Thursday, February 27, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library: Blind Mercy by Violetta Rand

Violetta Rand has stopped by The Library to chat with us today as part of her virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly drawn commenter will win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. You can see the other stop here:


First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

Shadow Castle by Marian Cockrell. It has everything I dreamed about as a girl, adventure and love, dragons and faeries, magic and even a little dog.

If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be?


If you were a shifter, what animal would you like to be?

A snow leopard

Favorite season? Why?

Winter … I live in Alaska. I love everything about the cold season. Christmas, snowcapped mountains, frozen lakes for ice skating, the northern lights, Alpenglow, frost covered trees and street lamps, the chilly air, a lit fireplace, the long dark nights. This list could go on forever.

Best movie ever made?



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 accidently 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.


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.

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  1. Alaska is beautiful but I couldn't handle the cold.

    1. Anchorage isn't as cold as people think. There are plenty of cities in the Lower 48 that rival or exceed the cold here. It is beautiful. :) Where do you live? Thanks Rita.

  2. Nice interview; my son dreams of moving to Alaska! Brrr. I live on the gulf in s. Florida LOL

  3. My son-in-law has visited Alaska several times for several weeks each visit. But he doesn't stick around the cities....he stays with a bird counting group on the edge of the Bering Sea about 30 miles from Chevak....way, way, way up there....closer to Nome than Anchorage. Sorry I missed your visit on Thursday.

  4. Winter is my favorite season, too, but I live in the American South. I don't think that Winter would be my favorite if I lived in Alaska!