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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#TuesdayTreasures: #EggcerptExchange with Kim Headlee @KimHeadlee

Good Morning on this 1st day of March and Welcome to another Eggcerpt Exchange.

With the many blog exchanges one of the promo groups Kim and I belong to, she has been a pretty regular guest. Today she brings to us her latest book, Raging Sea, Reckonings.

Those who aspire to greatness must first learn servanthood.

Stripped of kin, clan, country, and even his identity for having failed the most important woman in his life and her infant son, Angusel begins the arduous task of rebuilding his life and reclaiming his honor. The path he treads is fraught with uncomfortable revelations, unexpected reconciliations… and unavoidable reckonings.

He stood on the bluff, staring at the gray-green sea churning against the Manx beach a score of paces below. The Sasunach funeral pyre at his back enveloped him with its draconic heat and eye-stinging smoke and gut-wrenching stench. As dizziness washed over him, the sandy ground felt as insubstantial as the cloud-laced sky. Hand to sweating temple, he tossed off the surreal sensation with a shake.

Earth, sky, fire, water… as if he were a god imprisoned at the convergence of the elements.

He snorted.

He was no god.

No longer did anyone address him by his given name, which meant “raging sea.” Even on the official duty roster he was listed as Optio Aonar, a junior officer not of command rank. No matronymic, no clan, no country; physically, emotionally, spiritually alone.

Questions for Angusel, the main character in RAGING SEA: RECKONINGS

Do you have a Significant Other?
Gyan, the most significant woman in my life, I can never be with in any romantic sense, for she is married to Arthur, the man she loves with all her heart, and he her. I would sooner take my own life than cause any harm to befall their relationship. Recently I met another woman, Eileann, who was kind to me beyond all reason or expectation, even though I am an outcast among our people. Eileann is as beautiful and gentle a soul as any I have ever known, and I consider it an honor simply to know her. Whether she and I are destined to be together someday, only the gods know.
What is Your Most Important Goal?
The one thing I yearn for with all my soul is to reclaim my place as a warrior at Gyan’s side. Since the moment I met her, all I’ve ever wanted was to be her champion and protector. That honor was stripped from me when I failed to save the life of Gyan’s infant son, a failure that shall haunt me for the rest of my days.
What is Your Worst Fear or Nightmare?
My worst fear is that I shall never earn Gyan’s forgiveness, for without it, I can never achieve my most important goal.
What is Your Favorite Food?
With my food choices being dictated by what rations of meat and ale are offered to soldiers in the Dragon Legion, I do not give thought what might be my favorite… though a hot, juicy slice of roast pork does sound tempting just now.
Are you Considered Wealthy, poor, or Somewhere in Between?
Before the failure that caused me to be stripped of kin, clan, country, and purpose, I was Àrd-Oighre h’Albainaich Chaledon—that is to say, the Exalted Heir of Clan Alban, a prince among my people, with all the wealth and privileges that title entailed. Now, I own nothing more than the clothes on my back and the armor and weapons stored in the armory on my behalf.

Oh my, sounds like Angusel has quite a challenge ahead of him. 

This book genre is listed as, Epic Historical Fantasy. I'm not certain what the rating would be (sensual, hot, erotic, etc) so if you're new to reading Kim's work, you might ask before you buy. 

Speaking of which, you can purchase Raging Sea, Reckonings at Amazon.

Now here's a little about Kim....

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. She has been an award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight 1st edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian Legends for nigh on half a century.

Find out more about Kim by visiting her at any of these places...
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE (Worldwide link) – http://Author.to/Kim_Headlee_Amazon_page

Well Friends, hope you enjoyed this week's Eggcerpt Exchange/Tuesday Treasure. Hope to see you again for one of our weekly features (Thursday Thoughts, Saturday Spotlight and Tuesday Treasures!)

Until next time, take care and God bless.


Kim Headlee said...

Thank you so much, Pamela, for spotlighting Angusel and RAGING SEA: Reckonings on your blog today!
Kim Headlee
Stories make us greater.

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author said...

Beautifully written excerpt! Really draws you in! Best wishes for RAGING SEA: Reckonings!

Alicia Dean said...

Enjoyed the excerpt, and the interview! Sounds like a compelling read. Best wishes!

Leah St. James said...

Sounds like a fantastic world you've created. Love the names! Wishing you success with the book.

Diane Burton said...

What challenges he has to overcome! Great excerpt and interview.