History Thursday: A Woman’s Wisdom on How to Conquer

  We’ve all heard, “Behind every great man stands a woman.”  I’d push the adage further. Beside every great man stands a great woman.  Especially when it comes to Vikings. Archaeologists have lately declared Viking women fought alongside Viking men — like this is a thrilling revelation. Many assumed the bones found at historical digs belonged to Viking men. Recent DNA tests corrected this.  Turns out a lot...

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How ‘Dark’ were the Dark Ages for Women?

How ‘Dark’ were the Dark Ages for Women?

The Dark Ages. Those times conjure bad images. Disease. Famine. Poverty. When barbarians trounced Rome, a power vacuum hung over Europe. The vast connection of roads once protected by Roman soldiers gave way to outlaws. By the 6th century, the great empire was reduced to a fraction of its might. But, were the Dark Ages so bad? If you travel north, you’ll find the law of primogeniture (the tradition of oldest male relative — ie eldest...

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Warning! Shocking News Ahead

If you’re a woman… People tend to have preconceived notions of a woman’s place in history. Some true, many not. I challenge you to peel back the layers of time. Take another look at people and places worthy of deeper consideration. I write Viking and Georgian romance. Yet, every time I open a non-fiction book on these eras, I discover fascinating nuggets of history. Here are three to consider:   Thralls (slaves) Throw out everything you...

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How Do They Celebrate Christmas???

They celebrate a curious blend of religious practices mixed with traditional folklore…in Iceland, that is. Nowadays, most Icelanders enjoy a Christmas similar to other modern nations: good food and sharing gifts with friends and family. However, there’s another historic side to Iceland. They celebrate Icelandic Christmas from December 23 and end with “Epiphany” on January 6 with some unique twists.  And, unlike other...

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The Time for Thanks & Enchanted Times Blog Hop is Here!!!

Ready to travel the road of books and history?   Today I’m sharing snippets from my recent newsletter…a little history, a little book news & teasers. But, most of all, I’m thankful for you. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, Reader.  Most of you know I write Viking romance.  When New Year comes, I’ll mix it up, and add historical tidbits from that other era I write, the Georgian romance. But now,...

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Once Upon A Dark Time… Entangled’s Trick or Treat Blog Hop

If Grimm’s Fairy Tales gives you the shivers, try this scary Viking story. (Like to share? Click to tweet)   Once Upon a Dark Time…   There lived a Rus king, wealthy and powerful, a man blessed with daughters of rare beauty, Brynnhild and Bekkhild. All was well, save this: the common folk whispered of a giant watching in the woods, his evil eyes shining from the dark forest. King Hertrygg of the Rus sent warriors to find this...

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