Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Spotlight: Viking Fire & The Garnet Dagger by Andrea R. Cooper; Interview + Excerpt

I'm very happy to welcome Andrea R. Cooper to Rookie Romance today! Check out my interview to find out more about Andrea, and there's an excerpt from her latest book, Viking Fire. Viking Fire is also on sale for $0.99 as a Kindle Daily Deal until February 2nd- grab it whilst you can!

Viking Fire
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: 29 July 2013

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.
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Chapter One Ireland 856 CE 

“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.


Hi Andrea, welcome to Rookie Romance!Thank you for having me here today.

Share 4 fun facts about yourself!
1) When I am not writing, reading, or taking care of my kids, I love playing video games. Dungeon crawler and hack-n-slash are my favorites.

2) I have taken Muay Thai and Karate, and loved them. I plan to take them again when the kiddos are older. If I had the time and money, I would participate in other martial arts like Jeet Kune Do, Aikido, Krav Maga, etc.

3) I am addicted to the genres I write: fantasy, paranormal, and historical romance. And I love to multitask. If the kids are playing outside and I have to clean the kitchen, I will turn on one of my favorite TV shows while I work. Other than that, the TV is either off or playing one of the kids’ programs.

4) My favorite foods are TexMex and chocolate.

What drew you to writing a romance in this particular era?I have always been fascinated with history and Vikings. They discovered America before Christopher Columbus. They were expert sailors and warriors. Viking women had more rights than women of their time—they could ask for a divorce, widows could be landowners, and their men were the most hygienic compared to their European counterparts.

If Viking Fire was made into a movie, who would you cast as Kaireen and Bram?
Well, if I had a time machine, I would cast a younger Travis Fimmel. However, if my time machine was in the shop, it would be Alexander Ludwig as Bram. And Rachel Hurd-Wood as Kaireen.

What’s your favourite way to just relax and unwind, any hobbies?
I have many hobbies, but not time ;) I enjoy reading, video games, Zumba, and since I have two kids under the age of five at home with me, naps. I also enjoy watching TV and movies with fantasy, paranormal, or historical elements. There are many excellent shows out now, I just wish I had more time to enjoy them. I do have a DVR so at least I can skip through the commercials.

Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on at the moment?
I am working on revisions to Son of Dragons – Book Two in The Garnet Dagger fantasy/ paranormal series. I have a YA Paranormal Romance that I am writing as well as a possible sequel to Viking Fire. I have had many readers what to know what happens to Shay, Kaireen’s sister. Shay’s HEA is tickling ideas in my mind.

Thanks for visiting!

The Garnet Dagger
Author: Andrea R. Cooper
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: 25 March 2013

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?
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I’ve known death. For over half a millennia, I escorted many to death at the end of my sword. In the eyes of the dying, I watched it shroud them. Foolishly, I thought many more eras would pass before death came for me. It came so swiftly that I could not run; I could not escape. At a village, dressed in human clothes, I took in everything.

I delayed my return to my people as I watched human jugglers bounce torches and knifes. It was autumn equinox and the festivities would continue well into the night. Children laughed as they chased each other. A trail of leaves from their costumes twirled after them. It was dark when I reached the forest. 

I hiked slower than my normal speed, so as not to startle whatever human called out. My leather boots crunched upon dried, diseased leaves and bark. Horrified, I glanced up. Branches twisted around each other to suffocating. Lifeless limbs cracked in the wind. Flesh of the trees sloughed off in layers, exposing its bones. Gashes hollowed out chunks of warmth. Fragments of leaves clung to finger tips, marking sepulchers of the dying trees. Trees mourned with wails like splitting wood, and I brought my hands over my ears. I must flee before I became infected, they told me. Flee before the stain of this defilement creeps into you, they warned. Trees spoke to my kind, always had. Yet these trees were in such agony of death that I could not breathe. Felt as though my lungs had folded in on themselves, like a moth unable to break loose from its cocoon.

About the Author

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.

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