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In preparation for the move from Blogspot to WordPress, I’m sharing the RLF Gem Bloggers of this site. Each Saturday for the next few weeks, I’ll showcase a different author.
2015 Star Blogger: Sabrina York
Sabrina has appeared on the Romance Lives Forever blog twenty-two times. She has been an RLF Gem multiple times and was Blogger of the Year in 2015. The position is chosen by the amount of visits the author’s post receives.
I’m proud to present Sabrina with the 2015 RLF Gem Award.
Others who won monthly top blogger awards in 2015 were Collette Cameron, Paula Millhouse, Vicky Burkholder, KT Black, Rebecca Hunter, Mae Clair, KT Black, Susan V Vaughn, and Barbara White Daille.
Authors who appeared frequently during 2015 included Brita Addams, Cynthia Sax, Daisy Banks, DP Denman, Heather Boyd, Kim Iverson Headlee, Kristina Knight, and Lauren Linwood.
My thanks to each of them for making Romance Lives Forever a great place to find authors and books.

About Sabrina York

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy
readers. Her titles range from sweet and sexy to scorching romance. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Get updates and alerts from Sabrina here: HotSheet Sign Up.

Sabrina York’s latest book

Susana and the Scot (Untamed Highlanders)
New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York carries
readers back to the wild Scottish Highlands in Susana and the Scot, where the bravest of men surrender to no one-except the boldest of women…
Scotland, 1813.
A Scandalous Temptation Andrew Lochlannach is famous for his conquests, on and off the battlefield. When a fellow warrior challenges him to a kissing contest, he wastes no time in planting his lips on ninety-nine lovely lasses-an impressive feat of seduction that gets him banished to the hinterlands. Still, Andrew has no regrets about his exploits-especially his embrace with the most beguiling woman he’s ever
met…
An Undeniable Passion With flaming red hair and a temper to match, Susana is not some innocent farmgirl who gives herself over easily to a man, even one as ruggedly handsome as Andrew. The wicked Scot may have won a kiss from the headstrong beauty in a moment of mutual desire, but Susana refuses to be just another one of his conquests. Andrew must convince the fiery lass that even though he is not playing a game, losing her is not an option…
Coming next Saturday…Top Blogger for 2016. Come back and see who it is! Visit the new blog – still under construction: RLFblog. Since the hashtag is #RLFblog, that’s the url for the new site. It will keep the name Romance Lives Forever.

 

Meet Queen Morgan from King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Kim Headlee.

Author Bio

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in the mountains of southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, fish, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet. She has been an award-winning published novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, first edition, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.

About the Book

Title King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee
Genre Science Fiction and Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG for combat violence, language, and Victorian-style innuendo
WINNER, 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy
Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.
Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.
Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.

Introducing Queen Morgan the Wise

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you here today.
Name: Morgan
Age: Sixteen hundred and eight in the latter years of your century. In my rightful century, my age is none of your concern.
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Tintagel Castle
Profession: Queen of Gore
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): I am human. That is all that should matter to you mad people.
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
My glorious silken hair is auburn. Anyone who calls it “red,” like that of the coarse, unruly mane sported by my dead husband, King Uriens, shall join our dungeon’s denizen who made that same mistake. Provoke me to exceptional anger, and I shall arrange faux funerals of your kin for you to watch from your window slit too.
All my other features are kept perfect by cause of my magic… or cosmetics, to which my assistant Clarice introduced me in your century. Using cosmetics in lieu of magic I have found to be ever so much more efficient in terms of energy expended, allowing me to focus my magic on far more important pursuits, such as causing the peerless Malory Beckham Hinton to become President for Life (she vetoed my idea to make her Queen of America, though I know for a certain fact that she would be quite good at it).
Who is the significant other in your life?
In my ancient life, the man I loved best was Sir Accolon, the comeliest of men and manliest of lovers. In the latter twenty-first century, Sandy Carter—who could be my dead lover’s twin—owns my heart, and I his. Sandy surpasses my dead lover in all respects, bedchamber prowess most especially, by a hundred fold.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name, Morgan, was chosen by my mother, Duchess Igraine, to honor the Great Queen of the Old Religion, Mór Rigan, goddess of war. My mother never knew how prophetic her choice would prove to be.
I am the daughter of Duke Gorlois, the sister of Queen Margawse and Queen Elaine, the wife of King Uriens of Gore, and the mother of Sir Uwaine of the Table Round. Blessed good fortune made me all of these things.
By the capricious hand of ill fortune, King Arthur became my younger half brother, spawned upon my most virtuous and blameless mother by that demon in man’s raiment, Uther Pendragon.
I despised Arthur from the very hour of his birth.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
I love it, of course, and the more, the better. It can be quite the burden, but it does convey its own brand of magic too.
On what special skills do you rely?
Have you not heard of Morgan the Wise, healer and sorceress extraordinaire? What is the name of the rock under which you have been living?
What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?
I am never without my circlet, for I find it useful in your lunatic century to remain mindful of my true nature. Well… almost never. You shall have to read my chronicle to discover what caused me to become bereft of that symbol of royalty, which had to do with the other item I keep concealed upon my person for emergencies and which I am fully capable of wielding to deadly advantage: a dirk.
Do you have children?
My only son, Sir Uwaine, lies dead and gone these past fifteen centuries. But a mother never forgets the tautness of that eternal bond, I assure you.
Do you care about what others assume about you?
La, what a question! I am a queen. Of course I do not give a single overripe fig for what the masses think of me; I do not require their approval, only their obedience. That said, however, there is one man whose approval I have sought more and more often of late: my lover, Sandy. He has been known to influence my decisions even when he is not present. I find that most disconcerting… and yet not at all unpleasant.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
When Sandy reunited with his lost and presumed-dead sister, I discovered that I craved to see my long-dead brother, King Arthur, that I might set things aright between us. That wish looks unlikely to be fulfilled, alas, though I do remain hopeful that it shall come to pass one day.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I never had experienced such a calamity of the arts as when my time-travel enchantment failed by three hundred miles and two hundred years. Since I know not how the spell went awry, I confess I have been afraid to assay it again, lest it leave me forever lost in time.
What are your biggest hopes and dreams?
Although I have experienced marvelous adventures in your shiny new century, and Sandy has become more dear to me than any other man I have ever known, I do hope I can one day return to my rightful era. I have made quite a fine place for myself as owner of the London Knights world championship baseball team, but I do not belong here. Sandy, naturally, wishes for me to stay,—but he is man enough to bow to my wishes in this sensitive matter. He is, was, and always will be such a daisy.

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Author Social Media

Amazon Author Page (worldwide link) http://Author.to/Kim_Headlee_Amazon_page
Triberr profile – http://triberr.com/KimHeadlee
This quick interview includes info about the author, and
introduces the story.

About the Author

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in
southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards,
and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the
250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the
mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native and a
direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a
childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet
tragic story of how Babushka 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 seventh-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, and other novels clamoring for attention. She has
been a published novelist since 1999, beginning with the original editions of
Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon and Schuster) and Liberty (writing as
Kimberly Iverson, HQN Books, Harlequin).

Interview with Kim Headlee

Why did you write
this book?
I wrote The Challenge as a bridge between books in my series
The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, which is historical at its core with elements of
action-adventure, military combat, political intrigue, fantasy, spirituality,
and of course romance. I have always been fascinated with the concept of demon
possession, and The Challenge is my experiment with this aspect of the fantasy
genre.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
These days I’m gravitating toward Urban Fantasy with
spiritual undertones, such as the Bobby Dollar series by Tad Williams.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Lessa from the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, the first
kick-butt heroine I ever came across (decades ago, now) who retained her
femininity while being a strong, intelligent leader and warrior.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I am working on Book 3 of The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles,
Raging Sea, and hope to have it available for sale by the end of the year.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
The gauntlet is thrown. One must
die. Refusal is not an option.
Arthur the High King of Breatein
has fallen captive of a longtime enemy, the Saxon warrior-princess Camilla, who
lusts to avenge the death of her betrothed at Gyan’s hands and will stop at
nothing, even the black arts, to achieve her goal. Because Gyan and Arthur have
grown estranged, she fears that Arthur may side with Camilla and make her his
new queen.
To meet Camilla’s challenge, Gyan
must face all her demons—public as well as private.

About the Book

Title The Challenge
Genre Historical Fantasy
Author Kim Iverson Headlee
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG for combat
violence

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Amazon (Kindle worldwide link) http://getBook.at/The_Challenge_by_KIH_Kindle

Author Social Media

Interview with Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre

This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself.
Tell us about yourself, please.
I am the second son of Comte Hugh FitzWalter, by his second wife, Comtesse Margaret. Formally I am called Sir Robert, but my kin and closest friends call me Alain. The “de Bellencombre” choice of surname refers to the village in which I was born, Bellencombre, in Normandy. My sword is pledged to the service of Duke William of Normandy, now styled King William of England by God’s grace through his victory at the Battle of Hastings. I fought in this battle too, as did my younger brother Étienne—though it shames me to admit that I was unable to save him from death at the hands of a ruthless Saxon foe.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
In failing to protect Étienne, I failed our mother too, for
I had sworn upon my own life that I would guard his. Now I face a royally
commanded marriage, when all I would rather do is live and die by the sword,
and I fear that I shall not be able to protect my bride either. As a means of
dealing with my doubts, I have assumed the guise of a squire to scout the lady,
her lands… and the mysterious reports of hellish beasts and sorcerous acts that
the king’s regent has ordered me to investigate.
Tell us about your
significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
The moment my eyes beheld my bride, her sweet angelic beauty
made me forget all my fears and doubts. And yet she seems to harbor grief and secrets—and
perhaps even doubts and fears—of her own. As a scout, I am accustomed to
ferreting out secrets, and so I shall learn hers, for I want nothing more than
to kiss away her grief and transform her tears into joy.
What would that
person say about you?
Lady Kendra would say that I am far too bold for a “squire,”
for when I am in her presence I am sorely tempted to act outside propriety’s bounds.
Thus far, I have restrained myself to offering her the gift of a single red
rose, but I fear even that was too brash a gesture, for it caused her to flee
my presence. I shudder to think how she will react when I confess my deception,
but as God is my witness, I shall do whatever it takes to make amends and earn
her forgiveness.
If someone from your
past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
My older half brother, Philippe FitzHugh, has ever feared
that I covet the title and lands he inherited from our father. Nothing could be
farther from the truth, but he has never believed my assurances, and he has
undercut me at every opportunity—even to the point of luring my first fiancée
into his bed. If I ever see either Philippe or Marie in this lifetime, it shall
be far too soon.
Why are you happy (or
not happy) with the way your story ended?
Ah, fair reader, that is for you to discover. I shall not
spoil it for you except to say that Kendra and I are both happy with our
story’s ending… though it did not come without terrible peril to our honor, our
lives, and even our very souls.

About the Writer

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in
southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards,
and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the
250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the
mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native and a
direct descendent of twentieth-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 seventh-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, and other novels. She has been a published novelist
since 1999, beginning with the original editions of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books,
Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671020412) and Liberty (writing as Kimberly
Iverson, HQN Books, Harlequin, ISBN 0373771347).
YouTube video interview: http://youtu.be/DV5iKrEIROk
What was your biggest
challenge in writing this book?
Snow in July began in 1999 as a collaboration with a
longtime writer-friend, Patricia Duffy Novak. The plan was for her to write
Alain’s viewpoint while I contributed Kendra’s scenes, and we were going to
alternate between them. When life challenges prevented Patricia from
continuing, she gave me her blessing to finish the story, but since she had
already written about three chapters’ worth of Alain’s scenes, it took the
longest time for me to understand and internalize his character.
Why did you choose
this character for the interview today?
I had already conducted an interview in Kendra’s perspective
and wanted to let Alain have his say this time.
When writing the
book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
The biggest surprise to me was how fast he fell for Kendra;
initially I had planned for the process to take longer for both of them. But
once he became smitten, then his central internal challenge revolved around
when and how he would reveal his true identity to her, which became a more
interesting storytelling choice while still balancing the sexual tension
between them.
Why should readers
who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Snow in July is a stand-alone story, so there’s no need to
worry about having missed backstory from another novel, and there’s no pressure
to invest in some unknown number of sequels. It’s a fun read with a lot of
heart and soul, it’s not graphic and so it’s even suitable for teens, and it’s
a great introduction to my style and the type of epic, legendary stories I love
to create.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your interest in and support of my
work!

About the Book

Title Snow in July
Genre Historical Paranormal Romance
Author Kim Iverson Headlee
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13 for combat
violence and brief intimacy
Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre
has been granted what every man wants: a rich English estate in exchange for
his valiant service at the Battle of Hastings. To claim this reward, the Norman
knight must wed the estate’s Saxon heiress. Most men would leap at such an
opportunity, but for Alain, who broke his vow to his dying mother by failing to
protect his youngest brother in battle, it means facing more easily broken
vows. But when rumors of rampant thievery, dangerous beasts, and sorcery
plaguing a neighboring estate reach his ears, nothing will make him shirk duty
to king and country when people’s lives stand at risk. He assumes the guise of
a squire to scout the land, its problems, and its lady.
Lady Kendra of Edgarburh has been
granted what no woman wants: a forced marriage to an enemy who may be kith or
kin to the man who murdered her beloved brother. Compounding her anguish is her
failure to awaken the miraculous healing gift bequeathed by their late mother
in time to save his life. Although with his dying breath, he made her promise
to seek happiness above all, Kendra vows that she shall find neither comfort
nor love in the arms of a Norman…unless it snows in July.
Alain is smitten by Lady Kendra
from the first moment of their meeting; Kendra feels the forbidden allure of
the handsome and courtly Norman “squire.” But a growing evil
overshadows everyone, invoking dark forces and ensnaring Kendra in a plot to
overthrow the king Alain is oath-bound to serve. Kendra and Alain face a battle
unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very
souls lie in the balance.

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Author Social Media

Triberr Profile – http://triberr.com/KimHeadlee
Street Team “Kim’s
All-Stars” – https://www.facebook.com/groups/705479912880602/
Kim Iverson Headlee shares details about the creation of Marcus
Calpurnius Aquila in the book Liberty.

About the Book

Title Liberty
Genre historical romance
Author Kim Iverson Headlee
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
They hailed her “Liberty,” but she was free only to
obey–or die.
Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt
to fight in Londinium’s arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast
in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own
her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus
Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes
impossible.
Groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps and trapped in a
politically advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the amphitheater
sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics, and the raw power and athletic
grace of the flame-haired Libertas to the adoring deference of Rome’s noblewomen.
When a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the
dark design, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and
the empire to which they both owe allegiance. Trusting no man and knowing the opposite
of obedience is death, the only liberty offered to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace
her arena name–and the love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a
future with her.

Introducing Marcus Calpurnius Aquila

Name: Marcus Calpurnius Aquila
Age: mid-20s
Gender: male
Birthplace: Rome, Italia
Profession: politician in training
Ethnicity/Species (if not human):
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Marcus has the body of
a football quarterback: muscular but not overly bulky. In present-day terms he tops
6′ in height, 220 pounds, and has a fading tan from having spent the past two years
living under the paler northern sun of Britannia Province. He has some minor scars
from his arena bouts, but nothing specifically mentioned in the book as being an
issue for him.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
The woman who empowers his soul is Rhyddes, a gladiatrix-slave
whom he knows by her arena name “Libertas.”
Tell us about this character, please.
Libertas is the first woman Marcus has ever known who does not
swoon over his wealth, charms, or looks. She sees him for who he is: a man struggling
to free himself from the bonds of duty, and he comes to appreciate that very much.
He recognizes in her a kindred spirit in that regard, for she is oath-bound to obey
her masters too. Although her beauty attracts him to her, it is her unconquerable
spirit that ultimately leads him to want to sacrifice everything to win her love.
How does your hero dress?
In a toga on the Senate floor, and in scanty armor on the arena
floor. He prefers the scanty armor, and so do his legions of female admirers.
Is the character book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Marcus has had all the educational privileges offered to Rome’s
aristocratic citizens, so in that regard he possesses a fair degree of “book
smarts,” but he is also widely experienced because of his arena exploits… and
the epic after parties.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth?
Unlike most Roman aristocrats, Marcus believes that his wealth
and status should be used to help people rather than to control and exploit them.
On what special skills does your character rely?
Although his being an aristocrat exempts him from fights to the
death, he is a highly skilled swordsman in his own right–and he would never have
believed that this skill would save his life and the life of the woman he loves.
Are any of his skills a source of pride or embarrassment,
and if so, which ones and why?
His predilection for arena combat is an extreme source of embarrassment
for his family, particularly his father, Governor Agricola. In fact, it becomes
a major point of contention between them, and Marcus’s desire to consort with Libertas
further widens the rift.
Is he close to family?
Marcus enjoys a very close relationship with his mother, Lady
Loreia, who in the way of all mothers understands him better than he understands
himself at times.
Can your hero keep a secret (why or why not)?
Marcus must keep his budding relationship with Libertas a secret,
for to do otherwise would cause him to be banned from polite Roman society. He doesn’t
care about that so much, but he knows it would stain his family too, and he has
no wish to inflict that pain upon them.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of
the story?
Marcus needs his father to accept him for who he is, not for
how he can enhance Agricola’s political career.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would
it be?
Once he decides that Libertas is the woman with whom he wants
to spend the rest of his life, he will stop at nothing–even sacrificing all of
his wealth and power–to make marriage with her possible.

About Your Writer

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer the following
questions.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
She chose to write about Libertas–Rhyddes. I am merely a facet
of Rhyddes’s story.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish that she had not gone into such detail about my strained
relationship with my father; that is a highly personal matter for me, and one I
do not readily share with anyone.
What other character from your book do you think your writer
should write a book about, and why?
I would like to know more about Rhyddes’s brother Owen. Of all
her brothers, Owen is the closest to her in age and spirit, and I imagine his story
is a fine one too.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
Who can say? But if I were to venture a guess, it would be that
she must love to entertain people with her words, much in the same way that I love
to entertain people with my swordplay.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Thank you, Kim Iverson Headlee, for accepting the daunting challenge
of presenting the story of Rhyddes’s life in such a faithful and poignant manner.

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Author Bio

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her
family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and
creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins–the latter
having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century–seem to be sticking
around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendent of twentieth-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 seventh-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, and
other novels under her imprint, Pendragon Cove Press.

Author Social Media

Street team “Kim’s All-Stars” https://www.facebook.com/groups/705479912880602/
YouTube video interview http://youtu.be/DV5iKrEIROk

Kim Headlee author of Morning’s Journey answers five easy questions
to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern
Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted
wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house
ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem
to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native and a direct
descendent of twentieth-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 seventh-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, and other novels under her imprint, Pendragon Cove Press.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Steak and peppers, a recipe I learned from my late mother-in-law,
which I can now make just about with my eyes closed.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Sushi, especially on half-price days at our local Japanese restaurant.
Describe the perfect vacation.
A hotel on the beach—any beach—in the off season, when it’s not
so murderously hot or crowded, where I don’t have to cook =or=clean! The longer
the stay, the better.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
It’s a white teddy bear that I carried everywhere from the moment
I could pick it up. I left it underneath the tree in our yard when we moved—I was
all of a year old when that happened. Several weeks later, the neighbors found it
and mailed it to us. Teddy now sits in a place of honor on the shelf above my bedroom’s
fireplace; no more nights out in the cold & rain for him!
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what
would be a perfect ringtone for him?
“Russian Easter Overture” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,
the really heroic-sounding part in the middle. It always reminds me of Arthur galloping
to the rescue!

About the Book

Title Morning’s Journey
Genre Historical Fantasy Spiritual Romance
Author Kim Headlee
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
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 in order to create an impenetrable front to protect Caledonia and Brydein
from the land-lusting Saxons and Angli raiders.
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, sequel to the critically
acclaimed Dawnflight, 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.
Narrated book trailer: https://youtu.be/Bk0uPDfq7TY (with older
cover by Jennifer Doneske and Joe Calkins)

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