Today, I thought it would be fun to share how the Daughters of Valhalla series began. It feels like such a whirlwind to me — from thinking up the idea to writing to publishing the first book, Song of the Shieldmaiden! Are you ready for a quick storytime? I was actually working on an entirelyContinue reading “The Origins of the “Daughters of Valhalla” Series”
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Viking Völvas: Who Were These Magical Women?
As a write Whispers of a Sorceress, the second book in my Daughters of Valhalla series, I’ve been learning a lot about Viking* völvas. In the books, the character Haldis has been trained as a völva, or Viking seer. Born blind in one eye, which is all-white, and with a reddish-purple rash running down oneContinue reading “Viking Völvas: Who Were These Magical Women?”
The Kickstarter is Live!
It’s official – my very first Kickstarter is live! This is the place to pre-order Whispers of a Sorceress and the first physical editions of both books in the Daughters of Valhalla series so far. Plus, there’s some Viking swag included in the tiers! A few fun things to note about the campaign: Free Sticker!Continue reading “The Kickstarter is Live!”
Physical Editions Coming to Kickstarter!
Today I have exciting news for you all — I will be releasing the very first physical editions of my books through Kickstarter! If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a platform where you can essentially pre-order things from creators. Campaigns are broken into tiers, so you choose which tier has the items you wantContinue reading “Physical Editions Coming to Kickstarter!”
Book 2 Cover Reveal!
It’s time for some Daughters of Valhalla news, and today I actually have not one but TWO cover reveals for you! The first is a physical edition cover for Song of the Shieldmaiden, the first book in the Daughters of Valhalla series. Don’t get me wrong – I still love the original ebook cover, butContinue reading “Book 2 Cover Reveal!”
How Did Vikings Give Birth?
Some of you may know that I recently wrote a short story called “Daughter of Ravens,” which is all about the birth of my character Haldis. If you’re interested, you can read it today via my newsletter! As research for the story, I looked up everything I could find about how Vikings gave birth. NotContinue reading “How Did Vikings Give Birth?”
Release Day for Song of the Shieldmaiden!
Release day is finally here! I am thrilled to announce my first book, Song of the Shieldmaiden, is now published. 🎉 You can pick up a digital copy at your favorite retailer and start reading today. And if you already pre-ordered the book, it should be on your device or available for download now. ForContinue reading “Release Day for Song of the Shieldmaiden!”
My Color-Coding System for Book Edits
The past few weeks, I have been heads-down on edits for my novel Song of the Shieldmaiden. It comes out in just a few short weeks! At first, I’ll admit the process of editing an entire novel was a little overwhelming. But now I have a simple color-coding system to track my progress as IContinue reading “My Color-Coding System for Book Edits”
Song of the Shieldmaiden: Book Trailer! 🎉
A couple of weeks ago, I created a short book trailer for Song of the Shieldmaiden. It was a great way to spend an afternoon. Is the trailer a little cheesy? Yes. But that’s the way of book trailers, and I had so much fun putting it together. So if you’re not sure what SongContinue reading “Song of the Shieldmaiden: Book Trailer! 🎉”
Writing Update: April 2022
Happy spring, everyone! With April coming to a close, I thought I’d share an update on my writing… Book Edits April was a quiet month for me, writing-wise — or at least it was supposed to be. I planned to take a break from my book so I could come back to the final editsContinue reading “Writing Update: April 2022”