That's kind of an odd subject line, but I promise they're all connected with my writing.
I attended the Romantic Times convention in Florida, my very first! And let me say that it was a truly awesome experience. I went as a member of the fairy ball (how often does someone my age get to dress up as a fairy without feeling silly?) and I met amazing readers, writers, publishers and a few hunky men. I'm looking forward to going again next year, as it will be in LA and the flight time for me will only be about an hour. :} I'm hoping to be a part of the fairy ball again. It made my RT experience all the more richer. I also met my editor and the owner of Sourcebooks for the very first time, and my agent. I was so excited that I managed to drop my cell phone in the toilet while having lunch with my agent. Iam a dork, but still, that was a first for me! So here's a few pictures from that adventure, including fairies and a few hunky men: http://kathrynekennedy.blogspot.com/2009/05/my-adventures-at-romantic-times_20.html
So that's how travel and fairies go together. And since my new series, THE ELVEN LORDS, is a Georgian fantasy world of elven warlords, magical fire, a cloak of dreams, a rose ring that blooms, a sentient scepter and a dragon or two, it falls in quite nicely with the fairies. I have just updated my website with the cover (I hope you love it as much as I do!) and the fantastic summary that Sourcebooks wrote for the book. I struggle with summarizing any book, and am truly in awe at the talent that went into those two short paragraphs (note the power words that were used!). As you can tell, I'm very excited, and you can find out why by taking a peek for yourself: http://www.kathrynekennedy.com
As for the chocolate diamonds, this is where I introduce my new contest that I've launched to promote book one in the series, THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER. ;}
First Contest for THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER
What two words are a perfect combination for the romance reader? Chocolate. And diamonds. So to launch the first book in my new series, THE ELVEN LORDS, I will be having three contests that feature chocolate diamond jewelry. (See http://www.kathrynekennedy.com/contest.html for a photo and description of this sparkling prize.)
This first contest is all about spreading the word about the first book in the new series, THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER. To enter, just post the following blurb anywhere on the Internet (Chatrooms, Forums, Blogs, Myspace, Twitter, etc. Err, no inappropriate sites, please. And the exact blurb cannot already be mentioned on that site. (If you don't own the site, please verify that it's okay with the site owner to post the blurb).
Coming Soon: THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER
A darkly delicious new fantasy world of sizzling romance amid the pageantry of Georgian England.
Please visit: http://www.kathrynekennedy.com/
Email the URL link to: firstname.lastname@example.org with TFLL1 CONTEST in the subject line.
A winner will be randomly chosen from those with a verifiable link. Entering the contest automatically signs you up for the author's newsletter. Your information will be kept confidential. Contest ends April 30, 2010. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years or older to enter. No prize substitution permitted. Odds of winning are determined by number of entrants. This contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Until Next Time,
All My Very Best,