A Personal Interview by Rita Chapman

I love doing interviews, asking and giving. It’s a way for me to talk about myself (which most people love to do) as well as talk to others, get them to share parts of themselves with their audience.

Rita Chapman, an author herself, asked me a few questions and I’d love to share them here with you! Go to her website (Rita Chapman’s Nat Kennedy Interview) to read the transcript there:

But I’ve snipped my favorite question here. Because it’s all about Pickle.

If you have owned pets, do you have a funny story you would like to share with us?

When I was young I used to raise sheep for 4-H. My first lamb was Pickle, and he was like a pet dog. He would follow me around, running after me as I rode my bike, baaing along, happy as could be. We would climb up this platform at the fairgrounds, and he would leap off. Leap! As in up into the air, not just jump down to the ground. He was known as Pickle the Flying Sheep by many of the locals.

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Release Blitz : Eminently Elf (D’Vaire, Book 13) by Jessamyn Kingley

You’ve seen the cover (amazing that it is), now it’s your chance to get the book. Finally, D’Vaire #13 is out!

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Book Title: Eminently Elf (D’Vaire, Book 13)

Author: Jessamyn Kingley

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: LJ Anderson of Mayhem Cover Creations

Release Date: July 25, 2019

Genre/s: M/M Urban Fantasy Romance

Trope/s: Fated Mates

Themes: Love, Courage

Heat Rating: 3 flames

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Even for a legend, victory has a price.

Blurb

Emperors Chrysander and Ellery Draconis are in love and looking toward the future. Ellery is the first hybrid to survive a dragon shift, becoming a legend. Chrysander couldn’t be happier with his elf dragon, and for the first time he is truly savoring life. Despite the demands of their schedules as the leaders of the Council of Sorcery and Shifters, the pair have also managed to find balance. But not everyone is happy to see the leader of the dragons with a half-elven mate.

As the two go about their daily business, those sworn to protect them work tirelessly each day to ensure the safety of their emperors. They lived through the horror of the previous rulers being murdered and are all too aware of the dangers that lie in wait. Nothing is left to chance, but regardless of their dedication, not even they can prevent evil from rising from the mists.

On a seemingly ordinary day, an unexpected attack shocks everyone. A matebond is taken to the brink and the limits of magic are tested as the strongest forces unite to try to repair the damage. It will take time, patience, and perseverance for good to prevail. Chrysander and Ellery will once again overcome the odds and emerge victorious, but in the end, nothing will ever be the same.

 

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Excerpt

Ellery tugged the linen top of his pajamas over his head and crawled into bed. There was noise from the sitting room that told him Chrysander wasn’t ready to join him yet. With a shrug, Ellery picked up the tablet on the nightstand and went through the notes Zane sent him regarding the next vote in the Main Assembly Hall. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Chrysander stalk into the room and keep going until he’d shut himself into the bathroom.

When he emerged several minutes later, he still had a loose pair of black pants on that he’d donned when they got upstairs.

“Are you all packed?” Chrysander asked as he climbed up onto the mattress and crawled over Ellery.

Setting his tablet aside, Ellery smiled at the handsome dragon as he got closer to him. “Yes, I think so. It is so strange to think of moving into a hotel tomorrow.”

Chrysander kissed him and settled his weight comfortably over Ellery. “Damian’s probably going to stay up all night memorizing the floor plans. He’s not going to be happy until we get back here and the condo is finished.”

“He has been very pleased that he and your brothers are in charge of the security features in this place.”

“And that we gave them carte blanche. It kind of scares me how much technology Damian is going to put in this place. I don’t want to have to do a retinal scan to use the bathroom.”

Ellery slid his hands into Chrysander’s thick hair. “That would be inconvenient.”

“We’re going to have to wrestle more control from Wesley. He can’t skip informing our security about things like having a giant-ass buffet at the back of an enormous throne room, blocking the main doors.”

Ellery didn’t want to talk about Wesley. The truth was, he could hardly stand the office assistant, and he would bet all Tiri’s swear word money that the feeling was mutual. “He has been too comfortable in his role, perhaps.”

“He does a good job. He just needs to be reminded of the rules. I was so damn busy before that I truly had no choice but to pass a lot of things off to him. Our schedule’s lighter now, and the royal family should be making these decisions.”

“Other than the food fiasco, I thought the ceremony went well.”

“Poor Tiri looked terrified.”

“He gets nervous that he will disrespect Zane in some way.”

Chrysander lifted an incredulous brow. “How could he ever do that?”

“I have no clue. He is amazing, and he loves Zane very much.”

“I should tell you something.”

“What’s that?”

“I love someone very much as well.”

Ellery eagerly accepted Chrysander’s kiss. “That is interesting. Is it anyone I know?”

“You might’ve heard of him.”

Lifting his chin so Chrysander could better nibble Ellery’s neck, he tried to keep the thread of their conversation going while his body hummed with the desire that always rested just below his skin for his other half. “Can you be more specific?”

After leaving a trail of soft kisses over his jaw, Chrysander tongued the two earrings Fate left in Ellery’s ear after they were mated, which always drove him wild inside. “He’s an elf.”

Ellery wasn’t sure why everyone insisted on focusing on that part of him first, but his dick was hard, and he wasn’t going to get into a disagreement with Chrysander over it. “Just an elf?”

Pushing his hands under Ellery’s tunic, Chrysander slid his palm over the muscles of his belly. “No, he’s a hybrid.”

“That is certainly interesting,” Ellery managed as Chrysander toyed with one nipple.

“They say dragon mixes die at their first shift, but not my mate.”

Ellery spread his legs and bent his knees, cradling Chrysander’s hips between them. The thick length of Chrysander’s cock bumped into his and caused him to let out a moan. “I may have heard of him.”

“He’s the most beautiful dragon in the world.”

Clutching Chrysander’s short locks tighter, the dragon brought his lips close enough to taste. Ellery dipped his tongue in, and their mouths were way too busy for words as he undulated against Chrysander, suddenly desperate for any kind of friction.

 

About the Author

Jessamyn Kingley lives in Nevada where she begs the men in her head to tell her their amazing stories which she dutifully writes it all down in what has become a small mountain of notebooks. She falls in love with each couple and swears whatever book she wrote last is her absolute favorite.

Jessamyn is married and working toward remembering to start the dishwasher without being distracted by the scent of the magical detergent. For personal enjoyment, she aids in cat rescue while slashing and gashing her way through mobs in various MMORPGs. Caffeine is her very best friend and is only cast aside briefly for the sin better known as BBQ potato chips.

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Series Review : A Series of Fates by C.C. Dado

A Series of Fates by C.C. Dado

This entire series  was a fun, light-hearted romp through a shifter community, from one gay pairing to the next.  If you are looking for heavy angst, truly evil bad guys, layered plot, hot sex, or deep meaning from your books, move on.  This is not your series.  If you want warmth, romance, laughter, interesting characters, deep friendships, and a happy ending, these are perfect for you.  These are like the cozy of paranormal romance.  Perfect for when you’ve had a rough day and you just want to see somebody happy.

So, on that topic, being novellas they are also a great length to finish in a night, however, I feel like they could have benefited from some length and heftier plot lines.  But you sit down, read one, and it’s all sunshine and happiness, so it gives you what it offers.

I actually read these books backwards, so the first one was the last one I read.  By Denying Fate I knew the world and the characters.  Really, each can easily be read as a standalone (but reading them in order is probably better).  I had no problem understanding the world Dado had developed.

These are not steamy, and it fits the sweet, innocent nature of the series.  These stories are ‘finding mates’ stories and have to do more with love and connection than passion and sex.

 

 

Denying Fate

Rating: 4 stars
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Length: Novella (83 pages)

Max knows that Christian is his destined mate, which is a big thing, to find your mate.  But Christian denies him.  Max shines with a very large personality, and he’s a man who goes after what he wants, damn the consequences.  He isn’t some ‘fall by the wayside and wait for the world to hand him what he wants’ sad little waif.  Oh no, he works for his desires, and I appreciated that about him.

To me, Christian wasn’t as fleshed out as Max and his best friend Seth, and felt distant.  I didn’t quite warm to him like I did the others.  But Christian totally pulls through once he’s accepted his place in the world, as Max’s mate.

We don’t get to see the claiming, and even if the sex was fade to black (no sex in these stories, and I’m totally fine with that) I would have liked to see them commit to each other with the claim scene.  That’s one of those sweet/dynamic/important scenes I like to have fleshed out in a story.


 

 

Embracing Fate

Rating: 4 stars
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Length: Novella (91 pages)

Seth and Max are best friends, but since Max found his mate, Seth has been living on his own.  Then a new neighbor, Jack, moves in, and Seth’s wolf does interesting things when he hears Jack’s voice.

It’s a delightfully cute story.  Seth is a kind, shy guy with a self-esteem issue and never expects to find his mate.  He’s a master chef, too, with a good business, so why the low self-esteem, I’m not sure.  His best friend is boisterous and outgoing and the two balance each other very well.

One of the delights of Embracing is the banter between Seth and Max and the humor tied to their deep appreciation and affection for each other.  It’s all ribbing all the time, and Max doesn’t really seem to have an off button, but it’s fun to read and had me laughing out loud several times.  So, Seth decides to pretend to be Max’s unruly pet and the hijinks unfolding from that were fun and light-hearted.  There’s the pregnancy lie that keeps on giving (poor Zeus) and Seth’s rotating dog name.

The work is short, so there are certainly scenes I wish I could have read, like seeing Jack’s reaction when Seth willingly shifts for him.  I wanted to see that!!


 

 

Fearing Fate

Rating: 4 stars
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Length: Novella (71 pages)

A very sweet paranormal romance that delivers a wonderful HEA and warm feelings.  Toren gave my heart a squeeze, and I just wanted to comfort the guy.  And Zeus was solid and kind and dedicated, all my favorite things!

Zeus has watched his closest family and friends all find mates.  He’s big and strong and the beta of the pack and seems fine to just protect everyone.  Then a stranger shows up and his instincts kick in.

Zeus is wonderful.  It’s nice to see him fleshed out in this story, especially after how he reacted to the pregnancy lie in book 2.  He’s a well-developed character that fans of paranormal romance will adore.  He’s a huge and kind man, that soothes babies and fosters orphaned dogs.  He looks out for his people and puts up with his friends.  Toren, even though his back is to the wall, still wants to do the right thing.  These two are perfect for each other.

The mystery with Toren and being a shifter was great, and I wanted to sink into it.  It’s a shame this is a novella because I feel there were a lot of ‘missing’ scenes and moments that could be fleshed out.  I really wanted to be there when Toren shifted for the first time (!!!) and see them work through that.  And the story suffered from a bit of repetition and I couldn’t help but wonder why Zeus didn’t just confront Toren the minute he found him instead of drawing out the stalking-plot that seemed unnecessary.

But even with these slight flaws I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the humor, the world, and the romance.   There’re enough loose threads to suggest a sequel (like who is looking for the kids!) so I’ll be keeping my eyes open for those.

 

Upcoming: Afflicted to the Core

Coming June 14, the next installment to the Wielder World: Afflicted to the Core.

At the conclusions of the paired novellas, Edge of Desperation and Center of Deception, Reggie, August, and Kyle had all escaped the Mara Murda cult lodge on Steptoe Mountain, where Reggie had been skinned and August had been juiced up on a powerful Nerve enhancing drug. Kyle learned just how bad the cults were and just how far Reggie would go for him.

The upcoming novel follows Reggie, August, Kyle and Bethany, Reggie’s sister, as they uncover more and more layers to the conspiracy behind the drugs and cults. It also delves more into just how dedicated these three men can be to each other.

If you’re interested in an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), please contact me! (natkennedybooks at gmail)


Reggie Wolfe religiously visits Kyle Landon—his student in Nerve detangling—at the Harpford Disentanglement Center, where the younger man has been incarcerated on trumped up charges. During one of Reggie’s visits, Kyle’s able to warn his teacher of an imminent unauthorized transfer by an unknown shadow agency. Reggie demands help from his sister at the Bureau of Wielder Services but is pressed to take the matter into his own hands when bureaucratic red-tape stymies her actions. Breaking into a secret medical installation, Reggie and August Whalen find Kyle and six other men hooked to IVs, unknown chemicals pumping into their systems.

The three are caught up in a quest to find an antidote for the drugs and discover who is behind the powerful anti-male Wielder organization. On this dangerous road, will they forever remain friends, or give in to their growing attraction?

Cover Reveal coming May 23. Watch this space!

NaNoWriMo

Last month I was working on editing Wielder World 3, aka Afflicted to the Core, but I put that all on hold for NaNoWriMo which I participate in every year.

This year, I’m working on a vampire and mage story. Time to mix things up!

To all those NaNoing, good luck! I hope you get your words in.

Goodbye 2016 – Hello 2017!

The Year is Dead, all Hail the Year!

2016 is coming to a close. This year had goods and bads all around. I got to do a big road trip and see the countryside. I attended some fun fandom cons. I made great buddies on Goodreads. I began my entire Nat Kennedy authorship and published two novellas in the Wielder World. I finished another novel for NaNoWriMo. I learned that I much prefer an outline than writing without any idea of where I’m going.

I didn’t get everything I had planned done. I wanted to complete the next novel in the Wielder Series. But that got put on hold for other writerly projects.

So, now, it’s my agenda for 2017.

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I will finish Afflicted to the Core – the third Wielder World novel – and get that published, hopefully in late spring. I need to line up betas for it, but I’ve already got the cover art!

I will finish the first novel to my new series – The World of Two Moons. The rough draft is done and in good shape and after Afflicted, it will hopefully come about in a few months. No cover art on that yet.

I will start another novel in either Wielder World or Word of Two Moons. Not sure which yet, but something new will happen!

I want to finish two novellas for anthologies. I hope that will be a great way to get my name out there. I already have two anthologies pegged for this. The first one is due in March.

Those are my goals. I don’t have any ‘write every day’ or ‘spend less time spamming people on Goodreads’. I will just try to focus on the big goals and let the dust and sand fill in the cracks. I want to continue writing and I want to write great romantic fantasy that makes people excited and happy and rooting for the heroes.

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