My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages; Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 1, 2009)

Read my Review of My Unfair Lady. See below for giveaway details of this new title by Kathryne Kennedy.


Thank you so much for having me as your guest, Marie. As a lover of historicals, your blog is a treasure for me.

I want to discuss why I write historicals as opposed to another genre, and the answer is, of course, because I love history and all the pomp and beauty and sometimes downright wickedness of history. Medieval, Tudor, Victorian or Georgian, there’s something both elegant and mysterious about every era that draws me in.

Although my books are primarily romances and therefore much of the research I do doesn’t wind up in my books, I still have to really have a sense and a feel for the era. When I start researching I’m often drawn to new topics, and have to force myself to stick with the subject that I need an answer to, or I’d never finish my next book. And some of the information I find may be historically accurate, but if my readers aren’t familiar with the concept, or that particular development in technology, I don’t use it, although I do try to be as accurate as possible. There’s also a certain style when writing historicals that I adhere to. Whenever I run across a word that seems too modern, I check it as often as possible.

I admire historians because there’s so much conflicting information, even from one reference book to another. I often have to choose which fact seems more likely. In many instances it’s a matter of not enough information surviving for a historian to make a judgment on, and they’re forced to come up with the best theory. And it seems like the more research I do, the more I realize I don’t know.

There’s a particular research book I used for my upcoming Victorian romance, My Unfair Lady, that I think the readers of this blog might enjoy. Filled with gorgeous photos, it presents factual information in a lively and entertaining manner. It’s titled, To Marry an English Lord, by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace.

Although I’m currently writing a new fantasy series set in Georgian England, My Unfair Lady, takes place in the Victorian era. Inspired by Shaw’s Pygmalion, I wrote it in the same era, even though it’s an entirely different sort of story. The system of nobility makes for an even wider gulf between my hero and heroine. I set the story late in the Victorian era, when Mrs. Astor ruled New York society, and climbing the social ranks for the newly rich was near impossible. Not to be outdone, brave mama’s sent their daughters to London to marry a title, and England welcomed the new wealth they brought with them with open arms….except for the English ladies who found their marriage prospects rapidly reducing, and others like my hero, who abhorred the idea of purchasing titles.

In historicals you can have the uncertainty of an arranged marriage. Gentlemen were, for the most part, bound by morals and codes of conduct, a perfect recipe for dashing heroes. Ladies were raised to a certain standard of behavior, and women who rebelled or stepped out of this concept of what a woman should be make for an unusual heroine. Historicals provide the best setting for a Cinderella story (one of my favorite themes) where a poor woman can rise to the ranks of the rich. Or where, as in My Unfair Lady, a brash American woman can rise to the status of a lady.

And where else do you have such a plethora of nobility who make pleasure an art form? The balls, the fetes, the dinner parties. The elaborate clothing of silk and satin and gowns that transformed you into a princess. Tea and silver and crumpets and doilies. The horse races and garden parties and seaside resorts. Mansions glittering with gilt, marble floors, paintings of master artists, and sweeping staircases. There’s so such romance and elegance to the historical era that makes for great fantasy.

And when you’re writing what you love, and researching what fascinates you, it doesn’t feel like work.

So, why do you love reading historicals? I’ll be checking in all day for your comments, and look forward to your answers.

Wishing you all my very best,

My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy—in stores December 2009!
He created the perfect woman…
The impoverished Duke of Monchester despises the rich Americans who flock to London, seeking to buy their way into the ranks of the British peerage. So when railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee offers him a king’s ransom if he’ll teach her to become a proper lady, he’s prepared to rebuff her. But when he meets the petite beauty with the knife in her boot, it’s not her fortune he finds impossible to resist…

For the arms of another man
Frontier-bred Summer Wine Lee has no interest in winning over London society—it’s the New York bluebloods and her future mother-in-law she’s determined to impress. She knows the cost of smoothing her rough-and-tumble frontier edges will be high. But she never imagined it might cost her heart…

About the Author
Kathryne Kennedy is the author of the Relics of Merlin series, acclaimed for her world-building and best known for her historical paranormal romances. She has also written a fantasy romance and this Victorian historical romance. She has also published nearly a dozen short stories in the SFF/Romance genre, receiving Honorable Mention twice in the “Writers of the Future” contest. She has traveled a great deal and has lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S. She is a business owner and currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons. For more information, please visit http://www.kathrynekennedy.com/

Giveaway Details: Open to USA & Canada (no PO Boxes) Ends Friday PM, November 27, 2009
1. Follow this blog publicly via google friend connect.
2. Comment with your E-mail Address.
3. 1 extra entry each for a Twitter, Blog Post or Sidebar Graphic Link, or Facebook Share, please provide links.
4. For an extra bonus +2 entries, read and comment on my review post at this link, come back here & comment that you did so.

Thanks for entering, and I wish you luck!

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36 Witty Commenters Here:

Misfit said...

I'm game. I already commented on the review. You're in my reader but I don't think that counts as a follower :)

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

I greatly appreciate your comment in the review, Misfit. Thanks a million!

Laura's Reviews said...

Kathryne Kennedy's post is very interesting. I can see trying to get in the "mood" of the period by doing extensive research.

This book looks fantastic, I just posted a comment on your original review.

I would love to be a part of the giveaway. My email address is laarlt78(at)hotmail(dot)com.

I am a follower.

Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

So glad you enjoyed the post, Laura. And thank you for the very kind comment.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Jake! Thanks for the nice comment!

Wanda said...

I just became a follower of your blog and would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Ms. Lucy said...

Ok..I'm diving in here- it doesn't say US only!!! I just read your review (I was a bit MIA...remember..)I loved it Marie!

Great guest post too- Kathryne(love the way that's spelled!) and Marie.

Why do I love historicals? Kathryne,I think I couldn't sum it up better than you did; the balls, fetes, dinner parties, silks, tea and silver and so much glamour... I love intrigue as well. Historicals bring me back to a time I often wish I lived in (not as a Queen mind you- I do care for my tete;)
It's a get-away that lasts. Wonderful post, review and giveaway!

Pricilla said...

I follow and I tweeted

and I had previously commented in the review.
kaiminani at gmail dot com

Aarti said...

No need to sign me up for the giveaway.

But I am SO INTRIGUED by a Georgian fantasy. Can't wait for that one!

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Wanda: Thank you for commenting!
Ms. Lucy: Sounds like we're kindred spirits. :} Thank you for the kind comments!
Pricilla: I hope you enjoy the monkey...and the vixen, and the little Chihuahua...as you can tell, I wrote this book hoping my reader would have fun and close the covers with a smile. I hope you do. :}
Aarti: Ah, my new series, The Elven Lords, is a bit darker, a bit more dangerous than any of my previous books. I just finished book one, The Fire Lord's Lover, about a half-elven fire lord and his assasin bride. Like my previous Relics series, I changed England to a magical world again, keeping the drama of the era intact. I have the history of the world available to read on my website. Thanks a million for your interest.
Best to all of you,
With appreciation :},

Debbie F said...

Count me in! I've been following you on Google Reader but I just hit Google Friend also. Thanks!
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Marie Burton said...

Thanks for the comments, all!
And thank youto Kathryne Kennedy for the southern-style adventure in England, it was great fun!

Bridget said...

Hi, Marie! Just a note to say that I've blogged about this on Win A Book. As always, don't enter me in the contest.

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Debbie: Thanks for commenting.
Marie: Thanks a million for having me here, and giving me a chance to meet your readers. It's greatly appreciated! And so very glad to hear you had fun reading My Unfair Lady. :}
Bridget: Thanks for the post!

Stacie said...

Please count me in. I am a follower.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

laska said...

I made the comment on your review! And it was awesome :) my link to my facebook where I shared this is


RKCharron said...

Hi Kathryne :)
Thank you for sharing here today.
MY UNFAIR LADY sounds like a great read. I loved learning about your process and the backstory. History is so interesting.
I posted about this great post & giveaway on my blog for Thurs Nov 19th 8am EST.
I'm Following Kathryne on Twitter now.
All the best,

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Stacie: Thanks for your comment.
Laska: How wonderful to see you here! Thanks so much for stopping by.
RK: I sure am glad I decided to check for any more comments this evening.:} Your kind words made my night!
Best of luck to you all,

Emily said...

Enter me in the contest please! I would love to read this book!

+2 I commented on your review

emily DOT wittenberg @ gmail DOT com

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


Aik said...

I'd love to read this book! I'm a new follower.

+1 Blogged.


aikychien at yahoo dot com

scottsgal said...

I'm a follower

Thanks for the giveaway - sounds like another wonderful historical

I commented on your review as well

msboatgal at aol.com

Sheila Deeth said...

This is my first visit to your site. I was intrigued by the book - enjoyed your review and commented, and now I'm following you.

Nice giveaway.

sdeeth at msn dot com

RachieG said...

I'm a follower through Google Friend Connect.

Great review and post today. Would love a chance to read this one.

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

cqueen2 said...

sounds great

i follow

wadesherry@hotmail dot com

wisteria said...

I follow on google and now have you on Netnewswire.

Loved the interview and thanks Kathyrne for recommendation of this book. I am going to look it up.
It’s titled, To Marry an English Lord, by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace.

Your themes and writing intrigue me and I'll have to read this one. Thanks.

tekeygirl at gmail dot com

BUSY BEE said...

I am a follower! Thanks for the great review.

+2 commented on the review post also.

I would love to win this book!

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

Barb said...

I follow your blog publicly.

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Barb said...

I really want to read this book after your review. Please enter me in this giveaway. Thanks

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Barb said...

I tweeted about this giveaway:

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Barb said...

I posted on Facebook:

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Barb said...

I posted this on my blog:

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Barb said...

I left a comment on your review.

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a Google Friend Connect follower.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

susan said...

I love the sound of this book and hope to be entered for the contest. I truly believe it's so much fun to curl inside a book and live within it's pages..books are so important to me and I am thankful for authors who can get the words just right for such a good books. susan L.