Boogie Down With William And Kate


Your Monday morning laugh – a boogie down with the Royal Wedding party!  Really, some of the actors are spot-on, especially Princess Anne, Prince William, and Camilla.


The Hobbit Is Coming, and Friday Giveaway!


Finally, a return to  Middle Earth!  Peter Jackson and crew have started filming The Hobbit, the long awaited prequel to The Lord Of The Rings.  Jackson will be posting periodic updates from the set, and here’s the first video blog.  I must say, it was really great to return to Bag End.

And because it’s Friday and because there are only a few more weeks till the release of My Favorite Countess, I’m giving away my last Advanced Reader Copy (ARC).  All you have to do to enter is “like” my new Facebook author page.  I’ll announce a winner tomorrow night.

If you want to read about My Favorite Countess, you can just visit my website.  There’s an excerpt, pre-order links AND a free read – a prequel chapter to the book!

Kris Kennedy And DEFIANT

Kris Kennedy is a good friend of mine, and she’s also one of a new crop of historical romance writers that is hugely talented.  And I’m not just saying that because we’re friends – she is that good.  Her last book, The Irish Warrior, was featured in Eloisa James’s column for Barnes and Noble, and was also a Fresh Pick at Fresh Fiction.

Kris and I both have a book coming out in May.  Hers is entitled Defiant, and I was lucky enough to read it in draft form.  It’s fabulous!  It’s got passion, adventure, smart writing, and sexual tension that leaps off the page.  Kris always creates strong, engaging characters, and I particularly love her heroes.  Jamie Lost is definitely swoon-worthy, and I have a feeling that Defiant will bring Kris a lot of new fans.  She deserves every one!

Here’s the blurb from Defiant:

England, 1215, the eve of Magna Carta

Jamie Lost is the king’s most renowned commander, an audacious knight ordered to kidnap an exiled priest before rebel forces close in. The mission is simple–until he comes up against a mysterious woman on a mission, a thief who will first steal his quarry and then his heart.

Eva is also seeking Father Peter, but she intends to protect him from a secret that endangers his life, even if it costs her own.  She is well aware danger lies everywhere, especially in the knight showing too much interest in her activities.  But deep inside, Eva knows the danger lies not in Jamie, but in her, in the desire he awakens in her body and her heart.

When a mysterious band of armed mercenaries upends both their plans and abducts the priest, Jamie and Eva must form an uneasy alliance, and as civil war unfolds around them, they embark on an epic journey that betrays the truth about their identities, their unexpected loyalties, and the dangerous attraction that could seal their fates forever.

Okay, doesn’t that sound great?  You can pre-order Defiant at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and all other booksellers.  I would really encourage you to do so – it’s a wonderful book!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Defiant, I’ll be giving away a copy of Kris’s last book, The Irish Warrior. Just tell me what’s your favorite period for historical romance.  I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.


Regency Friday Fun and ARC Giveaway

My next Regency-set historical romance, My Favorite Countess, will be released from Kensington Zebra on May 3rd.  I’m very excited about this book, and it’s already been getting some great reviews.  It got a starred review from Booklist, and 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews. You can read all about My Favorite Countess and take a look at the reviews on my website.

In advance of the book’s release, I’ve set up a Vanessa Kelly Author Page on Facebook. I do have a regular profile page, but the Author Page will be the go-to place for my book news, announcements, and contests.  I would be thrilled if you would visit my new page and “like” it.   As an added incentive, anyone who “likes” my Author Page today will be eligible to win an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of My Favorite Countess. Folks who have already “liked” my page this week are also eligible to win the ARC.

I only have a few of these ARCS left, so you don’t want to miss out on this!  Hope to see you on my Facebook page soon!

Sexy Doctors At The Pop Culture Divas

I’m doing my semi-regular gig today over at The Pop Culture Divas. The topic today is the hero doctor, and why he’s such a popular archetype in books, movies and TV shows.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Divas, it’s a really fun blog devoted to all things pop culture.  It’s a lot of fun, so why don’t you stop on by?