Interview with THE NORTHMAN’S BRIDE Author Sandra Lake!

Interview with THE NORTHMAN’S BRIDE
Author Sandra Lake!

The Northmans Bride

Passions flare in the icy north in the third Sons of the North Romance novel from the author of The Warlord’s Wife and The Iron Princess…

Sovia, daughter of Baron Losna, is on a mission to seduce Stål Magnusson, firstborn son of Swedish warlord Jarl Magnus Knutson and heir to his seat. With a civil war on, the stakes are high. The Baron needs the money and political alliance that Sovia’s marriage to Stål would secure. Fortunately, Sovia’s skill with men, not to mention the rugged good looks of her target, makes the assignment all too easy. But the tables turn when Sovia realizes she has taken the wrong Magnusson— Stål’s twin brother Hök—to bed. Wrong brother or not, Hök is enamored, and offers to marry Sovia. When that offer is rejected by her father, Hök’s heart and pride are broken.

Seven years later, as Lady Sovia is about to be executed by Norway’s usurper king, Hök, now a battle-hardened warrior, comes to her rescue—by finally taking her hand in marriage. Though his intent is to take revenge, as well as her hereditary land, he cannot help but be impressed by her unbreakable spirit. But Lady Sovia has secrets that will make it nearly impossible for them to live happily ever after…

Includes a preview of The Warlord’s Wife

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26135601-the-northman-s-bride
Buy links:
Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1skCvEE

B&N Nook: http://bit.ly/23NVZwG

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1rKndsm
iBooks: http://apple.co/1TSWHGc
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1WuVEjN

Praise for the Sons of the North Romance novels

“With compelling characters and a clever plot, The Warlord’s Wife will appeal to readers obsessed with TV’s Vikings, and who miss the classic Viking romances of Catherine Coulter or Johanna Lindsey.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Sure to appeal to those who enjoy spirited heroines, grumpy alpha heroes, and a slow sweet journey to everlasting love. —Smexy Books

“Man, this was a fun book! … I cut my teeth on Johanna Lindsey, and this book reminded me so much of those experiences.”—Dear Author

“The perfect combination of romance and drama.”—Buried Under Romance

“Sandra Lake is an exciting new writer…her work is a joy to read!”—Maggie Jagger, author of Perfect Obedience

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Please tell us about your novel.

The Northman’s Bride is the third book in my Sons of the North series. But don’t worry you don’t have to read in order. Each novel is written to stand-alone.

Sovia, the daughter of an abusive lord sends her on a mission to seduce Stål Magnusson, firstborn son of Swedish warlord Jarl Magnus Knutson and heir to his seat. With a civil war on, the stakes are high. But the tables turn when Sovia realizes she has taken the wrong Magnusson— Stål’s twin brother Hök—to bed. Wrong brother or not, Hök is enamored, and offers to marry Sovia. When that offer is rejected by her father, Hök’s heart and pride are broken. Seven years later, Hök, now a battle-hardened warrior, comes to her rescue, taking her from the executioner—by taking her hand in marriage. Though his intent is to take revenge, as well as her hereditary land, he cannot help but be impressed by her unbreakable spirit. But Lady Sovia has secrets that will make it nearly impossible for them to live happily ever after…

How did you research your novel, if applicable?

I spent some quality time at my local library studying medieval Scandinavian, post-Viking era. The wars of rival kings is so fast passed, tragic and dramatic, you could swear some of the stuff is made up.

Where can readers find you online?

Facebook, twitter and wattpad are my favorite places to stay in touch with my author buddies and connect with readers.

When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?

My dog takes me for a walk. She’s a husky, so she kind of drags me around the block to all her favorite places to sniff. I never stress about small sticky points of stories. The more you stress, the less the story flows.

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Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?

Yes I have a hero but I only know her by her secret identity. She literally changed my life and she never would give me her real name so that I could dedicate my first novel to her. I met her online at FanFiction. She offered to become my Beta reader…she taught me more about writing than I ever learned in school. The backstory is that I grew up feeling stupid. Teachers and my parents unfortunately fostered this feeling in me, grooming me towards a path where I would work with my hands and not with my head. That was until I met JackieG online. She praised my stories, guided me to improve my writing skills and encouraged me to submit my stories to a publisher.

Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?

Up until last month, Claire and Jamie were landslide winners for favorite love story. BUT, I just finished the entire Poldark series (12 books) and I am IN LOVE with Ross and Demelza…so I now have to say it’s a tie.

Are you character or plot driven? Why?

Characters always come to me first and their stories, their backstory just comes with them. Then I take these beloved characters and try to screw up their lives with a ton of conflict and mayhem.

How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?

Social media scares the bleep out of me, for kids especially. My boys are thankfully super nerds and not into anything other than Minecraft, so I’m doing all right so far protecting them from social media insanity. However my niece, a beautiful, sweet tween, has had her heart and feelings stomped on already through social media. Personally, I keep a low social media presence, preferring to email friends and family directly instead of sharing online every pic or blurb about my life.

What are the first five titles on your kindle?

Bella Poldark by Winston Graham (I have recently read all 12 books in the series.)

A Death in Sweden by Kevin Wignall

The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz (The latest in the Lisebth Salander series.)

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn,

The Viscount Risks It All by Erin Knightly.

Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?

I would love to explore writing in new genres like suspense. Recently, I have written several contemporary romances (Young Adult and New Adult). I am also having so much fun posting on Wattpad (free online site to read new authors), which I plan on doing a lot more often. Reaching new readers and being able to receive direct feedback has reminded me why I started writing in the first place.

How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?

Hundreds on my kindle alone. But I don’t necessarily believe in stock piling a big collection at home. I’m still a big public library fan. I do keep some of my favorites, or classics I want to share with my kids, but I also love to pass on a good read to friends and family. Passing on a favorite book can be one of the best gifts you can give a friend.

If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?

I love working with my editor at Penguin. She truly makes me feel like she wants my stories to be presented in the best possible platform.

What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?

I do not feel qualified to give advice, being that I have only published three novels and they have all been in this last year. But as a ravenous book-loving consumer, my only feedback would be to take the time and invest in producing a professional product. A few self-published novels I’ve bought have been full of format, grammar and spelling mistakes. (I am not judging, I’m a terrible speller.) Poorly edited novels can give a reader a bad first impression and making a bad first impressions can mean you have forever lost a reader. Just like if you buy a pair of shoes and they fall apart the next day, you would probably never buy from that manufacture again. I would suggest no matter how confident you are with your literary skill that an author should invest in a high quality copy editor. Hiring a publicist can also make the difference in getting your novel reviewed by top review site and being ignored in a sea of new releases on Amazon.

What do you find inspiring?

World history is my drug of choice.

Do you have a favorite charity?

SPCA tugs at my heartstrings. I like supporting my local rescue dog shelters as well. As well, six years ago, we suffered the loss of my nephew from SMA. Since then, me and my family have yearly supported fund raisers for the palliative care home attached to the children’s hospital in our home town.

Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?

There is a ‘secret’ beach in Costa Rica that my husband and me have been visiting for more than twelve years. It has a sunset that can’t be beat. I’d be happy to just spend every minute swim and play with my family, surfing, flying a kite, of course with a well stocked picnic basket of wine, cheese and chips…I would eat a ton of cheese and not have to worry about the size of my growing butt.

You are the main character of a book! What is your book about? Are you a hero or villain?

I love this question! My book would be titled Mother Trucker. I’d have an unassuming heroine, an the under dog. She grow up with challenges, which forces her to stand on her own at a young age, rescuing herself and building a big, adventurous life she always dreamed of. She busts through her prison of low self-worth and takes on a career in a male dominated field.

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Sandra Lake is the author of The Warlord’s Wife and The Iron Princess. She was raised in rural Canada and married her childhood sweetheart (who at times was her childhood nemesis). They are currently living happily-ever-after along with their sons and unruly husky.

Website: http://www.sandralakeromance.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LakeRomance
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorsandralake
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sandralakeroman/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8188107.Sandra_Lake
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qiFM5w

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