King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court

by Kim Iverson Headlee, Mark Twain (Other)

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King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Kim Iverson Headlee

Are you weary of hearing about the 2016 US Presidential race? Afraid of what will become of America if your chosen candidate doesn’t prevail? Do you believe the world is doomed regardless of who claims the Oval Office throne—er, chair?

Refresh your spirit and allay your fears by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written about today’s political falderal.

“Solidly entertaining.” ~Publishers Weekly

WINNER 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy.

WINNER Summer 2016 NABE Pinnacle Best Fantasy Book.

Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, DC, of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.

Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.

Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506199269
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

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.

Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendant of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Babushka escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim's novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband's ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.

For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, and other novels clamoring for attention. She has been a published novelist since 1999, beginning with the original editions of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and Liberty (writing as Kimberly Iverson, HQN Books, Harlequin).

Mark Twain began work on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in 1879-the same year the Yankee Hank Morgan departed for his sojourn in sixth-century Britain. The first edition was published in 1889 and features more than 200 illustrations by the man who later would become founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Carter Beard. These illustrations are now in the public domain, and a handful, all or in part, have been incorporated into King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court as an artistic homage to this classic edition of the first time travel story in all literature.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Frontispiece: The Queen Visits Her Brother
List of Illustrations
Preface
A Word of Explanation
The Queen Works Her Enchantment
A Very Angel of Death
Chapter I: Crownsville
"I had by mischance stumbled into an entire realm of fools."
Chapter II: King Henry's Court
"Be this... Connect-cut?"
Chapter III: Knights of Crownsville
"Queen Morgan, is aught amiss with thy victuals?"
Chapter IV: Sir Kay and the Man Who Would Be Boss
The Original Boss's Twin
Chapter V: An Inspiration
"I will rain down upon you the most severe calamity imaginable!"
Chapter VI: The Eclipse
"My entrails clawed their way to catch up to the rest of me."
Chapter VII: The Tower
President Malory Beckham Hinton and Senator Ambrose Josiah Hinton
"Ambrose Hinton, scratch thyself."
Chapter VIII: The Boss
"Morganna Hanks-Queen Morgan-I name you my new campaign boss."
Chapter IX: The Tournament
Powerful and Heady Magic
Chapter X: Beginning to Change Civilization
"I made Malory vow not to overspend, as President."
Chapter XI: The Queen in Search of a Baseball Club
A Knight With Few Peers
The Bases Covered by Sandy and the Queen
Chapter XII: Slow Torture
Rolling Heads
"I hereby add a third item to prohibited meeting behavior."
Chapter XIII: Free Agents!
"Mr. Carter, you are fired."
Chapter XIV: Defend the Banner!
"You need his love...and he needs yours."
"Please."
Chapter XV: Sandy's Statistics
"And so I shall become the proprietor of seven more Knights."
Morganna Hanks, Owner of the London Knights
Mrs. le Fay
Chapter XVI: Morgan le Fay
"Did you really murder an innocent child?"
Chapter XVII: A Baseball Banquet
"It is a dream I have."
Chapter XVIII: In the Queen's Dungeons
Defending Guilty Innocents
Chapter XIX: Baseball as a Trade
A Basis of Speculation
Chapter XX: The Ogres' Stadium
"I could have enchanted a herd of hogs."
Chapter XXI: The Pilgrims
Wretched Sanctuary
Chapter XXII: The Crocodiles
"The well of our hitting was abysmally dry."
Chapter XXIII: Restoration of the Team
"He who plays best shall win the prize."
Chapter XXIV: A Rival Player
Again... alas.
Chapter XXV: A Competitive Examination
The Mascot Fight
The Hive
Chapter XXVI: The President in the Newspaper
"They brought it on themselves."
Chapter XXVII: The President and the Queen Travel Cognito
"It's been too long."
Chapter XXVIII: Drilling the President
"To thine own self be true."
Chapter XXIX: The Smallpox Hut
"No mercy here."
Chapter XXX: The Tragedy of the Big House
"Those boys should get medals."
Chapter XXXI: Marco
The Queen's Fledgling
Chapter XXXII: Dowley's Humiliation
Repudiate Them
Chapter XXXIII: Twenty-first Century Political Economy
Starting Over
Chapter XXXIV: Slavery as a Career
Federal System = Feudal System
Chapter XXXV: A Pitiful Incident
"I sacked the manager and his accountant on the spot."
Chapter XXXVI: An Encounter in the Dark
"Neither as queen nor as ball club owner do I ever make idle promises."
Chapter XXXVII: An Awful Predicament
"I knew the terror of my dungeon's denizens."
Chapter XXXVIII: Sandy and the Lawyers to the Rescue
"I craved to capture that feeling."
Chapter XXXIX: The Knights' Fight with the Yankees
President for Life
Chapter XL: Three Years Later
Congressional Blowhards
Chapter XLI: The Dictum
The Queen's Grip
Chapter XLII: War!
"Obediently they froze mid-charge."
"I never forgave myself."
Chapter XLIII: The Battle on the Salisbury Plain
"I continued writing and grieving."
Chapter XLIV: A Postscript by the Scribe
"Time be ever my ally."
Final P.S. by C.C.
"Arthur, I have ever so much to explain to thee..."
About the Ghost's Writer
Dead Stork

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King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite The ancient lore of Camelot meets the fantasy of the future in this incredibly amusing tale of the evil sister of King Arthur as she is transported forward in time to the late 21st century. King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Kim Iverson Headlee whisks Queen Morgan away from a dying Arthur to the future, to where she wanted to confront the Connecticut Yankee whom she blames for unacceptable changes to the Kingdom. Loosely based as a follow up to Mark Twain’s famous story, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court takes the infamous Morgan le Fay to the future where she has an unusual effect on American politics as well as the World Baseball Federation with her purchase of the London Knights. With a bit of magic and a lot of queenly determination, Morgan helps create a new path for the president and makes waves in the world of baseball while making more than a few new enemies. Will time travel get Morgan back to her brother or will some other transfer over the centuries create even more distortions in what history has to report? Full of wit, woman power and clever critiques of the political scene as well as the ‘good old boy’ network of professional sports, King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Kim Iverson Headlee is a pleasant read that crosses all types of preconceived ideas about style, substance, time and place. A love story, a quest for revenge, and a change of heart, plus so much more provide plenty of interest, and Headlee’s quick-paced narrative and dialogue keep you eagerly turning the pages. This is an unusual story that makes you glad you took the chance. A unique story that is a lot of fun with plenty of strategic jabs at conventional practices.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Kim Iverson Headlee in her new book, “King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court” published by Lucky Bat Books takes us into the life of Morgan le Fay. From the back cover: Morgan le Fay, 6th-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels. Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise. Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball…and the human heart. In an effort to prevent the events that occur in “A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court” Morgan le Fay time travels forward to kill him before he can time travel backward. However she misses in time and space and winds up in Washington in the future. There is romance. There is political shenanigans, after all this is Washington. And there is baseball, after all this is America. Most of all there is lots and lots of fun. If you just like the premise then I assure you, you are going to really like this book. Kim Iverson Headlee 1500x2237Author Biography 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. Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia. For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her imprint Pendragon Cove Press. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Book Tours & Blasts. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
KaylaSue1 More than 1 year ago
I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW AN THIS IS MY HONEST OPINION.KIM HARDLEE..HAS ADDED ANOTHER TERRIFFIC BOOK TO THIS SERIES... In the beginning we find Queen Morgan racing to the battlefield, in a carriage, her brother the King is fighting, she rushes to his side,sending for her herbs to try an save his life. Next she is tells them what to write. Morgan starts to tell a story if she cast a spell to go back in time to kill Hank Morgan because killing him before he comes to their time , the king will be safe. Morgan le Fay, from the 6th-century casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may can stop Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. She vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world.The spell misses by 200 years and 300 miles,sending her to Washington, D.C., 2079, complete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and other technological marvels. I found myself wondering what she would get into next and laughing at many parts in the book Considering that she is unprepared ,Queen Morgan is quite the character! She finds herself in the 21st century and willing faces the challenges thru the trials and errors of being in a century she doesn't really understand.However, this is where her life starts to take a turn, she becomes the Campaign Boss for the American President Malory Beckham Hinton,later she decides to but a baseball team called London Knights. In order to know what is going on with her club and how to run it day to day ,she is going to have to move. She leaves President Malory with her assistant.In London, Sandy is hired as her GM. And they fall in love, he does something to lose her trust and she fires him, but because she really loves him , she rehires him. The story doesn't ends but it starts to have more twists and turns.Do you remember she is a 6th century Queen accidently in the 21st century? Will Morgan go back to save King Arthur ? Will she stay in her new life? To find out you need to read this amazing story. I recommend this book for all. Especially if you like baseball, history, and touch politics.
annmarie4 More than 1 year ago
At first I didn know whether I would like this book, however, as the story evolved I became entralled in the concept of the book as well as the story line.  Queen Morgan is quite the character! Considering that she is in an era that she was unprepared for, she finds herself delving into the century she was brought into and brings you with her thru the trials and errors of being in the 21st century and the challenges that she willingly takes on.  I found myself laughing at many points in the book as well as wondering what she would get into next.
Mousiey More than 1 year ago
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO SAVE YOUR BROTHER FROM CERTAIN DEATH??? Here is my honest review of Ms Headlee's terrific and amusing book. King Arthurs Sister is written similar to a Mark Twain story . Its like Ms Headlee has the touch of Twain in her. As our story starts out we find our Queen Morgan in a carriage racing to the battlefield. Where her brother the King is fighting- when she arrives there - she rushes to his side- sends for her herbs attempting to save his life. The next we see is she is telling them to write what she tells them to. Morgan begins to tell a story- she cast a spell trying to go back in time to kill Hank Morgan . If she can kill him before he comes to her time then the king will be safe. However, she ends up being 300 miles and 200 years off. Morgan ends up in Washington D C. Now this is where her life starts to take a turn. Morgan becomes the Campaign Boss for the American President Malory Beckham Hinton. Then later on she decides to purchase the the baseball team Knights. (hmm- wonder what she is thinking ??) After Morgan decides to purchase the London Knights- she realizes that in order to know what is going on with her club and the day to day operation of it. She is going to have to move. She leaves President Malory in good hands -with her assistant. When She reaches London she hires Sandy as her GM. Along the way they fall in love. He does something to lose her trust- Morgan fires him- but then because she truly loves him , and he her she rehires him. Now this isn't where the story the ends. But where it starts to have more twists. Remember it is about a 6th century Queen in the 21st century. Does our Morgan go back to safe King Arthur ?? Or does she stay where she is?? For that you will need to read this amazing and interesting story- I wholeheartedly recommend this book for all. Especially for those that enjoy baseball, history, and touch politics.Mousiey gives an over all rating for this book of 25 stars out 5 . Now make sure to add it to your to read list on goodreads. And then TIME TRAVEL YOURSELF OVER TO BARNES AND NOBLES AND GET YOUR COPY NOW!!
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I have never read a time traveling type book. I usually stay away from those since I never felt as if I would enjoy them. But now, I think I have truly been missing out! This was a great read! Surprisingly for me I really enjoyed it! Looking at the cover doesn't do much justice for this book, you have to actually open it and start reading. I promise once you do you won't stop. You will enjoy just as I have! *Received for an honest review*
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
This is supposed to be a sequel to Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, my problem is that I only remember a little about reading that book from decades ago. I had a hard time connecting with the main characters like Morgan Le Fay. Morgan Le Fay was a Queen and a sorceress. Who cast a spell to time travel to 1879 Connecticut to get revenge on Sir Boss Hank Morgan. Instead she got Washington 2079. She gets involved with politics and offered to be Campaign Boss for reelection of American President Malory Beckham. Also she ends up owning a London Knights baseball franchise. While this is a clean read, the characters have a lot of bad sides to them. Lots of sleeping around, murder, power hungry which made it hard for me to care about what happened to them. Morgan did grow as a character and I respected her towards the end of the book, but took a lot for me to care. I think she did a good job of staying true to Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Blending the past with the future. There is lots of drama, humor, baseball, royalty and magic in this tale. The setting is the past, future, England, America. I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give a honest review and be part of King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court blog tour.