Sixteen-year-old Sally Dahl is a rare, modern-day Norse Witch with more power than she realizes. Playing sick from school in Portland, she's casting rune spells during a rare astronomical convergence to bring about a better, happier planet -- and hoping her parents don't find out. What Sally doesn't know is that the Norse gods are still around, albeit without their divine powers -- Odin is a high school principal, and blustering Thor is about to lose yet another job as a photocopier repairman. But Heimdall has the perfect cover as a forest ranger while he and his kin hunt for the newly reincarnated World Tree and try to prevent Ragnarok, the literal end of the world that could be timed to the same alignment of stars. Instead, Sally stumbles across Managarm the Moon Dog, a lost god who seems desperate for her magickal help. But does he really share Sally's vision of a more peaceful world, or are his intentions much, much darker? And what can she do about the ancient Berserker warriors she accidentally calls up, who pledge their allegiance and then demand junk food runs to Voodoo Doughnut and Burgerville?
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This is the first book in my urban fantasy series, Valhalla. Iduna's Apples (book 2) was released in December 2012, and the third book in the series, The Black Pool, is scheduled for publication just before Halloween!
After that, there are two more books planned for this series.
If you're having trouble keeping track of so many mythological names, places, and weird Norse words, fret not! I've begun building a Valhalla glossary on my website.
I've often been asked what inspired this series, and why I chose Norse mythology. One day, my mind was wandering as I was running errands, and it occurred to me that it would funny if thunder-god Thor had to get a job as a photocopier repairman.
I actually didn't know much about Odin, Freya, Heimdall, and Loki before I started doing research for Valhalla, but I continue to do my homework on these legendary characters as I add to their traditional heroic tales.
Jennifer Willis is a journalist, essayist and author in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in topics related to spirituality/religion, living, sustainability and health. Her articles have appeared in The Oregonian, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com, The Portland Tribune, The Writer, The Lund Report, Ancestry Magazine, Aish.com, Skirt!, InterfaithFamily.com, Vegetarian Times, Spirituality & Health, and other print and online publications at home and across the globe. In fiction, she focuses on urban fantasy and playful mayhem.
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