I’m pleased to announce that THE VALIANT HEART is nearly ready for release. However, one small issue remains. My hero’s sword needs to be renamed.
Originally, while researching my HEART trilogy in the late 1980’s, I culled authentic names for the Norsemen and their weapons from the ancient sagas and archaeological materials—the same resources Tolkien drew on. Desiring an appropriate, but not too “bloody” or grisly name for my hero’s sword, I dubbed it “Sting.” You can probably see my concern right away. With the advent of Peter Jackson’s recent Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (with two more Hobbit movies to come), readers, upon seeing the sword name “Sting” in VALIANT might instantly envision the small elven sword brandished by Bilbo and Frodo which bears the same name—not good for my 6 foot- plus hero, Rurik, a Dane who once served in the elite guard of the Byzantine emperor before joining his father in the new duchy of Normandy. His warrior sword needs a better warrior name.
Join in the fun and help me rename Rurik’s sword. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will receive a free copy of the THE VALIANT HEART eBook. The contest ends on May 13, 2013.