Lancelot and the King The Knights of Camelot Book 1
by Sarah Luddington Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy Romance
A love long-held, the love of a knight for his king, a love which must be denied.
Lancelot is banished from Camelot in disgrace, not only has he lost his honour and country, but too late he realises he has lost his love.
When duty calls him to return, Lancelot doesn’t think twice and once more puts on his armour. If his king needs him and he is called to the sword, he knows where he must be.
His country is threatened, the dark wings of war are gathering and his love... that will just have to wait.
The needs of one man’s heart cry for peace, but Lancelot understands what he must do.
He will stand shoulder to shoulder with the man he loves and if they survive the battlefields, if they can survive the peace, then maybe, just maybe, a knight and his king can put aside their call to arms and listen to the call of their hearts.
The Knights of Camelot series is a reimagining of the Arthurian legends. Each book features two (or more) men in love with one another, steamy encounters, and more. These books are not intended to be read as standalones, so be sure to start at the beginning with Lancelot and the King.
Lancelot and the Sword
The Knights of Camelot Book 2
A powerful new threat looms over Camelot and the fleeting sanctuary of love is shattered. Maybe beyond repair.
Lancelot and Arthur must place their joy on hold to save the kingdom.
As chaos takes hold over the land, the time for tender passion has passed. This is the time for heroes, the time for a king and his greatest knight to make a stand and lead their country through the fires of war.
But in the midst of the battles sometimes the needs of the moment demand sacrifice and a trust is broken.
With the blood of betrayal still running, Lancelot finds himself drawn to another. Perhaps in Tancred’s tender embrace he might just find the peace he so desperately craves.
But a jealous king is a dangerous creature and the ghosts of the dead are intent on hounding a broken soul to the grave.
Lancelot and the Grail
The Knights of Camelot Book 3
A broken and shattered knight hides from the world and from the man who destroyed him. Betrayed by the man he loved, Lancelot vows that the only way he will return is to see the heart of his king staining the floors of Camelot.
Then one day, a gentler soul tracks down the tormented knight and sets to repairing a mind so damaged, there may never be a way back. When Tancred finds Lancelot, he is barely recognisable.
The revenant of a once powerful knight, with a heart which burns so intensely, it is only the pain which gives life.
But Tancred is not going to lose a soulmate he has spent a lifetime waiting to find.
Lancelot will return and his sword is thirsty for blood. The power of the Grail and the fury of Excalibur are turned on the enemies of Camelot in a race to save a kingdom and a brotherhood bound in blood.
With only one chance to save his lover, and his land, Lancelot must make a new deal with the gods.
They will demand everything Lancelot holds and take the last threads of hope from his heart.
The torment that the god of chaos and misery sets to work in Lancelot’s life, threatens to destroy Albion and Camelot, but the god never figured on the power of love and with Arthur’s help, there may just be a way to survive such sadness.
Lancelot must find a way to stop their destruction before Camelot, Albion and Tancred are lost forever. This time there is no hope, no battle he can win, no twist to save his cursed life.
The knight turns his eyes to the heavens and his curse follows on a swift sword.
His only hope is that the sacrifice he gives proves to be enough to save his lost love.
Betrayal of Lancelot The Knights of Camelot Book 7
For six hundred years, Lancelot has been lost.
Lost in a world so far from Camelot that his blood stills and his soul craves nothing but oblivion. Six hundred years of fighting other men’s wars and bedding other men’s lovers. Six hundred years of death.
But Fate wants her hero back and Lancelot must give up this new world of machines and cities to return to Albion.
The gods are rising and Mordred has a new ally.
An ally more fearsome than any Lancelot has ever encountered.
With Arthur once more by his side, they face what they believe will be their final battle. An appointment with the darkest soul in Albion and his even darker god.
Lancelot has destroyed the person who loved him and who brought him back from the dead. Tancred lies broken and Arthur will never release his hold on Lancelot.
But wars have no time for broken hearts and the three men are all that stand between Camelot and the advancing armies in the north. Somehow they must find a way to put the pain of broken love to one side before all is lost under the gathering evil.
They must learn to trust each other once more, if only for one last time. Camelot needs its greatest knights now; there will be time enough for hearts to heal when the battle is done.
Lancelot- The Lost Years: The Spear
The Knights of Camelot Book 10
“The voices of the past are often too strong to resist. I have been away from Camelot and Albion for five long centuries. Occasionally though, a soul brushes against mine and I feel it... I feel love in all its forms regardless of the cost. No one can replace Arthur or Tancred, but there are souls in this long lonely life that make it bearable, even happy, and I live only for those candle flashes of hope.”
Lancelot is cursed to walk the world alone. His is the immortal Knight of Camelot, cast adrift after angering the god Balar. Time drifts endlessly for him until he finds a reason to live.
Lady Elizabeth Rothschild is a noble of the Great British Empire and she is going to prove that a noble woman can control just as much as a noble man. Her tool for this mission is a man called Lance Ash, a drunkard, a whoremonger, a wastrel, but someone very good at his job. He is her treasure hunter, and she wants him to find the Holy Spear which pierced the flank of the true God.
Lance Ash knows exactly how dangerous such a quest can be for all involved, but when he meets the Lady Rothschild’s half brother, Lance Ash is lost and Lancelot du Lac is reborn.
A Knights of Camelot story which takes place between Lancelot’s Curse and Betrayal of Lancelot.
Sarah Luddington is the author of historical gay romance and contemporary gay romance. She is a gay rights activist, holds three martial arts black belts, a degree in Medieval History and far too many dogs. She lives on a mountain in Spain and in her spare time writes and reads LGBT fiction.
Come and visit her website at www.romanticadventures.net or Facebook for more information. She always welcomes contact with her readers.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I grew up in rural Somerset in England. I now live in Spain, mostly because living in England is too expensive – and cold… You have to admit it’s cold a lot of the time. I have six dogs (all rescues), two cats and a husband. That’s not the order of importance, honest. I have three martial arts black belts and a degree in medieval history. I love stories, all stories, TV, movies, books, audio, I collect them like other people collect illnesses. On the LGBTQ+ spectrum I class myself as queer, mostly because it depends on which way the wind is blowing as to which gender I am or which gender I find attractive. It’s nicely confusing.
I became an author because when I was in my late teens and early twenties I was too poor to buy books (or food at the time) and I’d read everything I wanted to in our local library, they didn’t have a large fantasy section in those days. In an effort to write something I wanted to read, I began scribbling and never stopped. Being poor is deeply motivating when all you want to do is escape and they only place it is possible to escape to is the inside of your head. I didn’t know I was dyslexic then, so never thought to take it seriously because I was ‘thick’. Just goes to show what a little self-belief and a whole lotta – fuck ‘em – can do!
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I can use broad swords, katanas, quarterstaffs, jo, knives, escrema sticks, bows and ride horses. Don’t know much about guns…
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
I’m guessing you want the legal things for this one? I was a professional dominatrix for a bit before leaving the UK – you earn more money doing that than being an author! More hitting people with things, I swapped the dojo for a dungeon. It was fun but very intense and despite my – hard NO – on sharing bodily fluids of any kind men can get very tiresome when they get pushy. A five inches heel to the throat usually dissuades them from pushing their luck.
What are some of your pet peeves?
That’s long list.
Mostly is boils down to animal cruelty, hurting small humans (I’m not great with kids but hurting them is not on my list of things to do in this world), and intolerance of colour, sexuality or creed.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Wiping out those who are intolerant… No one ever said I had to be consistent!
Who is your hero and why?
Husband – he’s awesome and a great comedy writer. He’s my best friend as well as the dogs and spends his life trying to shelter me from the real world so I can write and have fun in my worlds.
What are you passionate about these days?
Human rights and the environment. Especially LGBTQ+ rights and the very definite necessity of understanding the extremes of Islam and the rise of White Supremacists in this world. If we don’t understand them, we can’t educate them and if we don’t educate them we can’t defeat their ideology. Also my dogs. I love my dogs. They are my friends. I’m pretty passionate about beer as well.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Star Wars. Every time I hear that music it fills me with joy. Doing battle against the evil empire! Yeah!
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I don’t think they can be – it would be very Game of Thrones if they tried. Maybe Men of Sherwood would be cool. That’s more doable.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Loads. I lived near Glastonbury and got married there, so I know Avalon really well. Lived in Wales as well and live near the places I’ve used to describe Albion in the Camelot series. For my other books – that’s what Google maps is for and a wicked imagination!
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
My animal spirit would be a magpie. We don’t have them here in Spain, the farmers killed them all, but I miss them so much. I’m having one as my next tattoo.
What inspired you to write this book?
I found Lancelot as a character in a book that will never be published, because I can’t write it well enough, and knew he needed a story of his own. So began my research into Arthurian mythology. What a rabbit hole that turned out to be!
When I studied the original texts I began to see a pattern. Arthur forgives Lancelot, but never Guinevere and her punishment is far worse than Lancelot’s for their affair. Why would a king forgive a knight for bedding his queen? Maybe the king loves the knight far more than the queen and maybe the knight bedded the queen to somehow reach out to the king…? That was the question I asked myself when I began Lancelot and the King, the first in the Knights of Camelot series. It took a lot of words to figure out the answer.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More stories where I turn icons of history and contemporary literature into heroes for the LGBTQ+ community. We deserve heroes and if I have to write them, then I will! These iconic characters, ones that have shaped our understanding of what it means to be heroic and honourable, should also be gay or trans or queer. Why can’t King Arthur or Robin Hood be gay? Does it make them weak? Or less able? Of course not, so that’s why I write these stories.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters inLancelot and the King?
The Knights of Camelot. You know the iconic characters I write about. What I’ve tried to do is inject them with the frailties of a real person, while maintaining their essential heroic motifs and the deep magic in the original stories that acted as metaphors for the medieval world view.
Lancelot’s mind breaks under the pressures Arthur, his king, places on him. The dead haunt him. His love for Arthur destroys him and he tries to walk away but fails, so has to find the strength to return and make Arthur really ‘see’ who he is and what he needs. Meanwhile he has to save Camelot from powerful enemies of the supernatural kind and battle gods to prevent England and Albion from being destroyed.
King Arthur was, in many ways, more difficult because I had to learn about him from Lancelot’s point of view. He’s strong, born to be a leader, but doesn’t want the mantel thrust upon him by his birth. It makes him petulant and selfish, especially over the object of his affection. If Arthur can’t have Lancelot, then no one can! As he grows older and sees the damage his selfishness causes to others, Arthur changes, probably the most out of all the characters. He learns that love comes with heavy responsibilities and he shouldn’t always expect to win just because he is a king. He learns about self-sacrifice and in that finds the true meaning of honour. He’s a complex character in the original myths and that doesn’t change in my stories.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
I’ll talk about Lancelot but I could go on forever about the rest of them. His service to his king and country dominate every waking thought for Lancelot. Every decision he makes, every move, he is a soldier first and a man second. His warrior code is scored on his bones but his mind and heart are still fragile and his soul cries out for peace, for hearth and home. For a family. He can and does kill without conscience but he always tries to kill the right person and save the weak or vulnerable.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Easy one – Aidan Turner of Poldark fame. When I saw him in the BBC version of Begin Human he became my Lancelot.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
In every book my favourite bits are killing the bad guys. Damn, I love it when Lancelot pushes his sword into some bastard and they die knowing he’s taken their life. And the slightly less psychotic answer… When he shares his heart with Arthur or Tancred. When they have those soft moments among the war and mayhem that makes them men, not machines of death. I love exploring the tenderness such a man is able to share with someone he trusts.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I spent every day of ten years with Lancelot and miss him all the time but his story is done. If I could walk into a room with him I’d coax him outside, ask him to teach me more about fighting and ride off into the sunset to find adventure at his side as his equal.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
This one made me laugh… I wish I had some measure of control over them. I come up with the general outline of the book, but they write it. They often surprise me and when someone dies, it’s difficult writing through the tears.
Why should you read these stories? They are full of the ancient mysteries of a time lost in myth and magic. They have romance and adventure at their core and characters are so complex they fill your mind with passionate – What Ifs? These are stories to be told by firelight or while watching the stars turn overhead on a summer’s evening. They speak to the heart of love and how it can change entire worlds if one person is strong enough to make a stand.
When I first starting writing these stories gay marriage didn’t exist, that’s how much each voice can change a world.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I can’t answer this one easily though I wish I could. I love talking to writers. Euripides and Aeschylus would be first because their Greek tragedies filled my imagination with wonder as a child and when I studied them at collage. Makes me sound really posh but damn these guys could tell a story!
Jane Austen because she fascinates me. The depth of her understanding of society and a person’s mind is deep. Also, how she survived her own, very controlled, life for so long.
Men like Chris Ryan and Andy McNab – who to go from serving in the SAS to writing about it and living in a domestic world. It must be the most difficult transition we ask of our service men and women who become elite warriors.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Most of the characters come to me as I write. In the Camelot series Tancred doesn’t appear until book two and was supposed to die at the end of Lancelot and the Sword but… Spoiler alert – Lancelot couldn’t let him go so he stayed and didn’t that ever create a love triangle to end all love triangles!
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I generally think: What if (insert exciting thought of the day), then start writing, then I realise I don’t know enough and start reading around a subject. For my latest project, Fortune’s Soldier, I’ve become an expert on Armenian railways… Why? Because my boys have to blow one up and I had to get it right. I also know more about Russian politics and Iran and Syria than I did three months ago. I’ve been reading action and adventure stories written by special forces operatives like they are crack to an addict so I can learn all the tec speak of SEAL teams and the SAS.
Do you see writing as a career?
If only to keep the voices in my head quiet, I need to make this my career.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I read all the time. I have Kindle Unlimited without which I couldn’t afford my habit. I love gay romance, especially if they are complex and political, Tal Bauer and Cole McCade are two of my favourites. I love action and adventure stories and urban fantasy as well.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I have a playlist or favourite album going in my ears most of the time, but my house is always noisy so I’ve learned to write even with the TV on and dogs barking at the local goat herd.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I usually have at least two, and number three taking shape as I take the dogs out for long walks.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Lord of Rings. I’d have done a better job of cutting out all the endless backstory.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer. My first computer set me free! I have dyslexia and the endless mistakes I make with a pen and paper used to make me cry, so when I bought my first second hand PC it was like being given a gift from God. The freedom to explore strange new worlds…
Advice they would give new authors?
Practice. Take advice but trust your gut. Don’t get hooked into all the ‘traditional publishing is best’ nonsense. We have Amazon, use it! Then practice some more. Learn about how to tell stories, from using the correct grammar, to how to form a compelling plot. And practice. Never give up. Never stop learning. Never be afraid of ditching a project if you lose the thrill. And yes, more practice.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Depression, which is a tricky one because sometimes writing causes it, sometimes I get it because I’m not writing enough. Day job. Having to leave the house and think about ‘normal’ stuff.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Tricky one this because I always write from a man’s point of view except for my first two books and the women in them aren’t exactly normal. I can’t write ‘normal’ women, they usually turn out to be strong good guys or bad guys. Domestic situations aren’t my thing so they can use a sword, give and order or, for my latest one, shoot someone, just as easily as a man.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
My latest took nine weeks, some take a lot longer. Men of Sherwood took a year because I was distracted by trying to write a different book half way through but that one failed to make the grade, so I think about three or four months is normal.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes and no. It doesn’t stop me writing but it can stop me writing well. I’ve ditched dozens of stories I’m half way through because of it.
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