Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Support Your Fav #Author and Save Your Computer by Not #IllegallyDownloadingBooks! Why? Read on...

THE WIZARD'S VIRUS

     “Aw, crud no.” The wizard banged his hand on his keyboard and then frantically clicked around with his mouse checking all his spell files: Text documents of magic words, pictures of runes, spreadsheets of magical creature species. He looked through his entire computer and almost all his data was ruined and hacked. Files missing and damaged.
     “What happened?” He muttered.
      His Internet browser was still open from the night before. Looking at that, he realized what had happened. He downloaded pirated enchantment data for school. When he downloaded it he thought, “What's one stolen spell gonna cost me?”
     But apparently whoever uploaded the data for the enchantment file, hid a virus inside. All the magically formed programs and files loaded into the mystic gems on his hard drive (wizards favored gems over disks and other data storage means) had all been ruined. And maybe even some of his spells had been stolen from him.
      A creepy voice then filled the room, “Youuuuu...I'veeeee comeee tooo tormmeennnttt youuuu forrr the ressssttt of yourrrr dayyyssss...” 
     The wizard put his hand to his head and moaned. He knew that was a ghost. The illegal enchantment he downloaded was not only a virus, but a curse, which also gave him a ghost haunting his computer. 
     Maybe he should have just downloaded the enchantment legally.
Posted with permission from Langdon's Flash Fictions

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

#FreeImages #FreePhotos of #Flowers White Roses from @kathrynekennedy


Sometimes it’s hard to find images that are actually free on the Internet. Today I’m sharing photos of white roses that you are free to use on your blogs, websites, etc. I own the roses and took the photos myself, so you don’t need to worry about royalties or copyright issues. Feel free to copy and paste. Enjoy!













Friday, June 24, 2016

New Cover for #Ebook MOON DANCER! By @kathrynekennedy

I had a few readers email me that the writing on the cover was a bit hard to see. So here is the revised cover, based on feedback. Hopefully, the text is more visible now. Thank you all!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

#Cover Reveal #Ebook New Release Coming Soon: MOON DANCER, a novelette within the world of BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS by @kathrynekennedy


As I’ve mentioned before, I have been writing short novelettes as I recover my health enough to eventually write a new series. I also recently went through short stories I have written that I never pursued for publication (or were published in print magazines) because I started to write full length novels. You may have seen some of the story titles and a brief description on the SHORT STORY page of my website. Since the stories are no longer available, I have decided to publish some of them for my readers through the magical land of ebook publishing.

Today I am happy to announce that I finished the cover for MOON DANCER, a story I actually wrote before the novel, BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS. I hope to have the cover up on my website for pre-order as I revise and edit the story. This is one that I did not pursue for publication since I started the book shortly after, so I’m happy to say it’s an original story that has not been in print before. However, it needs a bit of editing.

A Moon Dancer (or Bone Dancer) is mentioned in BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, but only a paragraph during Mahri and Korl’s lifemate ceremony. MOON DANCER gives the reader a more detailed look into the world of a dancer of Sea Forest. They use one or more bones, depending on the skill of the dancer, carved of the great Narwhal horn, the strongest and most rare substance on Sea Forest. The bones have natural spirals that are raised and sharp as knives, and half the allure of watching a Moon Dancer is the threat of peril to the dancer. Many of them carry scars from previous dances, and if the dancer is unskilled, or not attuned to her ‘ka (dancing bones), they often die a bloody death by the cuts they receive during the dance. But if skilled, and given the proper amount of the magical zabba root, the ‘ka produce a melody unlike any other, creating a song that enchants any who are lucky enough to hear it. You will read a bit more about how the ‘ka are created in MOON DANCER. But, the story is primarily about rivalry disguised as friendship, and the struggle between two women over the same man.

And love that can only blossom from tragedy.

I’m looking forward to getting started on the revisions, and hope to finish within a few months. In the meantime, what do you think of the cover? Does it portray the movement and mystery of a Moon Dancer? I kept it similar in design to the cover of BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, so readers can readily identify it with the novel. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

My Magical Best,
Kathryne
http://www.kathrynekennedy.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Arizona Desert Dreams Conference, By @kathrynekennedy

In my last post I gave some tips on how to have a successful conference, especially if you're a published author. I am happy to follow with a post of our Arizona Desert Dreams conference http://desertroserwa.org/desertdreams .

I had a wonderful time! We even had a bit of rain, which here in the desert is something to celebrate, as it cools off the weather and clears up to a cool day of sunshine. I have posted some pictures below. We had a nice turn-out for the book signing, and a dear friend of mine helped me set out all my books, so I have a few pictures of the signing below. I also included some pictures of baskets I made, which might help give you some ideas when you put together some of your own. It was a smaller conference this year, which made it more intimate, which I also enjoyed. And I couldn't resist a few pictures of the hotel grounds, it's a lovely place. So enjoy!









Friday, April 22, 2016

Limited Time #EbookSale : The Lady of the Storm--Booklist's 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years!

From today until May 5th, The Lady of the Storm will be featured on Barnes & Noble's 101 Nook Books for Under $2.99 (although The Lady of the Storm will only be $1.99!) If you enjoyed the first book in the series, The Fire Lord's Lover, you will be sure to have a lot of fun with the second! Here's the direct link to my book, but you can find it on page 4 of the feature: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lady-of-the-storm-kathryne-kennedy/1100202501?ean=9781402267970


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Limited Time #EbookSale: My Unfair Lady by @kathrynekennedy

From today until April 25th only, My Unfair Lady (A Library Journal Editor's Pick) will be part of Nook's 500 Under $5 Sale, with a promotional price of $1.99 across all platforms (ie: Amazon, Google Play, etc.). I wrote this book with a comedic edge that has many readers laughing out loud. That said, it includes all the passionate romance you will find in all of my books. If you haven't read this one yet, and have a sense of humor, now is the time! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-unfair-lady-kathryne-kennedy/1100202485?ean=9781402229909


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#Writer's Conference Tips by @KathryneKennedy

I am finally able to attend a conference, and I am really looking forward to my chapter’s Desert Dreams http://desertroserwa.org/desertdreams event from April 7-10th in Scottsdale, Arizona. I miss seeing friends, and look forward to catching up doing my favorite thing: talking about writing with other writers. But there’s so much more to be gained from a conference, so I’d like to suggest a few tips for those of you attending any conference, but especially one held by your own chapter.

If you can, support your chapter with more than just your registration fee. Invest in some swag for the goodie bags. Bookmarks are great, but unfortunately, there’s so many of them that I often see them discarded. So try for something a little more substantial (I give out nail files with a plastic case that has my website address on it.) Get creative with something that attendees will actually keep, at least for a while. If you do a bookmark, why not have a ruler on the other side? At least you have a better chance of having someone pop it in his or her desk at work. I’ve seen pens, chapstick, even a lint brush! (And have looked up the author’s website long after the conference, when I have the time and I’m looking for a new read.)

My chapter also will make posters of our books and hang them in the conference rooms. I will have six around the place this year. Also, a ¼ page ad in the program, with yet another photo of another of my book covers (total cost, $100. If this is out of your budget, hook up with a friend to do an ad, or a two book poster, as I did below at my last conference with fellow author Erin Quinn.) I may not be able to meet everyone, but they will know I was there! (Is it seven times someone has to see your name to remember it? Something like that.) Regardless, I will also be supporting my chapter to make a profit, so we can do another conference in future.

I also donate a large basket for the literacy drawing, and another smaller one for a give-a-way to attendees. I love making baskets, and prepare for them all year long. The best time is to hit Michael’s after Christmas! I can pick up some lovely boxes and baskets, and many gifts for the out-of-towners that they may appreciate, all at a discount. And if one of my chapter mates wins one, they are always so grateful. It astounds me how many of our authors don’t read each other’s books. One year I did a basket give-a-way, and the winner blogged about it, and how wonderful my books were (almost as if it was surprising, lol.)

If you’re published or seeking to be published, this is an important tip for any conference: Be kind to everyone, even in the bathroom. I love to meet new people, so this isn’t hard for me. But if you’re the kind of person who gets overwhelmed sometimes, take a break. Go to your room and rest to get back your energy. Since I am still not quite 100% well, I may have to resort to plenty of breaks this year. And listen, if a mistake or two is made at the conference, please don’t take it personally. No one is targeting you. A conference is accomplished by volunteers who have a million details to juggle, and mistakes will happen. Take it graciously. Don’t scream and yell that you have been mistreated (yes, I’ve had this happen to me at the Editor/Agent appointment desk. Then the gal realized she had made the mistake, and well, you get the idea.) Keep it professional (including what you’re wearing. With that said, remember, the gal standing next to you in blue jeans and flip flops in the food line just might be the editor of your dreams.) For after all, the impression you make can enhance or damage your career.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten many tips, so feel free to share. Maybe something you learned from attending a conference? Please feel free to add to this!
As Always,
My Magical Best,
Kathryne


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#Free Photos #Animals #Birds #Fish @kathrynekennedy

I took another trip to the zoo, and got some pretty good shots of the critters there. As usual, you have my permission to reuse these photos on your blog or whatever, royalty free, as it seems like I am always looking for photos for my blog...and they are rarely available for free. (Even if you Google 'free photos'.) And beware of using anyone's photos without permission, you could run into copyright issues. Anyway, enjoy these with no worries!
My Magical Best,
Kathryne
PS. Right Click, Copy, Paste to your computer files.





















Tuesday, January 26, 2016

#Historical Research & #World Building, by @KathryneKennedy


It often surprises me how my historical research will add to or completely jell with the fantasy aspects of my novels. In THE ELVEN LORDS series, the stories are based in the eighteenth century, so I spent over a month researching the Georgian era, including the political environment, with special emphasis on daily life and--since my books are first and foremost romances--the clothing and housing of the aristocracy.
                       
When I read that white wigs were prevalent in the era, it made perfect sense that the true reasons for wearing the wigs were to imitate the ivory-haired elven lords of my fantasy world. All I needed to do was to add a crushed silver stone to the wigs, which the aristocracy uses to imitate the silver sparkle of my lords. For my readers to identify with the history of the era, I felt that it was important to keep a king on the throne, but since the elven broke through the barrier between worlds and conquered England, dividing it into seven sovereignties that each ruled, I couldn’t be sure of the role he would play.

Then I read that the true power behind the throne at that time lay with Sir Robert Walpole, the Prime Minister of England. So, with an apology to King George, I made him nothing more than a trophy for the elven lords to wage their wars--wars that used humans as chess pieces in games of entertainment similar to the Roman gladiatorial games, but on a much broader scale. Sir Robert (and following Prime Ministers) became the leaders of the Rebellion, the underground movement of humans and half-elven who fight for England’s freedom and the restoration of their king to true power. As with actual history, the court set the precedence for clothing and style, but since the king of my fantasy world held influence only in that limited aspect, it became an obsession with him and his court.

My seven mad elven lords each had possession of a scepter, and the master of a particular power. As I researched the landscape and the development of England’s resources, I used that knowledge to divide the sovereignties. Since Bath and its famous healing waters were located in the southwest, it fell naturally into place that the elven lord Breden, master of the blue scepter of sea and sky, controlled that area, becoming the sovereignty of Dewhame, revealed in the novel THE LADY OF THE STORM. South central England, where London is located, is a politically important part of England and became Firehame, the sovereignty of Lord Mor'ded and his black scepter over the mastery of fire, a powerful realm that is explored in THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER. Agricultural eastern England became Verdanthame, with Mi'cal ruling with the green scepter of forest and plant. Northeastern England, extending upward into York and known for its roadways, became the sovereignty of Terrahame, and the elven lady Annanor and her brown scepter of earth. North central England, dominated by mining and hilly country, became the sovereignty of Bladehame and the silver scepter of Lan'dor, who masters metal. The northwest became Stonehame, where the elven lady La'laylia called up quartz from the depths to enchant with her violet scepter. And the west became Dreamhame, butting up against the craggy mountains of Wales, the sovereignty of Roden of the golden scepter, with his spells of glamour and illusion, fully revealed in the novel THE LORD OF ILLUSION.

Arranged marriages were common in the era, often devised for political gain, and it fell naturally into place that the elven lords would use them to their own advantage. My hero in THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER, General Dominic Raikes, is a half-breed who has inherited his father’s magical gift of fire, and because of it, is a General of Firehame’s army. My heroine, Lady Cassandra Brydges, has the bloodlines to produce a new champion for the elven lord’s war games…and is secretly trained as an assassin by the Rebellion.

In my novelette, The ASSASSIN’S LOVER, we get a glimpse of the sovereignty of Stonehame, and the capital city that glows with jewel-fire even in starlight. We meet a lady of that city, Minerva Overon, whose home falls within the shadow of Stonehame Palace, which is crafted by the elven lady from one large piece of amethyst. But my heroine lives in one of the few mansions created of black jet, which aids the young assassin (another of history’s ruthless characters) sent to kill her…although he gets more than he bargained for.

And so did I, as I researched eighteen-century England, and found some surprising developments for my stories along the way.