Wednesday, March 16, 2016

St. Paddy’s Day Promotion: Shades of the Past – FREE!





I'm pleased to announce my Saint Patrick’s Day FreeBooksy promotion. For 5 days, from tonight at midnight (12:01 AM Thursday, March 17th PDT) through midnight Monday (12:00 PM March 21st 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, February 11, 2016

BookBub Valentine's Day 2016 promotion - The Valiant Heart - FREE!

Sending love from the Barony of Valsemé . . . starting at midnight tonight, Pacific Standard Time through midnight February 16th Pacific Standard Time, the first e-book of the HEART series, The Valiant Heart, will be free on Amazon. I hope you fall in love with Rurik and Brienne as much as I did while penning their story. Kathleen
 

The Valiant Heart

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.

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 “Wonderful historical fantasy; I read it with avid enjoyment!” — Roberta Gellis, author of Fires of Winter

Exciting and heartrending, touched with warmth and humor. One of the best novels I’ve read in years!” — Rene J. Garrod, author of Passion’s Endless Tide

“Anita Gordon [Kathleen Kirkwood] joins the ranks of the finest Medieval novelists.” — Romantic Times Magazine

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You can download your free copy of The Valiant Heart here:
 

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year's BookBub Promotion: A Slip In Time - FREE!

Escape to the Scottish Highlands with a free New Year's read . . .


Enjoy my best selling Time Travel novel!

 A SLIP IN TIME

FREE!

January 9th through 13th (PST) - On Amazon only
[Starts at Midnight tonight - Pacific Standard Time]

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, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

We hope that your celebrations are filled with every joy, blessing and good cheer . . . and maybe even a cup or two of egg nog!

Kathleen and Mr. KK

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December BookBub promotion: The Captive Heart – Free!

Happy holidays, everyone! Tis the month to make merry. . . And, to make your month merrier, Mr. KK and I are offering the third e-book of the HEART series, The Captive Heart, for free from December 10th through December 14th, available only on Amazon. Also, to ensure that you didn’t miss the first two books of the series, The Valiant Heart and The Defiant Heart will be specially priced at 99 cents for the same period.

 

The Captive Heart

A maiden of Normandy, mistakenly abducted . . .

Kidnapped from the ducal palace of Rouen, Ailénor quickly realizes her captors’ mistake and the peril that yet threatens her mother. As the ruffians smuggle her aboard ship, bound and gagged, and set forth for Ireland, she is desperate to escape . . . unaware her champion is near at hand.

A Saxon lord on a secret mission for his king . . .

No sooner does Garreth of Tamworth arrive in Normandy than he encounters the entrancing scarlet-haired maiden who literally knocks him off his feet. But their stolen moments and budding passions end abruptly when his audience with the Duke concludes badly. As he departs Rouen, little does he realize that the beautiful Ailénor lies hidden aboard, just beneath his feet.

Now only he can save her from family enemies returned from long past, seeking revenge . . .

Yet amid the darkest danger, their all-consuming love is forged . . .

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“Each sentence is a finely polished jewel. Anita Gordon is a marvelous writer with a rare ability to weave historical research into an action-packed romance.”

—Julie Beard, bestselling author of Lady and the Wolf

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The Defiant Heart

The mighty fleet of drakken swept north, carving the fog-bound sea. Swift and silent they coursed, triumphant high-prowed dragon ships, their hulls heavy with plunder—serpents in the mists . . .
Onward they plowed through trackless ocean and sunless haze, bearing their precious cargo — ivory, gold, and womanly flesh — far from the Isle of Eire, far to where gelid shores and hoarfrost lairs brinked the earth.
A horn brayed long and deep, sending chills to crawl over Ailinn as the lead vessel signaled its companions through the curtain of gray. The others quickly took up the call and repeated the blast from stern to stern till the waters vibrated with the sound of trumpeting beasts.

Thus begins the perilous adventure of a beautiful Irish captive and shining warrior of the North who vows to save her. Join Ailinn and Lyting as their story sweeps from the shores of Ireland to the lands of the Rus and the glittering courts of Byzantium. Amid dangers and intrigue, their passions set fire and will not be denied.
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 “A rich and sumptuous feast of romantic historical adventure . . . I read all night.” — Bertrice Small, author of To Love Again

“A wonderful story of grand adventure and enduring love — I thoroughly enjoyed it!” — Anita Mills, author of The Fire and the Fury

“From the first page to the last, The Defiant Heart is totally captivating.” — Linda Abel, publisher, The Medieval Chronicle

“A masterpiece of fiction! Five stars!” — Affaire de Coeur

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You can purchase your 99 cent copy of The Defiant Heart here:

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The Valiant Heart

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.
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 “Wonderful historical fantasy; I read it with avid enjoyment!” — Roberta Gellis, author of Fires of Winter

Exciting and heartrending, touched with warmth and humor. One of the best novels I’ve read in years!” — Rene J. Garrod, author of Passion’s Endless Tide

“Anita Gordon joins the ranks of the finest Medieval novelists.” — Romantic Times Magazine

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You can purchase your 99 cent copy of The Valiant Heart here:


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Happy Reading!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

November BookBub Promotion: The Defiant Heart – FREE!

November is upon us – the month for Thanksgiving in the United States. Mr. KK and I wish to thank everyone who has helped make my books a big success. In appreciation, we’re offering the second ebook of the HEART series, The Defiant Heart, for free from November 6th through November 10th, available only on Amazon. Also, to ensure that you don’t miss the first book of the series, The Valiant Heart will be specially priced at 99 cents for the same period.

 


The Defiant Heart

The mighty fleet of drakken swept north, carving the fog-bound sea. Swift and silent they coursed, triumphant high-prowed dragon ships, their hulls heavy with plunder—serpents in the mists . . .

Onward they plowed through trackless ocean and sunless haze, bearing their precious cargo — ivory, gold, and womanly flesh — far from the Isle of Eire, far to where gelid shores and hoarfrost lairs brinked the earth.

A horn brayed long and deep, sending chills to crawl over Ailinn as the lead vessel signaled its companions through the curtain of gray. The others quickly took up the call and repeated the blast from stern to stern till the waters vibrated with the sound of trumpeting beasts.

Thus begins the perilous adventure of a beautiful Irish captive and shining warrior of the North who vows to save her. Join Ailinn and Lyting as their story sweeps from the shores of Ireland to the lands of the Rus and the glittering courts of Byzantium. Amid dangers and intrigue, their passions set fire and will not be denied.
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“A rich and sumptuous feast of romantic historical adventure . . . I read all night.” — Bertrice Small, author of To Love Again
“A wonderful story of grand adventure and enduring love — I thoroughly enjoyed it!” — Anita Mills, author of The Fire and the Fury
“From the first page to the last, The Defiant Heart is totally captivating.” — Linda Abel, publisher, The Medieval Chronicle
“A masterpiece of fiction! Five stars!” — Affaire de Coeur
 
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You can pick up your free copy here:

 
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The Valiant Heart

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.
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“Wonderful historical fantasy; I read it with avid enjoyment!” — Roberta Gellis, author of Fires of Winter
Exciting and heartrending, touched with warmth and humor. One of the best novels I’ve read in years!” — Rene J. Garrod, author of Passion’s Endless Tide
“Anita Gordon joins the ranks of the finest Medieval novelists.” — Romantic Times Magazine

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You can purchase your 99 cent copy here:
 

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Happy Reading!

 

Friday, October 2, 2015

BookBub Promotion: His Fair Lady – FREE!

I'm pleased to announce my October BookBub promotion. From today, Friday, October 2nd through Tuesday, October 6th, the e-book version of His Fair Lady is free to everyone on Amazon. Help yourselves and tell all of your friends. Enjoy!

 


 
A maiden to be saved . . .

During the murderous assault on the village of Vaux , little “Ana” lost all she knew. Then suddenly, out of the burning wreckage, a young man appeared and rescued her from the horrors of the night. He proved to be a squire in a company of knights, on their way to join the Crusades. At a neighboring village, he delivered her into the care of a peasant couple who promised to love her. Before departing, he gifted her with something to remember him by . . . the silver cross from around his neck.
 

A wrong to be righted . . .

After a decade of fighting in the east, Sir Royce de Warrene returns to England a celebrated knight. But he soon discovers the terrible mistake he made on that long-ago night. The orphan girl was no peasant child, but an heiress of noble blood — Lady Juliana Mandeville — and he deprived her of her birthright. He is charged with a quest — to find her at once and restore her to her grandfather — by order of the king!
 

Love to be fulfilled, fated long ago . . .

Now grown to womanhood, the stunningly beautiful and saucy “Ana” refuses to believe the knight when he disrupts her wedding day, intent on taking her from those she loves and to deliver her to strangers at the English court. She grips the silver cross she wears, wishing her gallant squire could rescue her once more. Although she cannot remember his face clearly and never knew his name, she has not forgotten the night he saved her so long ago . . .

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“Kathleen Kirkwood at her best. She brings the pageantry, splendor and romance of Medieval England to life. This is going to be a sure-fire winner.”

— Cathy Maxwell, NYT Best-selling author, THE SCOTTISH WITCH

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You can pick up your free copy here: