Thursday, December 31, 2009
"I kept hoping there could come a way for them to be together, although even I despaired at a happy ending. Some things just looked to insurmountable to overcome. I couldn't believe the surprises that were in store as Byron and Summer each fall more and more in love with each other. Overall, I found My Unfair Lady to be a charming read."
Reviewer: Robyn Roberts Overall Rating: 5.0
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Here's a bit of the article that I received which ran in The Arizona Republic:
Jennifer Hinds: Young dreams ended by a red-light runner.
After nine years of marriage, Jennifer Lynn was our first child. She was born on a Tuesday morning, June 19, 1979. Blond hair, blue eyes, and a beautiful dimpled smile.
In High School, the DECA club helped her mature, as did her job at the new Arrowhead AMC theater. She was impatient, however, and wanted to get on with her life. New York and the fashion industry were calling to her, although we convinced her that NAU would be a great place to start, and not so far from home.
Unfortunately, Jennifer's plans were not to be.
Six days after Jennifer and her friends were T-boned in the intersection at 59th Avenue and Sweetwater, her life ended.
Thousands of injuries occur every year from red light running, and hundreds of deaths. Jennifer's story is but one. To find out more about the coalition, please visit: http://www.redmeansstop.org/
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
2009 LAUREL WREATH WINNERS
1st place – Their Secret Child -Mary J. Forbes - Silhouette
2nd place – Finally a Bride - Lisa Childs - Silhouette
3rd place - Italian Doctor, Sleigh Bell Bride - Sarah Morgan - Harlequin
LONG CONTEMPORARY/ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
1st place – Windswept - Ann Macela - Medallion Press
2nd place – She’s On Top - Susan Lyons – Kensington Aphrodisia
3rd place – Blush – Opal Carew - St. Martin's Griffin
1st place – Enchanting the Lady – Kathryne Kennedy - Love Spell
2nd place – The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox - Dorchester
3rd place - La Vida Vampire - Nancy Haddock - Berkley
1st place – Out of Her League - Kaylea Cross - Wild Rose Press
2nd place – Pitch Black - Susan Crandall - Forever
3rd place – Conspiracy of Silence – Martha Powers - Oceanview
1st place –The Wagonmaster - Nita Wick – Freya’s Bower
2nd place –Unmasked - Nicola Cornick - Harlequin/HQN
3rd place - An Improper Aristocrat - Deb Marlowe - Harlequin
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
And tomorrow on December 16th, I'll be at Sia McKye's blog talking about MY UNFAIR LADY, and my new Georgian Fantasy romance series, THE ELVEN LORDS. Preview the initial cover of book one, THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER: http://siamckye.blogspot.com/ (Leave a comment, enter to win my book!)
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
For those of you who purchased any of my books during the week long tour, please send in your proof of purchase for delivery by 12-20-09.
For print books you can send a receipt to: Night Owl Reviews, 2459 SE TV Hwy, #153, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
For epurchases a copy of their order to: NightOwlRomance@gmail.com
A big thank you to all of you who participated!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Again, leave a comment & be entered to win my book!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Join me today on the wonderful blog, Books Like Breathing, where I tell my favorite story about my two little Chihuahuas.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
My Book Addiction and More http://www.mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com/
Leave a comment & be entered to win a copy of MY UNFAIR LADY. (My publisher is providing all these give-a-way copies of my book for this tour...ain't that amazing?)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Need a chuckle? DESTINATION TRUTH and the search for the mythical panty! http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/
Again, leave a comment & be entered to win a copy of MY UNFAIR LADY.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Need some inspiration? MY STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO HOW I GET INSPIRED TO WRITE: http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=2128
Feeling a bit uninspired? Stop by my post at Fresh Fiction today, and perhaps a few of my ideas will help. (And yes, if you leave a comment, you're entered to win a copy of...MY UNFAIR LADY!;)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Need a smile? TOP TEN REASONS WHY MY HERO IS IRRESISTIBLE http://yankeeromancereviewers.blogspot.com/
Three copies of MY UNFAIR LADY will be given away by my most fabulous publisher at this blog! So leave a comment to enter to win!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Today I'm guest blogging at: http://jennylovestoread.blogspot.com/2009/11/interview-and-giveaway-with-sffromance.html
Stop by and leave a comment to enter to win a copy of MY UNFAIR LADY.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
***** FIVE STARS! Historical Romances by Kathryne Kennedy always has something for everyone. This one has hot romance, suspense (someone is trying to kill Monchester), humor, and so much more. Summer's collection of adopted pets kept me constantly amused. She has a monkey, a vixen, an old cat that cannot use its hind legs so it gets around by using ... Never mind. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed the odd animals. For the history buffs, the story tells much about history in America and England. Prince Albert Edward even makes several appearances. As I said, something for everyone. I loved every moment of Summer's story! The author, Kathryne Kennedy, is more than good. She is downright smashing! ***** ~Reviewed by Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:ixNQyppnuz8J:www.huntressreviews.com/histrom.htm+%22my+unfair+lady%22&cd=201&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
My Unfair Lady is a Library Journal Editor's Pick!http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6677270.html
Friday, November 20, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
11/16 Writing Fiction: Which comes first, Plot or Character?
Cuckleburr Times http://www.cuckleburr.com/
Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/
11/30 Author Interview!
12/1 Virtual Book Tour! Runs through 12/7, with freebies, and a contest for a ‘three dancing women’ Marcasite Cameo Necklace! (See photo & description above.)
Night Owl Romance http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/
12/9 My Chihuahuas: two of the sweetest little inspirations for a character in My Unfair Lady.
12/10 My inspiration for My Unfair Lady, or, exploring the Cinderella complex.
12/30 Author Interview!
Much Cheaper Than Therapy http://muchcheaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I love this site, and they have been very supportive to authors, including myself, so it's my pleasure to pass on the word about this contest.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Danielle assured me it was a starred review, and even sent me the link, in case my dazzled mind still couldn’t grasp the truth of it.
My Unfair Lady Kathryne Kennedy. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $6.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-4022-2990-9
Kennedy (Beneath the Thirteen Moons) delivers a delightfully unusual Victorian romance. Unlike other American heiresses mingling with London society, Arizona railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee isn't looking for a husband or a title. In fact, she's already engaged. She just needs some social polish so she can marry a rich New Yorker. To this end, Summer hires Byron, an impoverished duke who ekes out a living by bringing Prince Albert gossip. Summer is equipped with a free-spirited best friend, a menagerie of abused stray animals and a host of unladylike skills; Byron has a strange stepfamily, a shrinking violet mistress and a murderer determined to do him in. Their chemistry has plenty of humor, and their passion is intense and breathtaking. Full of unexpected period details of cosmetics and hunting, this romance goes against type in a wonderful way. (Dec.)
The thing is, life can hand you so many blows that you can become numb to the fact that, yes, good things can still happen. If you continue to work toward your dreams. For me, I have faced a year of difficult personal challenges, one right after the other. I think the only thing that kept me sane was focusing on the positive aspects in my life, one of which was my writing.
So for anyone reading this whose life has been difficult lately, it might help to know that yes, dreams do come true. Continue focusing on the positives, ignore the negatives, and work toward those things that you have the power to change.
Have you had one of your dreams come true lately? Whether personal or professional, please share it in the comments. I’d like this post to be a positive affirmation of all the good things that happen to people…and that dreams really do come true.
All My Very Best,
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
by Kathryne Kennedy
RT Rating: 4/5 Stars
Published: December 2009 $6.99
This quick and entertaining read is for any fan of the genre. Kennedy's writing is witty and enjoyable; she looks to have a bright future.
Summary: Summer Wine Lee is determined to become the society miss that her future New York blueblood in-laws demand. To do so, she and her closest friend Maria have traveled to London to transform her into a lady and gain an introduction to the Queen.
Enticed by her financial offer, the impoverished Duke of Monchester grudgingly agrees to aid Summer in her transformation, but his scathing wit and cold personality fail to have an effect on her. Intrigued, the duke soon realizes that Summer may just be perfect the way she is. Now he just has to convince her. (SOURCEBOOKS, Dec., 363 pp., $6.99) HOT
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
11/16 Writing Fiction: Which comes first, Plot or Character?Cuckleburr Times http://www.cuckleburr.com/
11/18 Why I write historical romance...or, why I love it!
The Burton Review http://theburtonreview.com/
11/20 Where I compare the heroine of My Unfair Lady, Summer Wine Lee, to Eliza Doolittle of Pygmalion--with a dash of Annie Oakley.
Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/
11/30 Author Interview!
Jenny Loves to Read http://www.jennylovestoread.blogspot.com/
12/1 What I love most about my heroine, or, my favorite thing about Summer.
Happily Forever After http://booklover125.blogspot.com/
12/2 Author Interview!
12/3 Top Ten Reasons Why My Hero is Irresistible.
Yankee Romance Reviewers http://yankeeromancereviewers.blogspot.com/
12/4 My step-by-step guide to how I get inspiration for my writing.
Fresh Fiction http://freshfiction.com/pages.php?id=blog
12/7 Destination Truth: Researching the Historical Romance Novel, where I compare my research journey with my favorite TV show.
Romance Junkies http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/
12/8 Interview with Summer Wine Lee, where I step back in time to interview my heroine.
My Book Addiction and More http://www.mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com/
12/9 My Chihuahuas: two of the sweetest little inspirations for a character in My Unfair Lady.
Books Like Breathing http://bibliophile23.wordpress.com/
12/10 My inspiration for My Unfair Lady, or, exploring the Cinderella complex.
Anna's Book Blog http://annavivian.blogspot.com/
There will be freebies at each blog, so make sure to leave a comment to enter to win!
Hope to see you there!
All My Best,
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thank you so much for the beautiful cameo. I can already picture the necklace I am going to make for it. Every time I wear it, I will think about your books. My sister (who was the person I sent the email to) loves the messenger bag she received as well. Keep on writing the great books so I can keep on reading them!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
And although I've already studied the clothing of the eighteenth century for The Fire Lord's Lover, I like to add a bit more detail with each book, so here's one more site I'll be visiting over the next few days (although I have to warn you, it may be too much information): http://www.theweebsite.com/18cgarb/1700.html
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Wanted to pass along a new FREE research tool (if you don't count our tax dollars
On a related topic, an historical author buddy of mine shared info with me a while back about Multnomah County Library's research line -- you can call or email any question, and they get back to you within a day or two. I've had good luck with, I think, two of my three questions.http://www.multcoli b.org/contact/
I haven't tried it yet, but now when I have a burning question I can't find the answer to, I have more resources in my research arsenal. :} Our RWA authors rock.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
LINK YOUR BLOG TO YOUR TWITTER PAGE
First, sign up for Twitter. Here’s my Twitter URL: http://twitter.com/KathryneKennedy/
Just click the “Join Today” button on my page. Follow the directions for setting up a profile, it’s quick and easy.
Now go to: http://twitterfeed.com/ Click on “Sign in with OpenID” just below the Login button. A new window will open, allowing you to sign in with your Google, Yahoo, etc. accounts (sign in to those accounts first before going to TwitterFeed for quick access—your password will stay hidden either way). You can now add your blog feed to Twitter. Please note that this is different than the regular URL for your blog. Mine is: http://kathrynekennedy.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default If you’re not sure how to get your blog feed URL, click the help button on Twitterfeed, and they have directions on how to get your feed (helpful hint: add the gadget “subscribe to this blog” to your blog and the atom feed icon will post for you to click to get the URL feed for your blog.)
Your blog entries will now post to your Twitter page, using the first few words and a tinyURL (which is a link back to your blog’s entire post).
LINK YOUR TWITTER POSTS TO YOUR MYSPACE & FACEBOOK PROFILE:
Both of these network sites are similar in the way they post your Twitter entries by using Applications (Apps). Sign in to your Facebook and/or Myspace Account and then:
On Facebook, look on the very bottom of the left hand side of your home page and click on Applications. Click on “Browse more applications”. In the “search apps” box, type in Twitter, hit the “enter” key on your keyboard. Click on the Twitter by Twitter app, and follow the directions to enter your blog link. When activated, your tweets will now post on the very top of your profile page and in your news feed.
On Myspace, at the top of your home page, mouse over the “More” tab, and click on “Apps Gallery” from the drop-down menu. On the right hand side there is a “Search Apps”. Type in Twitter, hit “search”. Choose the “iTwitter” app and follow the directions. A box will now appear on your Myspace profile page with your latest tweets.
OTHER NETWORK SITES:
So basically, you now have your blog feeding to your Twitter account, and your Twitter account feeding to your Myspace and Facebook sites. If you are a member of any networks on ning (BookPlace, Fans of Romance Novels, Readers & Writers of Distinction Fiction, etc.) your blog can be fed directly to your profile pages by clicking the RSS FEED on the left hand side of the page, and entering your Blogger URL. You don’t need a Twitter account for this.
I hope you found this helpful. If you’d like to share any of your own tips for linking your posts, please feel free to comment!
Until Next Time,
Monday, September 28, 2009
You can read the full review here: http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/09/28/wrdf-review-of-my-unfair-lady-by-kathryne-kennedy.aspx
My sincere appreciate to Lynda & Lisa!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Author Diane Craver interviews Whitney Taylor Benson, the main character in her contemporary romance, WHITNEY IN CHARGE...
Welcome to one of my characters from my new release. Before I get started with the interview, I want to mention that WHITNEY IN CHARGE is available in e-book format at www.desertbreezepublishing.com, Amazon, and other online places. If you want to know more about my writing, feel free to post questions in the comment section.
Physical Description: Whitney is 5'9", dark brown shoulder length hair, green eyes. Education: Whitney left her hometown in Ohio to attend college in New York City.
Diane: Whitney, would you like a cup of coffee before we start the interview?
Whitney: Yes, I would. Black, please.
Diane: (pours a steaming cup of coffee) I think it's interesting you moved back to Cornett after living in New York. Do you miss the big city?
Whitney: Thank you. (takes cup from Diane) I loved producing the morning show, The Bold News, but when my mother became ill, I decided it was more important to return home to take care of her.
Diane: Do you ever think about returning to New York?
Whitney: (shakes her head) It has too many sad memories. I was happily married to Rob Benson, and he died while reporting the war news in Iraq.
Diane: (leans closer to Whitney and touches her arm) I'm so sorry. He was a wonderful reporter.
Whitney: A couple of months later, I learned my mother was dying from cancer so I focused all my energy on taking care of her. Being close to my family has been helpful. I see my sisters, Shannon and Regan a lot and their families.
Diane: Are your sisters younger or older than you?
Whitney: Both are older. I'm the baby in the family.
Diane: (smiles at Whitney) I am, too. That has advantages and disadvantages.
Whitney: (rolls her lovely green eyes) Tell me about it.
Diane: There's a big age difference in my case. How about you? Are your sisters close to your age or quite a bit older?
Whitney: My oldest sister, Shannon, is eight years older and Regan is only three years older. I'm 31. (she sighs) They just signed me up to go skydiving. I told them no but I'm sure they will keep trying to get me to go.
Diane: I guess they want you to experience something that's fun but different. Although it doesn't sound like fun to me. Do your sisters like to go skydiving?
Whitney: (shakes her head) They've never gone. A lot of the skydivers are male so they thought it'd be a good way for me to meet guys. But I told them I'm capable of finding my own dates. I'm just not sure I'm ready to meet someone new right now.
Diane: Even though skydiving seems like a bit much, that's nice your sisters care so much about you.
Whitney: Concentrating on my life helps them to stop thinking about our mother dying. She just died recently.
Diane: Maybe you three should go on a cruise.
Whitney: (laughs) They made me go on a cruise. Shannon and Regan thought it'd be romantic and I'd meet some hot single guy. But there were mostly couples on the ship.
Diane: (grins at Whitney) They do seem determined to find you someone.
Whitney: I should move on with my life, but they also need another purpose to get closure to our mother’s death. (She sips her coffee with a thoughtful expression.) I want to do something with my sisters. We need to focus on something new and fresh.
Diane: What about going into business together? That would definitely keep them busy.
Whitney: (looks excited) Hey, that's a great suggestion. That might work for us. And I need something to do with my free time since I don't plan on returning to New York.
Diane: Who's your best friend?
Whitney: I'm close to my sisters so I think of them as friends. But Molly's my best friend. She was my maid of honor. (a sad expression crosses her face) Actually she introduced me to my husband. I need to call Molly sometime. She wants me to visit her in New York but I hate flying.
Diane: Do you have any other fears?
Whitney: (is quiet for a moment) I'm afraid to love again.
Diane: When the time's right, you'll be able to let go of the past.
Whitney: I hope so. I loved being married. I just regret we never had children.
Diane: Children are blessings. And you're young yet so you can easily have children someday.
Whitney: At least I have two nieces and a nephew to enjoy now. That's been a definite benefit to moving back to Ohio.
Diane: What is the one thing you'd love to learn how to do?
Whitney: (grins) I'd love to learn how to play the drums.
Diane: Cool. Do you come from a musical family?
Whitney: (shakes her head) No, but I did play clarinet in the high school band. And I sang in the church choir and did a few solos in plays.
Diane: I can see you playing the drums. One more question before you leave. What is your favorite dessert?
Whitney: (answers quickly) I love cheesecake.
Diane: Cheesecake sounds yummy. Thank you so much, Whitney, for stopping by for our chat. Good luck with starting a new business.
Whitney: Thanks for having me. I've enjoyed it.
Whitney and Shannon joined Regan at the door.
“I thought Nate was a hottie, but this guy’s even better looking,” Regan said in a raspy whisper.
“Hey Regan, you think we can get a refund from the guy at the skydiving place?” Shannon asked while gazing at the new man outside. “Who needs to go looking?”
“When did he move in?”
Whitney knew better than to comment too much on her new neighbor. Her sisters might take it upon themselves to rush over and tell him that she was available. But crap, did he have to be shirtless and have broad shoulders? If he always worked in his yard like that, she’d have a hard time not staring at him.
“I think it was last week when I noticed the moving truck. Would you two married women stop drooling?” She took another glance and he waved. “Great. He sees us watching him.”
Regan raised her eyebrows. “Since you haven’t mentioned him to us, I guess you haven’t met this gorgeous guy yet?”
“This is the first time I’ve seen him,” Whitney admitted.
A small, black-haired boy, ran from behind the house. That answered the question whether he was a family man or not.
“I wonder if his son is Lily’s age,” Regan pondered.
“Don’t forget little boys usually have mothers.” She better remind her sisters of this fact before they made wedding plans for Mr. Hottie and her.
Shannon moved away from the screen. “If there isn’t a wife, you’re wonderful with kids.”
“First Nate the Skydiver, then Jack the Paramedic…is my new neighbor now Bachelor Number Three?”
“Let’s find out if there is a wife around.” Regan pulled on Whitney’s arm. “Come on. We better hurry. He’s pushing the lawn mower into the shed.”
“I’ll go. But you two have to quit acting like I’m a hopeless old spinster. I managed to get married once, and I don’t need help in getting dates again.”
Shannon rolled her eyes. “You haven’t gone on any, have you?”
“No, and the reason is because I’m not ready to date.”
Shannon opened her mouth to argue, but stopped mid-breath at the ringing of her cell phone. Whitney sighed in relief. She shouldn’t have to elaborate on why she wasn’t going to date. Not now and maybe she’d never date anyone. Losing Rob had been too painful.
Shannon glanced at her caller ID. “I’m sure you two can fill me in later about the new man. I better get this. It’s Caitlyn.”
Opening the screen door, Whitney said, “Let’s get this over with. At this rate, we’ll never go into business together.”
Regan and Whitney crossed the yard to the neighbor’s. As they approached, the boy stopped kicking his ball and said, “Hi.”
Whitney smiled at him. “Hi. You have a good kick.”
The boy looked at them carefully. “My daddy knocks people out. You two should be easy. The fat ones give him problems.”
Regan laughed. “Is he a boxer?”
She heard a chuckle and turned to see Mr. Hottie ─ or ‘Daddy’ as the case may be ─ walking around the corner of the house. Whitney took a step to meet him halfway and extended her hand. “Hello. We’re neighbors. I’m Whitney Benson. And this is my sister, Regan Dunn.” She grinned. “And please don’t knock us out.”
As he walked toward them, she noticed how thick his short-cropped hair looked and she liked his warm brown eyes. He had a great tan. She wondered if he worked outside in construction or something.
“I’m Ben Spencer,” he said as he took her hand in a firm grip, not shaking it but just holding it. “This is my son Adam. I guess I better work on teaching Adam to say anesthesiologist. And Adam, I never said fat patients but said overweight ones are harder and more risks are involved for surgery.”
“That’s a relief. I’d hate to think you were a violent person living next door to my single sister.”
Whitney was going to throttle her sister! How could Regan be so obvious? She hurried to speak, hoping to keep Regan from saying something more embarrassing, like asking him if he was single. “I hope you like living here. It’s a nice neighborhood.”
“I liked our other house better,” Adam said with a pout, bouncing the ball off the ground.
Whitney nodded. “It takes time to get used to a new place. I still miss where I used to live.”
“How old are you, Adam?” Regan asked. “I have a daughter Lily and you two might like to play together.”
“Lily’s six too,” Regan said. “You’ll have to meet her. Do you go to Clark Elementary?”
Ben ruffled Adam’s hair. “I’m having Adam finish first grade at his old school since it’s close to the end of the year.”
Why didn’t he put a shirt on? The sweat glistened off his strong muscled upper body. She was as bad as her sisters wondering if he had a wife or not. “I guess we better let you get back to your yard work. Maybe sometime we can have you, your wife, and Adam over for a barbecue.”
“That’s a good idea,” Regan said. “Adam can meet Lily so he’ll know someone when he starts the new school next year.”
Adam glanced at his dad and Ben patted his son on the back. “I’m divorced. Adam’s mom lives in Seattle.”
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Danni Jones believed everything about her past-that she was an unwanted child abandoned by her mother. That she was an outcast set apart by her clairvoyance. That she was alone. Then came the stranger. Dangerously seductive Sean Ballagh appears out of nowhere with a startling story that will challenge everything Danni thought was true.
A lost woman . . .
He claims that Danni's family has been searching for her ever since she disappeared twenty years ago. He's come to bring her home to Ireland. But Danni fears there's more to his story than he dares to reveal. And the only way to find out is by following Sean back in time, to a forgotten past, to a world where nothing is what it seems.
A terrifying legacy . . .
Now, in a land where the mystical and the occult are as vivid as the emerald fields, Danni must rewrite history to save her family, to fight a force more evil than she ever imagined, and to reunite with the one man she was destined for-or live forever in time as nothing more than an ethereal memory, a tragic and haunting beauty.
Order a new* copy HAUNTING BEAUTY by August 30, 2009 and I'll enter you into a grand prize drawing for books, merchandise and other great stuff. To enter, email me a copy of your proof of purchase and you will be entered to win $100 dollar gift card to either Borders, Barnes & Noble or amazon.com (your choice of one) AND 20 books--many autographed by author-- AND a Haunting Beauty tote, coffee mug and mouse pad and a photo album!
(*must be a new copy to qualify)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
(*must be a new copy to qualify)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Now, this wasn't something I thought much about, until I received my new book cover (Isn't it beautiful?). I've always assumed that publishers cut off the model's heads so that readers could imagine the faces for themselves (our imaginations are often times much better than reality). But I found out that there is a subconscious marketing technique at work here. Publishers know that they only have seconds to capture the interest of a reader, whether he/she is looking through books in a bookstore or on the internet. So if you glance at an image that is incomplete your brain registers that within seconds...and you're more likely to take a second look. Then you might be tempted to read the cover, the back blurb, and hopefully, purchase the book itself. But those first few seconds are the most crucial, which is why publishers invest a great deal of research in producing an eye-catching cover.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
By Fantasy Author Sandy Lender
I left this guest post until the last minute not because I was procrastinating, but because I wasn’t sure how to phrase all the things I wanted to cram into it. You see, I’m very thankful to all the blog hosts who’ve supported me during this month-long online book tour and to all the bloggers who’ve left lovely comments along the way. I certainly have to thank Kathryne for being the kind soul to finish off the tour today.
There are kind people doing good deeds all around us. It’s the kind people in my life who inspired the loveliest of characters in the novel I’m promoting during this tour. CHOICES MEANT FOR GODS has some complex evil bad guys, I won’t deny that. We’ve mentioned them during the tour. But there are wonderful, good, pure, loving, devoted, loyal, endearing characters as well. I’d like to talk about Kora Rothahn Taiman in particular.
Kora is the matriarch of the Taiman family when the reader is introduced to the CHOICES series. You don’t learn it right away, but you figure out soon enough that she’s a former goddess. This beautiful woman of compassion gave up the life of immortality and comfort in the city of the gods (Mahriket) to live in the mortal world and raise another woman’s child. She is the picture of self-sacrifice and loyalty. Everyone who comes in contact with her owes her gratitude.
Our fabulous heroine, Amanda Chariss, reluctantly accepts Kora’s help in the beginning of CHOICES MEANT FOR GODS, and tries to flee the first chance she gets. She knows who Kora is—the daughter of The Master Rothahn—and she fears for Kora’s safety. Because the complex evil bad guy chases Chariss, the heroine wants to get away from the lovely benefactress as soon as possible. But Kora won’t hear it. She’s convinced she can help Chariss and her wizard guardian.
I’ll let you read the books to see how that turns out. You can read excerpts from my current novel, CHOICES MEANT FOR GODS, and the upcoming CHOICES MEANT FOR KINGS, at my brand new website http://www.authorsandylender.com, but I encourage you to become followers at my blog, too. Now that the online book tour is ending, my tour organizers will pull winners of the hardcover, first editions of CHOICES MEANT FOR GODS, and I’ll post those at my blog. I’ll also have new articles, new info, and new contests in the works there. http://www.todaythedragonwins.blogspot.com
Now for the interactive part of today’s post. Is there someone loving and caring in your life that you owe gratitude? Is there someone you’re thankful for? Chariss, Nigel, Hrazon, Master Rothahn, all of Kora’s children, the lesser goddess Mia, all the citizens of Arcana City, and more are thankful for Kora Rothahn Taiman. Who are you thankful for? “Some days, I just want the dragon to win.”
Not even the gods noticed when Chariss was born with the mark of The Protector. Now she and her wizard guardian seek shelter from a mad sorcerer in a household not just full of secrets and false hope, but watched by the god who will unwittingly reveal her role in an impending war.
When an orphan sets aside a lifetime of running and fear to accept the responsibilities of guarding an arrogant deity, can she face the trials in the prophecies she uncovers? Will Nigel Taiman of her latest refuge dare to use his dragon heritage to bind her to his estate or to help her in her duty?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
(There's also a direct link from my website.)
Since this is advertising for me, I make no profit on the sales so the prices are very reasonable. I will be using my e-store for contest prizes and more, so stay tuned. And if you're an author, do you have an e-store for your readers? It's great fun and totally free! Click on the link in my store to start your very own. (One caution: check with your publisher before using your book cover artwork on any merchandise. Most publishers do not purchase the rights from the artist for this sort of venture.)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
~Robyn Roberts, Once Upon a Romance
“…the latest in a simply enchanting book series.”
~Alexandra Cenni, Romance Reader at Heart, Top Pick! http://romancereaderatheart.com/pubsandpromos/2009/may09/EB_KK.html
“As intriguing as the storyline is, it's once again Ms. Kennedy's ability to create original heartfelt characters that shines.”
~Clover Autrey, Paranormal Romance Reviews
“I love Enchanting the Beast! Kathryne Kennedy is a wonderful writer with remarkable talent for richly detailed and beautifully told stories, perfectly suited to the fantasy world she has created.”
~Kelley Hartsell, CK2’s Kwips & Kritiques
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
A letter from Sarah Pluckett, companion to the infamous ghost-hunter Lady Philomena Radcliff, dated August 2, 1861:
Stop by and leave a comment to be entered to win an autographed copy of Enchanting the Beast.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It’s free, although usually when I first pull it up a pop-up ad will appear. But after I close it I don’t get any more of them on my subsequent searches.
The main reason I use it is because of the historical aspect of my books. At the bottom of the definition it gives a word origin date. If I use a word that strikes me as possibly too modern, I look up the definition for the origin date. Now, obviously, I can’t do this with every word I write or I’d never get a book finished, but if something strikes me, I’ll look it up. Usually it’s the longer words. For example, I wanted to use ‘paradox’ but that sounded like it might be a more modern concept. But apparently the word originated in 1530 (although its meaning has changed since the word was first used). Séance is a word I looked up for Enchanting the Beast. It originated in 1795, which is okay for that Victorian series, but it’s not a word I could use with my new Georgian series.
I also like that the site has other options for a thesaurus and reference. I do a quick search here, but if I’m looking for just the right word, I’ll refer to my print thesaurus, which has many more options. The reference, though, comes in handy. For example, I wanted to make sure I was spelling ‘geas’ correctly (and even now my spell check underlines it). But when I looked it up in the dictionary, it came back that no such word exists. Now, I’m aware it’s a fantasy term, and I know it exists, so I hit the reference button. Sure enough, it pulled up ‘geis’, which apparently is another spelling I wasn’t familiar with, but scroll down and sure enough it talks about a ‘geas’.
In my current WIP, I wanted to use ‘black diamonds’ as a comparison to my hero’s eyes. But alas, the term did not originate until 1910 (probably because we didn’t have the technology to create them until then). So, I will have to come up with some other comparison.
I use it as a quick reference for hundreds of other reasons and I hope you’ll find it handy as well.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
And here he is sweeping the girl off her feet (literally--he picked her up in his arms and carried her away). Big sigh. He had the perfect rugged handsomeness to portray Sir Nico.
And out to dinner with my Sourcebooks editor, Deborah Werksman (on the right) and the owner of Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah (on the left). Wonderful, brilliant women.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
One of the perks of doing an interview at my own group blog is that I can add a special post to thank all of you who stopped by and commented, and to say congratulations to Theresa N., who Kim randomly chose as the winner. Theresa, email me at email@example.com with your snail mail addy so I can send you an autographed copy of Double Enchantment.
It was such a pleasure to have you all stop by and comment, and such a rewarding experience to know that there are so many people who still believe in magic. I often think that's why I've continued to be an avid reader all my life, and why I became a writer. So I can keep the magic, adventure and passion in my life.
My son feels that too many people lose what he calls their 'whimsy' as they're growing up. He's made it his mission to nourish his, and he's been successful.
So thank you all for keeping your own whimsy a part of your life, and for nourishing it by reading.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 22nd: http://quinnessentials.blogspot.com/
Friday, May 29th: http://abookbloggersdiary.blogspot.com/
Friday, June 5th: http://www.theromancebookclub.com/guest-blogs/
Monday, June 8th: http://siamckye.blogspot.com/ (My post here may also be of interest to writers.)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It's double the honor!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The prize is over $100 in free books, many of which, like mine, are pre-releases.
And not only that, it's an easter egg hunt, and looks like so much fun!
Check it out. :}
Monday, April 6, 2009
Kiss of Fire ~ Deborah Cooke Editor Kara Cesare, NAL Eclipse
Talgorian Prophecy ~ Ariana Dupre Editor Helen Woodall, Cerridwen Press
Enchanting the Lady ~ Kathryne Kennedy Editor Leah Hultenschmidt, Dorchester Love Spell
In Twilight’s Shadow ~ Patti O’Shea Editor Heather Osborn, TOR Books
Heart Fate ~ Robin D. Owens Editor Cindy Hwang, Berkley Sensation
I'm thrilled to be among such a talented group of authors.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Here's my schedule of appearances that I've worked out so far:
On Thursday, April 23, from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am, I will be attending the Faery Ball as part of the Faery Court. I will be a Seelie (one of the good faeries ;}) and will be dressed as a Victorian Faery inspired by my Relics of Merlin series. You can meet all the fae, good & bad, here: http://www.thefaerycourt.com/faerycourtindex.html
On Saturday, April 25, I will be signing books at the Giant Book Fair from 11:00 to 2:00 pm.
On that same day, from 5:00-7:00 pm I will be attending the Mr. Romance competition (more about that below!)
Then from 8:00-9:00 pm I will be at the Dorchester Authors Mixer
And then from 9:00 pm to until-I-keel-over I'll be at Dorchester's Splashing by the Shore Dance Party
Now, a bit about the Mr. Romance contest. Dorchester Publishing is again sponsoring this competition, where one lucky winner will have the opportunity to model for a Dorchester romance cover. The models will be portraying the heroes from several books...and my hero from Enchanting the Beast (book 3 in the Relics of Merlin series) has been chosen! This is my very first RT conference, and how wonderful it will be to see my hero brought to life. I can hardly wait!
Here's the mini character write up I did for the model:
Sir Nicodemus Wulfson
Basics: Goes by Nico. Wears Victorian clothing: Black frock coat, waistcoat, black trousers and boots, all a bit worn and frayed. His cravat is often undone and just slung around his neck with his white linen shirt half-buttoned. He rarely wears a hat. His hair is long and often shaggy, slung over his forehead and eyes, as if to hide his thoughts from others.
Nico info: Nico is a were-wolf, whose beast enjoys the thrill of the hunt and the taste of his kill, which often worries the man. He swims nude in moonlit glades and is more comfortable in the forest than his own castle. He goes after what he wants with single-minded ruthlessness. He cannot be tamed, but he can be gentled, and the right woman for him will have to meet his predatory gaze without fear.
Enchanting the Beast will be released around the time of the RT convention, and hot off the presses from my publisher.
I was already incredibly excited about attending my first RT, and now I'm just over the moon! If you live in Florida, or are attending the event yourself, I do hope I meet you there!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
It was the Arizona Beta Sigma Phis 10th anniversay luncheon against domestic abuse. This is a small group of dedicated women and men who primarily raise funds for several domestic violence shelters and to help those who are victims of domestic abuse. Along with a wonderful lunch, they had silent auctions, a jewelry shop and plenty of raffles to raise funds. They also had the Arizona Swing Kids for entertainment, who sang and danced to tunes through the years. The little ones were adorable as they grabbed people from the audience and danced with them.
It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and I highly recommend it. To find out more about AzBSPADA and the programs they support you can visit: http://www.azbspada.org/
And to find out more about the Swing Kids you can visit: http://www.theswingkids.org/
(Err, the coordinator just happens to share the same name with a past president.)
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I have a lovely email from the winner of my last 'magical' jewel contest:
The wonderful necklace has arrived and I got to wear it last night... not out but to watch TV with my hubby.
I'm so excited to have something new to wear out.
Hugs and wishing you the best,
Monday, March 9, 2009
Series: Relics of Merlin
Author: Kathryne Kennedy
Publisher: Dorchester Love Spell
Release Date: May 1, 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Victorian Fantasy Romance
One returns to magical Victorian England in the third book of the Relics of Merlin series—ENCHANTING THE BEAST and the beast here is the classic were-wolf and alpha male at that.
Were-wolf Sir Nicodemus Wulfson, the Baronet of Grimspell Castle convinces ghost-hunter Philomena Radcliff to visit his castle to help his troubled brother. It is revealed that Nico’s grim home is haunted by ghosts who’ve recently become angry and were venting their feelings on the sensitive Royden Wulfson. It takes all of Phil’s considerable power to find the cause of the disturbance even as she is enthralled by the much younger Nico’s animal magnetism. To add to the confusion is the fact that the gorgeous Nico is rumored to have killed his fiancée in the enchanted woods that surround his castle.
While the entire book is wonderful and filled with interesting shape shifters my favorite scenes in the book involved Phil’s spirit guide Tup, the ghost of a London street kid. Tup’s scenes are adorable and very entertaining—be it his interactions with Phil, his playing with the tenant farmer’s children, or his tireless effort to help Phil and Nico find the final piece of the puzzle haunting Nico’s home and brother!
What’s truly awesome is the climax of the book. Phil faces down not only a monstrous but also many ghosts to retrieve the powerful relic of this tale—a truly awesome moment in the never-ending power struggle between good and evil. The headiness of control over vast resources is mind-blowing. That scene is Kathryn Kennedy’s best writing yet. One can feel the power and the enormity of the choice before Phil.
ENCHANTING THE BEAST is a definite keeper! Don’t miss it and don’t miss the other 10 future books of this series for if the first three books are any indication the rest will definitely keep the reader enthralled and enchanted!
Reviewed by Raakhee Suryaprakash
Writers and Readers of Distinctive fiction (URL http://romancewriterandreader.ning.com/profile/Raakhee)
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Relics of Merlin, Book 3
May 2009 Paranormal Romance
Trollersby, the surrounding area, and London, England - 1861
Sir Nicodemus Wulfson's brother Royden thinks their home is haunted. Roy's health and well-being have been compromised by these "ghosts", and so, Nico finds himself in London hunting someone who can convince Roy the spirits have been sent away. Being a baronet and a were-wolf, Nico is immune to magic and thus not much inclined to believe in such things, but when he meets Lady Philomena Radcliff, ghost-hunter, he finds something, or rather, someone, he's definitely not immune to.
Philomena is more than willing to help Nico and his brother, and with her assistant Sarah (were-snake) journeys to Grimspell Castle to do her best to ferret out the reason for the recent disturbances. However, the ghosts in residence seem reticent to communicate, making her job a difficult one. Then, of course, there's Nico and the constant distraction he provides. The man is an utter Adonis, and he seems to be a bit overenthusiastic in his attentions to her person. In fact, if she didn't know exactly how unlikely a scenario it is, Phil would be certain the young man wants her in a very intimate way.
Nico's human side isn't the only one interested in Phil; his wolf finds her intriguing as well. Can he convince Phil that true love can occur between an older spinster and the young man who appreciates her for all that she is? And then there are the ghosts in Grimspell Castle, just what is their agenda?
Nico, like many men, has secrets. In his case, it's the knowledge that his former fiancée appears to have been killed by a wolf. Nico lost control for a while after her death and fears he could lose his humanity entirely if the circumstances are right. Could Phil's talent for ENCHANTING THE BEAST keep them both safe, or will his beast turn on them both as he might have done once before? Phil may be a spinster, but her talent has given her insight into the ways of passion (her home is a former brothel with a very instructive ghost in residence). Unfortunately, Phil is convinced that society would never allow a lady of her age to marry a man of Nico's. Luckily, Phil is at heart a sensible woman, and I feel sure that with Nico's persistent nature, she'll realize that true love should never be denied, no matter the circumstances.
Sarah is a loyal and true friend to Phil. She doesn't hesitate to protect Phil with her life when the situation warrants it, and she's one of the reasons Nico realizes so quickly that Phil is a special woman. After all, most non-weres aren't exactly comfortable around weres, and Phil has completely embraced Sarah and her idiosyncrasies. Edwina, daughter of Lord Magift (the local magistrate and Baron of Bargest House) is Royden's wife. Edwina is insecure at best and worries about the day when Nico takes a wife and she loses her position as mistress of Grimspell. Nico's brother Royden is a man with a terrible burden (and no, I'm not talking about Edwina, though that case could be made). The ghosts are trying to impart a message to Roy, and if Phil can't figure out what it is, Roy's very life may be at stake. Sir Edgar Hexword and his daughter Jane are fellow were-wolves and members of Nico's pack. Sir Edgar has a great fondness for history. Jane, beautiful young thing that she is, has that same fondness for Nico. She thinks she's the right mate for Nico, and Phil isn't certain she's wrong. Last, but not least, I must mention Tup. A ghost boy from the streets of London, he's Phil's spiritual guide and pseudo son. It's obvious he and Phil love each other, and it's a fortunate circumstance that he's able to follow her to Grimspell and aid her in her investigation.
Like the rest of the Relics of Merlin series, ENCHANTING THE LADY (January 2008) and DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT (September 2008), this book has been written in such a way that you need not read the others to understand the plot. One of the best books I've read this year, ENCHANTING THE BEAST cannot fail to capture your imagination with its fully developed characters and the magical world they inhabit. Don't miss it! It's a keeper, and you'll be up all night reading it!
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