Review: Lady of the Storm by Kathryne Kennedy

by Zarabeth, guest reviewer, Facilitating Your Way to Beautiful
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Before You Begin: This book is the sequel to The Fire Lord’s Lover and is the second in the Elven Lord’s Series, but does not depend on having read the first book. You can read it as a stand alone.

Summary: This book is obviously set in the same world of humans and elves where magical ability leads to class distinctions or death, depending where you fall on the ladder of life. Our heroine is a gorgeous half-elf, Cecily, with incredible magical prowess that she has successfully kept hidden until her father’s life is threatened and her quiet village life is destroyed. Her assigned protector, another half-elf of some magical ability, is Giles. He has protected her for her entire life, especially from himself.

They are forced into far too close of quarters and interdependency on their mission to find and save Cecily’s father with very little knowledge of their importance to the greater story. The emotions tearing them apart are, of course, the same one’s that draw them to each other and it is a fantastic read!

Review: I very much enjoyed Ms. Kennedy’s first novel and enjoyed this one even more! I found it interesting that she did not count on the reader knowing the beginning of the story in order to continue with this one. I thought she handled that aspect very well and gave new readers enough information to go on without feeling left out.  I will definitely look forward to further installments from Ms. Kennedy and her version of English Historical Romances!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: The Lady of the Storm, Lady of the Storm (UK)

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Get into Bed with Kathryne Kennedy (Author Interview)

Keira: To start, please share with readers a little background on the Elven Lord’s series.

Kathryne Kennedy: Seven mad elven lords stole magical scepters and breached the barrier between worlds, conquering England and dividing it into seven sovereignties, each realm attuned to a particular magical power: earth, sea & sky, metal, gemstone, fire, glamour & illusion, and forest.

Keira: What happened to Cecily Sutton’s father (or at least give our readers a little bit of background info)?

KK: Cecily’s biological father is elven Lord Breden, wielder of the blue scepter with power over sea and sky. He rules over the land of Dewhame, riddled with rivers and fountains and ponds. Her adopted father is Lord Thomas Althorp, a half-breed elven who is a spy for the Rebellion, and rescued Cecily and her mother from Lord Breden, who wanted to destroy his daughter because she inherited enough of his power to threaten his rule. Thomas fell in love with Cecily’s mother, and hid both of them away in a small village.

Keira: Giles Beaumont, a blacksmith, is definitely a character that had depth and many layers. Can you discuss his development, and why he’s the perfect guy for Cecily, even though they both fight their attraction at first?

KK: Giles is a bit vain, a bit arrogant, which is a result of the beauty he inherited from his elven blood. He also longs for freedom, adventure, and revenge… completely opposite goals from what Cecily wants out of life. In the beginning of the book, they definitely aren’t perfect for each other. But love conquers all, and as they both grow and change, they find they are better together than they ever could have been apart.

Keira: Tell us a bit about Giles’ cursed sword (not that sword – ;) get your mind out the gutter! Haha, JK!)

KK: LOL, JK! Okay, Giles inherited the sword from his father, who used it to try and kill an elven lord, but failed. His brother, who inherited a great deal of magic, forged it with his own blood, and was murdered by the elven lord as well. Giles swore to avenge both of their deaths, and took the sword for that reason. The blade lusts for blood, drinks it greedily, and often seems to have a mind of its own.

Keira: Cecily is incredibly magical—which gives her great power, but is also a threat to her. What sort of magic does Cecily have access to and why does it make her important to the Rebellion?

KK: Cecily’s powers over the element of water are a match to Lord Breden himself. She can call it, shape it, and almost breathe it. Many half-breeds inherited the power to control water, but not with the strength that Cecily can command it. But she also inherited the power of the sky, a unique ability to call a storm that only her elven father possesses. This makes her an important weapon for the Rebellion, who is trying to free England from the elven lords, and a major threat to her elven father, who relies on his magic to rule his sovereignty.

Keira: As Giles and Cecily travel throughout the Elven realms, they run into a lot trouble.  What is one of your favorite scenes from their journey to London?

KK: I love the one in the magical cavern, where it’s revealed how much these two really know about each other. But I think my favorite is after Cecily is attacked by the water monster, and Giles thinks she’s going to die.  This is the first time he acknowledges his feelings for Cecily, and although he tries, there’s no going back for him after this point.

Keira: Are there any scenes from the book that were cut that you wish had stayed in?

KK: My editor, Deb Werskamn, has never cut any of my scenes. What she does is make them stronger, especially my characters. Needless to say, I adore her. :-)

Keira: How do you define love?

KK: The melding of two souls who are incomplete without each other.

Keira: What’s next in the Elven Lords series?

KK: Book three in the series, The Lord of Illusion, about a scholarly man who sets out to free a woman enslaved in Dreamhame castle, which sets in motion the events for the final battle in the Rebellion’s fight to free England. It will be in stores February 2012!

THE LADY OF THE STORM BY KATHRYNE KENNEDY—IN STORES AUGUST 2011

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…

“Fantastical creatures, magical spells, lengthy quests, angst, and passion will satisfy readers looking for a romance plot in a well-developed fantasy setting.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Kennedy’s exquisite world building and terrific plotting make this a must-read.”

—Booklist Starred Review

Buy: The Lady of the Storm, The Lady of the Storm (UK)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryne Kennedy is an acclaimed, best-selling, award-winning author of magical romances. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at www.kathrynekennedy.com. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives with her wonderful family in Arizona, where she is working on the next book in The Elven Lords series, The Lord of Illusion (February 2012).

GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of The Lady of the Storm. That means 2 winners!
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Open to: US and Canadian readers.
Last day to enter: August 25, 2011.

What is the Little Mermaid Syndrome?

*This post does not deal with the medical condition; it deals with the literary condition.

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The Little Mermaid Syndrome is the desire to be part of another’s world.

A fictional character under the influence of LMS would go any length to become like the one they desire. This coveting is usually driven by love. In other cases the driving emotion is obsession.

Conditions:

The ripest situations for the LMS are in Fantasy and Paranormal genres where partners are more likely to be unmatched. By unmatched I mean a plain/weak human and a beautiful/strong supernatural being.

In these cases it is usually the human who wants become like their partner. Rarer is for the magical being to desire to be become human or have the means to become human. Plainly put it is a simple fact the LMS goes only one way.

Why is this?

I think it is all part of the escapism fantasy. We tire of the normal and are looking beyond our world for something better; be it vampires, werewolves, fairies, elves, or selkies. The idea behind this is that being connected to one of these more exotic beings or being one makes our world that much more exciting and ripe for adventure.

Human (normal) –> Vampire (supernatural)

Human (normal) –> Lycanthrope (supernatural)

Thumblina (normal, despite being supernaturally tiny) –> Fairy (supernatural)

The exception to the rule is the Little Mermaid.

Mermaid (supernatural) –> Human (normal)

This is because the human in this tale is clueless to the existence of the preternatural world. The mermaid must make herself known because their interaction would never happen otherwise as they do not exist in the same habitat. One lives on land and the other in water. It’s not like with vampires or werewolves which appear completely human and can intermingle in the same locations.

Witches and wizards are to my knowledge the only magical beings that could instill the LMS in their partner and do nothing about it. You’re either born with magic or you’re not. There’s no gray area.

Books featuring LMS:

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When Hexes Go Wild!

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by Linda Wisdom, guest blogger and author of Hex in High Heels

Thank you to Love Romance Passion for having me here today!

As an author who’s been published for many years, I still get excited when a new book comes out. It’s fun to go into the bookstores and see the books there and so tempting to say “I wrote that book” when someone picks up a copy.  Yes, I have done it a few times. So far, Security hasn’t hauled me out. :}

It’s even more fun now because I have these wonderful stand-out covers that grace the shelves.

I started out with the concept of rebellious witches. The best part is that it’s taken off from there.

Unlike most series, mine deals with a different heroine in every book, but I do sprinkle in the others and introduce future witches in the books. In essence, the same part is a rebellious witch with special gifts and accessories along with a hot male, but the difference is in personalities and their adventures.

hexinhighheelsBlair Fitzgerald is the main witch in Hex in High Heels, although Jazz and Stasi also appear along with sightings of Thea and Maggie who will be in the next two books. Since layers are important to a book, I’ve added sexy carpenter Jake Harrison, Blair’s Were Border collie love interest and some nasties as in Jake’s Were mother and brother who aren’t happy about the idea of Jake being involved with a witch. Let’s just say there are reasons there that are not good at all.

But Blair can’t just have furry boyfriend trouble, although that’s there in spades. Not when Fluff and Puff have decided to hang around as tattoos on Blair’s ankle, Irma’s staying in Moonstone Lake because she’s found a boyfriend who’s older than her, and some elves that Santa wouldn’t want at the North Pole.

Blair’s not just a witch, she’s a stubborn and determined witch and if anyone messes with her boyfriend she’ll go after them with spells a’blazin’ and the same if anyone thinks they can harm her town. How Blair handles it is fun and more than a bit scary, since we are talking a witch who’s gifted in revenge spells. She also shows a cheating boyfriend it’s never good to lie to his girlfriend or strange things can happen.

That’s my thing. I love to add layers to my books. One thing will lead to another then to another and eventually go back to the original incident. Even if you throw them all up into the air, they’ll come down in a strangely chaotic and fun arrangement that goes together.

I may have started out with a witch in lust over a Were Border collie, but pretty soon a lot of roadblocks were thrown Blair’s way and being the witch she was, she managed to zap them out of the way.

An excellent reason why I also love writing paranormal, because it’s so much fun to add magick to the book and what some might oddball situations.

What can I say? I love the unusual!

And I hope too.

What is it you love about paranormal books?

Linda

Hex in High Heels, Book 4 in the Hex Series,

In Stores October 2009!

In this sexy, funny paranormal romance by bestselling author Linda Wisdom, it’s all beautiful witch Blair Fitzpatrick can do to keep a lid on her talent for revenge spells, but things are about to get a lot more complicated…

Blair loves running her vintage shop and hanging out with witchy friends Stasi and Jazz. She’s forever had a crush on hunky carpenter Jake Harrison, whose Were nature (he’s a Border collie) makes him loyal, lovable, and fierce when need be. Just as sparks are beginning to fly, Blair is served with a big surprise when Jake’s mother shows up along with his pack leader, who threatens to make Jake heel! When the alpha does the unthinkable, Blair is pushed over the edge. No one messes with her boyfriend-to-be, even if he does shed on the furniture!

Buy: Hex in High Heels

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About the Author

Linda Wisdom has published more than 70 novels with 13 million copies sold worldwide including traditional, paranormal, humor, action/adventure romance, and romantic suspense. Her bestselling books have been nominated for Romantic Times awards and the Romance Writers of America Rita Award. She lives with her husband in Murrieta, California.