By Phoebe.Conn On Nov 14 2012, 8:00 am
Viking Love: BY LOVE ENSLAVED
I flat out love Vikings and always have. The Conn family comes from Scotland, and my mother had French ancestors. The Vikings went far afield doing what they called ‘viking’, and were in what we know today as Scotland and France, so it’s possible I do have a drop or two of Viking blood. I’ve always been attracted to blonde blue-eyed men, and I’ve often wondered why we each have a certain type of man or woman that we find especially attractive. Maybe it’s those drops of Viking blood that make fair-haired men so appealing to me. I had the pleasure of touring Scandinavia and fell in love with Viking culture.
There are wonderful museums with beautiful thousand-year-old artifacts that provide excellent detail to make a story come alive. There is a museum in Oslo with the Oseberg ship found in a burial mound. It’s complete down to the intricate carvings and is a marvelous thing to see. There’s another Viking ship museum in Roskilde, Denmark. In approximately 1070, the five ships were sunk in the harbor to protect the city from invasion. They were excavated in 1962 and are displayed in a stark modern building on the coast. Standing beside them I felt an eerie sensation, as though the ships are haunted by the men who’d sailed them. My October Retro Release is BY LOVE ENSLAVED, a Viking tale with a young woman charged with the responsibility of taming a Celtic slave. He promises to follow her every command, if she’ll take him for her lover. That’s the first bargain struck by these headstrong lovers, and I hope you love their story.