Thursday, October 22, 2009

K.M. Weiland's Second Novel

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

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,, and the blog, 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.


K.M. Weiland said...

Shaddy, you dear. :) You did it again. You made my day! I was hoping somebody special would get to have the very first review on Amazon - and you definitely qualify. Thanks so much for your kindness and your encouragement! xoxoxo

Gullible said...

Okay, Shaddy. I've been looking at her site. I just might check into this book. Thanks for the positive review.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this sounds like an interesting read. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing. I have to admire anyone who puts this much effort into research. I also love reading debut novels so I may check out both, especially after some of the crap I read lately by 'Best Selling' authors.
BTW, nice nanowrimo badge :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with Dayner. I respect any author that puts that much of herself/himself into research before writing a novel.

I am headed over to her page right now. Thanks!

Shaddy said...

Katie: I'm excited for you. Knowing how dedicated you are to writing and how knowledgeable you are regarding all aspects of the writing craft, I'm thrilled to share in the joy of your successes.
Besides your daily book writing, I'm amazed that you take the time to share your knowledge as a writer with anyone who desires to improve his or her own skills. You're a genius at explaining to aspiring writers, the many aspects of writing a good story. You make your wisdom much more than a writing lesson when you present it as only you can.

Gully: I hope you do.

Dayner: Try it, you'll like it! I'm glad you noticed my new blog decor, that is, the NaNoWriMo badge.

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: Katie works very hard to write her books and doesn't stop there. She uses the latest technology available and countless other means to bring attention to and promote her books. Katie doesn't wish things would happen, she makes things happen.

Shokoofeh said...

Thank you Shaddy, thank you for your always wonderful supports!
You're amazing!

I have a little gift for you, please check my blog!


Anonymous said...

Shaddy: Her site was a real pleasure. She is indeed a very busy girl. I really enjoyed her podcast. It was a comfort to hear the words of the author in her voice. I immediately felt a connection to her as a writer. Thanks so much for sending me her way. I posted her link on my page. I am confident my friends will enjoy her as much as I have. I look forward to reading her debut book and also the second. I added them to my wish list.

Shaddy said...

Shokeefah: I just came from your blog. Thank you for the kind note and beautiful flower.

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: I'm glad I introduced you to Katie's blogs and books. You won't be disappointed.


research is the key for success!
Great weekend Shaddy~

Shaddy said...

Lenore: Right on! Enjoy your weekend too, Lenore.