Cheryl2041webWho likes the stories of King Arthur and his knights? I do! I have been fascinated with the entire legend of Camelot since I was a child. The Sword In the Stone, the Disney cartoon movie, was a favorite when I was young.

As I got older, I couldn’t get enough of the movie musical, Camelot, with Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, and Richard Harris in the starring roles. I valiantly tried to struggle through T. H. White’s “The Once and Future King” but finally had to admit, it was too heavy for a twelve-year-old. As an adult, I enjoyed it, along with Mary Stewart’s series of the Arthurian legend as told from Merlin’s POV—a “must read” set if you’re a Camelot fan.

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So, the story I wrote for the “Six Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas” anthology is one that is dear to my heart in many ways. Even the title, “The Keepers of Camelot”, was not something I had to think about for long. This story was a finalist in the 2013 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Awards in the Short Fiction Category.  It also received a specific mention in Publishers Weekly when the anthology came out.

And now–it’s been released as a single sell story with SUNDOWN PRESS! I’m giving away a digital copy of THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT to one lucky commenter today!



Here’s a bit about the story itself.

Legend says that Arthur will rise once more when the world needs him the most. But in my story, something goes awry, and Arthur has returned in many times, many places, throughout the centuries since his final battle.

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The story opens with Arthur on a stagecoach in the American west—Indian Territory—of the 1880’s. But in this life, he comes across two people he’d never thought to see again—Lancelot and Guinevere. Why are they here—and how will it all end…this time?

The stage is attacked by Apaches minutes before the driver gets the passengers to the safety of the next stage station. Though they’re safe for the time being, a nerve-wracking Christmas Eve is in store as the Apaches wait for them outside.

Arthur has a plan. He’s seen the fearless leader of the Apache—the man they call “Sky Eyes”, a man he knew as Lancelot du Lac a hundred lifetimes ago.

Will Lance’s prowess as a warrior combine with his legendary arrogance to seal the fate of the people inside the station—including Guinevere, the woman he gave up everything for in the past?

One young boy in the group unknowingly holds the key to Lance’s decision. But will the glorious legend of Camelot be remembered?

If you just can’t wait to see if you won, here’s the Amazon link–the books sells for only .99!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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  1. Hi Cheryl!

    You had me at “Camelot.” I love all the legends and fairy tales re-imagined so this story is right up my alley. I will definitely have to check it out. (I thought Malificient was wonderful.)

    BTW — I don’t know if you ever saw the movie Letters to Juliet. Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero got back
    together to act in that movie and I found it a joy to watch them again (after seeing them so long ago in Camelot.)

    • Hi Kathryn, no I didn’t know about Letters to Juliet! I need to watch that now. OMG, when Camelot came out I thought Franco Nero was the most handsome man ALIVE. LOL I love all the Arthurian tales too. And now, I’m going to have to see Malificent, too! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by today. I have to say, this story was one of my most favorite things I ever wrote, and it still is.


  2. This is one of my favorites among your stories, Okie. I’m not sure how many people would ever think to combine these two genres, but boy, you did a bang-up job! Although there are many excellent stories in Six-Guns and Slay Bells, I’ve been recommending the anthology simply so folks who enjoy genre blends can read Keepers of Camelot. I’m really glad to see it’s available on its own now. 🙂

    • Thank you, Tex! That means a lot to me–so glad you enjoyed it so much. I’m so glad to have it out there on its own, too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, and thanks also for recommending this story to others.

  3. Cheryl, I am so glad to see this,released as a single. This sorry of yours holds a piece of my heart. Of corse I am going to by it.

    • Sarah, like you, I love time travel stories, and this one just called to me. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I think time travel is the hardest thing to write, but this one just “came out” and practically wrote itself. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

  4. Cheryl, As you know I live and breathe Westerns, adore Medievals, and some paranormals I like if they aren’t too far out with aliens and the like. So when I started reading THE KEEPER OF CAMELOT in the anthology I wasn’t sure what it held in store. But the western part called me, the Camelot thing sucked me right in and yep! I loved it. I should’ve know if anyone could tie the two together so well it would be you. Thanks for a great read. Wishing the best with this single title.

    • Hi Bev! I’m so glad to hear how much you loved THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT! Thanks for your VERY kind words–and I’m thrilled to know you enjoyed it so much.

  5. Wow! Congrats on the new book! Great premise that already has me hooked. Gotta have this one. I know how your stories twist and turn and I’m sure this one will as well.

    Wishing you tons of success, Filly Sister!

    • Linda, bless your heart for stopping in with all you have going on right now! You made me laugh about the twists and turns–I love “twisty” stuff. LOL

      Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and your support. It means the world to me!

  6. Yep this sounds like a must read. I can’t wait to read it. I have always love the legends of Camelot. Thanks for sharing it with us today.

    • Quilt Lady, I have, too–the legends of Camelot just can’t be beat as far as the intrigue and yes, even the touches of magic and wondering what’s going to happen next? LOL I hope you enjoy THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT. It’s short and very, very sweet.

  7. I ordered THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT on May 10. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but am looking forward to it. The Camelot tale is one I have enjoyed, the Disney version among others. Congratulations on THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT being released as an individual book.

    • Patricia, I know you are terribly busy–I don’t know when you ever have time to relax and read! I’m so happy to know you have it “ready to go” when you get a chance to kick back and get lost in a story. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. AS you know Cheryl, I am a huge fan of your work and this is one of my favorite stories. I highly recomment it to anyone who loves westerns and Camelot. Doris/Angela

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