Friday, May 8, 2015

VIking for Hire by Jo Grafford (Spotlight, Excerpt, Review and GIVEAWAY) Goddess Fish Tours






by Jo Grafford

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BLURB:

Branwyn O’Tyre’s estranged brother summons her for a healing ritual. Fearing he actually plans to arrest her for witchcraft, she drinks a protection potion before he arrives.

Eirik, a Viking sea captain pretending slumber in the tavern corner, witnesses Branwyn’s magic and offers her safe passage from Exeter if she will reverse a curse that plagues him. Alas, every woman who touches him falls madly but falsely in love with him.

There’s only one hitch: If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will fall prey to the same madness...forever!

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EXCERPT

Two of the knights separated themselves from the group and rushed forward. Alas, the one on the left slipped on a puddle of ale and crashed into his comrade. Their helmets collided with a dull clanking sound that made Branwyn wince. Then they crumpled to the floor.

The Viking stranger emitted a muffled guffaw and appraised her carefully. “Methinks I can guess the nature of the potion now. Come, lass. ’Tis getting late. We’d best be on our way.” The rogue actually crooked an arm at her as if preparing for a stroll in the park.

Branwyn could only gape.

With a sigh of resignation, he reached down to clasp her hand and drew it through his arm. She gasped as a powerful awareness sizzled through her. ‘Twas sharp and immediate, stopping just sort of pain. Branwyn’s shocked gaze locked with the stranger’s. When the clarity of his blue gaze took on a slightly dazed sheen, she realized he felt it, too.

Lord help her, but she was instantly drawn to his scent — a mixture of smoke and salt and mystery — as well as his strength. The pulse of his heart, the hum of blood through his veins, the aura of power and danger surrounding him. The air around them fairly crackled with the potency of their contact as skin brushed over skin.

Alarmed, Branwyn tried to tug her hand free, but the stranger clamped his arm tighter to his side, imprisoning her. She nearly cried out from the sensations flooding her. Light. Heat. Joy.

“Pray forgive the liberties I take with ye, lass,” he muttered in her ear. His breath on her lobe brought her just shy of the point of collapsing. “I will explain as soon as we are clear of this arse.” He steered her towards the door.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jo writes high stakes romance. Her favorite books contain layers of intrigue with alpha males and strong-minded women who are willing to risk it all for love.

From St. Louis, Missouri, Jo holds an M.B.A. and has served as a banker, college finance instructor, and high school business teacher. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers RWA Chapter, and the Writers Group of Ansbach/Katterbach/Illesheim.



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GIVEAWAY
(SO sorry, didn't get this posted with the rest!  Jo is very generously offering a giveaway...)

Jo Grafford will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Viking For Hire by Jo Grafford is a historical fantasy romance novella that gives a glimpse of the challenges faced by Branwyn O’Tyre, who is being persecuted by her brother for the practice of witchcraft and is rescued by the irresistible Eirik, Jarl of New Dorset. This manly Viking has been cursed and Branwyn must decide whether she can trust him enough to reveal her abilities and, more importantly, whether she has enough power to protect him and his men from all of the dangers that they face.

There is a nice combination of mythology and magic in this story that provides a fun read.  I’d like to know a little more about the characters as I wasn’t quite invested in their struggle and would have liked a little more background but there is an entertaining mélange of elements that keeps the story moving along. This is a quick light read that will appeal to lovers of fantasy and Vikings.



32 comments:

  1. Fabulous, write up and review, E.L.F.! Thank you for hosting one of today's tour stops for Viking for Hire. Appreciate The Reading Addict for joining in the festivities. :) --Jo

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment, Jo. You are very welcome, I appreciate you taking the time to come by and chat with my visitors...and I am SO sorry, I just realized I had forgotten to put your generous giveaway up! Good luck with the tour!

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    2. Ah...no worries. You are a very busy blogger. Thanks for noticing, though, and adding it in. The feature looks awesome!
      Cheers,
      Jo

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  2. I love books with a touch of mythology. I shall check out this one.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    2. Me too, Debby! Thanks for stopping by, and let me know what you think of Viking For Hire.
      Cheers,
      Jo

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    3. It's always fascinating to see what new twists authors can bring to traditional mythological tales, Debby, and this was an entertaining addition to the story. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment!

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    1. Glad that you were intrigued, Angela. Thanks for dropping by!

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    2. Hi, Angela. :) Thanks for stopping by. So great to see you here at The Reading Addict.
      All best,
      Jo

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  4. Enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks for sharing! I love Vikings!

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    1. Me took, Eva. :) I'm all about smokin' hot Vikings, men in kilts, sword wielding heroes, etc. Historical romance readers rock!
      Cheers,
      Jo

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    2. Glad you liked it, Eva. Hope you get a chance to read it. Thank you for visiting!

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  5. oooh... this looks and sounds fantastic! Congrats to Jo on the new release! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Erin. It's great to see you here on The Reading Addict.
      All best,
      Jo

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    2. You are quite welcome, erin, always happy to share news about new stories to read. Thanks for popping in!

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    1. Sure did! Woot woot!
      Cheers,
      Jo

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    2. Surely did, Mary. Strong, confident, yummy Vikings...need we say more? Thanks for popping in!

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  7. Looks like a great book awesome cover.

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    1. Thank you, Joe. And thanks for stopping by.
      All best,
      Jo

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    2. Glad you like it, joe. Thank you for visiting!

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  8. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Yay, Rita! Always appreciate good feedback. Thank you. :) --Jo

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    2. Happy you enjoyed it, Rita! Thanks for dropping by.

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    1. Awesome to hear it! Thank you, Grandma Cootie. :o) --Jo

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    2. Excellent! Thank you for visiting!

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  10. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!

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    1. Glad to hear it, Nikolina. Thanks for taking the time to visit!

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