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Book Blitz: Steel Hand, Cold Heart by Rachel Menard @MissusM @RRBookTours1 #Goodreads #RRBookTours #Fantasy

I’m so excited to announce an amazing giveaway event in honor of Steel Hand, Cold Heart by Rachel Menard! Read on for book details, an excerpt and a link to the event!

Steel Hand, Cold Heart by Rachel Menard
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Adventure/ Vikings
Publication Date: July 2019
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On the island of Helvar, women rule. Sixteen-year-old Carina has trained for most of her life to belong to the coveted Daughters of Hel, the steel-handed Viking warriors who provide souls to the Death Goddess in exchange for the prosperity of their island. Gaining her place hasn’t been easy. She was not borne of the island, but another spoil from another raid, raised by the island Chieftain. There are many who would see her fail, and on her first raid, she does. She doesn’t kill a priestess she should have.

Carina needs to prove her worth or risk losing her place. Before she can, her arch-nemesis drugs her wine and sends her off the isle as a captive of three foreign boys. But what is Carina’s greatest misfortune may turn out to be her greatest gift. The young men are taking her to the jewel of the Southern Isles – Fortis Venitis, a place no other Daughter of Hel can venture. Carina can place Hel’s claims on the Southern isle and return to Helvar with the spoils, a victor.

However there are many obstacles to pass before she reaches her goal. Like her rune stone that everyone keeps trying to steal, the mismatched pirates from a country that no longer exists, and the priest with his poison that melts flesh from bones. But the most dangerous obstacle of all are the odd feelings she’s developing for her victims, especially the knife-thieving captain Nik. That could make it difficult for her to kill him in the end.

Chapter 1

They called me Carina the Unstoppable. No, the name did not render men to terror like Merciless Merle, nor did it inspire awe like Dagna the Destroyer, or command attention like Odda Ironfist. But the moniker was mine. I earned it for the many times I had been knocked flat on the training grounds or limped on bleeding limbs to finish a fight. It was how I earned my place as one of Hel’s Daughters, the Hand of Death Herself.

I leaned over the rails of our longboat, Jörmungandr, aptly named because the figurehead was carved in the image of the giant sea serpent, wriggling its way through the water east toward Frisia. A strong wind held our mainsail, and we bobbed back and forth on gentle waves. These smooth waters were a blessing from the sea giant, Aegir. He approved of our quest, speeding us along our last raid of the season, the last offering to Hel before the long winter.

This was the Daughters’ last raid of the season but my first. I could hardly contain my excitement. I wanted to be there already, to see the villagers’ faces when we arrived on their shore in droves. When we offered their blood to the Goddess Hel.

I curled my steel fingers into a fist. On the eve of my initiation, Thora warned me attaching my steel hand would hurt. Her exact words were, “It feels like cutting your fingers off one by one and pissing in the wound.” Vidar warmed the steel gauntlet in the coals until it glowed sunset red, and I grit my teeth as he slid the molten metal over my fingers. The steel hand burned through flesh and muscle until the metal touched bone. My eyes had watered. A violent scream had gathered in my chest.

I held it back. I didn’t have the luxury of showing weakness, and once the hand was seared to my fingers, I belonged to Hel. She who bears the steel hand has the Goddess’s blessing to take life. That was three months ago. It took that long for my hand to heal, to become useful again.

Goodreads Giveaway

Set sail for adventure, romance and cross-dressing on an epic Viking-inspired journey!

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 50 digital Kindle copes of STEEL HAND, COLD HEART, Grand Prize Winner of the 7th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards! Winners will be selected at random, and their prize will be sent directly to their Kindle device. Giveaway is open from May 15, 2020 through June 14, 2020.

Rachel Menard earned her degree in marketing from ASU, during which time her work was featured in the university paper and her own, self-published punk zine, Chelsea. Her short fiction has been featured in the New England Speculative Writers’ Anthology, The Final Summons and on Cast of Wonders. Most recently, her self-published YA fantasy novel won the Grand Prize in the 7th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book awards. For more of her writings and ramblings, visit

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5 thoughts on “Book Blitz: Steel Hand, Cold Heart by Rachel Menard @MissusM @RRBookTours1 #Goodreads #RRBookTours #Fantasy

  1. Giveaway is the book? Not money to buy my choice of book? Aw shucks😂😂😂😂
    I have noticed this babe in common to both of us, a.k.a. Shannon, has the most crafty giveaway. It is spelled against me most days. And if not, then it has a bucket load of rules, visit this, like this, follow this, touch this, kick that… 😂 Those were my additions. I don’t like the orders… Just gimme the cash or gift card… 😂 😂 😂
    Mary, I betcha bosswoman a.k.a. Shannon either won’t like and pretend to like or she would burst out laughing at the comment.

    She better laugh. I have armpit hair cover on by blog somewhere. Eeekkks I cringe.

    You know when I used to do surgeries, patient’s hair was shaved especially in areas which would stink… You know what I mean… 😂 😂And head as a cap so that hair doesn’t touch me. Hehehe 😂😂 I just realized I have pet peeve

    I know it is a long comment or loooongggg comment. Today, every muscle of my body is hurting . I am mentally completely drained. Things happening in this world crisis just made me cry and cry and scream and scream…. So I am getting my jollies in teasing that person a.k.a Shannon… 😂 😂 😂 😂

    I am sure you are gonna laugh, Mary

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    1. Also do hope you feel better. The is crisis is driving me crazy or al least people here are. They are acting like it’s not a thing. The amount of people that believe that it’s fake scares me. Thank you for the 🤣🤣 I needed it.

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