Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Win fantastic prizes and free books in THE LORD OF ILLUSION release celebration tours!

THE LORD OF ILLUSION is in bookstores February 7th and I’m celebrating with an amazing blog hop party! Readers can win lots of fantastic prizes, the entire series of THE ELVEN LORDS, and an ultimate grand prize of a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card! This tour is in addition to my regular release blog tour, which already offers many opportunities for readers to win a free copy of THE LORD OF ILLUSION. I’ve listed both tours below, so mark the dates on your calendar, and join in the fun!

Kathryne Kennedy Elven Realm Blogger Hop

All books and prizes to US & Canada Shipping addresses only.

Schedule – Feb 6-Feb 13, 2012

2/6 “Dewhame”—hosted by Star-Crossed Romance http://star-crossedromance.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Small Desktop Fountain + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series (not signed)

2/7 “Firehame”—hosted by Books Like Breathing http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Red Candles (battery operated) + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series (not signed)

2/8 “Dreamhame”—hosted by SOS Aloha http://www.sosaloha.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Pretty Sparkly Make Up + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series (not signed)

2/9 “Stonehame”—hosted by Book Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf http://marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Purple Jewelry + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

2/10 “Bladehame”—hosted by The Royal Reviews http://theroyalreviews.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Sword Letter Opener + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series (not signed)

2/11 “Terrahame”—hosted by Debbie’s Book Bag http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Terra Cotta Wind Chimes + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series (not signed)

2/12 “Verdanthame”—hosted by Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell http://books-forlife.blogspot.com/

Grand Prize: Fairy Garden Orament + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series (not signed)

2/13 Elven Realm Blogger Hop Grand Prize Announcement—hosted by the Sourcebooks Buzz Blog http://www.sourcebooks.com/authors/the-buzz-sourcebooks.html

-Anyone who comments on the other blogs throughout the blogger hop will be eligible for this overall grand prize, too-

Grand Prize: $100 B&N Gift Card + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series

Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series (not signed)


Blog Tour for THE LORD OF ILLUSION

Sourcebooks will be giving away one or two copies of THE LORD OF ILLUSION at each blog. Leave Kathryne a comment to enter to win (USA & Canada shipping addresses only).

2/2 Casablanca Authors Blog/LAUNCH PARTY

http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/

2/2 Night Owl Reviews/A SENTENCE A CHAPTER

http://nightowlromanceblog.blogspot.com/

2/3 Fresh Fiction/WHICH ELVEN MAGICAL POWER WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

http://freshfiction.com/pages.php?id=blog

2/5 Happily Ever After Thoughts/INTERVIEW

http://happilyeverafterthoughts.blogspot.com

2/6 Star-Crossed Romance/A MAGICAL VALENTINE’S DAY

http://star-crossedromance.blogspot.com/

2/8 SOS Aloha INTERVIEW

http://www.sosaloha.blogspot.com/

2/10 Much Cheaper Than Therapy/INTERVIEW

http://muchcheaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/

2/14 Over the Edge/INTERVIEW

http://www.overtheedgebkreviews.com/

2/16 The Book Faery/CREATING THE MAGIC

http://tbfreviews.net/

2/17 My Book Addiction and More/THE CHALLENGES OF WRITING FANTASY ROMANCE

http://mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com/

2/17 RomCon http://www.romconinc.com/

Historical blog/DRYSTAN’S POEM

http://www.romconinc.com/index.php?option=com_lyftenbloggie&view=lyftenbloggie&category=historical&Itemid=23

Fantasy blog/MAKING LOVE IN A FANTASY WORLD

http://www.romconinc.com/index.php?option=com_lyftenbloggie&view=lyftenbloggie&category=fantasy%20/%20futuristic%20/%20paranormal&Itemid=24

2/17 Sapphire Phelan's Passion Corner/INTERVIEW
http://sapphirephelanspassioncorner.blogspot.com/

2/21 Debbie’s Book Bag/INTERVIEW

http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/

2/23 Ponytails Review/MEET MY DRAGONS

http://ponytailsbookreviews.wordpress.com/

2/29 Book Monsters/Q & A WITH KATHRYNE

http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com/


THE LORD OF ILLUSION BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY—IN STORES FEBRUARY 2012

He'll do anything to save her...
Rebel Lord Drystan Hawkes dreams of fighting for England's freedom. He gets his chance when he finds a clue to opening the magic portal to Elfhame, and he must race to find the slave girl who holds the key to the mystery. But even as Drystan rescues Camille Ashton from Dreamhame Palace, it becomes unclear exactly who is saving whom.

For the fate of humankind lies with Camille...
Enslaved for years in a realm where illusion and glamour reign, Camille has learned to trust nothing and no one. But she's truly spellbound when she meets Drystan--a man different from any she's ever known, and the force of their passion may yet be strong enough to banish the Elven Lords from this world forever.

“The world sings with vivid imagery and fantastic magic, and all the previous characters join forces in a thrilling final fight for humankind.”~Publishers Weekly STARRED review

“The hero and heroine are also out of the ordinary, and while this novel remains true to romance-genre mores, Kennedy infuses it with unexpected plot twists that will keep fantasy readers enthralled, too.”~Booklist STARRED review

“Superb writing and a fast-moving plot combined with magical passion make this a real page-turner!”~RT BOOKReviews Top Rating and TOP PICK

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Sourcebooks

BooksAMillion

Chapters/Indigo

Kathryne’s Bookseller Directory

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryne Kennedy is a critically acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author of magical romances. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at www.kathrynekennedy.com. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Arizona, where she is working on the next book in her Relics of Merlin series, Everlasting Enchantment.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I'll be signing books this weekend!

On Saturday, February 4th from 10am to 2pm in downtown Glendale, Arizona. I've copied and pasted a bit of info from the city's website, but if you want to explore further, I also included the link. The romance writers' pavilion is past the concert area, toward the Northeast. There should be signage to direct you there. The address to the event is included below. Hope to see you there!

Glendale Chocolate Affaire - picture of heart Glendale Chocolate Affaire - Event Information

Glendale Chocolate AffaireThe weekend before Valentine’s Day, Feb. 3-5, is a delicious delight for the senses as the Glendale Chocolate Affaire takes over downtown Glendale to create a chocolate-lover’s dream!

  • Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, 5 - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Watch Video

Chocolate purveyors from Arizona and around the nation gather in Glendale for this award-winning festival, which celebrates not only chocolate, but romance and the arts as well. Chocolate confections will include items such as chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate-covered churros, chocolate-covered twinkies, chocolate-covered key lime pie, fried ice cream with chocolate and strawberries, chocolate-covered crepes and much more.

The Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta’s. The candy factory will offer tours all weekend, so visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the chocolatiers create everyone’s favorite candy.

In addition, the festival has become the largest gathering of national romance novelists in the Southwest. This symposium of literary romantics offers fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with authors, as well as the chance to attend free writing workshops given by the experts.

Families with children will enjoy myriad activities, including hands-on arts and crafts, face-painting and a rock-climbing wall. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available throughout the weekend to take couples or families on a scenic, charming ride through the historic Catlin Court district. Link

Event hours are Friday 5 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The event is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale, in Murphy Park, located at 58th and Glendale avenues.

http://www.glendaleaz.com/events/chocolateaffaire.cfm


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Release dates for the RELICS OF MERLIN series:

Enchanting the Lady Aug 2012

The new Book #4, Everlasting Enchantment Spring 2013

Double Enchantment Spring 2013 or Fall 2013

Enchanting the Beast Fall 2013

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Some great reviews for THE LORD OF ILLUSION

Posting the reviews here to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the reviewers:

The Lord of Illusion by Kathryne Kennedy



The Lord of Illusion by Kathryne Kennedy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (425 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

HE'LL DO ANYTHING TO FREE HIS PEOPLE... Lord Drystan Hawkes dreams of fighting for England's freedom from the endless evils of the Elven Lords. But first he must find the beautiful slave girl who holds the secret to his quest.

SHE HOLDS THE KEY TO HIS LIBERATION... Enslaved for years in a realm of illusion, Camille Ashton has learned to trust no one. But she's truly spellbound when she meets Drystan, and somehow when they are together, she can see what's true.

From Kathryne Kennedy, acclaimed by critics as "absorbing" and "impossible to put down," The Lord of Illusion opens ups to an enchanting world with characters that live and breathe between the pages.

How does one take a battered and abused woman and teach her to love? The answer is: very slowly and with as little magic as possible. Thing is, that’s hard to do when she’s stuck in a magical world as a slave and the master is a psychotic magic wielding elf with fits of paranoia. But Drystan wouldn’t be the hero he is if he didn’t try. And that is only one of the amazing journeys that a reader experiences on this final wild ride in a world where England is riddled with Fey power plays.

That’s been the overall story arc throughout this amazing series by the talented Ms. Kennedy – to free England from the elves’ maniacal rule. It’s been a long struggle with many great warriors dying for the cause and this story is no different. There are some very unexpected fatalities that occur and although they weren’t English, they were noble and honorable just the same – in their own way. But I get ahead of myself.

Even though there is a hero and heroine, Drystan Hawkes is the man who made the most impact on me. Whereas the heroine, Camille, has been in the magical part of England all her life, the hero has not. His experience is so unusual because he’s magically affected, even so far away. There’s a reason for that but I’m not saying how. Because of it and the fact that he’s in the small non-magical part of England, he ended up being a victim of prejudice and fear. It’s isolated him from society and he’s practically lived his life vicariously through books. How then can a man of limited actual experience jump into the middle of an active rebellion and expect to defeat the demented elf, save the girl and free England? Sounds complicated and it is which is why I’m so impressed with Ms. Kennedy’s writing. She kept a tight rein on all the plot threads while thoroughly entertaining me.

Give Camille her due, she’s had a horrific life. She’s truly been abused mentally, physically and socially. In a way, she reminded me of that Shirley Temple movie way back when the rich little girl was pampered and well treated but as soon as it was thought she was a pauper and orphaned, bad, nasty things happened until her daddy was found alive and she was rescued. Camille wasn’t as fortunate because her rescue will come years and years after her secure world was ripped from her. What I admired about her was her determination to rise above slave status. It took sheer guts to get knocked back as many times as she was only to get up and start over again. That kind of strength of character deserves to be rewarded and it is, with Drystan.

Drystan has an in as to what special handling Camille needs and that is where the romance begins. It’s a slow dance of trust building peppered with small gestures of respect and kindness. He shows the heroine admiration and gives her back honor and a sense of self worth. Does she trust it? No. That provides plenty of character driven conflict that kept me turning the pages.

The external conflict is varied. It bounces between secondary characters of ill intent and the main Fey lunatic, Lord Roden. There are magic battles, sword battles and lots of other kinds of action to keep a reader enthralled. There is a good support cast too which really rounded out the book.

Then there are the moments when fledgling love leads to tentative touches and soft caresses. I enjoyed that writing immensely. Again, Ms. Kennedy captured the emotions of her characters and shared it with readers with effective dialogue, descriptions and action, making the scenes come alive. When Camille finally allows herself to express her love to Drystan, it was beautiful, passionate and dare I say, quite inventive. The part with the Arabian Nights was deliciously naughty and I loved every word because it was so sexy and sensual.

The big climactic battle did not disappoint. It was hectic, frenetic and desperate. All the important characters came together from the previous books in the series to help out. There are tears, suspense and ultimately, jubilation. What happens to the elves wasn’t what I expected at all. But, the author proved once again that they just aren’t human. The comment about the scepters gave me pause and I’m filled with speculation. I am also very curious as to how England is going to look, sound and feel post-elf. I hope Ms. Kennedy has some secret plans to visit once again. Something that was said leads me to hope for the possibility.

The Lord of Illusion is sensory nirvana. I totally enjoyed Drystan’s idea of romantic ambiance and found it dreamy and delightful. I loved the descriptions and the author’s ability to capture emotions and translate into words just how much the hero loved the heroine. Some of them were truly poetic. When the action started and the swords started swinging, again, Ms. Kennedy made me feel like I was in the thick of it. The happily ever after was everything I could have hoped for and it ended the series on a solid note of hope, joy and optimism for the future. I’m going to miss this mad, magical world of England and I thank Ms. Kennedy for a wonderful reading experience.



The Lord Of Illusion-Kathryne Kennedy

Filed under: Author: K, Fantasy, Title: L

The Lord Of Illusion
Kathryne Kennedy
Sourcebooks, Feb 7 2012, $7.99
ISBN: 9781402236549

In 1774, hybrid Lord Drystan Hawkes wants to free England from the vicious Elven lords, which includes his despicable sire. To do this he must open the portal to Elfhame that will force these evil abominations from his country; and he believes he finally has the key.

In Elfhame, Camille Ashton the slave possesses the means to open the portal. Drystan also realizes she is his soul mate, which makes him wary of placing her in danger. Drystan goes to rescue his beloved and obtain the key. When they meet, she finds her attraction to him enhanced by her first encounter with a pure soul while he realizes somehow his magical skills are enhanced by his mate. As they fall in love while risking their lives, Camille and Drystan fight the malevolent elf lords.

The latest Elven Lord historical romantic fantasy (The Fire Lord’s Lover) is a wonderful tale as the heroic protagonists are prepared to die for their noble cause while each is willing to sacrifice themselves for the other. The story line is fast-paced throughout as love exponentially amplifies the skills of the lead couple, but that may not be enough to overcome the wicked elf lords in an engaging good vs. evil battle.

Harriet Klausner


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The RELICS OF MERLIN series is back!

Well, it's official, folks. I will be returning to my magical Victorian England. My publisher, Sourcebooks, will be re-releasing the first three books in the series, ENCHANTING THE LADY, DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT & ENCHANTING THE BEAST beginning in 2012. (Which means they will also be available on Kindle again.) I'm very excited to see how Sourcebooks will do the covers! (Oh, and I received my author copies today for THE LORD OF ILLUSION, and they are gorgeous! The gold foil glitters on the covers!) I have also written a brand new fourth book in the series, EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT, which features a heroine who is a were-panther, and a hero who has been cursed in a relic for centuries until he can find his one true love.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Get a free story in your email inbox!

My son is an (emerging) writer as well. He has started a blog of his flash fiction (short, short stories), and you can sign up to receive a free story a day (health permitting) at his blog here: http://langdonflashfictions.blogspot.com/ He is still learning the craft, but his talent is amazing.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Check out the Thai cover for THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER...


I always find it fascinating how different countries approach their cover art. It's a reflection on their culture and interests, and I have to say, the cover is simply lovely. Such bold, vibrant color!