Medieval Monday ~ Viking Fire

Medieval Monday – VIKING FIRE by Andrea R. Cooper ~

Historical romance with a touch of magic! 

 roses2In 856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.

Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?

Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?

With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.

Excerpt: 

“I renounce Father for this.” Kaireen threw the elderberry gown.

“Shame on you and your children for speaking such.” Her handmaid, Elva, gathered the damask and then dusted off the rushes. “It’s a wonder one of the clim has not scolded you from your hearth for such talk.”

“No, curse Father for a fool.” She plopped on her bed and a goose feather floated away. With a huff, she leaned against the oak headboard. Red curtains puffed like a robin’s chest around oak poles supporting her wooden canopy.

Her bare feet brushed against the stone floor.

“You know your da arranged a marriage within a season.” Elva smirked.

Kaireen shook her head. “To another land holder,” and waved a hand in disgust, “not t-this heathen. Twice they raided our land in the last month alone. Now father wants me as wife to one of them?” She clenched her fists. “No, I will not marry this Viking.”

Elva smiled, reminding Kaireen of the rumors of her handmaid’s uncanny foresight.

Whispers of Elva making strange things happen and often blamed as the cause of

Kaireen’s stubborn refusal to behave as a laird’s daughter should.

“You’ve not seen him yet.” Elva wiggled her brows.

“So?” Kaireen shrugged. “I would like to never see him.”

“Well then, would you not like to know if you have a handsome husband or not?” She waited for her response, but Kaireen scowled. Elva chuckled. “I would rather get a good look at him now than the morning after.”

Kaireen’s ears heated. “I am not marrying.” She shook her head for emphasis. “So there will be no morning, nor night, nor wedding.”

“If he is handsome, I may fight you for him.” Elva smiled, deepening the wrinkles around her eyes.

“Welcome to him either way.” Kaireen laughed.

Viking Fire Book Trailer:

Viking Fire Amazon: http://goo.gl/71VAsf

Viking Fire B & N: http://goo.gl/EvBxwf

Viking Fire iTunes: http://goo.gl/fQuKBd


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11 comments


  1. Dianne

    This sounds interesting. I’d love to hear more about the author and the time period that she covers. I have had the opportunity to see one of the round towers built by an abbey to prevent Viking raiders from harming the people there. I had never thought of the Vikings intermarrying (though it makes a lot of sense). I’ll have to check this one out!

  2. Mary,

    Thank you for hosting me today!

  3. Dianne,

    I’m envious 😉 I would love to visit the abbey’s round towers built to keep out the Vikings.
    I got the idea for Viking Fire reading that many historians say the name Lauchlin is Gallic for Viking. And since my grandmother’s maiden name was McLauchlin, I had to write this story. Now I’m working on Book 2 which will feature Shay, the sister of VF’s heroine, and her love interest.

    Thank you for your comment.
    Let me know if you have any questions.

  4. Dawn Morse

    wow, another vikings books to look into!… Great interview.

  5. Cutieb

    That looks good! And a new author to check out!

  6. Barb R

    Don’t know how I missed this one but it definitely is on my TBR list now. I love viking history mixed along with Ireland’s history as well since my mom’s family originated there – really hoping I can visit there ‘some day’ . . . .

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