Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blog Tour for MY UNFAIR LADY

I just finished my posts for my upcoming blog tour for my December Victorian romance release, My Unfair Lady, and I think it's going to be lots of fun, so please mark your calenders for the following days:

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!
Readaholic http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/

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

I received a lovely note from my cameo contest winner the other day:

Dear Kathryne,
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

Take a peek at the photos of my adorable Chihuahuas:

All this week I've been working on blog posts for my upcoming guest blog tour (more info to follow) for the December release of my Victorian romance, My Unfair Lady. Since I've been discussing my dogs who inspired Chi-chi in My Unfair Lady, I couldn't resist sharing some recent photos of them. (Er, my dogs are part of my family. I am goofy about them.) The short hair is Baggins, the long hair is Precious, and yes, I'm a fan of Lord of the Rings. :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Eighteenth century research for The Storm Lord's Daughter

The Elven Lords books are historical fantasies, and although I tweak the world into an alternate universe of magic, I do ground myself in the history of the time, and do quite a bit of research on the period. It's what I'll be doing over the next few days, which many times, helps to add to my story and my characters. The elven lord in The Storm Lord's Daughter resides in Bath, England, so I've been researching that area and found a lovely book in the public domain called The New Bath Guide (printed in 1789) which is a pocket guide for those visiting Bath for the first time. It's one of several amazing resources compiled by The Beaumondes, a group of writers who share their extensive research (it has a search feature). Here's the URL: http://delicious.com/thebeaumonde

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

FOR WRITERS: Free Research Tools

I came across this on RWA's PAN loop, with permission to forward:

Wanted to pass along a new FREE research tool (if you don't count our tax dollars ). From an author on our local RWA loop, I just learned that The Oregonian newspaper has helped spread word about a pilot program called My Info Quest. Anyone can send a question using a cell phone via text messaging and, within 10 minutes, a research librarian will respond via text messaging. The service is staffed by librarians from across the country. Any random question of no particular genre will be answered.To use the service, send a text message with the code WCC before the question to (309) 222-7740 weekdays from 6am to 8 pm and Saturday from 7am to 3pm.More details here: http://www.myinfoqu est.info/

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.