BioVictoria Dougherty is the author of THE BONE CHURCH, WELCOME TO THE HOTEL YALTA and COLD. She writes fiction, drama, and essays that revolve around lovers, killers, curses, and destinies.
Her work has been published or profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune, and elsewhere.
Earlier in her career, while living in Prague, she co-founded Black Box Theater, translating, producing, and acting in several Czech plays.
Her blog – COLD – features her short essays on faith, family, love, and fiction.
WordPress, the blogging platform that hosts some 50 million blogs worldwide, has singled out COLD as one of the Top 70 Recommended Blogs by writers or about writing.
In the opening chapter of Welcome to the Hotel Yalta we accompany Paha Tarkhan on a train journey through the Czechoslovakian countryside. Dougherty employs her writing skill to inform much about Pasha, his life, and his character throughout these opening lines. A native from Georgia, we learn he cannot return home for fear of being ousted by his mother as a traitor to the Soviet Union. He is to rendezvous at a safe house run by Miss Bick. She was once his mistress. Pasha, as it turns out, has many mistresses. When convalescing from chest pains brought on by nothing more sinister than indigestion, he has a fling with Aprilia his nurse. On this journey, he is accompanied by Brandy France, a diplomat's wife, and she is not shy of passionate interludes, regardless of the circumstances. Dougherty's style is crisp and uncluttered with a natural flow. At the time of this review, Welcome to the Hotel Yalta is offered as a free download on Amazon. A recommended read while this free version is on offer.
Who does not love a book about an assassain who is sadistic?
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Welcome to the Hotel Yalta
An heiress who can’t seem to keep her legs closed. A Russian plan for dominating the space race. An assassin with a penchant for rich food and sadistic murder. When you’re alone in the cold, passion and betrayal are commodities and love hangs on by an icy thread. From the author of The Bone Church and Cold, comes a white knuckle tour de force of Cold War noir.
If you love Anne Lamott and Jenny Lawson, COLD might just be the next book that keeps you up all night turning pages. Experience what advance readers have called "magical" "raw" and "gorgeous storytelling."