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About Winter Fox
When I was ten, I built my own bed on stilts so I could have a reading nook underneath, where I spent many late nights, up past my bedtime. I read two or three books a week, not including schoolwork. I also was an avid Dungeons and Dragons player, martial arts student, and cross-country runner. Many years later, my hobbies include hiking, boating, Scrabble, cooking, and gardening. I am fortunate enough to live on Mount Desert Island with my spouse, two cats, and a poodle.
I publish under a pseudonym because I live in a small town on a small island and everyone knows everyone else's business here. Winter Fox is also easier to spell.
I have been working on the "Flight of the Wren" series since 2013, when I began researching the history of the Viking Age. I plan on releasing two novels in the series every year until it is complete, likely 5 books in all, at the end of the era.
The Grace Coffin series were my first published novels, born out of the #Metoo movement. It features Grace, a troubled teen trying to finish high school, and me, the dead guy.
In case you were wondering, I don't lie awake worried about the existence of Undead creatures; I worry about how they entertain themselves, and where they get their online shopping delivered.
My first book, GRACE COFFIN AND THE BADLY-SEWN CORPSE takes place right in my hometown, Southwest Harbor, right on the edge of Acadia National Park. The scenery here is to die for and it remains a daily inspiration.
I love to write and the long Maine winters provide an excellent opportunity for real, live 'woodshedding.' It is only recently that I've begun writing full-time. Please visit my web page, winterfoxbooks.com to see more personal information.
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Across Scandinavia and all the way to the Greenland Colony, the "Flight of the Wren" saga continues to weave the story of the end of the Viking Age. A Demon haunts the road to Uppsala as pilgrims journey to the Festival of the Gods, where all the threads come together in a neat knot.
With the help of an awkward Shield Maiden, can Hilja rescue her mother from Greenland's cruelest denizens?
Can Paavo find his wife and child by paddling his kayak down the Norse coast?
Will the Witch of Vestfold be hanged for letting the Earl's wife die?
Can her daughter Helga navigate being married to two men at once?
Can Olav survive his first voyage with the Jomsvikings?
And, will the Danes be able to rally their allies to attack England?
Another adventure awaits...
Grace doesn’t make friends easily. Getting close to other people always leads to questions about the past she’s trying to forget. But, when she suspects that her new house is haunted, she needs the help of the boy next door to unravel the mystery of the previous owner. She finds herself falling for her new neighbor but can he handle the truth about her past?
Cormac was a decent guy. Now he’s dead. That doesn’t stop him from returning to Earth as a Revenant to exact revenge on his wife’s killer. He takes residence in his own backyard memorial Urn and his botched attempts at self-embalming turn him into a monster: the ‘Badly-Sewn Corpse.’ Will he be shredded by the local ghouls? Will his moralizing and inexperience at being dead prevent him from finding resolution?
"Grace Coffin and the Badly-Sewn Corpse" is the first book in the Grace Coffin series. It is a supernatural mystery that is funny and deep, tragic and romantic, and also fantastically real. With a wicked, dry sense of humor, author Winter Fox gives us a candid look at Southwest Harbor, the perfect little town on the coast, where Undead creatures lurk, the heroes are flawed, the villains are human and complex, and the scenery is to die for.
Grace is at the beginning of her life, tripping over her unpacked baggage as she leaps into adulthood; Cormac is dead and hell-bent on revenge. Is she ready for an ally whose secrets are even darker than her own?
Buy Grace Coffin and the Badly-Sewn Corpse now and find out.
Prince Canute of Denmark leads thirty thousand allies in the largest invasion of England ever, and one lone shield maiden becomes the key to opening the South Gate of London Bridge. Agatha Rothskilde finds love, sacrifice, heroism, and her self while protecting her royal hostages from dangers both foreign and domestic.
Thorkell the Tall leads his Jomsvikings to victory in Canterbury, but Olav Haraldsson's mishandling of the Archbishop leads to their downfall and disgrace.
While England burns, Norway goes hungry. While the Witch deals with an insurrection of mages in Sweden, her daughter impersonates her with disastrous results.
The saga of the end of the Viking Age continues. Read on, adventurer, and discover what happens!
A Booklife Editor's Pick: "Fox (the Grace Coffin series) enchants with his first Viking Age novel, a sweeping medieval saga that stretches across 11th-century Scandinavia... This exquisitely wrought medieval tale will appeal to fans of both fantasy and historical epics."
A book with a huge heart, epic battles, and young heroes coming of age at the cusp of an era...
In 1002 AD, a shaman's apprentice returns home to find her village razed. Hilja begins an impossible quest to redeem her tribe and must use all her courage and craft to survive.
From the four corners of Scandinavia, Flight of the Wren weaves history with battles, magic, intrigue and romance, sweeping the reader along on a collision course with the end of an age. A broad and lavish saga that spans five novels and thirty years, we follow several threads that weave across the weft of history.
In this first novel of the series, we witness the origins of Olav Haraldsson and the apprenticeship of Canute the Great under Thorkell. We meet the crafty Witch of Vestfold and her children, and watch as she shapes the future with her seidr magic.
Thorkell's crew fights against vengeful Russians as he sails to Uppsala to steal magical rune tiles for his wife and, all along, our heroine Hilja travels across the breadth of Scandinavia with her companion, 'The Cursed Boy' in search of her lost tribe.
Cormac’s new venture, ‘Spirited Ghostwriting’ finally nets him a customer, and the story is dynamite. Famous movie star Isabelle Cake wants him to write her memoirs, which will ignite a powder keg of Hollywood secrets.
Meanwhile, with her band on hiatus, Grace goes to work as a waitress for an upscale catering company and gets way too close a look at the secretive celebrity culture of Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Is Isabelle Cake in hiding, or is she being held captive? Why is she writing her memoirs now, when she’s still so young? Can Grace keep her blood cravings at bay long enough to help Cormac find the missing actress
before it’s too late?
In this third book of the Grace Coffin series, we discover why Grace hates lobster, the importance of having internet in your crypt, and why it's not such a good idea to keep a working collection of Medieval torture devices.
As Grace and Oliver pursue their dream to start a band, their songs attract the attention of the Christian Right and the Undead Left, embroiling them in a sinister plot to bring down the veil between the living and the dead. Their music also gets them suspended from school just before graduation and lands Grace in the hospital, so you know it has to be good.
Grace’s Undead neighbor Cormac journeys to Mount Hope, Bangor’s historic cemetery, to collect his wife’s bones. He finds much more than he bargained for, enduring a grueling gauntlet of trials in order to return home in time to help his friends survive the Maine Monster Mash, a Halloween battle of Goth Rock bands.
In the second book of the Grace Coffin series, Winter Fox’s unlikely heroes help each other over the hurdles presented by life (and death) with humor, a little luck, and a few drops of blood. We discover the finer qualities of ghoul milk, how Grace feels about girl crushes and polyamory, and the power of rock and roll to save the world.