Author Q&A & Review: Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley + Excerpt & Giveaway!






She can’t let him discover…Immortal Vikings are among us

Astrid Irisdotter is a Valkyrie-a fierce warrior fighting to protect humanity from the evil god Loki and his brutal minions. She’s on an urgent mission for her queen when everything goes hideously sideways. Undercover agent Luke Holden arrives on the scene just in time to save her life-and put his own on the line.

Luke may have saved her, but that doesn’t mean Astrid can trust him. Tempers flare as they hide secret upon secret from each other, but Astrid’s inner warrior knows what it wants…and it will not take “no” for an answer.

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First off, I absolutely LOVE your Viking Warriors series! Thank you for writing it! What was it that inspired you to become a writer? Did you always know you wanted to write?

Thank you for those kind words! Like many writers I was a voracious reader as a child and I also loved telling stories. When I was in my teens I started writing them down. I don’t know that I thought of myself as “a writer.” I just knew I liked writing. It wasn’t until I started selling some short stories and articles to a few magazines that I was brave enough to try writing a whole book. 

When you were writing VIKING WARRIOR RISING did you always know Astrid and Luke would fall for each other or did the story just lead you there?

I had no idea Astrid and Luke would have a thing. There’s a scene in VIKING WARRIOR RISING when Astrid comes to Luke’s club while he’s in a business meeting with Naya. When I wrote that scene, Astrid just kind of took over on the page and acted a little miffed about Luke not paying attention to her. That’s when I knew something had happened between them. 

Loki is the villain in the series and he’s been up to some very nasty things. Will he make an appearance in the series or will we have to wait and see?

Well…Loki definitely shows up on the page in person in one of the next books. I’ll be a little mysterious and let you wait and see which book. ;-)

How many books do you have planned for the series?

Right now I’m contracted with Sourcebooks for three books, but I’ve sketched out three more after that. Hopefully my editor will like where they’re going and we’ll continue the series out to at least six books total. 

This series is my first experience with Vikings as the main characters and I don’t recall many other books, if any at all that have Vikings as the star. Were you ever concerned about how the series would be received?

Not really, I just sat down to write the story I wanted to tell. VIKING WARRIOR RISING was the first book I published. When I wrote it I was worried about how agents and editors would evaluate my writing skill, but not whether or not Vikings would work as immortal warriors. Right about the time when I finished the book, paranormal romance was a hard sell to traditional publishers. So that had me a little worried, but I love paranormal and I knew that was what I wanted to write so there wasn’t really a choice to change the book to a different genre.

Now that VIKING WARRIOR REBEL is out, can you share with us who the next book will be about? 

Book 3 will be about Scott, Naya’s brother, and Irja. It is so much fun to write! Both characters had larger parts in book 1 and 2, but we’ve never spent any time in their point of view. Figuring out these two has been a blast. And they’re also a couple I didn’t know were going to end up together, but Scott felt very strongly about wanting to be with Irja so here we are. ;-)

Do you have any other projects/book series you are working on? Can you share them with us?

I teamed up with some other writers who write about Vikings and did an anthology of short stories. It’s called TALES OF THE VALKYRIES and it’s currently free for a limited time across most retailers and you can also claim a copy through instaFreebie. (https://www.instafreebie.com/free/pKcMv) or HERE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Each of the authors has written a story set in one of the worlds they usually write in. Mine is called Viking Warrior Trouble and in it, immortal Viking Sten runs into a whole lot of trouble while traveling to Montana to buy some weapons for the warrior tribe. 

If you were a single Valkyrie, which warrior do you think your berserker would mate claim?

Hopefully it would claim my husband or I might get into big trouble! :-)
He’s from northern England, not far from the Scottish border. Considering how much time the Vikings spent in that part of the world, I’m sure he has some Norse blood in him and hopefully get approval from my berserker. 

What advice would you give to someone that aspires to be a writer?

Write, write, and write! And read. It’s like any skill you want to learn, the more you do it, the better you become. And if a writer is interested in penning Romance, I’d definitely recommend that they join Romance Writers of America. Their workshops are amazing. It’s the best place to network with other romance writers. And the organizations advocacy for the romance genre is fantastic.

Are any of your characters based on people from your real life? 

Not really. My characters feel independent of me or anyone I know, but the truth is probably that they all borrow traits and quirks from people I have met or maybe even myself. 


Can you share an excerpt of VIKING WARRIOR REBEL with us?

Absolutely! This is from the end of chapter 1. 

Astrid’s boots echoed against a shiny marble floor as she crossed the Denver hotel lobby. The male clerk on the other side of the check-in desk watched as she approached, appreciation glinting in his eyes. The man’s gaze dipped low and swept up her body before meeting her eyes again. Astrid sighed at the predictability of the mortal male, but still increased the wattage of her smile.
The man’s eyes widened. “Welcome. Are you checking in, Miss…?”
“Idrisdotter, but call me Astrid. It’s probably easier.” She gently lowered her large duffel bag to the floor. Her smallsword was in its scabbard, wound up in layers of clothing. It wasn’t likely to make a sound as the bag hit the floor, but the weapon was her favorite and had been with her for a long time.
The clerk’s glance moved to her cleavage as if pulled by a magnetic force. “Ah, let’s see what type of rooms we have available.” He swallowed loudly.
One free upgrade and a short elevator ride later, Astrid unlocked the door of a luxury suite. The expansive windows covered one whole wall and offered a splendid view of the Denver downtown skyline and the Rocky Mountains beyond. Snowcapped peaks rose dramatically against a clear, blue spring sky. It reminded her of the mountains at home, although their tops were more rounded, more worn down. The Scandes, the mountain chain between Sweden and Norway, had been old even when she was a little girl thousands of years ago. And still, they had appeared gigantic to that little orphan thrall girl who had almost no one looking out for her.
She shook her head to get rid of the memories of how powerless she had been when she was a slave. Instead, she strolled into the bathroom, humming appreciatively to herself when she saw the large sunken tub with jets. She turned on the hot faucet and dumped a whole mini bottle of bubbles into the bath. It had been a very long time since she was that dirty, little thrall girl who didn’t even own the rags that covered her body.
She didn’t go to excess now, but she made sure to appreciate the simple pleasures in life. At least, that’s what she told herself. There was probably some deep-seated psychological reason why she felt cleaner and prettier if the soap she’d used was expensive, but why waste time figuring that out? It was more efficient just to spend the money. She shed her clothes and sank into the hot, fragrant water.
A contented sigh escaped her lips as the warmth soothed her travel-worn body, easing the ache in her tense shoulders and stiff back. She sank in deeper, fully submerging. As she blew out her breath under water, more tension left her body, but a small knot of anxiety remained in her stomach. She couldn’t afford to relax fully. Couldn’t afford to screw up. She’d been making too many mistakes lately and gone too far over the edge into battle fury. Twice, one of the Vikings had to knock some sense into her before she had her rage under control again.
Then there’d been that night where she almost killed a human. It went against everything she stood for. She had been chosen by Freya to protect the people of Midgard. If she didn’t do this mission right and bring back her queen’s brother, she might as well not return to the Norse fortress.
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A while later, Astrid checked her reflection in the hotel elevator. She planned to visit a well-reviewed French restaurant a few blocks from the hotel. She smoothed down the simple black dress she’d brought especially for the restaurant and turned sideways to see if the dagger strapped to her thigh would show in profile. Twisting a few degrees more, she adjusted the silver belt she wore around her waist. Two throwing blades slid sideways into the back of the custom-made belt, their decorated hilts blending perfectly with the inlays of turquoise and lapis lazuli.
It took only a few minutes to reach the restaurant. The maĆ®tre d’ assured her the table she’d reserved would be available shortly and suggested she wait in the bar. Astrid walked the few steps up to the bar, which was raised half a level above the restaurant’s main floor. She ordered a glass of her favorite first-growth Bordeaux and inhaled its aroma before savoring her first sip. Sighing contently, Astrid perched on a high stool as she let her gaze roam over the patrons enjoying their dinners.
She went for another sip of wine, but froze with the glass halfway to her lips. One of the men across the room looked familiar. He was in half profile as he spoke with his male dinner companion. It couldn’t be Holden. No way would he be here in Denver. She’d avoided him and his club ever since that night she’d been high on battle fever and, as a result, had gone down a wide road of poor choices due to lack of impulse control.
The memories of Luke Holden’s calloused hands heating her skin had her suddenly blushing.
As if he knew she was looking at him, the man turned and their gazes caught across the room. She’d recognize that blond hair and those steel-gray eyes anywhere. She knew how the one-day stubble of that square jaw felt against her own skin. How those arrogant lips could deliver the most scorching of kisses. Heat spread through her body as other body parts perked up at the memory of their last encounter.
Holden quirked an eyebrow and raised his glass to her in a silent greeting, a cocky smile stretched across his lips.

Astrid turned her head away, tipped back her own wineglass, and drained it.

Excerpt copyrighted by Asa Maria Bradley © 2016

Has your writing/planning process changed from the first book to writing your second one?

VIKING WARRIOR RISING wasn’t the first book I wrote, but it was the first book I sold. I wrote two books before completing the Viking book. One was a contemporary and one was a book that didn’t know if it was a romantic suspense or a paranormal. With VIKING WARRIOR RISING, I felt like I had really found my voice. However, I was still learning a lot about story structure and the manuscript went through many edits based on feedback from critique partners. Once I signed a contract, I had deadlines to worry about and had to speed up the writing process. Now I do a little more plotting than I used to so I can get to a clean draft faster. I also write more often than I did before I was published. 

When deciding to write your first book, why did you chose the paranormal romance genre? With Vikings, you could have easily written historical romance or even went the science fiction route with the genetic mutation/experimentation/enhancement side of the story.

I read a ton of science fiction and fantasy as a teen because those were the genres where girls got to have their own adventures and didn’t just follow the boys around. Once I discovered paranormal romance in my early 20s, I was completely hooked. To me, the genre combines everything that is good about science fiction and fantasy and adds an extra emotional factor with the romance arc. I love reading paranormal romance, so that is what I write. I also still love reading science fiction and fantasy—and just about all other romance subgenres—but paranormal is first in my heart. 

Astrid is a tough Valkyrie; did she give you much trouble writing VIKING WARRIOR REBEL?

Astrid gave me trouble in book 1 and 2, and she’s giving me trouble in book 3. She’s just the most stubborn character I’ve ever written. She may actually be more stubborn than King Leif. :-)

Can these immortal warriors have children? 

Without giving too much away, I’m just going to say that you’ll find out more about that in book 3. ;-)

How  can readers keep up with the latest news on your books?

I hang around all over social media, but is most active on Facebook and Twitter. The best way to stay up to date about new releases is to sign up for my newsletter. I never share information and usually don’t send out an email more than once or twice per month. Plus, I give away prizes to my subscriber list and share exclusive content with them. Here’s where to sign up: http://www.asamariabradley.com/newsletter/.

And here’s how to find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AsaMariaBradley.Author) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/AsaMariaBradley). 

Thanks for having me here today! 

And thank you so much Asa for visiting us today! I can't wait for book 3!



New to the series? Read it from the beginning!

Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors #1)

Immortal Vikings are among us.

Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found...and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.


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I was absolutely blown away when I read Asa Maria Bradley’s debut novel, VIKING WARRIOR RISING. The history, the mythology…the sexy as sin Vikings! Not to mention writing an amazing story full of excitement, danger, loyalty and purpose. Ms. Bradley kicks it up a notch with her latest installment to the series!

Astrid is a kick-ass Valkyrie that doesn’t take sh*t from anyone. She is a warrior through and through. Tough as nails, fiercely loyal and can fight as good—if not better—than any man. So when her thoughts and her heart get tangled up over the sexy night club owner Luke, this warrior—and her berserker—just don’t know how to handle these new feelings.

I loved the story. Astrid is a tough warrior but I loved watching her vulnerable and uncertain, especially around Luke. I thought the pair had great chemistry together. The storyline was engaging and I couldn’t put the book down! Subterfuge, danger and betrayal are just a few of the things in store for readers!

The Viking Warriors series is not just about romance and fighting enemies. It’s also about becoming one with the berserker within. Each immortal has an inner warrior soul referred to as a berserker. When in battle, the warrior can channel their berserker giving them more strength, speed and often times an uncontrollable rage. That’s why it’s important for the warriors to find an equilibrium with their berserker so they don’t end up losing complete control. Pretty awesome, huh?

What’s really powerful about the book is the mythology surrounding Vikings and the Norse gods Odin, Freya and Loki. The language, weapons and traditions really anchor the story. It is a delight to read! Ms. Bradley brilliantly balances the new world with the old ways of the Norsemen…and I am thoroughly enchanted!

VIKING WARRIOR REBEL has everything a great romance needs and so much more! I highly recommend the series to everyone!

I want to thank the publisher for generously offering me an early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.





Double 2016 RITA® finalist Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings and Valkyries in her paranormal romances. She arrived in the US as a high school exchange student and quickly became addicted to ranch dressing and cop shows. Asa currently resides on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Visit her at www.AsaMariaBradley.com, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.

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15 comments:

  1. Since watching Vikings on History channel, I got really smitten with Lagertha, she's such a kickass Valkyrie! :-)

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    1. I've heard that show is really good! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Thank you Elizabeth for having me on the blog and for hosting the giveaway!

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    1. You're so very welcome! Thank you for the Q&A and generous giveaway!

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  3. Thank you Elizabeth for having me on the blog and for hosting the giveaway!

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  4. Ragnar :D,love,love him! :)
    Thank you for the lovely post :)

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  5. I haven't read many romance with Vikings/Valkyrie, to be honest, but willing to try ^^

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    1. I hear you Ami. I haven't found many either, but this series is a must read! I highly recommend it! Good luck!

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  6. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  7. I NEED to pick up this series!! :)

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    1. You definitely do! You can't go wrong with sexy vikings!

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  8. It's always been Thor for me!
    Loved the this book

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  9. It's always been Thor for me!
    Loved the this book

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