Wednesday, March 16, 2016

~ Another Great #EggcerptExchange, by Kim Headlee ~ from THE CHALLENGE ~

I've got another wonderful #eggcerpt for you, so hop on along and take a look...

Blurb ~

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.

Eggcerpt ~

With a shudder Gyan recalled the rumor that Camilla had enlisted demonic aid…

She banished those thoughts, and their attendant fears, by pondering the irony that Camilla had tried to strike at her through Arthur. It might have worked, once. The passion that had colored the early years of their marriage was still celebrated in song throughout Breatein and Caledon.

These days, she wasn’t singing.

This was the shortest of the excerpts that Kim sent me, and they were all fantastic, but I LOVED the way this one ended! Now, let's find out a bit more about our lady Gyan...

What is the meaning of your name? 

I am Gyanhumara nic Hymar, daughter of Hymar and her consort, Ogryvan. My mother, whose name means “song,” named me her “rarest song,” for I was fated before birth to be the only daughter she would ever bear. Those who do not ken the Caledonach tongue call me by many other names: Vennevria… Guanhumara… Ganora… Gwenhwyfar… Guenevara… Guinevere. I am none of those women.

I am Gyanhumara.

My kin and closest friends call me Gyan. You may call me “Your Majesty.”

As you wish, of course. Please describe your job, Your Majesty.

I am Chieftainess of Clan Argyll of Caledon, a position I inherited from my mother. When my husband Arthur was acclaimed High King of Breatein by virtue of his—our—victories over the Saxons, Scots, and other enemies of his people the Breatanaich, I became High Queen to rule at Arthur’s side.

Though I remain honored that Arthur’s people hold much love and respect for me, the added responsibilities have proven to be far more of a burden than I could have ever foreseen.

Do you have a favorite place to visit?

The Sanctuary of the Chalice on St. Padraic’s Isle. In the churchyard lie the bodies of the first men to die under my command. Their gravestones serve to remind me that war should only be pursued after all other avenues toward peace have failed. Inside the church sits enshrined one of the holiest relics of all Christendom… and the only means by which I have ever attained forgiveness for the mistakes I’ve made. And those mistakes are, indeed, legion.

This may be a sensitive question, but please tell us, Your Majesty, about your significant other.

Ah, Arthur, my life, my heart, my soul… my dearest love. How did we ever come to a point where we scarcely share an intimate word anymore? I blame the pressures of governing the people, of protecting them from invasions and famines and plagues and sundry other threats.

But most of all, I blame myself for the poor choices I have made that have widened our rift.

What is your most important goal? 

I would give anything for the chance to set things aright with Arthur. Anything, even my very life itself.

What is your worst nightmare? 

Ha! You have doubtless heard that in mere moments I must face in combat a woman reputed to be in league with a demon. Is that not nightmare enough for you?

Please forgive me, Your Majesty; I intended no offense. Thank you so much for your precious time, and I wish you success in this battle… and beyond.

(Gyan inclines her head, a slight smile bending her lips. The smile inverts as she tugs on her gloves, dons her helmet, claps hand to hilt, and strides off to meet her foe.) 

And, as a special extra, Kim sent along a sample of her graphic novel!

So cool!

Author Bio ~

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. 

Links ~

You can find Kim here:

You can buy THE CHALLENGE here: (Come on. I dare ya!)

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE (Worldwide link) –





I've thoroughly enjoyed having you as my guest today, Kim. Please come back anytime!


  1. Welcome, Kim! So glad you could join us!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me and Gyan, MJ, and with such a lovely presentation! :)

  3. Replies
    1. The legends of King Arthur are so intriguing! Have an awesome day, Diane!

  4. Love the sample of the graphic! My teenage girls are so into graphic novels right now.

    1. I know! Especially the whole...I WILL FIGHT FOR YOU! Love it! Thanks for joining us and adding to the conversation, Maureen!

    2. Thanks, Maureen! You and your daughters might be interested to know that the artist is a college student. So, I'm rather at the mercy of her schedule, but I hope to have Episode 1 ready on Kindle while your girls are =still= teenagers, LOL. :D

  5. A graphic novel--probably the latest and coolest to hit the lit market. Sounds exciting! Good luck with this venture.

    1. That, and Adult Coloring Books -- another bandwagon I'm hoping to hop onto with a different (also Arthurian) novel, King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court. Its hardcover edition features more than 100 illustrations that I hope to compile into a separate volume later this year.

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Susan, and have a lovely week! :)

    2. No doubt! I would love to have one of my books made into a graphic novel! It would just tickle me! Thanks for adding to our conversation today, Susan!

  6. Great story! I love that period and the Arthurian legend. So romantic! The cover is gorgeous.

    1. There is something magical about it...chivalry, mysticism, political intrigue and backstabbing with slightly deadlier results than today's current climate. ;) Thanks for stopping by, Leah!

    2. Thank you very much, Leah, on all counts! :)

  7. Loved the excerpt and the interview!

    1. Thanks, Nightingale, for visiting and for sharing your kind words! :)

    2. So glad you could stop by, Linda! I appreciate the support!