VIKING WARRIOR RISING by Asa Maria Bradley is actually a revelation for me. While I enjoy Viking romances, I have never read contemporary of the genre. I was pleasantly surprised and am eager to read what comes next in the Viking Warriors series.
Super soldier Naya Brisbane has escaped from the laboratory where she had to leave her brother while she found a safe haven and help for him. She is able to get him to a hospital where he can be hidden until a time where is is well enough to be with Naya. Meanwhile, she has her own security company which aids her clients in protecting their investment. The money earned from these ventures go to help Naya's brother.
Leif Skarsganger is a King is this realm of his people. He is her to protect humans from Loki's minion who are set out for destruction. Leif and his elite group of Viking warriors patrol the streets making sure all is well. When Leif is set upon by some pretty dangerous creatures and when Naya, who is hidden sees Leif in trouble she against her better judgment, helps him defeat the creatures. Unbeknown to both Leif and Naya at the time, she begins a bonding between the two that cannot be broken, and in fact, when they are separated is difficult for either to bear. But only Valkyrie and Viking are supposed to bond as mates, right? Well evidently this is not the case with the genetically altered Naya and her immortal Viking Leif. Naya however is in denial of the bond they share because Leif hasn't done his best to explain how things really are, and when she goes off to help here brother against Leif's wishes, all Valhalla breaks loose and alpha male Leif and his angry band of Vikings go all out to bring Leif's mate back safely.
VIKING WARRIOR RISING by Asa Maria Bradley is a quick moving and entertaining story into a new world of Vikings. This author has taken mythology and made it all her own. Leif is foreboding and exudes magnetism while Naya remains in her shell. There were a few instances where I would have liked to smack Naya upside the head, but all's well that ends well. This first in the Viking Warriors Series goes into my list of firsts and it surely will not be my last!
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Move over Highlanders – the Vikings are coming! Romance novelists, and Viking enthusiasts, Asa Maria Bradley, Gina Conkle, and Megan Crane are here to tell us the three characteristics that every good Viking must have!
Asa Maria Bradley (Viking Warrior Rising):
A Viking must be brave enough to venture into new territories, both geographical and emotional ones. He should be strong physically in order to defeat his enemies, but also have a strong and true heart in order to love his själsfrände (soulmate) unconditionally. And he should of course have a big sword and know how to wield it. ;-)
Gina Conkle (Norse Jewel):
A Viking must have fierceness, curiosity for what’s beyond the horizon, and they must value strength and honor in others. My hero, Hakan, would probably say courage, knowing when to use brawn or brains, and loyalty.
Megan Crane (Edge of Obsession):
A good Viking must be brave, fierce, and loyal. My futuristic Vikings are all that and more. Tyr, the hero of Edge of Obsession, is the war chief of the raider clan and the right hand man to the raider king. He shines in battle. He’s not afraid of anything except living without honor. He’s fierce to his core, and happy to prove that in bed. And he lives by the loyalty he wears tattooed on his body: clan first, clan forever.
Find out more about Bradley, Conkle, and Crane’s fierce Vikings in their forthcoming titles!
Title: Viking Warrior Rising
Author: Asa Maria Bradley
Series: Viking Warriors, #1
Pubdate: October 6th, 2015
Immortal Vikings are among us
Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.
Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.
But Naya doesn’t want to be found...and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.
Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Viking and Valkyries in the Viking Warriors series. She came to the U.S. as a high school exchange student and liked it so much she never returned home. Asa holds an MFA in creative writing and an MS in Medical Physics. She lives on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with her British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Visit her at www.AsaMariaBradley.com.
Title: Norse Jewel
Author: Gina Conkle
A stolen woman of rare qualities…
Seized by marauders and taken to the icy northlands by the wolf-eyed Viking warrior, Helena will do whatever it takes to earn her freedom and return to France.
A mighty Viking Chieftain…
Betrayal has turned Hakan's heart to ice, but the spirited Frankish maid warms him in a way he's never known. The spell she weaves leaves them both breathless, but can he keep his promise to return her home even if it means he'll lose his precious jewel forever?
Gina Conkle is a lover of history, books and romance, which makes the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. Good thing her husband and two sons share similar passions, except for romance...that's where she gets the eye roll. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found in southern California delving into the latest adventures of organic gardening and serving as chief taxi driver. Find her at www.ginaconkle.com.
Title: Edge of Obsession
Author: Megan Crane
Tyr, a powerful man in a destroyed world, needs only three things to survive: his weapons, basic resources and a rotation of women to serve his voracious sexual needs. But when a beautiful prisoner grabs his attention during a mission to restock his clan’s supplies, Tyr’s alpha instincts give way to something much darker – strong, unquenchable lust that cannot be ignored… or denied…
After two years on the run, Helena is snared by this dominant group of men who roam the land unchallenged. Strong to her core and with a mission of her own, Helena knows she doesn’t have to be their captive for long. But despite all the terrible things she’s heard about these brutal beasts, Helena is overcome by intense desire for the ruthless man who has taken her. As their scorching passion escalates, Helena will have to trust in Tyr in order to save both what’s left of this desolate, torn-up world… and herself.
USA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written more than fifty books since her debut in 2004. She has been published by a variety of publishers, including each of New York's Big Five. She's won fans with her women's fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents she writes as Caitlin Crews. These days her focus is on contemporary romance from small town to international glamor, cowboys to bikers, and beyond. She sometimes teaches creative writing classes both online at mediabistro.com and at UCLA Extension's prestigious Writers' Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards and their menagerie of ridiculous animals. Find out more about her and her books at http://www.megancrane.com.