Mary Gramlich, The Reading Reviewer, has been singing the praises of Marissa Campbell. So let's check her out ... from her bio:
Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. Look for her debut historical fiction Avelynn coming fall 2015, from St. Martin’s Press. Currently, hard at work on the second book in the Avelynn series, she is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writer’s Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7.
When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!
Learn more about Marissa at marissacampbell.com.
One extraordinary Saxon noblewoman and one fearless Viking warrior find passion and danger in this dazzling and sensuous debut
It is 869. For eighteen years, Avelynn, the beautiful and secretly pagan daughter of the Eadlorman of Somerset has lived in an environment of love and acceptance. She hasn't yet found a man to make her heart race, but her father has not pressured her to get married. Until now. With whispers of war threatening their land, her father forces Avelynn into a betrothal with Demas, a man who only covets her wealth and status. The dreaded marriage looming, she turns to her faith, searching for answers in an ancient ritual along the coast, only to find Alrik the Blood-Axe and sixty Viking berserkers have landed.
Alrik is unlike any man she has ever known, strong and intriguing. Likewise, he instantly falls for her beauty and courage. The two stumble into a passionate love affair, but it's more than just a greedy suitor who will try to keep them apart.
As the Saxons and Vikings go to war, Avelynn and Alrik find themselves caught in the throes of fate. Can they be true to their people as well as to each other?
|Glastonbury Tor in Somerset|
Public Domain (link)
Another delicious book to add to the TBR pile! I am giving away "Saxon" swag (i.e, fun stuff from England - my mother recently returned from her annual sojourn) to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about history - did you enjoy studying it in school? Do you enjoy watching it now (ala The Vikings) at the movies or on TV? I enjoy travel shows which highlight long forgotten history.
2. Comments are open through Saturday, September 12, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 13.
Kim in Baltimore
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