Monday, January 19, 2015

Sky Purington and "Modern Day Meets Viking Period" ~ Read All About Her Newest Novel ~ Viking King (The MacLomain Series; Viking Ancestors, Book 1) & There's a Giveaway

Good Morning Everyone!

Sky Purington is here visiting with us today!!

Modern Day Meets Viking Period
In truth, it’s always a bit challenging to plunk a modern day character down in the distant past. But it’s the challenge itself that keeps me writing time-travel romance. In Megan’s case, I established a character that was not only well-studied in Viking history but had a great love for ship-building and sailing. This way when she travels back in time over eleven hundreds years to ninth century Scandinavia, not only does Megan have a better idea of what she’s viewing but so does the reader.
The daughter of a fisherman, Megan was all but raised on the ocean so isn’t too thrown off by the hearty seafaring Viking men she encounters…for the most part. After all, the majority of them are tall, muscled, fierce warriors.
I thoroughly enjoyed bringing Megan together with Viking King, Naðr Véurr. Strong willed, with a confrontational attitude, she became the perfect counterpart for the king. Where most women are intimidated by him, Megan is the complete opposite. It’s this courage and feisty attitude that attracts Naðr. Not to mention her love for his longships.
As always, when writing time travel I loved crossing cultural, religious and language barriers. In the case of Viking King, a stone with rune staves enables Megan and the Vikings to understand one another. Even so, there are always sayings that don’t translate properly and add an element of humor. As to the cultural differences, they were vast but fun to tackle. Then there was the process of getting to know the Norse gods. Though Megan is well-educated in Norse Mythology, I especially enjoyed looking at things from Naðr Véurr’s perspective. His thoughts and actions often revolve around his gods, Odin, Freyja, Thor, Loki and many more.
Traveling back in time to the Viking period has already been exceptionally interesting and I’m looking forward to exploring more areas of their culture in Viking Claim (Book 2) and Viking Heart (Book 3). I hope you’ll join me and my modern day women on these exciting journeys into the past where the men were mighty warriors and their civilization unforgettable.
Thanks so much for hosting me!

About Viking King:

Determined to take a break from her past, Megan cozies down in her million dollar Winter Harbor Maine home and focuses less on money and more on dreams. Building boats was a childhood desire she’s determined to pursue. With a love for Viking shipwright skills, she constructs a small scale longship. What she doesn’t anticipate is an unexpected call from the past.

Of dragon blood, Viking King, Naðr Véurr Sigdir ‘the bold’ knew that the bargain he struck with the seers would likely lead to an unpredictable outcome. What he didn’t foresee is a beautiful, headstrong woman from the future washing up on his shores.

Caught between twenty-first century America and ninth century Scandinavia, two souls connect. Both determined and willful, their battle soon becomes not one made of the eras separating them but all the unexpected moments that drive them closer together.

Anger. Need. Distrust. Hope. Never-ending desire. All merge, warring and passionate, when a modern day woman and a Viking king surge forward together to conquer not only their enemies but what lies within their hearts.

Book Details:

Viking King
The MacLomain Series
Viking Ancestors, Book 1
Sky Purington

Genre: Time-travel fantasy romance

Date of Publication: January 16, 2015


Number of pages: 240
Word Count: 82,000

Cover Artist: Tamra Westberry

Read the Excerpt:

When a roar came from the ship, a louder roar echoed all around her. Excitement crackled in the air as three men left the boat and started down the dock. Megan narrowed her eyes as they drew closer.
Tall, muscled, all were too damned good looking no matter the century. But only one gave her an acute case of tunnel vision. The one in the middle. A black fur cloak stretched over his broad shoulders. With a black, leather jerkin and long leather encased legs that led down to heavy boots, he had a confident, easy swagger.
A searing burn broke over every inch of her skin and she dug her nails into her palms as he drew closer. Wind-blown, shoulder-length black hair brushed the nape of his strong neck and a light beard did nothing to hide his well-sculpted face. Her body started to tremble when he was only halfway down the dock. Clenching her teeth, Megan breathed deeply through her nose, her need to smell his skin so strong she put her hand on Guardian’s head to ground herself.
When had she ever wanted to smell a man?
Valan pulled Megan aside as several women were allowed to pass. There was never a more torturous moment than watching the young, beautiful women swarm around him. Like any ‘normal’ red-blooded pirate, sailor, or Viking, who had been out to sea for days would do, all three men linked arms with the women so that they each had one on either side. Megan barely comprehended that the low growl she heard was coming from her own throat until Valan looked at her and shook his head.
Megan cleared her throat and continued to stare at the man approaching.
To look away was impossible.
Suddenly, he stopped. When he did the girls on either arm purred and leaned closer. But it didn’t much matter. It almost seemed that he caught a scent on the wind because he leaned his head back slowly, closed his eyes and inhaled.
All went silent.
Megan watched, enthralled by the display. How did one man make so many people go silent in a moment? But somehow she knew deep down inside. A simple man couldn’t.
But a king could.
It almost felt like the shock wave she’d felt eighty feet beneath the Atlantic once more hit her when his eyes turned her way. Megan dug her hands further into Guardian’s pelt as he untangled from his women and approached. His eyes flickered to Valan then back to her before he stopped.
Holy mother of any god listening was he gorgeous.
Skin darkened by the sun, his face was a masterpiece up close. A little over a foot taller than her, his lips curved so well they’d make a woman stare forever. His jaw line was a fraction off from being square and his eyebrows arched slashes. But none of that compared to his eyes.
They were his everything.
A light but bright cobalt blue framed by a bizarre circle of dark blue with flecks of silver, they were so unusual that it almost seemed a mirror was behind them. In fact, one nearly got the impression they were looking back at themselves when they looked into this man’s eyes. Megan was tempted to look away from his unusual gaze but knew she couldn’t…that she never would. He’d captained that Viking longship. Desire pounded through her blood so harshly it took years of dealing with powerful men to keep her body tremble-free and eyes locked. Because there could be no doubt…
He was her Viking king.
“Naðr Véurr,” she whispered.
And she knew she was right.
Of course he wasn’t fazed by his name on a stranger’s lips. He’d likely dealt with it before. And unlike most men, he wasn’t put off by her unnatural eye color in the least. Rather, he seemed to spend an overly long moment holding her gaze, so much so that she had to work at keeping a neutral face. No easy task. One thing was for sure, she’d never had such a strong sexual reaction to a man.
He smelled of sea and storms, of dark nights and even darker pleasures.
Thump. Thump. Thump.
Hell, was her heart going to beat out of her chest?
Megan worked at breathing evenly and never let go of his gaze. For a split second, she thought he sensed her nervousness. And it seemed she might be right. 



About the Author:

Sky Purington is the best-selling author of fourteen novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.

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Sky Purington said...

Thanks so much for featuring me today. :)

S. Purington

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome :)

stacey dempsey said...

Thanks it sounds great and I sure love the mystic of the Vikings. They just seem so strong and brave and adventurous

Betty Woodrum said...

This sounds like a great book! Thank you for the contest!

Bonny McDevitt said...

Thanks for the chance!

Sapphyria said...

Thank you all for stopping by :)

Karla S said...

Sounds great,thanks for the chance!!

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome :)

cyn209 said...

would love to read this book!!!!
thank you for the giveaway!!!