May 3, 2013

Character Interview: Norwegian Goddess @stbende #RLFblog

ST Bende, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Inga Jensson Andersson, from your book, Elsker, The Elsker Saga.
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing, Blush imprint
Length: 61,000 words
Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest-to-goodness Norse God -- an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.
Her orderly life just got very messy.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Kristia Tostenson, 20 years old, college student.
Ull Myhr, ancient (but looks 23), Norse God of Winter. Former Asgardian Assassin, moonlighting as a grad student.
Gunnar Andersson and Inga Jensson Andersson, also Norse gods moonlighting as grad students. Despite her actual age, Inga swears she's not a day over 21.


Elsker - Book 1, The Elsker Saga
At eight o'clock, a firm knock interrupted my reading. I picked my way through the flower shop that our living room had become and opened the door.
"Oh good, you kept my peace offerings." Ull treated me to a rakish grin.
"Just a few of them," I muttered. "Come on in."
"Oh, no. You must come with me."
"Why?" I challenged. Ull sighed.
"Are you going to fight me at every turn?"
"Please come." He looked so adorable standing on my stoop, his scarf casually thrown across the grey sweater under his coat. I gave in quicker than I meant to.
"Fine." I grabbed my coat from the closet by the door and shoved my keys and wallet into the pocket. "Where are we off to?" I closed the door behind me and followed Ull into the brisk night, waiting for his promised explanation.
But he didn't say anything. Instead, he put his hand on the small of my back and guided me away from campus. I shivered and noticed that Ull wore his jacket open, at ease in the chill. As we rounded the corner, Ull dropped his hand to clasp mine. It was so warm, so strong, and for a moment I forgot to be mad at him. We walked in silence as he led me down the main road. After two right turns, I found myself standing in a quiet garden.
Ull had brought me to a church.
Interview with Norse goddess Inga Jensson Andersson
Tell us about yourself.
First of all, Kayelle, I have to tell you that scarf looks fab on you. Totally compliments your eyes. Now, what was the question?
Tell us about yourself.
Oh, right. I'm a pretty normal goddess. I love baking, decorating, and fencing. Now that I'm on extended vacation in your realm, I've gotten hooked on IndyCar racing, too. My girl Katherine Legge isn't competing this year, so I've shifted all my loyalties onto that cutie pie, Ryan Hunter-Reay. *waggles fingers* Hi Ryan.
What else? I've been married to my childhood sweetheart, Gunnar, for practically forever, and I'm totally head over heels for him. We spend most of our time with our best friend, Ull, and when I'm not taking care of those two I'm experimenting in the kitchen.
Tell us about Ull.
Ull is... well, he's Ull. The tall, blonde and handsome god all the girls swoon over, both back home and here in Midgard. Commanding voice, piercing blue eyes, crazy arm muscles, the whole deal. But he's impossibly stubborn, ridiculously sensitive, insanely bossy, and all together frustrating. Though I will say he's great about wearing the clothes I pick out for him. I just picked up this cream cashmere sweater that's going to look soooo good with his tan.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My baking, naturally. Though it should be noted my eyebrow maintenance is unparalleled.
What was it like where you grew up?
Asgard's gorgeous. Big rolling meadows, lots of wildflowers, a willow tree with actual silver leaves. Crystal blue ponds, the palace... you should visit sometime. Spring's best, the daffodils are blooming and they bring so much color!
What do you wish was different about your life?
Well, the whole Ragnarok prophecy kind of stinks. We're all fated to die at this epic battle in the not-too-distant future. So if I could change one thing, I'd un-mark myself for death. But other than that, I've got a pretty sweet deal. I'm married to a total dreamboat, we're on an extended vacation with our best friend in one of the prettiest realms, and now that we're here I can buy stuff without leaving my couch. Your whole Internet shopping thing is fantastic!
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
That's easy. I wish Ull would meet the perfect girl and settle down. He's been alone forever, and I know it's hard for him. I really want him to be happy.
Also, I wish Ull's grandma would give me her Norwegian Waffle recipe. She is ridiculously stingy with that thing, and it's so not fair. A recipe that good is meant to be shared.**
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
My kitchen. Without any boys in it. Ull is notorious for mutilating my high-end kitchenware. No, buddy, my new Shun Santoku is NOT what you should be using to open that parcel...
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
Gunnar and I have been best friends since our first day of primary. I schooled him in fencing, and he's spent the rest of his life trying to get back at me. I'm proud to say he has never, ever, outmaneuvered me in any sword fight of any kind. Broad sword, rapier and dagger, you name it, I own him in it. But he's good with it. Gunnar's got a seriously naughty sense of humor, and a heart of gold. He's one of Asgard's top assassins, and he's ranked #3 in total kills, behind Ull and Thor. My husband is awesome.
**Don't tell Inga, but ST Bende does share the famous Norwegian Waffle recipe at the end of ELSKER!

About the Author

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet's Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired The Elsker Saga. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

Previous Books

Tur, The Elsker Saga prequel, is available to download free at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Elsker, Book 1 in The Elsker Saga, is available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and select e-book retailers.

Books Coming Soon

Endre, Book 2 in The Elsker Saga, will be available in September 2013, from Entranced Publishing.


Be sure to stop by during April and May. We're having a month of Elsker-themed giveaways, stretching from Release Day (April 22, 2013) to the Syttende Mai Waffle Fest (May 17, 2013). Can't wait to see you there!

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  1. Thanks for letting us visit Kayelle! Inga loved chatting with you. ;)

  2. Sounds pretty neat, ST. Good luck with it!

  3. Thanks so much gals! I appreciate your support!


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