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Winner -- Passionate Plume Best Historical of 2012
Long and Short Reviews, Reviewed By Tulip
What an awesome book! This series gets even more interesting as the author ventures deeper into Norse mythology. After reading the first book, Malice Striker, I couldn't help contemplating what kind of wondorous journey Ms. Carlo would take the readers on in the next book. Well, I just want to unequivocally state that she did not disappoint with Konáll's story. It was wonderfully romantic as well as overflowing with action and suspense. And as expected, the heat level was hot enough to scorch your panties off. I'm giving this wonderful gem of a story five flying stars.
Midnight Attic Reader
This is a wonderful story that brings you even further into Norse mythology than the first story in this series and with a slight BDSM edge to it. The characters, as always, were very engaging. I hope we see more of Nyssa's brother, Mús/Ciárrán, in the third book, or at least learn what happens to him. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, Vengeance Hammer, about Konáll's brother, Dráddør! Awesome series!
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About Jianne Carlo
Award winning author, Jianne Carlo’s motto is simple: Alpha Me Please.
While strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are her forte, she goes weak in the knees for warriors and alphas. Send her a man with an attitude and she’ll find the right woman to tame him.
Jianne loves hot and spicy food, stomach-plunging park rides, and is kept on her toes by her Viking husband of thirty-five years, and three, handsome grown sons. There’s nothing she likes more than hearing from readers.
Also by Jianne Carlo
Manacled in Monaco
Notorious in Nice
Carnal in Cannes
A Paratrooper in a Pear Tree
The Call of a Soul
Alpha Me Not
The Bear and The Bride
The Dragon Slayer
Dark Chocolate Side of The Moon
Lucky in Red
An Interview with Jianne Carlo
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Jianne, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Death Blow. Where did you get the idea for this amazing story?
JC: I wanted to write a Viking series that had a paranormal twist to it. I woke up one morning at 4:30 a.m. with the idea of having half-immortal heroines for all three books of the Viking Vengeance series, Malice Striker, Death Blow, and Vengeance Hammer. Because I wanted them to be tied together, everything revolved around three Viking warriors and their search for mates and happiness.
HH: What awards has this story won? <g>
JC: I almost fell over when I found out that Death Blow won the Passionate Plume award for Best Historical of 2013. Not only that, Malice Striker was voted the third best historical. My cheeks hurt for a week because I couldn’t stop grinning. =)
It was awesome to be in the finalist category with authors Gem Sivad, Sabrina York, and Cari Silverwood.
HH: What can you tell us about Nyssa and why will readers relate to her?
JC: Nyssa’s tall and strong and has no ‘feminine’ wiles. She’s both confident and insecure because of her physique. She’s unaware of her half-immortal special abilities until the sea-god Aegir curses her.
I think readers will relate to her because most of us women feel that way about ourselves -- confident and insecure at the same time. We judge ourselves constantly based upon our physical appearance. I wanted to show how Nyssa finds an inner core of strength through Konáll’s love and resolves her feelings of inferiority.
HH: What do you like best about Konáll and why will readers love him?
I love the way Konáll accepts instantly accepts he will do whatsoever is necessary to save Nyssa. It’s a huge leap of faith considering that he could lose his ‘pecker’ in the process. I love the way he works around Nyssa’s curse. I also adore him for his total devotion to his little sister, Hjørdis, whom he and his brothers have nicknamed their ‘bright star’.
HH: What sort of research went into this story?
JC: A ton. I researched the Norse gods and Norse mythology until I was giddy with information. I wanted to find obscure goddesses (so I could give them all sorts of powers) and I wanted the series set in fictitious islands similar to the Orkneys. Honestly, it was a ton of fun exploring that area of the world and learning more and more about the Vikings. Can you tell I’m obsessed with Norse men? =)
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JC: Tentative release dates are:
October 2013: A new Viking romance tentatively titled, The Beast of Bärvik
November, 2013: A new time-travel paranormal series, That Pearly Drop, Murphy’s Time-travel Laws, Book #1.
February, 2014: That Tantalizing Lick, Murphy’s Time-travel Laws, Book #2
First Quarter 2014: Temptation, Circle of 13, Book #1
Second Quarter 2014: Desire, Circle of 13, Book #2
HH: Where do you draw inspiration from?
JC: I’m an avaricious reader and a collector of absolute trivia. Add that together with a few obsessions -- Vikings, SEALs, Wolves, and certain time periods, and the ideas pop up constantly. I’m also constantly inspired by the Caribbean, particularly Trinidad and Tobago.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
JC: We’re empty nesters as of last week (yay!!!) and so I anticipate that my schedule and habits will change for the better over the coming months. I write around the day job, which takes up a ton of time. I usually awake around 4:30 am (I am not a night owl), and write until it’s time to get ready for the day job.
The second my dh hits the golf course (thankfully, at least 3 times a week in the summer); I hunker into my writing bunker. He also loves to watch golf and almost every sport under the sun. I sit with him and write and keep an eye on whatever game he’s watching. I know way too much about sports -- impossible to prevent with three macho sons and no other female in the house.
I carry a notebook PC with me at all times and, if I have to wait for an appointment, I write.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
JC: Website: http://www.jiannecarlo.com/
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
JC: I am a haphazard social networker, but have decided to concentrate my efforts on Facebook, and, to a lesser degree, Twitter and Pinterest. Other than that, I’m addicted to Stumble Upon and avoid it like the plague. It’s such a time suck. I love the TRS end of season and release parties and try to participate in those.
HH: Thank you!