Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interview & Giveaway - Hathor Legacy: Burn by Deborah A. Bailey

Hathor Legacy: Burn

by Deborah A. Bailey 



On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-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. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced 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, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. 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.



A blast from a stunner shot out, illuminating the darkness. It hit the wall above Nadira's head and sent out a shower of sparks.  

Out of the darkness, a woman dressed in grey coveralls ran out of the shadows. In her fist she clutched a long, metal cylinder. The woman raised her arm to strike, as a screeching cry that sounded like the whine of a mining drill escaped her lips.  

Nadira reached out and sent an energy blast in the woman's direction, sending her flying. She fell and slid across the floor.  

In front of her, on the other side of the warehouse, she saw three figures struggling under the overhead lights. One of them was dressed in security garb. "Lt. Lin!" As she ran towards them, Nadira saw the glint of an oversized, mine-issue stunner, then bright blue light shooting out. 

A man leaped towards her. Gripping a smaller stunner that fit in the palm of his hand, he aimed at her head. She sent out a blast that pushed him back. He crumpled on the ground, gasping.  

Piercing screams echoed through the area, followed by stunner fire. Lt. Lin stood in the lighted area.  

When she spotted Nadira, she rushed towards her. "Nadira! Watch out!"  

But before she could get far, two bright blue and white stunner blasts hit her. She swung and managed to get off a shot before she went down.  

"No!" She moved towards her, but stopped short as four figures emerged out of the shadows. All she could see was the outlines, and hear the rustle of their coveralls.  

"Who are you?" A gruff, male voice demanded.

 Let's Learn a Little about Deborah A Bailey:
What is your writing environment? 
I have a room with a window overlooking the backyard, so I get to look outside and see what's growing. It's pretty simple with a long desk where I can arrange my stuff. Unfortunately there's also a lot of room for clutter! When I'm working on something I have printed pages and post-it notes and whatnot all over the place. Since I collect postcards, I have those up too. It's nice to have colorful things to look at while I work. 

Who is your perfect hero and why?
My perfect hero has self-assurance, intelligence and a good sense of humor. Right now my idea of a hero is influenced by Mr. Spock, though when I was younger it was Captain Kirk. At this point I can appreciate the man who knows how to handle things without drama. He has integrity and will stand up for what's right, even if others don't agree. 

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
A few months ago I found author Linda Mooney (I was a guest on her blog talk radio show). I really enjoy her books because of the worldbuilding, the adventure and the strong heroines. She's able to blend sexy stories with science fiction and it works. The "science" part of the science fiction doesn't overpower the love story. I think that's important because some readers might shy away from SFR because they think it'll be all space battles or "hard" science. But you can have a balance and it can be very entertaining to read. 

What type of book have you always wanted to write?
One day I'd like to try writing a mystery. Though I'm not sure if I'll have the patience to outline it properly - I'm a pantser and not a plotter! I have a fondness for the British murder mystery shows and I always try to guess who-done-it before the person is revealed. I think it might be fun to see if I can write one.  

Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Learning a language--though I'm still deciding whether it'll be Spanish or French. I learned Spanish in high school, but didn't continue it. Taking a trip to Paris, and taking a train ride across Canada. When you travel, it really opens up your creativity. So I think it's a good pastime for writers! 

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
Hathor Legacy: Burn is book two in the series (Hathor Legacy: Outcast is book one). I wanted to go into more detail about the creation of the Guardians and see how Nadira's relationship with Jonathan would unfold. As it turns out, a lot of information has been kept from her, so she has to solve a crime and a mystery. This leads to both Nadira and Jonathan coming to terms with what they mean to each other, and how they can work together when the situation calls for it.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
It's a scene where Nadira has been through a few tough situations and she's trying to keep it together. Jonathan senses that she needs to stop feeling so responsible for everyone, and he urges her to let go. It was one of those scenes that I wrote without knowing where it would lead. But I wanted to show that even though she's very resourceful and has PSI abilities, she still has to learn that she can't do it all by herself.

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
Right now I'm working on a paranormal romance that should be finished by September. It'll be two novellas about a lion shifter and the human woman he falls in love with. It's a sexy romance and I'm having fun writing it. As I mentioned, I'm planning for September, but you know how it goes with deadlines!

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
If I'm not writing, I'm reading. It's really hard for me not to be writing something. I'm also a freelance tech writer, though that isn't as interesting as writing fiction. When the weather is nice, I like to take walks or go to the park. It's hard to get away from my laptop, though.

What would you consider a perfect date?
Going out for dinner or just having coffee at a nice sidewalk café. I don't like a lot of fuss, so as long as we're having great conversation and are in nice surroundings, I'd enjoy it. But of course, if I could have something chocolate-covered for dessert, that wouldn't be bad either. 

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
My first real job was in the fashion industry, and for a while I wanted to be a fashion designer. I went to Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in that industry for a while in fashion merchandising and as a copywriter for JC Penney. I love writing, but if I'd stayed on that path, I might not have decided to become an author--and probably not an author of science fiction romance. So I think I'm on my right path now and doing what I love.



AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

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. But writing was never far away from her heart, so over the years she wrote and published stories set on other worlds and in Earth's future. Ultimately she fulfilled a lifelong dream and completed her first novel in the Hathor Legacy universe, Hathor Legacy: Outcast. 

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. In 2013 she published a short story collection, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. In her "other" life, she's a freelance writer who's published three non-fiction books and countless articles that have appeared in print and online. Visit her blog for writing tips, interviews and updates.



Deborah will be awarding a free print version of Hathor Legacy: Burn to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour (US ONLY), and a Grand Prize of a $45 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  The more you comment, the better your chances of winning!
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