, and an agenda. He is the leader of the Brotherhood and if he controls Phoebe, he will control everything—and destroy it all.
The past, present, and future all come crashing down to one moment. Only Phoebe can make the choice—and her choice will determine the fate of several worlds.
They lost the battle once before. This time, will love really conquer all?

Buy this book:

Coming Soon

The Turn of the Card – a short futuristic romance from Liquid Silver Books
Other books available from Liquid Silver Books
Who's Your Alpha 
The Emerald Key – first book in the Crystal Key series
Who's Your Alpha – short, contemporary shape shifter romance
Finder's Keepers – short, contemporary paranormal romance

About the Author

Vicky Burkholder lives in a three-generation home and is lucky enough to have two other writers in residence. At various times in her life, she has been a journalist, writer, editor, teacher, short-order cook, computer specialist, DJ, and librarian. Her writing spans the fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and romance lines from YA to adult. No matter the age or genre, all of her books have a touch of romance in them and have to have a happily ever after ending.

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  1. Great blog. I love Anne McCaffrey, but I'd take the Dragons of Pern series to a desert island. After reading your blurb for The Ruby Key, I'll have to read the book to see who Phoebe choses.

    1. I agree Sunni, I love the Dragons of Pern, but there are way too many books to haul to a desert island. :) Anne McCaffrey is the tops in my fantasy book list.

    2. Dragons of Pern is a favorite of mine also.

  2. That 'desert island' question is always a toughie. What books would you choose if you had a power outlet in your hut?

    1. Ohh - good one. I still think I'd go with the Boy Scout Handbook, though. :)

  3. Great blog post, Vicky. I like your choice of the boy scout manual. Very practical. The Ruby Key sounds good, another for my book list. :)

    1. Thank you, Gerri. I appreciate the thought. :)

  4. I enjoyed your post, Vicky. I'm practical, too, so thumbs up on the BS handbook. Just think, we could grind up oak galls, make quill pens, and write our own books on birch bark!

    1. LOL - or make our own paper out of ground up palm fibers! :)

  5. I'd take a cookbook I love called More With Less. It was released decades ago by a duo of Mennonite women missionaries in response to their church's call to find ways to eat healthy, use less, and make more food available for the hungry. Every recipe in it was down to earth and easy to make, and used few resources. I still use it to this day, well-worn and grease stained as it is. :) I'm guessing my kindle would have to stay home...

    1. We actually have - and use! - that cookbook here at home! It's a great one. But I'm thinking some of those things might be hard to find on a desert island. Maybe a cooking in the wild or survival guide cookbook? :)

  6. Your dad sounds like my dad. He only had a 10th grade education but he loved to read. Once he retired from farming, the bookstore was his favorite place.
    I would definitely take LoTR to the island. I can read it over and over again.

  7. Great blog, Vicky. Great advice to new authors ~smiles~

  8. Great Post, Vicky :) from Patty T.

  9. I enjoyed reading all of your writing thoughts, Vicky. One thing I did not know about you was that you were at one time a short order cook. That must have been interesting. Maybe it will give you an idea for a future character's occupation? Kristine Skvarna waving 'Hi".

  10. Great advice and great choices! I hope no one ever asks me that question, because I'd never have an answer. LOL


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