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{August 10, 2009}   Cover Corner: Victoria Roder

I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming new author, Victoria Roder to The Write Time & Place. Asylett Press released Victoria’s first book, The Dream House~Visions and Nightmares earlier this month. I expect this book to draw in readers from many genres as it crosses over several–paranormal, thriller, romance, and suspense. Have a seat, kick back, and read all about this new author! Leave her a comment below, and show your support for Victoria! Thanks so much…Valerie

TDH-BookFront_LRGRecurring dreams of a house Hope Graham’s family rented when she was a child taunt her nights with nightmares of a woman in a bloody nightgown pleading for help. Dream sequences of children metamorphosing in rats, blood spewing out of windows, and walking across decaying bones all foretell of sins of the past, and forewarn of danger in the present. In an attempt to end the agony of her sleep-depriving dreams, Hope travels to her hometown…only to discover that the truth can be more frightening than a nightmare.

Review:

When I sat down to read Dream House—Visions and Nightmares, the debut novel by Victoria Roder, I expected a book full of ghosts and attempts at spine-tingling scenes. What Roder actually delivers is a taut story with an ending only the most attentive of readers will figure out prior to reading the final chapters.

Roder strategically introduces characters, allowing the reader to gradually learn their significance. This prevents information overload, but also affords Roder the opportunity to develop multifaceted characters the reader comes to either care about or despise. Every good book has a villain, but Roder offers up more than one—and they all have their place artfully etched out in the plot.

The book opens with Hope Graham fighting off sleep and losing the battle. Nightmares plague her. Horrible, unsettling nightmares. The lack of sleep and plentiful nightmares begin to intrude on Hope’s waking hours, causing her boss at the resource center where she works to issue the ultimatum: Get it together or get out. After one nightmare too many, Hope calls her sister, Samantha and, at 3 in the morning, decides she’s going back home to Sheboygan where her sister still lives and where the house of her dreams can be found.

Hope begins to unravel the purpose of the haunting nightmares by investigating the house those nightmares center around. With a little bit of help from her sister and a lot of help from the locals, Hope not only uncovers history about the house, but she unearths secrets that force her to dig deep into her own past and confront the very real nightmare she lived through as a child.

The sunshine in the darkness of the plot comes in the form of very sexy bakery owner, Brock Cooper. Brock offers Hope all the things her ex-husband couldn’t: romance, friendship, support, encouragement, tenderness, understanding, and love. He’s her sounding board, her confidant, and her romance when she needs a break from the intense mystery surrounding her dream house. Roder holds back and successfully allows the romance to slowly blossom between these two, which is refreshing given the fact this is not a romance, but rather a paranormal thriller that serves up a happily ever after in spite of the odds against it happening.

Hope also finds an ally in the elderly busybody living across the road from the dream house. Ida is full of knowledge, but is not as forthcoming as Hope—or this reader—wants her to be. Instead, Ida has a foresight most people wished they had, and there’s a purpose for disclosing information slowly. Hope’s on a voyage of self-discovery and too much information too soon not only makes for a short book, but would defeat what Roder obviously worked so hard to combine into one exciting, unpredictable plot.

You won’t want to miss this debut novel by Victoria Roder.

4 bricks out of 5

Bea Ware

Reviewer, Writers Wall

Meet Victoria:

Victoria Roder resides in central Wisconsin with her husband and a houseful of pets. She has three grown sons. Her spare time is spent snowshoeing, roller-blading, camping, and motorcycle riding.

Victoria is currently writing her second paranormal, a ghost story entitled The Big House Inn. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover’s Soul, A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, and has written articles and puzzles for numerous magazines.

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Juls says:

Yeah, Vicki!!! Way to go!! I wish you much success, both with this book and the one you’re curently working on.
Juls



Michael says:

Congratulations Vicki! I’m sure this is the first of many more books to come. I’ll be adding this to my reading list.



Congratulations on the release of your novel, Vicki. It sounds like a real thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Here’s wishing you great success.

Stacey



Mark says:

Valerie fixed you up with a wonderful showcase here, Vicki. I wish you much success amongst your readers.

The critics, however, may fend for themslves …



Stacey & Mark,
Thanks for the support! Valerie has a great thing going here.

Vicki



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