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The King's Heart


Once upon a time... Once upon a time... ...Christopher met Dafydd in a snowbound cottage in the woods.



Coming in May or June, the sequel for The King's Tale...The King's Heart.

Here is my unedited, un-massaged blurb for the book:

Although Dafydd is safely returned to King Christopher of Lysnowydh's side, shadows remain of the torture dealt him by the evil King Warin. Deeply hidden fears drive him to seek the serenity of his still room, leaving King Christopher yearning for a return to normalcy, and wondering if Dafydd will ever resume his role as marshal.

When Christopher is summoned to London, and Dafydd declines the invitation to join him, a ghost from Christopher's past sets a chain of events in motion that has the lovers chasing each other across the kingdom. In an isolated inn, King and woodsman reunite, and attempt to put the turmoil to rest. Promises are made, bargains are cast, but things will never be as they once were.


Originally, I meant for there to be one sequel to The King's Tale called The King's Son. It was meant to be a story about Anwyll, and how he made a quest to seek revenge upon King Warin. As I began this sequel I decided to start with a prologue, young Anwyll talking to Sir Cuthbert about his impatience. At four he was ready to become a page, the first step toward becoming a knight. Cuthbert urges that he not rush things, and that he delight in being a beloved son for the time being.

They return to Strasnedh keep, and Anwyll wonders why Dafydd never comes to visit him there. There is a tense silence among all the adults present...Christopher, Patrick, Marged, and Cuthbert. At last one of them tells Anwyll that there are too many painful memories for Dafydd at Strasnedh, and that he will never visit there again. Patrick offers to take Anwyll to Lysnowydh to visit. Christopher confides that Dafydd rarely leaves the keep at all, and Marged correctly discerns this is a worry to him.

I wrote that chapter probably three years ago, and it sat and waited while I worked on other things until at last I read it again and thought, "There's a story in there...why doesn't Dafydd ever leave Lysnowydh keep?"

Thus was the genesis for this "bridge" book that turned my plan from two books into three.

The King's Heart is waiting to be edited, but as it stands right now it's 63,000 words explaining why Dafydd fears leaving the keep, and how Christopher deals with it. It is also a means for me to address some of the historical inaccuracies of The King's Tale, however not all of them. I did make conscious decisions to ignore homosexual history...but that history is addressed in this book. I also took liberties with making Christopher a "king"...and I address that issue in this book as well.

Things will change, and it will be up to you to read the book to see how they change. I can't wait to share this story with you!

Comments

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anne_barwell
Jan. 21st, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
This is one I'm really looking forward to reading as I enjoyed the first story very much.
rowenasudbury
Jan. 21st, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm super excited about it too! I'm so glad that you are!
chrysalis_1975
Jan. 22nd, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
I am excited about your sequel :) Congratulations my dear!
rowenasudbury
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Thanks so much dear Tame...I'm very excited, as you can imagine <3
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