September 17, 2015

The Challenge a new #historical fantasy by @KimHeadlee #RLFblog

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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  1. Excited to have you back on RLF, Kim. :)

    1. Thank you, Kayelle, and thanks for this opportunity to share another of my books with your readers!
      Kim Headlee
      Stories make us greater.

  2. I just grabbed your book. Thank you for the heads up on it being free. :)


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