#Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar: Now Available For Pre-Order!

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

© Nejron | Dreamstime.com (Cover design by Rachel Tsoumbakos)

Well, the day has finally arrived!

Ever since I conceived of the Truth About series, and, in particular, the first novel in the series, Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar, my life has been consumed by all things relating to the Vikings sagas. Even prior to writing the initial manuscript during Nation Novel Writing Month, last November, I have been reading everything I could get my hands on pertaining to the Viking story involving Lagertha and Ragnar. In my spare time, I would watch documentaries on the Vikings or write articles about them for The Inquisitr.

As you can see, this is a living, breathing passion of mine.

But, as comes with all things, now is time to cast their story out into the world for everyone else to read.

All the details are below.

(A historical retelling of the ninth book of the Gesta Danorum)
Book #1 in The Truth About series

Release date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Genre/s: Historical fiction, romance, Vikings, fictions, nonfiction
Available: Amazon/Amazon Unlimited
Price: $3.99


Lagertha was known to be one of the wives of the famous Viking, Ragnar Lodbrok. But did you know they first met each other at a brothel? And just how long did their marriage last? Was Lagertha really the revered shield maiden we see her as today? ‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar’ aims to unravel all these secrets.

Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar is so much more than a history book though.

In Part One their story is brought to life with a historically accurate retelling. Part Two then explores the historical facts surrounding this story.

Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar aims to discover just how much of what we know of the shield maiden, Lagertha, and the famous Ragnar Lodbrok in popular culture today is actually true.

The Truth About series explores the historical fact from present day fiction in regards to the Vikings and other key historical figures that existed in the Viking era.


'Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar' Footer

Posted in Books, Myrddin Publishing Group, New Novel, New Release, News, The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar, Vikings, Vikings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

As Ragnar Gets A Viking Funeral At #SDCC17, ‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar’ Gets Closer To A Publication Date

History's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Part 2, finale, Episode 20, The Reckoning, The Great Heathen Army, resize

[Image via Jonathan Hession/History Channel]

It’s San Diego Comic-Con weekend! Who’s excited? I know I am. Even though it usually my busiest time of year in regard to work. Tomorrow morning I will be up at 5 a.m. (Australian time) in order to get the scoop on when Season 5 of Vikings starts. I also hope to see History Channel recreate a Viking funeral procession and burial in honour of all those characters we lost in Season 4 of Vikings although this may be hard considering I won’t physically be at Comic-Con.

However, if you are at San Diego Comic-Con tomorrow, all the deets for the Vikings events are below.

HISTORY’s “VIKINGS” PANEL – Friday, July 21 from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Room 6BCF (2,000 capacity)
Katheryn Winnick (“Lagertha”), Gustaf Skarsgard (“Floki”), Alexander Ludwig (“Bjorn”), Alex Høgh Andersen (“Ivar the Boneless”) and Michael Hirst (creator/writer) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of season five. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store! Cast subject to change.

VIKINGS FUNERAL – Friday, July 21 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park South
A one-day event to honor Ragnar Lothbrok and other beloved characters who have recently risen to Valhalla. The Vikings funeral will begin with a procession throughout the Gaslamp Quarter in the early afternoon from noon – 5:45 p.m. The funeral will conclude with a waterfront ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. featuring a floating 45-foot replica Viking long-ship with pyrotechnic display. Cast will be in attendance. Ceremony will be held behind the Convention Center at Embarcadero Marina Park South (200 Marina Park Way).

The popular “Vikings” drinking horn program returns, giving thousands of horn-shaped beer vessels to eager and thirsty fans. Select bars will offer special drink discounts for horn holders. Please follow @HistoryVikings for a complete list of participating locations. The horns will be made available to fans who attend the Vikings funeral event on Friday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

A new generation of warriors is rising in the Vikings world and fans have the opportunity to be immersed in it by showing off their swordplay in a video booth. Fans will get into character by selecting their weapon of choice and garbing themselves in Viking gear. A time-slice camera array will capture footage of each fan demonstrating their best battle moves with Ragnar’s sons – Bjorn, Ivar the Boneless, Ubbe and Hvitserk. Video will be available to share on social platforms.

Also available to fans while supplies last is a custom “Vikings” limited edition comic book from a story created by Michael Hirst, exclusively for SDCC.

History Channel's 'Vikings,' Season 4, Aslaug funeral, longship procession

[Image via History Channel]

For those of you who are wondering if the procession at Comic-Con tomorrow is a real representation of a traditional Viking funeral, I can safely say that, yes, Vikings were sometimes put in a longship, set fire to, and then cast out to sea. The event was very rare though, and was usually only reserved for those Vikings of considerable importance or notoriety.

If you want to find out more about how the Vikings were buried, you can check out this recent article I did for The Inquisitr.

Book News

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

© Nejron | Dreamstime.com (Cover design by Rachel Tsoumbakos)

Now, for those of you who are wondering about how my upcoming book, Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar, is coming along, I have some exciting news for you!

The manuscript has been handed on over to my wonderful editor and I am tentatively waiting for what she has to say about it. Hopefully, it is all wonderful things. But, regardless, she is awesome at her job, so even if she is critical, it will only mean a better product for you all at the end.

So, what about a publication date for Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar? Potentially, that news could be announced as early as next week!

Make sure you sign up for my newsletter here so you don’ t miss the all-important pre-order announcement.

Along with all this exciting news, I can also officially announce that the next book in this series will be based on Aslaug, another one of Ragnar’s wives. With History Channel’s interpretation of Aslaug, many fans of Vikings found her unlikable. However, I can safely say, her sagas are awesome. For example, did you know she was hidden inside a harp and then raised by a horrible couple who wouldn’t let her wash just in case her beauty shone through. She also had a potentially questionable relationship with one of Ragnar’s son’s to another of his wives, Thora. As you can see, research has begun in earnest now that the first book is in the hands of my editor.

Finally, if you want some exclusive excerpts from Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar, make sure you check out my Twitter feed for the exclusive snippets, using the hashtag #LagsAndRags (SPOILER ALERT: The first excerpt is already live.)

'Vikings: The Truth about Lagertha and Ragnar,' Facebook header


Posted in History Channel, Myrddin Publishing Group, Rachel Tsoumbakos, San Diego Comic Con, The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar, Vikings | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twin Peaks: Season 3, Episode 9, Recap of the Most Boring Episode Yet

Showtime's 'Twin Peaks,' Season 3, Episode 9, I am not your foot

[Image via Showtime]

Episode 9 of Twin Peaks opens with Bad Coop walking up the same road from Episode 8 and I thought we were about to go down the rabbit hole all over again.

However, after Episode 8 being the most fucked up one for Season 3 of Twin Peaks, David Lynch decided to bore the shit out of us with Episode 9.

Honestly, nothing fucking happened.

Unless you count still looking for that annoying humming noise from Episode 7 of Twin Peaks. Or standing around watching Diane (Laura Dern) smoking. Oh, and that time at the end when we got to watch that girl scratch her fucking rash.

You can read my full recap on Showtime’s Twin Peaks via The Snarking Dead Recaps.

Source: Twin Peaks: Season 3, Episode 9, Recap of the Most Boring Episode Yet

Posted in Twin Peaks | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere: Recap Of Episode 1, titled “Dragonstone”

HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 1, Dragonstone, the iron throne, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

[Image via HBO]

Finally! After all the waiting, the Season 7 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones has arrived. Rory McCann promisedSeason 7 would be more brutal than the previous seasons, however this episode was relatively tame — even if Arya did borrow an idea from Olenna Tyrell.

But what else happened in this episode? Well, my recap of Episode 1 (titled “Dragonstone”) of Game of Thrones Season 7 will reveal everything that went down.

Getting back to Arya-Fucking-Stark (Maisie Williams), after killing Walder Frey (David Bradley) in the Season 6 finale ofGame of Thrones, decides to host a feast for all of the remaining Freys in the Season 7 premiere.

While wearing Walder’s face.

You can read my full recap on Showtime’s Twin Peaks via The Snarking Dead Recaps.

Source: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere: Recap Of Episode 1, titled “Dragonstone”


Posted in Game of Thrones, GoT Season 7 Recap, HBO | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Twin Peaks’: Here’s My Recap of The Hot Mess That Is Episodes 1-4

Showtime's 'Twin Peaks,' Season 3, the glass box

[Image via Showtime]

Okay, before I even start with this recap, I need to let you all know that this is David Lynch and Twin Peaks we are talking about. I don’t think I can even recap each episode like I normally do without each one running up thousands of words. Instead, I will be giving my thoughts on this hot mess of a reboot as more of a general review for each episode. And, to honour David Lynch, there will be no relevant order to how these recaps happen. I will not start at the beginning and work my way through the middle before summing up the end of each episode. Oh, hell no! Strap on your helmets, this shit is about to go all over the place.

Another thing I will be doing is adding my thoughts as I watch each episode via The Snarking Dead’s Facebook page. These thoughts will likely be more linear for those who want a more structured recap and will be embedded in each recap so you don’t have to follow up the Facebook page each week.

you can read my full recap on Showtime’s Twin Peaks via The Snarking Dead Recaps.

Source: ‘Twin Peaks’: Here’s My Recap of The Hot Mess That Is Episodes 1-4

Posted in Twin Peaks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment