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Ascent is going on tour with Rachel's Random Resources, if you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

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Ascent by Cathie Dunn

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romantic Fiction, Saga

Tour Dates: 22nd - 26th February 2023

Publication Date: 8th April 2022

Formats available: Epub Only

Standalone First book in a series

Estimated Page Count - 293

Types of post available: Review and very limited extracts, guest posts and Q&As

Author Content Warnings: Child loss. Some battle / fighting scenes.

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A brutal Viking raid heralds the dawn of a new, powerful dynasty – the House of Normandy

Neustria, Kingdom of the West Franks
AD 890

Fourteen-year-old Poppa’s life changes when Northmen land near Bayeux. Count Bérengar, her father, submits to them, and she is handfasted to Hrólfr, the Northmen’s heathen leader, as part of their agreement.

To her relief, Hrólfr leaves immediately in search of further conquest, only returning to claim her years later. In the face of retaliating Franks, they flee to East Anglia, where she gives birth to their son and daughter.

When Hrólfr and Poppa return to reclaim Bayeux, his new campaign strikes at the heart of Frankish power, and King Charles of the West Franks offers him a pact he cannot refuse. In exchange for vast tracts of land in Neustria, Hrólfr must convert to Christianity and accept marriage to Gisela, the king’s illegitimate daughter.

Poppa’s world shatters. She remains in Bayeux, with her daughter, Adela. When Gisela arrives one day, demanding she hand over Adela, to be raised in Rouen, Poppa’s patience is at an end. But Gisela makes for a dangerous enemy, and only one woman will survive their confrontation high up on the cliffs.

Will Poppa live to witness the dawn of a new era?

ASCENT is the first in a new series about the early women of the House of Normandy – women whose stories have been forgotten through time.

Until now!

Readers of Viking and medieval fiction will enjoy ASCENT, a fictional account of the life of Poppa of Bayeux, handfasted wife of Rollo the Viking.

About Cathie Dunn

Cathie Dunn is an award-winning author of historical fiction, mystery, and romance. The focus of her historical fiction novels is on strong women through time.

Cathie has been writing for over twenty years. She studied Creative Writing online, with a focus on novel writing, which she also taught in the south of France. She loves researching for her novels, delving into history books, and visiting castles and historic sites. A voracious reader, primarily of historical fiction / romance, she often reviews books on her blog, Ruins & Reading.

Cathie is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Richard III Society, and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

After many years in Scotland, Cathie now lives in south of France with her husband, and rescued Charlie Cat and Ellie Dog. Discover more about Cathie at!

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 5 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

22nd February

  1. Celticlady's Reviews

  2. Broad Thoughts from a Home

  3. malloch_books

  4. Ana's Column

23rd February

  1. Chez Maximka

  2. French Village Diaries

  3. A Little Book Problem

24th February

  1. Jaffareadstoo

  2. Historical Fiction with Spirit

  3. Pufflekitteh Reads

25th February

  1. Sharon Beyond The Books

  2. Bookish Dreams

26th February

  1. Niki Preston




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