April 16 2014

Lohr, Jennifer: Baltic Mist, A Timeless Saga

 

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Baltic Mist

by Jennifer Lohr

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Baltic Mist – A Timeless Saga is Jen Lohr’s next big creation. It all began when she came across Egil’s Saga, written in the mid11th century, chronicling the life of Egil Skallagrimsson. The history surrounding the Viking awakened within Jen an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the Norse culture. A story was soon born, seen through the eyes of a young woman named Helga, originating from a character in Egil’s Saga.

Baltic Mist begins on a farm Norway, and takes the reader through the epic adventures of Helga’s enchanting life. Beginning in Book One, her tale falls against the backdrop of Scandinavia’s conversion to Christianity.  The saga continues in Books two and three to a finale that no one, even Helga herself, could have ever imagined!

A must read!

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EXCERPT

Copyright © Jennifer Lohr, An Ancient Approach, 2013 All rights reserved

BALTIC MIST – A TIMELESS SAGA

FROM CHAPTER 1, JOURNEY HOME WITH ME

My name is Mist, and know it was your fate, decided ages ago, to hear my tale. I am a legend whose legacy you are now part of, as you join me in history.  Know as you read this:  all is as it should be, for there are no accidents. Destiny has brought you and I together, our connection has finally been made. This day was once foreseen, and your time to know me has come. Although I breathed in the air centuries before as you do now, pieces of me continue on. Come, as I now wish to show you not who I was, but rather who I am….

Follow me back to my time, before the likes of all that you know now, here and today.  Visit alongside me my beloved northern homeland as it once was, so very long ago.  Behold its massive forests – so lush, green, and already ancient by the time of my existence. Come to where great cascading rivers spill over rocky cliffs, where their spray can be felt, splashing on the rolling hills below.

The dawning of my life was a special time for my parents. I would be their firstborn maid-child.  I took my first breaths during the period after the Yule Festival and before the coming of spring, when the earth gave way to a warmer sun and seeds of growth.  After my birth it was told my mother, Hilde, accepted me by permitting me to nurse milk from her breast. It was then my father tearfully held me on his knee and passionately announced,

“It is known, a daughter has been born:  Helga Thorfinsdotter…she belongs to me, Thorfinn Bondesson.  I choose her name in honor of my mother, who is now among the dead.”  He then sprinkled drops of water over my tiny infant body.

This was the way I became a member of my family, officially, and they rejoiced in the goddesses Frigg and Freyja.  Many were grateful to the two goddesses for delivering me safely from my mother’s womb, while leaving her unscathed and in good health.

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INTERVIEW:

It is my pleasure to interview Jen Lohr, author of Baltic Mist. Welcome to Room With Books, Jen.

Would you please tell us about your book, Baltic Mist, and what inspired you to write it?

My book is about a young Norwegian farm girl, living in the Viking-age, and through the Pagan to Christian conversion.  The story begins rather humbly with her on the farm, then turns into a ‘journey,’ of sorts, after a very spiritual experience. I was inspired by an Icelandic story called ‘Egil’s Saga,’ (written over a fifteen hundred years ago) and my protagonist, Helga, is based on an original character from the saga.

When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen? 

This is my first novel, but in any other story I’ve written, it’s usually the characters unfolding and developing to dictate the outline…however, this was a completely different writing experience for me, altogether.  It was the first time I was able to outline the plot in chapters – definitely a first for me, and in more ways than one.

Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins? 

Great question…!  In this case, I had more arguments with history and facts, than with characters…and for the sake of ‘authenticity,’ history won.  It was very important to me, going into this project, that I remain culturally and historically correct to the people in the time-period my book takes place in.

What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?

I never get bored…I can always find a way to keep myself busy.

If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?

Edgar Allen Poe- because he had a real talent for making the macabre sound so ordinary and relatable.

When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?

My childhood dream (beginning at 3 years old) was to work at Burger King so I could give my dad an endless amount of free Whoppers!  For some reason, this always seemed to distress my mother…

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?  

I’ve always had a very active imagination. In grade school I figured out I could ‘describe’ the ideas, images and thoughts in my head to make stories, by writing them down.  My

What music inspires your writing? 

For this project in particular, I listened to a lot of Wardruna, Christophe Maro, and random ‘Viking-themed’ or ‘Norse’ traditional music floating around on YouTube.

Fun Facts: 

While back-packing through Europe I did some time in a Turkish prison, then fell in love with a man who can belch the entire alphabet.  …No, in all seriousness: I did fall for a man when I heard him put ‘Ogre’ (from Revenge of the Nerds) to shame.  If I could, I would stay camping in the woods for an entire season. I often find myself singing along out loud to the songs on the loud speaker in any given store I’m a patron of (avoiding those “She’s bat-sh&t CRAZY!” looks from my fellow shoppers).

What is your favorite breakfast?  Ham, egg, and cheese on a real New York bagel.

What is your favorite color?  The answer to this question has my children baffled, but I admit:  I don’t have a favorite color – I love just about every colors (…except neon pink).

What is your favorite movie?  Obviously, I have trouble when it comes to choosing ‘favorites,’ but ‘Red Dawn’ (the original 1984 film, with Patrick Swayze).

What is your dream car? A black, 1971, Plymouth Barracuda with a 426ci hemi engine (aka Hemi-Cuda), chromed out, and equipped with a heavy-duty Spicer-built rear axle…and that’s it, really.

Thank you, Jen, for your time and for stopping by Room With Books.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Jen was first published when she was a sophomore in High School, and has been writing short stories ever since.  The Baltic Mist series is her fictional novel debut.  She lives in upstate New York with her husband and their four children.

Author web links:

Website: http://balticmist.anancientapproach.com

Blog: www.anancientapproach.com

Site: www.norsemyth.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baltic.mist

Buy Links:

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/baltic-mist-a-timeless-saga-book-one-jennifer-lohr/1118622125?ean=2940148300380

Amazon Kindle Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Baltic-Mist-Timeless-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B00I0D9WA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393931606&sr=8-1&keywords=baltic+mist

Amazon Print:   http://www.amazon.com/Baltic-Mist-Timeless-Saga-Book/dp/0615934420/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1393931646&sr=8-3&keywords=baltic+mist

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Back Cover Blurb: 

Baltic Mist by Jennifer Lohr is the first book of a trilogy. It is based in the times and land of the Vikings but after they had given up their old Gods for Christianity. The book is written from the perspective of farm girl called Helga.

I was drawn to this book as I love anything about Vikings. I was not dissapointed and I could not put it down. It is well researched, engaging and even eductional, I would say. I learnt a lot of things about the various Norse customs. The characters were well developed with different dimensions to them. The action and adventure was totally gripping. Different themes are explored such as politics, beliefs (old and new) romance. The plot was great and the dialogue well written, as was the narrative. It’s a shame it wasn’t longer. I can’t wait to read the next part.

I definitely recommend this book. Just buy it. You won’t regret it.

Daniel Kenyon, author of The Bare Knuckle Fighter and The Savage Heart of Palermo.

 

Jennifer will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

I encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking on the banner below.

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14 COMMENTS :

  1. By bn100 on

    Fun childhood dream

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. By Jennifer Lohr on

      Thanks bn100! Thankfully I’ve changed my career path 😉
      Thanks for commenting!
      Best,
      Jen Lohr, author

  2. By karenh43 on

    Not a time period I would normally read, although I do like historical books, so I can see myself reading this one.

    1. By Jennifer Lobr, author on

      Hi Karen!
      I can relate – until my poking around the web & coming upon ‘Egil’s Saga,’ the desire to even learn about ‘Vikings’ was not reading material I typically sought out, either. But now I’m ‘hooked,’ as they say…there’s so much intriguing mystery surrounding the culture that the history buff in me couldn’t help BUT learn about them.
      Thanks for commenting!
      Best,
      Jen Lohr, author

  3. By Elise-Maria Barton on

    Great chapter excerpt Jen. I love the way you showed the traditional ritual used to accept and infant into a Norse family. Another such rite that I found interesting was that of the ancient Saxons, where a newborn would be presented to the father to “take up” in acknowledgement that he accepted the child as his own (the beginnings of Mama’s baby, Daddy’s maybe?). There is yet another where deformed or sick newborns were “wilded”, left to the elements to live or die as the gods chose. As barbaric as these rites may seem to us now, put into context they made perfect sense for the time periods in which they were practiced.

    What other ancient customs did you include in Baltic Mist and which did you find most surprising?

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    1. By Jennifer Lohr on

      Hi Elise!
      Thanks for acknowledging the birthing ritual. I thought it would be very fitting to introduce Helga (my protagonist) as she would have been ‘accepted’ by her family at birth. One thing about the (& not just Viking-era) Scandinavians was they didn’t ‘document’ everything, so some religious rights and ceremonies are left to interpretation. Thankfully, we can learn a lot by looking at the saga’s. It was very important & customary to many northern European cultures to accept their infants, ‘officially.’
      Yes, the Scandinavians did also practice (what they called) ‘exposure,’ leaving deformed or handicapped infants exposed to the elements. And, as you mentioned, so did many cultures in history. For example, I understand the Greeks were also known to do the same. Yes, and as you said: it is viewed to be very savage, by today’s standards…but we live in a much different world not than our ancestors did – food, medicine, shelter, clothing, water, warm homes – these are all things we take for granted, and were not always promised to the ancients. So, instead of risking famine, for example, after giving birth to a baby born with no legs – they would need all members of the household to contribute to farming, hunting, etc. Coming from a woman’s perspective (& mother of 4 children) I can’t imagine it was at all easy for anyone to do (to expose their new-born) since children didn’t always live very long after birth, even if they made it passed the ‘inspection,’ plus, they were human beings, just like us.
      I tried to incorporate what everyday life probably would have been like, as well as staying true to their culture. Helga attends a ‘blot’ which was a sacrificial celebration. There are wedding customs discussed…even a ‘drinking’ game! Again, I pulled it all from history, tradition, & culture.
      Thanks for the comments & great question, Elise!
      Best,
      Jen Lohr, author

  4. By Jennifer Lobr, author on

    Hi Rita!
    Thanks for the kind words & I really enjoy interacting with all of you & discussing my book. Thanks so much for commenting (the simple fact that you all took time out your lives to sit down, read about my book & me, then took time to comment or ask questions means a lot to us authors)!
    Best,
    Jen Lohr, author

  5. By Rita Wray on

    Great interview, I enjoyed learning more about you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  6. By Jennifer Lobr, author on

    Hi again, Andra!
    Yes, it can be a little frustrating, but in this case (as far as this book goes) it was really important to me to remain as historically correct as possible. I wanted to remain as authentic to the Norse culture as I could. I’m trying very hard to show that the Vikings weren’t the filthy, uncivilized, blood-thirsty people that they’ve been tainted with. It was actually bothersome to me to find all if the incorrect, untrue, & derogatory data about them; and found that no one really bothered to research who they really were & what they were really all about. So, for the sake of ‘the truth,’ I was willing to lose those arguments. 😉
    You have great questions & comments & it’s a pleasure to discuss my book with you, & everyone who has taken the time to comment – thank you so much!
    Best,
    Jen Lohr, author

  7. By andra on

    That must be frustrating to have to argue with history to get what you want to happen! I love messing with alternate histories just for that reason…who wants to stick with what REALLY happened when you can look at what COULD have happened? Lol!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  8. By Jennifer Lobr, author on

    Hello Mary! Great question – the stone on the cover is called a rune stone. This one in particular is one out of about 40 in Vaksala, Uppsala, Sweden. This one was a actually a grave stone.Runes were very meaningful & powerful images in Scandinavian culture.
    Thanks for asking!
    Best,
    Jen Lohr, author

  9. By Mary Preston on

    Hi,

    what would be the proper name for that “stone” on the cover?

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  10. By Jennifer Lobr, author on

    Thanks very much for the great questions & for hosting me on your blog! I’ll be checking in, throughout the day to answer any questions or just have a chat. And while you’re on YouTube watching my author interview, please enjoy my Book’s Trailer, too. http://m.youtube.com/watch?autoplay=1&v=CQ4nc8VfooE
    Thanks again & I look forward to hearing from readers!
    Regards,
    Jen Lohr, author

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