We are lucky enough to be joined by author Kinley Baker. She's been kind enough to answer a few questions for us, and give us an excerpt from her book Ruined.
1. I love Jessa’s spark, did you model her after someone you know, or is she a character
who lived in your head?
That is a lovely compliment, thank you. Jessa is a character who lived in my head. And
she had to live there for a long time before I could finally write her correctly. It took me a
lot of drafts and soul searching to give her the spark that balances out the other sides of
2. What is your favorite genre to read when you have downtime?
I love romance! Give me a happy ending, and I am a fan. My favorite romance to read is
usually category romances. But I also follow paranormal romance closely.
3. What is something that your fans don’t know about you?
Hmm… good question. I would say that they probably don’t know that I think I’m
hilarious. But if you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that. Lol. But what you
might not know is that I get my sense of humor from my father, and all growing up he
told me he wasn’t sure that was a good thing.
4. How did you get started writing?
I graduated with a degree in Creative Writing, but it wasn’t until I started reading a lot of
romances that I realized I needed to write. I wrote my first book in 2008, and I’ve been
writing ever since. Once I joined Romance Writers of America in 2010, I hit the ground
running trying to learn as much as I could about the craft. It was also a great way to
meet other writers, which definitely helped me continue on this journey.
5. Any advice for aspiring author’s?
Keep writing, keep reading, keep believing. Learn about the craft. There are so many
different paths to travel. Find one that works for you.
6. What’s next for you?
Book Two in the Shadowed Love Series. Right now the working title is Denied. I am SO
excited about this book. Caleb is the hero, and I can hardly wait until we finalize the title
and blurb so I can share more.
As promised, here's the excerpt from Ruined, enjoy :)
"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
"Well, I did." Vale came around the desk and propped one hip against it, more of a threatening than
"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."
Well, that sounds amazing right?? I'm so excited to read it.
About the Author:
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 at