On the Casablanca Blog: Unmasking Swedish Santa

Christmas goat

I’m hanging out with the Casablanca Authors today, talking about when I first found out Jultomten–Santa Claus–wan’t real. Oh, the betrayal! :-)

Hope on over to the blog to read the details and also find out how I’m struggling with my young nephew’s lingering suspicions, which he’s trying to get me to confirm. Plus, I explain the puzzling presence of the straw Yule Goat at Swedish Christmas. 😉

God Jul och Gott Nytt År!

It’s Here! The Book Birthday!

Today is the big day! My debut book is released and about to make its way into the hands of readers.!

Before VIKING WARRIOR RISING grew up and became a proper book, it was a want-to-be published manuscript named Valhalla’s King. In early 2014, I got a phone call to tell me that my manuscript was a finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest. The best thing about placing high in the contest was to meet the other amazing finalists. We call ourselves the Dreamweavers, because that’s what we do. We weave dreams into reality.

This group of talented women have been such a source of support and encouragement that I couldn’t imagine having a writing career without them. And so it is with special happiness that I actually share my book birthday with three of my Dreamweaver sisters. Laura Trentham and Shelly Alexander, are several books into their careers. Pintip Dunn and I are sharing our debut day.

And here are books and the authors, alphabetical by title, in their full birthday glory!

ForgetTomorrow-900pxFORGET TOMORROW, by Pintip Dunn

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision-a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo-a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all-Callie, herself.

PintipDunnWebAbout Pintip

Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of AmericaWashington Romance WritersYARWA, and The Golden Network. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at

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ItsInHisTouchWebIT’S IN  HIS TOUCH, by Shelly Alexander

She came to Red River to win a case. . . but she never thought the town would win her heart.

There’s nothing that Angelique Barbetta can’t handle, no illness she can’t recover from, not one item on her outrageous bucket list that she can’t conquer—not even alligator wrestling! But after discovering her fiancé in a less-than-professional position with their perky assistant, even tough-as-nails Angelique needs a break. Her law firm sends her to Red River to work on a case that should be a piece of cake. Until she meets her sexy neighbor Blake Holloway . . . one of the proprietors who will lose everything if Angelique wins.

On opposite sides of a hostile legal battle—with a pair of Angelique’s silk undies ending up in Blake’s hands—undeniable chemistry swirls between them. As Blake shows Angelique just what Red River has to offer, her heart begins to melt for the people whose businesses make up the soul of the town. Can she put aside her feelings to win the case? Or will he convince her there’s much more at stake than winning—like love?

ShellyAlexanderWebAbout Shelly

Shelly Alexander grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now she spends her days writing steamy contemporary romances while enjoying the arid climate of the beautiful Southwest. Visit Shelly at

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Melting-Into-You-by-Laura-Trentham-300MELTING INTO YOU, Falcon Football #3 by Laura Trentham

Alec Grayson returns home to Falcon, Alabama, to rebuild his life after a knee injury ended his NFL career. As the Falcon high school quarterback coach, Alec’s love for the game is reignited. Meanwhile, he puts his hard-partying past and the betrayal of the people he trusted most behind him, and adopts a hard demeanor. That is, until a spitfire artist with soulful eyes and a body that haunts his dreams gets under his skin and threatens to crack his armor.

Lilliana Hancock is forced to leave her struggling-artist lifestyle in New York and return to Falcon after her father’s unexpected death leaves her a decrepit family mansion. Determined to use her skills to turn the home into a successful bed and breakfast, Lilliana is stopped at every turn by the town contractor, who happens to be Alec, the gorgeous and arrogant jock to whom she lost her virginity in college. Except Alec doesn’t remember, which infuriates her. Too bad she can’t forget the way his body felt against hers or how his heated gaze follows her…

Will they be able to put their pasts behind them for a future together?

LauraTrentham_photo credit Steven Huskins_smallAbout Laura

Laura was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, Laura chose the next most logical major – Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now she lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, Laura loves to get lost in another world, whether it’s Regency England or small town Alabama. Visit Laura at

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VikingWarriorRisingCoverVIKING WARRIOR RISING by Asa Maria Bradley

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 track her down. Because they’re both running out of time.

AsaMariaBradley3About Asa

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 also writes romantic suspense and 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 Asa at and sign up for her newsletter to stay up to date on news, receive exclusive content, and be entered in a monthly drawing for fabulous prizes.


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VWR_RTReviewThe journey to publish your first book is filled with so many first experiences that your friends and family quickly become sick of you mentioning them all. You have your first contract, first edits, first cover, first copy edits, first proof read…first everything! And each of them is equally exciting to you–if not your friends and family. Although, I’m blessed with a great support network of people who do the Muppet flail with me for each first experience.

And if they’re just faking it after the sixth or seventh celebration, that’s fine too. :-)

As we get closer to the November 3 release date (First Release Date!), VIKING WARRIOR RISING reviews are starting to pop up and it’s another exhilarating experience for me. It’s such an honor and to see my name and title next to talented authors I’ve read for years.

Here are some lines from reviews of the book:

Bradley’s debut blends Norse mythology and evil government experiments into an unusual paranormal…the immortal Viking premise is perfect for paranormal romance readers who are looking for something different.~Publishers Weekly

Bradley has created a fascinating world that merges Norse mythology and modern-day society with plenty of action. Both Naya and Leif are strong, interesting, characters, making them well-matched.” ~RT Book Reviews

And so far, the book has a 4.33 avg over at Goodreads and the avid romance fans over there can be hard to please, so that’s an amazing score. :-)

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