A druid who denies himself nothing…

desires the only woman who believes magic and love don’t mix.

Out of place in the Plantagenet court, minstrel AEDAN ap OWEN misuses his Sidhe gifts for the king’s dark business. Sent north to investigate rumors of treason and dispatch the troublemakers, Aedan discovers someone is murdering monks and stealing saints’ relics. And all clues point to the Earl of Carlisle.

TESS, LADY of BRIDSWELL, refuses to rekindle her relationship with Aedan. She knows his reputation as a secret stealer—and she has a secret that must be kept. But her resolve falters when her uncle promises her hand to a man she despises and Aedan hounds her steps.

A would-be king uses the stolen relics to amplify his power, wielding it like a weapon. Meeting the traitor’s magic with magic will prevent war, but it will also destroy Aedan’s chance to show Tess he has at last mastered the temptation of the ancient wisdom. Can Aedan renounce his magic to win Tess’ heart anew or will he choose magic over love?

And so we meet Keena Kincaid, author of spicy, paranormal romance! Welcome, Keena. Kudos and a New Year’s Eve toast to you on your brand new release, Ties that Bind—gorgeous cover, too. Hope you and yours celebrated a healthy, peaceful and fun Christmas and that you have great plans for tonight! Here we go: 

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Tell us how you started writing, a challenging business with its unique set of ups and downs for all. What keeps you going?

I’ve always been a storyteller. As a child I told wild, imaginative stories to explain how something, say Mom’s favorite vase, ended up shattered. It wasn’t until college, though, that I realized I had to write. I’ve been fortunate to make a living as a writer (first journalism and then PR), but storytelling is my first love.
 
How does writing impact other aspects of your life? (I’m a much more focused speaker and my mind forever wanders to story details from a current project—in other words, my brain is never quiet.)

We all know it takes a lot of time to write a novel, but what I learned was discipline to revise, revise and revise again. To me, the difference between a good story and a great one is being willing to go through it just one more time before I submit it.

A great point and important reminder to me who needs to do exactly that within the next few days! Talk about current, past and future projects, upcoming releases, maybe your ‘dream novel’?

 TIES THAT BIND is fresh off the presses (available from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Links are at my website, http://keenakincaid.com). It’s a sweet little love story with a high body count. Danger and intrigue follows AEDAN ap OWEN to Carlisle, where he is seeking the source of a treasonous plot against King Henry II of England. Instead, he finds TESS, LADY OF BRIDSWELL, the first and only woman he loves.

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 Here’s an excerpt:

“Tess.”

It was a single word, four letters, yet Aedan somehow imbued her name with the importance of a royal decree. He knows words, she reminded herself, quickening her steps. Life in the king’s court had no doubt honed to perfection his raw talent for finding the phrase to start a quarrel or arouse passion. By now, he could likely start a war–or stop one–with a single syllable. Chilled by the thought, she turned into a niche in the wall and discovered escape ended at an oak door as wide as she was tall. She fumbled for a latch. Finding only smooth boards beneath her hand, she pressed her palm against the door, prayed it would miraculously open. The steps behind her stopped. She closed her eyes. He had bathed. He smelled of Saracen soap, spicy and exotic, mixed with the brisk, earthy scent of old trees that had clung to her for days after he’d left.

 “Tess.”

 A tremor ran down her spine. Saints, she still loved the way he said her name. Rather than giving it a shortened, clipped feel like everyone else, he elongated it, adding depth and weight as if it were her true name.

 “Tess, look at me.”

 Unable to move forward or backward, she pressed her forehead against the door. Go away. Just go away, she prayed, and then hands, warm and steady, settled on her shoulders.

Next up is ENTHRALLED, which is in edits with The Wild Rose Press. ENTHRALLED is a semi-continuation of TIES THAT BIND. It follows different characters (AMI and WILLIAM) but picks up and resolves the storyline of the plot against King Henry II of England. By the way, I take liberties with history. So don’t assume you know the ending. 🙂
 
Please tell our readers how you juggle work (as in, a ‘day job’ other than your fiction writing), time to write and all that goes along with it, especially as a published author (i.e., promo, etc).

Good question, Joanna. I think everyone struggles to complete everything that needs to get done in a day. I devote the first two hours of the day to writing. It’s tough to get up that early in the morning–I am SO not a morning person–but my muse is most active in those hours before I fully engage with the world. I spend my lunch hour and evenings doing promotions and/or editing what I wrote that morning. And because a person can’t be all work and no play, I reserve Sunday afternoons for play, which can be a movie, hanging out with friends or curling up with a new book.
 
Please share the three ways you find most effective to promote your work!  

I do Public Relations and Marketing Communications in my day job, so I understand what promotions can and cannot do. So my goal with most promotion is to raise awareness of me as an author. And I measure it by traffic to my Web site. What I find works best:

1.) A good premium item. I have a computer brush with my name and website. It costs about $2/each but if it stays on someone’s desk, then it’s worth it.

 2.) Guest blogging. Blogging takes time and creativity from my WIP, but it’s a way to get in front of potential readers outside my immediate circle.

 3.) Write in public places. An odd one, I know, but it’s amazing how many people feel perfectly at ease interrupting me to ask what I’m working on. So I tell   them, hand them a business a card and then go back to work.

 Thanks for having me here today, Joanna. I enjoyed our conversation. I’ll be here all day, taking questions. I can’t wait to meet your readers.

cat with campagne glass  Thrilled to meet you, Keena, and I look forward to meeting your readers! Best wishes and best of luck with TIES THAT BIND and your upcoming projects! Hope to see you again when ENTRHRALLED  hits the virtual shelves!

Before I forget, congrats to T. L. Lawrence, winner of Carol Preflatish’s giveaway! T.L. won a copy of Carol’s  latest release, Love, Lies and Deceit. Thanks again, Carol, and to all of you who stopped by!

Tomorrow  therapist, educator and life coach Diane Lang shares her twist on ‘Resolutions for the New Year!’ Stop by for tips on  reducing stress and creating balance in the upcoming year!

Have a safe and joyful New Year’s eve, everyone!  Thanks again for making then taking time to drop in!

Joanna

 

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6 thoughts on “A druid who denies himself nothing…

  1. Good morning ladies! What a wonderful way to begin this lovely snowy day.

    Keena, I love the marketing idea of writing outside the house and handing out business cards to well-meaning customers and potential readers. Starbucks here I come! Anything for coffee 🙂

    I had a question about your research. Where did you find information on Druids? I understand their old traditions are as secretive as the CIA. I’d be interested to know what resources you used for your book, Ties That Bind.

    Thanks and have a Happy New Year!

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  2. My favorite of Keena’s promotional ideas, too, Vikki! I also read an article (at http://www.1stturningpoint.com) in which the author not only sat in a public place to write, he had a copy of his bookcover–or something promotional–attached to the back of his laptop so people would know what he was doing w/o a word from him. Y’all teach me so much! Thank you!

    And Keena, you’re very welcome!
    Joanna

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  3. Your books sound intriguing Keena. I’ll have to pop by more often to see who Joanna has lined up to share with us. Good luck ladies in 2010. May the new year and new decade bring you all the teh best seller lists.

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  4. Hi, everyone. Thanks for the comments.

    Vikki, I have to be honest. I mostly made up the Druids’ traditions. I used what little historical evidence survived via Caesar and other ancient sources, looked into myths and traditions that were common in the middle ages (people often kept up traditions without knowing the origin or the purpose behind it) and extrapolated from there.

    Plus, because the druidic traditions have been lost (my characters barely know their own history) I have a lot of wriggle room for what my characters can and cannot do. I write fiction, after all. 🙂

    I hope that answers the question, but if you want to know more, ask away.

    Happy New Year!

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  5. You must have had quite the time researching and pulled from different avenues – which, combined with a rich imagination and mind for creativity makes for a great story.

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

    Best wishes for Ties That Bind and future endeavors and Happy New Year!

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