Vail Fillion has left her home in Huntington Beach, California, to study Scandinavian Culture in Oslo, Norway. But she gets her first real taste of culture shock when she goes along with her friend Lisetta to a wild party at her cousin's biker bar. Vail is surprised to find such a large group of motorcycle enthusiasts in this often snow-bound country. She is even more stunned to discover that the bikers are normal guys, if perhaps even more physically imposing than your average Viking. Alreck Falstad--a 6'6" blond, tattooed stand-in for a Norse god--catches her eye but also scares her to death.
Just as Vail is starting to enjoy herself at the party, something truly frightening occurs. The evening is abruptly cut short by a brutal crime, and she is the lone witness. Before she can make it to the cops, Vail is drugged, loaded into Alreck's truck, and transported to his remote cabin in the Lofoten Islands.
Why has Alreck kidnapped her, and what are his plans for her in his snowy haven? Is he her savior, her nemesis, or both? Even if she could escape, would she truly want to?
Alreck hovers just outside the bathroom as I pull the door open, his legs spread wide and his arms crossed in front of him in a dominant stance. He watches me warily.
“Choose a drink,” he says before stepping out of the doorframe.
“Go find my wallet and I will,” I sass back at him with hands on my hips.
He leans down within inches of my face and says in a harsh whisper, “Enough, woman. We’re not stopping again until the fuel runs out, so pick something to drink or you’ll go without.”
Okay, what’s with the excessive alpha-ness?
“Whatever.” I mumble to myself as I trudge past him and grab a giant bottle of Voss water.
He slips the bottle from my fingers and stalks up to the register to pay. I see that he’s also purchasing a coffee along with another bottle of water. The forty-something female attendant bats her eyelashes at him and giggles as she gives him the total. If he notices at all then he’s not letting on. With his looks, women most likely hijack his cell on a regular basis to program their digits into it for him. Ugh!
He takes my hand once again while carrying the bagged drinks in the other. We rush through the bitter cold toward his truck and this time he doesn’t attempt to help me get in.
It is a struggle to climb into the cab, but once I’m seated I reach out and slam the door in his face, making certain that it’s left unlocked.
Please let this plan work.
My breathing is out of control as the adrenaline begins to course through my veins.
I watch cautiously as he hauls his big frame up into the cab, and just as he reaches into the bag of drinks I lurch my door back open and jump down, falling hard onto my knees in the snow. It stings like a beast and I bite back a groan as I lurch to my feet and begin to run back, hell bent, toward the tiny store.
I ran track throughout college and know that I’m quick, but my knees are killing me from the impact and the snowy ground is a far cry from a proper track. When I’m halfway across the parking lot, someone passes me in a sprint. Alreck?
Before my brain can register how to evade him, he turns around and faces me with rage in his eyes before charging at me. He hauls me up and over his giant shoulder before I can so much as pivot away from him.
Speechless, I look up in terror at the attendant who’s watching us from inside the window in stunned surprise.
Like a complete Neanderthal, he locks a hold across my suspended legs and prowls right back to the station. He says something to her in Norwegian that, to my complete dismay, makes her laugh and wave to me as I’m carried away.
“Call the …!” I wail, yet before I can complete the sentence a hard slap lands without mercy right on my ass cheek, effectively silencing me after I let out a startled, “Ooh!” as the burn spreads across my rear.
The attendant gives me cheeky smile. What did he say? She seems to have zero clue what I’m desperately trying to convey to her.
Too frightened to struggle, I let my body go slack as I’m carried to the truck.
Thanks so much for stopping by. So, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Let’s see…I am a Southern writer who longs for snow so I can ski. I always write to music, usually Florence and the Machine, Sia or Imagine Dragon’s. I’m a former field hockey player. I have a handsome cat named Romeo!
How did you get started writing?
I actually had a dream about a girl named Valla who seeks adventure and travels to New Zealand. It was so vivid that I sat down the next morning and began to write NABBED IN NEW ZEALAND.
What was the inspiration for your book?
The History Channel debuted it’s new series “VIKING’S” in 2013. I was immediately transfixed by the raw passion of the Norwegian based series. The central character is a intense and highly intelligent man named Ragnar Lodbrok. His stoic nature and warrior heart aided in inspiring me to create the lead hero Alreck from my novel titled NAUGHTY IN NORWAY.
Writing the novel gave me a wonderful opportunity to explore Norwegian culture and language. I was very conscious to make certain aspects of the novel as historically accurate as possible. The locations, food and phrases are all well known by Norwegians. My biggest challenges were to bring forth the beauty of the geography as well as the intense, underlying passion of Alreck’s personality.
After researching bikers in Scandinavia I was enlightened to the fact that there are several distinct motorcycle clubs within Oslo alone. Being the modern day warrior that he is it was only fitting that I write Alreck as a Harley Davidson riding sexy biker.
What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
Quite possibly a psychological thriller, although inevitably it would most likely have romance threaded though it!
Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
I am interested in reading just about anything, however I strongly believe that I would have a difficult time pulling off a true horror novel as it would be difficult to create such daunting scenarios. It might be a nice challenge to take on one day!
So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?
I am halfway though SCANDALOUS IN SCANDINAVIA which is book two in the Nordic Lights series. (Book one is NAUGHTY IN NORWAY.)
I am thrilled that NABBED IN NEW ZEALAND is scheduled for release this coming Valentine’s Day. CAPTURED IN CROATIA will follow it, launching on May 15th 2014.
Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color? ANY shade of blue!
Favorite movie? The French film, LA REINE MARGOT starring Isabelle Andjani. Stunning!
Book that inspired you to become an author? Pushkin’s EUGENE ONEGIN.
Alright, you have one superpower. What is it? Super speed, to stop accidents before they occur.
You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they? The magnificent JR Ward, Sofia Coppola and Cleopatra.
Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
Carew Sloan, the heroine of the upcoming novel CAPTURED IN CROATIA. She is nearly fearless in the face of the adversity that keeps bombarding her. Also, she has a lead foot while driving…just like me!
That’s all from me, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!
Many thanks for a fun interview!
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About the Author:
Christine Edwards grew up in the Deep South on Hilton Head Island, SC. At an early age she developed a passion for the arts that led her to earn a bachelor's degree in Art History from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales. She continues to publish stories that immerse readers in exotic and realistic geographic settings amid interesting subcultures of adult life. Within the vein of BDSM romance, her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and feisty heroines.
She adores snow skiing, traveling the world, and spending time with her amazing family. Christine currently resides in the sleepy coastal town of Beaufort, SC.