Guest Blog & Giveaway: Asa Maria Bradley, Gina Conkle, and Megan Crane on Favorite Pop Culture Vikings & win Viking Warrior Rising

November 5, 2015 Giveaways, Guests 13

A big welcome to Asa Maria Bradley, Gina Conkle, and Megan Crane who are here to telling us about about their favorite pop culture Vikings.  Want to win a copy of Viking Warrior Rising? Enter via the widget below.

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Favorite Pop Culture Vikings

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Asa Maria Bradley, Gina Conkle, and Megan Crane

Asa Maria Bradley (Viking Warrior Rising):
Erik Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. When we meet him in the novels, he’s a Vampire, but a very ancient one who was turned way back when he was a Viking. I love how multi-dimensional Erik is. He can be self-serving and ruthless, but also have an inherit idea of right or wrong. Even if the difference between those two sometimes only makes sense to him. Another reason why he’s my favorite Viking is because he’s portrayed by Alexander Skarsgård in the TV adaptation of the books, the HBO show True Blood. The Skarsgård family is filled with talented actors. Alexander’s father Stellan is super famous in Sweden and here in the States we know him from movies like Good Will Hunting and the Thor and Avengers movies. Alexander’s brothers Gustaf, Bill, and Valter are also actors. The Skarsgårds are like the Baldwins of Sweden.

Gina Conkle (Norse Jewel):
I love Lagertha (portrayed by Katheryn Winnick) on History Channel’s Vikings. Finally we have a strong, beautiful woman with a brain and a heart. She is equal parts loving wife and mother, wise leader, and passionate woman. The Sagas describe Lagertha as smaller in stature, yet running fiercely into battle, long blonde hair flowing behind her. Michael Hirst, Vikings creator, gave us the great female lead we’ve wanted for a long time.

Megan Crane (Edge of Obsession):
100% Ragnar Lothbrok from the History Channel’s “Vikings.”

Here’s why:

Let’s just say the beauty of Travis Fimmel playing this character was (and is) a great source of inspiration for me. He’s the inspiration for Wulf, the king of my raider clan, who makes his first appearance (and quite a first impression) in Edge of Obsession.

Find out more about Bradley, Conkle, and Crane’s fierce Vikings in their forthcoming titles!

Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior RisingImmortal 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.

Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle

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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.

Edge of Obsession by Megan Crane

Edge of ObsessionTyr, 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.

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1 copy of VIKING WARRIOR RISING

 Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley

  

Available on October 6, 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Description:

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.

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13 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Asa Maria Bradley, Gina Conkle, and Megan Crane on Favorite Pop Culture Vikings & win Viking Warrior Rising”

  1. erinf1

    this looks awesome! I haven’t watched the show but the guys from the Vikings show are very easy on the eyes 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  2. Janie McGaugh

    The closest I can come to a favorite Viking is one of their gods Thor!

  3. Elizabeth H.

    I don’t watch that modern Viking show but I do love the idea of Viking Warriors! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  4. Asa Maria Bradley

    Thank you so much for having us on the blog! I hope you like Leif and Naya’s story. If you like Vikings, you should also check out Gina’s Conkle’s Norse Jewel. So, so, good! And I can’t wait for Megan’s Tyr and Wulf. Knowing who inspired Wulf, I’m especially eager to meet him. 😉

  5. Meredith Miller

    The only one I can think of is Eric from True Blood. I can’t think of any others I’ve read about, and I don’t watch many tv shows with Vikings.

  6. Patty K

    Omg, I can’t pick just one. I love them all, but I have to say,LaGertha is special because she’s female and a kick ass one at that!