Victoria Colotta – A Broad Spectrum

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre! Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

#LoveRomance #ThePowerOfRomance

(Quick shout out – Victoria was the graphics designer behind RARM’s logo and helped me so much on this project, especially the first 2 years. I am so grateful to her and it’s been a true honor to watch her expand into becoming a writer and blogger, and see her spread her wings into a bunch of different directions. So happy to have her here in RARM.)

 

Hope. Pain. Resilience. The Power of Romance

Truth time. I have never set out to be a romance writer and I don’t think I will ever be one…technically. I love the genre, but I feel that there are authors that just do it better. This is why, when I was writing WHEN IT HITS THE FAN, I was so adamant about not having a romantic element in the book. I had this idea that I had to different. I was going to be the anti-romance writer. Yet, as I got to know Cami and the rest of her crew, I realized one thing. There is a power to having a romance within a book. By opening up the characters to relationships and allowing them to implode or fall hard, it gave me so much more to play around with.

Now, as I work on my second and third novels, I realize what a gift exploring possibilities of love is. The emotions and the range of situations you can put a character in expand exponentially with this one underlining theme. Giving a character feelings for another opens quite a few doors. And the types of love and passion that can live within the pages of a book are endless. However, what I found most fun to write is removing love from my characters. In my next novel, I have pushed the boundaries of obsession. I am giving my characters something so strong that they cannot help but become all consumed and then rip it away. What will they do? How will they react? Pushing them from one spectrum to the next has proven to me the power in romance. Even in the darkest of stories (…yes…I am going crime/thriller/dystopian on you all), playing with the love or hate two characters have can make the difference between an OK story and a great one.

Romance has power. Some may agree and others may disagree. However, no one can deny the pure force that is love which is the basis for romance. The emotions and what they evoke are at the crux of this strength. Love brings out the best and the worst in humanity. It pushes people to take action and say things that they normally wouldn’t. This is its beauty.

 

Victoria recommends:

 

Though I am currently binge reading mysteries and thrillers, I have some fabulous recommendations for all the romance lovers out there.

 

 

GOOD GIRLS DON’T KISS AND TELL by Codi Gary
www.codigarysbooks.com    –    Amazon

 

A THOUSAND LETTERS by Staci Hart
stacihartnovels.com    –    Amazon

 

HOLLYWOOD DIRT by Alessandra Torre
www.alessandratorre.com   –    Amazon

 

DATING YOU / HATING YOU by Christina Lauren
christinalaurenbooks.com   –    Amazon

 

MR. RIGHT-SWIPE by Ricki Schultz
rickischultz.com   –    Amazon

 

BONUS BOOK (…Because I can’t just give you 5) YOURS TO BARE by Jessica Hawkins
www.jessicahawkins.net    –    Amazon.

 


Questions for the Author:

1. Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of The Power of Romance.

I don’t know if there is an exact moment that became aware of The Power of Romance. However, when I was writing my debut novel, I realized what is so important about having romance within a story. It became clear to me, even though my book isn’t really a romance, that having Cami find love was important. There is this thread in most of our lives that gives us hope, can bring us pain, and sometimes make us laugh. Romance brings humanity and a level of honesty to not only the characters, but to us all. So I guess The Power of Romance is that it shows us who we are with or without another person. So I don’t know if I answered the question or not, but what I do know is that for every good story there is some aspect of a romance in it. I hope to capture that in every book I write.

2. Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

I have a horseshoe pinky ring from my father that I never leave my home without. Every time that I put it on, I feel like he is with me. I will not get too sappy on you all, but my father was a huge part of my life and I miss him every single day. This ring reminds me of him, of the times we spent together, and oh-so how Italian he was. I mean…a horseshoe pinky ring…you don’t get more Italian than that. 😉

3. Tell us about a word that has power for you.

The one word that has the most power to me is perseverance. In the dictionary, the word is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. This word is how I have lived my life. Nothing has ever been handed to me and I have had to work hard in making every step that will hopefully lead me to my goals. Perseverance is a word that has power. It shows us all that we should keep fighting even if we fall or fail. I know that I have stumbled more times than I have wanted in my life, but I pick myself every time, drink a bit of wine (because you have to wallow a little), and come at the situation with a different perspective. It is not romantic, but it is real.

4. Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

victoria colotta illustrationI have to go old school with this one. JANE EYRE by by Charlotte Brontë is the one book that I have read and re-read over the years that continues to amaze me. The eloquence of the words, the time period, and the drama are just the start of why I love this book so much. This book shaped me into the book loving coffee addict that I am today. I can still remember sitting in my backyard during the summer before seventh grade and devouring this book in a matter of days. I think it was two to be exact. To this day, it is at the top of my favorites list.

5. Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

Besides my parents, the one person who was the most influential in my life has Elena Sisto. She was my second year drawing teacher at the School of Visual Arts and one of the most amazing women/female artists I have met over the years. She taught me so much about my art and how to look at things in a completely different way by introducing me to Hans Hoffman’s SEARCH FOR THE REAL. This changed everything for me.

And then, one day I was sitting with her and expressed some of my fears about where my career could go. She turned to me and said, “If it doesn’t scare you on some level, then it is not worth doing. You have to put yourself out there and take a risk. If it is too easy, you will never appreciate the success.” These are words that I live with every day.

 

Main Drawing:

Victoria is generously giving away a copy of When It Hits The Fan to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 27, 2017. (US only)

She’ll be giving away more copies as part of the US bundles. (more info. below)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

 


victoria colotta illustrationVictoria Colotta is an artist, author, and award winning graphic designer for her work at VMC Art & Design. With a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a voracious need to constantly be reading, Victoria managed to merge the two loves in her life…art and books. As an artist, she is constantly exploring new ways to create and share her artwork.

Catch up with her on her website, Instagram @artbookscoffee, Facebook, or Twitter @vcolotta to see what she is reading, writing, drawing, and whipping together in her kitchen. Don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter by clicking here.

 

 

 

Buy Victoria’s books:

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*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

#LoveRomance   #The PowerofRomance    #ReadARomance


MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Victoria is contributing to the US bundles.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week3@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 3 contests are Aug 17 through Aug. 24

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month.

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!

 

 

Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com.  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Sue G.

    How awesome that you have your dad’s ring. My dad always wore quilted flannels in the colder weather. I have one of his that I have washed because I wanted it to still smell like garage grease….he was a mechanic. It’s been 17 years but I can still smell the grease that reminds me of him!

    • Victoria Colotta

      Thank you for sharing that. Isn’t great how over time, we find special ways to keep them in our lives.

  • cheryl c.

    Jane Eyre is a favorite classic of mine.

    • Victoria Colotta

      I am glad to hear it. It is one of those books that I can just keep reading over and over again.

  • rebecca moe

    I have two rings that were my grandmother’s, and I wear one every day.

    Thanks for posting!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I enjoyed your essay. There is an element of romance in all our lives.

  • Pamby50

    First off, I have to agree with Bobbi. The graphics for RARM are awesome. I am so glad you decided to write romance into your book. It is hard to go through life without a little romance.

  • Kareni

    How wonderful to be both a visual artist as well as an artist of words; I’m rather envious! I like your stack of tea cups very much! Best wishes with your current writing projects, Victoria.

  • Kezia King

    The RARM logo is awesome! I look forward to reading your books. 🙂

  • Erin F

    Congrats on the debut!!! I also devoured Jane Eyre at a young age. It took a lot of rereads as I got older to finally “get” the romance 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Tori Valenzuela

    Mementos from people that have passes on are so special gkad you have one of your late father!