06-08-2010 11:39 AM
As his men are slaughtered around him, legendary Irish warrior Finian O'Melaghlin is held captive by the despised English Lord Rardove. Struggling to break free, Finian finds aid from an unlikely source: the beautiful Senna de Valery, who is also trying to escape Rardove's bloodthirsty grasp. Risking both their lives, Senna releases Finian from his shackles so they can both flee, but their plight has just begun...
Seeking safe refuge, Finian and Senna have only each other to depend on for survival. Neither can deny their immediate attraction, but indulging their desires will put them both in grave danger. Finian vows to protect the woman who saved his life, but he soon learns she is a pawn in a much larger battle. For Senna has an unbreakable link to a priceless treasure many centuries old. It is the stuff from which dreams are made and for which men will kill-and not even Finian may be strong enough to save her...
06-08-2010 11:44 AM
Eloisa sure knows how to pick 'em!
The Irish Warrior was the winner of a 2008 Golden Heart award at RWA Nationals, and isn't it time that we all read a medieval romance? I think you'll all enjoy this. There's an alpha hero (with an Irish accent!), political intrigue, and love on the run - always a favorite.
For more on this book and author, visit www.kriskennedy.net.
06-10-2010 01:45 PM
I am so honored to be featured in Eloisa's column with all those fabulous authors!
I really hope readers love the book. The hero is what I call a 'good alpha.' He's got all the alpha traits that make a hurt so compelling--confident, self-assured, masterful, takes command--but he's also funny, charming, and has no problem letting the heroine shine and being impressed by her.
And he's Irish. I mean, what else do you need. :-)
The heroine is a woman out of her element, who's forced to face part soft herself she's submerged for many years. And she is utterly head-over-heels for the hero the moment she lays eyes on him. She has to become strong in ways she never imagined, and has to actually re-define what is means to be strong.
Thanks so much for chatting about the book, Melanie! I'd love to answer any questions, hear from readers, and chat about what we all love: romance.
06-10-2010 03:26 PM
06-10-2010 05:30 PM
The very first Irish romance I read was also my first ever romance! It was The Ground She Walks Upon, by Meagan McKinney. I got it out of the library, after *years* of seeing romances and wanting to read them, but moving on by, b/c I was too embarrssed by the covers, or I'd been picke dup too many messages about how 'silly' and 'low value' romacnes were. But thank goodness I finally succumbed to temptation! LOL
I think I read it maybe 10 years ago?, and it's been so long I even forget the storyline, except I do know the story took place in Ireland, but I'm pretty sure the hero was English . . . maybe I'm wrong though.
It HAS been a big couple years! The double Golden Heart final was incredibly exciting in '08, and when IRISH won, it was pretty incredible. I was just reflecting on the past couple years with my husband. It's been 2 years since I sold a book, and now I have 2 out, and 2 more contracted. I feel incredibly blessed.
06-10-2010 05:40 PM
Oh, and I mean to mention . . . on the brogue . . .
In this book, I went back & forth with whether to use 'ye' or 'you.' I went back and forth so much I changed all the 'ye's" and "ye're's" to "you's" and "you're's", then changed them back again. Then back again . . .
LOL It was a merry go-round of dialect.
I was very uncertain. That sort of dialect can feel kinda old-skhul, and could draw attention to itself, in a bad way.
But every time I took it out, it felt wrong. I was trying to be ... inoffensive, rather than trying to write the story that needed to be written.
It's the only word I do in dialect (the forms of "you") and it's essentially only for Finian, the hero. I don't even use it for most of the other Irish in the story.
But I really thought it needed to be in. It becomes invisible (I hope!) and gives a natural layer to Finian's speech which, added to the cadence, hopefully adds an extra dimension to the world-building without being intrusive.
06-26-2010 04:59 PM
Hi Kris - I just wanted to tell you I just finished The Irish Warrior, because of what I read here. I loved the book ! I'm going to read your other book as well, but what's next ? Please tell me that there's something coming soon, 'cause I hate to wait !! Keep up the good work...
06-30-2011 11:34 PM
I don't know if it's too late for you to receive this, but I never saw your original note. So sorry!
Thank-you so much for writing about IRISH--yay!! You asked about the next book, which is DEFIANT, another medieval, and it's out now (June 2011). Double yay.
Again, so sorry for my delay in replying, and I hope you keep loving the books. Feel free to write me directly at the website--I'm love to hear from you!
07-01-2011 01:06 PM