Monday, 23 April 2012

Guest Post: The Story of the Varner by Kinley Baker

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The Story of the Varner

The Realm of Shadows in Ruined is formed by three groups: the Shadow Shifters, the Varner, and the Gaspar. The first book focuses on the Shadow Shifter Kingdom and the rise of a new king. The second book focuses on the Varner.

The Varner are a group of muscular warrior males who have been traveling to alternate realms since the destruction of their home realm, Heketoro. They have arohas, which are destined mates. An invading army attacked while the Varner army was away securing vital resources, and their women, children, and elders were slain in a vicious slaughter. The Varner culture revered their women above all else, but then they were left with no one to worship. They deeply mourn, but they also need to discover how to prevent the extinction of their race.

The second book is about Caleb, the leader. He’s a man who has witnessed great loss. But he’s determined to provide a future for his men. When he’s pitted against Tabitha, he’s truly put to the test. Tabitha is a Shadow Shifter Warrior by birth, and she’s determined to be the first female guard in the kingdom. Caleb battles against the guilt he feels over his failure to provide a hopeful future for his men. He realizes Tabitha is nothing like the delicate women of Heketoro. Even while she intrigues him on every level, he can’t help the fire in his gut that roars he must protect her as he failed to protect the women of his home realm.

In DENIED, Caleb struggles in examining what it means to revere a woman and how change might be a good thing. Tabitha definitely changes his whole perception and world. But will it be enough to join their peoples and keep the realm safe?

For the first time, I’m revealing the blurb of DENIED, Book Two in the Shadowed Love Series!

Sneak Peek of the DENIED Blurb:

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.

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

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