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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The color of Vengeance - Review , Giveaway and virtual book tour

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THE COLOUR OF VENGEANCE

♥ AUTHOR – Kim Headlee
♥ TITLE – The Color of Vengeance
♥ SERIES – The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles
♥ GENRE – Early Medieval Historical Fiction



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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Vengeance was the only burial gift he could bestow.
When Angli cattle thieves slaughter his wife and son, Dwras son of Gwyn vows revenge upon their murderers. But how can a mere farmer prevail against ruthless, trained warriors? For the answer Dwras must look not to his sword, but within his heart.

At 5,000 words, this is a quick, and equally fast-moving read. Told from two viewpoints, that of the protagonist and the antagonist. There is a fairly brief mention of Arthur, but the main protagonist is Dwras.  After seeing his wife and baby son brutally slaughtered all he wants is revenge, but as a simple farmer, he does not have either the skill or weapons to fight the evil marauders.

Being Welsh myself, and proud of my Celtic heritage, I could relate to the characters and incidents in this story.  The descriptive passages are well written and the scenes unfolded before me like a film. I would have liked a little more of 'the Pendragon' being also keenly interested in the Arthurian legends, but then this is the tale of Dwras and his quest for revenge. He learns to wield a sword in the service of Arthur and is finally ready to wreak vengeance on those who murdered his family.  The climax is bloody and thrilling with a  fairly predictable twist, but this is, in itself, a satisfying conclusion and means the character has changed and developed considerably from the person he was at the start.. I enjoyed this short read and would like to read more of Kim Iverson's work.


BOOK INFORMATION
TITLE – The Color of Vengeance SERIES – The Dragon's Dove Chronicles (standalone excerpt from Book 2, Morning's Journey) AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee GENRE – Early Medieval Historical Fiction PUBLICATION DATE – August 2013 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 5K words PUBLISHER – Lucky Bat Books COVER ARTIST – Cherry Tigris


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EXCERPT

Dwras jabbed the offending warrior on the shoulder. With a grunt, the man swung his head around to fix narrow eyes upon him.
“What d’ye want?” 
“My seat. I want it back.” Dwras lowered his eyebrows. “Now!”
“You—what?” The Lothian warrior’s laughter nearly made him choke. A grinning companion slapped his back. 
“Oho, Farmer Dwras thinks he’s one of us, lads,” chortled another warrior, making a shooing motion. “Be off with you! Back to your pigs, farmer boy.” 
They burst into cackles, hoots, and hog calls. Dwras felt his cheeks flush. 
The warrior in Dwras’s seat found himself buried under sops and ale.
“My mistake, sir.” He grinned devilishly. “I thought this was the sty.”

AUTHOR BIO

Mornings Journey - Author PhotoKim 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. She has been a published novelist since 1999, beginning with the original editions of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671020412) and Liberty (writing as Kimberly Iverson, HQN Books, Harlequin, ISBN 0373771347).

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

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  2. Thank you for your thoughtful review, and I have =plenty= of Arthurian novels for your consideration, including Dawnflight (The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, book 1), Morning's Journey (The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, book 2 and the parent novel to "The Color of Vengeance"), "The Challenge" stand-alone short story set in the world of The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, and my sequel to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court written as if by Mark Twain, King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court. And they are all a steal at 99 cents today!
    All my best wishes,
    Kim Headlee
    Stories make us greater

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  3. Hi Kim, thanks - I must certainly go and check out those books, they sound wonderful.
    I wish you every success with all your books and look forward to reading some more.

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    1. Thank you, Hywela, and best of luck with all your writing projects too! :)

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