Why Do We Love Vikings? Part 2

50 Shades of Democracy…Or Were the Dark Ages Really That Dark?       When you hear about Vikings, terms like “rule followers” or “law abiding citizens” don’t jump to mind, right?  You’re more apt to picture a raider’s rampage with shield and ax. Okay, that’s so that’s not far off in many instances. But, you might also be interested in how democratic those Norse could...

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Why Do We Love Vikings? Part 1

Vikings…Or Putting Your Best Foot Forward     I stand firmly in the “love” camp, but could never say why. My first book, Norse Jewel, poured out of my head ten years ago, and I kept going back to that one story. Why? How could I stay passionate about an unpopular era? My Viking manuscript met with editor and agent brick walls with phrases like: “Too true to the times.” “Vikings?  Ugh! Stop there.” “Our readers expect...

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