To Find a Viking Treasure by Gina Conkle
Survival is in his blood…
Rough-souled Brandr has one task before he leaves Uppsala, protect the Frankish slave, Sestra, at all costs. She knows the secret location of a hidden treasure –finding it can stop a war. The Viking scout and flame-haired Sestra have always traded taunts, now they must share trust. But, on the quest passion burns hot as secrets unfold, leading to a shocking sacrifice as they race… To Find a Viking Treasure.
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This whole series sprang from a little known event in Sweden's history (in AD 1022). I read about a Viking king's (Olof Skotkonung) peaceful exile and the trouble that started it. Intrigued, I researched the era and read about the famed Viking burial mounds at Uppsala and later saw for myself on a trip to Sweden the many islands off that coast. Add in the Viking habit to bury their wealth (ie hoards), and it was a domino effect — the Norse series came to life, one book after another.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Characters start talking in my head. Some I plan; others I don't. I prefer digging deep into a world, which is why there are 6 books in the works for the Norse series. You'll also find a mix of people from all walks of life. Historical romances often feature the upper echelon, but I want to read as much about the wealthy and powerful as the rank and file warrior, the thralls (slaves), the craftsmen and craftswomen(!). With my Norse series and another upcoming Viking series (Forgotten Sons), you do.
Brandr sliced the oars through water…back and forth, his body's motion hypnotic and smooth. "Go ahead. Talk to me."
The Viking could be a mystical warrior dressed in black against the waning fog, his graveled voice working a kind of silken magic. Sun shined through clouds, the pearled orb anointing his head. Perhaps Odin did send Brandr to save the day. Wraiths rose up from the watery channel as if to push them along. Did the Norse gods want them to succeed? She didn't believe in Odin and his Valkyries, but the stories Vikings spun at night entranced her.
"You could tell me what you'll do with your reward," she said.
He snorted. "I said you could talk to me. Not the other way around."
"That's not how it works. People take turns talking and listening to each other. It's called conversation." She angled her head coyly. "Vikings can do it. I've seen it happen."
Brandr squinted at tree tops. "Never been much for talk."
"Your mouth never stops when trading jibes with me."
His chuckle was raspy and low. "You have a way of loosening my tongue."
To her shame, his laugh cut a scorching path through her body and her legs fell open under her skirts. Her knees were heavy, and she left them open.
"You're a warrior long in service to Lord Hakan. Surely you'll get a bigger reward than a handful of coins?"
His tarnished silver eyes pinned her. "Maybe I get you."
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