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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Guest Blog: Adele Downs: ACCIDENTAL LOVE STORY

While surfing the Web one day I had a happy accident. During research for an article I was working on, I stumbled across unrelated information about the gods, demi-gods, and Light Elves of Norse mythology. The lore drew me in, and I wanted to learn more.

I’d never heard of Light Elves—the angel-like beings whose sole purpose was to serve the gods and humanity. These celestial creatures lived in Alfheim (Elf Land) “the place between heaven and earth” in “the west beyond the seas” and could communicate with both deities and mortals.

The Light Elves were described as tall, blond celibate males so handsome they were “fairer to look upon than the sun.” In the middle of the night they would come to earth surreptitiously to complete the chores of deserving individuals. My creative mind went into overdrive when I pictured a handsome immortal cleaning house!

What would happen, I wondered, if a Light Elf got caught? And what if the woman who found him was beautiful? Would he risk the wrath of his god and put his tasks aside after centuries of celibacy to make love to her? If they fell in love, how would he commit to her and reconcile the distance between heaven and earth? My questions formed a story idea that became a manuscript.

In my new release, HER IMMORTAL VIKING, Gunnar of Alfheim is a warrior unjustly cast into eternal servitude and made a Light Elf by an angry god. When he falls in love with Penelope, a modern day mortal, he must find a way to link heaven and earth and cross the divide of a thousand years to clear his name and claim her.

An original contemporary fairy tale inspired by Norse mythology

Penny pleads for divine intervention from overwork and mountainous debt one desperate, lonely night. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, hoping to draw the attention of someone up there.

From the place between heaven and earth, in the west beyond the seas, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a fearless Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god and made a Light Elf. While Penny sleeps, he comes to earth from Alfheim for a single night to complete her tasks. When she awakens and confronts him, the handsome immortal kisses her, sparking a night of forbidden passion. By dawn, the couple has fallen in love.

Dark forces target Penny, seeking revenge for Gunnar’s earthly misdeeds. To protect his mortal lover, Gunnar takes up his sword to defend her. Though his strength and courage are unmatched, it might be the power of Gunnar and Penny’s love that saves them both.

Adele Downs writes best-selling contemporary romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines inside the USA, UK, and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as a past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report) and has presented workshops for writers.

When Adele isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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Tina Donahue said...

Sounds like a wonderful story, Adele - congrats! :)

Cara Marsi said...

This sounds like a great story. I already have my copy.

Melissa Keir said...

I didn't know about the Light Elves. That would be fun to have someone to rely on to do the tasks I put off...Maybe they are trying to help when one sock goes missing! After all, with only one sock...I can't match them!

Your story sounds amazing. I wish you all the best!

Adele Downs said...

Thanks for the good wishes Tina and Melissa. Yes, it would great to have our very own Light Elves to rely on. Tall, handsome, dedicated. What could be better?


Adele Downs said...


Thanks so much for buying my book. I hope you love Gunnar, my mythological hero, and enjoy the story.


jean hart stewart said...

We must have done some of the same research...My eight book series on elves has their principle home named Alfheimer. It's called the Pursuit series and I love, love my elves. Gotta read yours, that's for sure..

Adele Downs said...

Thanks, Jean! I hope you enjoy HER IMMORTAL VIKING. I'll check out your elf tales, too.


Paris said...

I'm reading this, now and I love it! I'd never heard of the Light Elves so this is a real treat:)

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for such a great post and being part of the tour. Tonya @ My Family's Heart

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for such a great post and being part of the tour. Tonya @ My Family's Heart

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