by Taylor Hobbs
GENRE: Historical Fantasy Romance
As the Cloaked Shadow, Fawkes has made his career breaking into prisons for any contract with a large enough purse. He takes advantage of the kingdom’s impending revolution by playing both sides of the conflict. Each rescue contract he fulfills turns a tidy profit until he angers the wrong duke.
Charlotte is a criminal-in-training who yearns to crack her mentor’s guarded façade, but is unprepared to confront the depths of his dark past. As her sense of right and wrong blurs, Charlotte discovers just how far she will go for the Cloaked Shadow and the sacrifices he requires.
Now hunted throughout the land, Fawkes must face long-buried secrets in order to survive, but they could destroy him. Charlotte risks everything, including her heart, to set Fawkes on the path to redemption.
Will Charlotte have the strength to pull Fawkes into the light, or will she follow him into the shadows?
Fawkes’ attack pressed Charlotte backward, and soon they were outside. As Charlotte’s feet slipped in the mud, she realized she had lost her size advantage. Lightning cracked across the sky, illuminating her surroundings long enough to blind her, and she failed to anticipate the next punch. It landed hard on her right shoulder and spun her around.
Before she could steady herself to counter, her arm was wrenched behind her back. Fawkes had a grip on it with one hand, the other around her throat. She stood flush against him, feeling his harsh breath and pounding heart as it beat against her back. They stood like statues, neither one of them wanting to the first to break the spell.
The roar of thunder made her jump and brought them back to reality. “I’ve gotten better, haven’t I?” Charlotte couldn’t help asking. She’d meant it as a quip, but it came out too hopeful.
She felt Fawkes sigh, tensing his hold on her before dropping his grip. With her back still to him, she waited for his answer. Instead, his hand brushed wet hair back from her face before a finger traveled down and traced her jawline. Charlotte leaned into the touch, but then it was gone. She turned to see only darkness, and then a flash of lightning showed his tall frame heading back to the cave.
Interview With the Author:
- How long have you been a published author?
This is my debut novel, so I’ve been published for a grand total of five days! However, I’ve been working toward getting published for about five years. Cloaked is my third novel. It took three books to really get my style and process down.
- Do you have any new releases coming soon?
No releases scheduled yet after this one, but I am working on a fourth novel. Fingers crossed it gets published also!
- If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
If I could co-write with a Wild Rose Press sister, I would pick Mary Morgan. She is an unbelievably kind and talented author. Her Dragon Knights series has a similar feel to Cloaked, so I think we would work well together.
- Do you listen to music while writing? If yes, what songs are your favorites?
I write best with white noise, preferably outside in nature or in a coffee shop. If I listen to music I just start singing along and get distracted. When I’m not writing, I like listening to The Lumineers, Vance Joy, and Dirty Heads.
- What genres do you write in?
I write adult fiction, usually Women’s Fiction or category romance. My writing tends to include fantastical elements, though, and favors magical realism or light fantasy.
- If you could write anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to sit down and write for an afternoon in the Elephant House. It’s the cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland where J.K. Rowling drafted Harry Potter. There has to be some serious magic in the place.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Taylor Hobbs lives aboard a 38 ft sailboat named Story Time with her husband, baby girl, and dog. They are a military family and who love to travel, whether it is by sea or air. When she’s not writing, Taylor enjoys doing yoga and planning her next adventure. You can keep up with their crazy life at cannonstocruising.com or follow on Twitter at @tayhobbit.
Cloaked is her debut novel and can be found at https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6046-cloaked.html
Taylor Hobbs will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.