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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

#TuesdayTreasures Fall #RomanticTravel with Kim Iverson Headlee

Good Morning and Welcome to the first Tuesday Treasures of November and the last Fall Romantic Travel post for this blog hop event!

Today's guest is no stranger to our blog. Kim has shared treasures, thoughts and our spotlight before so let's welcome her back and see her ideas for romantic travel....

I love to travel but I also love to find great deals on lodging and transportation so that I can use the rest of my vacation budget to splurge on activities. My husband and I began a tradition a few years ago to make a beach getaway in November, which is the off season for many Northern Hemisphere beach destinations. We love sharing dawn and sunset beach walks, usually with a meal afterward because we’ve worked up an appetite. We’ve enjoyed Cancun and several other Caribbean destinations, though our current favorite fall beach retreat is Myrtle Beach, SC. That region’s restaurants can be pricey, even in the off season, so getting an outstanding deal on hotel reservations is a must! Wherever we travel, we’ve found there’s nothing more romantic than the sound of the surf wafting through the balcony window on a mild fall evening.

What a beautiful picture, Kim! I love to travel too and hope to go on a cruise or two in the future. Thanks for sharing. Now let's see what book Kim wants to feature today....

“Solidly entertaining.” –Publishers Weekly
Winner, 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Winner, Summer 2016 NABE Best Fantasy Book.

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.

Excerpt: ALL CALL ME Queen. For my unparalleled skills in leechcraft, most call me “The Wise.” No man dares call me “le Fay,” lest he die.

I hight Morgan.

That is to say, my name is Morgan, so 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.

Wow, love that cover, Kim! The book sounds intriguing. King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court can be purchased well, practically anywhere LOL! Just visit this LINK and go from there. Now let's find out a little more 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 midtwentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim has been an award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying Arthurian legends and literature for nigh on half a century.

2015 YouTube video interview: http://youtu.be/DV5iKrEIROk

WEB SITE – kimheadlee.com

Sure hope you enjoyed today's Fall Romantic Travel idea and that you'll check back each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless!


Susan Coryell said...

I, too, live in SW VA and I love a bargain travel option! Your book looks compelling--I so admire those who can travel with time. Best wishes!

Nightingale said...

I think I'd love King Arthur's court. I'm a big fan of Arthurian legend. Funny, my hero is named Morgan, but he's a vampire.

Kim Headlee said...

Thanks, Pamela, for hosting me and Queen Morgan of King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court (a.k.a. KASIWC) on your blog! And thank you, Susan and Nightingale, for your lovely comments and wishes. :)

Interesting thing about the name "Morgan" -- decades ago I read someone's theory that the historical character behind Morgan le Fay (and I do believe the major Arthurian characters existed because you don't get a vast collection of work second in quantity only to the Bible to spring up around fictional characters) must have been named something different because "Morgan" is a male name. Hence the permutations to "Morganna" and other feminine variants. I retained "Morgan" since that's the name Twain had used in his book.

Another Twain-ism from A Connecticut Yankee that I had fun reconciling was that he described Morgan le Fay as both a sorceress and a "good daughter of the Church." You'll see that play out in the pages of KASIWC too.

Thanks again, all, and have a great week!
Kim Headlee
Stories make us greater.