Hi everyone! Today I have a special guest on the site: Kinley Baker, talking about her upcoming release, Ruined.
ME: We’re here today to talk about your debut release, Ruined, set to be released by the Crescent Moon Press. Huge congratulations on your sale! When is your official release date?
KINLEY: Thank you, Rosalie! Ruined will be released at the end of this month.
ME: Can you tell us a little bit about your story?
KINLEY: The story focuses on the hero and heroine, Vale and Jessa. Jessa is a Healer who places her gift above all else. Vale is a Warrior thrust into unexpected power because of the death of his older brother. Not a fate he expects, but one he’ll reluctantly embrace. He battles his new position and his hidden attraction to Jessa. (Author intrusion: I’ve always had a love of scandal and the Shadow Shifter Court is full of it. Oh, and another side note: The people in the Realm of Shadows shift through the shadows of their Ancestor gods.) Vale is human in his grief. But he’s a strong man with a good heart. And he falls in love with Jessa, despite the Court’s decree against the union.
ME: What inspired you to write a fantasy romance?
KINLEY: I wanted to create a realm where magic ruled. A place where shadows thrived and the Ancestors of the past were honored. The Shadow Shifters were formed with the ability to shift through shadows. The Ancestor gods also blessed their people with four spiritual gifts that travel through bloodlines: Warrior, Healer, Seer and Sensitive. I love the world of fantasy, but romance drove my need to write from the very beginning. Once Vale and Jessa appeared in my head, it became clear I could write a love story in a world full of the elements I’d choose to value if given the choice of living in an alternate reality.
ME: What do you think your readers will like most about Ruined?
KINLEY: Ruined is a little funny, a little dark and full of heart. The villains took on a life of their own from the beginning and Verity and Andre are two twisted people who want the same goal but have very different motivations. The Court inspires scandal. Deception thrives in the castle. But the fun part is that even noble Vale and innocent Jessa are willing to dance on the side of wicked.
I hope everyone gives Ruined a chance because the real reason why I write is to sweep readers away. If I do that, ever, for even one person, everything that led to here is worth it.
ME: What’s next for you? Do you plan on writing a sequel?
KINLEY: Ruined is a trilogy. Book 2 is Caleb’s story. And Book 3 stars Ari. I’ll have more exciting news to share about this very soon! Stay tuned.
ME: Can you tell us about how you decided to become a published writer? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do, or did you (like me) get hit by the bug a little later in life?
KINLEY: Great question! I love the romance genre. In my teens, I fell in love with Ty from Nora Robert’s The Villa. Every hero I’ve read since has opened my eyes to what makes a worthy male in the world of fiction.
I started writing a year out of college and knew it would be romance. What makes people fall in love? Every journey is different. I find the stories worth writing. I’m not sure when I decided to submit to publishers, but somewhere along the line I tripped over courage. And from then on everything about this journey has felt like this is exactly what I should be doing.
ME: When you aren’t writing, who are your favorite authors to read?
KINLEY: I go fan girl on my favorite authors. Lol. Larissa Ione, Virginia Kantra, JR Ward, Nalini Singh, Nora Roberts. These authors taught me that a book can be magical and inspired me to attempt to create the same feeling in readers.
I had a professor in college who told me happy endings weren’t original. It took me a year after graduating to decide she didn’t know what she was talking about. Each happy ending and the journey to get there is unique. Happy endings might not be for her, and that’s fine. I’m liberal with my reading prescriptions: Read what you love. I love romance. And that’s what I’ll write. Unless life has other plans. But I really hope it doesn’t.
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Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court’s Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient’s.
Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he’s given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family’s hold on the land——and his deceiving advisors aren’t afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.
But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.
Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but little do they know, the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.
I got special permission to post a sneak preview of my excerpt J
“You.” Fury burned hot under Jessa’s skin as she glared at Vale. “Who do you think you are, demanding I come live in this castle? You can’t just order your guards to enter a woman’s home and pack up her things.”
“Well, I did.” Vale came around the desk and propped one hip against it, more of a threatening than casual movement. “Someone tried to kill me. It makes sense that I have my Healer close by.”
She released a pent-up breath. “Why couldn’t you have explained that instead of mandating?” Silly. Her imagination had run away with her. The king needed his Healer. But the realization he didn’t want her made her angrier.
“Because I didn’t want to give you the option of saying no.”
She most definitely would have said no.
“If you would have explained your reasoning, I would have complied. Your safety and health come first, even if I—”
“Even if you what?”
“Loathe you.” She bunched her fingers into two fists, seriously tempted to hit him. For all the nonexistent pain it would inflict upon him.
“Do you?” His tone deadened with calm. “Because I can’t stop thinking about you.”
“That’s normal.” She brushed off the claim. “I saved your life.”
He moved in a blur. A true Shadow Shifter. One second he stood near his desk, the next he had her in his arms, one locked around her waist and one hand tangled in her hair. Their lips almost brushed.
“I can’t stop thinking about you.” His murmur played down her spine, leaving a tingling trail. His scent invaded her. His voice embraced her like bare skin against satin sheets.
Her heart beat fast, her pulse jumped.
She disliked him, but didn’t want him to let her go.
“Have you been thinking about me?” His soft tone feathered over her flesh.
“Only how much I dislike you.” Lust pulsed in her belly.
He pulled her head back gently by her hair, so they looked straight into each other’s eyes. Their bodies pressed tightly together. “Liar.”
Learn more about Ruined here!: http://crescentmoonpress.com/books/Ruined.html
So what’s your favorite part of reading fantasy combined with romance?