Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One of the last chances to win a free copy of THE LORD OF ILLUSION


Tomorrow is the last day of my blog tour, and two copies of THE LORD OF ILLUSION are up for grabs. Visit me at:

http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com/


and

http://www.literaladdiction.com/

As Always, Good Luck!

Kathryne

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two chances to enter to win THE LORD OF ILLUSION at:

This one is a little different. There's a form to fill out to enter to win. But I'll be checking in throughout the day to respond to any comments, so feel free to leave one at:

http://ponytailsbookreviews.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/guest-post-and-giveaway-my-dragons-by-kathryne-kennedy/#comments

As always, good luck!

Monday, February 20, 2012

THE LORD OF ILLUSION is reviewed by The Library Journal, USA Today & Fresh Fiction

A sincere thank you to the following reviewers:

THE LIBRARY JOURNAL

Kennedy, Kathryne. The Lord of Illusion. Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Elven Lords, Bk. 3). Feb. 2012. c.448p. ISBN 9781402236549. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL FANTASY

For years, the Rebellion has secretly fought to free England from the cruel tyranny of the mad elven lords. Now, half-elven Lord Drystan Hawkes has found the means to evict the elves and send them back to ­Elfhame, but he needs the help of the white witch of Ashton House, the multicolored elven-­eyed woman of his visions and dreams and a slave in the court of Roden, the malicious lord of glamour and illusion. After saving Camille’s life, Drystan claims her as his “slave” and slowly wins her trust and eventually her love as they work to unlock the secret of the portal between the human and elven realms. ­

VERDICT In an exquisitely imagined alternate 18th-century England in which startling magic and vivid illusion are the norm, well-matched protagonists and an engaging supporting cast (including a remarkable dragon) come together in an action-packed adventure that will appeal to both romance and fantasy fans and beautifully concludes Kennedy’s popular trilogy. Kennedy (The Lady of the Storm) lives in Glendale, AZ.

By Jessie Potts, USA TODAY

Genre: Paranormal romance

The Lord of Illusion is Kathryne Kennedy's conclusion to her best-selling Elven Lords trilogy. Kennedy uses magic, violence and romance to paint a picture of an alternative history of England. She writes of a land controlled by seven elven lords with scepters of power and great dragon steeds. Each of these lords (and ladies) rules a sovereign part of England. They have virtually enslaved the human race, and any child showing signs of becoming more powerful than their predecessors (you see, intermingling was bound to happen) are "sent to Elfhame," which is a euphemism for being put to death. Fear not, Kennedy gives readers and English citizens alike hope … for there is a rebellion brewing, and many half-breeds are starting to rise up against their great parents in hopes of winning the ultimate right: freedom.

Each book in the trilogy can be read as a stand-alone, but the interwoven story of rebellion and intrigue is so much deeper when read in order.

The Fire Lord's Lover, which started the series, is about Dominic Raikes and Lady Cassandra. Dominic is the Fire Lord's son and plays a game of cat and mouse with his father: He can never reveal just how powerful he is or he will be put to death instantly. An arranged marriage by his father leads him to Cassandra, a gentle woman with deadly secrets. She's been sent to take down both the Fire Lord and Dominic, to help the rebellion. Passion blooms between them, however, and they must learn to trust each other or the human race could be enslaved forever.

The Lady of the Storm is the second book and deals with the daughter of the Storm Lord. Unlike Dominic, Cecily doesn't want a rebellion. She knows her father is after her, but all she wants is a normal life and to be safe and happy with her adoptive mother and father. But the rebellion wants to use her as a rallying point. Giles Beaumont is supposed to protect her, but she makes it very clear that she doesn't want a protector. Feelings are never hidden for long, though, and Cecily and Giles both must figure out whether they're really better together or should remain acquaintances only.

In The Lord of Illusion, Drystan Hawkes is the adopted son of Lady Cecily and Giles. For 10 years the scepters the rebellion have stolen have been whispering to him, urging him to find a woman with rainbow-colored eyes then find and free the scepters. Others think he is mad, because he goes into "fits" when the pure elven artifacts are "speaking" to him.

Camille is on the other side of the country. She's been a slave for a long time, and Kennedy doesn't pull punches where that is concerned. While she doesn't go into graphic detail, we know that Camille has been raped many times by the soldiers and that she's managed to rise above her station twice, only to be shoved back down. The repeated abuse has damaged her emotional and psychological growth. Imagine not being able to trust anyone. Or imagine knowing that anyone who does something for you has an ulterior motive. That is no way to live, yet live she must.

When Camille and Drystan meet, it's not fireworks and roses. No matter how Drystan tries to sweep her away, Camille's been swept underfoot too many times not to see where this is going. Besides, the thought of a man's hands on her makes her want to pick up the nearest sword and start chopping off certain … extremities. They have to figure out whether they can trust each other, for the time to squash the rebellion has come.

Whew … Kennedy did really, really well with Camille's character. The reader pities Camille, but we also know she will bounce back stronger then ever. Drystan is the perfect match for her as he tries to discover if Camille can ever love him, and just what it means to be in love.

One of the best parts of this book: All of the characters from the previous two books are brought together in a final showdown. It's been years, so Dominic, Cassandra, Cecily and Giles are older and more experienced, yet it's as if the love is still fresh and new. Fans of previous books will love seeing all of our "old friends" again.

Another fantastic aspect of The Lord of Illusion: The romance was realistic. The two characters didn't meet, fall in love, decide they can't be without each other and then rise up against their opponents. They had to deal with intense trust issues, internal conflict and doubt. It makes it that much more sweeter when they get together.

Jessie Potts, also known as Book Taster, adores books in all forms. She is a top 600 reviewer on Amazon and also does reviews for Bitten By Books and AllRomance.com.

Stay tuned to HEA for an upcoming interview with Kathryne Kennedy.

"A magical journey fraught with daring, danger, and dragons concludes this stunning trilogy."

The Lord Of Illusion
Kathryne Kennedy

Reviewed by Melissa Kammer
Posted February 13, 2012

Paranormal Historical

Drystan Hawkes desires an adventure that will help aid the Rebellion in their quest to rid England of the elven lords. After all, he possessed enough elven blood with the potential for powerful magic that his parents feared for his life and sent him to Wales. However, that did not end all of his problems as the scepters chose to send him visions on how to open the door to Elfhame. While he dutifully catalogues documents and devours the Rebellion's history, he scours for any mention of his mystery woman. At long last his work has paid off, and only he is suited to rescue her from her predicament. He is quite ready to traipse through Dreamhame, where everything is illusion and nothing is at it seems to save her. Will he be able to find the woman in his visions? Will they be able to unravel the mystery regarding the key?

Camille Ashton cannot quite sever the bonds of her slavery. Every time she rises above her station, a horrible disaster occurs sending her back to the slave quarters. She has grown tired of waiting for another miracle, and knows that she can only trust herself to escape her miserable existence. When a man comes looking to save her, she is wary of strangers especially when illusion is the norm. However, she soon realizes that he is a man of his word, but she still remains cautious. After all, she is a slave with no magical abilities whatsoever, so she does not see how she can be important to opening the door to Elfhame. She does know that Drystan seems to hold the key to her heart, and she will do anything to rid England of their elven impressors. Will they succeed in their mission? Or will they risk their lives for naught?

Kathryne Kennedy works her magic weaving an incomparable delight and offering up a breathtaking finale. She takes readers to new heights as the Rebellion gathers their limited resources in preparation for the epic battle against the elven lords. Drystan lives and breathes the Rebellion, and growing up with their lore wishes to join their legendary ranks. Camille lives a solitary existence struggling to survive, and wishes beyond hope for a way out of slavery. Together, they are willing to risk everything for a chance to truly free humankind. With the combined rebel forces, they will unleash a power that hopefully will rid England once and for all of the elven influence. Ms. Kennedy paints a glorious landscape with her words, summons a battle with the elements, and imagines a love with no boundaries. THE LORD OF ILLUSION is a fantastic tale laden with adventure, romance, and suspense. I cannot wait to see what mischief and passion Ms. Kennedy will dream up next.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another two copies of THE LORD OF ILLUSION up for grabs today! http://www.overtheedgebkreviews.com/2012/02/contest-conversation-with-bestselling.html

Although my blog hop is over, my regular blog tour continues! Besides some very interesting interview questions for me, Christine at Over the Edge Reviews interviewed Drystan and Camille from THE LORD OF ILLUSION. Find out a bit more about this enchanting couple, leave a comment on the blog, and you're entered to win!

http://www.overtheedgebkreviews.com/2012/02/contest-conversation-with-bestselling.html

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Elven Hop continues with more prizes at: http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/?zx=78551559f35a9227

Stop on by, leave a comment, and you're entered to win! I'm having the most amazing time reading the responses to today's question...I have very creative readers!

http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/?zx=78551559f35a9227Link

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

THE LORD OF ILLUSION is in bookstores!


Today is the official release day for THE LORD OF ILLUSION!

THE LORD OF ILLUSION BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY—IN STORES FEBRUARY 7, 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

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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.

More fantastic prizes today at: http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.com/2012/02/elven-lords-book-blogger-hop-and.html

Day Two of the Blog Hop introduces the realm of Firehame. Stop by, leave a comment and you're entered to win. BONUS: If you have a Facebook account, you can log in for additional chances to win!

http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.com/2012/02/elven-lords-book-blogger-hop-and.html

Monday, February 6, 2012

THE ELVEN LORDS Blogger Hop starts today! http://star-crossedromance.blogspot.com/2012/02/guest-kathryne-kennedy-dewhame.html

Today we visit Dewhame, and all things sea and sky. Read excerpts from the series about the enchanted land, see what the court is like, and enter to win your own piece of Dewhame: a desktop fountain. Just leave a comment, and you're also entered for two chances to win the entire series (one set is autographed) AND the grand prize of $100 at the end of the hop. My publisher has made this a magical tour, so don't delay in visiting the first blog by clicking the link below:

http://star-crossedromance.blogspot.com/2012/02/guest-kathryne-kennedy-dewhame.html

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Enter to win a copy of THE LORD OF ILLUSION at: http://happilyeverafterthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/02/guest-author-interview-kathryne-kennedy.html

I'm talking today with Alexis at Happily Ever After Thoughts about the differences between the RELICS OF MERLIN series and THE ELVEN LORDS. Stop by, leave a comment, and you're entered to win a copy of THE LORD OF ILLUSION.
http://happilyeverafterthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/02/guest-author-interview-kathryne-kennedy.html

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Congratulations to my website contest winners!


Tammy G. from Dayton, Ohio, won an autographed ARC of THE LORD OF ILLUSION.

Jeanne S. from Pittsburgh, PA, won the citrine pendant.

Michelle T. from Tucson, AZ won an autographed ARC of THE LORD OF ILLUSION.

Congrats, ladies! I do appreciate my loyal readers!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Two chances to win THE LORD OF ILLUSION at: http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=3934

Today I'm at Fresh Fiction talking about elven magical powers. Which one would you choose? Leave a comment, and you're entered to win!
http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=3934

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Another two copies of THE LORD OF ILLUSION up for grabs!

http://nightowlromanceblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/kathryne-kennedy-sentence-chapter.html
This was fun...I took a sentence from each chapter of THE LORD OF ILLUSION. Stop by and see if you find them intriguing...and leave a comment to be entered to win the book. The contest on this blog doesn't end until 2/10, so you have extra time to enter!

First chance to win a free copy of THE LORD OF ILLUSION!

My blog tour starts today! Visit: http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/2012/02/win-fantastic-prizes-and-free-books-in.html leave a comment, and you just might be the first winner!