– 1 November 2014 (ebook, illustrated)
– February 2015 (audiobook, performed by Caprisha Page)
– November 2015 (hardcover, featuring more than 100 illustrations)
Cover Artist: Jennifer Doneske
Illustrators: Jennifer “The Royal Portraitist” Doneske and Tom “The Creature King” Doneske
Morgan le Fay, 6th-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.
Old Legend - New Adventures
And, why not?
The old legends—and the Arthurian Legends in particular—contain tremendous power: the power to teach, to admonish, to caution, to inspire, to entertain. The reason they remain relevant is because, at their core, they are not about places or deeds. They are about people in all their flawed glory, making choices we ourselves might be tempted to make, falling victim to the consequences, or finding ways to overcome life’s tragedies with grace, wisdom, courage, tenacity, and hope.
Having grown up with such cultural classics as “Fractured Fairy Tales” (a frequent featurette of the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show), and having enjoyed early stories that riffed on the work of the Brothers Grimm, combined with my self-appointed mission to rehabilitate Guinevere from fifteen centuries of bad press, it was only natural that I invent new adventures for my favorite legendary characters. Previously, I had concentrated on crafting adventures that reflected what I perceive to be the root mythologies—in other words, presenting realistic scenarios designed to suggest how the later legends might come into being.
With King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court, however, I traded realism for fantasy, and let the magic and mayhem flow! Because its titular character, Queen Morgan le Fay, is as unrivaled in wit and wisdom as she is in sorcery, but is fated to live as a “fish out of water” in the late 21st century, this realistic-for-fantastical literary tradeoff was only natural too.
New adventures for old legends? Any day of the week, my friends!
About the author:
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, and assorted wildlife. People & creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins -- the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-20th century -- seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from "the other Washington") and a direct descendent of 20th-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 7th-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 new imprint, Pendragon Cove Press. She also writes romantic historical fiction under the pseudonym "Kimberly Iverson."