Thursday Word-Slingers (Part I) – Catherine Bybee

Today we have the good fortune to have TWO authors booked for Thursday Word-Slingers. Isn’t that fabulous? The first author I’m featuring today is Catherine Bybee.

1) How long have you been writing?

About four and a half years… Well, seriously writing anyway. I had half finished work in my computer for many years before that.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I’m a wife and a mother of two teenage sons. I’m the primary cook in the family and a bus driver for my children. Writing is now my day job. I used to work in the ER as a RN…but I don’t have to do that any longer. My husband and I volunteer to help with our children’s school activities…from fund raisers to team dinners, we always have something going on. As for how I keep it all in the air? That isn’t all that hard at this point. A few years ago I was working the ER, running a cub scout pack and writing…and all the mom duties. I feel like I’m on vacation now.

3) When is your next release due out and can you tell the audience about it?

My latest release is Highland Shifter. This book was a long time coming. My fans of the original time travel series, Binding Vows, Silent Vows, and Redeeming Vows, never stopped asking for more. I’m thankful they wanted to hear Simon’s story. Highland Shifter allows my readers a glimpse into the HEA of the first three original books.
 Fans of my contemporary work need to keep their eyes out for Married by Monday…which I’ll be releasing late spring.

4) What is it about the paranormal/time travel romance genre that you like so much? What inspired you to combine time travel and the druids?

I’ve loved the romance genre since I was a teen. At that time, finding a time travel romance was rare. I always knew I wanted to write romance and knew when I did there would be a time travel written at some point. I love the romance of our past. Sure, a lack of toilet would be a complete drag, but the alpha heros and the long dresses make the past a perfect backdrop for romance.
 I combined Druids in my time travels because I wanted to add magical elements to my stories. I have a hard time reading time travels when the time travel is a complete accident. I need to buy into HOW the characters travel in time, and bringing Druids into the pages of my story made this easy to write.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I already write contemporary, time travel, and paranormal… I think I’ll stick with that for a while.

6) Sweet or sour?

Sweet

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate

FAN INFO

Website/ Blog / Facebook / Twitter 

New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee has been addicted to romance since her teens. After spending a decade of her life working as an RN in urban emergency rooms, Catherine is now dedicated to writing happily-ever-afters for the world to love. Catherine is married and raising two sons in Southern California.

BLURB

Helen Adams has a knack for finding lost objects, but the Simon McAllister she finds isn’t what she expected. The missing California teen is now a grown man—a kilted, sword wielding, Highland warrior.
A mysterious Druid book and Helen’s sixth sense send her to Scotland in search of a missing boy. After being attacked by strange men dressed in medieval garb, a handsome, desirable hero answering to the boy’s name rescues her. No one is more surprised than she to find herself in sixteenth century Scotland. Unable to deny the reality of time travel, Helen discovers smoldering passion with a man destined to leave her.
Simon has lived his Druid life in two very different worlds, two vastly different times, and when Helen practically lands in his lap, he knows his life is about to change forever. There are enemies in California lying in wait for her, and an army in Scotland closing in on his family. Simon is the only person who can protect her. But when she learns his most guarded secret, will she still want him? Can Helen love a Highland Shifter? 

EXCERPT

Simon stepped closer and felt the heat of her skin. She smelled of the strawberry shampoo she used in her hair. Helen’s hands slid from her hips and fell to the side.
“’Tis time we clear up a few things in your lovely head about me.”
He stepped closer, and Helen, the wise girl, took a step back until her bottom met the edge of the desk.
She reached behind her to steady herself and keep from falling.
Like a predatory cat cornering his prey, Simon towered over Helen, watching her body twitch as her eyes travelled over his.
“Really?” Her voice wavered. After clearing her throat, she asked. “Like what?”
Simon licked his lips and glanced at hers. “I’m not evil.”
“Uhm….” Her eyes never left his mouth while he spoke.
“And I’d never lure a child into my presence.”
Simon leaned into her, their thighs touched and Helen’s breathing started to quicken. He placed one hand on the table beside her, leaving her very little room to escape should she want to. From the hunger in her gaze, and the heat coming off her body, he didn’t believe she would.
“A woman, however, might tempt me to entice her attention.”

And there you have it, ladies and gents, Catherine Bybee! Isn’t she great? Don’t forget to check out today’s other visitor, Misa Buckley.
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