Friday, November 15, 2019

*Book Tour & Giveaway* The Dragon's Dove Chronicles by Kim Iverson Headlee-GUEST POST

The Dragon's Dove Chronicles Book 1 
by Kim Iverson Headlee 
Genre: Historical Fantasy

What if King Arthur’s queen was every bit as heroic as he was? Find out by immersing yourself in this epic story of the power couple whose courage and conviction would shape the destiny of a nation.

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.

Roman by his father, Brytoni by his mother, and denied hereditary rulership of his mother's clan because of his mixed blood, Arthur has followed his father'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’s 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. If Gyan and Arthur cannot prevent Urien from plunging the Caledonians and Brytons back into war, their love will be doomed to remain unfulfilled forever.

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 defeat this merciless enemy who threatens everyone they hold dear. 

Morning's Journey 
The Dragon's Dove Chronicles Book 2

“Magnificent.” ~ Kathleen Foley, author of the Faith in Uniform series

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.

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. 

Raging Sea 
The Dragon's Dove Chronicles Book 3

Outcast, clanless, and but a junior officer in Arthur the Pendragon’s army, Angusel struggles to rebuild the life stolen from him through betrayal by the person he had held most dear. His legion allegiance thrusts him onto the campaign trail as one of Arthur’s forward scouts, stalking Angli troops and being among the first to clash with these vicious enemies at every turn. But the odds loom high against him and his sword-brothers, and they will need a miracle just to survive.

Pressured to make the best choice to ensure her clan’s future leadership, Eileann struggles with her feelings for Angusel, whose outcast status makes him forbidden to her as a mate. When Angli treachery threatens everyone she loves, she vows to thwart their violent plan to conquer her clan. But she is no warrior, she has no soldiers to command, and she will need a miracle just to survive.

How can one soldier make a difference? How can one woman save her kin and clan? In the crucible of combat, Angusel must surrender to the will of the gods, and Eileann must invoke divine power to forge the most dangerous warrior the world has ever known. 

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 has been a published novelist since 1999 with the first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century. 

Real Life Experience Mirroring Your Novels?

Today’s Chicken and Egg Question: Do my real-life experiences mirror my novels?

Although I write historical fiction—centering upon ancient history—there do arise occasions when experiences in real life mirror events in my books. Two such experiences, both occurring on separate visits to the British Isles, leap to mind today.

After my first novel, Dawnflight, was purchased by Sonnet Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in 1997, my husband and I used a portion of the advance to take a trip to Scotland. The trip was part celebration and all research as we visited the sites of the heroine’s home fortress (Ardoca Roman Camp, Perthshire), as well as the villain’s (Dunadd hill fort on the Kintyre Peninsula). Ardoca is on private land, so we had to content ourselves with what we could view from the road of the remaining ridges of the fortifications and so forth, but the trip to Dunadd proved quite special indeed. The very idea of finding the well, the foundations of the gate tower, two roads to the summit of different widths, and the replica symbol-stones that adorned the site where my story’s villain called home sent literal chills down my spine. The fact that the fortress was being buffeted by 70 mph winds that day, it being a fine brisk afternoon in January, had nothing at all to do with those chills, I assure you!

A few years later, my husband was dispatched to London on business and I was able to accompany him. While he was attending a meeting on our last morning, I decided to visit a prayer service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. I had been scrambling around, trying to get packed, and I almost didn’t go, but something told me I needed to make this trek. I arrived at the church feeling harried and breathless, but the instant I stepped within those sacred walls and the choir’s music enveloped me, I felt all of that melt away as fast as if it had never been. It didn’t occur to me until well into the service that this experience was very much akin to a scene I described the heroine as having experienced inside her first church in Dawnflight, which had been published for nearly three years by this time.

I tend to vote most often for the Chicken, but I’ve learned there are times when the Egg does indeed come first.

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