Hi, this is Mr. KK again. Kathleen is still on travel. Her brother passed away rather unexpectedly, so she will not be back for a few more weeks. And, there will not be any more blog posts until this is all behind us.
Here is the final Chronicle of Valsemé and the teaser for The Defiant Heart which was originally released in July of 1993 and re-edited and re-released in June of 2013. Please enjoy and may you all be well!
We have been swept off
to the hinterlands this past month plus, seeing to special needs of our
extended and far flung family. I'm still far afield but Mr. KK is tucked back
into his man cave and able to rescue the blog which has been sorely languishing. Happily,
he has unearthed The
Chronicles of Valsemé from storage and will be posting those
next and adding them to the website as well.
For those who have not
read The Valiant
Heart (first book of the Heart trilogy) the Chronicles are a bit
of a spoiler so be warned! They fill in the timeline after the closing pages of
The Valiant Heart
and before the opening ones of The
Defiant Heart. There were two years between the release of
those books and The Chronicles served as a newsletter of sorts to keep fans in
touch with ongoing developments in the barony. Mr. KK will post them here in
sequence and then add them to the website along with the genealogical chart
(previous post) for the Houses of Valsemé and Hericourt which traces the families
appearing in all three books of the trilogy.
Here's the first Chronicle . . .
Click on each image to enlarge for viewing or printing.
Thank you to all my wonderful readers who have made the HEART Trilogy —
and my previous works —such a success.
For a bit of fun, here is a genealogy chart for the main characters
appearing in the three books of the HEART Trilogy — VALIANT, DEFIANT, and
CAPTIVE. Mr. KK and I developed it years past for a little diversion. He has
now updated it with the new cover images. Enjoy!
Note: To view the chart at full resolution, left-click on the image
here on the blog post. That will bring up a new window with the full definition
image in it. Right-click on the image to save or print it. The chart is best
printed on legal sized paper, but will print okay on letter sized paper if you
tell your computer to fit it to the page (it just won't fill the entire height
on letter sized paper).
Of course, looking to the future, the chart will need an additional
update for THE GALLANT HEART. You met the hero and heroine to come in the pages
of THE CAPTIVE HEART. Any guesses as to who they might be?
A little update plus a mea culpa is in order. Due to a number of
challenges, I’m behind in my blogs (mea culpa) and also about to head off for
an extended trip to connect with family. The promised blogs on the aurora
borealis, volcanoes and Viking cooking are coming soon. plus some wonderful
links to share. The manuscript for PIRATES’ MOON is going with me on travel as
well, since I won’t be firmly back in my nest until late October. For that
reason —knowing additional holidays will quickly be upon us and overtake time
—PIRATES’ release date has been revised to early 2014. As soon as all the “i’s”
are dotted and “t’s” crossed. Captain Damian Wynters and his crew will sail
forth from the mists of time on the night of the Blood Red Moon to haunt the
Chesapeake once more, as in centuries long past. Please watch for updates.
Have a wonderful day and thank you for your support and your patience.
Congratulations to the nine US and one Canadian
winners of THE CAPTIVE HEART
Goodreads giveaway! We shipped out trade paperback copies to the US winners today
via USPS Priority Mail. We’re drop-shipping the Canadian copy directly from
Createspace. You should have your books soon. ENJOY and THANKS so much for your
interest and support! Your positive feedback is always appreciated.
I'm pleased to announce the release of Kathleen Kirkwood Collection #2: The HEART Trilogy in e-book formats.
This collection includes the full text of all three HEART series books. It's available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobobooks and Smashwords. My website Purchase Links page has links to purchase this collection from all of the major vendors.
The individual HEART books will continue to be available at their special promotional prices through August.