Author Spotlight: Kinley Baker
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Kinley Baker!
Nicknames: I don’t have any. Is that sad? Will someone give me one?
Where do you live: Pacific Northwest
Your favorite dessert: Cheesecake
Your favorite TV series: There are too many to choose from! Probably The Big Bang Theory. I quote Sheldon often.
Last book you read: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
Last movie you watched: Magic Mike
Last song (or album) you bought: Red by Taylor Swift
A book/series you could read over and over again: Any series by Nalini Singh.
Coke or pepsi? Diet Coke!
Day or night? Day. I believe in vampires too much to choose the night.
Pen or pencil? Keyboard.
Summer or winter? Winter, unless I have to drive in the snow.
Cat or dog? Dog.
Tea or coffee? Coffee.
Plotter or pantser? Both.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I always loved the idea of being an author. I went to college for creative writing. After I graduated, I went on a romance reading binge, and that’s when I knew romance was it. The road has been rocky and fabulous and more than I ever could have imagined.
What are you working on now? The final book in the Shadowed Love trilogy. Ari’s story is challenging me to my limits, but I hope it’s all for the best. I’ve cried so many tears over this book. Ari guts me. Her hero guts me. Their scenes together gut me. You get the idea. Lol.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? There isn’t really anything I want to be. Except maybe a rock star. But I can’t sing. Or play an instrument, despite my best efforts.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? I scare so easily it’s hard to decide. Probably publishing. It’s very hard for me to put myself out there both on social media and in my stories. But it’s easier for me to put my stories out there than blog about myself.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My husband. I’m pretty sure all the inspiration he’s given me has been completely accidental on his part. He challenges me though. I can spend days thinking out logical conclusions related to the world and writing, and he never fails to find a flaw in it. Free philosophical help.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I’d love to be able to sing and rock out on stage. I love music so much.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? The chicken pox scar on my nose. I grew up figure skating with this impossible pressure to be perfect. When I saw that scar one day and decided I loved it because it made me unique, I knew beauty was much more interesting than what I’d been taught to believe.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Whatever first made you want to write, cling to that and keep going. The destination might not be where we expect, so enjoy the journey. And if you’re having trouble enjoying the journey, you are not alone. I’m working on that, too.
Author Bio: Kinley Baker has a terminally tender heart and an inconvenient sense of humor. She loves puppies and cries at celebrity weddings. Kinley believes that romance novels are the keys to world peace, because if you’re holding a book, you can’t be holding a gun. Kinley supports all supernatural lifestyles and believes “happy ever after” isn’t only for the normal. Her books Ruined, Denied and Freed are available now from Crescent Moon Press. Excuse My Fairy releasing from Etopia Press in December 2012.
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 in a union that lasts 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 the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.
When invaders brutally massacred the women and children of the Varner, Caleb witnessed loss and destruction on a scale few can comprehend. As the leader of a race on the brink of extinction, his only hope for survival is gaining acceptance into the Shadow Shifter Kingdom. Struggling with new customs, he meets Tabitha, a woman who challenges his limits.
Refused the right to join the king’s guard because of her gender, Tabitha must be stronger than the men to prove she deserves to be the first accepted female Warrior in the kingdom. She believes Caleb will help improve her abilities, until she learns her goals conflict with the foundation of his culture.
When the realm is attacked, Tabitha and Caleb must come together not only to fight, but to find the strength to win against an evil with the potential to destroy everything they revere most–including each other.
After mortal invaders slay a Shadow Shifter woman, Queen Ella knows there is more blood on the horizon. As the most powerful Sensitive in the village, Ella has always known she’s destined to save the kingdom. But her task seems impossible. She must move the Well of Souls to a new realm to save her people or risk failing the Ancestor gods.
The woman King Falon loves will never love him back, despite a binding marriage built on regal decorum. Falon’s first duty is to his people, and he only wants to provide the Shadow Shifters with a safe future. He must assert his power to gain the respect of the warriors.
Harder still, King Falon must accept the salvation of his people lies with his own Queen Ella, a woman who speaks madness… a woman he’s always loved, but hardly knows.
Excuse My Fairy
Her magic breaks all the rules. He breaks all of hers.
Draybeth is broken. Her fairy powers don’t work, her magic is completely dysfunctional, and not even her bad attitude and soft heart can win her back into Fairy favor. Exiled from their land, she struggles to make a life for herself in the human world. But when her bar burns to the ground and she meets one of the Impassables–the devastating Lawman Barrett–things become even more of a struggle. An arrest, murder, and abduction challenge everything she’s worked for, and worse, the Impassable Lawman appears to be her destined mate. But darkness stirs deep within Dray’s heart, and she’s not about to drag the gorgeous lawman down with her.
Barrett never expected to find himself mated to a fairy, let alone one with such a wicked temper and a short fuse. Being an Impassable, he should be immune to fairy magic, but Dray’s magic burns through him like lightning, just as everything else about her ignites him, body and soul. The fairy’s power over Impassables threatens everything this new realm was built upon, and as a Lawman, Barrett’s job is to make sure those threats are eliminated. But his feelings for Dray make him question just where his duty lies.