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Endured Release Day!

15 May

Hello! I am so excited Endured, the final novel in my Shadowed Love trilogy, is now out! Please help me celebrate the conclusion of my first fantasy romance trilogy by reading the opening excerpt below. Hopefully you’ll want to read more!

Chapter One

In her whole royal, privileged, stifled life, Ari couldn’t remember ever being this bored. The Court members droned on about this and that, posh and circumstance. Their tones pitched high. The subject matter was droll. She rolled her eyes with her usual dramatic sigh. These men and women really needed to take a romp through the shadows to liven their moods.

“The villagers should pay us with goods for their right to live within the walls of this kingdom, as well as the Varner,” a rigid sitting woman said with her pointed nose aimed toward the tall windows.

“Absolutely not,” King Vale said. Ari’s brother’s staunch devotion to the happiness of their people rarely failed to amuse her.

It did today, after hours of listening to this drivel. The attitudes of the Court members left a sour taste in her mouth.

“Our duty is to protect the people, not obligate them,” Vale said.

Nothing he hadn’t already stated five times. Not that the Court listened with their less than receptive ears. So boring. She scowled at her brother, the man responsible for her being in this room.

Her chair scratched against the tile floor as she pushed away from the long table. The attention of the room snapped toward her. She sprang to her feet, and her long nails dug into the flesh of her palms.

She tilted her chin up under the scrutiny. “I object.”

Vale frowned at her from his throne. “What do you object to now, dear sister?” His less than endearing tone only encouraged her bad behavior.

Sweeping her arms around to include all the heavily spice-scented, self-serving pompous members, she gestured emphatically. “I object to all of this.”

A deep sigh escaped the king. “Ari, you wanted more responsibility.”

What she wanted was to be understood. Apparently, that was too much to ask for. “I wanted to find a purpose. Joining the Court is not my purpose.”

“I think we can all agree to that,” an uppity man chirped in.

Ari skewered him with a glare as sharp and deadly as the dagger she wore strapped to her thigh. The man cowered under her attention. Served him right for interrupting a conversation that was obviously between siblings.

“I don’t know what you want.” Her brother’s tired words made her cringe.

That was the whole problem. She didn’t know what she wanted either. If she didn’t figure it out soon, she’d go mad. Some already claimed she was mad, but she just considered herself festive.

“The Gaspar men will come back for their women.” The deep, familiar voice froze her in place. She glanced back at the man she detested above all others. The Head Guard, Reid, stared at her, not even blinking. He dismissed her, focusing on her brother again. Reid was always dismissing her.

“We must protect the kingdom.” Reid moved closer and brought with him the sweat drenched robes and hardened muscles of a well-exercised Warrior. Not that Ari cared about the way the fabric clung to his massive biceps.

The Court grumbled, already tired of this old fight.

Several fortnights had passed since the Gaspar invaded their kingdom. But Reid kept insisting the men would come back for the women who her brother had given temporary sanctuary to.

“Those men ran scared,” Ari said. “Why do you keep saying they’ll come back? We have no proof.”

Reid’s gaze skimmed over her again, before dismissing her without words. She really hated when he did that.

You can read more by clicking below!

BUY LINKS

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

GoodReads

I’ll be adding more links as they post.

Endured, Shadowed Love, Romance Novel, Fantasy Romance, Kinley Baker, Rain, Sword

BLURB

Princess Arianna rises up to defend the women of the Gaspar from the men who made her a victim. Her pain is raw. Her need for the one man out of her reach is vicious. She must save the Gaspar women and prove her worth to a kingdom who questions her strength.

The Head Guard, Reid, depends on his control to tame the darkness inside him because his secrets are better locked away. Only one woman holds the key to breaking him completely. His loyalty is first to the king. Or is it? Ari has the power to bring him to his knees. With his inevitable death by the shadows looming on the horizon, he can’t afford to fall.

King Valerian grants the Gaspar women sanctuary. But the Gaspar men won’t stop fighting until every Shadow Shifter is dead. One side won’t survive the battle.

*hugs and celebrations*

Kinley

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Endured Cover Reveal and Blurb!

5 May

I’m happy to share the cover of ENDURED!

Endured, Shadowed Love, Romance Novel, Fantasy Romance, Kinley Baker, Rain, Sword

And the BLURB!

Princess Arianna rises up to defend the women of the Gaspar from the men who made her a victim. Her pain is raw. Her need for the one man out of her reach is vicious. She must save the Gaspar women and prove her worth to a kingdom who questions her strength.

The Head Guard, Reid, depends on his control to tame the darkness inside him because his secrets are better locked away. Only one woman holds the key to breaking him completely. His loyalty is first to the king. Or is it? Ari has the power to bring him to his knees. With his inevitable death by the shadows looming on the horizon, he can’t afford to fall.

King Valerian grants the Gaspar women sanctuary. But the Gaspar men won’t stop fighting until every Shadow Shifter is dead. One side won’t survive the battle.

***Please add to GoodReads HERE if you’d like to check it out when it releases May 15th.***

I’m happy to guest blog any time in May if you’ll allow me to visit! Please e-mail me at kinleybaker@gmail.com or leave a comment.

Also RUINED (click here) and DENIED (click here) are still on sale for $2.99 each. 🙂

Thank you!
Kinley

Irony, my name is Kinley

28 Apr

Over the weekend I promised to return to blogging on Monday. Of course, I had several posts ready so I was very confident. But as usual, those posts didn’t seem right for today when I went back and looked at them.

This is ironic, because for those of you who visit, you know that last year I ended the year feeling silenced. It wasn’t a silence forced on me by anyone but myself. Every time I wrote something I would doubt if it was too controversial or if it would be taken the wrong way.

It doesn’t help that every day the internet shows us an example of words taken out of context or something stated that’s still so shocking, even the internet is outraged.

I’m guilty of feeling safer being quiet rather than putting myself out there. But when someone is so safe, I think they lose a bit of themselves.

So, in an effort to not allow myself the comfort of not posting, I’m posting today.

It’s nothing brilliant or remarkable or any of the things I think writers hope to be.

It’s simply that I told you I would return and I have. Maybe at some point I’ll even manage to be funny. It feels like a long while since I’ve been funny.

Last year I ended at the blog promising to speak more and I disappeared for almost five months. There were reasons, and I’ll post on them, but for today, I think it’s important to remember not to lose ourselves because we’re afraid of how we’ll be perceived. I know a lot of you don’t struggle with this as much because I watch you online and I’m jealous that you’re rock stars and confident in your identities. 🙂

But I struggle with it, as you might have figured out. Maybe this is just my way of saying I don’t want to be afraid anymore. Being a writer, you have to take chances and live with the fallout. It’s always been the fallout that worries me.

I might have feared I didn’t have the strength. But strength doesn’t come from nowhere, does it? It’s hard earned.

These are a few of the lessons I learned while writing the Shadowed Love trilogy. Sometimes my characters teach me more about myself than I’d like.

The heroines in the Shadowed Love books taught me that there isn’t only one kind of strength, fear is relative, and some things are so important it’s worth the sacrifice to fight.

With the release of Book Three, Endured, on May 15th, this is really hitting home lately.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Ruined (Book One) and Denied (Book Two), I’m happy to announce they are on sale for a limited time at Amazon for $2.99 in eBooks.

RUINED ~ A king falls for his forbidden Healer, but is the forbidden exactly what the kingdom needs to survive?
BUY LINK

DENIED ~ When two warriors fight for supremacy in a battle of the heart, will they both thrive in victory?
BUY LINK

For blurbs and excerpts, visit HERE.

I’m glad to be back.
Kinley Baker

New Sale, New Release, New Energy!

26 Apr

I will be returning to blogging on Monday! I’m very excited. I have lots of stories to tell because life has been interesting but first I want to share that Ruined, Book One in the Shadowed Love trilogy, and Denied, Book Two in the Shadowed Love trilogy, are now on sale at Amazon for $2.99 each for a limited time! This is to celebrate the release of the third book, Endured, on May 15!

I’d really appreciate if you could help spread the word on this sale. This is my first fantasy trilogy and while I’m sad it’s almost over, I could not love the third book more. If I could share this love with you all, it would mean so much! Thank you!

Buy RUINED (Book One) for $2.99!  ~  Buy DENIED (Book Two) for $2.99!

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RUINED BLURB:

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.

 

DENIED BLURB:

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.

 

Much love!

Kinley Baker

@kinleybaker

*Yawns* – Hey Monday, Looking Good… Err…

25 Mar

I’m not sucking up to Monday… I have no idea what you’re talking about!

Happy beginning of the week. I’m exhausted. I have zombies on the brain, and I’m working on edits for Endured (these two things are not related). My Editor loves the story. Woot!

I’ve been doing something I don’t really like doing though. Listening to the whole final version with text to speech software.

It’s a real pain.

In life, we must sometimes do the things we don’t want to do. I need to stop complaining about it. Lol.

To celebrate, I’m sharing my blurb for Endured. This story nearly ripped me apart from the inside. But don’t worry it also put me back together again.

Blurb for ENDURED

Princess Arianna rises up to defend the women of the Gaspar from the men who made her a victim. Her pain is raw. Her need for the one man out of her reach is vicious. She must save the Gaspar women and prove her worth to a kingdom who questions her strength.

The Head Guard, Reid, depends on his control to tame the darkness inside him because his secrets are better locked away. Only one woman holds the key to breaking him completely. His loyalty is first to the king. Or is it? Ari has the power to bring him to his knees. With his inevitable death by the shadows looming on the horizon, he can’t afford to fall.

King Valerian grants the Gaspar women sanctuary. But the Gaspar men won’t stop fighting until every Shadow Shifter is dead. One side won’t survive the battle.

Thank you for reading!

Do you have any big plans this week?

Kinley Baker (@kinleybaker)