Date Published: April 2, 2015
Obsession. Treachery. Revenge. Redemption. Certain themes resonate across the centuries.
Selia is a girl on the verge of womanhood, frustrated by the confines of her gender and resentful of the freedom her brother boasts of. Intelligent and resourceful in a time when neither is valued in a female, she longs for an escape from her sheltered existence. Fascinated by the tales of Viking raids told by her maidservant, her hunger for independence is fed through the stories of heathen ferocity she hears at the woman’s knee.
A decision to sneak to the city’s harbor to view the Viking longships leads to an encounter with Alrik Ragnarson, a charismatic Viking warlord whose outward beauty masks a dark and tortured mind. With the knowledge that her father is about to announce her betrothal to a man she doesn’t love, Selia marries Alrik and within a day is on the longship bound for Norway and a new life.
While Selia’s relationship with her new husband grows, her friendship with his brother Ulfrik grows as well. And as Alrik’s character flaws come to light and tension mounts between the two brothers, Selia begins to have misgivings about her hasty marriage . . . especially when a secret from the past is revealed, one that threatens to destroy them all.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Absolutely! What could be better than doing what you love on a daily basis AND making a living at it?
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Carving out time to actually do it. My life is very busy, with a full time job and a family involved in numerous sports and activities. I’ve found the best and most consistent time for me to write is from . I’m so productive when the house is quiet!
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My good friend Diana. She was my supervisor at a previous job years ago, and we stayed close after she retired. No matter how crazy my life became, she knew how important writing was to me and always encouraged me to keep at it. That meant so much to me at the time and it still does.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
Book two of the Sons of Odin series, A Flame Put Out, is due for release this summer. I’m currently working on book three, Oath Breaker, and hope to have it ready for release before the end of the year.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
Yes of course! My kindle goes with me everywhere. Right now I’m reading The Girl of Tokens and Tears by Susan Ward.
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ODIN’S SHADOW: A feisty Irish lass falls for a Viking warlord in this saga of passion and revenge. Will love lead to redemption or disaster?
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3?
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate and plenty of it!
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
#4 – Comedy or Drama?
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
Fantasy. I have enough reality in my life, thank you very much!
#7 – Call or Text?
#8 – Public School or
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
Coffee, strong and black
#10 – eBook or Paperback?
This one is hard because the kindle is so convenient! But I love the feel of a “real” book in my hands. So I’ll choose paperback.
Erin S. Riley has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in clinical counseling. She is also a board certified lactation consultant and has had extensive training in maternal-child health. Since Erin was a child, she has been fascinated with human nature and what motivates behavior. She enjoys writing stories that reflect real life: Erin's books feature complicated, imperfect characters who love deeply, make reckless decisions, and try again until they get it right.
A lifelong lover of books, Erin taught herself to read at the age of four and hasn’t been without a book since. She is an equal-opportunity reader of fiction and non-fiction, and her shelves are filled with books on psychology, archaeology, anthropology, and general history. The social history of women and their place in society across the ages is a favorite reading topic of Erin’s.
Erin is drawn to any creative pursuit, from making hand-stitched quilts to producing mini-movies for family and friends from home videos. But writing has always been her passion. When Erin isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her two wonderful children, reading anything she can get her hands on, watching football, and renovating her house with her husband of 17 years who just happens to look like a Viking!
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