Let us all welcome Deborah A. Bailey as she introduces us to her novel – Hathor Legacy: Burn and answers our interview questions!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I love being by the water, so I’d pick St. John, which is one of the US Virgin Islands. It’s a beautiful place and not as developed as the other islands because most of it is a national park. It’s under the radar as a destination, so it would be the perfect place to kick back and get away from the stress.
What flowers would be in your ideal bouquet?
Anything with bright colors. Zinnias are beautiful, as are black-eyed Susans. Usually during the winter I pick up flowers from the supermarket. That way I can have color while everything outside is snow covered.
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
Lately I’ve been hooked on The Divide. It’s a legal thriller that comes on WeTV. I’m a Law & Order junkie, so I enjoy watching shows where there’s a lot of suspense and mystery. It also gives me ideas for places I can take my stories, since I always add a bit of mystery and suspense to my work.
What dish, when you prepare it, has everyone asking for seconds?
Cupcakes! I have a very simple recipe, which is good if you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. They’re great desserts to make for any occasion. And you can use different frostings, or add decorations, to change them up. I’m more of a baker than I am a cook, so if someone wants me to bring a dish. I volunteer to bring the dessert.
Yes or no: Does size matter?
Hmmm. I’m inclined to say that it doesn’t. The size doesn’t matter if you don’t know what to do with it. I’ll just leave that right there!
Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what else did you want to do?
Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. From a very young age I told anyone who would listen that writing was my thing. I’ve been doing it since I was around 8 years old, so I think it’s safe to say that it’s my calling. Years ago I transitioned from copywriting into computer programming. After a while, I realized that I had to get back to what I really enjoyed. So I started taking on technical writing projects. Now I do that as a freelancer, and when I’m not doing that, I’m writing fiction.
How do you celebrate each book release?
Usually I get a nice bottle of sparkling wine and pop the cork. After all the work, and the stressing over the story, I can finally celebrate that I completed it. That’s the most important thing, celebrating the fact that you did it. Give yourself the credit you deserve for starting and finishing your project.
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain.
Frankly I don’t think that’s possible. If what you’re writing fits the characters and their motivations, it can never be too much. Now, if it’s there to fill up a plot hole or just because you think you should drop it in, then it’s not going to work. Readers can tell if it doesn’t feel right, or it’s not the right time. I’m working on something right now that will probably have more sex scenes than I’d originally planned. But as I’m getting to know the characters, it feels right to me. It’s flowing from their feelings for each other. As long as it doesn’t seem forced, I don’t think there’s a limit.
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy? Tell us about it and why.
It’s in the excerpt that I’ve included here. Nadira has survived an ambush, and she’s starting to realize that there’s a conspiracy going on that is threatening the Guardians. Jonathan wants her to stop holding in all her frustration and pain from the events she’s experienced. She’s used to doing it all on her own, and he wants her to accept that he’s there for her.
I didn’t know how that scene was going to go when I wrote it, so it was surprising for me to see how she would react. She’s strong and has PSI abilities, yet she has doubts, fears and at times doesn’t make the right decisions. I think that scene shows that she may be powerful, but she’s also human. And it shows how much Jonathan loves and supports her.
On your road to mega stardom, what types of interesting or odd jobs have you held?
I certainly wouldn’t mind mega stardom as a destination! But my first “real” job out of college was as a data entry operator. I was responsible for typing in the text for yellow page ads. Who knew that job even existed? After that, I decided to go into the fashion industry as a copywriter, so I got a job in the garment district as a merchandising assistant. It was fun, but not glamorous at all. My manager was VP of Merchandising and at times I had to order her groceries or make sure her fur coat was picked up from storage. But I also got to see the fashion industry from the inside, so I did learn a lot.
What can readers expect from you next?
Right now I’m working on a paranormal romance about an entrepreneurial shifter who falls in love with a human woman. It’s going to be fun and sexy, but with a bit of drama as they navigate their relationship. I’m planning 2 books right now, but I might do more. I’m drawn to science fiction and the paranormal, so my stories will always have at least one of those elements.
Blurb for Burn
Book 2 in the Hathor Legacy universe.
On the planet, Hathor, a new threat emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.
Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. In the meantime, the Guardian Elders have plans of their own for her, and they involve forcing her to sever her psychic connection to her lover, Jonathan Keel. When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, things begin to spiral out of control. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.
As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor.
“Jonathan.” She drew him down to kiss her. “I couldn’t help Lt. Lin and the others. I tried, but there were too many people coming at me.”
“You called me. I heard your voice,” he said. “I knew something was wrong.” Jonathan rubbed his face against hers.
“I want to get out of here.” Nadira pulled back the covers. She was wearing some sort of baggy, dark blue smock. “Where are my clothes?”
“The doctor says you should stay until tomorrow. So, you’re staying.”
“I’m fine,” she insisted.
“Jonathan…” She gave him a look that should’ve made him back off. It was hard enough being stuck here, but now everyone was treating her like she couldn’t take care of herself.
“It’s just one night,” he said, as he kicked off his boots. “I’ll stay until you go to sleep.” He pulled back the covers and slid into bed next to her.
“What are you doing?” She scooted over to give him room. “This bed isn’t made for two.”
“Even better.” He settled himself on his side, and then pulled the covers over her. “Lori Zakry told me I have an apartment in the Palatine, courtesy of Novacorp. We’ll stay there.”
“Jon, I’m not hiding,” she protested. “Besides, there’s no reason for anyone to be after me.”
“They’ve got lots of security. We’ll stay until you’re feeling stronger.”
“What about my things? My clothing?” As much as she understood his intent, she wanted familiar surroundings.
“You’ll have everything you need.” He smoothed her hair off her face and kissed her forehead.
“Jon, Varyn let me read her thoughts. They forced her to…an exec paid to watch her be…” Nadira shuddered. Would she ever get that experience out of her mind? It felt like it had happened to her. “It was done to break her. Stop her from fighting back. That’s what they did to all of them.”
“Who did it? Could you tell?” Jonathan asked.
“No. I didn’t recognize anyone from what I saw. She’s blocked a lot out, which makes sense. Even seeing her thoughts didn’t bring up the faces of the people who brought her here, or the people who started the fire.”
Nadira tried to sit up, but her arms ached so much they couldn’t support her. Instead they wobbled and she was forced to drop back down against the pillows.
“Relax. You’re not going anywhere.” Jonathan propped himself up on his elbow and pulled the covers back over her.
She looked up into his grey eyes. What she saw there wasn’t what she was expecting. But it wasn’t just concern for her that had etched the dark circles under them, there was something else.
“You look tired,” she said, as she ran the tip of her finger along his face, following the line of his squared jaw. Stubble pricked and tickled her skin, encouraging her to continue her exploration. After reading Varyn and being attacked in the warehouse, she’d shut down her awareness, just so she could block out her emotions. If she allowed herself to feel something now, she’d have to feel it all, and she wasn’t sure she was ready for that.
Jon captured her hand and pressed it to his lips. “I didn’t know how to find you. A security officer told me about the warehouse fire. When I got there, they told me to check the medi-evac. I heard you calling me.”
Had she? She couldn’t remember now. In fact a lot of the attack was hazy, without clear definition, like waking up and trying to remember a dream. “I couldn’t save them. I tried and I couldn’t.” Tears welled up in her eyes, blurring her vision and making her feel ashamed.
Emotions were to be controlled at all times. That’s how Zina had trained her, and that’s what she had always fallen back on. But now, it wasn’t working.
“Let it go,” Jonathan said. “It’s all right.”
“No.” She shifted and turned her back to him. “Stop. Just go. Come back in the morning.” She wasn’t ready yet. If she let it out now, she’d never be able to stop.
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Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: 2 winners with a choice of an autographed print book , a Kindle ebook, or a PDF ebook of Hathor Legacy: Burn
How to enter: Answer this question: If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?
Deadline: Contest ends Friday, September 12th 11:59 EDT
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About the Author
As a little girl when Deborah A Bailey was watching Star Trek and Twilight Zone, she was writing and drawing her own superheroine comics. When she grew up, she continued to write and followed her love of technology into a career as a computer programmer and developer. Over the years she wrote and published stories set on other worlds or in Earth’s future. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun.
She’s the author of two novels, “Hathor Legacy: Outcast” and “Hathor Legacy: Burn,” and a short story collection, “Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.” In her “other” life, she’s a freelance tech writer who’s published three non-fiction books and articles for online publications.