Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Feature: Deception by Kris Kennedy + Giveaway (US only)

We love having Kris Kennedy on the blog and she's a repeat offender. We like it that way :) Today we're sharing an excerpt from her end of July release, DECEPTION. Um, what were we saying? We're too busy drooling over another abtastic cover of hers. Er, yes. An excerpt and giveaway courtesy of Pocket Books.

Meet Kris:
Wife, mom and former therapist & consultant, Kris left behind the office for the wilds of medieval England and Ireland. She still spends time cleaning the wilds of her home, but whenever she can drag herself away from that excitement, she’s writing sexy, adventure-filled historical romances.

She has books published with Kensington Books and Pocket Books, and they’ve made many Desert Island Keeper/Best Of lists. Her second release, THE IRISH WARRIOR, won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Unpublished Historical Romance in 2008, and came out in 2010. Her third medieval romance, DEFIANT, received a starred Publishers Weekly review. Her fourth, DECEPTION, comes out this August, from Pocket Books.

Kris is excited to write for New York and to do her own self-published writing, bringing the same level of professionalism and commitment to both endeavors. Her goal is to keep writing stories so her readers keep loving them.

Connect with Kris: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

DISCOUNTED E-BOOK ($2.99 until 7/30)
Genre: Historical
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (April 26,2011)

A warrior with questionable intentions . . .
Jamie Lost is the king’s most renowned commander, a fearless lieutenant ordered to kidnap an exiled priest before rebel forces close in. The mission is simple—until he meets a mysterious thief who will steal his quarry and then his heart.

A lady of remarkable courage . . .
Beautiful Eva is also seeking Father Peter, but she intends to protect him from a secret that could cost him his life. She senses that she, too, should fear Jamie—not just for his wickedly sharp sword and dangerously muscular body, but for the powerful longing he ignites within her.

A secret that could overthrow the king.
When a band of mercenaries abducts the priest, Jamie and Eva must form a volatile alliance. As civil war unfolds around them, they embark on an epic journey that betrays the truth about their hidden identities, their unexpected loyalties, and the simmering attraction that could seal their fates forever.
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Sophia Darnly has just broken into a place she really doesn't belong, but consoles herself with the knowledge that it is for an exceptionally good reason.

Of course, he doesn't belong there either. And it's doubtful his reasons are equally good.

England, 1294

...Stripes of dusty light fell on the five coffers that sat in the back of the room. Huge, heavy chests with curved lids, banded in iron with large, ornate iron padlocks. Two hung on each.

Sophia arched her brows at the locks.

Two? Two iron padlocks apiece?

Hardly sufficient, she thought sternly. What sort of moneychanger put only two locks on his coffers?

She slowed her breath, then tugged on the bodice of her gown and knelt in front of the triple-banded coffer and its fearsome padlocks, pin out.

It took no time at all to open the chest. To push aside the pouches of coins and gems that lay inside, to close her fingers around the familiar coin-stained ledger with all its dirty secrets. A moment more to shut and lock the coffer. To rise to her feet and turn to the door.

That’s when she felt it. Some energy, aimed at her like an arrow. Like opening a door to an oven, or lifting the last rock from a dam.

Trouble coming.

“This was an extremely bad idea,” said the trouble.

The soft, dark words came from a few feet away. There was nothing to do but turn. She did.

Oh, dark was not precisely the word. Dangerous, that was more the thing.

Shadowed, hard to see but for outlines.

Motionless. Sitting beside the table, hands crossed over his belly, boots kicked out, hair banded in a queue, sword hanging loosely from his side.

Powerful, intent, with a lean grace and restraint that did not so much create a sense of safety due to the restraint, as a sense of being hunted by a predator willing to wait.


She backed up a step, her knees wobbling like cold jelly, ledger clutched to her chest, her fingers gripping her pin, a paltry weapon indeed.

“You, sirrah,” she aimed the pin at him, “who are you and what are you doing there, lurking in the shadows?”

“Are you certain that is the best way to begin this interview?”

It was a low, deep voice, somewhat like a wolf might wound, should wolves speak. Not at all the sort of sound she’d hoped for. She took a cautionary step back on her cold jelly legs, which put her buttocks against the wall.

“My apologies. I was startled.”


“I did not expect anyone. I thought . . . I thought I was early.”

“You are.”

“Yes. Of course.” She looked around the shadowy room. “We’re both early.”

“Aye,” he said in that lazy, predator rumble. “But I was here first.”

Excerpt from Deception ©2012 by Kris Kennedy. All rights reserved.

Genre: Historical
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (July 31,2012)

A dashing con man...
Breaking and entering to reclaim her corrupt late father’s ledger comes surprisingly easily to Sophia Darnly. But is it mere coincidence that her misdeed unexpectedly reunites her with Kier, the outlaw lover who abandoned her years ago?

A lady skilled in trickery...
Time has not erased Sophia from Kier’s heart, nor tamed her fiery spirit. She boldly insinuates herself into his plans. But Kier is on a mission of revenge, and can’t allow even the woman he once loved to stop him.

A game that could get them both killed...
The danger mounts as they lure the leader of a powerful consortium who needs the fabled Darnly ledger—and all its damning details about the wealthiest merchants of England— to execute his nefarious plan. Their rekindled passion burns hot, but when they discover they too are the targets of a deadly deception, the fate of their love, and of England itself, lies in the balance.
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  • Leave a comment about Kris's books. Have you read them? If not, would you try one after reading the excerpt?
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