Guest Author & Giveaway: Mia Marlowe featuring Lord of Fire and Ice

Thursday, July 19

I hear tales all of the time of the fierceness of the Viking warriors in history from a family member.  How strong, brave and....well, fierce they were :) And I find that somewhat amusing since many of the Nordic societies are some of the most peace loving and happy citizens of the world today.

My guest today, author Mia Marlowe is here to share with us her new historical romance set in that world, but it's not your typical Viking warrior romance because the warrior is the one who has been conquered, not the other way around.  Which made me wonder, can you still be an alpha hero and wear a slave collar?  Enjoy!


An Alpha Hero in a Slave Collar

First, thanks for having me here today. I appreciate the chance to visit with your readers about my recent release, Lord of Fire and Ice. I love this story for lots of reason, not the least of which is the way I was able to stand a Viking romance trope on its head. There have been plenty of tales of a Viking warrior who takes the beautiful heroine as his captive. In Lord of Fire and Ice, my hero Brandr is the one wearing an iron slave collar while my heroine holds his leash.

The idea appealed to me on a couple of levels. For one thing, controlled strength is very sexy and even though my hero is placed in a weak position, he’s still an alpha. He gives his oath to obey his new mistress, but only so far as her commands do not diminish his honor. Brandr and Katla spar for control in their relationship from the first moment they meet. 

Along with the iron collar that restricts his actions, Brandr bridles himself as well. He has a mystical gift that he uses only in extreme situations. He’s a fire mage who can conjure flames from thin air and control fire with a thought. But he’s purposed in his heart only to use his gift to protect his people, not to benefit himself.

It doesn’t take Brandr long to realize that while he can’t bend Katla to his will with force. He can only melt this ice princess with love. But Brandr isn’t one for flowery words. His love takes the form of protection with all that he is. So when he’s ordered to marry her, he surprises her with an unexpected declaration of devotion during their wedding that takes her breath away.

Here’s a snippet from that scene:

Brandr reached over his shoulder and pulled out a long blade from its baldric. The steel had been repeatedly folded and fired, forged in faraway Damascus. It shimmered in the dying sunlight, hammered into brilliance by a master of the craft. The waves of its creation left an undulating pattern on the blade, glittering like living flame.

He dropped to one knee before Katla, point of the sword buried in the smooth dirt, both hands on the ornate hilt.

“I give you the edge of my sword, the strength of my body, the breath my life,” Brandr said, his gaze glued on the tips of her slippers peeping from beneath her hem. “If you have need of any of them, they are yours for the asking. And even if you don’t ask, they are still yours. From this day forward, you are my wife. I’ll defend what’s mine as long as there is a beating heart in my body.”

He looked up at her, something unexpected in his eyes. She’d seen that mad glint in a man’s gaze only when there was a cache of treasure to be had.

By this time, Katla is more than ready to strike off the iron collar.

Relationships are always a delicate dance of power and acceptance. The thrall collar is merely the visible sign of who holds power at any given moment. Once the collar is gone, Brandr and Katla must learn to bond so deeply, there is no question of who’s in charge. There’s only love, which always puts the other first.

His duty is to fulfill her every desire...

Brandr the Far-Traveled has seen the world and a good many of the beautiful women in it. His bed skills are the stuff of steamy legend, his sword sings death, and he can call up fire from thin air. No one ever thought he could be enslaved through trickery and forced to wear the iron collar of a thrall—least of all him.

Until all she desires is him...

Katla the Black isn’t just called so for her dark, silky hair. His new mistress has a temper as fierce as a warrior’s and a heart as icy as the frozen North. But inch by delicious inch, Brandr means to make her melt...

Congratulations to both Mia and Connie!  And big thanks to Mia for being my guest today.  I have to say that one of my favorite things about Lord of Fire and Ice was that Brandr was the one that was enslaved...that it wasn't your usual Viking conqueror plot, which has gotten kind of old for me.  Brandr is more of a quiet subtle strength in his alphaness, and I liked that.  Another of my favorite when Katla has to decide what to have him wear...and decides on a tiny tunic that is just long enough to cover the essentials, LOL.

If you'd like to learn more about author Mia Marlowe you can find her at her website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  And you can find author Connie Mason at her website.

To celebrate the release of Lord of Fire and Ice by Mia Marlowe and Connie Mason their publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to one lucky Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  If you were Katla what would you have Brandr wear as your thrall?  The Iron Collar only, a barely there tunic, leave the man some dignity with his own clothes, or something else?  Please explain your choice :)  (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
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Carol L. July 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM  

I've been looking forward to reading Lord of ire And Ice by Mia and Connie. Two of my favorite Authors.
I love the quiet and subtle strength i an Alpha. Think it's so much sexier.I'd have him in his collar and a pair of white linen low riding pants. :)
Carol L.
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

lorimeehan July 19, 2012 at 7:09 AM  

Oh I will go with only the iron my head its a very nice picture. lol.
Lori Meehan GFC

MiaMarlowe July 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM  

Carol--No white linen pants in LORD OF FIRE AND ICE. I'm hoping a short tunic will work for you. ;-)

MiaMarlowe July 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM  

Lori--Funny you should suggest that. Brandr meets Katla for the first time in nothing but the collar and his skin!

erin July 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM  

OH WOW!!! This book sounds amazing!!! Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I'm definitely adding this book to my wishlist!

Ummm... I'm not so much an alpha type so I'd make a terrible "master". Sure - go ahead and wear what you want. Sure- go ahead and leave... okey dokey :)

Phoenix Carvelli July 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM  

I think the tunic would be the best choice since you would not want him to identify with his past life but at least something so as not to flaunt your possession!
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MiaMarlowe July 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM  

Erin--My heroine Katla is an alpha female, too. She has to be. She has a farmstead that supports 30 people depending on her for every bite of food in their mouths and ever coin in their pockets. So since she's such a strong leader, it made sense to give her a hero who's just as strong a male leader. They butt heads, but they also join forces when necessary.

MiaMarlowe July 19, 2012 at 3:50 PM  

Phoenix--After a few days, Katla makes him wear some trousers too. Otherwise she'd get no work from the other women on her farmstead at all!

Kathleen O July 19, 2012 at 7:21 PM  

I would have him wear some kind of shorts, not a lion cloth kid, but maybe some leather ones.. With something like a short wife beater shirt.. I would want to stare at those muscles and six pack abs when ever I want...
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