Skin of a Goddess
Victoria C. Johnson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: April 18, 2016
Number of pages: 253
Word Count: 78,311
Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Design
Goddesses just want to have fun, right?
Peitho’s first job as an Immortal Representative means slumming it at the Shifter Convention, where shifters and supernaturals will be meeting to discuss concerns and build relations. She’s sure it’s going to be boring—all they have to complain about is fleas and territory.
Wait . . . is that a dragon?
Obsessive is a strong word.
Hunter thinks Peitho would make a great addition to his hoard of treasure. Dragons are famously acquisitive; how is he supposed to ignore her? Everyone always says it’s bad to fight your nature.
When shifters begin disappearing from the convention, and bodies quickly appearing, Peitho and Hunter have no choice but to investigate. Will Hunter and Peitho manage to solve the crime while still keeping their hearts intact?
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Oh my god this was one of the funniest books I've read in forever! Don't get me wrong because there's some serious parts. A murder mystery, some political maneuvering and of course steamy as all get out romance- but these goddesses, they had me rolling with laughter! Just wow! And also, I'm hooked! I want everyone book in the future of this series because I can't wait to see what this group of goddesses can do!! And of course there's werewolves and dragons- hello- I'm in heaven!!!!
So Peitho is the minor goddess of seduction and persuasion. Yep, sex is second nature to her. Hunter is a royal dragon who's the grumpy antisocial black sheep lol! Needless to say, they are completely different and I seriously thought they were gunna kill each other. It was fantastic! Peitho is a fantastic lead- Apate being her absolutely fantastic side kick- while Hunter is the typical obsessive dragon with a mermaid grump for a best friend. I just want to tell everyone to read this book on those characters alone. Oh my goodness the crew they made. Then you add in the other crazy ladies and it's a riot- literally!! And when supers get together a shifter convention and then start getting murdered, these ladies take it upon themselves to solve the crimes. Note to self- do not piss of the minor goddess of rage hahahaha! And all Hunter wants is to get his treasure- Peitho!
The writing is fantastic! I seriously enjoyed myself. The things they said and did and just all around made me giggle. Until we got down and dirty, it was serious and there's nothing short or missing from this story. I am absolutely thrilled to have read the first book in the series and I want more!!! I also do not think I can ever look at self defense or karaoke the same ever again!! :) 5 MAGICAL PAWS!!! This was perfect for me!
First, tell me a little about your book ….
My book is about a crazy group of fun loving goddesses. Peitho, the Goddess of Persuasion and Seduction, is an Immortal Representative at a shape shifter convention. She meets Hunter, a dragon shape shifter, and he’s instantly enamored. He pursues her, she avoids him, and they connect while investigating murders that take place at the convention.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I have loved to write ever since I was in Middle School. I think it has something to do with my love of talking. The difference is, with writing, there’s no one there to tell me to shut up! My imagination runs wild.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My first book was about shape shifters! My female lead was able to change into the shape of any animal, whereas everyone else could change into only one animal. She was very sassy, self-important, and faced jealousy due to her amazing skills. I should probably mention that I wrote this when I was about eleven, so that probably played a part in my eclectic plot.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The experiences in my books are not based on events in my life. I definitely base some of my characters, dialogue, or relationships on real life. I never use exact conversations, but I take note of funny comments or weird situations.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
I pick characters based on the book and situation. The loss of the character should evoke drama and interest, without totally losing the reader by removing a favorite main character. You’ll never see me pull a McDreamy.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I look up to Kresley Cole and Eloisa James a lot. I love that their characters are so engaging. Their books are full of weird humor even in serious situations. When I read one of their books, I feel like I’m visiting old friends.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Nope. I wrote this book a few years ago and have read it, changed it, and fallen in love with it too many times to count. I feel really comfortable with how it ended up.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sometimes I get too caught up in my own feelings, and that translates into how my characters act or feel. I think that’s hard because it doesn’t always fit the situation or character’s personality. If I think things are starting to head south, I take a break from writing and go back to it. I never try to force my writing, because then it won’t be 100% what I want it to be.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
Deranged Doctor Design did my cover art. I gave them information about my book and they gave me draft of the cover. We worked together to finalize the design. I liked working with them a lot!
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learned a lot! First of all, I’m funnier than I think I am. I’m also much more determined than I ever realized I could be. I can’t imagine not writing, even if I never published any of my books. I feel an impulse to write and constantly get ideas. It’s just part of who I am, and I feel like it makes me a more empathetic person as a whole.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
In my current mood, I would pick Apate, the Goddess of Deceit. I love that she looks innocent but is intensely mischievous. She is very sassy, sneaky, and clever. On my best day, I don’t think I can rival her for intrigue. Plus, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be blonde.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for taking the time to read my book! I enjoyed writing it so much, and I hope you had fun reading it.
About the Author:
Victoria C. Johnson lives in Michigan with her supportive husband and amazing family. She became serious about her passion for writing shortly after having her daughter. As someone who strongly believes in doing what makes you happy, she decided to follow her own advice. She loves writing almost as much as she loves reading. Victoria adores happy endings, heartfelt characters, and extraordinary situations. She hopes to bring a little more of that to life every day.