THIS IS NOT YOUR MOTHER’S CAMELOT SERIES
By Kathye Quick
Hi everyone, and a mega thanks to Judy for having me.
I am thrilled to share with you all my first book from The Wild Rose Press – CYNTHIA AND CONSTANTINE. C&C, as I and the editor dubbed it from the beginning, is part of my Beyond Camelot, Brother Knights series. But as I said in the title of this post, this series is not your mother’s Camelot.
I have always loved the adventure and story lore of Camelot. When I was a very little girl, and I know I’m dating myself now, there was a black and white television program on called “Tales of Sir Lancelot.” I watched it religiously. I wish I could find it now on DVD or something as a matter of fact. I chose to write a story from the Arthurian time because it became so much a part of me.
But I also knew the Arthur Legend was done a thousand times and decided that the lesser knights should have stories also. I've been asked if I made up my hero Sir Constantine. Well, the answer to that is yes and no.
My research showed that according the Arthurian Legend, though he was the supposed half-brother of King Arthur, Sir Constantine was one of the lesser Knights of the Round Table. His father was Sir Cador, the King of Cornwall.
Along with Sir Baudwin (my Sir Braeden), Arthur entrusted him with the joint-regency of
when he left to wage war against Emperor Lucius of . Constantine was therefore in a position
to receive the throne when Arthur died without an heir. Constantine was, by
legend, given the crown by Arthur as Arthur lay dying. Constantine tried to
persuade Sir Bors, Sir Ector, Sir Balmore and other companions to remain in
England after the battle with Lancelot and keep up the Order of the Round Table
but was unable (In my story, he was successful in this). Rome
As king Constantine faced many problems with the kingdom including problems with the two rebellious sons of Mordred. When Mordred's sons took refuge in churches in Winchester and London, Constantine pursued them and, disguised as a bishop, killed them both. In the Sequel to C&C, Mordred’s sons play a pivotal role in the plot. But it is Sir Braeden coming to the rescues of his lady, Jane who vanquishes them in a church. (BRAEDEN AND JANE is my current WIP for the Wild Rose Press)
So while my hero, Sir Constantine, did indeed rule over Camelot after Arthur, his doing so in my novel, CYNTHIA AND CONSTANTINE was not all that much a departure from the myth
It still seems strange to me to consider myself multi-published, but I am so blessed. I write for a few houses.
For Avalon I write contemporary and romantic comedies. My first book was actually considered a Career Romance (that line has since been rolled into the Contemporary Romance Line) entitled BLUE DIAMOND. It was followed by JESSIE’S WEDDING, STEALING APRIL’S HEART, FALLING FOR YOU and ‘TIS THE SEASON.
‘TIS THE SEASON is a holiday romance in which Santa quits the family business. It was a HOLT (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) Medallion finalist.
The first book in my GRANDMOTHER’S RINGS series for Avalon was just released. The three-book contemporary romance series follows the Archer Family siblings in their quest to find their soul mates after being given their Grandmother’s Rings by their mother. I used the birthstones from my family as inspiration. AMETHYST is out now, followed by SAPPHIRE in December 2009 and lastly, CITRINE in early 2010.
I also write romantic comedies and historical romance for Wings ePress. Those titles are ONE RAINY NIGHT, my first book, and DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON, my favorite book an ancient Greek Historical.
Okay, I’ve had your ear long enough. Come see me at www.kathyequick.com. You can descriptions of all my books there plus the trailer for C&C.
Oh and I also write Urban fantasies as P.K. Eden with my wonderful writing partner Patt Mihailoff. Together we penned FIREBRAND, a book based on the fall of the Garden of Eden. FIREBRAND has won two Reviewer’s Choice Awards and many 5-star ratings. In giving us a Review’s Pick from Affair de Coeur, the reviewer said that FIREBRAND was “a story worthy of the Hobbit series and Harry Potter.” Patt and I were blown away with the compliment.
Patt and I are both lovers of sci-fi/fantasy and had a great time with this book. You can visit P. K. Eden at www.pkeden.com. Come on over and read the mythology of the book as well as see the trailer.