Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bloodlust blog tour - guest post by Nicole Zoltack

Barbarian Love Story?

I bet love isn’t the first word you think of when you hear “barbarian.” Maybe anger or rage or berserker or something along those lines.

Writing a romance featuring a barbarian heroine wasn’t easy. I had to be true to her
character as her barbarian self but I also had to make her have weaknesses and
compassion and a reason to root for her. Ivy, herself, fights against love. She has spent all of her life without feeling that emotion, not even toward her parents.

But she does find love. And the battle for her heart is one she is doomed to lose.

What is the first word you think of when you hear “barbarian”? Tell me and be entered to win some swag!

Oh, and the first ten people who email ( proof of purchase of BLOODLUST will be gifted another one of my stories. Spread the word about this and you might win another novel!

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.
Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.


Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

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Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially fantasy romance. When she's not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they're unicorns!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dress in garb. She'll also read anything she can get her hands on. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit her blog.


  1. Hi Christine and Nicole - love the cover of Bloodlust ... and it sounds like a fascinating story.

    Barbarians make me think of Pirates ... Ivy sounds like an interesting pirate ... good luck with the book - cheers Hilary

  2. If Barbarians didn't find love, there would be no more Barbarians, right?
    First thing that comes to mind - Conan, of course.

  3. I think of Conan first, too. ;)

    Sounds like a great story, Nicole!

  4. Thanks, Hilary!

    Ah, but that's assuming barbarians marry and reproduce because of love. It's more for self preservation, though, Alex. And I knew someone would say Conan! :)

  5. Oh Conan all the way! And pirates... love that cover and the blurb tweaked my grey cells. :) Always a good sign.

    Best of luck with the launch! X

  6. This cover has been everywhere - good luck Nicole.

  7. Very cool cover... huge congrats.

    Hmmm Barbarian.. I am thinking sword wielding muscular men.

  8. Thanks for being here today, Nicole. I love the idea of what we would consider a normally bloodthirsty warrior falling in love. I didn't think Conan right away, but I went more to the class in Dungeons & Dragons. Can't wait to read this book!

  9. Barbarian = Slob. I tell my kids they're barbarians all the time!

    Your book sounds intriguing!

  10. I love the idea of a barbarian heroine having weaknesses and compassion. Characters are always more compelling with a balance of traits like that. :)

    And when I hear "barbarian," the first word I think of is Obie, one of the characters in Lynne Ewing's Sons of the Dark series. (His book is titled--what else?--Barbarian, haha...)

  11. I think of savage warriors. I think it's great to have a heroine who's one, though.


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