Thursday, March 14, 2019


Several years ago I moved to Finland, more specifically to a Finnish small town that you’ll never have heard of. Coming from a big city it was quite a transition, but way easier than I had anticipated. Crowds of people were replaced by an incredibly vast space, and my cold limbs were warmed by the hand-knitted woolen socks kind women would treat me with or, of course, by the infamous sauna.

The mökki- culture was also new to me: Almost every Finnish family has a summer cottage somewhere in the countryside, some more rustic, others rather luxurious, where you get invited to spend a weekend swimming, barbecuing, drinking and saunaing (yes, naked, with people you might barely know).

It’s these mökki’s– small cottages in the middle of nowhere – that inspired the writer in me most.

To me they’re the ultimate location for either romance or crime.

In the Northern Nights Series, I use them for both:
In book 1, my Greek-American heroine Litza discovers the mökki as a romantic setting (get a FREE COPY of WHITE NIGHTS here:

In book 2, her best friend Lola has a very different experience: Lola’s stalker follows her all the way to Finland, determined to finally own the woman he has been following for over a year, and a lonely mökki in the middle of the forest is just what he needs… (Check out DARK NIGHTS here:

Book 3 is what I’m working on right now, be sure to join my mailing list for ARC’s...

About the author:
Jenna van Berke loves Scandinavian mysteries, Nora Roberts, Margaret Atwood and everything in between.
Working in the hotel industry, Jenna has encountered innumerable honeymooners, cheating husbands and infatuated co-workers, providing her with ample inspiration for her romance and romantic suspense novels.
She moved to Finland several years ago with her husband and child.

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