Saturday, June 26, 2021

Whispers of the Runes by Christina Courtenay - Book Tour + Giveaway

Whispers of the Runes

Time is no barrier for a love that is destined to be.


She couldn’t be sure that she had travelled through time … but deep down she just knew.

And her only way back had just disappeared.

When jewellery designer Sara Mattsson is propelled back to the ninth century, after cutting herself on a Viking knife she uncovers at an archaeological dig, she is quick to accept what has happened to her. For this is not the first Sara has heard of time travel.

Although acutely aware of the danger she faces when she loses the knife – and with it her way to return to her own time – this is also the opportunity of a lifetime. What better way to add authenticity to the Viking and Anglo-Saxon motifs used in her designs?

As luck has it, the first person Sara encounters is Rurik Eskilsson, a fellow silversmith, who is also no stranger to the concept of time travel. Agreeing that Sara can accompany him to Jorvik, they embark on a journey even more perilous than one through time. But Fate has brought these two kindred spirits together across the ages for a reason…

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Author Q&A
1. When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book in 1989 and it was awful
😊 (although I didn’t know that then of course). I still have it somewhere just to remind myself how much I have learned since then!

2. What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas? 
It can be anything from a castle ruin to a painting, a piece of jewellery or an actor in a movie. I will see something and suddenly my mind translates it into a possible scene in a book and then the characters will start to appear in my head and the story develops from there.

3. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read mostly, but I also like doing crafts like weaving, bandweaving, crochet and cross-stitch. I love going to the movies (when there isn’t a pandemic!) and I have a large garden where I try to keep the weeds under control – I find weeding very therapeutic.

4. What’s a typical writing day like for you?
I’m not terribly organized so each day is different, but I usually start by doing some social networking on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram before I do any writing. If I’m really into a story (usually the first draft, which I find the most exciting to work on), I can write for hours and sometimes long into the night, but if not, I might do a little bit of writing, then other things like work on blog posts.

5. Do you listen to music when writing?
No, I prefer not to. I sometimes listen to music beforehand as that can give rise to ideas – song lyrics are often mini stories in themselves – but while I write I like silence around me.

6. If you could have a dinner party with 3 other authors, who would they be?
It would have to be more than three as I have some lovely author friends who I met via the Romantic Novelists’ Association – Sue Moorcroft, Maggie Sullivan, Gill Stewart, Henriette Gyland and Nicola Cornick among them.

7. If you had to pick a celebrity to cast for your main character, who would it be?
Chris Hemsworth – as Thor in the Marvel movies he is the ultimate Viking and looks the part.

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world to write, where would you go?
 I depends where my next book is set as it’s always helpful to visit the country you’re using as the background. At the moment, that would be either Iceland or Pompeii in Italy as I’m working on stories set in both those places. For general relaxation purposes, I could quite happily live in Japan for a couple of months and I’m sure I would find the peace and quiet needed for writing there.

9. Would you ever write under a pseudonym?
I already do – my real name is Pia but I felt that it wasn’t long enough for a historical author so I used my middle name instead. If I could go back, I’m not sure I would have chosen to do this though.

10. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I’d love to go back to the 1980s because I had a lot of fun then
😊. I wouldn’t want to live in any era in the past, although perhaps a time travel visit now and again would be great. I’d love to visit the Viking, Roman and Dark Ages, as well as Regency England, Scotland under Bonnie Prince Charlie and perhaps King Charles II’s court. As long as I could come back to our century whenever I wanted!

11. How do you choose your book covers?
The publisher creates them for me and although I can comment on them, I’ve loved the ones they have given me so far so I have no complaints.

12. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for enjoying my stories! Every time an author writes a new book, they are unsure whether anyone else is going to like it and to receive validation in the form of lovely reviews and messages from readers is just wonderful!

13. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
Not sure if these are fun but they are facts:-

1) I was once asked for my phone number by a sumo wrestler

2) At the age of 17 I pretended to be 12 so I got into a funfair for free

3) I went to an American high school so my accent is best described as “confused”

4) I’m a complete klutz and once fell into a shop window

5) I can swear in quite a few languages (at least 10) – I can speak properly in four, with a smattering of two others

6) I almost fainted in the Egyptian temple at Karnak because it was 40 degrees Celsius in the shade and I had a terrible cold

7) I lived in Japan for three years and loved it

8) I never yelled at my kids for listening to loud rock music – I positively encouraged it!

9) I have two scars in the shape of the sun and the moon because I was burned by boiling milk as baby (it was an accident)

10) I collect Foo dogs (Staffordshire pottery spaniels) even though the rest of my family think they’re hideous (at last count I had 83)

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).  Whispers of the Runes (time travel published by Headline 24th June 2021) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).


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