Dear Viking by Lori Soard Christian Historical Viking Romance
Rok Erikson comes from a long line of Viking warriors. The tradition of his upbringing, his new Christian faith and the code of honor that says he must protect his family at all costs wage war within him. He and his brothers go on a mission to kill Jarl Van of Colby before the man can make another attempt on their father’s life. The code of honor insists that they either kill or be killed, however, there are dark forces at work of which Rok is unaware. Leani is the daughter of the jarl Rok believes is making attempts on his father’s life. When the eldest brother reaches her village ahead of Rök and the rest of the party, he kills her father and defiles her frail sister. Enraged, and fearing for her own life, Leani drives a silver dagger into his neck. Leani is captured by the vile Eriksons and forced to leave behind her broken sister as they take her to face a trial for killing the Viking who murdered her father. Leani’s life hangs in the balance as she struggles with her guilt over taking the life of another and tries to find forgiveness where none should exist. Her faith will be tested to the limits as she fights a growing attraction to her enemy, tries to hide the truth about her identity, uncovers a treachery that runs deep within the Erikson clan, and sees how God can come to your rescue even when all hope seems lost…
“With a story involving Vikings, you know there will be violence. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The author did a wonderful job of being true to telling a Viking’s tale without going overboard with blood and gore. It was tastefully done. Vivid descriptions of the scenery. Sweet romance. I also liked the struggle the characters faced with their beliefs and family traditions. Bought today and just finished it. I really enjoyed the story. 🙂 Well done!!” ~ Kimberli, Amazon reader
Characters with Courage and Faith
“This is a short, quick read with a sweet romance. However, it deals with issues of faith, loyalty, family, tradition, and love in a way that causes the reader to think about those issues in his or her own life. I found Viking Christians intriguing, as I had never thought about Vikings being anything but violent plunderers. The characters face the choice of family or faith, maybe even life or death. Taking a stand for the Christian God in a family and culture that worships many gods took courage and strong faith. These characters had both.” ~ Lillian Ammann, author of Dream or Destiny
“This is a sweet romance that will pull at your heart strings. Rök Erikson’s new found Christian faith clashes against the traditions of his Viking family; he fights against falling in love with Leani and the duty he feels for his family that demands he avenge his brother’s death. While Leani’s life hangs in the balance, she feels guilty for taking the life of another and places her punishment in the hands of her savior.
As Rök’s and Leani’s faith is tested over and over, Lori Soard handles these characters’ inner and outer struggles like a pro.” ~ Kim Cox, author of All This Time
Cupid’s Quest by Lori Soard Book # 1 in the Cupid’s Crossing Series
The only life Gracie has ever known has been the nursing home and the residents who are like family to her. Now, she risks losing it all and her friends scattering to different homes if she can’t come up with the money to save the business.
Between caring for his ailing mother and running the family farm, Brandt is stretched thin. Too thin. When his mother begs him to enter a local scavenger hunt, win the prize money, and convert the farm into an orchard, he knows he can’t refuse her anything, so he reluctantly agrees.
While seeking clues to the scavenger hunt, Gracie and Brandt keep bumping into each other. Gracie’s always had a crush on him that keeps her from stringing two coherent words together. Brandt doesn’t understand why she dislikes him so much she won’t even talk to him. If the nursing home residents would settle down and stop getting into crazy shenanigans long enough, the two might figure out that they have more than a little in common.
Cupid’s Quest is a great kick-off to Lori Soard’s new “Cupid’s Crossing” series. This cleverly titled story is a Christian romance and God is a big part of the characters’ relationships, yet Lori has woven humor and playfulness into the story. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, they are developed into more than stereotypical figures. The hero and heroine have a lot to learn about each other, which they do with caring and gentle exploration of each others’ personalities. I look forward to the next book in the series. ~ Robin Bayne, author of the Gardner’s Gazebo series
It’s Hard to Go Home (young adult novel) by Lori Soard
Millie Jackson loves the freedom of running through the wooded mountains of wild and beautiful West Virginia. It sure beats going home to the strict mother who reins over her home. She has her two cousins, Josh and Aaron for company. And she can avoid Old Man Taylor, who scares her a little with his daily treks up a steep mountain to visit the grave of his wife.
When Josh is killed in a car accident, Millie has a hard time accepting his death. At first she refuses to believe he is dead. It is surely a horrible mistake. But the cold, harsh reality starts to sink in and she realizes that he is truly gone forever. She never told him how much she loved him.
As Millie defies her parents and takes daily treks to the grave, she becomes further involved with Renee, who begins urging her to try some drugs that will “make her feel better.”
Will Millie make the right choice that honors Josh’s memory? Or, will she spiral down until there is no return?
In grade school, Kate, Sarah and Rebecca discovered they were best friends. In seventh grade, they discovered makeup and began a diary of their important moments, “signed” in their own shade of lipstick. In high school, they discovered boys. Now the three are staring their thirtieth birthdays right in the face and determined to do something about where their lives are going. From mothers who gripe about their unmarried state to bosses who don’t take them seriously, to ticking biological clocks – the girls don’t want to care what others think but are tired of being seen as those almost-thirty-something singles. When an unwanted and definitely unexpected wedding invitation arrives, it sends the three of them on an adventure to save the blushing bride from the biggest mistake of her life. Using tests taught to them by Kate’s great-grandmother, they begin a wacky search for the perfect man. But even if one of them finds love, will the man be able to live up to the strict qualifications in the lipstick diaries?
Catherine Claiborne is determined to hold onto the dude ranch that her father founded, but she just inherited a partner she doesn’t want. Struggling for money, in the dead of winter with no guests, she is determined to make it profitable.
Gage Maddock has returned home after fourteen long years. He is determined to reclaim what is rightfully his. Mustang Claiborne left him half of a dude ranch. Gage isn’t thankful, he’d still own one hundred percent of the land were it not for Mustang’s cheating. Gage wants to buy out Mustang’s daughter, Catherine, and build a resort hotel on the land.
When Catherine refuses to sell, Gage comes up with a game plan, one that will change life as they know it.