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Friday, 8 May 2015

VIRTUAL TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Viking For Hire by Jo Grafford

Viking For Hire

by Jo Grafford


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BLURB:

Branwyn O’Tyre’s estranged brother summons her for a healing ritual. Fearing he actually plans to arrest her for witchcraft, she drinks a protection potion before he arrives.

Eirik, a Viking sea captain pretending slumber in the tavern corner, witnesses Branwyn’s magic and offers her safe passage from Exeter if she will reverse a curse that plagues him. Alas, every woman who touches him falls madly but falsely in love with him.


There’s only one hitch: If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will fall prey to the same madness...forever!



“Call yourself whatever you will, Branwyn. Your powers do not scare me. In truth, I sought you out a-purpose in the hopes you would heal me from the effects of a spell. ‘Twas cast on me by a most wretched sorceress.”

Fearing another trap, Branwyn stared at the ground. “Methinks you mistake me for another. I am naught but a lowly healer, cast off by an overzealous brother in a fit of religious fervor. Wh-why do you ask me such things, m’lord?”

“Very well,” Eirik snapped and dropped her wand back into the sack. “If you wish to indulge in games, at least choose one that gives me equal pleasure. By Thor, I’ve been long without a woman.” He closed the distance between them and hauled her into his lap.



Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books. I received this copy from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for my review.

Branwyn hires Eirik to secure her safety when her brother wants to arrest her and try her for witchcraft. Eirik needs said witchcraft skills to left a curse: any woman who touches him is instantly smitten, but its not true love, and thats what Eirik craves. Branwyn's attraction to Eirik is instant, and powerful, but that is BEFORE she touches him. After, she is out of her mind with need. Once Branwyn knows of the curse, she makes sure to stay away from Eirik. An incident with mermaids causes Branwyn to use her power, and in doing so lifts the curse. But the sorceress who hit Eirik with the curse in the first place is nothing if not determined to get what she wants, and what she wants is Eirik, and New Dorset, gateway to Valhalla.

SHORT: only 89 pages, 40 minutes reading time for me, but an enjoyable 40 mins all the same.

SWEET: its almost totally clean, like squeaky clean. Just some kissing. Some minor tussles with mermaids and wolves but nothing graphic.

TO THE POINT: It says what it needs to say and not much else. I liked that! some short stories feel rushed, and have gaps in the story line, and is over before you know it. While I did think this might well have worked as a longer book, I didn't feel it was rushed or had gaps.

If you like Vikings, magic, short stories, clean and violent free, this is for you. I'd let my 13 year old daughter read it, if only she would listen to me when I tell her about good books!

4 stars

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk**

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Jo writes high stakes romance. Her favorite books contain layers of intrigue with alpha males and strong-minded women who are willing to risk it all for love.

From St. Louis, Missouri, Jo holds an M.B.A. and has served as a banker, college finance instructor, and high school business teacher. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers RWA Chapter, and the Writers Group of Ansbach/Katterbach/Illesheim.


25 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed reading the blurb & the excerpt, thank you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nicolina! Great to see you here on the Archaeolibrarian for our Viking for Hire tour. :) --Jo

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    1. Yes, a big thanks to the Archaeolibrarian for hosting one of today's tour stops for Viking for Hire. Appreciate you! --Jo

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    2. Our pleasure - good luck with the rest of your tour :)

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  3. I really liked the review. This sounds like a fun story.

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    1. Hi, MomJane! Welcome to the world of Vikings. :) Glad you enjoyed the review, and thanks for stopping by.
      All best,
      Jo

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  4. Hi, where is your favorite place to write?

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    1. Hi, Amanda! We move a lot due to the hubs' job, so my favorite writing spot changes. However, our last house had an AMAZING third story loft room that really sparked my imagination, and the next house we are heading to has the most beautiful (and enormous) deck I've ever seen. I feel inspired to write just thinking about it and can't wait to arrive and get started. Haha!
      Cheers,
      Jo

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  5. Nice excerpt, thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Glad you liked the excerpt, Danielle! Thanks for stopping by and good luck on winning our gift card. :) --Jo

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  6. Enjoyed the excerpt and the review! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome, Eva! Happy you liked the feature. It's awesome of you to stop by.
      Cheers,
      Jo

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  7. Great excerpt and review. I like the cover too. :)

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    1. Yay, Cali! Glad to hear it. Thanks for stopping by on the Archaeolibrarian. :)
      All best,
      Jo

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    1. Hello there! It's fabulous to see you again, my friend. Thank you for popping in our Viking For Hire tour.
      Cheers,
      Jo

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  9. I really liked the blurb! This sounds like an intriguing book! Thank you for the great post and contest! woodrumbetty@gmail.com

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    1. Yay, Betty! Glad you liked it. Thanks for the awesome feedback, and good luck with the contest. :) --Jo

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  10. Yay, Betty! Glad you liked it. Thanks for the awesome feedback, and good luck with the contest. :) --Jo

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  11. I'd be interested in more stories with these characters...some of the other guys need to get their HEAs as well...any plans for a sequel?

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    1. For sure! Thanks for asking. Viking Born will be released soon with Sven's story. :) Can't wait to share it.
      All best,
      Jo

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  12. What do you think makes a good story?

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  13. I liked the review sounds like a good story.

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  14. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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