Author: Kasia Bacon
Book: The Highlander
Series: The Order Series Novelette #2
Page/Word Count: 58 pages
Categories: Gay Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Release Date: August 31, 2017
As a half-breed Elf, I have struggled against prejudice and feelings of inadequacy.
A recluse by nature, I have battled my aversion to touch and interaction with others.
To become an assassin of The Order, I have learnt to overcome the limitations of my mind and body.
But denying the power Ervyn Morryés holds over me might be the one fight I lose. The truth is—damn it all—the relentless Highlander brings me to my knees.
Note: This novelette is the second in the Order Series, and not a stand-alone installment. Reading THE MUTT is crucial for its full enjoyment.
4✨s – How the hell does she do it? There are so many emotions, highs and lows, in this second installment. More depth than the Mutt, more insight into the love that continues to grow between Lochlan and Ervyn, just so much. The story picks up a few months after the Mutt ends from Lochlan’s POV, which was one of my biggest issues with book 1. No worries about if the passion is real, if the heartbreak and heartache is felt. Love where this story leaves the reader. Of course I need more, but this rounded out the Mutt exactly as I had hoped. There are many more adventures to live through with these two, I’m definitely along for the ride.
About Kasia Bacon:
A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves. Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. She has a mild coffee and lemon tart addiction. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors. She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.
Interview with Kasia Bacon:
- What one piece of advice would you give an aspiring writer? In my view, it is important to find your voice, be innovative in terms of language usage and avoid genre clichés. The trick is to stay focused, patient and determined. If writing a novel-length story seems too daunting, why not start small with a short or novella? That is the route I took; it allowed me to sound out my audience and, in consequence, got my mojo flowing. Seeing that readers were interested in what I had to say gave me a confidence boost and motivation to continue.
- What do you think makes a good story? Dialogue that sounds natural and humour that lightens all the drama and heartache.
- Do you have any strange habits or rituals? I have a habit of taking, um, let’s call them notes. Although scribbles or hieroglyphs would be more accurate. My husband calls them what-the-hell-are-those-bits-of-paper-everywhere. For said notes, I use unique Japanese stationery: notepads, post-it-notes and writing utensils.
- There’s a big leap a writer takes from putting words down on paper for the love of it and actually publishing those words for public scrutiny. What was that journey like for you? My characters are noisy bastards. They wreak havoc within my head and disturb my sleep. Writing their stories is the only way to shut them up. My outlook is that once the work is done, I might as well share it with the world and hope for the best. Even if only a handful of people get something out of it, I’m happy enough.
- What can readers expect from you next? The third installment in the Order series, titled The Scouts, should be coming out mid-autumn. Told in dual POV, it shows how Ervyn and Lochan’s relationship develops during their service in the elite unit of the Queen’s Army. My long-term plan is to combine all three stories—The Mutt, The Highlander and The Scouts—in one collection and release it in print and audiobook. And, of course, to conclude work on my novel, The Elven Vice.