Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Q&A Interview and Contest with Kathryne Kennedy

Kathryne Kennedy Interview Intro

Hey there Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Kathryne Kennedy to our sites today.

Kathryne is the creator of THE RELICS OF MERLIN and THE ELVEN LORDS series.  Kathryne has a great bio on her website so we borrowed it and posted it below so you can learn some more about her.

I'm a college grad and business owner, and have published nearly a dozen short stories in the SFF/Romance genre, receiving Honorable Mention twice in the 'Writers of the Future' contest (read more on the Awards page). Being an Air Force brat, I traveled a great deal, and over the years I've lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S. I currently live in Arizona with my husband, two sons, and the rest of my wonderful family.

I'm addicted to reading, chocolate, and shopping (in that order). I have two chihuahuas named Precious and Baggins (think Lord of the Rings) who I'm rather goofy about, so I included a couple of pictures of them below.

Some of my favorite authors include: Andre Norton, Patricia McKillip, Robin Hobb, Dave Duncan, Mary Brown, Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, Barbara Michaels, Anne McCaffrey, Donna MacQuigg...the list goes on!

A few books that I continue to read over and over are "Saving Grace" by Julie Garwood, "The Hob's Bargain" by Patricia Briggs, "The Hero and the Crown" by Robin McKinley, "Soulstring" by Midori Snyder, "Sorcery and Cecelia" by Wrede & Stevermer, and "The Shape-Changer's Wife" by Sharon Shinn. Such awesome stories!

A proud member of the Romance Writers of America, I belong to the Desert Rose and the Valley of the Sun chapters.

Today we are helping Kathryne promote her newest release in THE ELVEN LORDS series.  The series currently consists of three books, "The Fire Lord's Lover", "The Lady Of The Storm" and "The Lord of Illusion", which was just released on February 7, 2012.   In case you're not yet familiar with the series, here's a look at all three books in THE ELVEN LORDS series…..


"The Fire Lord's Lover"
THE ELVEN LORDS - Book 1

If his powers are discovered, his father will destroy him...

In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven Lords, the Fire Lord's son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father, until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever.

Unless his bride kills him first...

Lady Cassandra has been raised in outward purity and innocence, while secretly being trained as an assassin. Her mission is to bring down the Elven Lord and his champion son. But when she gets to court she discovers that nothing is what it seems, least of all the man she married...

Then Dominic and Cassandra together discover an unspeakable evil, one that threatens the destruction of the magical realm they would give their souls to save...


"The Lady Of The Storm"
THE ELVEN LORDS - Book 2


Giles is bound to protect her...

In a kingdom viciously ruled by warlike elven lords, village blacksmith Giles Beaumont reluctantly swears to protect the half-elf, half-human Cecily Sutton, never dreaming that he will fall under her enchanting spell.

But duty soon turns to desire...

When Cecily's father disappears, Cecily and Giles set out to find him. But, as their journey unfolds, duty is quickly replaced by desire--and the search for Cecily's father leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the elven lords forever ...



"The Lord Of Illusion"
THE ELVEN LORDS - Book 3


He'll do anything to save her...

Rebel Lord Drystan Hawkes dreams of fighting for England's freedom. He gets his chance when he finds a clue to opening the magic portal to Elfhame, and he must race to find the slave girl who holds the key to the mystery. But even as Drystan rescues Camille Ashton from Dreamhame Palace, it becomes unclear exactly who is saving whom.

For the fate of humankind lies with Camille...

Enslaved for years in a realm where illusion and glamour reign, Camille has learned to trust nothing and no one. But she's truly spellbound when she meets Drystan--a man different from any she's ever known, and the force of their passion may yet be strong enough to banish the Elven Lords from this world forever.


They sound great don't they!?  Before you run off to buy them, let's get to the interview so we can learn more about Kathryne and the series…..


Kathryne Kennedy Interview


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Hi Kathryne!  Welcome to Book Monster and LITERAL ADDICTION.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us!  We’re so happy to have you with us today!

Kathryne: It’s great to be here! Thank you so much for hosting me on your incredible blog!



Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  We like to start out by getting to know our guest authors a little bit better.
Q1):   Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we can't find out easily on the internet, in your bio, etc?
Kathryne: I think I haven’t mentioned that my favorite television show is Castle. If you’ve seen it, you can probably guess why. My favorite movie is Sense and Sensibility, with Emma Thompson. It is such an outstanding representation of the characters in that era. And if you take the movie, The Duchess, and mix it up with The Lord of the Rings, you have an idea of what the Elven Lords series is like.


2)  What are some of your hobbies/interests, or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Kathryne: I love shopping, and occasionally going to the casino with my sisters and nieces. I like the penny slots. :}


3)  What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?

Kathryne: My dogs, who manage to do at least one cute thing a day. My son, who has a witty sense of humor. And I have a little nephew who is so adorable he never fails to make me smile.


4)  Do you have any writing quirks or something you must have with you to start the daily writing process?

 Kathryne: My surroundings have to be tidy. I need an organized space in order to focus on my work.


5)  What are the easiest parts and the hardest parts of writing for you?

Kathryne: The easiest parts are the love scenes. The hardest is juggling the fantasy plot with the development of the love story, and keeping everything straight in my head.




6)  We know this is a hard question but, who are some of your favorite authors and series?

Kathryne: It is difficult because I have so many. As far as a series goes, off the top of my head it would be Robin Hobb and her Tawny Man series. And recently, Gail Carriger and The Parasol Protectorate series.


7)  What are some of your favorite TV shows and movies?

Kathryne: We are of like minds…I answered that above. :}


8) What was one of the most surprising things you learned over the course of your career so far?

  Kathryne: That my books would mean so very much to some very amazing people.


9) Do you have a personal favorite amongst all of the books you have written?  Maybe one that has extra sentimental value, etc?

Kathryne: My favorite book is always the one I just finished writing, because I’m still so caught up in the characters, so it would have to be Everlasting Enchantment, the fourth new book in my Relics of Merlin series.


10)  If you can spend the day with any one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?

Kathryne: It would have to be with Grimor’ee, the golden dragon in The Lord of Illusion, and I would be riding on his back while he danced with the stars.


11)  For those that are not yet familiar with the series, can you please tell us what  THE ELVEN LORDS series is all about? 

Kathryne: It’s about seven mad Elven Lords who broke the barrier between their world and England, dividing the land into seven realms, and enslaving the English people to fight their war games. It’s about their half-breed children, who find the strength to reclaim their freedom with the help of true love.






12)  What's coming up next in THE ELVEN LORDS series?

Kathryne: I’m currently involved with developing a new series, so it may be a little while before I come back to the Elven world.


13)  Can you tell us a little about  THE RELICS OF MERLIN series?  Will there be more books in this series?
Kathryne: The Relics of Merlin is about the descendants of the great wizard--who inherited his power of magic--and the quest for his thirteen enchanted relics. It takes place in a magical Victorian London where titles are based on the inheritance of power. In the new book, Everlasting Enchantment, a were-panther steals one of Merlin’s relics, a moonstone bracelet enspelled with a cursed knight, and the only way to free herself is to make love to him.


14)  Do you have any other upcoming projects planned outside of the above mentioned series that you can share with us?

Kathryne: I am working on a new series that involves four Regency sisters who are cursed with fractured magic from a sorcerous world that eclipses their own.


15)  While we have you here, is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Kathryne: I sincerely appreciate every letter or email I receive from you.


Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION:  Thank you so much Kathryne for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us.  We would love to have you back again in the future when you're ready to promote your next book.
Kathryne: Thank you so much for having me! It’s been a pleasure. And I look forward to the next time.

If you would like to find out more about Kathryne you can visit her WEBSITE or you can follow her on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or the FACEBOOK FAN PAGE.


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CONTEST:

Kathryne is graciously giving away a copy of "The Lord of Illusion" to a winner from Book Monster and another winner over at the LITERAL ADDICTION website.


TO ENTER:
Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview with your email address. 
*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.
Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!

23 comments:

andieleah said...

Omg...Julie Garwoods Saving Grace was my first romance read and I haven't stopped since, absolutely loved it!!! I haven't gotten to check out your books yet but they sound awesome! Thanks for the sweet giveaway...good luck everyone!!!

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Carol L. said...

I Loved, Loved Saving Grace also. I also am in awe with Kathryne's creative mind. These worlds you've created are just amazing.Thanks for this giveaway opportunity.GFC name is Lucky47.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

miki said...

new discovery for me but i would be very happy to discover more

thanks you for the international giveaway

gfc: miki

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Eli Yanti said...

finally i can join to win Kathryne Kennedy's book, thank you for making international, so excited ;)

Love so much reading Julie Garwood's book but my fave is ransom ;)

eli_y83@yahoo.com

kandj7299 said...

I have the Fute Lord's Lover in my TBR pike. I would love to win one of her books. Thanks for having this giveaway!!

kandj7299 at Verizon dot net

jbon said...

I have not read any of Kathryne's books, they look amazing!! jbonoma4@comcast.net

Rebe said...

I loved The Fire Lord's Lover - it was so original! I just finished Lady of the Storm a few weeks ago, so I can't wait to read the third book in the series!

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Merisha28 said...

I also like the Jane Austen movies!!! Great interview!! Your books sound great and I can't wait to read them.

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Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hello Everyone! It's great to be here today! Thank you so much, Book Monster, for having me!

Hi andieleah! Saving Grace is still one of my favorite romances to date, so fantastic to find another fan! Very glad to meet you!

Hi Carol! So very glad to hear you love my worlds, because I sure love creating them, and the men and women who evolve from them.

Hi Miki! Thanks so much for the comment!

Hi Eli! Great to hear from you!

Hi kandj7229! The Fire Lord's Lover seems to be a reader favorite, so I hope you enjoy!

Hi jbon! Glad you found me!

Hi Rebe! So fantastic to hear! Thanks so much for letting me know.

Hi Merisha28! So glad you enjoyed the interview!

Tina Moss said...
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Tina Moss said...

Hi Kathryne! I just discovered your books and finished - today - The Fire Lord's Lover. I am enchanted by this series, and cannot wait to read more.

ETA: Forgot the email - Tinamosswrites(at)gmail(dot)com

AD said...

Wow. The Elven books sounds awesome. So do the Merlin ones.

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mandy saial said...

I have yet to read any of Kathryne's books, but I think i will start with "The Elven lords series" it looks interesting and the covers are beautiful.
Kathryne thank you for the great interview and the giveaway.

mandy saial
msaial@yahoo.com

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Tina! That's fabulous to hear! Thanks a million for letting me know!

Thanks so much, AD!

Hi Mandy! It's great to be here to meet you all!

Barbara E. said...

The Lord of Illusion sounds like another great addition to The Elven Lords series and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Amy said...

Great interview!
I really like the covers of the Elven Lords series. They seem to be a blend of romance and fantasy. Would love to read The Lord of Illusion!

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catslady said...

Garwood, Castle and casinos - all favorites of mine but especially your books. Can't wait to read The Lord of Illusion!!

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sienny said...

it's a new kind of story for me, so i'm really curious with the book.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Barbara! Thank you for the kind comment!

Hi Amy! Yes, I think my publisher did a brilliant job of blending the fantasy, historical, and romance...not easy, as it's kinda a new frontier. :}

Hi Catslady! It's great to see one of my fav readers here!

Hi Sienny! Glad you found me. :}

Thanks so much to all of you ladies for your kind comments, and thanks again to Carla for having me here! I wish all of you the best of luck in the drawing.
As Always,
My Magical Best,
Kathryne

SdyLion said...

I love the magic and the fantasy involved in your novels. Thanks for taking the time out to introduce us to the series. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda said...

I have most of Patricia Briggs fantasy bks (for some reason I couldn't get into her PNRs). I've not read "Saving Grace" got to check it out!

Love your book covers! Especially the colors.

Thanks for the opportunity to win.
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Gisele Alv said...

*-* This is a new author to me, but the books sound reaaally good! Magic + romance= me reading it! I always like to read about LOVE! Thank you for the giveaway!

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JoAnna said...

I have the first 2 books of the Elven Lords. I would love to read the 3rd. Thanks for the giveaway!
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