Excerpt from The Flower of Chivalry

Greetings friends, I hope you are all doing well in the midst of this crisis. I am working from home and will be for the remainder of the month (at least), but luckily where I am is not as dense with cases as other places. I wish the best for you and hope that you and your loved ones are all right.

While you’re stuck at home, want to read an excerpt from my forthcoming novel? This is the fourth book of my series The Swithen, which tells the real legend of King Arthur as found in the Medieval sources of 1136-1485. The whole schtick of the series is that I cannot change anything from the old legend, but this period–Arthur’s childhood–is not covered at all in the original sources, so this novel is 95% original by me.

I think, as you read this, that you can also see how my series is different from what most of think of when we think “epic fantasy” or even “King Arthur.” This series focuses on character, emotion and psychology, and there’s not a “Forsooth, Milady!” to be found. There is also no “Fie on thee, foul enchantress!” or anything of that sort. I really just want these to be real people with real, relatable emotions.

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As I thought about what Arthur would be feeling at this time, it occurred to me that the fact that he is adopted–and yet his parents won’t tell him anything about it–would be an issue for him, and you see him expressing his frustrations here. I wanted to capture this future leader as a young, confused boy, completely unaware that he will soon be chosen as king and living in the last few years before he is called by destiny.

The book is out April 3rd. Take a look at the excerpt and lock down a copy during pre-order, when it is only 99 cents. It will go up to $2.99 or perhaps $4.99 upon release (I’m thinking about it). Enjoy it, let me know what you think, and hey–don’t touch your face.

Read an excerpt from The Flower of Chivalry

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