Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Winter Peril by Victoria Pinder


Erica Mira, a Florida native, decides to drive up to Maine in the middle of winter to meet an investor, and ends up crashing into a tree in the middle of the blizzard. After climbing up the mountain to the chateau seeking shelter, she meets Gabriel.

Gabriel's not leaving this chateau without clearing his name of his dead wife's murder or the crimes she set him up for. He's not had company in years, let alone the company of a woman.

The storm keeps Erica's trapped inside. She has no idea who Gabriel is and he won't talk about what happened in his abandoned ski chalet. Clues all point towards murders, but her attraction to Gabriel confuses her. She cannot fall this hard for someone who's wrapped in such mystery. Nothing makes sense, and as the snow piles higher and higher, Erica must find out what's inside these walls that haunts Gabriel. She must know what happened, no matter where the clues lead her.

Erica's very life may hang in the balance. How far will she go to save herself and the man she's falling hard for? What is the price of love?

About the Author:

Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized she hated the practice of law. She refused to one day turn fifty and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. Finally, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

During all this time, she wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical-minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people's dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became obvious. The middle school year book in which someone wrote one day she'd be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

Besides her full time job of teaching, in 2013 and 2014, she sold on her own sold books to three different publishers. The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love were published by Soul mate Publishing. Mything the Throne came from Double Dragon Ebooks. Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush is at Jupiter Gardens Press.

Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency and she hopes to continue selling her novels. Moving up to the next level from hard work and determination is rewarding, and partnerships bring new opportunities.

She's the Vice President of Progams for the Florida Romance Writers. Ms. Pinder attends multiple conferences. She learns and meets so many people at conferences. Her website is She is working hard on other projects and found the time to plan her wedding this year.

As a child, her father took her to many Star Trek conventions and in the 90s she was the only girl at the comic book store. Science Fiction was her first love, but contemporary romance was her second. She's sticking with contemporaries for the near future.

Review by Rochelle:

I believe I may have read at least one other book by Ms. Pinder and liked it. That’s why it’s so difficult to give five thorns to Winter Peril. One of the first things we learn as writers is to write what we know, and if we don’t know the subject, research it. Apparently, Ms. Pinder did not do that, at least not when it came to the effects of cold weather on the human body. Or else she was so into her storyline, she forgot what she knew about it. I was so upset by the defects in the first chapter, I could not go on. I’m truly amazed to read that Winter Peril was a Kindle Scout 2015 Award winner.

Erica Mira is a Florida native who has never seen snow, let alone driven in it, when she finds herself driving up a mountain in a blizzard of white-out proportions. Somehow, she manages to maintain control of her car while talking on her cell phone, but then spins out and hits a tree after she hangs up. The car is on fire, so she can’t stay in it, and she’s not dressed for the weather. She’s wearing a thin, plastic coat, inadequate driving gloves, and tennis shoes instead of boots.

Erica makes her way back to the road in the dark and spies a building halfway up the mountain in a momentary lapse in the storm, and manages to climb to it in snow so dense she can barely see her own hands. When she gets there, her whole body is numb and she’s “soaked through to her underwear.”

There is so much wrong with this. Remember I said she was wearing a plastic coat? How did she get “soaked through to her underwear”? Frozen like a popsicle I get. But wet through plastic? I don’t buy it.

When Gabriel finds her in his chateau, he asks, “How are you not dead?” If her entire body is numb and she’s suffering from hypothermia so badly she can’t control her teeth chattering enough to speak, how is it that her feet and hands show no sign of frostbite? There’s no mention of that.

Gabriel touches Erica and she feels the heat of his body. She can’t feel anything else, including the warmth of the fire, because her whole body is still numb and she’s still shivering. Yet, she can feel Gabriel?

Erica wonders why she’s acting so strangely when she tries to climb Gabriel like a tree. She practically rapes the poor guy. Mind you, we’re still in the first chapter. When he moves away from her, she gets goose-bumps from the chill. She’s suffering from hypothermia, and her body is numb. How can she possibly feel a chill and get goose-bumps from him moving away? Thus ends the first chapter.

I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room by this time. That’s when I decided I couldn’t read any more. I’m sorry, Ms. Pinder. I cannot recommend Winter Peril.

Length:  266 Pages
Print:  $10.99
Digital:  $3.49
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Thanks for visiting. Donna, Julie, & Rochelle

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