Friday Feature: Violetta Rand

  Desire’s Fury by Violetta Rand Torn between blood feud and desire… After his younger brother returns from Northumbria with a Saxon bride, Roald Blood Axe refuses to welcome her into the family. His brother has married an enemy, which goes against everything Roald believes in. But when his sister-in-law collapses from a mysterious illness, Roald does what any man of honor should, he searches for the most gifted healer. Torn...

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How to Eat Like a Viking: It’s in the Cheese by Gina Conkle

How to Eat Like a Viking: It’s in the Cheese by Gina Conkle

  The Cheese Alternative In one part of Spain, there’s a tradition that tells of Viking raiders who came to conquer but got stuck on an island in the middle of a river because local fighters defeated them. Lore has it those Vikings traded in their war hammers to become cheese farmers, and to this day that region is known for its hard cheeses. Vikings are ever resourceful! Dairy products were the midsummer answer to food shortages....

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How to Eat Like a Viking: The Tale of Bone Broth by Gina Conkle

How to Eat Like a Viking: The Tale of Bone Broth by Gina Conkle

  My Viking food journey has begun. Today’s adventure was the age old cooking process of broth making. Most of grab a few cans of broth around the holidays and don’t think twice about what it takes to make this food staple. I’ve made bone broth before, and homemade beats canned (or cartoned) broth by a mile in any taste test. The more I dig into this project, reading and writing Viking stories, immersing myself in their...

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How to Eat Like a Viking: 3 Things You Must Know First by Gina Conkle

How to Eat Like a Viking: 3 Things You Must Know First by Gina Conkle

  How to Eat Like a Viking: 3 Things You Must Know First* After a trip to Sweden in 1999, Vikings have fascinated me. The first romance novel I wrote was Norse Jewel, a Viking romance. But, the Norse hammers in my head needed balance. So, I wrote Georgian romance set squarely in mid-1700s. Lately, the scales tipped back to hot Viking tales again. That’s what brought me to one of my favorite research finds, An Early Meal. The Sagas...

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Take The Quiz: Who Would You Be If You Fell Back In Time?*

This one’s for the history buffs who picture themselves in other times and places. Imagine yourself on Iceland. History is being made and you play a role in it. Who would you be? Read the four profiles and pick which woman you most identify with. The answers to these real Viking women can be found below.    Four Profiles   A)     You’re a quiet, deep thinker. There’s a quality of stillness about you that...

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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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