I've turned the final page of K.M. Weiland's novel, Behold The Dawn. I began the book uncertain of being taken back in time to the year, 1192, to share the life of a man burdened with past sins and secrets, famed for his tourney skills on the battlefield, trusted with transporting an English noblewoman to safety and all the struggles along the way. I no sooner began reading, when I found myself hooked.
I first came to know Katie after I created my blog earlier this year and we chatted back and forth by commenting on each other's blog posts. When I realized she was a very serious author who had her first book recently published, of course, I ordered a copy from http://www.amazon.com/.
As with Weiland's first novel, A Man Called Outlaw, I found myself transfixed in her second book by a genre I hadn't explored previously. Thanks to Katie, my reading horizons are being expanded. Weiland is a polished writer who packs more action into each chapter than is often contained in entire books.
Weiland enjoys tackling subjects which are interesting to her and initially unfamiliar. Doing extensive research in order to become knowledgeable about the time period, setting, history and countless other factors about which she is writing, inspires and challenges Katie.
I appreciated the map of the Holy Land in 1192 and the glossary that Katie included in her book and I referred to them frequently. By using the terminology of that time, place and culture in history, Weiland drew me into the world as it existed during the time of the Third Crusade.
Again, I'm impressed in how seriously Katie takes writing. She has her own blog, http://www.wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com/, and the blog, http://www.authorculture.blogspot.com/ which she contributes to with two other writers. Both of these blogs offer invaluable information for aspiring writers.
I've found that it's extremely engaging to read a book written by someone I know personally.