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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Featured Indie Book: Dawnflight (Kim Headlee)

Dawnflight (Kim Headlee)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Arthurian Legend Novel Dawnflight (The Dragon's Dove Chronicles) by Kim Headlee.

Dawnflight is the Arthurian Legends at its finest: an exciting blend of historical fact, speculative fiction, legend, and lore, populated with engaging characters embroiled in relationships and situations as you have never seen before.

The Book has been published via Lucky Bat Books and is available as eBook, Paperback, and Audio-Book - 414 pages - released in February 2013.

About the Book

Gyan is a Caledonian chieftainess by birth, a warrior and leader of warriors by training, and she is betrothed to Urien, a son of her clan's deadliest enemy, by right of Arthur the Pendragon's conquest of her people. For the sake of peace, Gyan is willing to sacrifice everything... perhaps even her very life, if her foreboding about Urien proves true.

Arthur is the bastard son of two worlds, Roman by his father and Brytoni by his mother. Denied hereditary rulership by the elders of Chieftainess Ygraine's clan, Arthur has followed Uther's path to become Dux Britanniarum, the Pendragon: supreme commander of the northern Brytoni army. The Caledonians, Scots, Saxons, and Angles keep him too busy to dwell upon his loneliness... most of the time.

When Gyan and Arthur meet, each recognize within the other their soul mate. The treaty has preserved Gyan's ancient right to marry any man, providing he is a Brytoni nobleman -- but Arthur does not qualify. And the ambitious Urien, Arthur's greatest political rival, shall not be so easily denied. But there is an even greater threat looming: the Laird of the Scots wants their land and will kill all who stand in his way. Gyan, Arthur, and Urien must unite to thwart this merciless enemy who threatens everyone they hold dear.

Dawnflight (Kim Headlee)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] First time readers of Arthurian legend will find "Dawnflight" packed full of action and adventure with a generous dollop of romance. Well read readers of this legend will find themselves enthralled, sitting back to contemplate the validity of the this new theory on Guinevere's legend, as well as Arthur's. "Dawnflight" has been compared to "Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley; no truer a compliment. All I can say is "Wow!" - Kemberlee

- "Anyone familiar with the Arthur/Guinevere/Sir Lancelot story will enjoy Kim Headlee's new book, Dawnflight. Ms. Headlee offers a new retelling of the story, this time at Guinevere's point of view. This time without Sir Lancelot in the picture.
In Dawnflight, Guinevere is called Gyanhumara. She is a strong woman, bred to be a warrior. To keep their nations from war Gyan agrees to become betrothed to Urien map Dumarec, her countries rival. Immediately Gyan regrets her decision. Believing that women are only to be by their man's side and in their bed, Urien does not impress well upon Gyan. Yet she feels she must still go ahead with the union to keep their countries from war.[...]"
- Bonnie Gilbert

- "[...] If you enjoy Arthurian "historical novels" you will love this book! It is in no way a mushy romance novel!" - Kemberly Gelderman

- "An intense mixture of historical references, facts, myth, legend and fiction. All of it is blended together so seamlessly that you won't know where legend ends and the author's fiction begins. I didn't realize at first that I was reading a speculative fantasy about Arthur and Guinevere. When I made that connection the book became even MORE fabulous and FUN. This book was, hands down, the best depiction of Arthur and Guinevere that I've read or seen. " - Jennifer Elizabeth Hyndman

About the Author

Featured on Indie Author News: Kim Headlee
Author Kim Headlee
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, and assorted wildlife. People & creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins -- the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-20th century -- seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from "the other Washington") and a direct descendent of 20th century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim's novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband's ancestor, the 7th-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.

For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon's Dove Chronicles. She also writes other romantic historical fiction under the pseudonym Kimberly Iverson.

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Dawnflight (Kim Headlee)