The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Welcome Soul Mate Publishing author, Violetta Rand...

1. Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?

I’ve never wanted to be someone else really, but there are plenty of books and movies I’ve wished I could step into. The Outlander series would be a fantastic adventure to join. Trading places with any of Karen Marie Moning’s heroines in her highlander series would be divine. I’ve lead a very adventurous life, so adding to my personal experiences as me would make me happy.

2. What did you do on your last birthday?

My husband took me on a shopping spree at the mall. I spent $250 in fifteen minutes at Barnes and Noble … go figure, I love books.

3. Do you have any tattoos? 
I don’t have any tattoos, but my belly button is pierced. I have a fantasy tattoo though. I’m a huge Philadelphia Eagles football fan. The tattoo is on the inside of my wrist, an Eagle’s helmet with the classic team mantra “Bleed Green” elegantly scrolled underneath.

4. What are you working on right now?

Books three and four of the Blind Series, Blind Redemption and Blind Fury, and a new project with an author I deeply admire. We’re coauthoring a new Viking series. Additionally, I’ve completed Books I and II of my first contemporary series (The Devil’s Den Series) on which I’ll have big news to share soon.

5. Is your life anything like it was two years ago?

No. I’m writing fulltime now. And have teamed up with an excellent writer to produce a new Viking series. Two years ago I was penning my first novel, Blind Allegiance, and working as a scientist. As an established author with a debut novel that exceeded all my personal expectations, I have more confidence and capability managing my career and dealing with the challenges. Now Blind Mercy is out and I’m so excited.

Blind Mercy
by Violetta Rand



The Sigurdsson family legacy continues…

A woman who prayed for a hero…

Orphaned at a young age, Rachelle Fiennes prayed for a hero to rescue her from her tragic life in England. When her only kinsman goes missing after the Battle of Stamford Bridge, Rachelle braves the aftermath of the battlefield to find him.

A man who lost everything…

Damned by the gods for surviving the bloodiest defeat in Norse history, Jarl Tyr Sigurdsson is still determined to get home. Hiding until nightfall so he can escape to his ship, his dangerous endeavor is disrupted when he’s accidentally discovered by a beautiful Saxon.

Brought together by war, Rachelle and Tyr face many obstacles. Can sworn enemies find peace through love, or will fate be cruel?


Cursed witch. Things were much easier in Norway. Without giving it another thought, Tyr lowered his weapon, then grabbed a fistful of his captive’s hair. He’d give in to her dimwitted request to pacify her, but not without satisfying his own need for revenge. “Horse. Food,” he demanded.

“I’d rather die than betray my country—” the criminal started.

In response, Tyr thumped his head. He sank down, shaking and whining.

Sick with rage, Tyr stared at Rachelle. “This situation is ripe for trouble.” His only concern should be for his own survival.

 She addressed her countryman. “If you refuse him, he’ll cut your heart out.”

For a noblewoman, she had a way with words. Tyr nearly laughed out loud at the absurdity of what came out of her mouth. He’d learned something important about her though. Either she’d experienced more violence than any woman should or she was as frigid as an ice shelf. Regardless, her warning changed the Saxon’s mind.

The man pointed at his camp. “There are horses and food over there.”

With a twist of an earlobe, Tyr forced him to his feet. Tyr harbored a special hatred for rapists. If he couldn’t disembowel the bastard, he’d find another way to make him suffer. It didn’t take long. A grin spread across Tyr’s face as he framed the man’s punishment in his mind. Tyr would tie a noose around his neck, loop the rope over a high branch, and make him sit astride a horse with his hands tied behind his back. If the drukkin moved, he’d hang himself.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Violetta Rand holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and a master's degree in Environmental Management. Serving as an environmental scientist in the state of Alaska for over seven years, she enjoys the privilege of traveling to remote places few people have the opportunity to see.

 Violetta has been "in love" with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, at five, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading whatever she can get her hands on, music, and losing herself in the ancient worlds she enjoys bringing to life in the pages of her stories.

Prizes for the tour are as follows:
• One randomly chosen commenter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card.
• Two randomly chosen hosts will each receive a $25 Amazon/ gift card.

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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Rachel.

  2. Violetta, it's my birthday in a couple of weeks. Does your husband want to take me to Barnes and Noble? I could probably spend $500 in 15 minutes. lol


    1. If I had a $500 budget that day, Rita, I'm with ya! LOL. Happy B Day in advance. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Really fun interview!


    1. Hello Vita, glad you enjoyed it. :)

  4. Haha! $250 in 15 minutes at Barnes and noble. I wish someone did that for me. On second thought maybe they'd need to raise that to $300. I always need more books cause I read really fast. I loved the interview. :)

    1. Hello Monique, readers ALWAYS need $$$ for books. I understand. LOL. Thanks for visiting today.

  5. lol I think I would have probably been in heaven, having a shopping spree at a book store. I once almost missed a movie because I was too busy checking out the books at a children's hospital fundraiser. My boyfriend at the time was not impressed, but he really just didn't understand, not being a book lover and all. :)

  6. Playing a mad game of catch up here! I would like Amazon favorite place to shop.

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