Check out the Sneak Peek Excerpt for ‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar’

Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar by Rachel Tsoumbakos Cover art

© Nejron | (Cover design by Rachel Tsoumbakos)

So it’s been a while since I announced the cover art for my upcoming book, Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar. I must say, when I did the cover reveal I did not realise just how much work this novel had to go. And, still I am working away at it every day.

To think I had believed that taking on the (relatively) short saga of Lagertha and Ragnar would be an easy task! I have spent a large chunk of time dedicating myself to this — and other relevant — Viking sagas, thanks to the amount of articles I have dedicated to the TV series, Vikings, But, it was certainly the small tip of just how much I had to immerse myself into the world of the Vikings to truly understand what was going on with Lagertha and Ragnar.

But, that is news you are not so interested in, are you? Instead, you came here in search of the very first excerpt from Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar, didn’t you?

Before I get to the excerpt, let me first set the scene.

In Lagertha and Ragnar’s saga, they first meet when Ragnar attacks Frø. The reason for this attack is because Frø had overthrown Siward, who is Ragnar’s grandfather. Frø, being a horrible man, then placed all the female wives (or kin, the term is open for interpretation in the saga) into prostitution.

Yes, Lagertha started out in this story as a hooker. But, as you will see, after the battle to free these women, Ragnar is beholden with her and her keen fighting skills.

Finally, if you enjoy this excerpt, don’t forget to add Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar to your GoodReads reading list. You can do that by clicking here.

Without further ado, here is the excerpt. I hope you enjoy it.

“Did you see that woman?” Ragnar was sitting next to one of the fires burning bright in Frø’s village. The tinder had once been a building and the fire blazed high up into the dark sky. “Her hair was like gold spun with fire.”

Erik laughed at him. “Such a fancy way to describe blood matted hair, have you sipped Odin’s gift while I was not looking? You can have you warrior women, I am happy with a woman I do not have to fear can match me in a fight.”

There was laughter as the men listened in on the conversation.

“She intrigues me,” Ragnar said to no one in particular. “I need to find out more about her.”

“Are you really after a common whore? And what of Aslaug? Is she not warming your bed now she has presented you with so many sons?” The questions came from the back of the group. He searched the shadows but couldn’t work out who had said it.

“I think it is one thing to be a common whore, but quite another to be raised noble and trained as a shield maiden but then be forced into that life because of a dispute between leaders.” He ignored the other questions about Aslaug. Yes, she had bore him many sons, and yes, she was no longer eager to share their bed. It was complicated and something he did not feel like addressing with a field full of drunkards.

There was silence for a moment, like the crowd was not sure whether to pursue the unanswered questions as they contemplated the way noble standing can fall so quickly at the folly of kings.

Then someone raised their drinking horn and proposed another toast, this time to the valkyries.

“On all sides saw I | Valkyries assemble,
Ready to ride | to the ranks of the gods;
Skuld bore the shield, | and Skogul rode next,
Guth, Hild, Gondul, | and Geirskogul.
Of Herjan’s maidens | the list have ye heard,
Valkyries ready | to ride o’er the earth.”

Several men cheered, likening her to a maiden of Herjan, or outright calling her a valkyrie. Others still, thought she was more like a beserker, entering the battle with a bloodlust normally reserved for them.

Regardless, cheering returned and Ragnar moved to the edge of the fire. He gazed deeply into the flames, his thoughts distracted by the maiden he had seen. Her golden hair flicking out behind her, then her face as he had slain Frø. He chuckled to himself. She had been both relieved and angry at Frø’s death. He suspected she wanted the victory for herself, and he didn’t blame her for those thoughts. He would have been downright outraged at not being able to bring justice to a man how had wronged him. The thought of her being upset with him over Frø’s death both upset and aroused him.

He imagined kissing her, of angry sex and fiery passion. He groaned at the thought of passion, something so lacking in his current marriage. It was long into the night before he joined back in with the banter surrounding him.

Lagertha had gotten under Ragnar’s skin and his pursuit had already begun, even if the shield maiden did not know it yet.”

[Image via © Nejron | Tsoumbakos]

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BOOK REVIEW: SNOW — Stories of Forbidden Love

Snow Anthology by Shaun Allan and various Wattpad authors

[Cover image by Amazon/Wattpad]

SNOW: Stories of Forbidden Love by Kelly Anne Blount, Gabriela Cabezut, Megan DeVos, Rachel Meinke, Noelle N, M.C. Roman, Delilah Mae, Gavin Hetherington, Shaun Allan, Lindsey E. Lippincott, Lucy Rhodes, R. Diamond, Sarah Benson, J.M. Butler, Debra Goelz, Neiliani Alejandrino
Publication date: May 9, 2017
Genres: Literary Fiction


One cabin. Sixteen stories of forbidden love.

With an online audience of over ONE MILLION combined followers, and hundreds of millions of reads on their stories, the Snow Anthology showcases talented Wattpad authors from around the globe.

Journey into the woods where you will discover a cabin surrounded by snow, filled with secrets…

The Snow Anthology features sixteen original novellas and novelettes in multiple genres, including Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural and Paranormal.

Brought to you by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR KELLY ANNE BLOUNT and available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! Don’t wait for the snow to melt before you uncover these stories of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Check out the incredible list of authors participating below!


Back to Us by M. C. Roman – MCRomances on Wattpad
Whiteout by Sarah Benson – SarahBensonBooks
Tobacco & Pine by Lucy Rhodes – Lucyface
Red Snow by Debra Goelz – BrittanieCharmintine
Fawn by Gavin Hetherington – GavinHetherington
Seeing Him Again by Delilah Mae – _HakunaMatata_
Of A Feather by Lindsey E. Lippincott – Red_Assassin
Through the Paintings Dimly by J. M. Butler – JessicaBFry
Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Meinke – knightsrachel
Limbo by Noelle N. – hepburnettes
Crash by Megan DeVos – styleslegend
Snowed In by Kelly Anne Blount – KellyAnneBlount
Unexpected Love by Gabriela Cabezut – GabyCabezut
Wings by Shaun Allan – ShaunAllan
Sober by R. Diamond – rdiamond89
True Love’s Kiss by Neilani Alejandrino – sweetdreamer33





DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was purchased independently and is a part of my private library. I have in no way been compensated for this review.

Okay, this review is a bit different to my other book reviews. Firstly, it’s an anthology of successful Wattpad authors, so I won’t be linking to every single author and their social media pages. If you want to find out all about the authors, you can visit this Wattpad page that links to them all individually or, alternatively, you can head on over to the Amazon page for the book to find out the details for all the various authors.

Secondly, I have only read one story so far from this anthology. But, because I loved that story so much, I am chucking up a quick review before I dive right back in and devour the rest of the stories in this novel.

Now, if you have read some of my other book reviews, you have probably already guessed which author I bought this anthology for. That’s right, Shaun Allan is in this book, so I was eager to read something new by him.

Wings by Shaun Allan is desolate, beautiful, and achingly haunting. Allan manages to bring a new idea to the table when most are thinking romance or survivalist stories that come with the seclusion of a cabin in the woods anthology.

While the theme for this anthology is forbidden love, Shaun manages to twist this concept by adding a supernatural element and a dilemma for a character that is positively wrought with bad decisions when it comes to love.

As always, Allan’s way with words creeps up on you and gets under your skin. The destination of the story almost becomes a background to the way he puts pen to paper. Seriously, I could read his descriptives for ever.

So, if you are looking for something a little different, as always, I am suggesting to check out Shaun Allan’s work. However, I also implore readers to dive right back in after reading his work and check out some of the other stories in the Snow Anthology.

Over all, I am giving Wings by Shaun Allan, 5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait to read the rest of the Snow Anthology!

[Cover image via Amazon/Wattpad]


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‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 7 Finale, Episode 16: “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Just a heads up AMC, you might want to make every episode of Season 8 just like the Season 7 finale 😉

Here’s what went down in Episode 16 (entitled “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”) of the Season 7 finale of AMC’sThe Walking Dead.

Sasha and Negan’s Group

Episode 16 of the Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead opens with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) listening to music. And dying. It is dark, this is important.

Source: ‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 7 Finale, Episode 16: “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”

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‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 7, Episode 15: “Something They Need”

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 7, Episode 15, Something They Need, Sasha and Negan

[Image via Gene Page/AMC]

Rick’s group catches a break in the penultimate episode, which means no one else does.

Here’s what went down in Episode 15 (entitled “Something They Need”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.


Tara (Alanna Masterson) is feeling shitty about telling Rick (Andrew Lincoln) about Oceanside. This lasts for about a minute and a half until Rick gives a motivational speech that gets me wondering how Rick can still keep giving these speeches and how people can still keep believing them even though he rarely gets it right.

Source: ‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 7, Episode 15: “Something They Need”

[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]

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‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 7, Episode 14: “The Other Side”

[Image via Gene Page/AMC]

Plots thicken and sides are drawn in the latest episode of Season 7 of The Walking Dead.

Here’s what went down in Episode 14 (entitled “The Other Side”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Viewers get a deeper look into Hilltop in Episode 14 of The Walking Dead. And, just like over at the Kingdom, shit is falling apart rapidly. Simon (Steven Ogg) turns up looking for Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). This means Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Daryl have to hide in a cellar and hope for the best. It also means Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) have to make a run for it. Luckily, they are closer to the fake wood box and escape Hilltop altogether.

Source: ‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 7, Episode 14: “The Other Side”

[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]

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