Friday, July 29, 2011

Kinley Baker

Welcome this lovely and talented author-- Kinley Baker. Thanx for stopping by, dear friend.

Wanting What You Can’t Have
In RUINED, Vale and Jessa both suffer from a serious case of wanting what they can’t have. I think all of us are guilty of this at one time or another. Circumstances or conflict prevent us from attaining the one thing we want the most. For Vale and Jessa the forbidden thing they desire is each other, and it’s the tragic history of the Shadow Shifters keeping them apart.

I have no control over what happens in reality. But as an author, I can give Vale and Jessa what they want in the end. As long as there’s a lot of drama, emotion and conflict in between. Sometimes wanting what you can’t have doesn’t really mean you can’t have it.


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.


"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

"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."



Kinley Baker read her first romance novel 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



  1. Thnx Kinley for visiting. I love the excerpt. I can't wait to read it.

  2. Thanks for allowing me to visit, Rhonda! I'm glad you like the excerpt :-)