This morning marks a special day in the life of God’s Hammer, the first book in Hakon’s Saga. It’s been 12 years since it was first published. It has had two separate publishers and I’ve also self-published the book for a while. But today, under the stewardship of my publisher Creativia, God’s Hammer has reached the #1 spot (or bestseller status) on Amazon.com in Historical Fiction. For everyone who has purchased God’s Hammer, ranked it, left a review or simply mentioned it to a friend, THANK YOU! This is a special day.
War King is here! Win a Free copy!
I could not be more excited to share with you that my third Viking historical fiction novel, War King, has released today. Like the others, War King tells the story of Hakon Haraldsson and his trials as king of Viking Age Norway. Read more about the novel, and where to get it, here.
Why Hakon the Good?
A number of people have asked me over the years why I chose Hakon Haraldsson (or “Hakon the Good” as the sagas call him) as the protagonist in the GOD’S HAMMER series (yes – it’ll be a series. I promise). While we don’t know all of the facts of Hakon’s life, we do know that even if marginally true, Hakon’s story takes many of the norms of Viking literature and turns them on their head. In many ways, Hakon is the anti-Viking, yet a memorable hero nonetheless. And that’s precisely what drew me to him.
5 Step Recipe to Creating Believable Historical Dialogue
How does a writer create believable characters if the characters lived decades ago, centuries ago, or even, millennia ago? One of the methods is through their speech, which manifests itself in dialogue. Here is my five-step recipe for creating believable historical dialogue. Hopefully, it can be useful to you too…
The Saga of Olaf Tryggvason Begins
In my latest novel, I have the pleasure of bringing my readers into the world and life of Olaf Tryggvason. This post describes the background story of Olaf’s lineage, his birthplace, his early life, and the circumstances that defined his upbringing.
How much would you sacrifice to rule a kingdom?
That is the central question that Hakon Haraldsson must answer in GOD’S HAMMER. It is not an atypical question for the Dark Ages. There are countless stories of warlords and kings dying in their pursuit of the throne, or dying to protect it. Yet Hakon’s story stuck a chord with me because Hakon was not the typical Viking leader.
Raven’s Feast is out!
I’m excited to let you know that Raven’s Feast, the sequel to God’s Hammer and the second book in Hakon’s Saga, has launched and is now available in print and ebook formats.