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Everywhere I turn there’s a new movie, television series, video game, heavy metal bands, even costume-partygoers celebrating this ancient culture that hailed from the icy regions of Northern Europe.

Why are modern men and women of the twenty-first century so enchanted by Vikings? Perhaps it is a yearning to return to what we believe to be a simpler life, one that was in touch with nature and the elements of raw survival. Or it’s the fascination of muscled and bearded men who were too wild to be tamed. Or the glory of a warlike society, where valor, honor, and bravery were highly regarded. Possibly, it’s their reputation for brutality and slaughter and the fear they engendered on their raids. Although to be fair, the Romans, Assyrians, Mongols, Iroquois, British and all other human groups were no less brutal. Or it could be the love affair we have with their gods and goddesses and the stories they told that have been passed down to us. Their antics, their cavorting, their origin stories, and their views concerning fate and the afterlife and the finality of Ragnarok.

The Norsemen did not call themselves Vikings, and a lot of the stories have become romanticized as time went by. They get made and remade into operas, movies, novels, symphonies, plays, and video games, and the characters are invented and changed. Even a Norseman’s appearance has been creatively embellished. For example, they didn’t wear horned helmets as they were commonly depicted, and we don’t truly know how they wore their hair and beards, or whether they were as heavily tattooed as movies and popular culture now depict them. From Wagner to Marvel, everyone has their own appropriation of Norse culture, mythology, legends, and stories.

For me, I like the Norse mythology–from the world tree to the serpent surrounding the world, and stories of the various gods, goddesses, giants, dwarves, and other creatures in their pantheon. The stories and myths vary with the teller, and indeed the gods take on shapes of birds, totem animals, or even other gods as they scheme and plot for either power or entertainment. The Norse were also fatalistic, believing in norns who have woven the strands of their lives before they were born. The fatalism extended to Ragnarok, the end of the world or at least the end of most of their prominent gods. No one could stop what was foretold. It happened exactly as predicted. It was a horrible ending, and yet, some minor characters survived, but nothing is recorded or survived to our day. What happened after Ragnarok will always remain a mystery or even better, we’re free to invent our own endings or new beginnings.

I did just that with Red Hexed: Ruby where a modern-day woman in San Francisco comes face to face with a Viking in search of a berserker sword. She’s drawn into his quest to stop Ragnarok when he asks her to impersonate Hella, the goddess of death. Along the way, they get tangled up with Odin, Loki, Freya, Hella, and Surt while a shapeshifting horsefly turned cockatoo leads or misleads them while inadvertently playing matchmaker. [Check it out for 99c release week special].

Recovering from Surgery

For those who spent a great deal of time on your computer, especially typing for hours, then you probably know the pain of carpal tunnel. Two years ago, I had my left hand fixed, and I’m glad that I did. About two months ago, I decided it was time to get my right hand done as it was numb most of the day and ached at night, even with a brace on.

So for those two months, I wrote hard. I finished four books so that I was ahead of the game, and could take the time off to recover. On November 4th, I had surgery on my right hand, and three hours after I left my house, I was home to recover.

I’m not a very patient person, so making myself not do much for a couple of weeks has been hard, but the stitches come out on Tuesday, and my hand is doing pretty good. I make sure not to overdo it, and only work for short periods of time. This blog is the longest thing I have written since my surgery.

Another week or so, and I should be able to type for a period of time without to much pain, and hopefully get back to work soon!

Before I went into my recovery break, I made sure to finish up these projects!

Angelina (Blue Blood Returns Series, Book 4)

Steamy Paranormal Romance with a gritty and suspenseful plot. Released November 11th

This series is a spin-off from the My Blood Runs Blue Series

Mission: Courage (Rise Again Warrior Series, Book 4)

The fourth book in the Award Winning Series, Rise Again Warrior, releases on November 30th!

Mission: Courage

After years in the Army, Gianna Roberts is detached and unsure of herself and her future. When a chain reaction occurs, she finds herself falling into the deep, dark, den of demons called alcohol.

With Gianna physically self-destructing with her abusive addiction, she’s unable to care for herself and her son. The day that Nate Hardy takes a stool beside her at the bar, is the day her life might change.

Nate is not a stranger to addiction and has been battling with it himself for five years. His job is to find servicemen and women and bring them back to Rise Again Warrior for help.

Behind the wire, a fragile relationship will grow. Nate will help Gianna find the courage to face sobriety, but will it be at the cost of his own?

Join us for another emotional, intense, heartbreaking, and realistic story of hope, despair, addiction, and PTSD inside the wire of the Rise Again Warrior Complex.

https://stacyeaton.com/rise-again-warrior-series/

Unexpected Ties (The Unexpected Series, Book 6)

Unexpected Ties releases on January 14th

What happens when the woman you desire asks for your trust?

Jake Taite, the owner of Safety Zone Security, is brash and quick to lose his cool. When he finds out his father is dying, Jake needs to figure out a way to let his father know he’ll be fine after he’s gone.

Alice is far from the girl next door and is never afraid to voice her opinion, especially when it comes to her boss. If only he could trust her enough to let her in.

While on a trip to Las Vegas, Jake has an idea, but can Alice handle the unexpected ties thrust on her? Will Jake be able to deal with the ties she wants to put on him?

Cara (Loving a Winston Series, Book 1)

The first book in the new Loving a Winson Series is written and going through edits! The release date is March 11th on Amazon!

Who Loves Enemies-to-Lovers Romance–and Why?

 In the world of new adult & college romance, the enemies-to-lovers trope reigns supreme.

Fact: 12% of the top 100 New Adult/College Romances are Enemies-to-Lovers💜

Friends-to-Lovers only make up 2% of the top 100!

Something to Think About

💜 But WHY the enemies-to-lovers trope?

I love a good angst filled enemies-to-lovers story. The thing is though, it’s very tricky to strike that balance for the enemy to be hateable and likeable at the same time. Sometimes as a reader, I take sides if the war is too intense.

On the other hand, the worst thing is one of those stories where the hate-reason is pathetically petty and you just want to roll your eyes.

Needless to say, this is one trope that is wicked hard to write! But I do anyway and give it my best shot.

When done right, all the angst oozes off the page and the fiery back-and-forth fuels a hot-hot story.

My favorite thing: That first breach of physical restraint, the first kiss

Why are you a fan of enemies-to-lovers romance?
What’s your favorite Enemies-to-Lovers romance novel?

There are a lot of great examples out there, but if you’re looking for something new…

Notorious Man on Campus – an Enemies-to-Lovers College Football Romance

Just released TODAY and it’s on sale for $0.99 until Thursday or FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Here’s the blurb:

Brick

To say I don’t trust women is impossible. I would never use the word trust and women in the same sentence.

In the universe of un-trustworthy women, there’s Nyla, the she-devil, the girl who broke my brother’s heart, the one who caused him to drop out of college to work at the family business in nowhere Pennsylvania. She holds a specially vile place in the black hole that would be my heart.

And f*ck if she isn’t the girl I’m looking at right now in the kitchen at BMOC House where I live, where I rule. Nyla Rhoades stands at the sink, washing pots and pans more temptingly forbidding than ever.

Some unholy deity could not have dialed up a more heinous torture, a more poisonous punishment than to force me to spend my senior year living under the same roof as that girl.
But Majik hired her and there’s no going against Majik’s decree that she needs Nyla’s help to cook and clean at BMOC House.

Welcome to my senior year. Turning from the best time of my life as star QB on campus on my way to the NFL, to a living purgatory where I’m reminded daily of the one most absolutely f*cked up mistake I’ve ever made.
My dreams of a pro football career could come crashing down. Worse, I could lose whatever shreds of a family I still have.
Unless I deal with her… my personal Eve from the garden of hell with with her tempting apple.

Notorious Man on Campus is a sizzling stand-alone enemies to lovers romance in the world of Big Men on Campus at St. Paul University. If you love stories where the giant immovable oak in the form of a grumpy smokin’ hot football god is felled by an s sunshiny spitfire in a battle of wills and forbidden attraction, then you’ll love this one! (Warning: language and sex for a mature audience)

Available at AMAZON

S is for Strike!

Hi, friends!

I hope this post finds you and yours well and safe. This has been a challenging year for all of us, for some more than for others. Personally, I often felt like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel—and that the tunnel is underwater. But despite everything else, I kept my conviction that hard work pays off, and I dove into my work, giving it everything that I had.

This is how Silent Strike came to life, and I am thrilled to announce that today is Launch Day for my next Irish Garda Squad novel, which several early reviewers say is the best of the series so far.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Gripping and page-turningly fantastic from the very beginning. Silent Strike is not to be missed!” — IND’TALE MAGAZINE

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Colt Strikes Gold Once More” — Goodreads

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Lots of mystery with some romance and unexpected emotion to keep you on a roller coaster of a ride.” — Goodreads

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I enjoyed a REAL mystery, one that I had to look at all the suspects and figure out whodunit” — Goodreads

So what’s this book about? Well, I’m happy that you ask! 🙂

Detectives Aidan Connor and Jenna Darcy never had compassion for vigilantes—until now.

A politician’s murder is always big news, but Detective Aidan Connor isn’t sure if landing the high-profile case is a blessing or a curse. The late senator was not as well-liked as everyone claims. As the investigation advances, the problem isn’t that Aidan has no suspects—he has too many.

Pressured to close the case quickly, Aidan partners with Detective Jenna Darcy, the finest cybercrime expert from the Irish Garda. As they dig into the politician’s life, the secrets they uncover go from dirty to shockingly disturbing. Aidan and Jenna start to wonder if the killer is the true villain…

Don’t worry if you haven’t read any of the other books in the series. Each story in the Irish Garda Squad series is a stand-alone, so you don’t have to worry about previous backstories or cliffhangers.

If you’re still on the fence, I need to mention that Silent Strike is launched at the special price of 99 cents, which is a very limited time deal.

You can buy it as e-book or paperback from:

Amazon   *   Kobo   *   Nook  *   iBooks  *  Google Play

So go grab your copy, then after you finish reading, shoot me an email and let me know what you thought of it!

Until next time, Mr. Colt and I wish you a Happy September!

 

Fondly,

Melinda