Morgan le Fay, 6th-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.
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.
Guest Post by Kim Headlee
The following paragraphs are excerpted from a special bio I wrote for King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court:
In mid-2007, after my (now ex-) literary agent sent a blanket message to his client list stating that he had just met a publisher at BookExpo America who was actively seeking sequels to nineteenth-century authors’ works, I got the green light to develop a sequel to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, providing that I updated my story for the twenty-first century. Ecstatic, I dived right in. As near as I could tell, no one had ever published a sequel to any of Twain’s novels; the closest in recent memory was an unfinished short story around which an organization ran a competition for writers to submit their endings. And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect: I would finish the book in a year, which would give the publisher the typical two years to push it into the retail channels, just in time for the one hundredth anniversary of Mark Twain’s death on April 21, 2010.
After about fifty pages, however, the thought struck me: who did I think I was, trying to emulate the father of American literature, for heaven’s sake?
That lone doubt stopped me…for three years. Not just this project either, but all of my fiction projects. If “writer’s block” has a dictionary entry, there’s where you’ll find my photo.
I invite you to read the rest of my story—and Queen Morgan’s—in King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court. Thank you, Kathy, for this opportunity to share a bit of it with your readers today!
Praise for the Book
“Packed with politics, pop culture, sports, business, time travel, magic, deceit, humor and love, this story will keep you enthralled right up to the end. Whether you have ever read an Arthurian romance before or not, give this one a try. I am sure you will love it as much as I did.” ~ Dottie of Romance Junkies
“KASIWC is irresistible, passionate, and intriguing. Definitely check out this amazing new Arthurian Romance!” ~ Jill of Arthurian Romances
“It’s like Ms. Headlee has the touch of Twain in her.” ~ Darlene of Mousiey Books
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