The Midsummer Wife (Paperback)
Strange Fictions Press, 9781946050120, 270pp.
Publication Date: June 21, 2018
After a nuclear attack on London that heralds The Time Foretold, Ava Cerdwin, the anxiety-ridden high priestess in charge of fulfilling a 1,500-year-old prophecy, must assist the heirs of King Arthur and Merlin in healing the devastated country.
The descendants of Britain's great men of legend have kept the myths and relics for sixty-one generations, but no one is quite clear on what they must do next.
Nothing goes as planned: Ava falls for the wrong heir, the panic attacks are getting worse, the complex obligations of reincarnation are straining old relationships, and Morgaine and her henchwomen are trying to kill them.
Somehow, some way, Ava has to make the Healing happen, or Britain is finished.The Midsummer Wife, Book One of the Heirs to Camelot is an urban fantasy that combines Arthurian lore, love, and a race to a breathtaking finish.Praise for The Midsummer Wife
"Sex, magic, and power collide in this Urban] Fantasy that begins when a devastating terrorist attack on modern London sparks the long-foretold return of King Arthur to heal Britain. Simonds boldly continues the Arthurian saga into the present day, as heirs to Arthur, Merlin, and the woman both men once loved struggle to understand and fulfill their destinies and outwit the sinister agenda of the sorceress Morgaine." Lisa Jensen, author Alias Hook and Beast: A Love Story
"Imaginative, mesmerizing, and emotionally complex, Simonds' unique story boldly expands the Arthurian legend into exciting new territory. The fantastical elements-rituals from old Celtic religions, dark magic, forces of fate-are well drawn and skillfully integrated into a contemporary setting. And then there's the romance... the palpable chemistry between Ava and Ron (the Arthur heir), complicated by their respective destinies, makes their relationship a riveting read." Mary Fan, author of Starswept, Artificial Absolutes