We are pleased to announce our latest acquisition: G.M. Baker’s The Peaceweaver, a historical novel set in eighth-century Northumbria, forthcoming December 2021 from Chrism Press.

About the Book:

Caught up in the aftermath of the catastrophic Viking raid on the rich monastery of Lindisfarne in 793, fifteen-year-old Elswyth tries to keep peace between the Saxon lord she is engaged to marry and the Norse trader she is falling in love with. But peace and love don’t always make good bedfellows.

Elswyth’s Saxon family has traded with a Norse clan for as long as she can remember, but, following the Lindisfarne raid, all Norsemen are suddenly seen as devils incarnate in Northumbria. Elswyth must keep the peace between two young men: Leif, the young captain of a Norse trade ship, forced to remain on the Saxon shore to raise his father’s ransom, and Drefan, her fiancé, a Saxon noble who is spoiling for a fight with a Norseman—any Norseman. But the greatest cause of friction between the two men is Elswyth herself. When her own recklessness leads to violence between her friends, Elswyth must weave a peace that will preserve the lives and fortunes of two families, even at the peril of her own.

About the Author:

G. M. Baker has been a newspaper reporter, managing editor, freelance writer, magazine contributor, PhD candidate, seminarian, high school teacher, desktop publisher, programmer, technical writer, department manager, communications director, non-fiction author, speaker, consultant, and grandfather. He has published stories in The Atlantic AdvocateFantasy BookNew England’s Coastal JournalOur FamilyStorytellerSolander, and Dappled Things. There was nothing much left to do but become a novelist. Follow him at gmbaker.net.