Category: Kris Kennedy

Mr. DiPasqua:  Folks, I’m just thrilled!  A MIDNIGHT DANCE is garnering amazing reviews everywhere! A Recommended Read right across the board!  Don’t believe me?  Check your favorite book site! Better yet, get a copy and judge for yourself. :)

Today, it is my pleasure to introduce Mr. Kennedy to A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  Mr. Kennedy can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Kennedy:  Kris Kennedy – she writes historical romance in the medieval time period. She currently has three published books: The Conqueror, The Irish Warrior and Defiant. From the online buzz that I’ve heard, everyone seems to love and drool over her book covers.

Mr. DiPasqua: Your wife’s fans would like to know the RH (Romance Husband) behind the author better. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Scholar? Athlete? Businessman? Artist?

Mr. Kennedy:  I would like to describe myself as an athlete, but that would be stretching the truth a tad bit. I love to play softball and can often be found in the back yard playing Wiffle Ball with my young son. For that matter, I can often be found in the back yard playing anything that entails the use of a ball and some stick like object.

On the more serious side ( although some of those Wiffle Ball games can be get quite serious), I am a professional counselor. For the last six years I’ve dedicated my time to providing counseling services to military personnel and their families.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”?

Mr. Kennedy:  A party of all things. Each of us was in a fairly altered state without a care in the world. When I first saw Kris she seemed like an old soul to me. I was intrigued and knew I had to get to know her. Being quite the word smith and having a way with the Ladies, I made the comment about her being “double fisted” as she made her way across the room with a beer in each hand. And here we are twenty – one years later.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Great story!  Where were you when she got THE CALL from her agent/editor? What was your reaction when she told you she’d sold her first book?

Mr. Kennedy:  I was at work. Kris called me on my cell phone to deliver the great news!
I was really proud of her.

I had watched her creative process for years from the sidelines. From my observations, writing can be quite the grueling process at times and I was just so happy to see all her hard work pay off. It was truly a dream come true.

Mr. DiPasqua: Is the hero in your wife’s last book:

a) Just like you;
b) The opposite of you;
c) You wish it were you;
d) More like Mr. May in the NYC Firefighter calendar.

Mr. Kennedy:  I have to admit that I have not read Kris’ most recent book, Defiant. One thing for sure is the fact that I look nothing like the guy on the cover. I’m extremely muscular and have long hair……. Oh wait a second, I do resemble him, don’t I?

Seriously though, I’m pretty confident that I can give him a run for his money as far as character traits and personality are concerned.

Now where did I put my damn sword?

Mr. DiPasqua:  LOL…On your first date with your wife, were you most like:
a) Prince Charming;
b) Prince (bad boy) Harry;
c) The Artist formally known as Prince;
d) Prince, the family pet.

Mr. Kennedy:  I think probably a mix between Prince Charming and bad boy. We spent the night sitting in a park (charming) and drinking a couple quarts of beer (bad boy). I told you I had a way with the Ladies.

I was very polite and respectful and only stole a kiss or two or three…………….

Mr. DiPasqua:  That’s a lot of dot, dot, dots you’ve left in that sentence. Nowadays when you hear the word “ball” do you immediately think:
a) Baseball
b) Basketball
c) An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person?
d) A gathering of lords and ladies.

Mr. Kennedy:  The perpetual 12 y.o. boy in me immediately thinks of some crude humor. Think of Beavis and Butthead laughing while one of them says, “He just said ball”. Otherwise, I definitely think of baseball.

But I do like the picture Kris’ fans “balling” in her presence. I take it a step further in my mind and picture a rather large and exuberant group of fans chasing her down the street, screaming and holding her book in their hands and waving it like mad. Very similar to the old films of teenage girls chasing down the Beatles.

Mr. DiPasqua:  How long have you been a RH? (Romance Husband). What advice would you give new RH’s about what you’ve learned being married to a romance author? What should a new RH do or not do when his wife is under deadline?

Mr. Kennedy:  About ten or eleven years. [Kris here, to clarify the timeline here: we’ve been married since 1994, but I only started writing sometime about 2000.]

Advice? Probably patience. Like I said before, from my observations the creative process of writing, although rewarding, can be grueling and stressful at times. Give your wife the time and space to do her work. It will pay off in the end.

Deadline? See above advice about giving her time and space. If you have children, increase your active parenting skills. And if possible, leave the house for a few hours or days if possible.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Okay, you know I have to go there . . . What’s your response when asked, “So where does your wife get the inspiration for her love scenes?” (Usually by a guy smirking.)

Mr. Kennedy:  I usually respond with something like, “ Aren’t you the witty one?”

But seriously, I usually feel myself immediately starting to blush and quickly change the subject to sports or power tools.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Good answer!  Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality?

Mr. Kennedy:  Totally stumped!

Mr. DiPasqua:  You’ve been a great sport, Mr. Kennedy. Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  One final question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release?

Mr. Kennedy:  I know very little about Kris’ next book except for the fact that she has been working like crazy every opportunity she gets.

The flow of those opportunities is frequently interrupted due to a variety of other real life
responsibilities that Kris so expertly handles.

I’m sure it will be awesome!

[Kris here, [waving], here to do the promotional work that hubby does exceptionally well in person, not so well online… :)

DEFIANT is my latest release. It came out in May, and Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and called it a ‘daring romance.’ It’s earned Top Pick/Desert Island Keeper from many review sites, such as The Season, Night Owl Reviews, and All About Romance.

Stop by the WEBSITE to read excerpts and see Buy links.
Oh, and I’m having a NameThatHero  contest via Twitter! My poor, ½ Irish con man hero needs a worthy name. There are awesome prizes, including YOUR name (and anyone you might want to thank for name inspirations) in the Acknowledgments of the book!

Also, I’m also here to say the reason I selected pictures of my husband with our baby and our dog was because they’re all a helluva lot cuter than I am. But more importantly, who can resist a good-looking man taking care of a puppy and a baby? Awww…..
So, enjoy. :)

GIVEAWAY:  Kris’s latest release, DEFIANT, a Publishers Weekly starred review, to Canadian & US entrants.

RULES:

To win you must:

1. Ask a question or leave a meaningful comment below—We’re men. We can take it.  So fire away!  :)

2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).

3. Please indicate if you live outside the US or Canada. You can still leave a comment! Your comment will *not* count toward this giveaway, but *will* count toward the Grand Prize listed at the very bottom of this blog.

4. You must be at least 18 years of age.

5. Winner will be selected at random on SUNDAY.

Ways to increase your odds at winning are found at the very bottom of this blog.
Mr. DiPasqua:  Great meeting you both, Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy!  Okay, folks, let’s hear your responses!  :)

Dearest Readers,

The May/June contest is up on MY WEBSITE.  And, it’s the best one yet!  Not one, not two, but THREE WINNERS will each receive three SIGNED, totally fabulous books, from authors like Eloisa James, Ashley March, Anna Campbell, Katharine Ashe, Kris Kennedy, Monica Burns and Vanessa Kelly!  (Plus some goodies *winks*)

WINNER 1 will receive:

WINNER 2 will receive:

WINNER 3 will receive:
What to know how you can enter?

TO ENTER: Sign up for Lila DiPasqua’s Yahoo Newsletter group.

(Winners are selected at random from subscribers of the Yahoo Newsletter group). * Only enter if you wish to be part of the Newsletter group.

Want to increase your chances to win?

Do any or all of the following for more points;

Become a Follower on this BLOG (through Google Friend Connect GFC) (+ 5),

Become a Follower on Twitter (+5)

Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (+2) *NOTE* – you must be following Lila on Twitter for this to count.

Become a Fan on Facebook (+5)

Invite others to join Lila’s Facebook fan page (+2) and/or mention the giveaway on Facebook (+2) *NOTE* – you must be a member of Lila’s fan page for either of these to count.

AND you *must* email Lila here with links for verification of your extra points. *NOTE: PLEASE INDICATE YOUR YAHOO EMAIL/ID in your email. 

The contest rules are as follow:

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Contest runs from May 9, 2011 to June 29th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. Winner(s) will be drawn at random from subscribers to Lila’s Yahoo Newsletter Group on June 30th, 2011!

* Winner(s) will be posted here on Lila DiPasqua’s blog on June 30th, 2011, then later on her website. Entry constitutes permission to do so. Only the winners’ names and State or Province and country will be listed to protect the privacy of the winner(s).

* Any prize(s) Lila deems undeliverable will be awarded to an alternate winne(s). The prize is as stated. No cash equivalent.

* Lila shall not be held responsible for any technical difficulties with Yahoo and/or her website/blog when entering the contest and shall not be held responsible for any damage done by the postal system during delivery of the prize.

* Only one entry per person, per contest.

* If you are already a subscriber to the Lila DiPasqua Yahoo Newsletter group, you are automatically entered!



I mean in your reading, ladies!  Com’on . . .  :-)

Big thanks to Lila for having me by to help celebrate the release of THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED.  It’s going to be another sexy romp, and I can’t wait!

So, tell me, how long will you keep reading a book that isn’t grabbing you? (Bev, owner of The Season, gave me this idea when she did a blog on the topic.  The Season is a terrific site & blog that features upcoming historical–and contemporary  & paranormal–romances.)

So, how long will you read?

It was an interesting question. I started paying closer attention to not only how far I got, but why.  What was surprising was how long I kept reading even when I felt there was something missing.  It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition.  It’s much more nuanced than that, and that’s true for all readers.

Obviously, the elements that buy read-time vary from reader to reader, so I’ll just talk about the things that do it for me, as a reader.

I quickly realized it had nothing to with a favorite author or not.  I give new-to-me authors the same amount of read-time as my favorites: it’s all about the story in my hand.

Well-written, funny prose will carry me pretty far into a book, even if nothing is happening (i.e. the pace is slow).  But ‘well-written’ alone is insufficient—if it’s a slower-moving, more introspective piece, then I definitely need to be surprised at regular intervals and generally amused.   ‘Shocked’ won’t do it.  “Horrified’, ’worried’, or ‘outraged’ won’t do the job, because I don’t think these elements can happen frequently enough to grab my attention without going into overload.  I need to be smiling, or laughing, or charmed.  In other words, the narrator has to be someone I’d want to spend all that time with.

Witty dialogue and highly-charged  hero/heroine energy, with anticipatory sexual tension, yea, that’ll almost always get me at least as far as the middle of a book.  What can I say? I’m a cheap date. :-)

I like books that don’t takes themselves too seriously.

Given a choice between over-written (or overwrought) or cleaner, more simple prose, I keep reading ‘simple’ writing a lot longer than ‘overdone.’

I like when a story sets me up to care about a particular character’s current ‘problems’, before they go into extensive world-building.  I generally prefer the world-building to be inextricably intertwined with what the characters are doing right there and then.   (Caveat: That’s for a romance.  In straight historical fiction, I like bigger world-building, but of course, at some point, I still need to care deeply about characters.)

I like unpredictable.  (Again, there’s the ‘surprise’ element.  It’s really key!)   If I can predict exactly what’s coming, I set it down.   I don’t mean ‘predictable’ as to whether the boy gets the girl or not, because clearly, in a romance, we know the answer.   I mean that if I make a prediction about how some small event will play out within a scene, who will say what, what emotional angst will get played on, etc., and I’m right, well, that kinda stinks.  Reading stories is the one time I don’t want to be right.  :-)  I want my stories to surprise me with how they get to the thing I already know will happen.

Excellent writing and witty, surprising characters gets around these problems of predictability, because that’s where the surprises come in: HOW they get through the predictable features of the genre.

In my recent release, THE IRISH WARRIOR, the hero and heroine are doing the unexpected from the moment they step onto the ‘stage.’   The heroine is an accountant-minded wool merchant who come to Ireland to save her faltering business, and gets a lot more than she bargained for.  The hero is an alpha warrior with a sense of humor and serious Irish charm.  In this case, though, the wool merchant frees the warrior from prison, they take off across Ireland, running from the bad guys, hunting down dangerous military secrets, and falling in love.  Did I mention it’s super-sexy?  Super.  Sexy.  :-)

QUESTIONS: How about you?  What makes you keep reading, even if other elements are lacking?  What makes you stop reading, even if all the supposedly ‘good stuff’ is there?

One commenter will win a copy of their choice of my latest release THE IRISH WARRIOR , or my debut release, THE CONQUEROR (May, ‘09) both sexy, sweeping medieval adventures.  My next, DEFIANT (http://www.kriskennedy.net/) , from Pocket Books, comes out April 26, 2011!

Kris  Kennedy writes sexy, adventure-filled medieval romances.  Visit the website  to sign-up for the newsletter, read excerpts, or drop Kris (kris@kriskennedy.net)  a line!  Her most recent release, THE IRISH WARRIOR, won RWA’s® prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical Romance.  It released June, 2010.   Read a sexy  excerpt here!  Her next book, DEFIANT http://www.kriskennedy.net/) releases from Pocket Books May 2011 , and is another sexy medieval adventure. 

Thanks so much for join our PRINCESS BLOG PARTY, Kris! She has generously opened up her giveaway WORLDWIDE!

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To win Kris’s giveaway you must:

1. Answer Kris’s question(s) below in your comment.

2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).

* Winner will be announced on SUNDAY–selected from a random commenter on this post.

NOTE: The more you comment on the posts during the month-long PRINCESS October Blog Party, the more points you earn toward winning a signed copy of the next in the sexy Fiery Tales series, THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED…plus SIGNED copies of Nora Roberts’ BLACK HILLS and Eloisa James’ A DUKE OF HER OWN! *Must* be a follower/subscriber (through GFC) to this blog to be eligible to win!

Read a yummy EXCERPT of THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED here.

Ways to increase your odds of winning are found at the very bottom of this blog.

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