Last week, this text exchange happened.
Husband: Do you know Kaylin Peyerk? (includes link to this book.)
Me: No… Should I?
Husband: I thought maybe she was in your writers group.
Me: Nope. Is she local?
Husband: She’s (his coworker’s) girlfriend, and her book just came out.
Me: Cool. Guess I’m getting a new book today.
And, you guys get to find out more about Kaylin and her books, so, settle in!
High Fae Acedemy: Year One
Tiana is an elemental fae who can control all five of the Earth’s elements, but all she’s ever wanted is to have a normal life. Because of this, she has spent her entire existence avoiding the High Fae Academy for gifted supernaturals.
After a successful twenty-one years of avoidance, a prophecy describing the next Great War leads academy recruiter Orin to her home. He offers her a new start, an explanation, and training for her wayward power. Tiana can’t help but accept when she feels a draw toward him that leaves her breathless.
Little does she know that her powers are more than anyone had bargained for.
“Open your eyes, Tiana.
My eyes flutter open and I sit up. A silhouette of a fully transformed fae male is sitting cross-legged in front of me. He’s the spitting image of Lucian with small differences. He looks like he’d be taller and brawnier. Despite him merely being an image made of magic and light, his eyes glow deep purple, the darker cousins to Lucian’s. His midnight hair is long and pulled back behind his head in a braid running down his back. Rowan could be Lucian’s older brother. Or a more dangerous, feral, and powerful version of him.
“Why do you look just like him? How are you doing this?”
My reply comes out breathy and strange. He replies, and while his mouth moves, I can only hear him in my head.
Using your magical well, I can manifest like this for short periods of time. I look like Lucian because I am his distant relative. Before I became the king of the fae, I was a citizen of the spirit court within the royal family.
My hands move toward his form by themselves before I snatch them back again, “Can I touch you?”
He moves closer, one blink he’s a few feet away, and then his knees are nearly touching mine. It doesn’t startle me. If anything, I lean closer to him in wonder. His form is made up entirely of magic, swirling colors moving quickly throughout.
You may touch me, if you’d like to.
I reach out with shaking fingers and lay one hand against his chest. It feels solid and real. Like he’s living and breathing right in front of me. When his fingers come up to brush my cheek, my eyelids flutter closed. It almost feels like my own soul is caressing me, comforting me, making me whole again. I hold his face in my hands and run my thumbs over his smooth cheeks. When Rowan smiles at me it takes my breath away. Magic is sparkling off him so vividly that I almost want to shield my eyes.
While Lucian calls to my spirit, Rowan calls to my very being. The darkest depths or recesses of my soul. He knows everything about me, yet I can sense love and tenderness from him that makes me feel safe and happy. We move to lie side by side together with our hands clasped tightly.
We lie there like that long after darkness had fallen and the stars came out. We spoke about our fears, his life he led while being king, and what may come of us in the future. It’s a simple interaction that has no expectations, no tensions, and it’s a relief to have this time with him. Although, it may have had the opposite effect of what Rowan was hoping for. While I feel closer to him, and my heart aches for him, he still isn’t real, right? He can’t stay with me forever like this. And do I only like him more now because he resembles Lucian, the man that I’m almost certain is my fated mate? The confusion in my chest grows as I roll onto my side to face him.
His form is dimmer now as if he doesn’t have much more time before he will disappear. It allows me to better study his features. Rowan has a strong jawline, deep coal violet eyes, and crow’s feet that speak of many hours spent laughing. I can see his emotions plainly on his face as he watches me in return. Love, fear, uncertainty.
Are they simply a reflection of my own feelings, or is Rowan capable of feeling things? I’m still not sure how this shared body thing works. The thought leads me back to the main question I keep asking. As if sensing my inner monologue, he leans over me, one hand on either side of my head. His eyes search my face, while his looks vulnerable. The pure honesty we have between us gives me the courage to ask him one of my many burning questions.
Are you real?
I am real, Tiana. For you, I am real.”
My name is Kaylin Peyerk, and I live in the beautiful state of Michigan. I have five full bookshelves, a bursting Kindle library, and a total love for the written word. My favorite genres to read are paranormal romance, fantasy, and the occasional contemporary novel. I am a lover of swimming, video games, and my golden retriever.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I work full time during the week as an accountant so I get up around 7AM in order to get to work by 8am. After work I work out, take my dog for a walk, and then sit down to write for an hour or two.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been a reader for many many years, but I wrote my first book in my freshman year of high school. That year we read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in class and I found out that she wrote that in high school which inspired me to give it a try, and the rest is history.
What made you realize you wanted to write romance?
To be honest, I didn’t even know I wanted to write paranormal romance. I just found the genre this year and have read almost everything that Kindle has to offer. Then I realized I’d love to dip my toe into the world of academy paranormal romance books as they are very hot right now. It sounded intriguing and fun while also allowing me to write to a flourishing market.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment has changed over the years, but I would say starting my book subscription box businesses is one that makes me the most proud. I have two that service separate niches and I love interacting with all of my fellow book lovers through this platform. It allows people who love the same genres to connect.
Do you have any hobbies?
I have two main hobbies that I do almost everyday. Of course the first is reading, and I try to read within my written genre. This is because I love paranormal romance, and it’s great to get a feel for what the readers are enjoying as well to better serve them. The second is computer games such as League of Legends or Civilization Five. These are strategy and moba games that take a lot of patience and concentration. I love that about them.
What are some of your writing goals?
I would like to finish and publish my last two novels in my three book series next year, and publish my three part novella series as well. Each supernatural species that attends the High Fae Academy will be getting their own three book novella series. I’m excited to expand the universe.
Who are your favorite book boyfriends?
I have several, I promise. Some of my favorite book boyfriends are Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, Daniel from Fallen by Lauren Kate, and Ren from the Tigers Curse series by Colleen Houck.
What are three of your best writing tips?
I would say my three tips are:
- Write everyday even when you don’t want to.
- Save edits for later or you’ll never finish the book.
- Make a good playlist to listen to while writing.
Dog or cat person?
Dog! I have two, one is a golden retriever named Walter and the other is a corgi named Gannon.
City or country?
Both as I grew up in the country but now live in the city.
Morning or night person?
Get things done early or procrastinate?
Both? But mostly early.
Introvert or extrovert?
I’m a writer, so introvert obviously.
Questions about the book.
You’ve just released the first book in a brand new series, High Fae Academy: Year One. Congratulations!
What do you like best about writing paranormal romance?
I would say how different and interesting romantic relationships can be in the paranormal world. There are fated mates, courting bonds, trial periods, the options are endless. It gives it a sense of excitement and mystery that you can’t get with a classic romance.
What do you like best about Tiana?
As most of my reviewers and readers have said: how badass she is. Tiana has been a fun character to write because she doesn’t take crap from anyone. It makes it easy to write hilarious scenes and dialogue.
What do you like best about Orin?
I would say how understanding he is. He’s very tuned into what Tiana needs to hear while at the academy. However, I will say that he’s not my favorite love interest in the book.
Are there other characters in your story that you’re especially fond of? Why?
I love Rowan so so much! He is a fantastic multi-layer character that has so much to offer to Tiana and the story line. Plus, I’ve been told he’s a smart alec who can’t keep his mouth shut which makes for a great read.
Were there any scenes that were particularly difficult to write? If so, how?
I would say that fight scenes are hard for me to write. It takes me a long time to figure out what I want to add and how long it should be. Plus, I’m not accustomed to writing them so it will take time and practice.
What’s up next for you?
I am currently writing two new installments to the High Fae Universe. One is book two in Tiana’s story which is High Fae Academy Year Two. This book comes out in January of 2020. The second is the first novella in the wolf shifter series called Arctic Hunter. This novella comes out on December 20th, 2019.
What would you most like readers to know about you and your books?
I am a new author who is constantly looking for constructive criticism to make my stories better for readers. I’d like to be the best author that I can be in order to create stories that readers love, so any help along the way will be greatly appreciated!