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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: PenForASword Publishing (August 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978924614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978924614
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the epic fantasy Dreamlander. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her site She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction at

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K.M. Weiland writes historical and speculative fiction and mentors other writers through her website, editing services, workshops, books, CDs, and blogs.

Why I write:
Stories are like breathing. Life without a story in my head is one-dimensional, stagnant, vapid. I love the life God has given me, but I think I love it better because I'm able to live out so many other lives on the page. I'm more content to be who I am because I'm not trapped in that identity. When I sit down at my computer and put my fingers on the keys, I can be anyone or anything, at any time in history. I write because it's freedom.

Writing routine:
I set aside two hours, five days a week, to write, usually between four and six p.m. I'm a firm believer in Peter de Vries claim: "I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning." I spend the first half hour scribbling ideas in a writing journal, reviewing character sketches and research notes, reading an article on the craft, and proofreading what I wrote the day before. Then I pick a soundtrack, say a prayer for guidance, and dive in.

It takes years sometimes for my ideas to find their way onto the page. After the first kernel of inspiration takes root, I play with it and play with it, discovering characters and scenes and plot twists. Finally, when I think it's ready, I dig out a notebook and start sketching ideas and outlines. Depending on the subject matter, I spend a few months researching, then take a deep breath and pray that all the work will pay off in a way that will glorify God.

Most of my story ideas begin with a character and a place. An outlaw in the Wyoming Territory. A mercenary knight in the Crusades. A vigilante plantation owner in Kenya. A female spy in the Napoleonic Wars. A barnstormer in early 20th-century Kansas. After that, who knows? Inspiration is a gift from God: bits and pieces, tiny ideas that bloom into unexpected treasures.

Writing is both a gift and an art. As a gift, it must be approached with humility: the writer is only the vessel through which inspiration flows. As an art, it must be approached with passion and discipline: a gift that's never developed wasn't worth the giving.

Customer Reviews

The writing is beautiful; the story is captivating!
Brennan Gash
I very rarely read books any more, but this was one I literally could not put down.
Janet DiMaria
The characters are well developed and the action is well paced.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Liberty Speidel on December 22, 2009
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I loved 'Behold the Dawn'.

I'm not normally a historical reader--in fact, I usually avoid them--but so many people recommended I read this book, I broke down and bought it. I'm so glad I did.

Through the tale of Marcus Annan, K.M. Weiland shares some definite spiritual truths. But, it doesn't stop there. The tale she weaves is both engaging and adventurous--a real page turner. I could barely put the book down, and found myself thinking about the characters when it was away on my nightstand--even thinking about them in the middle of the night!

I was constantly surprised by the characters, though one twist especially had me stunned when I read the scene. I think I had to go back and read it again. :) The characters were so real to me that I was a little sad to see the book end, and will probably spend some time imagining what their lives are like after the close of the book.

If you want a great read, I highly recommend picking up a copy of K.M. Weiland's 'Behold the Dawn'!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie M. Campbell on November 7, 2009
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Katie does such a great job of keeping the reader turning the pages. There's something in this book for everyone: there is enough action to satisfy the adventure lover; enough impossible awakening love to satisfy the romantic; enough research to satisfy the historian, enough intrigue, betrayal and murder to satisfy the mystery lover, and enough mercy and forgiveness to satisfy the Christ-follower.

Katie's book is one of hope. Nothing is too great to separate us from the love of Christ (Rom. 8:38-39). He came to heal not the righteous, but the sick (Matt. 9:12-13). I was reminded of these verses reading this book. Behold the Dawn is a great message of new beginnings.

In a nutshell, Behold the Dawn has beautiful prose, engaging plot, secrets that explode off the's a compelling read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glenys O'Connell on March 24, 2010
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K.M. Weiland's 'Behold the Dawn' has done something several other famous writers couldn't do - given me a renewed enthusiasm for historical fiction.I began to read without any expectations at all except that the back cover blurb sounded interesting - I was interested in the time period of the Crusades and was curious to see how she'd produced a story around it. And what a story she has written! There are no cliches about the good versus evil of the Crusades in Ms. Weiland's book. In fact, her hero is an outsider with dark secrets who is cynical about the upper echelons of the church and state even while being quite a spiritual and moral person. He is eventually forced to take a stand against the corruption that he abhors; he must also battle his inner demons as to his own worthiness in the eyes of God. Don't, though, have the impression that this is some sort of religious tome - the story is as raw, as violent, as romantic, colourful and courageous as the times in which it is set. There is also a convincing love story seasoning the plot - if I had to come up with any criticism at all, it would be that the heroine could have been a stronger character. That said, she is perhaps well suited as a product of her times. Add to that the impressive amount of careful research into every aspect of the time period, and you have a book that would appeal to both history buffs and anyone looking for a page-turningly good read. I should add that, as a writer myself, I'm not easily impressed but Ms. Weiland has certainly impressed me enough with this book that I've purchased another of her works,A Man Called Outlaw.A Man Called OutlawBehold the Dawn
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenna on November 28, 2009
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I was a little wary of reading this book, because I really, really, really wanted to like it--and when you go to read a book you really, really, really want to like, or have high hopes for, there's always a nagging fear that it won't measure up to your preconceptions and hopes. I'd never read anything by this author before (excepting some excerpts from her books), so I didn't have the assurance that, hey, she's written good books before, so she's probably done it again (not that that's always a surety...I've read plenty of books I didn't like by authors whose previous books I'd loved). So, due to all that, my feelings going into the reading of this were, at best, ambiguous.

Behold the Dawn exceeded my expectations.

The characters were brilliant (I loved Marcus Annan and Lady Mairead; Marek was bloomin' awesome; and all the other main-ish characters were intriguing--sometimes frighteningly so). The plot was exciting and absorbing. I remember when I was on page 36, it felt like I should've been on page 70 or 80 due to how much had already happened--but the action never felt rushed; the pacing was just right. And, best of all, there was a crazy (and I mean that in the best way possible) plot twist at the end which I did not see coming at all (though in retrospect all the hints were there, craftily hidden within the conflict) and which made me want to flip right back to the beginning and read the whole thing over again.

And that doesn't happen too often with me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Jarvis on January 7, 2013
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I liked the settings & feel that the author paid due respect to historical accuracy, explaining departures from facts at the end. The action sequences were also well presented, characterizations well developed with a goodly share of nice folk together with a heavy measure of dastardly knaves; perhaps the hero was a little too powerful and invincible for my liking. He also should really be way more careful in his duty looking after the heroine; he constantly abandons her to get captured and abused.
The descriptions of events, and details regarding the actual period were realistically laid out. I was less convinced with the narrative and personal relationships which I feel suffered from a number of modernisms and anachronisms, not the least the ridiculous servant/master familiarity (unthinkable in those days) and the hero referring to his servant as "bucko."
I also felt that the historical military action played very much second fiddle to the breathless, heart-throbbing, dare I say it Mills & Boon, romantic interludes. The underlying mystery of the hero's guilt-trip from the events at St. Dunstan's, that linked him with the other principal characters, I found unconvincing and hard to follow. The ultimate unveiling scene I found over-melodramatic and laboured. Maybe it's because I'm a bloke.
The author can write, no doubt about that, but perhaps I inadvertently picked a book out of genre for me. If you like historical romance give this a whirl.
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