Thom Jones liked it.
I'm Wrabid Writer. I was a regular here years ago before they, ahem, began charging for the priviledge. My old posts and stories are around here somewhere.
My real name is TK Kenyon.
I've just published a novel. It's called [I]RABID [/I](by TK Kenyon.) Available on Amazon, BN.com, and in fine bookstores everywhere.
My website is [URL=http://www.tkkenyon.com]www.tkkenyon.com [/URL]. You can read the first chapter there. Hope you folks like it.
I'm touring to support [I]RABID[/I]. Next week, I'll be in Iowa, where I got my MFA. I'll read at the Davenport B&N (4/22), Prairie Lights in Iowa City (4/24), and Beaverdale Books in Des Moines (4/25). Upcoming trips to NYC, Wash DC, and AZ.
I got a couple good reviews. I have blackmail-quality pictures of Thom Jones, so he gave me good quotage. :cool:
[B][I] "WHAT'S NEXT? WHAT'S NEXT?"[/I][/B]
"RABID is a solid good read by first time novelist TK Kenyon, a gifted writer who has crafted a book of such mystery that you find yourself, at midnight, on the edge of your seat, asking, 'What's next? What's next?'"
-- [B]Thom Jones[/B], Award-Winning author of: The Pugilist at Rest, Cold Snap,
Sonny Liston was a Friend of Mine
[B][I]"A GENRE-BENDING STORY"[/I][/B]
[B]*STARRED REVIEW*[/B] A priest, a professor, the professor's wife, and his mistress--it sounds like the set-up for a dirty joke, but debut novelist Kenyon isn't fooling around. What begins as a riff on Peyton Place (salacious small-town intrigue) smoothly metamorphoses into a philosophical battle between science and religion. You would think that in attempting to deal with so many different themes-- shady clergy, top-secret scientific research, marital infidelity, lust, love, honor, faith-- Kenyon would run the risk of overwhelming readers. But, and this is why Kenyon is definitely an author to watch, she juggles all of her story's elements without dropping any of them--and, let's not forget, creates four very subtle and intriguing central characters. This is a novel quite unlike most standard commercial fare, a genre-bending story--part thriller, part literary slapdown with dialogue as the weapon of choice (think Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf)-- that makes us laugh, wince, and reflect all at the same time. Kenyon is definitely a keeper.
-- David Pitt, [B]Booklist[/B], December 1, 2006
[I][B]"IMPRESSIVE MEDICAL THRILLER"[/B][/I]
"When a New England woman discovers her research scientist husband is cheating, she appeals to the clergy for guidance and unleashes high drama that pits religion against science in Kenyon's heated debut novel. After finding pink panties in husband Conroy's suitcase, Bev Sloan seeks spiritual guidance from young replacement clergyman Dante (parish priest Father Nicolai has disappeared after allegations of sexual misconduct). Heavy-handed marriage counseling sessions and a few innocent dinners with Bev lead Dante, smitten with lust for Bev and battling a drinking problem, into a crisis of faith. Meanwhile, Conroy takes a mad scientist turn in his campaign for a promotion. Bev and Dante's courtship unleashes some serious bodice-ripping, and when Conroy remains unrepentant about his dalliances, jealousy and anger erupt in a murder, a tense jury trial and the discovery of a lethal, lab-cultivated aerosol rabies virus. [T]o her credit, Kenyon manages to rein her characters in nicely at the conclusion of this … impressive medical thriller."
-- [B]Publisher's Weekly,[/B] 10/30/06
[I][B] "THRILLING … SHOCKING"[/B][/I]
"RABID is a biopsy of our heated emotions and troublesome philosophies. Kenyon puts the vanishing point between science and religion under an electron microscope, and what she finds there is as thrilling as a discovery and as shocking as a revelation."
-- [B]J.C. Hallman[/B], author of: The Chess Artist, The Devil Is A Gentleman
"RABID is sensational, scandalous, and sexy. A remarkable novel, not to be missed."
-- [B]Derek Armstrong[/B], author of: The Game, MADicine, The Last Troubadour
[I][B] LIKE ROBIN COOK ON STEROIDS[/B][/I]
“Rabid is one of those reads that hits the ground at full speed and picks up momentum from there. Either T.K. Kenyon doesn’t care where the brake pedal is or decided she didn’t need one and frankly, she's right. This is a full blown scorcher of a novel. Dual themes; out-of-control scientific research, and Pedophilia make hot-as-the-devil premises and great material for Kenyon’s fascinating scientific and philosophical tirades. Science and religion. Rabid gives no quarter. The characters are flawed. You feel their pain, their fear. They sear their way into your subconscious. Still, you root for them. The American priesthood is infested with pedophiles. The reasons have never been explained better, made more exciting, or offered as much hope for the future. Get yourself a copy, strap yourself into your favorite chair, and find out what’s really been going on behind closed doors.”
–[B]Art Tirrell[/B], author of The Secret Ever Keeps.
Thanks for reading,
Real rejection slip: I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, you just don't know how to use the English language.