Rowena Sudbury (rowenasudbury) wrote,
Rowena Sudbury

The King's Heart and The King's Tale release day!

The King's Heart
Sequel to The King's Tale

In thirteenth century Cornwall, a fierce king must have a strong partner, and that is what King Christopher of Lysnowydh has in his handfasted mate. Or had before rival King Warin kidnapped and tortured Dafydd to the point that, months later, he is still afraid to leave the castle. Christopher longs for Dafydd to accompany him to the other strongholds in his kingdom and to London to pay tribute to Henry III, but Dafydd is not ready. Christopher begins to wonder if Dafydd will ever recover.

Dafydd hates to disappoint his lover, but he is not sure what to do. Since he will not leave the keep, he renounces his position as king’s marshal, vowing to focus on the healing arts instead. Though Christopher continues to pressure him to travel, Dafydd staunchly stays at home—until his second sight shows him he could lose Christopher if he cannot face his fears. Determinedly, Dafydd sets out to prove he can master them.

When Christopher returns home to find Dafydd gone, he knows exactly what Dafydd must have seen. As he once promised he would, he follows his heart across his kingdom—but even if he finds Dafydd, he may not be able to heal the rift between them.

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

The King's Tale
2nd Edition

Though Dafydd is the fourth son of Welsh nobility, when he leaves his home he becomes a humble woodsman in small kingdom of Lysnowydh on the sea. During a fierce storm, a stranger seeks shelter in Dafydd's remote cottage. He is no ordinary traveler—he is Christopher, King of Lysnowydh. The wild passion that flares between them rivals the storm, and love moves King Christopher's heart to name Dafydd Marshal of his troops to keep him close.

However, love is never simple or safe when it must endure the pressures of political life. Though Dafydd proves himself in battle, Lysnowydh's nobles protest his rise in position and power. Forces will conspire against Dafydd and Christopher, and they must endure treason, treachery, and the demands of a kingdom requiring an heir to secure their happiness together.

At long last, the story continues...

I am a collector. I have books filled with notes about Lysnowydh and its inhabitants. When looking through these notes recently, I discovered that the very first version (a short story) of The King's Tale was born on December 30, 2005. Soon after that I took a long car trip, and after four hours of thinking about the story, it became clear to me it wasn't just going to be a short story. Three years later, the novel was published.

It was my original intention to write one sequel. Entitled The King's Son, it would follow Anwyll's quest for vengeance against King Warin on Dafydd's behalf. Of course, along the way he would find love with a rogue named Cian, an Irishman living in France. I wrote prologue, and was enthralled with the idea. The prologue takes place at Strasnedh, Christopher comes to visit his son, but Dafydd does not come along with him. Marged deduces that it is a worry to Christopher, and it started to form in my head that Dafydd was fearful of ever leaving Lysnowydh.

That was the spark I needed, and because I wanted more of Christopher and Dafydd's love story, I set about writing The King's Heart, a bridge between The King's Tale and The King's Son.

As I have always said, I spent three years creating The King's Tale, and now it has been three years (almost to the date) to create The King's Heart. If it takes another three years for The King's Son ...I will take the three years. I have the prologue and a rough beginning for chapter one completed, but I want to take my time and make the story as grand as I can.

I have created a Facebook page for The King's Tale stories. On July 27, the three year anniversary of the publication of the first edition of The King's Tale I will hold a drawing from the fans of the page. That person will get a copy of each book. Please add your name if you wish to be included. If you don't have a Facebook account, and you wish to be included, you can send me an email rowenasudbury{at} In the subject just put "Include me in you drawing!"

The King's Tale Facebook fan page

Needless to say, I thank all of you who have supported me through the years. Having my first book published was a dream come true. Having that book become a second edition is something that was beyond my wildest dreams.

Stop by the YAM site to register to win one of these books! HERE!
Tags: the kings heart, the kings tale, yam 2012 lgbt blogathon

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