This was truly an original book. Written in an almost stream of consciousness style, it took a good half the book to get used to, but once the story began to take real shape and the characters started being more honest, I found my footing. I must say that I got a very 50 shades vibe, though I haven’t read the whole series, I do think it is coincidental as the characters and story here are like a pulp fiction novel with modern flair. The dialogue could get somewhat confusing but once each person’s voice was established I found it easy to read. I’d definitely recommend that you take a peek at the sample before buying so you know what you’re getting into, but if you like under currents of dark romance then you’ll probably enjoy this book. I have not yet decided if I will pick up the rest of the series, but if you do I hope to hear your thoughts!
Beginning at 11 years old, Vaughan began training in sport Karate as her parents wanted her to be able to defend herself against bullying in school. She began studying under the late 10th Dan Master Richard Dixon, learning Japanese Goju, which is Taekwondo, Kempo, and Kungfu combined. Over the next 7 years, she earned her blackbelt degree and fought all over the United States defending her regional, and divisional titles as well her right to fight for the State of Texas for her division. She received her first state title at 11 and her first world title at 14, fighting her way up to earn her titles. She is still undefeated and is now a retired World Champion. After making the decision to retire, she continued the family tradition in joining the Armed forces once they became of age. Upon discussing an opportunity to fight in the All-Army karate team, Vaughan decided to join the Army to follow in her father’s footsteps. serving 6 years in service, Vaughan returned home to Texas where she entered college to study as an artist. In an effort to keep a promise she made to her grandfather, Daniel, to write about her extraordinary life, she penned “The Vaughan Chronicles”, basing the story off her life experiences.
“There is always an opportunity to continue to grow mentally, spiritually, and physically. They may have tried to push me back, but they will never succeed. I can always get better. Never give up.” ~Grayer Vaughan.
According to Grayer, she never intended to become an author. “It happened by answering a “what if” question, and a promise. I was blessed enough to be with my grandfather, Daniel in his last hour here on Earth. He asked what I would do in the next ten years as he wouldn’t be around to experience it with me. I said, “I have no idea, Grampy…I guess I will sell my art- have a show or write a book? I have no idea!” He replied, “you should do it. I believe in you. Promise me you will do whatever it takes to get it out there.”
With the promise made, he passed away a few seconds later. It took 6 months for Grayer to honor that promise, and with each book produced, she continues to keep her accord intact.
Social Media Links-
Author Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/vaughanlandseven
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Grayer Vaughn Questionnaire
Please tell us about yourself using 3 adjectives, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction
Grateful, Determined, Adventurous. (In that order).
1 quirk: I have to have the area I write in extremely noisy or I can’t write. Silence is very deafening to my creativity.
Pop Culture Addiction: Everything 80s. I’m an 80’s baby. Goonies, Brat Pack, Music, the whole bit. Beaches, Steel Magnolias, The Color Purple, Spaceballs. Everything Whoopi Goldberg has ever done. I love her. I’m also fluent in character references, movie quotes and bumper sticker lingo. In the now- I live for Indies, Mean Girls, Sons of Anarchy, and then I stumbled onto Game of Thrones. I watched all seasons in one sitting and read the books over a weekend. It’s an addiction. I swear. I even named my kittens after Kal Drogo and Khalessi.
Sickness of the dopest kind.
Top 5 Favorite Things
Pigs, Orange Gummy Bears, my grandfather’s license (I kept it after he passed away), Gameboy, Books.
What’s the last song you listened to?
“Learning To Breathe” by Behind The Grey. They are amazing.
How do you come up with novel titles?
Most Authors don’t name the book until it is written and complete. I name them right away. Sit quietly, close my eyes until something pops into my head. Then, I imagine the Movie Phone voice saying the title. If it sounds rad, I will keep it. If it sounds like I would never pay $15 to go see it at the movie theatre, it isn’t going to make the cut. I choose from 5 different variations. From there, I will google it to make sure it isn’t going to cross any other title, if possible. I don’t like to have anything too close to someone else’s work. If it happens, it is a happy coincidence.
It’s a lot of work to name a novel, but if it is going to have my name on it and be apart of my cannon, I am going to like it or it won’t be the title. Period.
This or That-
*Morning or Night? Morning
*Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
*Summer or Winter? Winter
*Ebook or Paperback? Paperback
*Fantasy or Paranormal? Paranormal