Today we're celebrating the release of Vicki Hopkins debut novel THE PRICE OF INNOCENCE, a historical fiction with romantic elements.
Vicki is a paralegal by day and author/blogger by evening and weekends. She possesses an insatiable desire to write and holds a fierce determination to succeed as a self-published author.
She made her writing debut on the Internet through the medium of blogging in January of 2008, after taking an interest in The Phantom of the Opera. Her blog entitled LESSONS FROM THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA examined the characters, emotions, symbolism, and events in the story.
Since her first post in January of 2008, her blog has received over 50,000 hits from 106 countries worldwide. It's become a favorite in the Phantom community. At the request of many of her readers, she published her blog into book form in May of 2009. It has received acclaim from fans, journalists, and university professors for taking a unique approach to studying the timeless story.
After years of wanting to try her hand at fiction writing, Vicki released her debut historical novel, THE PRICE OF INNOCENCE through Xlibris Corporation in November 2009. Determined to make a statement that self-published authors can produce quality work, she is thrilled over the positive professional reviews and reader comments. Vicki is excited to begin her second novel in a series of three THE PRICE OF DECEPTION which continues the story to a more fulfilling conclusion. She is also working on her own Phantom of the Opera novel, which she hopes to release in the Fall of 2010.
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THE PRICE OF INNOCENCE by Vicki Hopkins is a historical fiction novel, containing romantic elements, set in 1878 Paris, France. It weaves the tale of a young woman who, through cruel circumstances, suddenly finds herself struggling to survive in a city that despises its poor.
Her struggles take her on a journey through the shelters of charity to finding her first job as a laundress. The only reprieve from the vain existence of her life arrives each day when she delivers laundry to the most opulent brothel in all of Paris. Behind the doors of the Chabanais, a world of beauty, comfort, and shelter calls to her but for a price - her innocence.
The story is a picturesque glimpse into 19th century Paris life and an emotional journey of one woman driven by survival, rescued out of admiration, and redeemed out of love. It moves its readers to joy and tears, leaving a hunger for the second novel in the series of three.
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WIN - Leave Vicki a comment or question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for an autographed copy of Vicki's THE PRICE OF INNOCENCE! Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you're today's winner!