Wednesday, August 17, 2011

8/18 Update: Read my review HERE.

We are delighted to welcome Kathryne Kennedy today. She is the author of The Lady of the Storm, the second book in the fantastic Elven Lords series, which I will be reviewing tomorrow.

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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...
We asked her to tell us a little bit more about The Lady of the Storm and the Elven Lords world it is set in.

5 places you want to visit in The Elven Lord's 18th century England if you're playing a tourist (and why).
1) An elven lord’s garden, because they are a duplicate of the gardens in Elfhame, and I would love to really see flowers that glow like fireflies and plants that sing in the wind and rain.

2) An elven lord’s court. In Dewhame, I would be able to experience Breden’s powers of sea and sky. I would love to meet the half-breeds in all their Georgian finery and magical beauty. I would want to experience the sight of a castle rippling with water, grounds covered in fountains and ponds, and most of all, I’d like to make love beneath a magical waterfall.

3) I’d love to travel through Stonehame, where there are fields of crystal, and mountains of it that sing…and the elven lady La'laylia’s amethyst palace would be a sight!

4) I would love to visit Verdanthame, where the elven lord has altered the English countryside with enormous trees that make homes for the forest people, where plants move and vines crawl and flowers blossom in incredible bursts of color.

5) And since I’m limited to only five, I guess the last place I would have to visit would be Dreamhame. The golden palace with its magical illusions would be awesome, even if some of the illusions were created by Roden and wouldn’t exactly be like a fairytale.

4 "souvenirs" you want to take back home with you.
1) A dragon. Not sure if that qualifies as a souvenir, but I really want one.
2) I’d like the elven lady La'laylia’s wardrobe, or at the very least, her diamond gown.
3) Giles’s sword.
4) I’m torn between the rose ring that blooms and the amethyst ring that makes you young. Err, okay, will have to go with the amethyst.

3 unusual foods you'll want to try.
1) English tea…with perhaps a bit of Elfweed stewed in.
2) Snipe. It’s just such an odd name, and I’ve never eaten a wild bird.
3) Syllabub. Again, the name is interesting, and it’s sweet. I love sweets.

2 interesting facts about Cecily and 2 interesting facts about Giles from The Lady of the Storm.
1) Cecily is probably the heroine closest to my heart, as she wants nothing more than a peaceful, quiet home life. But she rises to challenges when necessary. Cecily also appeared in book one of The Elven Lords series, The Fire Lord’s Lover, and I found her magical gifts of sea and sky--and how she might deal with such enormous power--too intriguing not to explore further.

2) Giles carries a cursed sword that sometimes has a will of its own. His need for revenge stems around that sword. His conceit about his looks made him flawed to me, but when he is cursed once again in an unexpected way, I managed to forgive his arrogance.

1 favorite scene from The Lady of the Storm. (Explain why it’s one of your favorites and share a short excerpt!)
I have many favorite scenes, so I’ll just share my first one. I loved the fantasy of this setting, Giles desire to take her there--which reflected his hidden feelings for Cecily, and Cecily’s revelation about why she feared the power she had inherited.
Magic had crafted this cave, he knew. But how or why, he couldn’t fathom. Seashells had been embedded into the walls to form pictures of sharks and dolphins, and seals near the bottom. A layer of blue shells separated water and sky, with a myriad of birds crafted above. Some of the birds he could put a name to: puffins, razorbills, and kittiwakes. Some he could not identify, and wondered if they were native to England… or perhaps that fabled land of Elfhame. For dragons had also been crafted on the ceiling above, with wings spread wide and claws outstretched. And although he’d only seen them from a distance, he knew the dragons had been brought with the elven lords when they’d opened that door between the worlds.

“It… moves,” breathed Cecily as she continued to stare about her. “Look, Giles, the dolphin is jumping through the waves. And, ho, that seal is evading that shark and making him angry.” Her eyes widened as she tilted her head farther back and stared at the ceiling. “Those dragons are battling one another… the black one is breathing fire, and the blue… that is Breden’s dragon-steed, Kalah. I’d heard that he belches lightning…” She shuddered, quickly pulling her gaze down from the scene above.

Giles rose and approached her horse. Her face had gone white. “What is it?”

She shook her head, her lower lip trembling.

“I wielded lightning once. It’s deadly. And so powerful.”

“When you escaped from Firehame?”

She nodded.

“And that is why you have turned your back on your magic?”

“No one should be able to hold that much power. It makes you feel…”

“Frightened?”

She smiled at that, too sadly for his liking. “No, Giles Beaumont. It makes you long for more. It makes you want to destroy, just because you can.”
Thank you so much, Michelle & Leslie, for having me here today. It’s such a pleasure to answer such interesting questions! I’m looking forward to responding to the comments! I would love to know if there are any avid fantasy readers, and if they enjoy an equal mix of romance in their stories as much as I do. ~Kathryne

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A big thanks to Kathryne for stopping by today and for the fun answers. The Lady of the Storm is already out in stores. To learn more about Kathryne's books, check out her website and follow her on Twitter.

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**Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to read my review of The Lady of the Storm.**

22 comments:

  1. That would be pretty awesome souvenir....a dragon. That would be one you would want to display all the time. Great interview, really enjoyed it.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  2. Hello Michelle & Leslie! Thanks so much for having me here today, and asking such wonderful questions! It was a fun interview! :}

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  3. Hi Jean P! Thanks so much for the comment! I'm not sure the dragon would agree to let me display him. ;} Take care, and good luck in the give a way!

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  4. I'm an avid romance and fantasy reader, and I'm especially happy when I can find a fantasy romance! So for me accidentally stumbling upon Fire Lord's Lover and finding out that it was a series was like a real treasure trove.

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  5. Hi Lyuba-chan! My goodness, what a lovely thought! Thank you so much for the comment.

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  6. hi kathryne! thanks so much for stopping by.

    @lyuba-chan: i loved fire lord's lover too. :)

    @jean p: i'd like gile's cursed sword myself. :)

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  7. I am a fantasy reader, and I enjoy an equal mix of romance in my stories as well, since I'm a romance reader first and foremost.

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  8. This book sounds really enchanting. Your interview gave me quite a chuckle. If your book has any bit of the humor you show in your interview I know it will be a good one ;-)

    Great Wow Pick for this week.

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  9. Oh, I guess I didn't really answer the part about the romance. Well, I'm not a big romance fan if its overdone. A little bit is ok with me, no overpowering kinda stuff though. I'm easily bored with that.

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  10. I do love my fantasy books and like some romance thrown in. It doesn't always have to be equal amounts, but having at least a sprinkling of it is great!

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  11. I have been a romance reader for years and I do enjoy fantasy in romance. The Fire Lord's Lover was one of my faves of 2010! Dominic stole my heart, must have been his ears, lol. :)

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  12. Hi Barbara E! We definitely share the same things in our stories. :} Lovely to hear from you!

    Hi Gina! You should enjoy the dragons, then. :}

    Hi Book Sake! There's more than a sprinkling, to be sure. :}

    Hi Scorpio M! So great to hear! And fabulous to have one of my readers stop by to say hi! Thanks a million!

    I had a great time today, ladies! Thank you again Michelle & Leslie. You have a terrific blog, and wonderful readers!! Wishing everyone much magic & romance in your lives!

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  13. Hi Kathryne, I finally received Fire Lord's Lover and can't wait to start reading so I can then read
    The Lady of The Storm. Thanks for this opportunity,.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. I always enjoy romance in my stories. I love reading different generes. This book sounds really great. I can't wait to read it. Tore923@aol.com

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  15. Hi, Kathryne.

    I enjoyed the post; it was a great read. I read The Fire Lord's Lover and loved it; I can't wait to read The Lady of the Storm.

    I do love a mixture of fantasy and romance. I read a fantasy series which was more adventure than romance. And though I really enjoyed it, I always wished there was more romance in it.

    Thanks for the contest
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  17. I do like reading romance but fantasy is new to me. My daughter loves it and suggested I give it a try. I'm looking forward it :)

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  18. My publicist sent me the link to your review, Michelle. Thank you kindly, wonderfully written, and so glad you enjoyed the book. I thought I'd pop over and answer any comments I missed, so here goes:

    Hi Carol L! Glad to hear you have the book! I hope it brings you magic. :}

    Hi tore923! There's plenty of romance here. :}

    Hi TraceyD! That's the reason I started writing fantasy romance. Needed more romance with my magic. :}

    Hi Mamabunny13! Kudos to your daughter. ;}

    Goodbye all! You've been wonderful!

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  19. Thank you for sharing with us today, the book sounds wonderful! I am an avid reader of fantasy, plus I love my romance. I go on kicks where I will read nothing but paranormal romance, and then I need to put it away and just get lost in my fantasy, where romance is only hinted at. Congrats, and thanks for the giveaway! Artesia at comcast dot net

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  20. While I enjoy a rather eclectic bag of genres of books, I do want a romance or two thrown into the mix.

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  21. I loved Fire Lord's Lover. I like there to be romance with my fantasy books because it adds another layer to the storyline.

    Stephanie M

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

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  22. Great Interview - enjoyed your answers :). I do read quite a bit of fantasy and like/prefer some romance blended in. On that note- thoroughly enjoyed book one in this series and looking forward to two - congrats on the release !!

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