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DEAD CHAOS (Valkyrie #3) is Released!

At long last the Dead Chaos ebook is finally available!

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Description:
Valkyrie Bryn Halbrook is broken and damaged…

Struggling to accept the loss of her wings, Bryn’s not sure if she can be a real Valkyrie anymore. But when a mysterious prophecy claims she will be the reason the All-Father dies, she is determined to ensure the prediction will not come to pass.

A visit to the three fates who live beneath the great Tree of life, sends Bryn racing against time to find the missing Heimdall and his horn. As Odin’s life hangs in the balance and Ragnarok draws ever closer, Bryn has to find a way to save Heimdall and Odin before she can discover the truth about who she really is.

In this thrilling instalment of the Valkyrie series Bryn must battle not only the formidable frost giants and the hated God Loki, but she must also find a balance between what she will lose and what she will gain.

My Journey in Publishing- 16 months on

I was just wrapping a bunch of SKIN DEEP orders, getting ready to send out some signed book orders and I got into a contemplative mood. It’s been 16 months since I waded into publishing, since Dead Radiance was published, and I was griping (silently) that I hadn’t done well enough. Three books out in 16 months is a pretty good release rate but what bugs me is that Dead Chaos should have released in Feb but will likely only make it to my readers in Aug 2013. Plus Skin Deep was meant to release in Nov 2012 but only made it there 5 months later in late April 2013.

I know, I can hear a few of you going ‘But you’ve been through so much, stop being hard on yourself’, but you see I am always the taskmaster of myself.  I told readers who were clamouring for DEAD CHAOS that it would release Feb 2013 and it didn’t. To me that’s just not acceptable.

Still I’m trying to be positive, looking forward to Fire reaching readers mid to late July. I’m deep in edits right now, the heaters warming my feet and its storming outside. Love rainy days –the only thing missing is a roaring fire.

I’ve been treated by Miss 17. Just love TYPO!

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The cover for FIRE is well on its way to completion- I’m hoping to show it off in the next two weeks.

I’m still putting the finishing touches on Dead Chaos, keeping my fingers crossed that Valkyrie fans will like where the story is going. Fingers crossed, with editing going well and cover done on time, DEAD CHAOS should release mid August.

Plus there is Seals of Hades (UF/Paranormal) that needs one round of revisions before it’s off to my editor. As yet I can’t stick a date onto this novel (yeah I’m not making any promises lol)

And just as an aside- some work is being done on the second book in the DarkWorld series. I just couldn’t help myself, I’ve fallen back in love with Kailin’s worlds and all the interesting characters in SKIN DEEP.

And just so I can remind myself that my books are actually REAL

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Melissa Pearl Guest Post

My Favourite Valkyrie Character

By Melissa Pearl 

Now that is a tough one, because I like so many of them for so many different reasons.

 In Dead Radiance, I would have said Aidan. I totally fell for him in the first few chapters on the book. I could picture him pulling into Bryn’s driveway on his motorcycle and sauntering to the door. It was a delicious image and I couldn’t stop liking him after that. I felt like he was a really good guy at heart, just trying to do the right thing for Bryn. I liked that about him.

I also liked the banter between Bryn and Aidan. He was great for her.

 But then Dead Embers came along and the person who I kept gunning for was Josh. He was always such a nice guy, but he grew on me even more in the second Valkyrie novel. I think it’s because Ayer gave us a little more of him… she definitely gave me a reason to empathise with him and near the end, I began to wonder if she was building up to something more between Bryn and Josh in Book 3, Dead Chaos. It’s all speculation of course and my “feeling” could be completely off the mark, but I can’t WAIT to find out!!

 My reviews of these two books…

 Dead Radiance

 Dead Embers

 

Bryn’s Rose-petal-encrusted Shea Butter Soap

I want to make soap.

And I intend to, despite well voiced reservations from all members of my household, so much for votes of confidence. They are certain I don’t have the strength for it. I’ll show ’em!

Now, why soap you may ask? Well, in Dead Radiance, Bryn has her first experience in the Asgard Bathhouse with her new Valkyrie friend Sigrun.

In Chapter 17, Bryn, all sweaty and dirty from her pain filled transformation into a real Valkyrie, is taken to the ladies bathhouse where she is overwhelmed by the beauty of gold veined blue marble casted bathing pools.

“A pool, five times larger than your average Olympic-sized pool, covered the entire floor of the valley. It formed a large oval and was constructed of a deep blue marble material veined with gold and silver that sparkled and glittered in the weak sunshine.”

Bryn is also left speechless at the modern conveniences of an ancient Norse city like individually controlled hot and cold water springing directly from natural geysers beneath the earth and heated stone seats.

“We sat on a beautiful stone seat and I was pleasantly surprised to find the seat was warm. Talk about under-butt heating.”

Bryn’s dilemma of how to actually bathe and clean herself is resolved when Sigrun directs her to a bowl of gorgeous rose petal encrusted soaps which Bryn feels is incredibly indulgent.

“Relieved, I grabbed the soap and sponge and waded to the other curved space to bathe. The soap smelled heavenly, a delicious creation made from crushed rose-petals. I used it to lather my oily hair as well, as I was unable to find Asgard’s brand of shampoo and conditioner in the marble bowl. As I rinsed, whole rose-petals floated around me and away on the current.”

Now that I dreamed all of that Asgard Bathhouse rose soap stuff up, I think it’s time I tried my hand at making the rose encrusted soap myself.

So wish me luck, and if all goes well, we will have a competition and one lucky winner will receive a bar of handmade, rose encrusted Shea butter soap.

Cassie Hart’s Favorite Character

By Cassie Hart

When Tee asked me to write a post about my favourite character in the Valkyrie series, I had to really stop and think about it. Bryn is the obvious choice, of course, or Aiden, or maybe Sigrun, or Fenrir, or hell, even Hugin, difficult bird that he can be some times.

But when I think about the character that warms my heart I’d have to say that it’s Ms Custer. I really feel as though it was her warmth, her love, her acceptance—and her belief that Bryn would make decisions for the right reasons—that helped to get Bryn into the position to move from being a lost little girl, to being a young woman who could consider opening her heart to the possibility of friends, love, and a sense of family.

Having faced rejection from her biological mother, the loss of her father, and many foster families that simply didn’t work out, Bryn was seriously damaged goods. But Ms Custer had a history of nurturing lost kids, and she took Bryn into her home, just as she did all those other children, and chipped away at the hard façade Bryn had built around her. Her persistence, her kindness, her concern, they all seem vital, to me, in allowing Bryn to feel safe enough to open herself up a little and let others inside.

And hey, let’s be honest, Ms Custer is a tough old bird in her own right, who will fight for what’s hers and defend her children even in the face of danger. You’ve got to respect that 😉

There are so many great characters in these books, from the prominent to the less obvious. Which ones are your favourites?

The Gods win the Norse Mythology Popularity Contest

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I recently held a poll on my Facebook Author Page, and have to be honest, I was pretty disappointed that the Dragons didn’t win! I mean, who really wants to be a God or Goddess anyway (*sniff). So this is how it played out:

The Question:

If you had to choose, which mythological being from Norse Mythology would you be?

The Voting:

  • God – 9 votes
  • Dragon- 8 votes
  • Valkyrie – 1 vote ( sorry Bryn I went with Dragon)
  • Dwarf – 1 vote
  • Ulfr (werewolf) – 1 vote (Team Jacob people were nowhere to be found!)

The voting was neck and neck and for a short period I was very sure the Dragons would win! But alas, we were pipped at the post at the end.

fafnir_by_serathus-d3isha2 via deviantart

The Results:

Announcing the Winners of the Norse Mythology contest:
the Gods/Goddesses have won! Jerome, Leigh, Rachna, Jessie, Alexia, Elizabeth, Courtney, Ree & Cassie!!

The Prize:

Congratulations to the winners. The following prizes have been awarded:
*A ticket for two to Asgard, legendary home of the god Odin
*Complimentary travel to and from Asgard using the Bifrost, the Bridge of the Gods
*Complimentary use of the Bathing Pools – please note that men and women bathe separately in Asgard
*Complimentary food and Mead for the duration of your stay
While in Asgard please feel free to participate in any of the following activities:
*Sword fighting with the Valkyries
*Hand to hand combat with the Warriors
*Observation of flying practice with the Valkyries- note this is a non-participating event- therefore no flying please
*Swordmaking with Njall the Metalsmith – those who cannot handle extremes of heat are advised to avoid this activity
*Observation of the Aurora Borealis – at your leisure
Please note:
*do not pick feathers from Odin’s ravens Hugin and Munin
*do not feed Hugin or Munin – we will not be held responsible for loss of eyes and fingers
*do not ride the Ulfr- they do not like being treated like wolves
*do not pick the golden leaves from the Glasir tree- these are gifted only to the deserving
Once again congratulations on this amazing opportunity and please do not forget to post pictures of your time in Asgard…
Asgard_by_Secular via deviantart

Why Norse Mythology?

The Valkyrie Novels

This is a question I have been asked many times in the last few weeks, since my Valkyrie Novels were accepted by Evolved Publishing. The first book in the Norse Mythology based YA series is DEAD RADIANCE. Now, Western mythology is fairly popular, fairly recognizeable too – Greek, Roman, Irish, Egyptian and Norse. And seeing that I am a mythology fan I knew I wanted to write in this vein. What better way to explore the myths, to research the gods and goddess, to immerse myself in something I loved.

Egyptian Mythology and the tale of ISIS

My first instinct was to pen a tale of ancient sorcery set in Egypt- yup you guessed it, I adore Egyptian mythology. (Little known fact: When I was eleven I was a nerd and a history buff and (for the life of me I still haven’t figured this out) seemed to bear some resemblance to the girl in the old TV series ISIS. Perhaps it was the glasses that did it.. Anyhoo .. there are certain people that, to this very day, refer to me as ‘Isis’. – they know who they are 🙂

What if a girl discovers she is a Valkyrie? Cool Story!

I didn’t particularly want to do a retelling so I ended up with a ‘what-if’. What if a modern teenager discovers she is a Valkyrie, that she has the power to tell a warrior apart from your average dude (or dudette since warriors are never just boys). What does she do when her heart is broken? Does it break like a normal human’s heart, can she forgive him? And what about the wings! What must it be like to fly? And to kick major butt? ‘Cos yes, my heroines are kick-ass!

YA Readers, Angels, Vampires and Fairies

YA readers love angels and vampires. And I’m guessing it’s a lot to do with the mystery, the impossibility of it all that appeals to the reader. Paranormal/Urban Fantasy readers are interested in an escape, they crave the mystery of new worlds, the deliciously intangible super-human beings – faeries, angels, vampires.

The attraction of the Unknown

For thousands of years folk have delved into the unknown, explored the inner workings of the human mind, identified reasons for the seasons, for the sunrise and the tides, for eclipses and volcanoes and tsunami’s.

Where do humans come from, how are mountains created, how does the moon hang suspended in the sky? Every culture across the globe has their own set of stories or myths or folktales to explain the hows and the whys of human existence. Explanations that evolved over time into full-blown complex sets of mythologies, each adapted to weather, environment and social structure. It’s to do with social interaction, prejudice, politics and control. And it’s about love and hate, what we can control and what we can’t, what we can explain and what remains inexplicable to this day.

So we have Norse Mythology?

So I decided to travel for a while with Odin, perhaps I will learn a little more about the one-eyed, lightning god who is more human in his complexities than most gods in Western mythology. Perhaps I will understand the fickle nature of Loki and maybe he will tell me why he is so mercurial in nature. I would love to take a walk with Thor – he’s a hottie in anyones imagination, MARVEL or otherwise, and he could teach me to throw that hammer of his. And what of Freya and Baldur, Fenrir and Frigga? What stories will they tell me? What secrets will they reveal? Perhaps they could tell me why humanity is the way we are, as fickle in nature as the gods themselves, as stubborn and courageous, and as loyal and cruel.

What tales could the dragons and giants, the elves and dwarfs tell me? I will be sure to share their secrets with you if you are happy to listen

So perhaps you could stop by and spend some time with me within the pages of Dead Radiance. It is Bryn’s story. The tale of a girl who saw nothing in herself until she realised she had everything, a girl who is a Valkyrie but recognises that she is nothing without her humanity.