Tempted by the Runes #TemptedByTheRunes – Christina Courtenay @PiaCCourtenay, A #GuestPost And A #GiveAway @headlinepg

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Christina Courtenay, author of ‘Tempted by the Runes’ to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Christina Courtenay 2019Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014) and the RNA Fantasy Romantic Novel of the year 2021 with Echoes of the Runes. Tempted by the Runes (time travel published by Headline 9th December 2021) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).


Synopsis :

Born centuries apart. Bound by a love that defied time.
She couldn’t believe her eyes. The runes were normally so reliable and she had never doubted them before.
Madison Berger is visiting Dublin with her family for a Viking re-enactment festival, when she chances upon a small knife embedded in the banks of the Liffey. Maddie recognises what the runes on the knife’s handle signify: the chance to have her own adventures in the past.
Maddie only intends to travel back in time briefly, but a skirmish in 9th century Dublin results in her waking up on a ship bound for Iceland, with the man who saved her from attack.
Geir Eskilsson has left his family in Sweden to boldly carve out a life of his own. He is immediately drawn to Maddie, but when he learns of her connection to his sisters-in-law, he begins to believe that Fate has played a part in bringing them together. Amidst the perils that await on their journey to a new land, the truest battle will be to win Maddie’s heart and convince her that the runes never lie …

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Guest Post :

Today is publication day for TEMPTED OF THE RUNES, the fourth instalment in my Viking Runes series. It was written under quite difficult circumstances as the Covid pandemic hit just as I started on this. Because it is largely set in Iceland, I had planned to go there on a research trip, but suddenly that wasn’t possible. At first, everyone thought the lockdown would soon be over, but as time dragged on, we began to see that wasn’t the case. So how was I supposed to set a book in a country I’d never visited?
First of all, I bought as many books as I could about the Vikings in Iceland, but there weren’t all that many to be honest, at least not in English. I contacted friends and family who I knew had been there and many of them very kindly answered a questionnaire I sent them about their impressions from their visits – that really helped! Some things I found on the internet, and I was especially pleased to find so many photos, travel blogs and YouTube videos to watch. I told myself it would have to be enough, and tried my best to write the book.
Sometimes you come across people who are extremely kind and go way beyond what is reasonable to help others. I found one such lady who worked at a museum in Reykjavik and she sent me copies of a couple of books on what the archaeologists had found in Iceland about the Viking era. That was hugely helpful and I was so grateful!
Finally, when the book was almost finished, Iceland opened its borders to tourists again and my husband and I were able to take a quick trip over there. I was so glad we did! Because although I had managed to find most of the facts I needed for my story in other ways, seeing this amazing country for myself was invaluable. I was able to add things like touch and smells, and really experience the wonderful views. Best of all, I found a reconstructed turf house to visit which was exactly like the ones my characters live in. Sitting inside it by the fire, I could really imagine myself transported back in time to the 9th century. And it was a lot drier and cosier in there than I had thought it would be, which was very useful to know.
I also visited a museum with a reconstructed longship, just like the one my characters travel in to reach Iceland. It was so much bigger than I had envisaged and it was an incredible feeling standing on the deck. In my mind’s eye I could see all the goods they brought with them, including cattle and sheep who would presumably have been lying down on deck. It took immense courage to sail so far across the North Atlantic in an open boat and my admiration for those brave people increased even more!
In my story, a 21st century woman – Maddie – travels back in time to the 9th century and is taken on this scary journey by a Viking – Geir – who both fascinates and annoys her. I had fun imagining how she would cope with living such a primitive life and all the hard work it entailed. How many of us would survive that? I’m not sure I would, but perhaps you toughen up quickly when you have to?


Iceland landscape

Iceland coast

A turf house

Viking ship

Giveaway :

Please tell us under this post what you would miss the most if you were transported back in time and whether you think you would cope there.
One commenter (INTERNATIONALLY) will receive a signed copy of the book and a small gift.
We’ll choose one of you at random on December 19th.
Good luck, everyone!

P.S. For Christina, the thing she would miss the most would be chocolate!

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10 gedachtes over “Tempted by the Runes #TemptedByTheRunes – Christina Courtenay @PiaCCourtenay, A #GuestPost And A #GiveAway @headlinepg

  1. I love your photos of Iceland & am so envious of your visit there.
    If I were transported back to the ninth century, I’d miss my mugs of tea the most!
    I live in a rural area near the old Yorvik (York, UK) so have grown up familiar with lots of Viking history & traditions. I think I’d adjust quite well to living in the past, except for having to kill livestock to eat. No, I couldn’t do that.
    Good luck with your book sales – I love the sounds of it.

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  2. Lucy Morris

    I’d miss electricity, as I’m always cold and love my cosy lit up house!
    I think I’d enjoy working on a farm, but I’d need to build up my stamina quickly as I’m not that fit, and I imagine people were as tough as old boots!!!!

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  3. I would miss the internet Everything is available at the touch of a button – Knowledge, Education, Family and Friends, Reading, Music, Art, Entertainment – everything I want to know I can find out easily. Do I think I could survive in Viking Times? Well I’d have to learn to be more resourceful and strong – and I would!

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