Sunday, February 1, 2009

Jen Black's Far After Gold


This week we are pleased to have our friend and fellow writer, Jen Black, author of Far After Gold, as a featured author on our blog. Please check back throughout the week for her author interview, book excerpts, and a chance to win a copy of Ms. Black’s latest novel.

Jen Black’s Far After Gold is a captivating, romantic novel that proves love can grow in even the direst of circumstances. When Emer, an island chieftain’s daughter, is captured by Vikings and taken to the Dublin slave market, she can think about nothing but escape. However, when Flane Ketilsson, a Viking warrior, buys her as his bed slave, preserving her virginity becomes her most prevalent concern, although escape is never far from her mind.

Despite her growing desire for the handsome, charming Flane, Emer refuses to sleep with him unless he marries her. But Flane proves to be the least of her problems. Katla, the steading chieftain’s daughter and Flane’s fiancĂ©e, is determined to get rid of Emer at all costs. In love with Flane and refusing to share him with anyone, Katla treats Emer cruelly, accuses her of stealing, and sets the hunting dogs after the girl when she runs away. However, Katla is not Emer’s only adversary. Gamell, another Viking warrior, wants Emer for his own and will stop at nothing to have her.

The attraction between Flane and Emer soon blossoms into love, which presents Flane with a difficult decision: choose Emer and destroy his chance to become chieftain, or marry a woman he doesn’t love and lose his Emer forever. But Flane thinks he can have it all, no matter what the cost, breaking Emer’s heart.

Will Emer and Flane’s love triumph over adversity, or will Flane’s pride, Katla’s rage, and Gamell’s wickedness destroy any chance they have at happiness?

Published by Quaestor2000 in January 2009, Far After Gold is a masterpiece. Also the author of The Banners of Alba and Dark Pool, Ms. Black’s latest book continues to showcase her talent of engaging, quality writing and storytelling. She creates a vivid, rich setting with realistic, charming characters that are easy to identify with, making it impossible for the reader to put the book down until the touching conclusion. I believe this book is one of Ms. Black’s finest works, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll write next.
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