Monday, September 12, 2016

SPOTLIGHT - Morganie Le Fay and the Viking by Kimbra Kasch

Morgaine Le Fay and the Viking
The Viking Series, #1
by Kimbra Kasch
Date of Publication:  August 26th 2016
Publisher: Crimson Frost
Cover Artist: Gin Kiser
Genre: Young Adult Romance

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Travel across oceans, continents and countries to discover the story of legendary Viking hero, Holger Danske, and his magical romance with King Arthur’s half-sister in Morgaine Le Fay and the Viking.

This is the story of two warriors who never thought they’d find love, especially on the battlefield, yet standing poised against each other Morgaine and Holger face an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin

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THREE reasons to read a Viking Romance:
   1)    Ragnar;
   2)    Lagertha; and,
   3)    Rollo
But seriously, during the dark ages, the Vikings were more than merely heathen marauders. In truth, they were brave explorers. Men and women who took the original Captain’s Oath, vowing to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man (or woman) had gone before.
They were not the pillagers that the British portrayed them to be but people searching for new lands and new civilizations and along the way, they faced gripping family sagas that questioned more than their strength, agility and patience. These journeys brought into question alliances and loyal friendships, while testing their faith. And, there was nothing more important than family relationships. If a Viking couldn’t count on his family to help him survive, he perished.
But it wasn’t only the men, these warriors were women as well as men, who stood side by side on the battlefield. Perhaps that is the reason and the truth behind the tales of the Valkyrie and Valhalla, which still haunt the stories of the Vikings.
MORGAINE LE FAY AND THE VIKING is one such tale of the extraordinary lives and epic adventures of two people: Holger Danske and Morgaine LeFey.
And Holger Danske was not the first Danish Prince to appear on the printed page or to share a well-known castle as his home. Hamlet’s story is set in the same structure that stands on the sound between Denmark and Sweden. Holger’s home is in Kronborg Castle, known to most English speaking people as Hamlet’s Castle.

It was there, inside this Castle that I first was introduced to Holger Danske and the legends surrounding his iconic life. He was a warrior, a Prince destined to become King of all the Norse lands during the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table.

I found it odd that everyone had heard of King Arthur and his magical sword, Excalibur, which he received from the Lade of the Lake (a Norse Goddess) who had also given such a sword to Holger Danske. Holger’s sword was named “Cortana”, and was made from the same metal and magic as Excalibur. Yet no one I talked to outside of Denmark had ever heard of Holger or his sword.

And, even more interesting was the fact that Holger and the Vikings invaded England, yet somehow, even as enemies, Holger and King Arthur’s half-sister, Morgaine LeFey, were able to share a forbidden love.

Theirs was a romance that threatened two kingdoms.

MORGAINE LE FAY AND THE VIKING is the secret Denmark never shares...until now. Morgaine and Holger faced an attraction more powerful than any sword, stronger than any warrior and more magical than all the powers of Merlin.

Author Info
Kimbra Kasch is a romance writer who grew up in a family with 9 kids and only 1 t.v. So instead of fighting with her brothers and sisters about which shows to watch, she’d spend her days reading and, later, writing, which explains why she love books so much.

Kimbra’s favorite romance novels are The Hunger Games, the Divergent Series and, yes, even the Twilight books. She loves something with a hint of danger and/or paranormal.
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INTERVIEW WITH KIMBRA KASCH
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Writing is a lot like knitting or crocheting. I sit down to weave “real” legends together with thick strands of romance. I’m always hoping to create something entirely warm and cozy….

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
I head up to my bedroom, which is set at the top of the house – an old Victorian built in 1890.
The house is framed in by ancient trees with windows all around. The setting is almost like being in a tree-house. Sitting up in my chibrary (a library hidden behind a chimney) is the perfect place for inspiration to take hold and whisk  me away into a tale of mystery, magic and perhaps even a little mayhem ;D

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
I have never been a plotter…not in life and not in my writing. I play things out by the seat of my pants, whether that means going whitewater rafting over a waterfall or telling a story about legendary lovers like Holger Danske and Morgaine Le Fay…with the backdrop of King Arthuresque knights, Vikings and pirates…
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Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I love Morgaine Le Fay. Some say she was a sorceress more powerful than Merlin. Others said she was so magical she must have been blessed with fey blood. Still others called her a witch. I think she was a woman who knew what she wanted and found a way to get it. I respect her strength, resourcefulness and devotion to the men she loved.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Doesn’t every writer…no every person… have dreams we’d like to see come to fruition? Of course with writers, we want to see the “perfect” combination of good and evil, love and hate, adventure and peace come out on the page.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
Oh yes…lots of things overpower me: my appetite, my desire, my goals. Sometimes, well, more like a lot of times, I have that extra piece of cake … then I have to run…literally. I’ve even run a marathon to make up for all those pieces of cake ;D  Temptation comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors ;D Did I say I LOVE to bake?

Plus, I’ve gone cliff jumping, with my family. Now I’m just beginning to climb walls. . . of rock. I wouldn’t say I’m a thrill seeker…but I do search for adventure in everything I do…and that includes writing.
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