Feisty Heroines — The Sleeping Viking Beauty Cover Reveal

The Sleeping Viking Beauty by Rachel Tsoumbakos

For those who have been following along on my social medias, you will have noticed plenty of chat about an upcoming anthology for which I am a part. The Feisty Heroines anthology is specifically designed for those who love their romantic leads to be as spunky as hell.

Most recently, I did a cover reveal for my inclusion, The Sleeping Viking Beauty, which is based on a Viking saga that can also be linked to a fairy tale that we all know and love — Sleeping Beauty.

You can find out more about the Feisty Heroines below as well as my short story!

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Buying this collection may lead to addictive reading, falling in love with your next book crush, and staying up past your bedtime to see what happens next . . .

Over 30+ pulse-racing shorts to capture your heart with USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Award-winning authors in the mix.

Paranormal, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Historical Romance that will whet your appetite with titillating, heart-pounding tales you’ll want to read again then beg for more.

Fall in love with your next book crush!

THE SLEEPING VIKING BEAUTY

Tagline: Sometimes you have to risk Odin’s ire in order to find your true love.

Blurb:

Brunhild has it all. As one of Odin’s famed Valkyries, she is tasked with welcoming worthy warriors to Valhalla. The only problem is she has killed someone she shouldn’t have and now she has been cursed with eternal sleep by the All-Father until a man without fear can awaken her with a kiss.

Sigurd has met the woman of his dreams. She is beautiful, a powerful Valkyrie, and he can’t stop thinking about her.

The only problem is that she wouldn’t let him into Valhalla before her enchantment and only those who are accepted by the Valkyries are considered brave enough to waken Brunhild from her cursed sleep.

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You can preorder now and this anthology will set you back only 99 cents!

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Discover Some New Viking Sagas Today!

The Irish Viking Princess by Rachel Tsoumbakos

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As you know, I have been working on my lastest saga series, Melkorka’s Saga. The Irish Viking Princess, which is the first book in the two-book series, has just gone live on Amazon and you can grab a copy here.

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Born into power, sold into slavery. Her only escape is silence.

Melkorka is the princess of one of the most powerful men in Ireland. Expecting a life of luxury, instead, she is captured by Rus raiders and sold into slavery.

Eventually, she becomes the property of a Viking man named Hoskuld. It is terrible enough that Melkorka has gone all the way from the highs of being an Irish princess to the lows of a slave but it gets worse: Hoskuld is already married and now she is a concubine slave.

Her only solace is silence and she wields it like a weapon.

But wait, I have more surprises for you!

I also have another Viking story available exclusively through the Fantastic Realms anthology.

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The story included in this anthology is called The Curse of the Lagarfljot Lindworm. This story is set within the Viking Secrets universe but features a character not mentioned before. For those that have read Vikings: The Truth about Thora and Ragnar, the story might be a familiar one as a lindworm also features there. This story, though, delves into an older tale, one I mentioned in Thora’s saga but never really expanded on. The Curse of the Lagarfljot Lindworm finally does this.

Included in the anthology are plenty of other great fantasy stories so make sure you grab your copy now.

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Briet is tasked with a momentous task: kill the creature she has raised from birth.

If she does not do so, the entire countryside will suffer.

Given as a gift, Briet’s mother presents her daughter with a heath snake. However, it grows and grows until it is big enough to terrorize the communities. With the help of two monster-hunting warriors, Briet must do the unthinkable in order to survive.

And, don’t forget to preorder Feisty Heroines, which is another great anthology I will be featured in this year. At 99 cents it is an absolute steal! Plus, you get a pile of other epic romance tales to read as well.

Feisty Heroines Anthology

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Over 30+ pulse-racing shorts to capture your heart with USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Award-winning authors in the mix.

Paranormal, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Historical Romance that will whet your appetite with titillating, heart-pounding tales you’ll want to read again then beg for more.

Fall in love with your next book crush!

Grab your copy now!

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Who Needs An Addictive New Paranormal Romance Series? *Spoiler Alert: You Do!*

Unremembered Things by Rachel Tsoumbakos

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Who needs a new paranormal romance series? Normally Unremembered Things retails at $3.99. However, I have recently had a new cover designed and to celebrate, I am having a sale. The first book in my Wood Nymph Chronicles is currently only 99 cents!

Grab your copy today.

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Indiana Shamira has a dark secret that could shatter her version of reality and get her killed in the process. Now if only she could remember what it is…

When Indiana wakes with no memory of her past life and a vampire called Sam hanging from the rafters in her cellar, she knows things are about to get nasty. Not only does Sam know all about her previous life, but he seems intent on seducing her as well. Of course, her boyfriend, Kurt, has different ideas – like making her open the portal to hell!

And then there is the nagging suspicion that Indiana is not entirely human, now she can see ghostly images from the Otherworld. Or could it be from the life she can no longer remember? They include the flickering effigy of Kurt and a redwood forest that conjures up deeply repressed magic.

Not only will Indiana have to risk everything to keep the door to another dimension closed, but she will also have to decide whether she is ready to lose her heart to someone who has more secrets than herself.

Set in the lush Australian bush, Unremembered Things, will delight fans of the Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood series with its fusion of fantasy, paranormal, and forbidden romance.

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Grab Some Bargains At The 99 Books At 99 Cents Holiday All Genre Book Fair!

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Christmas The Viking Way: Here’s How The Vikings Celebrated Yule

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With Christmas approaching, many are busy decorating their trees and preparing ahead of the Christmas feast — both of which hark back to pagan times and have roots in ancient Viking traditions.

As The Vintage News points out. the pagan Yule came before the Christian holiday. In fact, the birth date of Christ was chosen to be celebrated specifically on the Roman pagan holiday of Saturnalia. This was cleverly done in order to help lessen the shock of the change of religions as well as creating a day in which both traditions could initially be celebrated.

Since the takeover of Saturnalia went so well, when it came time to Christianise the Vikings, the same approach was taken. And, considering the Viking Yule celebrations took place around the same time, it was a no-brainer when it came to amalgamating the two once more.

However, many pagan traditions have remained woven through the Christian ones. Over the years, they have become an accepted routine to be celebrated at Christmas.

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So, what traditions actually came from the Vikings?

Many details regarding the Christian takeover of the Viking holiday can be found in the Saga of Hákon the Good, which can be found in the called the Heimskringla (also known as The Lives of the Norse Kings) by Snorri Sturlason.

It has been detailed in the Viking sagas that at Yule, it was a tradition to have a great feast. Gathering together, many animals were sacrificed and the meat from these beasts was later boiled and used to celebrate the occasion. This can be observed in modern times with the long-held tradition of having a large Christmas feast with family.

In addition, if you enjoy your Christmas ham, you can thank the Vikings for that treat as well since boars were often sacrificed at Yuletide and offered up to the god of fertility, Frey.

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For those that have heard of the Yule log or make a cake that looks like one, this tradition also harks from Viking times. There is some conjecture regarding the tradition of the Yule log itself since its origins can only really traced back as far the 16th century and not earlier in its current form, Vikings did have huge fires at midwinter when Yule occurs. This fire would signify the lighting of the darkness on the shortest night with the hope that light would now return to the world.

As for the Christmas tree, there are many pagan traditions that see trees decorated with trinkets as offerings to the gods. In relation to Yule, it is often an offering, once again, to see the return of the dark and the lengthening of days.

As Dr. Dominique Wilson from the University of Sydney told ABC Australia, the Christmas tree tradition may date as far back as 8th century Germany.

“The common story goes that [English Benedictine monk Boniface] encountered some native Germans performing some sacrifices in front of a mighty oak tree — oak trees being sacred to the god Thor,” Dr. Wilson said.

“Boniface seized his axe and felled the tree in order to stop the pagans worshiping a false idol and the pagans were waiting for him to be struck down by lightning, but it didn’t happen. So at this stage he took the opportunity to convert them.”

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The story then goes on to state that a Fir tree grew out of the Oak.

“That became a symbol of Christ — being triangular in shape it represents the trinity — and from there came the idea that the tree should be a symbol of Christ and new life. That’s one of the main origins of the Christmas tree and bringing it into the house.”

Finally, the current tradition of caroling can also be linked back to medieval times. Wassailing is the term that was used then and it involved groups travelling from door-to-door. They would sing and offer a drink from the wassail bowl. In exchange, they would receive gifts.

So, there you have it! While Christmas may be very much a Christian holiday today, it certainly harks back to much older times and traditions. While I don’t make much mention of Yule on any of my books about the Vikings,  in my short story, The Lost Viking, I do refer to the Viking celebration called Disablot. This event was also held in Winter but at the start of the season and was held in honour the female spirits called Disir.

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