Blog Tour: Ragnarok by Michael Smorenburg with Excerpt and Giveaway


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Today’s stop is for Michael Smorenburg’s Ragnarok. We will have info about the book and author, a great excerpt from the book, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.
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A secret NASA experiment gone wrong, the chaos that erupts, and one
reporter seeking the truth who chases leads where she shouldn’t.
On a flight from Paris to Los Angeles Tegan Mulholland is intrigued &
charmed by Pete, the mysterious stranger sitting beside her. But when
their plane almost falls from the sky and other jets in her vicinity
wink from the radar, the official explanations that follow reek to
Tegan’s retired investigative journalist mind of cover up.
What is not declared:
A secret NASA experiment has warped a column of time instead of space,
plucking with it the planes out of our era, and a band of Norse
warriors from the Vinland colony millennia ago into our epoch.
Rowing eastward and back to Iceland, the contrail of Tegan’s plane appearing
after the strange aurora and moving westward high above, the Norsemen
conclude are Odin’s order to return to Vinland and unknowingly toward
the modern day Canadian coast, where, just days–yet a thousand years
before–the skraeling Indians had driven them out.
As news reports flood Tegan’s living room of bloodshed and massacre,
speculating about which gang of roughly dressed bearded marauders are
responsible for mass-murder around the quiet Canadian coast, Tegan
develops a hunch that there is more to the story than it seems. She
quits her Hollywood Exec job and embarks on an odyssey that leads
inexorably ever closer toward the Norsemen’s hidden lair.
Only Pete, the Lockheed consultant she had steadily fallen in love with
during the harrowing flight and since, has any hope of saving her.
If you enjoy intrigue, conspiracy and romantic suspense, Ragnarok will
grip your imagination and not let go.
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Viking Longboat, East of Vinland, Labrador Sea
9th May 1027
Latitude: 47°30’26″N
Longitude: 50°21’41″W
Ráðúlfr Júrgson shrugged his leather cape off and stood a moment at the stjornborði, the tiller oar in his hand.
He arched his aging back, and a lifetime at the oar rattled down his spine with that wash of relief that always made a magnificent day feel even better.
He’d been at the stjornborði, starboard side, on the oar conning the vessel for most of the morning.
“Gansi…” he called to his son. “Ok vagn er flýgr,” he said and the men laughed heartily.
Roughly translated from his native Norse, it suggested that this was supposed to be a chariot on the sea, not a plodding cart. He indicated to his son to replace him at the tiller oar, and stepped to the lad’s rowing seat.
“We pull this clinker home,” his voice rumbled out through his greying beard and the men at the oars raised their energy to match his vigor.
Raol was now in his sunset years, a man of vast experience and respect. He’d led this group out so many lives ago; so many lives lost to the skræling… the savages in the new lands.
The last skirmish when the moon was full was a final straw. They had sat in negotiations for two days straight, deciding the course.
It was a decision taken at a hastily assembled outdoor meeting called a thing in the Norse tongue, held on the plains under an open sky. It harkened back to the original plains of Þingvellir, or “Thing Fields” incepted in 930 AD, almost a century ago.
Two larger boats holding the women and children had been with them until sunset the night before, when Thor had brought the storm upon them.
Dawn found them all alone on a sea still angry, running confused and lumpy with small waves formed by the wind. The prow of their longboat, taller than a tall man, bit deeply into the onrushing swell as each rolled by relentlessly toward the shore, two days rowing behind them, where the sun would set.
It had been six winters since he and his men had seen other men of his tribe. His sentence had been three winters, so that he would be welcomed when they made landfall in Iceland again in the coming months.
He was not a particularly violent man. He had killed in anger, yes, he reminisced. But it was only an ending of trouble, not a making of it.
Michael Smorenburg (b. 1964) grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. An
entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, in 1995 Michael moved to
California where he founded a business consultancy and online media
and marketing engine in the burgeoning internet. In 2003 he returned
to South Africa where he launched a security company. In 2015 he
divested of the business to write full time. Michael’s greatest love
is the ocean, keeping up with the latest breakthroughs in science,
understanding the cosmos and sharing all he learns.


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2 Replies to “Blog Tour: Ragnarok by Michael Smorenburg with Excerpt and Giveaway”

  1. Julie Bickham says:

    Seems like its going to be a interesting story. I look forward to reading it.

  2. Sylve says:

    like the cover! looks like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!