Victoria Parker on life in the fast-lane and taking risks

by Victoria Parker, author of The Woman Sent to Tame Him

It has been over two years since I gathered enough courage to risk my pride once more and face the prospect of heart-breaking rejection and defeat by submitting the book of my heart. A great risk with a beautiful pay-off because that book led me to one sun-drenched September afternoon and ‘The Call’ from the lovely Megan Haslam making my publishing dreams come true.

It was during another call about my second book, A Reputation to Uphold starring Eva St George and Dante Vitale, that Megan and my now editor, Kathryn Cheshire, asked me if I would please, please write Finn St George’s story.

Cue panic as I was faced with another risky endeavour. Because I knew Eva’s brother would be an almighty hand-full. An unpredictable force of nature. A racing car driver who lived in the fast lane to escape his past. A lothario of the highest order.

I suppose I should mention here that generally it’s the dark brooding type that reduces me to a puddle of lust and the thought of tackling a suave playboy to the ground did nothing but fill me with trepidation. Could I really pull it off? Did I have the guts to even try?

But since I adore my editor and truly believe she’s an insightful genius, I decided to give it a whirl and oh my goodness, I am so glad I did! Because shockingly, Finn St George has turned out to be my favourite hero of all time and his leading lady, Serena Scott, is an unforgettable force of nature all by herself. Put this feisty big-hearted tomboy – who wouldn’t know a skirt from a negligee – and a debauched womaniser in the same room and the result is a tsunami of fireworks!

Writing their story was an absolute joyride. I literally had to fasten my seatbelt as Finn and Serena whisked me through an adrenaline-infused rush of emotions and spun a delightful love/hate web of a romance as they discovered how to deal with the choices they’ve made in their lives, how to forgive and how to fight for a better future.

Finn takes many risks in his life too. Professionally at least. He gambles with his survival, taunts mortality, pushes every self-destruct button he possesses, uncaring that his recklessness takes on a perilous bent. Death doesn’t frighten this man but loving another certainly does. Question is; is he strong enough and brave enough to take the biggest risk of all and surrender his heart? After all, nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy. I can certainly vouch for that! But oh the pay-off is mighty fine. 🙂

What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken in your life and was it worth?


woman-sent-to-tam-ehimAbout The Woman Sent to Tame Him:

Resistance is futile!

Serena Scott knows that Finn St. George is trouble with a capital T. Gorgeous? Yes. World-class racing driver? Yes. Shameless lothario bent on self-destruction? Definitely! But Finn has finally caused one scandal too many—and Serena is charged with getting him back on track!

Finn loves his playboy lifestyle; after all, immersing oneself in beautiful women is much more pleasurable than raking over the bitter truths of the past. Serena’s unheard-of—and infuriating—resistance to his charms begins a battle of wills. Can she tame this bad boy, or will Serena become entangled in the sensual power of his hedonistic temptation?

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Comments ( 9 )
  1. Jennifer Hayward
    March 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Well I for one have been waiting for Finn’s story ever since I read his utterly fascinating entry into A Reputation to Uphold. I adored him then and he lived up to every single expectation of mine in this book! An absolute must read.

    As for big risks? Quitting my job to go freelance to write more. So glad I did! The scariest part is right before you jump.

  2. Victoria Parker
    March 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Hey Jen! Lovely to see you here. And thank you for your great post 🙂 Giving up the day job is certainly a whopping risk and I’m so very glad it paid off for you. Means we can enjoy tons more of your fabulous books!
    Victoria xx

  3. Nina Milne
    March 13, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Finn is definitely my favourite (though its a tough decision) of your heroes and I highly recommend this book!!! Jen – I am so pleased you took that risk!!

    Risks: Like all writers I’ve risked putting myself out there even after experiencing the pain of rejection. (DEFINITELY WORTH IT!!)

    On a personal level it was when I moved in with my then boyfriend. (I was at uni in London and moved to Brighton so I pretty much risked my degree and my heart) It was all worth it – I got my degree and am now v happily married to the then boyfriend!

  4. Jennifer Hayward
    March 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    It isn’t easy to put your work out there Nina! I’m so glad you did cause soon I get to read your amazing debut!

  5. Rachael Thomas
    March 15, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Great post Victoria. You’d never know reading Finn’s story of your panic about writing it! So glad you did, it’s one of my favourites! X

  6. Lorna Sweeney
    March 16, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I truly love the concept of risk – I think it’s so complex and worthy of exploration in romantic fiction. Calculated risk takers and reckless risk takers – so different! Finn is amazing and as ever the passionate way you describe your characters bowls me over – they are REAL people. Ok, bigger and bolder but painted so well. (And I do think you get the award for the best names :-))
    I read recently that all creative types (guess that means us!) are risk takers too. Certainly feels that way! Even when the risks are not as big as quitting jobs and towns. Phew! Big up to the risky writers xxx

  7. Victoria Parker
    March 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Nina! I second, Jen, wholeheartedly. I am so glad you kept going because your amazing debut deserves to be on the shelf and read by many! xx

  8. Victoria Parker
    March 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Rachael! Lovely to see you over here. Not long before we’ll get to read your first post with another amazing debut! Eek – so exciting!
    But anyways, so glad to hear my trepidation doesn’t leap from the pages 🙂 It was a big beast of a story that made me feel like my head was jammed in a nutcracker most of the time! Ah the joys of writing – I absolutely love it!
    Big thank you for posting and enjoying Finn – you’ve made my day 🙂

  9. Victoria Parker
    March 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Lorna, you lovely lady, hello!
    My goodness, I am swimming in talent over here! Another debut people, from another awesome talent. August is going to be an amazing month for new releases 🙂
    Thanks so much for popping by and commenting. I’m so happy you loved Finn. And I think that has to be one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me, *sniffs*. We live and breathe our characters for so long it’s wonderful to hear they make it from our muse onto the page making a big bold stamp. I can certainly live with that! xx