December 20, 2010

Author Guest Post: Kathryne Kennedy

Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog today, Bridget. I’m happy to be here to celebrate the release of Beneath the Thirteen Moons, and I’m looking forward to talking with you and your readers again! Here’s a list of the top ten reasons I hope readers will fall in love with my hero, Korl Com’nder:

Top 10 Reasons Why Readers Will Fall in Love with Korl, the Hero in Beneath the Thirteen Moons

Number Ten:  He is prince of Sea Forest, a watery world where trees grow up from the ocean floor, and all life is supported in the canopies. He lives in the Palace Tree, an enormous structure carved within the very tree itself. What woman wouldn’t mind falling in love with a prince?

Number Nine:  Although accustomed to a life of luxury, Korl considers himself a healer first, and being a prince secondary to that. He uses zabba, a special tree root that can either kill you--or if you have the tolerance--give you magical powers to heal beyond the scope of our own technology.

Number Eight:  Korl is also terribly arrogant. He knows nothing about the dangers of the wild swampland beyond the city, but refuses to consider himself at a loss. Perhaps that’s more of a flaw, but for my heroine, Mahri Zin, he makes her laugh, and sometimes that’s the greatest gift of all.

Number Seven:  He likes Jaja, Mahri’s pet monk-fish, who has the body of a monkey, little webbed hands, the scales of a fish, a tail that spreads out into a fin. But I think most importantly, Jaja also likes Korl. Jaja is a good judge of character and more intelligent than most people would at first guess.

Number Six:  He can wear a crown of flutterflies just as elegantly as he can one of precious stones.

Number Five:  He makes love to my heroine in a giant blossom called the xynth flower, which only blooms once every thousand moons.

Number Four:  In order to save a child’s life, Korl consents to a mind-bond with Mahri, using the magical powers of the zabba root. It binds their magic together; a joining that will risk his very life.

Number Three:  He follows Mahri into madness to save her life from an overdose of the zabba root. Once Korl realizes that he loves her, he will do anything to keep her by his side.

Number Two:  Korl puts his own happiness above Mahri’s, for life in the palace for a wilding makes her feel trapped and unhappy. He loves her enough to let her go.

And the Number One Reason readers will fall in love with Korl is: He changes the entire world to gain Mahri’s love.

Which reason do you like best? I’m looking forward to responding to any comments!


Thank you so much Kathryne for stopping by!  -Bridget


He's a ruler in a divided world...
In a magical watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com'nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls. 

She's an outcast, but at least she has her independence...
Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn't think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of Sea Forest, Mahri knows that she has a chance to change the fate of her people...

Kathryne Kennedy is a multi-published, award-winning author of magical romances. She’s lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S., and currently lives in Arizona with her wonderful family—which includes two very tiny Chihuahuas. She welcomes readers to visit her website where she has ongoing contests at:

Barnes and Noble
Kathryne’s Bookseller Directory


  1. I like how a character can change who they are when they find someone or something worth changing for. There is an arrogance that comes with any position of power, but it takes a lifchanging event for someone to realize that they could be a better person.

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  2. I love all the reasons you posted for this book, I'm just getting this sense that'll like it and not just because it has romance in it.

    I was already getting a picture in my head about what this world might look like, if can't tell already I have very vivid imagination.

    Sometimes arrogant male characters annoy me to no end, but the fact that they're arrogant just makes it better when they find someone to change for.

    I think one od the reason's I like best is the one where you said he likes her pet, not all guys are real prone to animals.

    Especially if the pet belongs to a girl he'd like to get to know better, it just goes to show that Prince Korl has a strong ability to change... if he finds something/someone worth changing for.

  3. It takes a person with a lot of imagination to write a book like this. Where do you get your ideas/inspiration for the characters & places in the book?

  4. This sounds like a great premise for a movie!! If "Beneath the Thirteen Moons" was made into a movie, who would you like to see play the lead roles?


  5. As a companion to an earlier question--if made into a movie, who would be your choice to play Mahri Zin?

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  6. Very well said, Stephanie! So good to meet you!

  7. Hi Gabby! Thank you for the wonderful comment!

  8. Hi CherylS22! I was inspired by my love of the ocean, the old Tarzan movies, and a bit of Venice. :}

  9. Hi Laura H! Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. ;}

  10. Hi clynsg! See my comment above, I would truly like a down to earth girl and an arrogant man in this one. :}

  11. Thanks again for hosting me here, Bridget! I was a pleasure talking to all your readers. Big hug.

  12. this really does sound like a great read and it would be a great movie too
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