Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle ~Giveaway and Guest Post~

Historical Romance (Viking Romance)
Date Published:  June 10, 2013

A stolen woman of rare qualities… 
AD 1022…Helena longs for freedom. The Frankish maid wasn’t born a slave but marauding Danes have taken her. She’s desperate to escape their camp. Her savior comes as a fierce Norse chieftain, Hakan, who  takes her to the far, icy north.
A powerful warrior who’s lived by the sword…
Hakan wants to lay down his sword and live a peaceful farmer’s life. Betrayal has left him cold to other women, yet his heart thaws to clever Helena. Her tender ways lure him, weaving kindness into his hard life. But, happiness is short lived. Old loyalties and deceit vex the warrior, calling upon his sword arm.
A clash of cultures amidst a kingdom in transition…
War erupts…a kingdom’s in the balance. Can Hakan defend his homeland and keep the woman he loves

Review to come...due to hospital visit no time to insert.

Gina Conkle

Author Bio
A lover of history, books and romance makes the perfect recipe for historical romance writer.  Gina’s passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations.  Good thing her husband and two sons share similar passions, except for romance…that’s where she gets the eye roll.  When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found in southern California delving into the latest adventures of organic gardening and serving as chief taxi driver.

If you’re meandering the cyber world, Gina welcomes your visits at www.ginaconkle.comon twitter @ginaconkle, or Facebook 

Guest Post
5 Reasons to Write Viking Romance

5. Passionate. Vikings in the heyday of the Viking Era (roughly AD 750 – 1030) showed a zest for life, a passion that reveled in nature and the world around them.  They were artistic, innovative craftsmen, and shipbuilders.  They were fiercely loyal to family, often fighting side by side in the shield berg (shield wall). Could it be that we seek their stories because the communal Viking way of life is the perfect antidote to our disjointed e-world?
4. Adventure.   Who isn’t up for a great adventure?  The Vikings were standard-bearers of exploration in the Dark Ages.  The Kensington Rune stone found in Minnesota proves Vikings came to North America in 1362.  Their Sagas report them showing up in North America around AD 1000.  Norse Sagas are filled with tales of adventure and bravery, which historians are discovering to be true.
3. Empowerment. Don’t buy into the downtrodden Norsewoman.  Viking women were warriors, landowners, and independent in their own right.  When the rest of Europe denied women the right to divorce, Norsewomen had that choice.  When the rest of Europe denied women land ownership, Norsewomen were among the first property owners in Iceland.
2. Democracy.  The roots of democracy could arguably be found amongst the Vikings.  Do you like the ‘one voice, one vote’ idea?  The Norse held fast to that code, meeting annually at the Thing (also called Althing or Thingvellir).  Disputes were resolved, laws were voted on and each man had his say.  Maybe the Dark Ages weren’t so dark after all?
1. Media. With the success of History Channel’s “Vikings” series and the movie “Thor: The Dark World” taking shape, our mass media’s rife with hot north men.  In a world of supply and demand, visual media’s doing their part to gratify public curiosity for Vikings.  Now, what are we going to do for readers?

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1 comment:

  1. Hi BJ,

    I hope things are better and the hospital visit's not anything too serious. Thanks for hosting me on your site.