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Friday, October 25, 2013

Featured Indie Book: Morning's Journey (Kim Headlee)

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

Morning's Journey 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. Morning's Journey is the sequel to Dawnflight.

The Book has been published via Lucky Bat Books and is available as eBook and Paperback - 483 pages - released in October 2013.

About the Book

In a violent age when enemies besiege Brydein and alliances shift as swiftly as the wind, stand two remarkable leaders: the Caledonian warrior-queen Gyanhumara and her consort, Arthur the Pendragon. Their fiery love is tempered only by their conviction to forge unity between their disparate peoples. Arthur and Gyan must create an impenetrable front to protect Brydein and Caledonia from land-lusting Saxons and the marauding Angli raiders who may be massing forces in the east, near Arthur’s sister and those he has sworn to protect.

Morning's Journey (Kim Headlee)
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But their biggest threat is an enemy within: Urien, Arthur’s rival and the man Gyan was treaty-bound to marry until she broke that promise for Arthur’s love. When Urien becomes chieftain of his clan, his increase in wealth and power is matched only by the magnitude of his hatred of Arthur and Gyan—and his threat to their infant son.

Morning’s Journey propels the reader from the heights of triumph to the depths of despair, through the struggles of some of the most fascinating characters in all of Arthurian literature. Those struggles are exacerbated by the characters’ own flawed choices. Gyan and Arthur must learn that while extending forgiveness to others may be difficult, forgiveness of self is the most excruciating—yet ultimately the most healing—step of the entire journey.

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] I love the way Headlee infuses historic languange to really flesh out the cultures and history of her world.
Overall strong characters, good pacing and a vibrant world make for a compelling read."
- csFantasyReviews

- "Again the writing is lovely, and the insertions of moments of the newly developing Christianity combined with legends and gods of old, manx and gaelic phrasing and characters that have a familiarity from the old legends all combine to make a page turning story that gives a new life to old stories. Mixing in the familiar with the reworked and redefined characters is a tricky and risky prospect, but works to perfection in this book.[...]" - Gaele (Amazon TOP 1000 Reviewer)

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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Morning's Journey (Kim Headlee)