• The Songweaver's Vow

    She tells Greek legends to entertain Norse gods — until one of her stories leads to murder. Now she's alone in hostile Asgard, and Ragnarok is coming.

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The Norse Pantheon Family Tree

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series The Songweaver's Vow: Easter Eggs & Background

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series The Songweaver’s Vow: Easter Eggs & BackgroundAnyone who’s spent more than three minutes reading up on the Norse pantheon — or pretty much any polytheistic pantheon, really — knows it can get complicated in a hurry. So when I stumbled … Continue reading

The Death of Baldr

River Song warns you of spoilers.
This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series The Songweaver's Vow: Easter Eggs & Background

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series The Songweaver’s Vow: Easter Eggs & BackgroundSpoiler alert: Baldr dies. Okay, seriously, there be spoilers ahead. Mythology nerds likely already know some of what goes down in The Songweaver’s Vow, but if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you … Continue reading

Norse Mythology: What We Know

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series The Songweaver's Vow: Easter Eggs & Background

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series The Songweaver’s Vow: Easter Eggs & BackgroundSo to start, we don’t know very much about Norse mythology. Oh, sure, we have quite a lot of stories, and we’ve made them into quite a lot more stories. But we don’t really … Continue reading

Kennings

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The Songweaver's Vow: Easter Eggs & Background

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The Songweaver’s Vow: Easter Eggs & BackgroundI’ve loved kennings since I first learned what one was. My formal introduction, the first time I knew a kenning for what it was, was swan-road, a Norse kenning for the sea, and with … Continue reading

Release Day! The Songweaver’s Vow & D is for Dinosaur

The Songweaver's Vow

You know it’s been a busy month when you have three book releases in two weeks. Fortunately, two of those are anthologies. Covalent Bonds dropped on Valentine’s Day — because romance — and D is for Dinosaur hits the streets today — because dinosaurs.  

The Beto-beto-san

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If you’ve read Kitsune-Mochi, you might remember a scene where Murame hears footsteps trailing her down a mountain? That’s the beto-beto-san, named onomatopoeiatically for the beto-beto sound of walking in wooden geta on stone. Susan Spann, author of the Shinobi mysteries, talks today on Murder is Everywhere about her real life … Continue reading

Guest Cover Reveal: Halayda

Halayda, by Sarah Delena White

If you like Celtic magic and myth, you might want to check out today’s guest cover.  

Background: Loki & the Gods’ Gifts

The Songweaver's Vow
This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Songweaver's Vow: Easter Eggs & Background

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Songweaver’s Vow: Easter Eggs & BackgroundWhen you’re working with two full mythologies, there are a lot of tidbits to include that just don’t get the screen time for full explanations. There are a lot of these “Easter eggs” hidden … Continue reading

Cover Reveal: The Songweaver’s Vow!

The Songweaver's Vow

I’m so excited about this, you guys. I worked on this book for over a year, and it’s finally ready and it’s coming soon. And today I get to share the official cover reveal with you. Ready? (Say yes, please, because I am.)  

Things to Know About Self-Publishing

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Here is Part 1 of my thoughts about getting started in indie publishing! Feel free to agree or disagree with me over there, fellow writers — comments welcome! http://rmfw.org/5-important-things-to-know-about-self-publishing-part-1-by-laura-vanarendonk-baugh/ If you want to hear more from me about self-publishing, make sure you check out the August 2017 edition of http://www.irelandwritertours.com/ … Continue reading