Announcing Behold the Dawn and Winning Wednesdays

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I’m thrilled to officially announce the publication of my second novel, Behold the Dawn. As regular followers of my blog may be aware, this novel has been a grand adventure for me over the last several years. Tackling a historical subject as mammoth as the Third Crusade, which takes place at the end of the 12th century, was a huge project. But I’ve loved every minute! I’ve been fascinated with the Middle Ages since childhood, when I devoured stories of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, King Arthur and Sir Lancelot, and Charlemagne and his Paladins. I suppose it was only a matter of time before a medieval story found its way out through my own keyboard!

About Behold the Dawn

Behold the Dawn tells the story of Marcus Annan, an embittered knight who, after taking part in the near assassination of a corrupt abbot, flees to the tourneys—the huge mock battles which remain popular despite the Pope’s ban in 1130. Years later, haunted by guilt, he is driven to the Holy Land by news that the abbot, now a bishop, is threatening retaliation against the life of a friend. Arriving too late to save his friend’s life, Annan promises to deliver the man’s widow to safety in France, never suspecting she will be his path to redemption. Wounded in battle and hounded by the bishop’s men, he is forced at last to face long-hidden secrets and sins and to bare his soul to the mercy of a God he thought had abandoned him years ago. (You can click here to read the official synopsis.)

Winning Wednesdays

The book will be available for purchase October 1st. To celebrate in the intervening months, Wordplay will be hosting a prize drawing every Wednesday until the book’s release date. Rules of the contest are as follows:

1. Each Wednesday, a question related in some way to the book’s medieval theme will be posted.

2. To enter, use the form in the left-hand column to email your best guess. Deadline is Tuesday, July 7, 6:00 p.m. MST.

3. One name will be selected from the correct entries and announced the following Wednesday.

4. Feel free to enter every week!

This week’s prize: A beautiful letter opener in the shape of the Sword of Charlemagne.

This week’s question: What famous British king led the Third Crusade?

While you’re waiting on the contest results, please grab your free copy of the Behold the Dawn desktop wallpaper!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Oo!Oo! I know!! Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Well, I do have an unfair advantage.

    I’m so excited for you! Your blog looks great, your book cover looks incredible–you’re on your way, Kiddo!!!

  2. Hello,

    Congratulations! You and Lynnette are being published at about the same time — but it is “old hat” to you, with one book already under your belt. Bravo! You’ve done a good job, I know.

    Hugs, Sylvia Stewart (Lynnette’s mom)

  3. Thanks so much, both of you! I don’t know if this kind of thing every gets to be old hat. If anything, I’m more excited this time around!

  4. Wow! Congrats! How exciting to be this close to a book release! I love your contest idea and how you have the question marks in your side bar! Very clever!

  5. Richard the Lionhearted.

  6. Congrats to you on your book being published!!!!:))

  7. Thanks, ladies!

  8. The book sounds awesome! I am so, so, so excited for you. Congratulations! Cool idea for the contest, too.

  9. I’m looking forward to reading your book to be entertained and on top of that I’ll learn a lot about history in the process. I’ll reap the benefits of your thorough research. Can’t wait!

  10. Many many Congratulations on your new book!

  11. Thank you, Cindy, Shaddy, and Mary Anne! I appreciate it.

  12. Do we get to cheat and Google for the answers before we enter? 😀 This is a great way to set up the launch of a book, Katie. Great ideas!

  13. Sure thing! Cheat away! 😉

  14. Congratulations, KM! I expect you’ll be dancing on the walls between now and October! 🙂

  15. Don’t forget the ceiling! I’m dancing on that too!

  16. Dancing on the ceiling? Please–take pictures!!!!!

  17. You really expect me to dance and take picture at the same time? 😛

  18. Yep, I want to see the dancing and the picture taking together! Seriously, congrats on the book. I don’t know you, but I follow your blog and as a writer I am always excited when an author has a book due for release. So, well done. I can’t imagine all the hard work that went into all that research. Can’t wait to read it. Would you ever consider doing a short interview about your book that I could post on my blog closer to your release date? email me at tab[at]zaeya[dot] com if you have time. I am sure you are super busy with book related stuff:) congrats again.

  19. Thanks very much, Tabitha! Shared excitement is always that much better. And I’d love to do an interview!

  20. I just pre-ordered your book. Now I’m going to be nervous until October, kinda like a kid at Christmas. The anticipation will kill me!!!

    I echo the congrats and job well done.

  21. Humongous thanks, Walk! 😀 But I think I got you beat on the nervous-until-October bit! We may end up having to do CPR on each other.

  22. Congrats on your second book. Great cover.

  23. Thanks so much, Bonnie!

  24. congratulations on the wonderful-looking cover! your baby has a face now. 🙂

    i believe it was richard the lionhearted, wasn’t it? (i’m not looking this up on google…)

  25. Wow!!! I am so excited for you! Aannnnddd, a medieval at that! (my time period of choice!) I cannot wait to read it. 😉
    Love the cover, btw!! I’m with Jody, the question marks on the side are great!

  26. Thanks so much! 😀 And, Jeannie: Sssh! I can’t tell yet! 😉

  27. Congrats Katie!
    Excited aren’t you?!
    Wow, when will I feel that feeling?wonder when my turn gonna are a true writer once your books can be published and enjoyed by the people all over the world!You’re one of them 🙂

  28. Thanks, Rima! Keep writing; you’re turn will come!

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