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Author Interview with Deb Bailey

Book Related Questions:

1. What is your latest book about?

My book, Hathor Legacy: Outcast is a futuristic paranormal romantic suspense. It’s about a group of people on the planet Hathor who are descendants of colonists from Earth. A powerful corporation runs things there, and the group, the Guardians, use their psychic abilities as a sort of security force. The excitement starts right away with a robbery at a mine on a nearby planet. The CEO is missing and his son, Jonathan is pulled into the investigation. He goes to Hathor and meets Nadira, who is one of the Guardians. From there, things get interesting.

2. What is the inspiration behind your book?

I have a few inspirations. First is my interest in psychic phenomena. Then, since I grew up watching Star Trek and Twilight Zone, I love futuristic elements. It’s exciting to think about what might happen when people go to live on other planets. But I also grew up reading comics, so the superhero element is there too. You could say the Guardians are like superheros, but without the costumes.

3. What’s your favorite scene in your book? Can you describe the scene?

My favorite scene is where Nadira uses her powers to rescue Jonathan from an attack at his hotel. She discovers powers she didn’t even know she had. I don’t want to share any spoilers, but I’ll say that the scene is a turning point in their relationship. They start working together and their romantic feelings start to grow as well.

4. Imagine you are trapped on a deserted island. Which character would you prefer to be stuck with, and why?

Hmmm, that’s an interesting question! Though Jonathan is very resourceful and sexy guy, I think I’d have to choose Nadira. She’s got a lot of powers that would probably be helpful in that type of situation — and we’d probably get back to civilization sooner!

5. What makes your book stand out from all the others on the market?

It’s got a mix of science fiction, paranormal and suspense which might not always be put together. Often I feel writers are expected to fall into one category or another, instead of following where their story (and their heart) leads. In addition I wanted it to have a multicultural element because that’s a reflection of the world we live in.

6. What do you want to resonate with readers when they read “The End”?

I want them to like the characters and be interested in learning more about them. And I hope they feel like they’ve been on a bit of adventure as well.

Fun Trivia:

1. Coffee or chocolate? You can only choose one!

That’s a tough one because I love them both! But even if I stopped drinking coffee, I’d have to have chocolate.

2. Favorite movie or TV show?

Right now my favorite TV show is Sleepy Hollow. It’s suspenseful, fun and a bit scary at times too. It’s a rollercoaster ride, which is always fun.

3. Book that made you laugh hysterically, shed tears, or want to change the world?

When it comes to shedding tears, the first one that comes to mind is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s about cloning and love and a lot of big questions. Not a happy ever after ending, unfortunately, but the love story is something that stays with you. It was made into a movie a couple of years ago.

4. If you could write in any other genre, what would it be? Why?

Mystery would be my first choice. I like solving puzzles and watching things unfold–which explains my addition to Law & Order reruns! I’ve read a couple of romantic mysteries where the case is being solved while the relationship unfolds. I think that makes it even more interesting when you can put those two elements together.

5. What was the first romance novel you ever read?

The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodwiss was my first romance novel. It’s certainly an “old school” romance – which is not a put down at all. That’s how I characterize the sweeping sagas with larger-than-life alpha males and strong women who tame them. This particular book had a lot of history included as well and went on for pages and pages. You really felt like you were in another world entirely.

6. What do you think is the most important element a book needs to be successful?

If a book can connect with the reader and transport them to another place, then I think it will be successful. Good storytelling is key. As a writer, that’s what I strive to do when I sit down to create a story. I want the reader to feel and experience the situations that the characters are going through.

7. How can readers connect with you and learn more about your writing? (Be sure to include social media links!)

You can find me here:

Blog: http://www.BrightStreetBooks.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AuthorDeborahB

Facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/coachdeb

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/debstyle3

Amazon author page: http://tinyurl.com/lejqdu9

Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/AuthorDeborahB

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On the planet, Hathor, a powerful group called the Guardians serves as the security force for Novacorp, the corporation that runs Hathor with its ruthless monopoly. Nadira, as one of the most powerful Guardians, is expected to use her intuition and telekinetic powers to keep the capital city safe from thieves and intruders.

Jonathan Keel, son of a mine CEO on the nearby planet, Astarte, is wealthy, privileged and used to getting what he wants. When his father goes missing after a robbery and explosion at the mine, he defies the authorities and heads to Hathor to search for him and for the robbers.

Security is on high alert and Nadira is charged with protecting Jon. She rescues him from an vicious attack and discovers that the Guardians have another agenda that has nothing to do with solving the crime.

Jonathan finds evidence of his father’s possible involvement, while his attraction to Nadira forces her to confront all she has known about being a Guardian, especially the rule to put duty before her personal feelings.

Struggling with their growing desires, and chased by company security, Jon and Nadira flee the city. But solving the crime leads them to endure betrayals from the people closest to them, as secrets are revealed that not only link their pasts but also threaten to destroy Jon’s family and separate him from Nadira forever.

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