I'm offering snippets of THE VALKYRIE'S SWORD, which is available now! Woohoo! This has been such a tough tale to write. But my review crew say it's a good one and I'm so glad it's out. Svanhild is a fallen Valkyrie and Bart her new boss is taking her to meet Kate Blackamber, the Morukai shaman. Svanhild speaks first.
“I’ll be okay. Is this the Morukai’s house?”
“Yeah. Come on.” Bart motioned her to follow him up to the porch and he knocked on the door.
A pretty woman with golden-brown hair and wise hazel eyes pulled it open with a wide smile.
“Hey, Bart. Good to see you. What brings you out this way? Everything good in the Bear community?”
To Svanhild’s surprise, Bart blushed. “Yeah, everything’s good. Thanks, Kate. But I wanted you to meet Svanhild. She’s gonna be workin’ with me for a time and I figured I should bring her by.”
The hazel gaze met Svanhild’s and for the briefest moments, she swore she looked into the eyes of Freyja. Yearning for acceptance and belonging hit her so hard, she gasped. Here is where I need to be forever more, serving Her. She dropped to one knee and bowed her head, crossing her hands palms up over her upraised knee.
“My lady, it is an honor. I am here to serve.”
Silence greeted her statement for a few moments, but eventually a hand rested on her head and a small sigh echoed over her.
“The honor is mine, Svanhild. Welcome to Three Lakes. We’re grateful you’re here. Your strengths and abilities are needed.”
Svanhild raised her gaze to meet Kate’s. One hazel eye winked at her and a grin curled Kate’s lips.
“Come on in. Would you like some coffee or tea? It’s pretty blustery out there.”
Gotta love a down-to-earth speaker of the Goddess. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb to THE VALKYRIE'S SWORD:
Svanhild isn’t looking for a new sword, even when one’s handed to her...
Svanhild Bjørnsdottir doesn’t need much—just a place to work in order to fix her Valkyrie motorcycle before moving on. As a fallen Valkyrie, she has no hope of settling down or returning to the Shield Maidens. Odin exiled her for defying him, and she’s not interested in going back, especially after arriving at the Fix-It Cave in Three Lakes, Michigan. But the last thing she’s looking for is love.
As a Blade in the fanatical Sword of God, a religious group bent on protecting humans from the Elder Races, Balder Templar is haunted by the ghost of his last target and his part in the deaths of her werewolf family. Hunting redemption and respite, his path leads him to Kate Blackamber, the Morukai shaman of Three Lakes. Kate knows who he is, what he’s done, and what he needs.
The Morukai lays a geas on both Svanhild and Balder—to help the other become part of the community. But when Balder rescues a little girl from an apartment fire and is recognized for his past, packmembers of the ghost arrive to demand retribution. In a town that abhors the Sword of God, Balder doesn’t have many defenders, but the Valkyrie may just be his saving grace.
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