Monday, February 17, 2014

Blind Mercy VBT

The Sigurdsson family legacy continues…

A woman who prayed for a hero…

Orphaned at a young age, Rachelle Fiennes prayed for a hero to rescue her from her tragic life in England. When her only kinsman goes missing after the Battle of Stamford Bridge, Rachelle braves the aftermath of the battlefield to find him.

A man who lost everything…

Damned by the gods for surviving the bloodiest defeat in Norse history, Jarl Tyr Sigurdsson is still determined to get home. Hiding until nightfall so he can escape to his ship, his dangerous endeavor is disrupted when he’s accidently discovered by a beautiful Saxon.

Brought together by war, Rachelle and Tyr face many obstacles. Can sworn enemies find peace through love, or will fate be cruel?

Cursed witch. Things were much easier in Norway. Without giving it another thought, Tyr lowered his weapon, then grabbed a fistful of his captive’s hair. He’d give in to her dimwitted request to pacify her, but not without satisfying his own need for revenge. “Horse. Food,” he demanded.

“I’d rather die than betray my country—” the criminal started.

In response, Tyr thumped his head. He sank down, shaking and whining.

Sick with rage, Tyr stared at Rachelle. “This situation is ripe for trouble.” His only concern should be for his own survival.

She addressed her countryman. “If you refuse him, he’ll cut your heart out.”

For a noblewoman, she had a way with words. Tyr nearly laughed out loud at the absurdity of what came out of her mouth. He’d learned something important about her though. Either she’d experienced more violence than any woman should or she was as frigid as an ice shelf. Regardless, her warning changed the Saxon’s mind.

The man pointed at his camp. “There are horses and food over there.”

With a twist of an earlobe, Tyr forced him to his feet. Tyr harbored a special hatred for rapists. If he couldn’t disembowel the bastard, he’d find another way to make him suffer. It didn’t take long. A grin spread across Tyr’s face as he framed the man’s punishment in his mind. Tyr would tie a noose around his neck, loop the rope over a high branch, and make him sit astride a horse with his hands tied behind his back. If the drukkin moved, he’d hang himself.

If I’d never heard of me would I read my book?

I’m an adventurous reader. There’s nothing I enjoy more than wandering the aisles of my favorite bookstore and randomly discovering the next treasure of a book. That said, purchasing books online is a different kind of experience. Although I still purchase books randomly, sometimes I’m tempted to rely on reviews and excerpts to weed out material that won’t interest me.

The short answer is yes, I’d read my book. I’m a huge Viking fan. This particular setting is underrepresented, so there’s less to choose from. Book covers are the gateway, and I happen to like mine. I also don’t judge authors by tenure. If it’s a debut novel, I’m curious to see if the author has something unique to say. Is there a plot twist, historical insight, or amazing characters I’ll fall in love with? Everyone deserves a chance—especially newbie writers who have overcome the challenges of getting published. Series attract my attention. I enjoy watching new authors improve their craft, maturing with each story they share.

Blind Mercy possesses all the traditional ingredients of a historical romance. I think historical readers are fiercely loyal to their favorite writers, but I also think they love reading so much that they welcome new talent. I’ll read a title in one sitting if I’m enjoying myself. Variety is a reader’s friend.

If I’d never heard of me, and liked the title and blurb, I’d most definitely take a chance. There’s really something special about reading a new author’s book.

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Author Bio and Links:
Violetta Rand holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and a master's degree in Environmental Management. Serving as an environmental scientist in the state of Alaska for over seven years, she enjoys the privilege of traveling to remote places few people have the opportunity to see.

Violetta has been "in love" with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, at five, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading whatever she can get her hands on, music, and losing herself in the ancient worlds she enjoys bringing to life in the pages of her stories.

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  1. Thanks for hosting today Emily.

  2. I love finding new authors.


  3. It sounds intense and intriguing!


  4. Amazon please (hope i'm allowed to win the £ equivilant being in the UK? x

  5. I have enjoyed learning about your book. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. Amazon please.