Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Ragnarok Chronicles by Nicki J. Markus Blog Tour - Guest Post + Excerpt + Giveaway


The Ragnarök Chronicles

The Ragnarok Chronicles by Nicki J. Markus
YA Fantasy/Adventure/Mythology/Romance
Published: 2nd March 2015
Suitable for ages 16+

For Ragnarok will be completed....

Nothing marks Cassandra out—except her visions. She’s only ever seen small, insignificant things. That is until the strange frost arrives.

With her normal life turned upside down, Cassandra is plunged into an extraordinary and terrifying world of Norse gods and rampaging giants, ancient feuds and broken prophecies.

A handsome stranger offers aid. But can Cassandra really trust him? More importantly, can she trust her own judgment when his slightest touch sets her heart and her body aflame?

Guest Post by Nicki J. Markus

Writing the Anti-Hero

Everyone loves a bad boy, right? Well, I certainly do and the hero of my new book, The Ragnarök Chronicles, is no exception. The idea of the anti-hero (or Byronic hero) has been around for many years now and endures thanks to both our love for the bad boy and the fact such characters come across as all the more realistic to the reader.

The perfect hero has always been missing something for me because they are unbelievable. No one is perfect in every way, after all. Far more enticing are the flawed heroes whose faults are on display for all to see. They are like us and we want to see them succeed and find redemption, whether that’s through a deed or finding love.

There are many wonderful anti-heroes in popular culture. Think Dorian Gray, Mr Rochester, or Damon Salvatore, who is so much more interesting than his (mostly) ‘good’ brother. These characters appeal to us because they seem so real, so human... and the fact they are usually drop-dead-gorgeous doesn’t hurt....

My anti-hero in The Ragnarök Chronicles is a man of many faces—joker, lover, warrior—and my heroine, Cassandra, often doesn’t know quite where she stands with him. And yet she is drawn to him all the same, as I hope the reader will be too. He is a man on a mission, but only Cassandra can see he needs to fight his inner demons as much as he needs to fix the broken prophecy. So come and meet him. I am totally in love with him myself. What about you? If you read the book, do stop by my blog and let me know what you think. Cassandra describes him as ‘flawed perfection’. Do you agree?


Cassandra’s mind began to buzz. The warning vibrated through her body and she hoisted her bag onto her shoulder. The air in the room was heavy; its thick syrup clogged her lungs when she tried to breathe. She wanted to move, but her limbs dragged, unwilling to obey her instructions. She was at war with herself. One moment her mind told her to go, the next it urged her to stay. Her thoughts kept straying and it was a fight to maintain her concentration.

Something is not right here. Cassandra closed her eyes and shook her head. The action seemed to clear a little of the fuzziness. She was reminded of how she had felt in the coffee shop: as if awakening from slumber, not yet fully connected with the world. With the return of a portion of her mental clarity, her legs finally got the message. She made a move towards the door, wishing for once she did not always choose to sit so far back. Tom followed right after her. She increased her pace, bouncing down each step, feet barely touching the floor, but still he stayed with her, a solid, oppressing presence at her back.

“You aren’t in this class,” she said as she scampered down the last two rows and made it to the front of the lecture hall. “I’ve never seen you here before.”

Get out, get out, get out. She was not even sure from what it was she was in danger, but the warning her mind was sending her was loud and clear and she was not about to ignore it.

“I just moved here. I have been... abroad.”

“You seriously expect me to believe you’d transfer in to a course three weeks before the end of the semester?”

The exit was just ahead. Through the glass pane in the door she could see the corridor beyond, teeming with life as students moved between lectures. Safety was only a few strides away. She closed the distance and reached for the handle.

“What can I say?” Tom placed his hand against the door, preventing her from opening it, and then looked down and captured her gaze. “I am what they call the adventurous type.”

Author Bio - Nicki J. Markus

Nicki J. MarkusNicki J Markus was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works.

Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of Asta Idonea and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing.

Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader and in her spare time enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.

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