After their house is destroyed by a hurricane, Val and Karl rebuild their lives. To escape the stress, her dreams inspire her to write a historical romance novel set in Iceland rife with sorcery, sexy Vikings, and of course, a volcano. After a blow to her head, her dreams become more vivid and her husband gets more critical of her new fixation. She dreams of Icelandic magical symbols she would never know, which both frightens and intrigues her.
In her novel, Val becomes Vigdis, eager to fend off intruders with her knife. She is pursued by two brothers and their drunken, philandering father. They fight a duel, forcing her to make a very public choice. Her future father-in-law refuses to bide by her choice and tries to use black magic to enchant her. Just as her life settles, a volcanic eruption throws their entire world into ash and fire.
An attractive Icelandic professor of history helps her investigate the history behind her dreams, but her husband gives her an ultimatum – give up her obsession or he’ll leave. Val must decide whether to resurrect the shambles of her marriage or make a bold move to Iceland to discover if her dreams truly do come from the past.
Targeted Age Group:: 20-45
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Having lived in south Florida during Hurricane Andrew, I wanted to highlight how such events can transform how people see their lives. The lasting effects of trauma and how we deal with them can change lives for better or for worse.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character, Val, is loosely based on a good friend of mine, including some of the details of her marriage, and her work. However, I overlaid some of my own experiences and locations to her.
As they sat around the smoldering ashes of last night’s fire,
Jorge pointed to her with a piece of crispy bacon. “Karl said pretty nasty things last night before he left. Would you like the highlights, or do you prefer to live in blessed ignorance?”
She sighed, pushing the runny scrambled eggs around with
her fork. Flecks of char peppered the eggs, and she preferred hers well-done, but runny eggs tasted better than none. “Sure. Give me the Cliffs Notes.”
“He said, and I quote, ‘she is an ungrateful, bossy bitch who
had no heart.’ He also mentioned your parents, your ancestors, and a particular tendency toward being an ice queen in bed.”
“Fan-fricken-tastic. That’s precisely what I wanted the entire Kingdom of Trimaris to hear.”
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