#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : The Vampire’s Curse – J.G. Gatewood @JGGatewood

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Today I’m on the ‘The Vampire’s Curse’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information, a guest post and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :

EC Fisher_266x400J.G. Gatewood is the author of the Keepers of the Orbs Fantasy Series and other writing projects. The first three books in the series (The Unknown Man, The Rising Past, A Shadow Within) are available on Amazon, as are his YA Fantasy novel, The Final Offering, and his Sci-Fi short story, Redemption.
When J.G. Gatewood is not writing, he is a full-time Subject Matter Expert and an avid reader.
He lives in Parker, Colorado with his wife of 16 years, and two sons. In what little free time he has remaining, he is usually busy brewing his own beer, crafting his own wine or enjoying a fine cigar.

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Synopsis :

The Vampire's CurseTitle: The Vampire’s Curse: Life Eternal
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

There’s no other way to say it; cancer is a bitch. When I was fifteen, Doctor’s diagnosed me with a rare brain tumor and gave me five years to live. With my death imminent, I made a deal with the Devil. Well, not the real Devil, but one of his minions for sure. Out of options, I accepted an offer for eternal life. I agreed to become a vampire. And all I had to offer in exchange was one year of service to a Duke named Aldric. What is one year in the grand scheme of things? Especially, when I’d live forever.
Now, two years later, I have a different view of vampires. I live in the shadows and have no contact with any of my friends or family. I hate what I’ve become and If I could go back and do it all over again, I would. To make matters worse, Aldric is summoning me for my one year of service. When I refuse, they hunt me like an animal. I’m run over by a car and witness my mother’s death at the hands of Aldric’s minions. No one stands up to-let alone refuses-Aldric, but enough is enough. I can’t live like this. I’m always watching over my shoulder, and fear each new person I meet is on a mission to kill me. This is not a second lease on life; its torture and the only way it will end is if I kill Aldric. It’s time for him to die.

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Something really interesting that happened to me!

I’m dating myself now, but at the start of my senior year of high school, I was hiking with some friends. I live in a southern suburb of Denver and the Rocky Mountains are literally a forty-five-minute drive away. One day a week into the school year, I was working my job at McDonald’s. Two friends—Nick and Fabian—and I all worked the opening shift which meant we started at 5 AM, but we were done at 1 PM. After our shift, we decided to hang out and all jumped into my best friends car. We started driving west with no destination in mind. An hour later, we were well into the mountains just north of Deckers. We parked in a parking lot near a river and climbed to the top of an outcropping. Just getting to the top, we all almost fell, but we didn’t and made it to the top. We chatted and smoked cigarettes for a time before we realized we needed to head back. Nick, who was an Eagle Scout, gazed over the edge where we made our initial climb and said it was too dangerous to go back that way. He wanted to look for another way. Being the ridiculous seventeen-year-old I was, I thought I was invincible and sent them on their way while I checked it out for myself. The edge was loose granite and I unfortunately slipped. I fell close to forty feet and rolled another hundred (or more feet) before stopping on the side of the hill thanks to a large boulder. Nick and Fabian found me. Flight for Life had to get me and I was the passenger on my first ever helicopter ride. At the end of the day, I broke both arms, broke three ribs, collapsed a lung, lacerated my liver, and crushed 4 vertebrae in my neck (they were almost the same vertebrae that Christopher Reeves broke). I was lucky. I spent twelve weeks in a halo, but have no lasting repercussions. I can walk just fine. I firmly believe Nick’s Eagle Scout training saved my life that day. I don’t remember anything, but Nick told me I wanted to get up, claiming I was fine. He knew I wasn’t and held me on the ground while also splinting my arms until help arrived. He was back then and continues to be my best friend to this day. I’m forever thankful.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Beltane Choice – Nancy Jardine @nansjar @OcelotPress

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Today I’m on the ‘The Beltane Choice’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

aYGe5EowNancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)
A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.

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Y4K051SAAD 71 Northern Roman Britain
Lorcan of the Brigantes knows that unity of the northern tribes is essential when the Ancient Roman legions advance northwards to Brigantia. Yet, everything comes at a price. Using his captive, Nara, as a political bargain with the Selgovae comes with impossible stipulations. Battle at Whorl – Iron Age tribes against the Romans – is inevitable.
Will Nara have her Beltane choice?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan begin…

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A credible environment?

How easy do you think it would be for a reader to vividly imagine characters in North Britannia surroundings, almost 2000 years ago, if virtually no description was given? Do you think an avid booklover of many genres would have sufficient knowledge to picture the particular scene in The Beltane Choice when my main female character – Nara of the Selgovae – is taken to a crannog as the prisoner of an enemy Brigante? That reader might have a very broad knowledge, and perhaps even have some ideas from having read other Romano/British fiction, but visualising a highly-colourful mosaic-decorated Roman villa would be a completely wrong image for my characters entering a crannog.
Dipping into a concise dictionary gives the following for crannog: lake dwelling – an ancient Celtic settlement in Scotland or Ireland, built on a natural or constructed island in a lake or bog and usually fortified. That would help me a little with the surroundings but it wouldn’t help me picture the actual crannog home. If you had never heard of a crannog before, which of these four possibilities would you choose, and what would make you select that one?
1) low-walled, slate-roofed stone cottage
2) rectangular log-roofed wooden hut
3) house with stone walls and thatched roof
4) round house of entirely wooden construction; low walls and roof thatching over a conical top
As a writer of historical fiction set in an Ancient World setting of so long ago, I feel a really accurate image is crucial to making my characters come alive in their own distinct age and surroundings, and I want my readers to be right in there experiencing everything along with them. The Late Iron-Age dwelling in front of Nara is beautiful in a completely different way from a Roman villa, even if less colourful and more primitive.
I want to ensure my readers are seeing Nara approaching a wooden-built round house with extremely low wattled walls and a very high conical thatched roof. The crannog is constructed on a circular log-lashed platform about three or four metres high above the lake, the platform and house perfectly balanced atop a series of concentric, solid support pillars sunk deep into the lake bed. The water is sloshing gently against the posts, not from tidal reasons since it’s a fresh-water lake, but wind-whipped.
The reasonably long log-walkway leading to the roundhouse is edge-railed to waist height, using only a few thin horizontal poles lashed to stout, pointed support pillars. This provides some basic protection from falling over into the water, especially in inclement weather. Like Nara, I want my readers to see and smell the wood smoke seeping free of the thatching of that high pointed roof, since there’s no chimney, as she gets closer. The walkway she pads along is the main access to the building but it’s also part of the defences. Guards posted at the landward end of the log pathway ensure that no unwanted individuals enter the dwelling and also captives like Nara can’t easily escape. She could dive into the water but a hail of very sharp pointed spears would pierce her before she could surface for breath. A similar fate would befall her if she attempted to scurry down the wooden ladder leading to the tied up skin covered coracle and dug-out log boat. She may be a captive at the outset of the novel but she’s not daft!
I’m extremely pleased that reviewers appreciate the realistic, highly evocative settings, characters and events that I create in The Beltane Choice, Book 1 of my Celtic Fervour Series: a historical saga set in northern Roman Britain in A.D. 71.
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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : Alpha Bully – Renee Rose @ReneeRoseAuthor

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Today I’m on the ‘Alpha Bully’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information, a guest post and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :

Renee Rose_395x400USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE loves a dominant, dirty-talking alpha hero! She’s sold over a half million copies of steamy romance with varying levels of kink. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happily Ever After and Popsugar. Named Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won Spunky and Sassy’s Favorite Sci-Fi and Anthology author, The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance, and Spanking Romance Reviews’ Best Sci-fi, Paranormal, Historical, Erotic, Ageplay and favorite couple and author. She’s hit the USA Today list five times with various anthologies.

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alphabully_375x600Title: Alpha Bully (Wolf Ridge High, Book 1)
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

SHE RUINED EVERYTHING … I WILL MAKE HER PAY.
Her mom robbed my dad of his job. Destroyed his life.Now I have to look at her every day.
The girl next door. A human. A hot little nerd.
She doesn’t belong here—not in Wolf Ridge,not at our high school, definitely not in my life.
She doesn’t know what I am. Which makes it all the easier to take revenge.
I will bring her to her knees. Pierce her heart. Make her bleed. For me. All for me.

NOTE: This New Adult book features steamy scenes with characters over eighteen and is for an audience that is also over eighteen.

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What is Bully Romance?

Bully romance is the new dark romance catch-phrase, just like reverse harem took over for the term menage a couple years ago. My latest release, Alpha Bully, draws from all that is wonderful about the hot new genre, but the label may be a turn off to some.
The word “bully” carries a negative charge, so a lot of people have a reaction to the trope. I deliberated over putting it in my title or using it as a genre descriptor when I named Alpha Bully, a wolf shifter enemies-to-lovers high school romance.
Before you judge, let’s break it down. What the heck is this bully romance, anyway?
To me, it’s the same as any dark romance with an “alpha-hole” hero. He’s the dark, brooding type. It’s an enemies-to-lovers trope, but it’s set in high school, so it’s angsty, hot and delicious in that emotions-are-huge-when-you’re-18 way.
It’s the hero’s age and life situation that makes him a bully. There’s a mixture of rebelliousness in there because he’s not in total power of his life yet. The younger hero has all the swagger and cockiness of the dark romance hero, all the dominance, but he has limited power. Unlike one of my mafia heroes, who truly wields and owns his power, this hero still lives under the constraints of parents, teachers, school.
And while some bully romances are written for a YA audience, mine are not. I write steamy, so my characters are over 18 before they have sex and the books will be labeled “new adult” for over 18 readers. Because like all my books, readers can expect a hot, dominant alpha male, unavoidable conflict and of couse, the hero will eventually end up on his knees for the heroine before they get their HEA.
In Alpha Bully, Cole, the school’s star quarterback (and a shifter wolf) steals Bailey’s quiz to avoid getting benched from the game for failing. Here’s the scene by her locker that follows:

“Thanks for the help, Pink.” Cole crowds against my backside, leaning in close to speak low in my ear, like this is some private, lover’s conversation and not more bullying from the biggest dick in the school.
His voice rumbles deep, reverberating right into secret places it doesn’t belong.
“Fuck you, Cole,” I snap. I don’t usually curse, especially not at school, but this situation really calls for it.
I guess I’m still a chicken, though, because I don’t turn around, not willing to come eye to eye with my tormentor. I press myself even closer to the lockers to keep him from rubbing against me, but he just moves in tighter, and now I have smells and sensations that will haunt me along with his smirking face.
He’s going for intimidation and it’s working, but my body registers it as something altogether different.
Something foreign yet primitively familiar. Biological level, monkey brain shit that makes my downstairs unconscionably wet. Because no way do I find his muscle brained posturing sexy.
It sucks that he’s Jacon Elordi level hot. Tingles race across the surface of my skin. I look down. Goosebumps. He’s giving me fucking goosebumps just standing too close. I don’t have to look to know my nipple are beading against my favorite polka dot skater dress. I fight the urge to cross my arms over my chest. He doesn’t need to know how he affects me.
He’s big. Strong. His voice is deep. His scent is cedarwood soap and masculine goodness. And his cocky bullshit does something squirmy to my core.
“Here.” His other hand appears in front of my face⁠ — not the one still holding my locker closed effectively caging me in, but one on the other side of my head. He’s holding a piece of cinnamon Trident out to me.
“Really?” I snatch the gum and whirl around, too pissed now to avoid a face-to-face confrontation. “A stick of gum?” I hold it between our noses, cursing my hand for shaking. “Is this the going rate for taking someone’s quiz for them around here?”
Cole’s fiery brown gaze burns through me. I see the hatred in his eyes before he blinks and pretends he doesn’t give a shit. He shifts to lean a shoulder against my locker. “Well, you know, that’s all I can afford… seeing as how your mom stole my dad’s job and all.”
All the noise in my head quiets. My stomach drops out and I lose my breath. “What?”

So tell me, did I pique your interest enough to give it a try? I certainly hope so. Alpha Bully is on sale for $2.99 for a limited time, or FREE with #KindleUnlimited.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : The Carousel – Cynthia Owens @Cynwrites1

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Today I’m on the ‘The Carousel’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information, a guest post and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :

Cynthia Owens_400x400I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there. My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.
A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three!
I am a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero and our two teenaged children.

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Carousel Cover_388x600Title: The Carousel (The Wild Geese Book 7)
Genre: Historical Romance

Like the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite hunger, war, and the mean
streets of New York.
The War had left him blind to beauty…
Kieran Donnelly is a gifted artist who has sworn never to paint again. He saw and did too many things during the war to extinguish the ugliness that lies in his heart. But a chance to work with some of the most magnificent paintings brings him close to the world he still loves…and an extraordinary woman who sees his true heart.
Darkness couldn’t extinguish the light in her heart.
Blind from the age of four, Emily Lawrence yearns to experience the outside world. When she hires Kieran Donnelly to catalogue her father’s paintings, he offers her a glimpse at life outside her exquisite home…and a chance for a future.
Can Kieran and Emily emerge from the darkness to find happiness and love?

**Can be read as a standalone!**

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Inspiration

The Carousel is inspired by and dedicated to my grandmother.
Her name was Emma Laflamme, and she died in 1981 at the age of 88 years old. She raised nine children in the tiny windswept village of Irishtown, on the Gaspé coast in Eastern Quebec. She was also blind, and had been since the age of 40.
My grandmother was a strong woman, and she never let her handicap slow her down. I well remember watching her with fascination as she kneaded a loaf of bread (made from scratch, no less!), and marveling at how easily she did it. It was even more fun to devour the delicious results. To this day, whenever I smell bread baking, I think of her.
I hope The Carousel makes her proud.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #GuestPost : A Pair of Sharp Eyes – Kat Armstrong @KatArms38293453 @HooklineBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘A Pair of Sharp Eyes’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, Pamela Holmes, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Kat Armstrong grew up in Bristol, and became an English lecturer after writing a doctoral thesis on eighteenth-century fiction at the University of Oxford. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester, and has written articles for The Guardian as well as a scholarly study of Daniel Defoe.
Kat’s debut novel, A Pair of Sharp Eyes, was published by Hookline Books in September 2019.

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9781916410343Coronation hears of the murders before she even reaches the slave port of Bristol – six boys found with their throats slit. Horrified, she questions the locals’ readiness to blame the killings on Red John, a travelling-man few have actually seen. Coronation yearns to know more about the mystery. But first she has to outsmart the bawds, thieves and rakes who prey on young girls like her: fresh from the countryside and desperate for work. When the murderer strikes shockingly close to Coronation, she schemes, eavesdrops and spies on all around her until the shameful truth is out.

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Inspiration

I love William Hogarth and find the many Black and Indian people who feature in his work troubling and compelling. A Pair of Sharp Eyes started as a story about a fictional Black boy who was stolen from his parents, dragged halfway round the world, and forced to live as a page-cum-lap-dog at the mercy of capricious white English ‘owners.’
As well as the story of a Black page boy, I wanted to tell the stories of the thousands of young people who left the countryside to find work, and risked being exploited, sexually and economically, by those who employed them – that’s if they got that far, since many, girls especially, were lured into prostitution the moment they left home. I grew up in Bristol, the largest English port outside London in 1703, and with its connections to the slave trade it was the perfect location in which to bring the two strands of my story together.
The more I researched, the more I realised that my narrator Corrie was going to be a young white Englishwoman who was curious about the page boy employed in her household, indifferent to the colour of his skin, and ready to befriend him because she missed her little brother and her family back in Wiltshire.
Corrie’s life is defined by poverty, and she has only fractionally more agency than her young Black friend. My father’s mother was a children’s nanny for an upper-class family in the 1930s, and I remember how she described getting up at five every morning to wash nappies in the scullery of the big country house where she worked. The boy she cared for called her ‘Mummy,’ as he saw so little of his real mother, and when this woman returned from a three-month safari in South Africa he ran behind my granny’s skirts in terror. My grandmother also used to say it was common knowledge that the sons of wealthy employers ‘took their turn’ with the maidservants in the household, a claim which rings true when you think about novels like Defoe’s Moll Flanders. I made sure that sexual harassment and male entitlement were common threads in my story, to reflect contemporary preoccupations but also stay true to the reality of those forgotten lives.
Certain themes emerged during my research for the book, and determined how I portrayed early eighteenth-century Bristol. Its history shows us what was won as the British empire began its remorseless expansion – and the unforgivable cost of that expansion in human suffering. Yet in 1703 the city itself was dominated by meads, avenues of trees, orchards and prosperous market gardens, so that despite the narrowness of its medieval streets it remained largely green, and must have felt relatively rural outside the ‘Tolzey’ where Bristol’s notoriously ruthless merchants sealed deals ‘on the nail.’
Despite its dark historical backdrop A Pair of Sharp Eyes is a classic murder mystery, and I hope the reader finds its bold and curious narrator Corrie as likeable as I do.

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Morning Walk with Dead Possum, Breakfast and Parallel Universe – Beth Gordon @bethgordonpoet @fly_press @PressAnimal , a #GuestPost

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Beth Gordon, author of ‘Morning Walk with Dead Possum, Breakfast and Parallel Universe’, to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

d5sp83fw4aifvvpBeth Gordon is poet, mother and grandmother, currently landlocked in St. Louis, MO. She’s traveled and lived all over the United States (and some of the world) and was raised by a pair of liberal Southerners who taught her how to make buttermilk biscuits when she was three years old. It’s rumored that she has an MFA from American University, but it was so long ago that she may have just dreamed it. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Into the Void, AntiHeroin Chic, Drunk Monkeys, Noble/Gas, Five: 2:One, SWWIM, Verity La, Califragile, Pretty Owl Poetry and Yes Poetry. She is also the Poetry Editor of Gone Lawn.

Synopsis :

Beth cover frontIn her stunning debut collection, “Morning Walk…” Beth Gordon addresses loss and grief in a unique way, blending her impeccable craft with a new vision, a new voice, and indeed a new language; at times formal yet following a new modern standard of magical realism and out of body pain and transcendence. Gordon’s poetry is brilliant yet accessible to the masses – and addresses themes and feelings to which all mothers, parents and ultimately humans will relate to and find solace with her tender and sometimes rightfully angry words.

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About a year ago, I was interviewed by poet, C.T. Salazar (Managing Editor of Dirty Paws Poetry Review) who told me that he was drawn to my poetry because of this “intersection that’s harsh, but also tender—very violent circumstances inhabited by very gentle people.”  I think that intersection is reflected in my first chapbook, Morning Walk with Dead Possum, Breakfast and Parallel Universe.  This collection came together around the five-year anniversary of an intensely devastating loss:  my 7-month old granddaughter, Daisy, died of SIDS in November 2013. I started writing again after a long hiatus in 2014 and at first wrote only about her death.  Over time, I wanted to write more broadly about death and loss, and to experiment with language and form which led to me writing the poems in this collection, mostly in 2018.
I’ve been told that my poetry is “dark” and I’m ok with that. The subject of death is prominent in all art forms and I think the reason for that is because all humans have two common experiences. We are all born. We all die. We celebrate birth. We fear death, whether it’s our own or the people who we love. And we fear death because we don’t know what is going to happen when we die:  the cosmic joke is that we are aware of our own mortality, but we have no real information about whether or not our individual consciousness will survive beyond physical death of the body.  I want to reflect in my poetry that it is possible to have an intimate, joyful, hopeful relationship with both life and death.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : Forgotten Sons Series – Gina Conkle @ginaconkle

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Today I’m on the ‘Forgotten Sons Series’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information, a guest post and a giveaway for you.

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Gina Conkle_400x400Gina’s fate was sealed when her mom read ‘The Highwayman’ for a bedtime story. She was five years old at the time, but from then on, Gina was doomed to love history and romance.
Some days she pens sparkling Georgian romance. Other days, she writes evocative Viking romance full of heat and adventure. Gina spent most of her life in southern California but now lives in Michigan with her husband where snow days are perfect for reading and writing. Her books have won awards and garnered critical acclaim. Poke around her website and you’ll run across those accolades.

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1- Kept By the VikingTitle: Kept by the Viking (Forgotten Sons Book 1)
Genre: Historical Viking Romance

Loyalty to the Brotherhood comes before all. Including women.
Formidable Viking leader Rurik knows the law. His loyalty to the Forgotten Sons is his bond, and no woman will threaten what he’s built from the ground up. But the Sons are a roving band of Vikings, and Rurik is growing restless—so when Normandy’s chieftain offers land, the proposal intrigues him. And the sultry Parisian thrall he finds in his tent intrigues him even more…
Safira is cunning and clever and full of secrets. Rurik’s men have no interest in securing her safe passage home, but, piqued with lust, Rurik views Safira’s wiles as a captivating challenge—one he’s determined to conquer, even if lying with her is as defiant as it is inevitable.
Traveling with Safira has been a fantasy come true—what started as lust is quickly turning to the kind of partnership Rurik could never have dreamed. But their arrival in foreign lands marks a new chapter, one that demands a Viking wife. With impossible decisions to be made, Rurik’s alliances are fraying, and past promises may not be enough to save him from having to betray those he’s sworn loyalty to—including Safira.

This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

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2- Her Viking WarriorTitle: Her Viking Warrior (Forgotten Sons Book 2)

When an outcast goes home and meets a woman seeking justice, hearts will clash…
Eighteen years ago, Bjorn was exiled from Vellefold. Honor-bound to return, he’ll fight for the settlement…then walk away. First, he must work with his childhood friend, now a beautiful, high-ranking Viking lady.
Fierce of spirit, Ilsa will do anything to save her people, including convincing the banished son to take the jarl’s seat. But she has her doubts about the stone-hearted Viking, despite the lust between them. It’s only a matter of time before Bjorn discovers that Ilsa is hiding dangerous secrets, secrets that may jeopardize all they’ve worked for.
When the darkest hour comes, the once-rejected warrior must choose: rescue his men, the Forgotten Sons—or Ilsa, the woman he craves, body and soul.

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Try this game: Who would you be in history?

If you went back in time, which Viking woman would you be?

*Read about these four real Viking women. Then, pick one that closely matches your personality.
*In the comments, tell me which trait(s) stood out to you, and then at the bottom of the post, you’ll find a short bio about the real Viking women.

The Quiz…
A) You’re a quiet, deep thinker. There’s a quality of stillness about you that draws people in. Because of these characteristics, you fall into a leadership role whether it’s something you want or not. You’re generous and fair…as long as people abide by your rules. If they don’t, watch out!
B) You’re a tad headstrong but smart. When the odds are against you, you regroup and try a different approach. Some might say you’re wily as a fox. Using feminine wiles and your brain is fair game in your opinion. And menial labor? Not top on your list of things to do.
C) You’re gentle, stubborn, and curious. The world is your oyster, and you want to explore it. You get your hands dirty and work hard right alongside men. You’re not concerned about equality because you live as you please; men better respect you (and they do!).
D) You’re fierce – physically and mentally. You’re not afraid to defend what’s yours. Family and friends mean the world to you and anyone bringing trouble to your door better watch out. Though it may exhaust you, you work as hard outside the home as inside.

*No peeking! Scroll down to the comments and tell me who you match and why. Then, scroll back up and read about the historical Viking women.

Are you ready to read about the real Viking women and see whose personality aligns with yours?

Meet the Viking women…
A) Audr the Deep-Minded of Iceland (also Aud). The daughter of a Norwegian chieftain, Audr one of the first Viking women to settle Iceland. After becoming a widow, she commissioned a ship built for her to go to Iceland. Twenty men followed her there. Once on the new island nation, leaders divided Iceland into 4 sections. They asked Audr to lead one. She did, granting freedom to all thralls (slaves) who lived in her section. Audr gave them land too with one requirement – follow her rules.
B) Melkorka, a highborn daughter of Eyre, stolen in a raid. She feigned muteness for several years. The highborn woman became a thrall (slave) who disdained chores and made life difficult for the Viking mistress she served. One day the jig was up on her muteness. Her Viking master wisely decided to keep the peace in his home and give Melkorka a home of her own in another meadow! There’s a place in Iceland named after the crafty former slave.
C) Gudrid of Iceland. Her story is in the Sagas but it took historians a long time to believe she was real! Gudrid journeyed with Leif Erikson to “Vinland” (North America) and lived there for a few years. But, she packed up and went back to Iceland. Still restless, the Viking woman traveled to Rome and hung out for a year. Then, she went home to Iceland. She wasn’t concerned about making a name for herself: this was Gudrid’s gentle curiosity at work — amazing but true travels. It took historians (read that as male historians) centuries to believe she was real – all confirmed when they found her longhouse about 20 years ago in Iceland (silly men!).
D) Freydis (half-sister to Leif). Leif was a brave one, but she’s just as fierce and strong. She too went to the wilds of Vinland as an adventurer. Isolation and wilderness didn’t phase her. Neither did the vicious locals. When they attacked, the Viking men ran but Freydis picked up a fallen sword, weilding it with one breast bared! The attackers ran away (likely in shock because she was also pregnant). Some say the Vinland settlement failed due to a lack of women. (They needed more Freydis’s and Gudrid’s!). One thing is certain, wherever home is Freydis is sure to bravely protect it.

It was a pleasure sharing this slice of Viking history with you. I hope you read Kept by the Viking (Forgotten Sons, bk 1) and Her Viking Warrior (Forgotten Sons, bk 2). You’ll find Viking romance with a twist.
Happy reading!

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