Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the Utah mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas (usually not at the same time.) During
the winter she likes to curl up with a book and a cup of hot cocoa and think about all those poor, freezing skiers working so hard out in the snow.
She's published eighteen books and novellas, including three USA Today bestsellers, and several of her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA® Award for excellence in the romance genre.
CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH
For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood isn't the land of golden opportunity. It's the land of difficult divas, cheating boyfriends and unemployment. So when her great-aunt offers her a free place to stay in Jackson, Grace thinks she'll spend a little time in the sticks to figure out her life, and then move somewhere exciting to live out her dreams. But it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting....
Cole Rawlins is a rugged Wyoming cowboy born and bred. Yet he can't help but be drawn to the fascinating big-city girl who moves in across from him. He wants to get close enough to Grace to see past her tough facade, but if he does, she might see the real Cole. The one with a Hollywood history gone bad. As they discover a sizzling attraction, it becomes harder for him to keep his demons at bay-and those fires from long ago may burn them both.
One of Kirkus Review's Most Anticipated Titles of Fall 2012!
"...Hits the emotional high notes. Rising romance star Dahl delivers with this sizzling contemporary romance."
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GET TO KNOW VICTORIA DAHL
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
VICTORIA: The Color Purple, hands down. I have to stop and watch any time it’s on TV, and I’ll be crying within five minutes of sitting down.
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
VICTORIA: I love romance, obviously! But I also love to read the kinds of stories I could never write. Suspense and thrillers and horror. I’m also a huge fan of narrative non-fiction. When it’s done well, it’s my absolute favorite.
MAUREEN: What’s the first book you remember reading?
VICTORIA: When I was a girl I loved Nancy Drew books and re-read them constantly. And then there was Sweet Valley High! But the first stand-alone book that stuck in my head was a time-travel YA called Can I Get There By Candlelight? Time travel, history, horses…Ohmigod, girl heaven! The first adult book I remember reading was Clan of the Cave Bear. Oh, and Flowers in the Attic. I’m sure reading those books at a young age had no lasting effect on me, though. *Cough*
MAUREEN: Ha! What really scares you?
VICTORIA: Strangely, I have a terrible fear of hydroelectric dams. Or any large machinery having to do with water, like ship propellers or the machines that make waves in wave pools. *shudder* Wave pools!
MAUREEN: Ship propellers scare me too... Did we see the same bad TV movie as kids? Do you believe in ghosts?
VICTORIA: I’m not sure. I love the idea of believing in ghosts. And I love to be scared. In fact, Ghost Hunters is one of my favorite television shows, and I adore movies like Paranormal Activity. So yes, I believe in ghosts just enough that I’d never be able to live in a really old house.
MAUREEN: Do shapeshifters exist?
VICTORIA: Now that’s one thing I don’t believe in! Plus, despite how much I love reading about hot werewolves, I have a terrible suspicion they’d smell like wet dog when they, um, exerted themselves.
MAUREEN: Ha! Hiking boots or high heels?
VICTORIA: Oh my God, BOTH! I live in the mountains, so I hike at least once a week if it’s not snowing. But my very favorite shoes are my red patent leather platform heels. They’re comfortable AND they’re, well…red patent leather. ;-) I never even wore heels until I became a stay-at-home mom. Now I feel the need to transform myself when I go out. Like Superman coming out of a phone booth! A phone booth filled with Legos and dirty laundry.
MAUREEN: I love both too. :) Would you rather sky dive or scuba dive?
VICTORIA: I would love to scuba dive. Snorkeling is one of my favorite things in the world, and I’d love to dive. I really would. But did I mention my little issue with water and machinery? Scuba gear isn’t so bad, but I’m not sure I could lose myself in the experience. I’d be pretty convinced that something didn’t quite feel or sound right from one minute to the next. ;-) Maybe I’ll try Snuba first.
MAUREEN: What sound or noise do you love?
VICTORIA: I went to New York for the first time when I was twenty-seven. I thought I’d hate it, but I loved it, and I love it more every time I go. The chaos and the craziness. When I’m there, I like to sleep with the window open so I can hear all the street noise.
MAUREEN: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
VICTORIA: I don’t listen to music when I’m actively working, but I absolutely need it for inspiration. Making a new playlist is like cheap therapy for me. An emotional recharge. Some of my favorites are Liz Phair, Little Dragon, Bon Iver, Kings of Leon, The National, Patty Griffin, and always, always Kathleen Edwards.
MAUREEN: Kathleen Edwards. A nice Canadian girl. :) What’s your favorite kind of cheese?
VICTORIA: Warm pecan-crusted goat cheese. Oh, yes. That.
GOTTA ASK -- GOTTA ANSWER
MAUREEN: You write both historical and contemporary set romances. Which do you find harder to write?
VICTORIA: Contemporaries are much easier to write, because the dialogue flows so naturally. It’s like a conversation among my friends. But historicals are so much fun to come up with. You can throw anything into the mix. Kidnapping. Pirates. Forced marriage. Secret seduction. Evil stepparent. So much to play with!
A QUESTION FROM VICTORIA
Did you read any scandalous books in your youth? Which ones stand out?
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