Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BookBub Promotion: Shades of the Past – FREE!


I'm pleased to announce my end-of-summer BookBub promotion. From 12:01 AM tonight, Thursday, August 27th (PDT) through 12:00 PM on Monday, August 31st (PDT), the e-book version of Shades of the Past is free to everyone on Amazon. Help yourselves and tell all of your friends. Enjoy!


A Widowed Victorian Lady: Traveling companion to an elderly, aristocratic lady, Vanessa Wynters is drawn to Royal Sherringham upon her employer's death. Little does she expect to remain at the estate beyond the funeral itself, or to find herself caught up in the secrets of  Sherringham’s turbulent past or those of the deceased noblewoman’s dark, brooding nephew ― Viscount Adrian Marrable.

A Mysterious Viscount: Twice wed and twice widowed, the darkly handsome lord is implicated in both his wives’ tragic and untimely deaths. Adrian is captivated by Vanessa’s golden beauty and willingly fulfills his late aunt’s dying wishes. His generous financial support allows Vanessa to remain at Sherringham and pursue her passion for photography. But her growing attraction to the enigmatic viscount proves as unsettling as the ghostly figure that appears in her photographs.

Royal Sherringham: An expansive castle-mansion complex in the English West Midlands, its long history dates back to the times of the druids. What mysteries does Sherringham hold, and why did Adrian’s late aunt flee her beloved home to live in self-imposed exile? Now, as the Marrable family gathers after years apart, Sherringham’s unseen residents stir.  What might they reveal, if the planes between the spiritual and material dimensions are breached? Will Vanessa find an adversary or an ally in the otherworldly presence that beckons from her photographs as secrets are unearthed, shade by shocking shade? Dare Vanessa embrace her blossoming love for the dark viscount or, like her late employer, flee Sherringham forever?
 
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 “A compelling tale enhanced by the mystery surrounding Sherringham’s Castle.  Ms. Kirkwood’s artful use of photography to unravel the mystery of the restless spirit lends both credibility and realism to her tale.”      

Romantic Times

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Taste of History, an August Promotion and a Special Note

Friends,

I hope you are enjoying the summer days and all the beauty and bounty it brings. It is hard to believe 2015 is already half spent. It is a year that has brought significant change for Mr. KK and I in that we have been “transplanted” across country, from our desert cactus patch to the east coast, lush with woodlands, valleys and even water in the rivers!


We are now full-time caregivers to both of my “nonagenarian” parents who are 90 and 91 years of age. We do so with grateful hearts that we might share this time together and ease their lives. These priorities do mean a further delay in the release of PIRATES’ MOON, and I do beg your patience. The many visits to PIRATES’ dedicated webpage — presumably seeking information on the book’s release — has not escaped my attention.  A specific date cannot be promised, but rather than removing the webpage altogether, I’ve re-tagged it to simply read “In Progress.”

If there is a silver lining to the present challenges, it is in that I’m now living onsite to the novel’s setting and surrounded by its history. This has opened up fresh opportunities for research, including an unexpected one that proved as delicious as it was informative. I speak, of course, of culinary historian Joyce White’s recent presentation of “A Taste of Maryland” at the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, (which also happens to be one of the locations featured in PIRATES’ MOON!)


Joyce traced Maryland’s food traditions from its Colonial settlements, pointing to its rich resources (land and sea), plus the tremendous impact its “cash crop” tobacco had on culinary choices and developments. For instance, people depended upon a corn-based, rather than wheat-based diet since tobacco was a labor intensive crop. Wheat was time sensitive with its own harvesting demands. Corn, on the other hand, could be left to sweeten on the stalk while hands were needed in the field. Rye was a companion crop to the tobacco, planted after the harvest. No surprise that the state became known for rye whiskey!

At the program’s conclusion, Joyce offered a sampling of historic Maryland fare. It was all scrumptious, but my hands-down favorite was White Potato Pie. Think pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie, substituting white potatoes but using the same spices. The result is a lighter taste yet just as delicious. Joyce made the pie recipe into small tarts, perfect finger food for entertaining.

Visit Joyce’s website for the recipe at www.atasteofhistory.net and listen to her radio interview discussing Maryland Food Traditions on the link provided. Have fun searching through her website and blog. It’s truly fabulous.
 
Last of all, I invite you to take advantage of my current promotion.

THE VALIANT HEART, is available for 99 cents ($0.99) on Amazon from now until the end of August.

Wishing you the all the best,

Kathleen

Friday, July 17, 2015

BookBub Promotion: The Valiant Heart - FREE!

I'm pleased to announce my mid-summer BookBub promotion. From Friday, July 17th through Tuesday, July 21st, the e-book version of The Valiant Heart is free to everyone on Amazon. Help yourselves and tell all of your friends. Enjoy!




A beautiful heiress and pawn of the king . . .
Dispossessed of her lands by the marauding Norsemen, Brienne Beaumanoir is brought from cloister by royal decree and offered as a bride to her enemy.

A golden warrior of the North . . .
Sent to escort his father’s promised bride to the Barony of Valsemé, Rurik Atlison finds himself entranced by the dark-haired beauty and his passions set aflame.

Love unexpected, bringing peril to all . . .
Tormented by their desires, Rurik and Brienne resist giving in to their yearnings and endangering their people.

But destiny will not be denied . . .
Their love will burn brightly through all the ages to come as Norse and Frank meld into a new people — the Normans.




“A rich tapestry of historical detail and human emotions. Exciting and heartrending. Touched with warmth and humor. One of the best novels I’ve read in years!” — René Garrod, author of Passions’s Endless Tide
 
“Exciting and heartrending. Touched with warmth and humor. One of the best novels I’ve read in years!” — René Garrod, author of Passions’s Endless Tide
 
 
 
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

BKNIGHTS Promotion: A Slip In Time - $0.99

I'm pleased to announce the BKNIGHTS follow-on promotion for A Slip In Time. The promo will start tomorrow (actually at midnight tonight PDT) and run through July 12th (ends at midnight PDT on that day). For book information, please refer to the previous blog post, titled "BookBub Promotion: A Slip In Time". The links in that blog post will work for the BKNIGHTS promo also. BKNIGHTS will announce the promo on June 22, June 29 and July 6. Happy Fourth of July!

For those of you who bought A Slip In Time today after the BookBub promo ended and before the BKNIGHTS promo begins, we fully understand if you would like to return your $3.99 book to Amazon and repurchase it for $0.99. Thanks for your patience!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

BookBub Promotion: A Slip in Time – Free!


Escape to the Scottish Highlands with a free summer read.

 
 

Enjoy my best selling Time Travel novel!

 A SLIP IN TIME

FREE!

June 14th through 18th (PDT) - On Amazon only

Get it here!
 

See you at Dunraven Castle but beware.
When you enter its ancient keep, Time may “slip” yet again.

 

 

More information on A Slip In Time here!

 

A HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN

Recently freed from captivity in London Tower, Rae Mackinnon returns to the turbulent Highlands and claims his place as laird of Dunraven Castle. But as he grapples with clan rivalries and divisiveness within his own family, he is confronted with a startling discovery — a beautiful woman from a distant future, delivered through the portals of Time and into his bed . . .

A VICTORIAN LADY

Swept up in the summer social rounds, Julia Hargrove accompanies her aunt and cousins on an excursion to Scotland, to an ancient castle which has hosted no visitors for two decades — until now. Rumors abound of unusual occurrences at Dunraven Castle — occurrences that are centered, as Julia quickly learns, in her bedchamber, where Time has the ability to “slip,” and a rugged Highlander to materialize out of the shadows of the night . . .

DRAWN IRRESTIBLY THROUGH THE PORTALS OF TIME

What mysteries does Dunraven hold? What secret opens the temporal door, allowing Julia and Rae to reach across the centuries to claim a few stolen moments and nurture a blossoming love?  But how long can the rules of Time be broken before the door shuts forevermore?
 
 
"A Slip in Time is a complex time-travel romance, rich in the flavor of the Highlands. With a grand cast of multidimensional characters, Rae and Julia's love story will keep you up into the wee hours of the morn as we are reminded that true love knows no time, or boundaries." —Romantic Times

"A Slip in Time is a unique time-travel with compelling characters, a clan mystery, heart-stopping suspense, and a page-turning love story. In other words -- a keeper on anyone's shelf." — Compuserve Romance Reviews

"This compelling tale of time slips is not to be missed! Ms. Kirkwood has penned an intriguing, compelling tale of time-crossed lovers, rich in secrets, danger, suspense and full-bodied characters . . . For a definite twist on time-traveling and a beautiful love story, read this book." — AOL Romance Fan Forum

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day and a Sweetheart of a Deal!



For this weekend only, enjoy a special price on Kathleen Kirkwood’s Collection #1 – Romancing The Unexplained. This e-book collection includes both of my best-selling Paranormal Romance books – A Slip in Time and Shades of the Past. Each book normally sells for $3.99 and the Collection normally sells for $5.99. But, this Saturday and Sunday, you can buy it for $1.99 in Amazon’s US store. It’s also on sale in Amazon’s other world-wide stores for similar savings. Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

A Slip In Time

A Highland Chieftain:

Recently freed from captivity in London Tower, Rae Mackinnon returns to the turbulent Highlands and claims his place as laird of Dunraven Castle. As he grapples with clan rivalries and divisiveness within his own family, he is confronted with a startling discovery — a beautiful woman from a distant future, delivered through the portals of Time and into his bed . . .

A Victorian Lady:

Swept up in the summer social rounds, Julia Hargrove accompanies her aunt and cousins on an excursion to Scotland, to an ancient castle which has hosted no visitors for two decades — until now. Rumors abound of unusual occurrences at Dunraven Castle — occurrences that are centered in the bedchamber Julia now occupies, where a rugged Highland warrior materializes from the past . . .

Drawn Irresistibly Through The Portals Of Time:

What mysteries does Dunraven hold? What secret opens the temporal door, allowing Julia and Rae to reach across the centuries to claim a few stolen moments and nurture a blossoming love? But how long can the rules of Time be broken before the door shuts forevermore?


Shades of the Past

A Widowed Victorian Lady:

Traveling companion to an elderly, aristocratic lady, Vanessa Wynters is drawn to Royal Sherringham upon her employer's death.  Little does she expect to remain at the estate beyond the funeral itself, or to find herself caught up in the secrets of  Sherringham’s turbulent past or those of the deceased noblewoman’s dark, brooding nephew ― Viscount Adrian Marrable.

A Mysterious Viscount: 

Twice wed and twice widowed, the darkly handsome lord is implicated in both his wives’ tragic and untimely deaths. Adrian is captivated by Vanessa’s golden beauty and willingly fulfills his late aunt’s dying wishes. His generous financial support allows Vanessa to remain at Sherringham and pursue her passion for photography. But her growing attraction to the enigmatic viscount proves as unsettling as the ghostly figure that appears in her photographs.

Royal Sherringham:

An expansive castle-mansion complex in the English West Midlands, its long history dates back to the times of the druids. What mysteries does Sherringham hold, and why did Adrian’s late aunt flee her beloved home to live in self-imposed exile?  Now, as the Marrable family gathers after years apart, Sherringham’s unseen residents stir.  What might they reveal, if the planes between the spiritual and material dimensions are breached?  Will Vanessa find an adversary or an ally in the otherworldly presence that beckons from her photographs as secrets are unearthed, shade by shocking shade?  Dare Vanessa embrace her blossoming love for the dark viscount or, like her late employer, flee Sherringham forever?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015




Seize the day and all the days to come and have a magnificent year!

Best wishes, Kathleen & Mr. K. K.