It’s here!

The technical glitch is sorted and Tales from the Northlands is up and running. It’s a 99c/p volume so it won’t break the bank, and if you enjoy stories, you’re in for a treat, because no one could tell stories better than the Norsemen, and though I’m not a Norseman, you might be able to forget that when you’re reading them.


Just to repeat myself, this is what they’re all about..

These five short stories are set in the Northlands: a modern Swedish department store, the windswept east coast of Anglo-Saxon England, and the fjords of Viking Sverige.

A rickety wooden escalator carries a child from his safe, comfortable world of department store Christmas glitter to the midnight zone inhabited by legendary nightmares.

On the windswept east coast of Northumbria, a Saxon thegn avenges his murdered chief by selling his village to the sea wolves, and a ruthless war leader prepares for battle, gloating over the blood dream sent him by the wicce.

In Viking Sverige, Jussi and Solveig plan a future juggling bride price, parental expectations and the knarr they have yet to acquire, but their future falls beneath the shadow of the mountain.

Antar seems like the answer to Inna’s dream of escaping the bleak steading on the fjord, but her father and his chosen son-in-law have other ideas.

What links these tales is the North Sea that beats the coast, brings the cold and the long ships, laps the winter nights in snow, when the wind howls stories of trolls and giants. It brings the herring, the sea mews and the grey seals, and it joins a people with the same vision of the worldโ€”harsh, vivid and full of magic.


You can get Tales from the Northlands here


And there are, of course, free copies in exchange for a review. Though if Regency romance is your thing in historical fiction, these stories might not be for you.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

26 thoughts on “It’s here!”

    1. I’ve done a lot of research for the current WIP so I’m pretty clued up on ninth century domestic history. I love this period and it’s been pure pleasure getting immersed in it.

      1. I think it’s more about being a stickler for accuracy than anything else. I’m a big fan of Guy Gavriel Kay, but his novel about Saxons and Vikings rather set my teeth on edge. He had his Vikings subjecting captives to the ‘blood eagle’ willy nilly. Even slaves and children. There’s no evidence that the ‘blood eagle’ ever existed beyond a theoretical exemplary execution. If it ever happened at all ot would have been reserved for defeated kings. It’s not difficult to get that kind of information, but if you don’t, the story strays into the realms of second world fantasy.

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