Announcing Behold the Dawn!

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I’m thrilled to announce that Behold the Dawn is now available for purchase. The road to publication has been a wild (and occasionally bumpy) road, so please join me in celebrating with a happy dance, lots of chocolate, and a squeal or two!

Behold the Dawn Acknowledgements

Many people have been instrumental in helping this project to publication. I am deeply humbled by the time and encouragement they lavished upon me while I was writing and editing this story. Without them, this book might never have made its way into your hands, and it certainly wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good a story. In no particular order, those people are:

My #1 fan, my unfailing encourager, my sister: Amy.

My writing buds, critters, and proofreaders: Adrie Ashford, Linda Yezak, Laiel Upton, April Upton, Molly LoGalbo, Sterling Woomert, Daniel Farnum, Anna Naylor, Michael Snyder, Paul Chernoch—and everyone else who took the time to read any part of Behold and offer their criticism and support.

My family: for putting up with me and all my writerly craziness and for supporting me and my work unswervingly.

Thank you all. May you be blessed as you have blessed me.

Grand Prize Winner

Today marks the finale of the Winning Wednesday drawings. I’ve had so much fun orchestrating the contests and interacting with so many great people as a result. Thank you all so much for participating! Hopefully, you’ve had at least a parcel of the fun I’ve had. The winner of the Grand Prize is Nina Hansen.

In order to win an autographed copy of Behold the Dawn, a poster of the cover art, a mug, a keychain, and a Wordplay pen, she answered the question “What kind of weapon was a misericorde?”

Weapons and Warfare in the Middle Ages

A misericorde was a small dagger with a long, thin blade, used to administer the coup de grâce.

Weapons and warfare were the stock in trade for most men in the Middle Ages. In those days, an “educated” man was one who was well-versed in riding, swordplay, and other arts of war. Book learning and other philosophical pursuits were considered less than important in comparison (as evidenced by the low literacy rates). A few facts about medieval weapons:

  • The double-edged sword remained the preeminent weapon of war until the mid-13th century, thanks to its ferocious power, which could tear apart mail links and drive them into a wound.
  • The flail, an iron ball (sometimes spiked) attached to a haft by a chain, was used predominately by footmen and unhorsed knights.
  • The siege bow, or ballista, was a large, mounted crossbow that shot oversized bolts. It was used predominantly to cover gateways, to prevent castle defenders from mounting a sally.
  • In the middle of the twelfth century, one the popes tried to ban the crossbow as inhumane.

  • A longbow had an effective range of about 1,000 feet, at which distance it could be used against approaching armies long before they were within striking range themselves. Cavalry horses were especially vulnerable, since some part of the horse was always unprotected

Congratulations, Nina! Your prize is in the mail!

The Winning Wednesday contests are at end (until the next book release anyway!), but I will be offering several book giveaways during my blog tour. You can find the schedule in the sidebar on the left. Guest posts, interviews, and excerpts from Behold are all on the list, so if you see something that piques your interest, please stop by the host site!

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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. I’m so thrilled for you! I’m going to tell all my reading buddies about your novel. I cannot wait to read this!!!! *Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!*

  2. Thanks so much, Anne! 😀

  3. Congrats! Beautiful cover, too.

    Lynnette Labelle

  4. Thanks, Lynnette! I was very pleased with how the cover turned out myself.

  5. This has been a lot of fun watching the giveaways and participating. What a great way to celebrate your book!

  6. I’ve had a lot of fun with it myself!

  7. Congrats on the successful culmination to all your hard work!

  8. Thanks, Shaddy! It’s certainly been a whirlwind of a year!

  9. Congrats Katie. Can’t wait to read it. I’ll be posting your blog tour post Friday :)All the very best with this book. Hope it sells itself out of this world 🙂

  10. Thanks bunches, Tab! 🙂

  11. Congratulations! Looking forward to the blog tour!

  12. Thanks, Scribbler! I’m looking forward to it too!

  13. I’m guaranteed to be enjoying a great and unusual adventure very, very soon.

    My order of BEHOLD THE DAWN is being processed by as we speak.

    As with OUTLAW, BEHOLD THE DAWN promises to lift me from my habitual book choices; I consider that to be a very good thing. At sixty, I’m nearly set in stone!

    You’re breaking me loose and I thank you for the new feeling of freedom in my body and soul.

    Oh my. I’m jibbering and commencing to jabber too. I’m off to sit by the mailbox.

  14. Thanks so much, Shaddy! 🙂 I’m honored that you’re willing to follow my books outside of your normal comfy zone. I hope you enjoy Behold just as much as you did Outlaw!

  15. Congratulations on the release of your book!

    I gave you the Fabulous Blog Award to celebrate. I know you’re too busy to do anything with it. But you’ve worked so hard, I figured you deserved the recognition and a little pre-write-up before you blog tour at my site.

    I hope to buy your book and my friend Susan’s at the same time next week. She’s also just had a book published. But it’s her first.

  16. Thanks so much, Mary Anne! I’ll take a Fabulous Blog Award any ol’ day! 😉

  17. I am so happy for your success. Bask amongst your friends and fans – you deserve it. I’m looking forward to having own copy in hand 🙂
    Looking forward to playing hostess!

  18. Thanks, Lorrie! 🙂 Can’t wait to visit your blog on my tour!

  19. Congrats!!!!! I’m so glad your book is out! And so excited I won the prize! 😀 Thank you!!!! Can’t wait to read it!

  20. Thank you! 😀 And I’m so glad you won! Don’t forget to send me your address.

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