Romance Book Fair: Who Wants A New Book Boyfriend And A Bargain?

The short answer to that is: We all do!

The Romance Book Fair runs from 19-22 October and features a pile of bargain books that are $3 or less.

That’s right, you can find your new book boyfriend for less than $3!

Romance Book Fair 'Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar'

Clicking on the image above will take you straight to the Romance Book Fair.

But, before you do that, there’s more you need to know. It wouldn’t be a book fair without a giveaway as well as a bargain (and a new boyfriend). Along with the chance to fall in love with someone new, there is a $50 Amazon gift card on offer as well.

So, make sure you head on over to the website and check out all that is on offer. But, don’t forget to scroll to the very bottom of the page there and enter the giveaway as well.


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#Manspiration Blog Hop And Giveaway: How Ragnar Helped Shape Lagertha’s Story

#Manspiration Blog Hop Vikings The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar

So, who needs some manspiration? How about some free historical romance novels? Well, you have come to the right place for both!

When I started my research about the Viking figure, Lagertha, there was one other Viking who always stood out in her story: Ragnar. You cannot tell the story of Lagertha without also telling a great portion of Ragnar’s story as well.

As a result of this, Ragnar Lothbrok from History Channel’s Vikings inadvertently became my manspiration for Lagertha’s story.

Ragnar, played by Aussie actor, Travis Fimmel, is inspiration enough, thanks to his wonderful portrayal of Ragnar in the History Channel series. His performance manages to make the audience fall in love with a leader of a culture that was previously considered nothing more than a bunch of bloodthirsty thugs.

#Manpiration History Channel's 'Vikings,' Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar

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But, there is more to the character than just what is portrayed in Vikings. The historical character of Ragnar Lodbrok (or Ragnar Sigurdsson) made women fall in love with him — and managed to keep their affection, even after their relationships ended.

Lagertha fell for his charms not long after he rescued her from a life of prostitution. She didn’t fall without a fight, however. She placed dangerous beasts outside her house and Ragnar had to fight his way through. When he was successful in this task, they married.

For many years, the pair were happy. Later on, though, Ragnar divorced Lagertha and began his pursuit of Thora.

Then, when Ragnar needed help in a battle, even though he had divorced her, Lagertha still supported him thanks to her unrequited love.

#Manpiration History Channel's 'Vikings,' Ragnar Lothbrok, Travis Fimmel, Lagertha, Katheryn Winnick. Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar

[Image via History Channel]

But, this is not the first time Ragnar has had a profound effect on one of his wives. When he married Aslaug, she loved him so much, she commissioned a magical shirt for him to wear. And, it almost saved his life from King Aelle and his snake pit. If Aelle hadn’t requested the removal of the shirt, Ragnar would have likely lived to fight another day — well, according to the Viking sagas, anyway.

Ragnar, in the sagas, was a character that managed to always rally people to his side, whether it be women or leaders. In fact, when Ragnar was made king at a very early age, people were already turning to him for his sage advice.

#Manpiration History Channel's 'Vikings,' Ragnar Lothbrok played by Travis Fimmel, Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar

[Image via History Channel]

And, it was this aspect that I saw in Travis Fimmel’s portrayal of Ragnar, in the relationships with those around him, that I found true inspiration in regard to this character. Because, let’s face it, in the sagas Ragnar could be considered a womaniser, and his character had to be brought to light in my book in a fashion akin to the way Travis Fimmel bought Ragnar to life in History Channel’s Vikings.

So, who is your manspiration? Let me know by commenting below!

All comments will be entered into the draw to win eCopies of the following books. Entries close in two weeks and a winner drawn on October 24. Good luck! 🙂

Manspiration Blog Hop eBook Covers

If you want to find out who the next manspiration is in this blog hop, you need to head on over to Ellie St. Clair‘s website now.


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EVENT: Join Me At The “Love & Warfare Series Launch and Books, Books, Books” Event

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It is less than a month until Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar is released, can you believe it? In the midst of organising the launch day event, advertising and early reviews, I have even had time to start planning the next book in the Viking Secrets series, Vikings: The Truth About Aslaug and Ragnar.

Of course, considering November is NaNoWriMo, this is to be expected. With October just around the corner, it is nearly time to settle in and start researching absolutely everything I can find about Aslaug and the Viking Age.

Until then, however, I will be focusing on the launch of Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar. So, why not join me to help celebrate this and some other awesome historical fiction and historical romance books that are also being released around the same time.

Anne Evans is hosting the Love & Warfare Series Launch and Books, Books, Books event on Facebook to celebrate the official launch of her latest historical series, Love and Warfare. This event will be held online on September 30. I will be helping to co-host the event at 7 p.m. MST.

Along with Anne and myself, there will be plenty of other authors who will be sharing their work. So, why not head on over to the event page now and join up.

Some of the historical eras and other genres covered during this event include:

  • Viking Age
  • Ancient Rome
  • Western & Frontier
  • Early American History
  • Romance
  • Time Travel Romance
  • Inspirational
  • Historical Religion
  • Christian
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Suspense
  • 14th Century England
  • 1930s
  • Cozy Mystery

As you can see, there are plenty of historical eras to chose from and I am confident you will be able to find something to suit your historical fiction needs as well as a few extras from other genres.

For the list of authors participating and their scheduled times, see below.

7am MST
Kathy Rouser
Assaph Mehr
Sharmane Riley Mccoy
8 am MST
Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar
Janet Palmer Grunst
Ann Cooper McCauley
Carol Brown
9am MST
Stephanie Natasha Carter
Kristen Joy Wilks
Jennifer Rosbrugh (Historical Sewing with Jennifer Rosbrugh)
Amanda Jones Hettinger
Tanya Eavenson
Linda Glaz (Author and Agent)

11am MST
Barbara Haropolous
Hillary Wallace
Hope Toler Dougherty
12 pm MST
Rachel Trautmiller
Heather Frey Blanton
1 pm MST
Mallorie Knight
Elaine W. Stock
Angela Hembree Dolbear
2 pm MST
Cindy Flores Martinez (2-2:30)
Robin Elizabeth Mason
DeAnna Julie Dodson (2:30-3)
3 pm MST
Marilyn Turk
Patricia Carroll
Alana Terry
4 pm MST
Cindy Tomamichel
Derinda Babcock
5 pm MST
Colleen Scott
6pm MST
April Gardner (6-6:30)
Elaine Manders
Allison Bruning
7pm MST
Denise O’Hagan
Rachel Tsoumbakos
PS Broaddus
8 pm MST
Karla Reisch Akins
Jill Richardson
Abigail Cossette Ryan
9 pm MST
Rosalie Gilbert

I can’t wait to see you all there! And, remember, events like these are always better when you bring a friend, so don’t forget to share the event page.

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August Book Fair: Snag A $0.99-2.99 Book Bargain!

August book Fair Event image Vikings The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar by Rachel Tsoumbakos

Are you itching for a book bargain at the moment? Then why not check out the August Book Fair? All books are on sale from 99 cents up to $2.99 — but only for three days!

Yes, my book will be there, so if you haven’t reserved your copy of Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar, now is definitely the time to do it. However, if historical fiction is not your thing, this event will feature 100 books across a wide range of fiction genres.

The genres included during the sale include: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance/SciFi romance, Romance & Women’s Fiction. Young Adult, SciFi & Dystopian, Mystery, Thriller, and Horror. So, as you can see, there really is a bargain for everyone!

You can check out the full list of discounted books available here.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale: Recap Of Episode 7, titled “The Dragon And The Wolf”

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Here we are already, at the Season 7 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. So, who won and who died in Westeros in Episode 7 (titled “The Dragon and the Wolf”)? Let’s find out, shall we?

The Meeting of Really Important People

As we saw in Episode 6 of Game of Thrones, Jon (Kit Harington) totally bent the knee to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) just in time for them to arrive at King’s Landing with their undead present for Cersei (Lena Headey). Everyone is suitably impressed when the Hound (Rory McCann) brings out the wight. Euron (Pilou Asbaek) goes one step further and flees in terror. Cersei calls him a crybaby and then agrees a truce is important…

…so long as Jon bends at her knee rather than at Daenerys’.

Jon being the stupid, honorable fool that he is refuses to now bend the knee to Cersei. Basically, everyone present then calls Jon out for not being able to lie. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) flat says they’re all fucked now. Seriously Jon, you had one job, even you admitted the undead army is the most important thing in Westeros at the moment. All it would take would be a single little lie. Really only a white lie too…

As a result Tyrion has to volunteer as tribute.

You can read my full recap on HBO’s Game of Thrones via The Snarking Dead Recaps.

Source: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Recap Of Episode 6, Titled “Beyond The Wall”

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