Passion Blue
Book 1 of the Passion Blue duology
Skyscape (Amazon Children's Publishing)


A rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion.
- Kirkus (starred review) -
* A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012 *

[C]ompelling…absorbing…An intriguing historical novel inspired by accounts of women artists in the Italian Renaissance.
- Booklist -
Color Song cover
Book 2 of the Passion Blue duology
Skyscape (Amazon Children's Publishing)


The combination of page-ripping plot and insight into the creative process is as rare and luminous as the color Strauss imagines.
- Kirkus –

Readers will identify with Giulia’s determination and doubt in equal measure in this story, which is classically romantic and lush as a painting of the time.
- Booklist -

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I’m Victoria Strauss, author of novels for adults and young adults. I’m also a freelance writer, a former book reviewer, and a publishing industry blogger.

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Rights Grab: Transferring Copyright

The Toast is an online literary magazine that publishes stories, articles, artwork, reviews, and more. Launched in mid-2013, it’s associated with some respected names and apparently draws a sizeable audience.

It also offers, in Writer Beware’s opinion, a very problematic agreement for freelancers.

Contributors to The Toast are paid a flat, one-time fee of $50 on publication. No further compensation is due, even if The Toast re-publishes the contribution. The Toast also reserves the right to edit at will.

These aren’t ideal provisions, but they’re not uncommon. What is uncommon: contributors must hand over copyright and waive all moral rights (including the right of attribution). (Continue reading…)