Sgeulachd ni sinn na's mò.
~ Caledonian Proverb
“Stories make us greater.”

“Intense.” ~ Jessie Potts, USA Today



DAWNFLIGHT, 2nd Edition

DAWNFLIGHT

2nd Edition

Spotlighted in the "Currently Reading" section of the Happy Ever After blog of USA Today by staff reviewer Jessie Potts as being "intense, very in-depth and will be a favorite for Arthurian lovers." (Scroll to near the bottom of the page for her full report.)

Print: ISBN 1-939-05113-4
Ebook: ISBN 1-939-05119-3
Published by Lucky Bat Books
Cover art by Joe J. Calkins of Cerberus Art

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Substantially revised text includes the development of expanded sets of idiomatic language for my characters' vocabularies: more epithets, endearments, insults, and mythology to enrich their world.

It also includes a higher level of sensuality than the previous edition. Gyan still collects heads -- on that basis alone I always recommend to parents that they read the book before making a decision regarding whether it's suitable for their children. Now, I encourage this even more strongly!

New content includes interior line-art drawings which function as clues to the reader of an imminent viewpoint shift. Since I wasn't burdened with the traditional "will it fit on the bookstore's shelf" concern that plagues royalty publishers, I also have included two appendices: a character list and a glossary.

Some of the line art may be viewed using Amazon.com's "Look Inside" feature on Dawnflight's product page (and while you're there, please buy a copy, thanks!). Samples from the People and Glossary appendices may be viewed beginning here, along with an excerpt from Chapter 13.

“And while [they] lived happily ever after, the point is they lived.”

This line, spoken at the close of 1998's Ever After, literally made me gasp the first time I heard it. Because it summarizes precisely what I try to convey with Dawnflight and its sequels.

Scholars will argue until the Second Coming about whether Arthur was a mortal or a god, one man or a composite, a king or a soldier, a Christian or a pagan, a southern Celt or a northern one, a native Briton or a Romano-Sarmatian import, and any other arguments they can dream up. My theory is that a folkloric tradition as vast and as inspiring as the Arthurian Legends does not spring up around a mythic god, or a mortal who was universally disliked by his people and merely given good press by his bardic spin-doctors because he was their patron.

Therefore, my conclusion about Arthur and Guinevere, their companions and their enemies is: they lived. They fought. They loved. They did the wrong things for the right reasons and the right things for the wrong reasons. They triumphed. They failed. And they learned to overcome failure and the pain of betrayal by forgiving each other—which is perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn from them.

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Revised 11 September 2013 


The “Caledonian Proverb” on this page,
which also appears on the dedication page of the novel,
is entirely my invention.
It was inspired by Madeline L’Engle, who said,
“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.”