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On a perfect life: An interview

I had the privilege of participating in Tim Ward’s and John Dodd’s very thoughtful interview on the subject of A Thousand Perfect Things. Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Why I chose an alternate history fantasy after ten science fiction novels.
  • AISFPMy main character’s dilemma between love and ambition – and what it says about women’s lives today.
  • The dichotomy between the two worlds: of machine and science and magic and sensualism – and the device of the “portal” getting from one to the other.
  • A discussion of the passage, “Shall I be pleased with myself for so little reason?” The classic question of finding peace in the world.

Check it out at Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing, one of the best podcasts around, and leave a comment to let Tim and John know someone is listening!

For three days only, A Thousand Perfect things will be offered as a $2.99 eBook on Amazon, Nook and Apple. Offered through end of day Monday, September 30.

If you like the book, I would love to have a review from you on Amazon!

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What they’re saying about A Thousand Perfect Things

Reviews and comments are coming in for the new book. Here are some of my favorites:

“The magic that was the glue that bound the story together and the magnificence of the lotus made for a book I just could not out down. This was my first Kay Kenyon book and I was super impressed. I have a new favorite author.”- NetGalley Reviewer

“A rich, gorgeous, marvelously detailed tapestry of a book.”  – Sharon Shinn

“A masterwork from the mind of one of our best authors of compelling alternate realities.” – Larry Brooks

This book is rich with details and mysticism. . . . It is a great mix of historical research with fictional, magical, world building. The cultures are deep and fascinating. The characters are equally as interesting, each with their own unique motivations. It is a great, rich, read. . . .  Very beautifully written. – A Dragon’s Love

I loved this book! It was a little bit strange, atmospheric and at times really beautiful. – Nocturnal Book Reviews

A story that twists and turns, draws you through the jungles of a magical and distant world that will leave you yearning for more.  From love and desire, to aspiration and inspiration and from conflict and loss, to healing and hope this book is paced full of everything you look for in a great story. . . .  I am almost begging for a sequel.  After reading this book you are so in love with Astoria, her  dashing military suitor, and her family that you can’t wait to find out how the story ends…and then emptiness sets in.   Then you realize – that is exactly what a good book does.  Seriously make yourself a piping cuppa your favorite tea, curl up and prepare for an amazing journey.  Through jungles, palaces, ruins and more your desire for adventure, love stories, and new places will be fulfilled. – Maggie McKeating’s Reviews Read More…

My novel meets the hated elevator pitch

The dread question comes at the oddest moments: You’re going about your business, about to sip your cappuccino, or riding in an elevator, believing you are relatively safe, and then, wham: What’s your novel about?

Authors hate this. You have to give a glimpse of your book in a sentence or two. Agony. Don’t make me do this right this second. Let me warm up a bit.

Pitch #1

A Thousand Perfect Things, just out, is a historical fantasy set in an alternate 19th century England and India. It’s an Iravathaadventure story that takes place in 1857 against a background of a colonial uprising in India. My major character, Tori Harding, is a young woman who, because of her gender, is denied entrance into the rarified circles of science–though she learned her beloved botany at the knee of her famous grandfather, Sir Charles Littlewood. When Sir Charles dies in disgrace, Tori picks up his secret hope to find a legendary magical golden lotus. She pursues this quest on a great journey to an alternate India, where she enters the exotic heart of a mystical continent. There she must fend off a ruthless colonial Raj, palace intrigues, shape changing magics, ancient ghosts . . . and revolution.

But way too long. Let’s boil it down. Read More…

An interview on the new book, fantasy & publishing

Wingage Dialogue

Please drop by for my new interview, podcast now at Dialogue: Between the Lines!

I had fun chatting with show host Susan Wingate today. She’s got a terrific series of interviews with bestselling authors and industry professionals, as well as being one herself. Her latest book is Hotter Than Helen, in the Bobby’s Diner series.

Here are some of the topics we tossed around:

  • Do you need an agent anymore?
  • The role of “gate keepers” in the new era.
  • As traditional publishers lose ground, is this a good thing?
  • How I used the prologue as a device in A Thousand Perfect Things.
  • And what’s with that strange and wonderful Bridge in the novel!
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1,000 Perfect Things at $3.99

british armyFor a limited time, my publisher is offering a special eBook price for A Thousand Perfect Things. Check it out on Amazon or on your favorite reading device. (The eBook available August 27. Paperback on sale now.)

“A masterwork from the mind of one of our best authors of compelling alternate realities.”–Larry Brooks, Author of Story Physics

Platt, E largeelephant close up“Kay Kenyon has once again created a world into which one blissfully disappears, replete with magic and monsters, romance and reigning dynasties, set upon the fragile social scaffolding of mid-nineteenth century England. The story is, literally and figuratively, a bridge between the mystical and and the very real, Image 4with a young heroine who a delivers a deliciously vicarious ride.  A Thousand Perfect Things is a masterwork from the mind of one of our best authors of compelling alternate realities.” –Larry Brooks, Author of Story Physicsindian marriage

 

If you enjoy the book, I would love to have a review from you on Amazon!