The Vikings Sacrificed to the Gods in Rivers and Lakes

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I LOVE ancient history. Never know what will fuel the muse. :)

Originally posted on ThorNews:

English Viking Age Sword Found in Scandinavia

This magnificent English sword was sacrificed in Skåne in Sweden. Today it is on display at the Historical Museum in Stockholm. (Photo: Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History / University of Oslo)

A doctoral dissertation from 2009 shows that the Vikings sacrificed valuable and beautiful objects to the Norse gods and their forefathers at bridges and fords because they believed they were the boundary between the living and the diseased.

The thesis by Julie Lund, Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo – offers an insight into sacrificial customs of the Viking Age lasting from year 793 – 1066 AD.

Previously it was believed that this type of sacrifices came to an end in the Migration Period around year 500, but it turns out that the tradition continued into the Viking Age.

Bridges and Fords

The Vikings used special places in the landscape…

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How to create a well-rounded, believable character: Guest Blog by L.A. Starkey

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Some great tips for character building. Dust off those old RPG character sheets. :)

Originally posted on Tea Talks:

I think for me, as a reader, the necessity of having well-rounded believable characters that capture my heart, my attention, or my hormones is vital. Reading a book where you just don’t like the main character is honestly painful and not something I can hang with for too terribly long.
One of the best tools I’ve found in creating a good character is to sketch him or her out from the beginning. Let me give you an example from my own debut novel, Deceived.
Name: Samantha Parker
Age: 17
Appearance: Deep blue eyes, black shoulder length-hair (straight), around 5’8’’. Athletic build with curves where needed, but not overtly feminine. No physical markings on her body other than the infinity symbol she receives throughout the book.
Personality: Sam has a sardonic sense of humor and keeps a pretty negative outlook on things. She allows very few people to get close to…

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Finding Motivation

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Perfect timing with NaNoWriMo just around the corner.

Originally posted on Kate M. Colby :

In episode #198 of The Creative Penn Podcast, Steve Scott, a self-published author who earns a six-figure income from his writing, gives his advice for being productive and successful. His number one tip?

“Consistent butt in chair at least 5 times a week.”

procrastinationIt is no secret. The magic way to produce writing is to sit down and physically write. However, as all writers know, sometimes this is much easier said than done. After all, when our day jobs and families and friends and fully-loaded DVRs come calling, it’s difficult to turn them away. Given the opportunity, many writers will exercise their imaginations to invent any story necessary to get out of doing their work. Unfortunately, I am no exception to this weakness.

This November, I will have to beat myself at my own game and figure out how to get to “butt in chair” long enough to crank out…

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Why Fiction is Better than Fact

Originally posted on Official Site of Alex Laybourne - Author:

If you are reading this (thank you) there is a very strong chance that you are a writer. Which is great, you will certainly understand where I am coming from.

As a writer, I don’t believe in the ‘odds’. I don’t believe in letting life run though the same channels; going through every day on autopilot, afraid to touch the controls in case we spiral out of control and crash. I refuse to play it safe. To play the odds.

writing 2If I believed in them, I would not be doing what I am. I would not be writing fiction. If we can step outside the writer’s mindset for a moment and just look at it all in the plain light of day. The chance of succeeding as a writer is slim to none. With that, I am not talking about Stephen King style success, but an ‘I write full time and…

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In the Books featuring The Demon Stone by Christopher Datta

Today I’m excited to bring you a Guest Post and Kind Fire Giveaway from Chris Datta. His first Novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.

The Demon Stone by Christoper Datta

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The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.
“Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!”
-Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood
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Review of The Demon Stone

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Demon Stone by Christopher Datta.

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of horror and love nothing better than a possession story to get the blood pumping.

In The Demon Stone, we’re introduced to the two main characters, Kevin and Liz. Kevin volunteered to travel to a war-torn country in Africa to work with his lifelong friend, Bill. When he arrived, he was introduced to a part of the world and humanity he hadn’t experienced previously. When he and Bill have a confrontation with the leader of the rebels, Kevin had his life torn apart and was given an idol possessed by a demon. After he arrived home and following a family catastrophe, Kevin talked one of his college friends, Liz, into going on a camping trip with him.

For the life of her, Liz was unable to understand why she agreed to go on a camping trip with Kevin and his daughter. As the days passed, she found herself embroiled in a far different civil quarrel than she ever expected.

The story was fast paced and a fun ride. The only bump for me was the first few chapters as they alternated between the present with Liz’s point of view and the past through Kevin’s. It was more me since I’m not used to stories set up in such a manner, but I love seeing new formats like this and once I became used to it the pages flew by.

I loved the characters, and despite wanting to reach in and shake a couple of them at times, I really enjoyed the internal battle Liz had between what she knew as reality and what truly existed. Her struggle was done perfectly and I could feel her torment.

By the end, I felt for all the characters. This is a wonderful demonstration of how fragile one’s sanity can be when under enough pressure or influence. I definitely look forward to future books by this author.

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About the Author

Chris1Debut author CHRISTOPHER DATTA is no stranger to civil conflict or the still-extant scourge of slavery. Most recently the acting ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan where he helped end a war in April of 2012, he has spent a distinguished career moving from one strife-torn country to another, including Lebanon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, his research for Touched with Fire is exacting and based in part on a true story.

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Guest post featuring author Christopher Datta

Today I’m excited to bring you a Guest Post and Kind Fire Giveaway from Chris Datta. His first Novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.

The Demon Stone by Christoper Datta

demonstone1
The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.
“Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!”
-Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood
Amazon.comBarnes & Noble

Guest Post by Chris Datta

We’re coming up on Halloween and this is the book you need to read to get ready for the scare! But don’t take my word for it. Continue reading

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Ebook or Paperback?

Originally posted on Florida Writers Conference Blog:

By CP Bialois

CP Author PhotoGood morning everyone! I thought I’d start this week off with a fun discussion topic: Which do you like better? E-books or paperbacks?

To be honest, I love them both. The kindle (or Nook or whatever device you prefer) allows us to carry around hundreds of books in our pockets. The convenience they offer is second to none as you can read a PDF from your computer on your device as well. What’s not to love about that?

The one bad thing is when you purchase an e-book, you are really only buying the right to “borrow” the book. This became obvious after a recent article cycled around the internet about Amazon preventing a person from accessing the library she paid for. Even this, depending on your point of view, isn’t necessarily a bad thing as some sites like Smashwords lets you download the books as a…

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