Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: BERSERKER by Emmy Laybourne @EmmyLaybourne @JeanBookNerd


Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

Praise for BERSERKER

"Emmy Labourne deftly melds Viking lore with the American West and creates something wholly new, a journey filled with heart-pounding suspense and surprising tenderness. Loved!"―Danielle Paige New York Times-bestselling author the Dorothy Must Dieseries

"Berserker combines the magic of Norse mythology with the thrill of the American West with staggering results. Startlingly original, unputdownable, and electrifying." ―Kass Morgan, author of New York Times bestseller The 100

"A completely winning, romantic, and heart-wrenching historical fantasy. Your pulse will race from page one of this rich, rugged adventure of a book."―Alyson Noel, New York Times-bestselling author of The Immortals series

"Berserker embraces the beautiful brutality of both Viking lore and Frontier tales, and it does so without resorting to tired tropes or toxic masculinity. This is a brilliantly unexpected fusion of cowboys and old gods―intense and gritty and yet surprisingly tender―but the real strength of Emmy Laybourne's writing is that, for all their superhuman abilities, her characters are so very human."―William Ritter, author of the New York Times-bestselling Jackaby series


“Simultaneously terrifying, hilarious, and action-packed, Sweet is a wild ride that holds up a warped mirror to our society. I loved it from the first line to the last.” ―Marie Lu, author of Legend and The Young Elites on Sweet

“Frighteningly real . . . Riveting.” ―The New York Times Book Review on Monument 14

“A tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review of Monument 14

“Pretty darn breathless.” ―Booklist on Sky on Fire

Guest Post:

Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?

I'm really interested in taking my books from the page to the screen.  I have a degree in screenwriting from UCLA. I put aside my ambition to write for the screen while my kids were little and while I really needed to be in the house to be a mom.  But now that they're older, I am dying to collaborate with directors and actors and to take these worlds that I've built so carefully on the page and bring them into life. 

The most difficult part about being a novelist is that the work is so solitary.  That's why when you see us authors at book conferences we are so excited and happy -- we haven’t seen anyone in months!  We’re just glad to be out!

For me, working with another artist on scenes and moments that I've envisioned is heaven. For example,  every time I see the cover design for one of my books I get excited because an artist has created an image based on my work. I can't imagine the joy that I would feel if I got to be on a set from, say, my new book Berserker, which is set in 1883 Montana. What joy it would be to see the outfits the costume designer had created -- and the set that the set designer had brought to life -- and to meet the actress selected to play Hanne, the main character.  That really is the dream for me. 

Where do I want to be in five years?  I want to be on set. And I want there to be one of those studio chairs with “Emmy Laybourne” on the back of it.


Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, screenwriter and former character actress. She is the author of the upcoming release BERSERKER("You will love Emmy Laybourne's vision of an American west studded with Viking glory." -, as well as the MONUMENT 14 trilogy ("Frighteningly real… riveting" - NYT Book Review, Editor’s Choice) and the novel SWEET (“A gripping action-adventure survival story” – VOYA, rated Perfect Ten).

Before her life as a novelist, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV and VH1; and acted in the movies "Superstar," "The In-Laws" and "Nancy Drew," among others. Emmy lives outside New York City with her husband, two kids and a flock of 9 nifty chickens.

Photo credit: Kit Laybourne


--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

- 4 Winners will receive a Copy of BERSERKER by Emmy Laybourne.