Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is happy to welcome author Gina Conkle and feature her latest release, Kept By the Viking, from Harlequin’s Carina Press.
We asked Gina our usual barrage of questions and she graciously answered!
Q1: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?
Kept by the Viking is a hidden identity romance between an “uptown” Paris woman pretending to be a thrall and a bad boy Viking warrior.
Q2: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
I remember very clearly sitting in school in 5th grade and it hit me. I’m going to write books.
Q3: Is it part of a series and what’s come before, scheduled for after?
Kept by the Viking is Forgotten Sons series, book 1. There are 9 books in all, but the publisher bought the first 3. Her Viking Warrior, featuring Bjorn and Ilsa, is book 2 (coming in December) and The Viking’s Oath with Erik and Katla is book 3 (spring, 2019). The series premise: The Forgotten Sons fight for fame and land, finding love as they establish Normandy, all while each man battles the long shadow of his father.
Speed Round (just to get to know you better):
Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee with lots of half and half, then sprinkled with cinnamon
Music preference? ‘70s or moody, evocative music like Loreena McKennit
Favorite movie? Gladiator
Favorite author? Josie Litton or Eloisa James (Kresley Cole’s GameMaker series made me love her contemporaries). It’s SO hard to pick one!
About the Book
A Formidable Viking and One Mysterious Woman
Rurik is loyal only to his men, the Forgotten Sons, until Normandy’s chieftain offers land to the low born warrior. But, the sultry Parisian thrall he finds in his bed intrigues him more.
Safira needs Rurik’s help to secure safe passage home. Full of secrets, she’s a challenge—one he’s determined to conquer, but their arrival in foreign lands marks a new chapter. An old enemy surfaces and impossible decisions must be made.
With alliances fraying, past promises aren’t enough to save Rurik from betraying those he’s sworn loyalty to—including Safira.
The Brotherhood will be tested… So will true love
Series: Forgotten Sons (Book 1)
Read an Excerpt
A rooster crowed in the distance. Time passed thick and quiet, marked by the tension melting from her slender legs resting between his. He couldn’t fully see the woman’s eyes, but he could feel them, searching him, wondering. Yielding. He savored moments like these: the dip of a woman’s loins beneath him, a naked knee touching his inner thigh, bed furs tussled and warm from her body, hair spread out for his touch… Sensual tenderness was a Freyja-blessed gift in his harsh life. He was quick to steal softness when he could.
The thrall gave the slightest nod.
“That’s better.” He sheathed his knife. “Now that we’re comfortable.”
“We need to discuss my reward, Viking. For the information.”
“A kiss and a coin. Worthy payment for a thrall.”
“I think not.”
Such haughtiness delivered with an ear-teasing accent. Who is this woman? He pushed back the curtain with his free hand. Fire flickered from a hanging soapstone lamp, slanting light across a cloud of ebon hair and amber eyes. The thrall from last night. She’d stood at the end of Sothram’s feast hall, her furtive stare tracing him from a gloomy corner.
“This isn’t a negotiation, sweeting.”
“It is if you want to save your life and the lives of your men.”
He wasn’t quaking in his boots, but a mere woman could bear helpful tidings.
“Your courage is noteworthy, but you should know when a man has the upper hand.”
He let go of the curtain and began to root through the pelts. He was taking no chances.
She swatted his shoulders. “We don’t have time for this, Viking.”
“I have to make sure you’re unarmed.”
As with all of Gina Conkle’s Viking romances, I was caught up in the story from the very start.
Filled with action, lusty romance, and adventure, Kept By the Viking, will keep you turning the pages well into the evening. Or even well into the night.
I love the hard-edged front that Safira put up for her own protection. As well, Rurik is all man…a warrior…with a hidden heart of gold. Both characters were easy to empathize with, as well as understand.
You’ll want to add this book to your collection. Then, once you’re hooked on Viking romances, you should really check out all of Gina’s books!
About the Author
Gina Conkle writes lush Viking romance and sensual Georgian romance. Her historical romances always offer a fresh, addictive spin on the genre, with the witty banter and sexual tension that readers crave.
From commoners to lords and inventors to artists, Georgian romance gets a sensational twist in her Midnight Meetings series novels: Meet the Earl at Midnight, The Lady Meets Her Match, and The Lord Meets His Lady. In her Norse Series, featuring hot Vikings, you’ll find evocative tales, rich in history, brimming with adventurous women and exciting alpha male heroes (take a look at Norse Jewel and To Find a Viking Treasure).
Gina’s writing career began in southern California and despite all that sunshine, she prefers books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now Gina lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian and their two sons, where she occasionally gardens and cooks.
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Gina and her wonderful new book today. Please come back on Friday for another special guest and then all next week when I host three Goddess Fish tours with authors, books, and giveaways!