Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Runes of Destiny by Christina Courtenay - Book Tour + Giveaway


The Runes of Destiny

Separated by time. Brought together by fate.

Linnea felt a shiver travel the length of her spine.

It hadn’t been a joke – the runes really had shown her destiny.

Indulging her fascination for the Viking language and losing herself in an archaeological dig is just what Linnea Berger needs after her recent trauma. Uncovering an exquisite brooch, she blacks out reading the runic inscription, only to come to, surrounded by men in Viking costume, who seem to take re-enactment very seriously.

Lost and confused, Linnea finds herself in the power of Hrafn, a Viking warrior who claims her as his thrall and takes her on a treacherous journey across the seas to sell her for profit. Setting sail, she confronts the unthinkable: she has travelled back to the ninth century.

Linnea is determined to find a way back to her own time, but there’s a connection forming with Hrafn. Can she resist the call of the runes and accept her destiny lies here …

Purchase Links

UK – 

US -

Author Q&A

1.What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Cadbury’s Bourneville (dark chocolate)

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Join the Romantic Novelists’ Association sooner and get a writing buddy straight away

3. What book do you feel is under-appreciated?
All of Georgette Heyer’s books – I know she has legions of fans, but they never get made into films or tv series the way Jane Austen’s or Charlotte Bronte’s books do. Between them, those two wrote what – seven, eight books?  Georgette wrote loads more and her stories deserve general recognition. How about overrated? I don’t really want to diss other authors – to each their own

4. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Knowing I would receive at least one Enid Blyton book for each birthday or Christmas, it just wouldn’t have been the same otherwise. Also, at Christmas after we’d all eaten too much and opened our presents, my Swedish grandfather would read to us from Astrid Lindgren’s books about a boy called Emil. Grandpa was so good at doing all the voices and we were totally engrossed

5. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
I’d love to dine with Athos from The Three Musketeers – he’s an intriguing character. Also Lord Legerwood (Freddie Standen’s father) from Georgette Heyer’s Cotillion

6. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
No, never, I just wanted to read all day long (and all night). I only decided to become an author because I needed a job I could do at home so I could be a stay-at-home mum to my daughters. And once I’d tried, I was bitten by the bug.

7. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
 – Loyal, negative, dreamer (although other people would probably add the word ‘bossy’ :-D)

8. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Stargate – it has everything I love: romance, ancient history, mystery, time travel (sort of), and it’s just brilliant!

9. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
I love dogs and want as many as possible although if it wasn’t for the fact that they ate live things, I’d have a snake too

10. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Darcy Bussell, Diana Gabaldon, all the bestselling authors in the RNA

 11. What is the first book that made you cry?
I avoid sad books like the plague and always check the ending before buying, but I probably cried with frustration when I finished Gone With the Wind because I was so angry I’d wasted all that time reading it, thinking it was going to end happily

12. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
I can write a rough draft in 6 to 8 weeks, but then I might spend up to a year polishing/editing it. It varies enormously as some books just kind of pour out of you, while other have to be dragged out kicking and screaming

13. How do you select the names of your characters?
 – I keep a list of names I like which I add to every time I hear a new one. I also spend hours on baby name sites on the internet and Googling suitable ones – it’s one of my favourite parts of the writing process

14. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
 – Stargate, Young Frankenstein, Thor (all three), 10 Things I Hate About You, Die Hard 4

15. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
 – Read and eat chocolate until I died

16. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Find yourself a writing buddy, a person whose advice you trust – it’s always nice to have someone to share the ups and downs with

17. What is your favorite genre to read?
Timeslip, time travel, Regency romance, historical romance, YA romance, YA fairy tale retellings, historical thrillers (ancient mystery/treasure kind of thing)

Author Bio –

Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014).  The Runes of Destiny (time travel published by Headline 10th December 2020) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).

Social Media Links –


Giveaway to Win a signed copy of The Runes of Destiny and Plushy Raven (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please try not to spam posts with the same comments over and over again. Authors like seeing thoughtful comments about their books, not the same old, "I like the cover" or "sounds good" comments. While that is nice, putting some real thought and effort in is appreciated. Thank you.