Born centuries apart. Bound by a love that defied time.
She couldn’t believe her eyes. The runes were normally so reliable and she had never doubted them before.
Madison Berger is visiting Dublin with her family for a Viking re-enactment festival, when she chances upon a small knife embedded in the banks of the Liffey. Maddie recognises what the runes on the knife’s handle signify: the chance to have her own adventures in the past.
Maddie only intends to travel back in time briefly, but a skirmish in 9th century Dublin results in her waking up on a ship bound for Iceland, with the man who saved her from attack.
Geir Eskilsson has left his family in Sweden to boldly carve out a life of his own. He is immediately drawn to Maddie, but when he learns of her connection to his sisters-in-law, he begins to believe that Fate has played a part in bringing them together. Amidst the perils that await on their journey to a new land, the truest battle will be to win Maddie’s heart and convince her that the runes never lie…
Which character would you like to be in this book?
The heroine Maddie definitely! It sounds scary to travel back in time, but I think it could be fun as long as I had a way of returning to the 21st century if I wanted to. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be Geir’s wife?
Do you always take a book/erader wherever you go?
Yes, absolutely, if I’m travelling somewhere and know I’ll have time to read yes, especially on airplanes and trains. I don’t like travel very much so reading helps to keep my mind occupied and not worrying about all the things that can go wrong.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
That depends – it could be fun to be a little bad sometimes, as long as the character isn’t outright evil 😊
Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
I never actually set out to write series – my books always start out as standalones. But then there are usually secondary characters who grab my attention and I start to wonder what happens to them and then oops, before I know it, I have a series. I love reading series myself, but only if I have access to all of them at once – I really don’t like having to wait a whole year for the next instalment!
Where can I find you when you are reading?
Usually on my bed or on the sofa in the sitting room, but if I’m lost in a story I can read anywhere! I have been known to sit on the floor in the bathroom late at night, just so I could finish a book without disturbing anyone else in the family (that was before I had a Kindle and could turn down the light setting on that).
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
In the garden, at the cinema, at my loom working on some weaving project or other, in the kitchen baking, at my neighbour’s house visiting and chatting, in a café meeting friends, sometimes travelling. I’m often in Sweden too because my mother lives there and I have lots of friends and relatives to visit.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
With great difficulty! The few times I’ve been to America it was even harder because they have fantastic romance sections in their book shops, much better than UK ones IMO.
What are you most proud of?
Becoming a published author. I’ve never tried so hard at anything else in my life and when it finally paid off, it was a feeling like no other.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Just an immense feeling of satisfaction and also gratitude that someone liked it enough to want to publish it and that there are readers who want to read it!
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Get yourself a writing buddy – having author friends is vital as you can provide mutual support. Without that, writing can be very lonely and it’s easy to doubt yourself!
Thank you, Christina Courtenay and Rachel’s Random Researches
About the author
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).
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