Tuesday, July 6, 2010

It is my extreme pleasure to have Kathryne Kennedy here on my blog today.  I've been talking about Kathryne's new book, THE FIRE LORD''S LOVER ever since I was lucky enough to preview it after she wrote it.  I'm a huge fan and this book makes it onto my favorite list.  It's just wonderful!!!!

So, please join me in welcoming, Kathryne Kennedy!

Kathryne:  Today is the OFFICIAL release day of THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER, and to celebrate I’m hosting some fun give-a-ways here on Erin’s blog! First off, just leave a comment at the end of my post, and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER (Canada & U.S. addresses only). You can also send me an email with your mailing address to: Kathryne@KathryneKennedy.com with CASA LAUNCH PARTY in the subject line, and I’ll send you a little packet of goodies (bookplate, bookmark, custom emery board). Finally, sign up for my newsletter via my website: http://www.kathrynekennedy.com/ and you’ll automatically be entered to win a chocolate diamond necklace.

I’ve put together a fun post to celebrate, and so I hope you enjoy reading:

HOW TO TALK TO A DRAGON

My step-by-step guide to speaking with Ador, the black dragon in THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER:

First you have to find him. It’s a good bet that he’s perched in the highest point around, and in Firehame Palace, that would be the north tower. In my new series, THE ELVEN LORDS, there are seven realms created by the elven lords, and each has their own primary magical power and dragon-steeds. For the sovereignty of Firehame, Lord Mor'ded rules with the power of fire and his black scepter is linked with his dragon-steed, Ador. So it’s going to be warm up there in this dragon’s tower, with magical fire licking the walls of the palace and smoke occasionally trickling from Ador’s snout. Wear your lightest mantua, and avoid silk, which easily ignites.

Show no fear, or the dragon will think you are prey and will eat you. (Just kidding. Ador prefers a nice haunch of beef to the bitter taste of humans.)

If the dragon is sleeping, don’t wake him up. (This time, I’m not kidding.) Like dogs, they prefer a good nap to just about anything else. You don’t need to make a sound to let him know of your presence, for he smelled you long before you could see him. Be patient; if he wants to talk to you, umm, it’s his choice.

Try excessive flattery. When Lady Cassandra (the heroine in THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER) first met Ador, she remarked on how beautiful his wings and black scales were, and instantly endeared herself to the dragon.

Try not to get frustrated. Ador has his own hidden agenda, and will often speak obtusely and answer your questions with a remark that might not seem even remotely connected. But time will reveal his wisdom. In the beginning of THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER, my hero, General Dominic Raikes, comments on his impending marriage to Lady Cassandra. Ador replies that he smells a change in the wind, and it takes Dominic some time before he truly understands what the importance of that statement.

As much as you might be tempted, do not ask for the dragon to give you a ride on his back. He would consider it rude. Dominic has always longed for what Ador calls a ‘star dance’, but the dragon only offers when Dominic needs some comfort after discovering the evil that truly lies within Firehame palace.

Ador will be able to read what’s in your heart. Be careful that you truly want the answers to any questions you may ask.

If the dragon hasn’t already ended the conversation by flying away, thank him for his time and back toward the tower doorway, because if he does launch, you’ll need to be prepared for the gust of wind from his wings.

I hope you enjoyed visiting Ador, and I’m looking forward to any comments or questions you may have. Thanks so much for having me, Erin! It was such a pleasure to celebrate my release here!

All My Magical Best,

Kathryne

THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY—IN STORES JULY 2010

Kathryne Kennedy's historical fantasy romances have garnered awards and a growing readership. This exciting new series, set against the lavish backdrops of Georgian and Victorian England so beloved by romance readers, is deliciously dark and exciting.

Fighting for control of a kingdom that is split into seven domains, Elven warlords use their human slaves to breed an endless supply of soldiers for their armies. Dominic Raikes, the half-blood son of the Elven Lord himself is one such warrior. Betrothed to Lady Cassandra, who has been raised in a convent to keep her pure, he little suspects that she's been secretly trained as an assassin to murder his father. Dominic and Cassandra soon discover that each one is not what they seem, but the price of trust may be their very lives, and the destruction of the magical realm each is desperately trying to save…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryne Kennedy is a multipublished, award-winning author of magical romances. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives in Arizona with her wonderful family—which includes two very tiny Chihuahuas. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at: www.KathryneKennedy.com.

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20 comments:

Dana Alma said...

Hey,
Just entered your contest, can't wait to buy the new book. Thanks for all your books.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

It's great to be here today, and I'm looking foward to talking with Erin's readers! I've already rec'd a request for a packet of goodies from Wendy, and wanted to let you know I got it. :}

LilMissMolly said...

I'm not usually into Sci-Fi or Fantasy. But your book sounds very interesting. What got you interested in writing in this genre, rther than the usual historical fiction?

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Dana! You also posted a comment on my personal blog, but when I went to respond, it wasn't there. I have read that comments are disappearing on other blogs, as well, so I hope it doesn't interfere with the contest today for you all!
IF ANYONE POSTS A COMMENT AND IT DOESN'T APPEAR, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT KATHRYNE@KATHRYNEKENNEDY.COM AND PUT ERIN'S BLOG IN THE SUBJECT LINE, AND I WILL MAKE SURE YOU'RE ENTERED FOR A FREE COPY OF THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER.
(I left you a note anyway. :)

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi LilMissMolly! Thanks so much for your comment. I love fantasy, and have been an avid reader of the genre for years. I wrote one straight historical romance, and the entire time I kept asking myself "What if?". What if magic was introduced into this era I love so well? How would it change the social structure and history? How would it enhance the romance of the era?
So I started combining all of the things I love: historical, fantasy & romance.
My books are different, but I think some readers might crave something a bit different. :}
Great question!

Judy said...

What a delightfully informative post! I'll keep the advice in mind. The book sounds like a page turner, though I'm not really surprised by that. I'm looking forward to it. Congratulations, Kathryne!

Pat said...

If only we really could speak with the dragons; their wisdom would be much appreciated. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Thank you so much, Judy! I sure appreciate it!

Hi Pat! My absolute pleasure. :}

jessiev said...

what fun! i love kathryne's books - and yours! this seems like a fantastic read. thanks for the fun post today - and congrats, k, on your book release!

Stephanie McCarthy said...

I am glad for the insight into the dragon character. Your books always have good character development but it is interesting to see more of your point of view and thoughts of this charcater as you wrote this book. I can't wait to read this new book.

ilona said...

I am so envious of you Kathryne. First off you have hair that makes me go green with jealousy and then you bring out a book like The Fire Lord's Lover. It's enough to make a girl spit!

However the book is the thing I am most interested in (naturally) and I would so love to win it as I can't afford to take it off my wishlist yet (lack of book buying funds is a [insert swear word]).

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Stephanie! So great to see you here...and so glad you enjoyed the post!

Hi Jessiev! I got your request for some goodies. :} I'll be mailing it out to everyone this weekend. Enjoy!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Woops! We must have been posting about the same time, Ilona.
Okay, the spitting made me lol.
There's lots of opportunities to win a free copy from my publisher during my blog tour. Check out my blog: www.kathrynekennedy.blogspot.com for my entire schedule. The more places you enter, the better your chances. Best of luck!

stacey said...

Thats some nice tips to know about dragons.I may need that the next time I run into one.Thanks
Looks like a great book.

sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Lol, Stacey. Thanks for stopping by today!

Diana (Book of Secrets) said...

Great advice about dealing with dragons! If I met one, I would probably have asked for a ride. Now I know to wait until he offers! ;-) I'd love to meet Ador. I've seen great reviews on your new book. I love fantasy. Looking forward to reading it!

bookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

That's wonderful to know, Diana! Great to meet you!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

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Congratulations, Dana! You are the winner of the free copy of THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER. Just send me an email with your mailing address to: kathryne@kathrynekennedy.com and I will forward it on to my publisher so they can send you the book.
Thanks so much to everyone who commented! I wish you could all win, which is why I use the random number generator, so it picks for me. Best Wishes!

Carol L. said...

Historical Fantasy sounds right up my reading alley. :)
I look forward to your new trilogy Kathryne. Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Amber Scott said...

Now I want my very own dragon! What a fun and imaginative post. I loved it.
Hugs!