Announcing Behold the Dawn and Winning Wednesdays

Behold the Dawn by K.M. WeilandI’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. 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!

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

  3. 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 🙂

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

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