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Published by Thorskona Books on 27 November 2014
Genres: Mythology, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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Magic goats are a lot more trouble than they're worth. Ordinarily, Gwen likes goats, even makes her living by milking them, but these two are some kind of devil-spawn, and one of them is pawing the ground, horns aimed at her guts. The fact that they were followed by a blonde farmhand with a much too charming smile isn’t all that much of an improvement, either.Amazon • Buy the Book •
But Thjalfi makes himself useful. He's lean and smart, with a warmth in his pale blue eyes that makes her shiver, and she can't deny that he has a way with her horses. He seems to have a way with her, too.
There's just one problem: Thjalfi's a slave, a bondservant to the god of thunder, Thor, and no matter how far they fall in love, he can't stay.
But this so-called god who owns him? He’s about to learn just how far a Midwestern girl will go to free the boy she loves.
Mature-Content Rating: Sexual content, Animal Violence
Thjalfi is a minor character from the Prose Edda (and an even more minor character in the Poetic Edda) but Dillin took the character and definitely made him her own. She turns him into a charming farmhand who surprisingly turned out to be a deep thinker and loyal. Not to mention he sounds easy on the eyes.
Gwen is a hard working farm-girl who is as stubborn as the goats she milks. She’s completely independent and comfortable with her lifestyle tending to her goats, horses, chickens, and cats.
The two characters as a couple are very well matched. Thjalfi is very giving and Gwen is very stubborn which makes for an interesting pair. The romance starts off tentative but turns sure and sweet.
The goats, Blender and Masher, sealed the deal for me. They are horrible, demonic monstrosities that add so much humor to the story and actions cause emotional situations between the characters that I couldn’t help but love the beasts.
Dillin also incorporated a small guide to pronounce Icelandic/Norse words without it sounding like an information dump! Information dumps are hard for authors to avoid when need-to-know information has to make the story and somehow still be seamless.
Overall, Postcards From Asgard defiantly satisfied my love for Norse Mythology and in a modern, non-superhero fashion! I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the old Norse myths and wouldn’t mind hearing them with a twist, or for paranormal romance readers in general.
1. Postcards From Asgard is obviously influenced by the Eddas. How did you first get into Norse mythology and the Eddas?
If you’ve ever been to North Dakota or Minnesota, you probably know that region of the country has been heavily influenced by Scandinavian and Germanic culture. At the University of North Dakota, we even had a huge study abroad program to Norway. I was young and stupid, and focused on Classical Studies, so I never took advantage of the program or the opportunity to take classes in Norwegian (several of my friends did!) but there was a certain amount of osmosis that couldn’t be avoided. Between that, my interest in mythology as a whole, and my Marvel Comics inspired love of Thor, it was a no-brainer to take the Norse Mythology course on offer. Thor kind of took over my fiction-writing soul, after that, which of course meant going back to the Eddas themselves. Particularly when I was writing my FATE OF THE GODS trilogy, where Thor was front and center!
2. Tell me about the book. How did you ever come up with the idea of Thor sending postcards from Asgard?
I just loved the idea of magic postcards showing up from other worlds. Sending them from Asgard seemed the natural next step!
3. You chose to use Thjalfi from the Eddas. Is there a reason behind choosing him?
Thjalfi’s story always fascinated me. What a life to have lived! A companion to your god, seeing such marvelous and amazing things on any number of journeys. But what happened when the little boy grew up? How long did Thor keep him in his service, and what became of him after Christianity swept the North Lands and the old gods were left behind? As a fully mortal boy, his story offers a different and understandable perspective into the world of the Aesir.
4. Were you writing to publish, or did that idea come later?
I write first, then see what I have and how it might be publishable, if at all. But I’ve been writing seriously with the hope to publish since 2008!
5. Have you written a book that you did not publish?
Several! Some of them I’m working toward hopefully selling traditionally, and some will stay trunked for eternity — like my paranormal romance novel about a billionaire and his reincarnated girlfriend! I just don’t have the time to bring it up to a publishable level with all the other projects I want to make happen.
6. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Anne McCaffery’s Crystal Singer Trilogy has definitely influenced me as an author, as well as Lois McMaster Bujold’s SHARDS OF HONOR, and Robert Heinlein’s I WILL FEAR NO EVIL.
7. What’s more important to you: characters or plot?
8. Are you working on anything right now?
I’ve just wrapped up an historical novel set in Bronze Age Greece about the son of Zeus, Pirithous and his marriage to Hippodamia, and the sequel to my romantic high fantasy, HONOR AMONG ORCS. I’ll be working on revising and editing both of them this year while I write a third Orc Saga book and another Bronze Age historical!
9. Is there a chance we’ll be seeing Thjalfi and Gwen again?
There’s always a possibility, but I’ve got my plate pretty full right now, so it won’t be in the near future!
10. Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Mostly just thank you! It’s been great to find other fans of Thor and mythology — and here’s to sharing the love and creating more!