Genre: Paranormal Romance
Word count: approx. 71k
Pages: approx. 275
Author Kate Baray begins her new paranormal romance series with Lost Library, a tale of werewolves, magic, adventure and romance.
John Braxton arrives unannounced on Lizzie’s doorstep. Little does she know that when she invites him to a drink on the porch, Lizzie opens the door to a secret world of werewolves—oops, they don’t like that name!—Lycan, magic, spelled books, and power hungry evildoers. Caught up in one man’s search for power, Lizzie soon begins to uncover surprising secrets about her own past and powers.
And romance with a serious but sexy Lycan? It might just happen…
Worth had almost reached the door, when he stopped, straightened, then let out a guttural snarl. A noise very unlike the urbane, sophisticated man Lizzie had seen thus far. He stood silently for a moment. When he turned, Lizzie couldn’t see any sign of the anger or distress he’d voiced. He looked exactly as he always had, elegant and in control. Her heart beat erratically, quickening in panic then slowing as she willed herself to be calm. Something was horribly wrong, every instinct told her so. But she would maintain her composure.
Worth spoke to both Moore and Lizzie, saying, “I’ll be keeping you company for a few minutes longer. We have some unexpected guests.”
No! Not now, not yet. That was her first thought. She knew it was John. In her gut—in her heart—she knew it was John. She feared for her family, certainly. But the immediacy of his presence made him the focus of her fear. Worth was a factor John couldn’t have accounted for.
Her response to Worth was visceral. He frightened her on a level she didn’t truly comprehend. It was as if the juxtaposition of his polished image and the malevolence she knew he harbored made him even more terrible and frightening. Evil should look evil, dammit.
She needed some kind of plan. She had to help, because sitting by and watching the man she just might be falling in love with fall prey to Worth—well, no. That wasn’t happening.
Kate Baray is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy writer. She lives and writes in Austin, Texas with the help of her spotty dogs and hound. Kate has worked as an attorney, a manager, a tractor sales person, and a dog trainer. All exciting and interesting jobs, but none so much as writing!
Interview:I would like to thank Kate Baray for taking the time to answer the following questions about herself and her book, Lost Library.
What is your favorite part of the story, Lost Library?
I like the almost-end part the best, so I can’t describe it without huge spoilers. The general idea is that there’s a mostly-magical fight near the end. Maybe because it took me a while to write it, I became attached through the process J
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
John…Max…Hm. Either of those boys could likely take care of business on an island. Fend of creepy crawlies (snakes, spiders, and such), catch dinner, light a fire. But sadly, they’re both taken. I’d have to go with Harrington since he’s pretty handy in a fight, very capable with a few sticks and some flint, and not attached…as far as anyone knows.
What is your typical day like?
The writing part of my day is concentrated in the early and late hours, simply because that’s when I’m most productive writing. It’s interesting, because I’m not a morning person at all. Not surprisingly, I write quite a bit at night (definitely a night person), but I also roll out of bed, potty the dogs, and climb back in bed to write some early mornings. Especially cold mornings. And yes, I do like to write in bed. You sleep experts can tell me how naughty I am and that I’m ruining my sleep by working in bed. Shame on me, I know. But I sleep great, thanks J
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I can’t remember where I read this, but some clever soul wrote in some blog somewhere that it’s a good idea to take a break from writing at a point before you’ve run out of plot or motivation. It’s very similar to a basic principle I follow when I train with my trailing dog—so I was comfortable with giving it a try for a while J
I outline the beginning of the next scene before I stop writing for the day. That makes it easier for me to start the next day with some good momentum. And if that doesn’t work, I just make myself write something. Even if I don’t use it later, it gets me rolling again.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes! I’m working on book 2 in the Lost Library series. Lizzie and John’s story continues in books 2 and 3. Book 2 is scheduled for release this Summer!
What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
I love the instant gratification of ebooks. And I have found, through moves and combining and separating households, that I periodically feel pressured to down-size my paperback collection then regret what I’ve culled. With ebooks, I can collect and hoard to my heart’s content. Reader heaven!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! If you’re a reader, then you’ve invested time in me and my work. I can’t thank you enough for that investment!