#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Viking She Would Have Married – Lucy Morris @LMorris_Author @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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The Viking She Would Have Married

Today I’m on the ‘The Viking She Would Have Married’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

The Viking She Would Have Married LucyMorrisHeadshots20211019_0040Lucy Morris has always been obsessed with myths and legends. Her books blend sweeping romance with vivid worldbuilding to whisk you away to another time and place filled with adventure. Expect passion, drama and vibrant characters.
Lucy lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and Irn-Bru. In her spare time she likes to explore castles with her family, or drink bubbly with her friends.

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Synopsis :

The Viking She Would Have Married LucyMorrisHeadshots20211019_0040In close quarters…
With the Viking she’d loved and lost
With her family fallen on hard times, Valda’s forced to join the crew on Halfdan Ulfsson’s merchant ship as he sets sail on the treacherous silk route. But this handsome jarl’s son is the man she’d planned to wed until his bitter betrayal. Knowing she can never trust him, she must focus on saving her sisters…and not the intense connection that still burns between them!

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Guest Post :

I am so excited about my next book release, ‘The Viking She Would Have Married’.
It’s the first in a trilogy focusing on the love stories of three shieldmaiden sisters, called Valda, Brynhild, and Helga. It’s also my first ever series! I was nervous about writing three books so closely entwined, but when I focused on each sister’s unique love story it actually became quite straightforward. Although I’ve used a good portion of my notebooks writing and rewriting the timelines, as two of the books happen simultaneously, and it’s tricky to keep everything clear in my head!
I’m so glad I chose to write about three shieldmaidens, they are such strong and fascinating women. I’ve wanted to write a Lagertha style character ever since I first saw Katheryn Winnick play her so beautifully in Vikings. Lagertha is first mentioned in the sagas as one of the wives of Ragnar Lodbrok, although in the sagas he wins her hand in marriage by fighting off a bear as well as other animals guarding her home! Some sources confirm she was a ruler or Norway, whilst others believe she is an amalgamation of legends.
Many archaeologists have argued the idea of ‘real’ female warriors in Vikings times as fanciful. Dismissing it as modern feminist values trying to be imposed on historical facts…
Interestingly, a warrior grave was found in Birka where for many years archaeologists were firmly agreed it was the grave of a fierce warrior and possibly a king. Two horses, armor, and weaponry were found in the grave goods, including a board game known to represent military strategy. Most agreed that the person, if not a king, was definitely an important military leader.

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All archaeologists were in agreement…Until modern DNA evidence revealed the Birka warrior to be a woman. Then some archaeologists started to shy away from their earlier conclusions, suggesting she was actually just a woman of importance in the area, and the weaponry didn’t signify her to be a military leader after all.
I, personally, would argue their own biases had caused them to dismiss the historical facts…but I’m no archaeologist so what do I know?
Regardless, the Birka warrior has inspired me to write about three shieldmaiden sisters and you might recognise the first one…
Valda was a side character in ‘A Nun for the Viking Warrior’, and many of my readers were sad to see Valda leave the story.
But I had plans for Valda – not least an epic adventure along the silk route to modern day Istanbul!
After reading ‘The River Kings’ by Dr Cat Jarman I was inspired to write a story following the Viking age journey from the Baltic to Miklagard (also known as Constantinople). It’s a surprising and perilous journey, crossing the Baltic, and then traveling down the rivers of Russia and eastern Europe into the black sea.
A fascinating journey that involves rapids, nomadic war bands, as well as countless political and cultural hurdles to overcome. Valda and Halfdan are the bravest and most capable couple I’ve written so far. It was a joy to write their second chance love story.
If I were to describe it, I would call it ‘Persuasion with Longships’, except the heroine is more than capable of sailing away with her lover from the very start!
Afterall, why should men have all the fun?

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