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There is a Huge Black Friday .99 Kindle SALE! Check out some of these great authors below and don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win lots of fun stuff!

The sale runs from Black Friday to New Years, so lots of time to buy LOTS AND LOTS OF FABULOUS BOOKS published by Crescent Moon Press!

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Caden’s Fate, by Kate McKeever

Fairyproof, by Constance Phillips

Resurrecting Harry, by Constance Phillips

Speak of the Devil, by Shawna Romkey

The Devil Made Me Do It, by Shawna Romkey

What Gifts She Carried, by Lindsey Loucks

The Grave Winner, by Lindsey Loucks

Violet Midnight, by Lynn Rush

Violet Dawn, by Lynn Rush

Violet Storm, by Lynn Rush

Wasteland, by Lynn Rush

Awaited, by Lynn Rush

Tainted, by Lynn Rush

Prelude to Darkness, by Lynn Rush

Son of a Mermaid, by Katie O’Sullivan

Blood of a Mermaid, by Katie O’Sullivan

Wanted: One Ghost, by Loni Lynne

Ruined, by Kinley Baker

Denied, by Kinley Baker

Endured, by Kinley Baker

Gemini Rising, by Louann Carroll

A Shadow of Time, by Louann Carroll

Dakota Capitve, by Alythia Brown

Sorrow’s Point, by Danielle DeVor

Sorrow’s Edge, by Danielle DeVor

Red, by Reese Reed

The Memory Witch, by Heather Topham Wood

Not Your Average Fairy Tale, by Chantele Sedgwick

Not Your Average Happy Ending, Chantele Sedgwick

A Stiff Kiss, by Avery Olive

Won’t Let Go, by Avery Olive

Idyllic Avenue, by Chad Ganske

Rift Healer, by Diane M Haynes

Still Hunt, by Diane M Haynes

First Contact, by Kat Green

Citizens of Logan Pond: Life, by Rebecca Belliston

Irons in the Fire, by Penelope Marzec

The Company You Keep, by Penelope Marzec

Kiss of Blarney, by Penelope Marzec

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My Blogging Lapse, RT2014 People-Watching, and Stuff

Nancy Brant asked me to participate in a writing process blog hop and I saw it as an opportunity to post something. I haven’t blogged in a while. It sucks, but there’s a reason for it that’s relevant to my writing process. For me, writing takes one road, and reading/reviewing/blogging/promoting take another. I am working on strategy to manage both at the same time, but I’m not there yet.

There are a few, very exciting things happening with my writing career. A few years ago, I would have found one of them greatly disappointing. The benefit of time, and rapid progress in the industry, is that what might have been a setback only three years ago is now a blessing, and not even a disguised one. I apologize for being vague. I’d love to tell the story, because I think it’s an interesting one, but I neither can nor should. Truly, it doesn’t provide much value for other writers, not even for those in a similar situation.

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Marie Sexton, Me, and Alanna Coco

I attended RT 2014 in New Orleans this year. I met great people, spent a lot of time with my childhood friend, Marie Sexton, and sat in on some insightful panels. However, the most valuable thing I took away from the conference is something I observed while people watching among the indie authors. The ones that are successful–which I will define as having name recognition with strangers (think Lilliana Hart)—had two things in common that most of the authors in NOLA lacked. One, they referred to themselves as “indie publishers”, and two, they don’t sit still. Their books are the sellable component of their personal businesses, which is kept afloat with various entrepreneurial requirements. Whereas many self-published authors are fighting to connect with readers to sell a book, these few are reading trade publications, making connections, and building brands. Their books are marketing them, rather than the other way round.

Clearly, it’s not a model for success that can be implemented overnight by a working mom with a daily 50-mile round trip commute, but it’s nice to have an attainable goal.

Right now, the bulk of my focus is on Glitch, book one of a YA Sci-fi series. As of this morning, Glitch is a working title, because a book with that title was released in the same genre back in February. The idea for “The Winter Son” trilogy came about from a desire to dabble in the war between angels, but make angels the bad guys. It was originally called “The Choir Boys,” and it was intended to be a paranormal romance featuring an immortal paramilitary operative, but my main character argued that he wasn’t old enough to vote, so changes had to be made. I finish books, but they’re never the ones I start.

I’ve been asked how my work is different from others in its genre. I think that’s a question better left to readers. There’s a literary concept called “suspension of disbelief” and basically, readers cannot relate to something perfect. The more incredible something is–wealthy, beautiful, and/or powerful—the more flawed it has to be. Take any superhero you like and weigh his/her strengths against weaknesses. You’ll find they balance each other out.

It might be a cop out, but I try to make my characters on the average side, more representable of the young adult population. I avoid hot heroes and girls with red hair and green eyes. I have smart kids who make dumb, and sometimes selfish decisions. My world building is largely contemporary, but as the story progresses and the surface is scratched, evidence of richer, darker, even alien worlds can be found beneath.

I never set about writing this way. It evolved over time. I’m half-Japanese, and having been raised in Wyoming, I have come to self-identify as a white woman. For half of my life, I was a practicing Mormon, but in my 20s, I discovered an atheist within. I’m Pro-Gun, Pro-Choice, Pro-Fiscal Responsibility, Pro-Diversity, and a straight ally of the LGBT community. My writing, I believe, is a reflection of me, and written for my 16-year-old self…a girl whose life was shaped by reading books that were over her head.

My writing process is one that needs to change the more I think about it. I work out ideas in notebooks, write scenes in Scrivener, edit on hard copy, and I get done when I get done. It worked well when I was writing for myself, but my goals have changed. One day, I hope to quit my job and write full-time, and spending two years to complete one book isn’t going to get me there.

I was supposed to tag in three other writers to post next Monday, but like I said…I have two roads at the moment. Finding authors to participate turned out to be on the other one. Instead, please check out these great new releases.

Summoned, by Rainy Kaye

The Devil Made Me Do It  (Book 2, Speak of the Devil Series), by Shawna Romkey

Endured (Book 3, Shadowed Love Series), by Kinley Baker

Book Review: Denied, by Kinley Baker

Denied, by Kinley Baker
Crescent Moon Press, July 1, 2012

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.

Denied opens with Caleb, the leader of the alien tribe that is currently squatting near the Shadow Shifter’s castle, meeting with King Valerian. Caleb wishes for his displaced warriors to be accepted among the Shadow Shifters, but there’s a snag. The Varner warriors are the only people to attack the kingdom. Ever. So, Caleb’s offer to help protect the Vale’s kingdom from invasion falls a little flat. Vale is a man who thinks several steps ahead. His gut tells him that Caleb is trustworthy. At the same time, he knows his people’s collective gut will not unless Vale can say, 100% convinced, that the Varner have been accepted by their Ancestors. So, after Caleb assures the king that the Varner men will not be kidnapping village women, Vale gives the Varner warriors a good faith task to complete.

Caleb breaks his promise to Vale almost immediately when he comes upon a woman practicing with sword. He feels a change within him that he’s been waiting for all of his life. The Shadow Shifter woman is his aroha, and she is dropping her left arm. He steps in to correct her form. When he tells her that he will never allow her to see battle, she takes his words as supreme arrogance. She tells him her name only to keep him from kissing her.

Three days later, Caleb stands in a town recently abandoned by the kingdom’s neighbors, the Gaspar. All that remains is a body being picked apart by birds and a Varner sword lying nearby. Needing Vale’s trust, Caleb decides to take the body and blade back to the Shadow Shifters’ king, even while knowing that telling the truth could ruin everything he’s working for if Vale doesn’t believe him.

Author Kinley Baker played with cultural taboo in her Shadowed Love series’ first novel Ruined, when she put reluctant King Vale under the spell of a woman his people considered a disastrous match. In Denied, she sets ambition and desire at odds, gives both a pistol, and orders them to start walking. The reader has about twenty paces to guess which of our fated lovers—Tabitha or Caleb—has the faster draw. The answer may surprise.

Souls in the Shadow Shifter kingdom are born with one of four gifts by their Ancestor gods: warrior, healer, seer, or sensitive. Tabitha was born with a warrior spirit, but being a woman, social mores demand that she ignore her calling. Her father set up a fruit stand to give her a feminine occupation. She is expected to marry and have children. Tabitha rejects being swaddled and stuffed into that box. She wants to serve on the king’s guard. Her best friend Max is not the best of swordsmen, but he helps her prepare for the day she’ll fight to earn her place.

Caleb is an open-minded guy. Although he clings to the traditions of a dying race, he is willing to make sacrifices for the bigger picture. A series of unfortunate events revealed that the Varner can successfully mate with Shadow Shifter women. Caleb prays to the “gods in the sky” because his men are at the mercy of King Vale’s superstition and judgment. With Tabitha, he beats down the voice inside that says she shouldn’t handle weapons because he knows she will not accept him as her mate unless he accepts that much about her. And still she denies him.

A common trait of sentient beings, be they mortals, Varner, Shadow Shifters, is a tendency to paint our opinions—informed by our upbringing and experiences—over whatever scene lies before us. This is a huge factor in Denied. It fills in the shadows of every level of the novel, but it wreaks havoc on Tabitha and Caleb’s relationship. Her continued rejection of Caleb’s claim to her is bolstered by her father holding her back, by the teasing of fellow villagers, by her gut reaction to men who recognize her skill yet still dismiss her for being a woman. Caleb is different, which is part of why she loves him, but his words and actions accidentally offend her chafed self-esteem. At times, he seems to view her as fragile, and at others, property, all without consulting her about what exactly what they are to each other.

Tabitha frustrates Caleb because she doesn’t respond the way a Varner woman would to his claim. She should be happy to have found her one true mate. Having lost every woman and child of his race, he sees her ability to protect herself as a bonus, because maybe if the Varner had taught their women to fight, their people would be on the brink of extinction. She should be grateful to lay down her weapons, to let him care for her like the precious gift that she is to him. But, Tabitha insists that someday she will fight in battle along with the Shadow Shifter guards. He doesn’t understand why she would want to. He doesn’t mean to be possessive, but she’s the only woman for him. When he says he won’t let her fight in battle, what he means to say is that he can’t risk losing her.

Perhaps, if the two had sat down and given the other long enough to explain their positions, they would have sorted things out way sooner than they did…but, what fun would that have been?

Readers who liked Ruined will love Denied. I would also recommend the novel to fans of paranormal romance.

Rating: ★★★★★

New Release: Denied, by Kinley Baker

DENIED (Shadowed Love, Book Two), by Kinley Baker
Crescent Moon Press, July 2, 2012

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.

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My review of “Ruined” (Shadowed Love, Book One)

Character Interview: Caleb & Tabitha (with “Darkness Falls” Arland Maher and Kate Wilde)


Kinley Baker is the author of the fantasy romance novel, Ruined. She read her first romance at the age of thirteen and immediately fell in love with the hero and the genre. She lives with her husband and her dog, Joker, in the Pacific Northwest. As a firm supporter of all supernatural lifestyles, she writes fantasy romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. You can find Kinley online at:

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Cover Reveal: Denied, by Kinley Baker

I don’t think I can explain how excited I am for this book! It’s a sequel of Ruined, which I highly recommend that you add to the top of your To-Be-Read list, if you haven’t already!

DENIED
SHADOWED LOVE, BOOK TWO
By Kinley Baker
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

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.

There is a Rafflecopter Giveaway associated with this book, but the form isn’t showing up here. Go to Kinley’s blog to enter.

Book Review: Ruined, by Kinley Baker

Ruined, by Kinley Baker
Crescent Moon Press, July 2011

Jessica 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 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.


Jessalyn spies from the shadows while a man swims in a pond with his dog. She shouldn’t watch, she knows, but he’s beautiful, naked, and she can’t help herself. As Senior Healer in the king’s service, she knows that it’s a day of reckoning for his brother, Valerian. Their kingdom’s laws provide that the people should not go more than 45 days without a ruler on their throne, and King Zander has been missing for 44. Shortly after, the prince is summoned. His play time is over, and Jessa reluctantly returns to work.

Vale, as the rogue prince is commonly called, has labored hard his entire life to avoid responsibility, so the obligation to determine his missing brother’s fate is a heavy one. In truth, while they cared for each other, Vale and Zander were never close. The younger brother was perfectly happy being next-in-line to rule while Zander was present, healthy, and bound to have an heir sooner or later. But now, as he stands before a restricted chamber door, key in hand, he is moments from learning the king’s fate, and by default, his own.

The artifact that lies within is a massive stone fountain called The Well. Water pours into the catch pool from nine feet above, and small bubbles float in the water below. Each one holds the spark of a Shadow Shifter’s life force. The one belonging to Zander is dim. Vale is hopeful for his brother’s life, and his own freedom, only long enough to summon his sister, Arianna. Together they watch the light in their brother’s bubble go out.

Jessa is then summoned to pronounce the king dead, a stark duty of her position. Afterwards, Vale gives her a letter left behind in the chamber by the king. There was one for each of them. Zander tells tells his brother that Vale is the better man. He warns his sister not to marry a certain ambitious council member under threat that he’ll come back to haunt her. To Jessa, he shares a secret and an instruction to destroy the letter. The king’s siblings find it strange that their brother would confide in his doctor (presumed to have been his lover) and not them. But, as they both admit when their grief dulls a bit, they didn’t know their brother any better than they knew him. On the other hand, Jessa was Zander’s closest friend.

As in nearly any case when a balance of power shifts suddenly, there’re people cranking their brains to finds ways to take advantage of the situation, and there is no rest for the wicked in this kingdom. In motion are plans to marry, depose, and kill Vale before the guy has a moment to remember that he left his dog by the pond.

Unlike Vale, who can transport his body through shadows, Lady ran the whole way home in the rain. (Poor soaked dear!) It’s a pretty little metaphor for the abrupt shift in the prince’s life; he’s made a leap into a dangerous arena, while the casual life he prefers remains behind with his dog.

Adding to Vale’s concerns about becoming king, and Jessa’s about her job security, they both have a great deal of lust for each other. They are both also under the mistaken impression that the other doesn’t share their feelings. Their dance around each other dominates the first half of the book, and I was reminded of Benedict and Beatrice from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Jessa and Vale are intelligent, strong, even stubborn characters who flirt with denials and snark. Vale resists his desire, as getting it on with his dead brother’s mistresses is against his own rules. Jessa interprets his blundering attempts at avoiding temptation to be disdain for her. She has a less than innocent reputation, after all, and since clearing up the misunderstanding would actually cause her greater scandal than being a whore, she lives with the shadow. For her part, she resists temptation to spare Vale the same scrutiny that Zander faced during their acquaintance. Vale just doesn’t know what to do with the thought of a woman who doesn’t want him and fires her on more than one occasion, regretting the move each time. Finally, when Vale learns the truth, that she loves him…always has, and always would, he knows he’ll never be with another woman.

Of course, when you see the word “never” in fiction, it usually indicates a conflict brewing. And what’s a romance without something tearing the lead couple apart. In Ruined, that something is a heavy, multi-dimensional obstacle.

Ruined is a quick, buttery-smooth read, from a talented writer, and the execution of drawn-out sexual tension is one of the best that I’ve read in last twenty years. Bypassing this book would be a shame. Also, there’s a sequel coming.

Rating: ★★★★★