When I first started writing, I didn’t write stories set exclusively in Regency England. The Dark Ages called to me and I followed the summons to write Maidensong, my viking romance. My spotlight author this hour isn’t afraid to buck the trend either. I’m so excited to introduce you to Kris Kennedy and her fabulous medievals.
Here’s what Kris says about writing:
I love writing. I can feel my fingers actually move towards the keyboard. I love everything about it, except the times when I’m dying inside because I can’t make it work. And later, when it passes, I love even that, for its raw, despairing intensity. I love wondering how to put in ‘cliffhangers’ and red herrings into my stories. I love trying to figure out whose point of view a scene should be in. I love developing tortured characters. Poor things, to be stuck in my psyche. I love figuring out who has the most to lose, then making them lose it.
I love punctuation.
I know, it’s sick.
Defiant by Kris Kennedy
Jamie Lost is the king’s most renowned commander, an audacious knight ordered to kidnap an exiled priest before rebel forces close in. The mission is simple–until he comes up against a mysterious woman on a mission, a thief who will first steal his quarry and then his heart.
Eva is also seeking Father Peter, but she intends to protect him from a secret that endangers his life, even if it costs her own. She is well aware danger lies everywhere, especially in the knight showing too much interest in her activities. But deep inside, Eva knows the danger lies not in Jamie, but in her, in the desire he awakens in her body and her heart.
When a mysterious band of armed mercenaries upends both their plans and abducts the priest, Jamie and Eva must form an uneasy alliance, and as civil war unfolds around them, they embark on an epic journey that betrays the truth about their identities, their unexpected loyalties, and the dangerous attraction that could seal their fates forever.
Critical Acclaim for Defiant
Starred review from Publishers Weekly!
Top Pick 9.5 stars from The Season
Top Pick 5 stars from Night Owl Reviews (spoilers hinted at–avoid the last couple paragraphs)
Desert Island Keeper review from All About Romance
Grade A from The Good, The Bad, The Unread
Leave a comment or question for Kris and you’ll be entered in her drawing for a copy of Defiant! This contest is offered to readers in US/Canada.
This hour, I’ll also be choosing a reader to receive an ebook of my Maidensong for winner’s choice of Kindle or Nook. Like Kris’s Defiant, Maidensong is an epic journey. Bjorn is oath-bound to deliver the woman he loves to another man’s arms. He and Rika must travel down the wild rivers of Europe to the Byzantine capital where they learn to love is to risk all.
“A beautifully written epic tale of love, honor, and sacrifice!” ~Romance Reviews Today
Remember today is Touch of a Rogue‘s release day!
“The second in Marlowe’s wonderfully original Victorian-set historical series is fueled by incendiary love scenes and an abundance of high-stakes, paranormal-laced danger.” ~ American Library Association Booklist
Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012!