Valentine's Day is over… Romantic attitude need renewing?
Nicolas Hansen - hero of the Woman of Choice/Prince of Norway/Matter of Principle trilogy - did not do anything to signify Valentine's Day on ANY of the February 14ths that transpired in the three books.
And Sydney, his wife let him off the hook.
In his defense, Nicolas IS Norwegian in heritage, and in Norway the celebration of Valentine's Day was an unknown practice until the 1900s
. So it wasn't built into his cultural awareness.
But American men? Fairly - or not - we do expect more.
I have been married for thirty-three-and-one-half years to a man who
understands my quirks when it comes to holidays and gifts. For example, I'm not a fan of flowers. Especially obligatory flowers. They cost a lot of money and then they die. I'd rather have a nice cozy meal in jeans on Feb 13th than a crowded dressy affair on The Day. But that's just me.
What if your Day wasn't all you hoped for?
Here's my suggestion: Let the love of your life off the hook, and jump into a good romance book. (Seriously - I didn't mean for that to rhyme when I wrote it.) (But I didn't change it either! HA!)
You know why. Because the men in these books always end up doing the right thing. They really are the HERO. They are bigger than life. Handsomer than most. Deep. Sensitive when it counts most. They fulfill the heroine's deepest desires. Perfectly.
So here at You Gotta Read, what would I suggest? My Hansen Series, of course!
In Historical Romances, there are countless "kilted warrior" stories... It's time for a new breed of heroes! Big, blond, buff and beautiful, with eyes the color of seawater; the untamable blood of their Viking ancestors flowing through their veins.
Do you feel it?
The Hansen men of Arendal, Norway are just such heroes. Come along with me and find out why Norway IS the New Scotland: Nicolas Reidar Hansen. Rydar Martin Petter-Edvard Hansen. Brander Hansen. Different generations, different continents. And they are worthy of your attention.
Because Nicolas truly is an amazing gift-giver. His choices are always non-traditional, but perfectly suited for the recipient. Somehow he taps into his wife Sydney's or his son Stefan's or his orphaned cousin Leif's deepest desires and nails it every time. A custom-made corset and breeches… short swords for training… a stethoscope and business cards… a handful of dirt. (Really.)
Nicolas Hansen is the best gift-giver I have ever known. So February 14th? I'll cut him some slack. He's so worth it.
Is it time you discovered Nicolas Hansen?
Please allow me to help.
For every 10 people who comment here, I will give away one free e-copy of A Woman of Choice - the beginning of the trilogy. And, yes. Commenter #11 warrants 2 copies! Comment #21? I'll give away three.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
In February at the end of my blog tour, I'll give away one SIGNED PAPERBACK SET of the trilogy. Here's how you can get in on that deal:
1. Go to http://www.kristualla.com/ and find the "Secret Word" on my home page.
2. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Signed Trilogy Giveaway" in the subject line. Put the secret word in the body.
3. Comment on any blog at any time in the tour to activate your entry. Each day's blog location is listed at http://kristualla.wordpress.com/blog-tour-dates-locations/
A Woman of Choice, A Prince of Norway, and A Matter of Principle are all available at http://www.goodnightpublishing.com/
A Woman of Choice - Missouri Territory, 1819
A woman is viciously betrayed and abandoned by her unfaithful husband. She is rescued by a widower uninterested in love. In desperation, she becomes engaged to his best friend. One woman, three very different men. Life is about choices.
A Prince of Norway - Christiania, Norway, 1820
American-born Nicolas Hansen has been asked to candidate for his great-grandfather's throne. His new wife Sydney isn't about to let him go to Norway and face that possibility alone. The moment they arrive at Akershus Castle, the political intrigue and maneuvering begin. Can Sydney trust anyone? Will Nicolas resist the seduction of power? Or will he claim the throne for himself? Most importantly: will their young marriage survive the malicious mischief of the ambitious royal family?
A Matter of Principle - St. Louis, State of Missouri, 1821
Nicolas Hansen has returned from Norway determined to change the world. But when he runs for State Legislator in the brand-new state of Missouri, the enemies he made over the past two years aren't about to step quietly aside. Sydney has made enemies of her own, both by marrying Nicolas and by practicing midwifery. When a newspaper reporter makes it his goal to destroy them, Nicolas must rethink his path once again. But this time, it's a matter of principle.