Friday, December 20, 2013


Stop by and say hi, and you're entered to win! This is the last stop on my blog tour where you'll have a chance to win a free copy of EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT, so good luck to all! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Booklist gives EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT Starred Review!

Issue: December 15, 2013

*       Everlasting Enchantment.
Kennedy, Kathryne (Author)
Dec 2013. 384 p. Sourcebooks, paperback, $7.99. (9781402269912).
Underneath Victorian London lies a labyrinth of tunnels and caverns housing a shadow city, the only home Millicent Pantere, a were panther, has ever known. All members of the nobility possess magic, from the all-powerful queen to the less-gifted shape-shifting baronets. By holding hostage the only person Millicent loves, Duke Ghoulston forces her to go above ground and into London society to find a mysterious relic upon which Merlin cast a revengeful spell centuries earlier. She discovers a group of ladies who are hoping to be the one that the relic, a bracelet, will cleave to and at midnight bring the man of her dreams into her life for a night of exquisite lovemaking. The man who is imprisoned in the bracelet’s stone is Sir Gareth Solimere, of King Arthur’s Round Table, who made Merlin a cuckold. For centuries his fate has been to make love to each woman who dons the relic, looking for his own true love to break the spell. The latest in Kennedy’s The Relics of Merlin series (Double Enchantment, 2013) features exquisite world building, making this richly imagined adventure appealing to fantasy fans and romance readers.
— Diana Tixier Herald

Author Note: Big hug, Diana! :}

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT is in bookstores! Post comment to win an ARC!

The brand-new fourth book in the Relics of Merlin series is finally in bookstores, and you can win one of two autographed ARC’s by commenting on my blog! Just leave a comment below, then check back on Saturday, Dec. 14th to see if you won, and send me an email (I’m sorry, but I can’t be responsible for tracking down the winners) with Blog Contest in the subject line to: I am also listing my blog tour stops that are remaining, so if you don’t win an ARC here, you can win a copy of the book by visiting the other blogs on the date shown on the tour, and leaving a comment there (or any other instructions for chances to win that the blog owner may make available to you). I am also running a new contest on my website
where you can win a fabulous moonstone necklace, the jewel in the relic in Everlasting Enchantment.

Good luck everyone!

My Magical Best,

12/2 Star-Crossed Romance

12/4 Sia McKye

12/6 Fresh Fiction

12/10 Books-N-Kisses

12/11 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

12/13 Manga Maniac Café

12/16 You Gotta Read Reviews

12/18 Reading Between the Wines

12/20 Joyfully Reviewed


Powerful Magic is Afoot …
Millicent Pantere has lived her entire life in the notorious London Underground. She cares nothing for the problems of the crown or the intrigues of society. But the ladies of the realm are acting strangely, and Millicent is coerced into tracking down the rumors of a mysterious man—a magic man who comes in the night and disappears at dawn.

And So the Hunt Begins…
Millicent's search leads her to one of Merlin's legendary relics and the seductive knight whose fate is bound up with it. Centuries ago, Sir Gareth Solimere made the mistake of seducing the wrong woman, and he has been trapped ever since by a diabolical curse. He's looking for the one who can break the enchantment—but in this world, there is no love without betrayal...

Kathryne Kennedy is a critically acclaimed, bestselling, award-winning author of magical romances. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Glendale, Arizona. For more information and ongoing contests, please visit

To Purchase Everlasting Enchantment:


Monday, December 9, 2013

Library Journal gives EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT rave review!

Kennedy, Kathryne. Everlasting Enchantment. Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Relics of Merlin, Bk. 4). Dec. 2013. c.284p. ISBN 9781402269912. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781402269929. PARANORMAL romance
Coerced by the Duke of Ghoulston to find one of Merlin’s legendary relics, were-­panther Millicent Pantere, a shape-shifter immune to magic, must attend a formal ball in order to achieve her goal. Lady Chatterley (yes, that Lady Chatterley) supposedly has the sought-after bracelet, and when Millicent ends up being “chosen” to wear it—and treated to a night of mind-blowing passion with Gareth Solimere, a curse-enslaved knight trapped in the relic—she soon finds herself involved in a dangerous, potentially lethal situation. VERDICT Magic-infused, highly sensual, and over-the-top creative, this fascinating, fast-paced Victorian adventure has been long awaited by series fans, who will be overjoyed. Kennedy (The Lord of Illusion) lives in Glendale, AZ.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Mark Your Calendars for the Dec 2 Author Chat on Facebook!

Several Sourcebooks authors are banding together for a chat with the chance to win lots of prizes. Just Click on the Chat Now app on the Sourcebooks Facebook page: Here's more info:
Besides the chance to win lots of books, authors will be giving away prizes as well. I'm giving away a replica of Gareth's sword, accented with a moonstone jewel, the magical gem in Everlasting Enchantment.
So mark your calendars, and I'll see you there!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Win a Stunning Moonstone Necklace!

I have launched a new contest for the upcoming release of Everlasting Enchantment! See details to enter on the CONTEST page of my website:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT is nominated for RT Reviewers Choice Award!

I'm in wonderful company, with several other Sourcebooks authors, in the Historical Fantasy category. Congratulations to all who were nominated! You can view a complete list of the nominees for every category here:

Historical Fantasy/Paranormal

 Hannah Howell, ZEBRA, (April 2013) 

Tammy Falkner, SOURCEBOOKS, (June 2013)

Kathryne Kennedy, , (December 2013)

Kristen Callihan, FOREVER, (December 2013)

Isabel Cooper, SOURCEBOOKS, (December 2013)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Meet my new little puppy, Pikachu!

I have to start with the bad news first, and I hate posting anything negative on any blog, so I'll make it quick. I lost my dear Chihuahua, Precious, last month, due to a breathing condition pretty much brought about by old age. She died in my arms, and it about broke my heart. I loved that little dog.
I knew no other dog could replace her, but I began to look at rescue dogs, cause it somehow felt as if her death would be more meaningful if it brought about a loving home for another dog who really needed one. And so we found Pikachu, a Chihuahua mix, (and I keep guessing as to the other part. She has soft fluffy hair, so I'm thinking Pomeranian?) Anyway, she had a rough start, barely escaping euthanasia. Her rescue name was Fergie, and if you have the stomach for it, you can read about her journey here:

I found her on the following website, and it was such a thrill to see the words ADOPTED, and know that I was the one they referred to:

And now for the best part. PUPPY PICTURES!! Below are pictures of what our happy, energetic adorable mutt looks like now.

And not to forget my dear, old sweet Baggins, who was bewildered by the absence of Precious, the dog she grew up with, and horrified by the wiggling, biting, (I'm working on it, it's play-biting, but Pikachu has sharp little teeth) rambunctious critter we brought home. Here she is, looking at Pikachu (you read the expression in her eyes):

I'm happy to say that last night, the two dogs actually played together. I think Baggins will be much happier in the long run with another dog in the house. She just doesn't know it yet.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Can you guess what these photos all have in common?

Well, unless you've read my Casablanca Group blog post from a few weeks ago, I think you might have a hard time believing what these photos have in common. I took them at the Phoenix Art Museum, hoping to have some royalty-free pictures to use for marketing (you are welcome to copy these and use them as well).

Got it? Well, I was surprised myself when I saw the photos and realized you couldn't tell they were all...miniatures. That's right. Even the chandelier and painting...both are about the size of my thumb. The Phoenix Art Museum has a miniatures exhibit, where each room is a replica of what you would see in that particular era/country. The pictures above are all around the 1800's, a few are French, but most are American/English (whose drawing rooms did not display a whole lot of difference, since Americans tried very hard to copy the English.) Since every item in the rooms are accurate to the Victorian era, you're welcome to use these to decorate your blog or whatever (I'm thinking I may use a few for my next video.)
Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Support the Romance Genre: Sign up for B. Vey's Publisher's Weekly Webcast

The following is a letter I received from one of the greatest ladies in support of the romance genre. Please read on, and register for the webcast! It took me only a couple of seconds to do so...and I'll be there on the 17th with bells on, as my own publisher is part of the line-up.

Dear Friends in Publishing,
Over the past 6 1/2 years, I have listened carefully to what you've had to say. The one thing I heard over and over again was how romance never received any respect.  Many of you were thrilled when I started writing my blog because it seemed to make your genre more credible in PW's eyes.
Well, I finally have managed to get a PW Romance Webcast off the ground.  In the past, PW has done every other genre and even webcasts on Faith and Yarn that were highly successful. 
The time has come for everyone to help support the romance genre.  I really need everybody to sign up for the webcast (Sept. 17th Noon EST).  Signing up does not obligate you to listen to the webcast.  You can either listen live or later on iTunes if you'd like.  It is absolutely free and listeners have a chance to win giveaways (because Romance is best at that!).
As you all know, everything is a numbers game, so we need the numbers.  I'm attaching the logo with all the information in case anyone wants to use it on their websites, blogs or social media.
Here's the link:
Please help me show everyone why romance is number one by registering for webcast and feel free to forward this email.  It's kind of like an election.  Every single registration counts.
Thanks so much for your support over the years and please let me know if you have any questions.

Barbara Vey
Contributing Editor, Publishers Weekly 
Beyond Her Book blog
PO Box 438, South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon
Barbara Vey Website

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Get your entry into the Hot Prospects contest TODAY!

If you've got a manuscript you're working on and need some editing, this is the contest for you! The grand prize will get it polished, and take a look at the list of editors (one of which is mine) below who will read your work! The deadline is soon, so get your entry fee in today!

2013 Hot Prospects Contest
Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers

****Permission to forward****

Looking to sign your first book contract, switch from a small press to a large
publisher or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn up the heat
on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest.

GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner of the contest will have their entire manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by two professional editors at The Author's Red Room.

Announcement by a former winner:

I entered the Hot Prospects contest in 2011 and placed first in the Contemporary Single Title category and won the Grand Prize overall with my erotic legal thriller, Legally Mastered (now Legal Heat by Sarah Castille). The feedback I got from the contest judges was invaluable in helping me polish my book and that year I landed an agent, and a publishing contract with Samhain Publishing and then a second publishing contract with Sourcebooks Casablanca the following year. The Hot Prospects contest was very well run and I recommend it to all my romance writer friends.

Fee: $25 for Valley of the Sun RWA chapter members
$30 for non-chapter members
Chapter website has PayPal capability.

Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2013
E-Submit Deadline: September 1st, 2013

Eligibility: The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any work uncontracted and
unpublished at the time of entry.

Enter: 3-5-page synopsis and up to the first 25 pages of story (30 pages max). Entry or
synopsis may be shorter, but neither may be longer than specified.

Categories/Judges: Trained judges for preliminary round

Final round judges

1) Historical/Regency

Editor - Holly Blanck, St. Martins
Senior Editor - Esi Sogah, Kensington

2) Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal

Assistant Editor - Kelly Quinn, Tor
Editor –Kristine Swartz, Assistant Editor, The Berkley Publishing Group 

3) Romantic Suspense

Editorial Assistant- Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
Editor Samhain -Tera Kleinfelter

4) Contemporary Long/Single Title

Editor –Deborah Werksman, Sourcebooks, Inc
Editor at large, Sue Grimshaw, Random House

5) Series Contemporary
Associate Editor – Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Senior Editor Sweetheart Rose – Leanne Morgena, The Wild Rose Press

For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at For questions please email

Those entries that do not final will be returned approximately October 30th,
2013 to help those who plan to enter RWA's Golden Heart.

Linda Andrews
Valley of the Sun Hot Prospects Chair

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Release Day to Erin Quinn with THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE!

Err, well, actually it was yesterday, but I had another post I had to put up, so sharing this with you all today. We consult on our books together, so if you like my stories, you'll probably like hers, although she's just a touch darker than I am. Here's the ad she did with all the info about her book, and trust me, this is a book (and series) that will go on your keeper shelf. Mesmerizing, fascinating, can't-put-it-down story...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The awards for the Golden Quill are lovely...

Yes, I received both my awards this year....
The green marble is real cause they are very heavy! I had to buy metal stands for them. Aren't they gorgeous?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My nephew is a talented guitarist with the band BLINDSIDE DROP, please 'like' them here:

They are going for the Kentucky State Fair Young Adult Project to perform at their local state fair. This may be their last performance, as many of them are off to college. Part of the judging involves the number of 'likes' they can get on the website page for the project, and trust me, it would be very much appreciated if you could stop by for a sec and visit them (you must have a facebook account or sign up for one in order to do so). Here's the live link to 'like' BLINDSIDE DROP (click on the 'like' button just below their photo):

Thanks a million!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Enter to win an enchanting moonstone bracelet in Kathryne Kennedy's new contest!

I'm celebrating the upcoming release of EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT with a contest to win a gorgeous moonstone bracelet! This one has many more moonstone jewels than the one my heroine wears in the novel! And this time I bought the jewelry through a program from National Geographic, where local artisans create and get paid for their jewelry. For more details, visit the Contest page at my website:

(You might need to refresh your browser if you've been to my website before, to make sure you are viewing the updated page.)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

THE LORD OF ILLUSION wins the Golden Quill for 2013!

THE LORD OF ILLUSION took first place in the P/F/SF/T category, and I'll be sharing the winner's certificate as soon as I get it! :)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

#VOScontest is accepting entries. Grand prize winner will have their ms edited by 2 professional editors.

This contest is for unpublished writers, and it's a great way to get your work in front of editors! Visit the link above for more details, and best wishes with your writing!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Check out the Thai cover of THE LADY OF THE STORM By Kathryne Kennedy!

The Thai cover of THE LADY OF THE STORM is a little grainy in the image here, but it truly is lovely. It's always fascinating to see how a different culture interprets the story and uses their own vision to create a new cover.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Congrats to the winner of my last DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT contest for a 2.85 carat garnet necklace!

Big congratulations to Donna W. from Phoenix, Arizona! She is the lucky winner of my newsletter subscriber drawing for the last contest for DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT. Stay tuned for news of my next contest!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Behind the Scenes of the RELICS OF MERLIN Series

There are many elements that go into the making of any work of fiction. Generally, a combination of personal experience, imagination, and research. Each author has their own unique well of experiences to draw on, and their own perspective on how they viewed their experiences, which is why regardless of the idea, each writer can bring a unique perspective to any novel. Today I’d like to share with you some of the elements that went into the creation of the RELICS OF MERLIN series, which includes: ENCHANTING THE LADY, DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT, ENCHANTING THE BEAST and the upcoming brand new story (December 2013), EVERLASTING ENCHANTMENT.

When I’m crafting a novel, sometimes the world comes first, sometimes the characters, sometimes the plot:

In the RELICS OF MERLIN, the world came first. Although the books are stand-alones, they are all connected by Merlin’s thirteen relics—jewels that the sorcerer Merlin crafted, each holding a different spell of power. In my alternate Victorian reality, titles are held by the inheritance of magical powers, with the higher title possessing the more powerful magic. The only power greater than a royals’ is one of Merlin’s thirteen relics, and their location is as mysterious as the spell each relic contains. From that premise different story lines and different characters sprouted, with each book dealing with a different relic and two new characters’ love stories.

I developed the Underground, the dark-wizard city beneath London, with an understanding of caves through personal experience:

I went cave-crawling (literally, with knee pads) in a Kentucky cave. This wasn’t a tourist cave, but one my brother-in-law had discovered. Once inside it widened considerably, but to get inside we had to crawl through some very tight squeezes. The absence of light and the maze-like passages were terrifying, and the first time I went in I raced back out within five minutes. But I don’t like to let fear control me, so I plunged back in. I wish I could say it was fun, but the hand-light went out at one point, the cave crickets on the ceiling looked like giant gray spiders, and a river ran through the larger passages and that water was cold. But it did give me an understanding of the London Underground I envisioned for my book, and an experience I’ll never forget.

I took real historical facts and research and changed it with magical touches to create a vision of my alternate world:

I’ve read and own many books on the Victorian era, from architecture to furniture to social economics. (I listed many of my research books on my website blog). I have always loved that time period, so I found the research fascinating. Then I created maps of my alternate Victorian London to keep track of changes to name places (Pall Mall became Pall Mage, Belgrave Square became Gargoyle Square, and I added the Hall of Mages next to Buckingham Palace, for example) because with the influence of magic, the city would develop differently. I also have a ‘map’ of a Victorian mansion, with the type of furniture for each room listed (In England, the first floor of a home is the ground floor, and the first floor is called the second, which is often confusing to my American mind :}).  I also have a chart with hereditary titles, how each peer is addressed, and their level of magic. I keep a dictionary of my own words, because I often make them up; and a chart of the relics, when they were discovered, what type of jewel and spell (if known). I also create character sheets along with animal references, since my heroes’ natures are so strongly influenced by their were-creatures.

I keep my world fresh in my mind:

By writing everything on loose paper, and then use binder clips to keep them organized. I print pictures of Victorian costume, architecture, etc. and keep them with that packet, so that I have visuals as well as notes to refer to.

I’m careful with research details I include in my books:

When it comes to historical research, if I need it for the storyline it goes in. I have research that never goes into the story because it isn’t necessary, but it still gives me a general feel of the world, so it’s not wasted. When it comes to the magical elements that I weave into the world, I’ll go into a bit more detail, because I try to instill that sense of realism into the story.

I consider setting almost as another character:

And another element I have to weave into the plot. I try to add in the rules of my magic early on, so the reader knows what to expect. But again, I try not to dump it in all at once, but use it to enrich the plot.

I’ll leave you with an excerpt from ENCHANTING THE LADY to show how I use visuals, setting, and the logistics of the magic by weaving them into the scene:

“Look at Lord Gremville’s new coach and four.”  Uncle Oliver’s voice dripped with disdain.
Felicity stared out the window.  Marquesses’ powers were limited to illusions and the transfer of objects, so she knew that the white unicorns with golden horns weren’t real, that the gilded coach camouflaged a plain black finish.  Still, the sight took her breath away, and she longed to stroke the foreheads of the animals.

Until Next Time,
My Magical Best,

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Congrats to Mieke F. from Canada, winner of Kathryne Kennedy's jewelry contest!

I'm always delighted to announce the winners of my reader's my way of giving back for the loyalty and word-of-mouth publicity my readers offer my books. I'm thrilled we have a Canadian winner this time...Mieke lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Enjoy the garnet necklace, Mieke, and thank you for being such a loyal reader!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Get THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER ebook, plus many more Sourcebooks titles, for $2.99!

As of today, Sourcebooks has put together an ebook promotion for many of their titles with a special price of $2.99 at ALL EBOOK RETAILERS. If you haven't read THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER yet, now is the time! If you've already read it, check out the rest of these titles from Sourcebooks on sale...a wonderful way to discover a new favorite author!

The Heir by Grace Burrowes
Love Drunk Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Never a Bride by Amelia Grey
To Conquer a Highlander by Mary Wine
Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy
The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy
A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare
The Highlander’s Sword by Amanda Forester
Tyler by C.H. Admirand

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


As summer approaches along with the desert heat here in Arizona, it’s a pleasure to stay inside in the air-conditioning and write. This also includes promoting my current releases. In the Relics of Merlin series, Double Enchantment was just released last month, and I have the brand-new book, Everlasting Enchantment, scheduled for release in December. I have a new contest on my website to win a garnet necklace for Double Enchantment (you can check it out at, and I will be launching many more jewelry contests for Everlasting Enchantment, so if you haven’t joined my newsletter yet, now is a great time.
Although I’m excited for the release of Everlasting Enchantment, I’m also wondering how my readers will react to this new book. In all three previous books, the shape-changer was always my hero. My heroines were magic-users and despite how this alters power in my magical world, they were still constrained by the values of the Victorian era. Women were given a place, and few had the stamina to fight against their roles. In order to be true to the time period of the era, the personalities of my heroines reflected how they were raised. Although they were the unusual ones who fought against the mores of the era, I still wondered what it would be like to change up the scenario.

What if my heroine was the shape-shifter, and she was raised in the Underground, where little regard was given to the social strictures of the London above. Millicent would be tough. Maybe too tough, especially if she was a were-panther. And therein lay my biggest problem. How would I ever find a hero tough enough for her, and yet with a kind enough heart to break through her rough exterior?

He had to be very special, this hero. And really, really good at seducing a woman. But it would still be a hard task…so what if they were both thrown into a situation where their survival depended on them making love? And so a cursed Knight of the Round Table was born. Sir Gareth has been trapped in a relic for centuries, doomed to imprisonment until he finds his one true love…or so he thinks. And the relic he’s cursed inside finds its way on my heroine’s wrist, and the only way it’s coming off is if Millicent makes love to the Knight.

But obstacles stand in their way, of course, along with a were-vamp named Selena and a were-lion named Sir Harcourt…and the entire court of the Master of the Hall of Mages.
But there will be others who will help them find their Happily-Ever-After. An old were-firebird named Nell, a little house hobgoblin called Parsnip, a were-bear and a were-flamingo…and the Queen of England, herself.

I’m looking forward to what my readers think about this change in the series. And today I’m giving you all a sneak-peek at the fabulous cover Sourcebooks created for Everlasting Enchantment.

Isn’t it, well, enchanting?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Enter to win a copy of DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT by Kathryne Kennedy

I'm at Dark Faerie Tales giving away a copy of Double Enchantment, and there are several ways to earn extra chances to win! So stop on by before April 4th and leave a comment at:
Good luck!