Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Snow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee Review Tour & Giveaway

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Snow in July
by Kim Iverson Headlee

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: June 20, 2014
Publisher: Pendragon Cove Press
Cover Designer: Natasha Brown
Genre: Historical Romance
 
 Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre has been granted what every man wants: a rich English estate in exchange for his valiant service at the Battle of Hastings. To claim this reward, the Norman knight must wed the estate's Saxon heiress. Most men would leap at such an opportunity, but for Alain, who broke his vow to his dying mother by failing to protect his youngest brother in battle, it means facing more easily broken vows. But when rumors of rampant thievery, dangerous beasts, and sorcery plaguing a neighboring estate reach his ears, nothing will make him shirk duty to king and country when people's lives stand at risk. He assumes the guise of a squire to scout the land, its problems, and its lady.

Lady Kendra of Edgarburh has been granted what no woman wants: a forced marriage to an enemy who may be kith or kin to the man who murdered her beloved brother. Compounding her anguish is her failure to awaken the miraculous healing gift bequeathed by their late mother in time to save his life. Although with his dying breath, he made her promise to seek happiness above all, Kendra vows that she shall find neither comfort nor love in the arms of a Norman…unless it snows in July.

Alain is smitten by Lady Kendra from the first moment of their meeting; Kendra feels the forbidden allure of the handsome and courtly Norman "squire." But a growing evil overshadows everyone, invoking dark forces and ensnaring Kendra in a plot to overthrow the king Alain is oath-bound to serve. Kendra and Alain face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very souls lie in the balance.

 
Snow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee 

Snow in JulyNothing feels quite so romantic as traveling back in time when knights had honor and would brave anything for king and country. And the women? Few were as gentile and fragile as we would like to believe. When a Norman knight is promised the hand of a Saxon lady as part of his reward, they both have misgivings, he for failing to keep a promise, she for detesting the thought of belonging to a countryman of her brother’s killer. Duty is duty and both are prepared to do whatever they must. But Alain cannot stand by as neighboring villages and estates are plundered and people are dying, and hence begins a tale of subterfuge, evil, betrayal and even a touch of magic. Yep, everything a good romance needs is all here in Snow in July by Kim Iverson Headlee.

There is evil afoot and it creeps up slowly, as Kim Iverson Headlee slowly draws us deeper into her tale. The centuries are peeled away and technology is replaced by determination and the strength to survive. Smell the fresh breezes, feel the mud and rain and learn to accept it all as being part of a life where war is up close and personal, man to man, sword to sword and death could be just around the corner. Ms. Headlee adds her own light twists of magic or sorcery and her world feel real, alive, and puts one’s senses on high alert. The crowning spark comes from the title itself, as its meaning becomes clear through Ms. Headlee’s brilliant imagination and subtle sense of humor. Gripping, intriguing and with a slightly different flavor, this historical romance is in a full gallop from the starting gate to the finish line with a cast of characters that feel like a part of history we can only dream about.




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EXCERPT

(Hero's first impression of heroine)
A young woman was standing on the staircase’s top landing as Alain approached. No, he amended, feeling his eyes widen and his blood heat, a goddess. The suggestive clinging of her grayish-blue gown made him forget his blasphemous lapse. 
He shifted from foot to foot to mask his reaction. Her ashblonde curls, creamy complexion, and alluring curves conquered his fear of failure. As his heart thrummed its praises of her beauty, he vowed to protect this lady unto the ends of the earth. 
But he tempered his lauds with a petition for wisdom, for he needed to ascertain her heart. Experience had taught him the folly of loving a beautiful but title-hungry woman like Marie. 
Yet sorrow enveloped this lady like a shroud. The slope of her delicately boned shoulders, the tilt of her petite chin, the hooded reserve of her slate-blue eyes, the slight pout of her full lips all sang the same dirge. 
Blessed Virgin, could I be the cause of her misery? Please, let it not be so! 
He wanted nothing more than to gather her into his arms and kiss those lips until their song transformed from sorrow to joy. 
Their gazes met. Her look, a cross between appreciation and reprimand, made him remember his “station,” and he looked down.

Author Photo - Kim Headlee

AUTHOR BIO

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet. She has been an award-winning novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, first edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian Legends for nigh on half a century.
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16 comments:

  1. "Alain is one hottie mctottie knight I'd like to meet!"

    Cheers!!

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    1. Mary, you get mega bonus points for quoting one of my tweets about Snow in July!
      Good luck in the contest,
      Kim Headlee
      Stories make us greater.

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

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    1. Thank you! Always glad to be part of your tours! :)

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  3. Ooo this sounds really great
    Thank you for the chance

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  4. Ooo this sounds really great
    Thank you for the chance

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for the kind comments, Lisa!
      Good luck in the contest,
      Kim Headlee
      Stories make us greater.

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  5. For the record, Dianne, yours is one of my favorite Snow in July reviews of all time! :)
    Thanks so much for hosting me and my work on your blog, and have a snowy July day. :D
    Kim Headlee
    Stories make us greater.

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    1. OMGosh! Thank YOU, Kim, EEK! Snow in July for real? If it happens here in FL, I PROMISE to give you credit! happy writing!

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  6. I read King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court and found it to be very addicting. It was a bit different read for me but the story captured my attention from the start.

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    1. Thanks, that's so sweet of you to say! :)
      Good luck,
      Kim Headlee
      Stories make us greater.

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  7. Thank you for the excerpt & giveaway. "Alain is one hottie mctottie knight I'd like to meet!"

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    1. You're most welcome, and good luck! :)
      Kim Headlee
      Stories make us greater.

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  8. I love the medieval period! "Alain is one hottie mctottie knight I'd like to meet!"

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  9. Congratulations to the winners !
    Thank you !

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  10. Congratulations to the winners !
    Thank you !

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