Val Dante
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Joined 11-25-06, id: 546857, Profile Updated: 09-11-12

Be forewarned: You are entering uncharted waters. It is all about my twisted, slightly narcissistic(not always), know-it-all-ish (yes, I admit I am a know-it-all. Sue me), complex knot of thoughts, ideas, and voices. You have crossed the line where madness and brilliance collides!


About the Author:

1. I'm 5'7".

2. My eyes are usually one of three colours: deep, chocolate brown, amber, or obsidian.

3. I generally write paranormal novels dealing with vampires and at least one other creature. I also read them. If you know any great vampire stories that are not already in my favourites please do not hesitate to PM me with the title of the piece and the author that wrote it, whether it is on this site or a published novel.

4. I have gaydar. I can tell if you are bisexual, gay, or straight just by looking at you for five seconds.

5. I have an anxiety disorder known as Obssessive-Compulsive Disorder and frequently fidget.

6. I could read and understand William Shakespeare's work in the fourth grade while the other students were still reading Goosebumps and Captain Underpants.

7. I'm slightly crazy.

8. I'm a sucker for a good romance story. If it is real, tell it to me. If it is a novel, let me read it. And if it involves vampires or anything involving forbidden love, I definitely want to know about it.

9. I am happily married and proud to be an Army wife!

10. I've been writing seriously since I was 13.


More about me:

Nicknames: Ambear (inside joke with the hubby), Amby, Val, Dante, Val Dante, Zoƫ.

Occupation: Student/writer

Movies: Harry Potter(all), Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, and III, Rent, Sweeney Todd, both National Treasure movies, all the Indiana Jones movies(including the fourth), and both Dirty Dancing movies.

Books: Sherrliyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter and Dream-Hunter books, Phantom of the Opera, Eragon, Eldest, LOTR series, Harry Potter series, The Chronicals of Narnia, Wicked Lovely.


My C2: I have a C2 titled The Best of Romance, Paranormal, and Young Adult. When I read a story that I feel belongs here, I put it there. If you wish to suggest a story for me to read and consider for the C2, please PM me. I am always up for reading a good story, but I will decide whether it belongs in my C2. Consider me the editor at the publishing company you are trying to win over.


Quotes that Amuse Me

The following I stole from Cissy Sollers:

"Damn conscience. It knows too much."

"I don't have pet peeves. I have Major Psychotic Hatreds..."

"Some people call me crazy, I prefer the term sanity challenged..." (Love you Cissa)

"They say that being different makes you unique... They never tell you that being unique makes you an easy target..."

"They say that rain is the tears of angels. However, since angels also cry from happiness, whenever it rains, I always wonder if they're mourning for us, or laughing their asses off at us."

"I hate to break it to you, but being a jack ass is not a legitimate career."

"I reject your reality and substitute my own!"

The following I picked out on my own:

"Why are best friends best friends? They know too damn much.".

"They say I suffer from insanity. I don't know what they're all talking about because I enjoy every minute of it!"

"If you are going to get in trouble, do it right. Don't just do something small. Go big or go home."


Quotes That Inspire Me

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." Cyril Connolly

"Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer." Barbara Kingsolver

"Writing is only boring to the people who are boring themselves." Unknown

"Paper is my canvas, words are my paint, my pen is my brush. Writing is my art." Me

"I paint a picture, but not on canvas. I draw images, but not in a sketchbook. I shade in the eyes of a young man, but not with a shading pencil. I create beautiful landscapes, but not with paint. These things I do, I do with words." Me

"You see things the way they are and ask, 'why?' I see things the way they never were and ask, 'why not?'" George Bernard Shaw

"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." Octavia Butler

"The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike." Ralph Ellison

" If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." Toni Morrison

"If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don't remove it-I might be writing in my dreams." Danzae Pace

"Writing is the best way to talk without getting interrupted." Jules Renard

"When I was a young boy they called me a liar. Now that I'm all grown up, they call me a writer." Isaac Singer

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." Ernest Hemmingway

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." Jack London

"When the characters are really alive before their author the latter does nothing but follow them in their action." Luigi Pirandello

"I'm going to keep on writing novels until I learn how." Chet Cunningham

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers with originality will ever be original; whereas if you simply try to tell the truth(without caring two pence how often it has been told before), you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." C.S. Lewis (This is definitely one of my favourites)


One last thing before I leave: if you wish to know more about me or my writing you can PM or email me at irish_girl81@hotmail.com. Thanks!

Val Dante

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The Shadows Book 1: The Secret by Volurin reviews
Vampires aren't real? Is that what you think? Celia thought so too until someone moved in next door and the prophecy finally began....
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 71,846 - Reviews: 193 - Favs: 174 - Follows: 43 - Updated: 5/18/2011 - Published: 8/26/2006 - Complete
Animal Speaker by Skye Hegyes reviews
Sandra Harris has several problems - an abusive boyfriend who cheats on her, a mother who doesn't seem to realize she exists, and the ability to understand animals. She doesn't need the extra stress of TJ Mage in her life, but she has no choice.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 44,972 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 5 - Published: 6/15/2008 - Complete
Normalcy is Overrated by Vineta reviews
Nicole Wilson is your average girl who has an awesome older brother. But what's up with his best friend? And why is her ex being so weird? Rated for language, adult themes, and some violence contains rape. Previously named Te Amo. COMPLETE
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 14 - Words: 59,526 - Reviews: 52 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 11/3/2006 - Published: 5/25/2006 - Complete
Reason and Romance by Myrika reviews
Adrian Blake is tired of looking for that perfect romance, but when she meets Alex Montgomery, she forgets all reason. And yet she can't forget he's her new stepbrother. //REMOVED//
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 29 - Words: 4,293 - Reviews: 4338 - Favs: 1,552 - Follows: 130 - Updated: 8/15/2006 - Published: 12/15/2005 - Complete
Blackest of Blue Skies: Moonless Nights by SwitchVale reviews
How does one deal with the twisting and dark relationships that come with a new life? Or the dangers that arise from the past? Can an already fragile heart possibly survive, or must it be saved? Note: Second Book of Three Book Series
Fiction: Action - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 54,008 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 6 - Updated: 8/14/2006 - Published: 12/28/2005 - Complete
The Blackest of Blue Skies by SwitchVale reviews
Cage storms, Rae saunters, Yura floats, Rowan strolls, Jase bounces,...and Savea...stumbles. But it's ok, she's new here. The story is immensely better than the summary! Note: First book of three book series
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Adventure - Chapters: 19 - Words: 63,072 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 12/9/2005 - Published: 8/17/2004 - Complete
Against All Odds by Myrika reviews
Raleigh Chase thinks guys are dogs. Her older brother's best friend Ryan Henderson claims that he can make any girl, including Raleigh, fall for him. Their bet's on for four months. Can they prove each other wrong? //REMOVED//
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 41 - Words: 4,929 - Reviews: 6862 - Favs: 3,527 - Follows: 315 - Updated: 7/27/2005 - Published: 8/23/2004 - Complete
Red Roses and Wine by Eden Desderenae reviews
A young girl names Kaitara is sucked into an alternate world full of Dragons, Vampires, Demons and rape, and stuck in a seemingly endless search for her friend.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,237 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 10/21/2003 - Published: 10/20/2003
Dance With The Devil by Dianya reviews
The first stanza of this poem just *popped* into my head, and I had to write it! ^___^
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 102 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 7 - Published: 6/16/2001
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