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Sandra Hill's Latest Viking Is Strong, Resilient and...Female!

You've gotta love a Viking.

I've come to that conclusion, not just because they are the heroes in 9 of my 13 novels, and not just because readers by the thousands keep coming back for more, but these "Men of the North" are literally some of the most attractive men in history. No one disputes the fact that they were taller than the average man of their time, and godly handsome. Not to mention, sinfully sexy, with a wild sense of humor, as evidenced by their skaldic sagas and eddas. Why else would women from the lands they conquered have come willingly to their bed furs? Plus, they bathed more often than their Saxon counterpartsa clear point in their favor. There is no question that they invigorated the races of the many lands where they settled.

The reason that I decided to write about Vikings, however, is because they not only heat up my blood, but they run through it as well. My paternal family tree can be traced all the way back to the tenth century and Hrolf the Ganger, first Duke of Normandya Viking to the bone.

The genealogy hobby started out ten years ago, but my reading of romance novels goes back much farther than thatat least twenty years. My sense of humorwell, living in the male-dominated cave I call home (husband and four sons) surely requires a sense of humor as a survival skill. It was only in 1993 or so that I first realized I could combine all three things (genealogy, love of romance novels, and humor), and thus was born my first novelThe Reluctant Viking. That book marked the first of six novels in a loosely-linked series (can be read out of order) that progresses this month to the most recent installment, MY FAIR VIKING.

Many readers claim I have created a new genre: Funny Vikings. Whether they be straight historicals, historical time-travels or contemporary time-travels, they all feature a strong, gorgeous, (often tormented) man with a wild sense of humor.

Having said all that, I must admit that MY FAIR VIKING is a different book for memy first female Viking. And what a female Tyra,
warrior princess, turned out to be! Tyra is a big woman, and muscular. When Adam the Healer declines her invitation to accompany her to the Northlands, Tyra does what any fighting woman with an attitude would do. She whacks him over the head with a broadsword and carries him off over her shoulder. I describe the book as
a combination "Xena Warrior Princess," Pygmalion, My Fair Lady and Calamity Jane.

Because MY FAIR VIKING is my first lead title in the Leisure Books Line (a promotion, for those who don't understand the publishing lingo), we decided to mark the occasion by offering a raffle for a free one-week romantic getaway to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. See the book for details. G

I will be offering on my website a contest for a beautiful sterling silver Viking brooch. Visit www. sff.net/people/shill for details. As always, I love to hear form readers, both at my website and by e-mail at shill733@aol.com or by snail mail at P.O. Box 604, State College, PA 16804.

Excerpt from MY FAIR VIKING

"Oh, Mistress Viking!" Adam called out.

Reluctantly, Tyra stopped and glared at him.

"What?" she snapped.

"Did you know you have an arrow sticking out of your backside?"

Her hands fisted and her face went rigid and a sound came from her throat that sounded very much like a growl. "Yea, you lunkhead, I know there is an arrow in my backside. Why did you think I was chasing after Alrek? And wipe that grin off your face, man, or I will
do it for you."

"Would you like me to remove it?" he asked sweetly.

"What? The grin?"

"The arrow."

"Nay, I do not want you touching any part of my body, and certainly not that part. Besides, I thought you gave up medicine."

"For this, I would be willing to make an exception." He was still grinning, but he meant it. For a view of her naked backside, he would do just about anything.


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