My new book, Bloodsworn: Bound by Magic, takes place partly in northern California, and partly on another world called Avalyr. A recent vacation, however, proved to me that you don’t have to leave Earth to find yourself in another world.
When People think of Las Vegas, Nevada, the first thing that pops into their mind is, of course, the fabled Strip. Crowds of people, millions of bright lights, and a cacophony of blings, tweets, beeps, and bells from the countless slot machines that are literally everywhere. But as impressive as the Luxor, Bellagio, and other casinos were, the Strip isn’t what impressed me most about Vegas.
From the air, the area surrounding Las Vegas looks very alien. Whole sections of land resemble nothing so much as a giant’s misshapen footprint pressed into the ground. Mountains, valleys, deep cracks, wide canyons, and miles of grayish brown terrain as far as the eye can see. A world away from my home in central Florida in more ways than one. Of course, I’m sure someone who grew up surrounded by rocks, sand, and Joshua trees might think the same thing flying into the Orlando area with its lush greenery and numerous lakes. Everything is relative, right?
Everything is also not what it seems from 20,000 feet in the air. On the ground, I discovered my first impression of barren hills and lifeless terrain was completely wrong. The stark, hauntingly beautiful landscape teamed with wildlife and made me feel as if I truly were visiting another planet. Ridiculous? Maybe. But standing in the shadow of a towering mountain or walking through the gloom of a narrow slot canyon does wonders for a person’s belief in the impossible.
The heroine of Bound by Magic has her own problems believing in the unbelievable. Avera St. John is a research chemist who has lived in many different countries and experienced a wide variety of cultures. Still, moving from base to base with her Marine father never prepared her for moving to another planet.
Just like I found my first impression of the landscape surrounding Las Vegas was way off the mark, so Avera discovers her first impression of her new neighbor, Devlin Kel, falls far short of the real thing. She thinks he’s an executive in town on business, never dreaming that business is her. When she discovers he’s come to Earth to claim her for his own, she knows her safe little scientific world will never be the same.
Kidnapping Avera from her world is the last thing Devlin wants to do. He’d much rather woo his beautiful prophecy bride into accept him willingly. But when assassins show up on Earth to kill her, he knows he may not have a choice.
Read Bloodsworn: Bound by Magic, to find out what it takes for Devlin to convince his Starmate—the one woman in the universe born just for him—to exchange her world for his.
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Kathy was born and raised in central Florida. She grew up running wild through orange groves and swamps, tagging along after her older brothers when possible or creating her own imaginary adventures. Writing fiction has always been a passion for her so it’s a mystery how she ended up working as an accountant.
When her two sons grew up and moved out, she filled her empty nest with a computer and began writing again. Bloodsworn: Bound by Magic is her third completed manuscript. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, Tampa Area Romance Authors. She is also a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and the Infinite World of Fantasy Authors.
Kathy still lives in Florida, riding herd on her three cats and getting frequent visits from her two sons, Joe and Jon.