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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday Spotlight: Keena Kincaid

TIES THAT BIND: Then and Now

TIES THAT BIND is a reunion story. Tess and Aedan first meet when he and his elder brother come to The Knight’s End, an alehouse run by Tess’ mother. Aedan’s feelings for Tess are genuine, but he’s 17. He doesn’t think about consequences, and his inability to use his druidic gifts with any moral restraint dooms the relationship before it begins in ANAM CARA.

Lifting her chin, Tess invited him to kiss her again, and he fell into the warmth of her mouth and the exhilarating slide of her desire against his. He shifted her, pulling her against his erection, nearly shattering with the effort not to explode then and there. She was all soft heat and sharp curves, not lush, not yet, but he could feel what she would become, could sense the passion that would sieve from her very skin once she overcame her uncertainty and awkwardness.

They fell. He groped for a handhold, found air, then her waist. She sank onto him, slanting her mouth over his, tasting him, claiming him. The weight of her stretched along his body. She hesitated, her uncertainty a sudden chasm between them. Without thought, he reached out with his mind, bridged her doubts and pulled her across.

Rolling her in his need, he poured what little knowledge he had into her. He shifted, pinned her beneath him and drew up her gown. She tilted her chin upward and arched her back, sending him to the edge of sensation where pain and pleasure blended. With clumsy and awkward movements, he loosened his breeches, feeling the air, then her skin with painful keenness.

When he confesses that he “bridged her doubts” and what that means, Tess leaves, furious and no longer able to trust him. But emotions linger—for both of them. When they meet again in TIES THAT BIND:

She dizzied him.

Tension raced over his skin, and Aedan tightened his grip on the reins. For a wild moment, he thought her a vision born of road weariness and regret. Then her energy skimmed his skin and everything else—the castle, the guards, even Daz’s excited observations—fell into nothingness. Tess was almost close enough to touch, as vibrant and fresh as winter air.

And just as cold.

Tess’ reaction:

Five years were dramatic on him, yet she could find no obvious place to point and say, this is new. Instead, the differences lay in what he was not. He no longer looked like a beggar boy, forever needing to fill the hollows and sharp angles of his body with food. A fine dusting of dark hair edged his jaw, obscuring the smooth, sharp chin that served counterpoint to the wild curls escaping the leather tie at his nape.

His clothes were no cleaner than his companions’ garments, but the costly Bruges cloth and tailoring left the impression he rode with peasantry. The simplicity of cut and lack of adornments only emphasized the lean muscles beneath the softened wool.

As if sensing her scrutiny, he looked down. Dark gray-blue eyes widened. They, too, looked different than she remembered.


His voice startled her. Even it had changed, slightly deeper and heavier, stronger. A man’s voice. Tension sparked, charging the air with the feel of a summer storm. At Bridswell, she’d seen the frantic rush of seabirds trying to escape the charging waves of a sudden squall, and like one of those doomed birds, her heart beat in frantic panic, outmatched.

If her uncle complicated her life, Aedan could destroy it.

Tomorrow: Tess’ Challenge, Aedan’s Choice

Keena Kincaid, the author of three historical romance novels with The Wild Rose Press, is blogging all week to celebrate the release of TIES THAT BIND, the second of her Druids of Duncarnoch series. On Friday, she’ll answer your questions about her characters, her books and herself. Everyone who submits a comment or a question will be entered into a drawing for one of five prizes: a 25 percent off coupon to The Wild Rose Press bookstore (2); a copy of TIES THAT BIND (2) and a set ANAM CARA and TIES THAT BIND (1).


Amy Atwell said...

I'm loving these glimpses into your story and characters. I'm curious, since it sounds as if when you started Anam Cara, you weren't planning on a sequel. The characters just "happened" (they do that, don't they?") and you found their story.

But that five year gap--you use it well to show how Aedan and Tess have grown, changed in five years between books. How much work did you have to develop those interim back stories? Do you have pages in a binder somewhere telling each of their journeys? Thanks for your insights!

C.J. Redwine said...

I'd love to hear what kind of planning goes into creating a sequel or series as opposed to stand alone titles. Do you have a notebook to keep things straight? said...

Hi Keena~
I love medievals, so I'm always happy to see more of them out there!

I was wondering about your research, not just your practices (i.e. where you go for research; what you like/dislike about it, etc), but how you weave it in, & what you do when the facts don't fit what you need for Story, etc.

I was also wondering how you redeem characters that in earlier stories might have been, as you said, 'mad, bad, and dangerous to know.' Do you ever struggle to make them sympathetic and worthy of reader sympathy and redemption, having made them so bad in the first round?

Thanks, and congrats on another release!

Diane Garner said...

Good grief, your excerpts are so enticing that I'm eager to read all your books, not just TIES THAT BIND. Surely that's not what you intended. (Grin!)

I have two questions. Will there be a sequel to TIES THAT BIND? Do you think that having done an unintended sequel, now you'll be on the lookout for that potential in every book you write?

Keena Kincaid said...

Wow! Great questions, everyone, and much too much to respond to quickly. Come back Friday for my answers.

Rebecca J. Clark said...

Can you stand yet another question? Coming from someone who's currently in a funk with my writing, how do you motivate yourself to write when you just don't feel like it? Is it any different now that your published than when you were pre-published?

booklover0226 said...

Wow, this is getting good.

I can't for tomorrow's snippet.

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

Walt Mussell said...


I enjoyed the excerpt, but I had to stop and look up Bruges cloth. When you put in something specific like that, do you worry that your reader might stop reading to check it out or do you welcome the fact that a reader might choose to learn more about what you're writing?

Keena Kincaid said...

Hi, Rebecca. Another question is always welcome. I'll have to think about it, but I'll answer Friday. Thanks.

Keena Kincaid said...

Hi, Tracy. Tomorrow's snippet is one of my favorites. It really shows just how strong she is despite her quietness.

Keena Kincaid said...

Oh, Walt. Great question, and one I can't wait until Friday to answer. I do worry about throwing in facts or phrases that my readers don't know.

One of my challenges is I'm so well versed in this era, that I don't know what others don't know. I always go back through my manuscript to double check and ask my beta-readers to point out what they don't know, but it's tough.

On the other hand, I am an historian at heart. So if someone learns something by reading one of my books, I'm happy. :-)

Mona Risk said...

Keena, That last line is a fantastic hook.

Keena Kincaid said...

Thanks, Mona. It's a hook, but it's oh, so true. Poor Tess.

Susan May said...

The story sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading it.

Keena Kincaid said...

Thanks, Susan. It's so good of you to stop by. I hope you like reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.