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King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by [Headlee, Kim Iverson, Headlee, Kim]
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Are you sick of US politics? Afraid of what will become of America because your chosen candidate didn’t prevail? Do you believe the world is doomed now that King Donald has claimed the Oval Office throne?

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

“Entertaining.” –Publishers Weekly.

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

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.


List of Illustrations
A Word of Explanation
Chapter I: Crownsville
Chapter II: King Henry’s Court
Chapter III: Knights of Crownsville
Chapter IV: Sir Kay and the Man Who Would Be Boss
Chapter V: An Inspiration
Chapter VI: The Eclipse
Chapter VII: The Tower
Chapter VIII: The Boss
Chapter IX: The Tournament
Chapter X: Beginning to Change Civilization
Chapter XI: The Queen in Search of a Baseball Club
Chapter XII: Slow Torture
Chapter XIII: Free Agents!
Chapter XIV: Defend the Banner!
Chapter XV: Sandy’s Statistics
Chapter XVI: Morgan le Fay
Chapter XVII: A Baseball Banquet
Chapter XVIII: In the Queen’s Dungeons
Chapter XIX: Baseball as a Trade
Chapter XX: The Ogres’ Stadium
Chapter XXI: The Pilgrims
Chapter XXII: The Crocodiles
Chapter XXIII: Restoration of the Team
Chapter XXIV: A Rival Player
Chapter XXV: A Competitive Examination
Chapter XXVI: The President in the Newspaper
Chapter XXVII: The President and the Queen Travel Cognito
Chapter XXVIII: Drilling the President
Chapter XXIX: The Smallpox Hut
Chapter XXX: The Tragedy of the Big House
Chapter XXXI: Marco
Chapter XXXII: Dowley’s Humiliation
Chapter XXXIII: Twenty-first Century Political Economy
Chapter XXXIV: Slavery as a Career
Chapter XXXV: A Pitiful Incident
Chapter XXXVI: An Encounter in the Dark
Chapter XXXVII: An Awful Predicament
Chapter XXXVIII: Sandy and the Lawyers to the Rescue
Chapter XXXIX: The Knights’ Fight with the Yankees
Chapter XL: Three Years Later
Chapter XLI: The Dictum
Chapter XLII: War!
Chapter XLIII: The Battle on the Salisbury Plain
Chapter XLIV: A Postscript by the Scribe
Final P.S. by C.C.
About the Ghost’s Writer


The Queen Visits Her Brother
A very Angel of Death
The Original Boss’s Twin
“Ambrose Hinton, scratch thyself.”
“I made Malory vow not to spend, as President, more than her country’s annual income.”
Rolling Heads
“Mr. Carter, you are fired.”
Morganna Hanks, Owner of the London Knights
Mrs le Fay
“I could have enchanted a herd of hogs.”
Wretched Sanctuary
Again… alas.
The Hive
“No mercy here.”
“I sacked the manager and his accountant on the spot.”
“I knew the terror of my dungeon’s denizens.”
“I never forgave myself.”
“Arthur, I have ever so much to explain to thee…”
The pen is mightier than…

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  • Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (1 November 2014)
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  • Language: English
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just barely 3 star 10 November 2016
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Not a bad story idea, but too long on the descriptions and holy cow, those baseball game descriptions were boring as heck - and I like baseball! But it's like golf: merely reading about the action is yawn-inducing, and there's way too much of it acting as fill in this lightweight fluffiness.

Morgan is marginally interesting, but not especially intriguing. Although I stuck with this book through to the end, I was relieved it was over and happy to delete it from my Kindle. I'm sure there will be many readers who will love it and find it laugh-out-loud funny. This just wasn't my cup of tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Kim Headlee, for this beautiful story. 11 December 2016
By Mary Enck - Published on
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I have been fascinated with Arthurian Literature since childhood. He was and is my idea of a hero. I enjoyed this story with some of the same excitement I have experienced in many of the stories I have read of King Arthur. I am amazed at how his legends have lived for centuries. What writer would not aspire to see the creations of their craft possess such longevity? Kim Headlee has captured her characters, bending them to her will with reverent attention to those original personalities as well as some new ones that shine as brightly as a star in the skies of times gone by and into tomorrow.

I was completely entertained with the style Ms. Headlee used in this novel. Reflections of the beloved work of Mark Twain was most pleasing to this reader. Enough has been said here in the other reviews about the storyline. I don't like to give away elements of a plot and usually, focus on my reasons for liking or loving what I have read.

I agree that the baseball aspect truly gave this story a beginning, a middle and a very satisfying end. The middle being all about baseball. Sports generally make my eyes glaze over and I am not interested in the subject. However, I hung in there appreciating the way in which baseball was woven into the story. It worked, even for me.The ending was wonderful and I felt tears brimming in my eyes at the conclusion.

The line drawings spaced throughout the chapters were especially endearing. I loved the one at the last. Very telling and sealing the end with a good feeling.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just Wow! 2 June 2015
By Liza O'Connor - Published on
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What Kim Headlee has done here is just amazing. The story begins with Mark Twain talking from beyond his grave. He wants a sequel to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and he’s chosen Kim to deliver it.

And man does she!

There’s so much to love about this story.

First, let me say this book, even the ebook, is stuffed full of the most beautiful engravings. From the comments at the end of the book, I believe there is also an audio book and yes, even a screenplay floating about. If you purchase the audio, you should buy the ebook or book as well so you can have the engravings.

The ebook is only 2.99, as I write this, a bargain for the engravings alone, nevertheless the superb story that comes with it.

Next, let me list a few of hurdles that Headlee has to jump over:

First, she had to really get to know Mark Twain, and then get beyond her ‘unworthiness’ to write for him. It took her years to do this, but IMO time well spent.

Now, to the undercurrents of the story that could have caused her trouble:

This book relies on Time travel for the backbone of the story. Time Travel is always tricky, and normally leaves me dissatisfied due to implausibility issues. But I had no issues with Kim Headlee’s solution. While she didn't attempt to explain the technology and physics in detail, (being too busy playing baseball) I found it most plausible, so I was happy.

Next challenge: Handling romantic interludes like Twain. I was very pleased here. Kim matches what he would have done very nicely, although, to be honest, I enjoyed hers more than Twain’s. (I firmly believe women, or at least Kim, can write better romance than an old guy with wild white hair.) Still, the sections were more humorous than descriptive, much like Twain’s.

In addition, Twain had a habit of ‘thought wandering’ while he shared a story and Headlee does him justice in this matter as well.

Next, she has to make a believable transition for Queen Morgan to become a protagonist we wish to root for.

Honestly, I didn’t see how she would manage that, but she did. I loved Morgan from beginning to end. I especially loved the way she would talk to the reader throughout the book, confessing the truth and sharing details. It was as if I were her BFF.

I read this in a single setting, despite having a great deal to do, because frankly, I could not put the book down. I think Morgan may have enchanted me…
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this book 8 October 2016
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When I began reading this book, I was quite skeptical of it's worth. Then it's beauty and humor overtook me. I could not put it down. The observations on modern politics, social structure and baseball are well worth the read. Queen Morgan's relationship with Sandy is true romance. It is very interesting how the author was able to compare the age of King Arthur to modern politics and, of course, baseball with such keen observations and humor. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever satire dragged out a bit too long 1 October 2016
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A reverse satire to Mark Twain's "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Arthur's half-sister, Morgan, travels back in time to try to intercept the Yankee from arriving in her era, but instead ends up in the late 21st century, arriving first at a Renaissance Faire-type event, where she was right at home. She eventually acclimates to the era, helps the woman president, becomes owner of a baseball team, and falls for a man named Sandy (in reverse of the Twain book's female Sandy.) Although I'm a baseball fan, there was way too much about baseball for me. Otherwise, the book was clever and charming, and included nice pen-and-ink type illustrations. The ending was lovely.