Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Andrea Cooper, and her characters from Viking Fire. It’s a fantastic historical romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Bram and Kaireen.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Bram: The action…and the romance was enjoyable too. It was easy to forget Kaireen wasn’t my wife yet when we kissed.
Kaireen: The romance. Though I loved the dialogue and bantering we did while I was refusing to love him.
What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
Bram: That I’m cocky. I’m not, just confident…though Kaireen had me second-guessing my charm. Ow! (Kaireen punched him in the shoulder).
Kaireen: She wrote about me being spoiled. I’m not. Didn’t I have to do all of those chores? A spoiled girl wouldn’t have had to do all that work.
What is your greatest fear?
Kaireen: That I’ll wake up and Bram will be gone. All the rude things I said to him were too much, and we didn’t have our happily ever after ending. It would be horrible to know that I did that…and I nearly did.
Bram: (He reaches over and strokes her cheek which she leans into) If I couldn’t protect her, that is my greatest fear.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Bram: I wear Kaireen. (waggles eyebrows)
Kaireen: I wear one of Bram’s tunics when we aren’t making love.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday?
Bram and Kaireen together: Make love.
She blushes and wipes imaginary lint off her skirt while he beams.
Bram: And I love making her blush, rain or no.
What sound or noise do you love?
Bram: Kaireen’s soft snoring.
Kaireen: I do not snore! You must be dreaming and hearing yourself.
He winks and kisses her knuckle.
What would you not like to do?
Kaireen: Chores. I will be happy if I never have to wash another dish, or dye a bolt of cloth.
Bram: I don’t like to be patched up by Elva. The woman thinks pain is healing.
Do you believe in ghosts/evil spirits/mysticism?
Kaireen: I didn’t until this ordeal in our book, and seeing Elva in action.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Kaireen: We are both morning people; which our writer is not, so we constantly had to wake her up and she fought the urge not to gag when we talked about the sunrise.
What is your most favorite memory?
Bram: The first time seeing Kaireen blush when we were alone.
Kaireen: Watching Bram sleep after we made love for the first time.
If you knew a zombie apocalypse was coming in one week, what would you do?
Bram: I would use my broad sword and remove their heads.
Kaireen: I would use my arrows, and find out if Elva knew how to get away from them.
What’s your favorite animal?
Bram: A bear. They are strong and powerful.
Kaireen: And they also sleep a lot in winter.
Bram growls at her and she giggles.
Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo, what would it be and where? If not, what if you had to?
Kaireen: I’ve the style of tattoos on women’s lower back. Hmmm…maybe a butterfly with runes that spell Bram’s name.
Bram: Runes would be nice. I’d kiss them in turn, then your luscious body all over. But you aren’t getting me around another needle after Elva stitched me up.
856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.
Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?
Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?
With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.
Ireland 856 CE
“I renounce Father for this.” Kaireen threw the elderberry gown. Dressed only in her
leine, she glared at the new gown on the stone floor.
“Shame on you and your children for speaking such.” Her handmaid, Elva, gathered the damask and then dusted off the rushes. “It’s a wonder one of the clim has not scolded you from your hearth for such talk.” She wore her white hair twisted in a chignon, underneath a linen head cloth. Strands of white hair poked out the sides of her covering.
“No, curse Father for a fool.” She plopped on her bed and a goose feather floated away. With a huff, she leaned against the oak headboard. Red curtains puffed like a robin’s chest around oak poles supporting her wooden canopy.
Her bare feet brushed against the stone floor. Why was she not born plain like her two older sisters? Already they had married and expected their second bairns by spring. Well, at least so far she had enjoyed twenty years of freedom. Neither of her sisters had had matrimonial dreams of love matches. Both were arranged marriages.
“You know your da arranged a marriage within a season.” Elva smirked.
Kaireen shook her head. “To another land holder,” and waved a hand in disgust, “not t-this heathen. Twice they raided our land in the last month alone. Many a raid has come from them. Now father wants me as wife to one of them?” She clenched her fists. “No, I will not marry this Viking.”
Elva smiled, reminding Kaireen of the rumors of her handmaid’s uncanny foresight.
Whispers of Elva making strange things happen and often blamed as the cause of
Kaireen’s stubborn refusal to behave as a laird’s daughter should.
“You’ve not seen him yet.” Elva wiggled her brows.
“So?” Kaireen shrugged. “I would like to never see him.”
“Well then, would you not like to know if you have a handsome husband or not?” She waited for her response, but Kaireen scowled at her. Elva chuckled. “I would rather get a good look at him now than the morning after.”
Kaireen’s ears heated. “I am not marrying.” She shook her head for emphasis. “So there will be no morning, nor night, nor wedding.”
“If he is handsome, I may fight you for him.” Elva smiled, deepening the wrinkles around her eyes.
“Welcome to him either way.” Kaireen laughed.
Viking Fire Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/m1bPZ3nUyzs
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
Viking Fire is her second forthcoming novel with Crimson Romance and is a historical romance. Her debut novel, The Garnet Dagger, is a paranormal romance and is now available.
As a special treat Andrea is giving away one ebook copy of Viking Fireso be sure to leave your EMAIL so we can contact you if you win!!
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!