Spotlight: Interview with Katerina Baker and Amazon Giveaway

The Interview:

I’m please to introduce a wonderful author that I have recently met. Her name is Katerina Baker, and she has a new book coming out that is sure to please! And don’t forget to click on the links below for your chance in the giveaway. It’s ending soon, so hurry on over!

Thank you, Katerina, for joining me today!

– “Thank you so much! I really appreciate this.”

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I think the thing most of us want to know most of all is about your new book, The Corner Office. 

– “The Corner Office is a story of a thirty-something year old female executive and her journey to “achieve it all”: in career and personal life. It’s about the mistakes that she makes along the way, including her affair with her subordinate that almost destroys everything she worked for. He is very different from other men she is around: a tattooed biker who is intense and domineering in bed, he is set on pursuing her, and she is initially drawn to him. 

But the novel is not just about work. The Corner Office is a fun, fast-paced story that centers around two characters who spent years hating each other and fighting. They are competitors in the office, but their feelings lie deeper than hate, and each of their interactions are explosive. 

I wanted to layer in fun scenes and situations to offset topics that would be dry on their own. I threw Tara into awkward situations. For example, the guy she ends up having an affair with meets her on a bike, and she refuses to get on at first. She is wearing her work clothes: pencil skirt, tight shirt, high heels. There is a masturbation scene; here is a short excerpt:”

A woman had other ways to satisfy her sexual cravings. Mine came in trendy silver, with an electronically operated, “modest-sized” device designed specifically for ”her” pleasure. It was there for me when I needed it, it didn’t require any work on my part to get it ready, and it didn’t ask to rank our latest adventure when we were done. “Tara, sweetie, how was it? I feel like this one was at least a solid eight.” My Adam & Eve had a bit more common sense than that.

Wow, I think you’ve got our attention!

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Now, if you’re like every writer I know, you love to read. Tell us what your favourite genre is and whether it inspires any of your writing.

“Much like my writing, I love to read Romance. My favorite genre is Romantic Suspense, but I would pretty much read anything with Romance in it. I try different genres and I love discovering new authors. My latest favorite up-and-coming author is Camilla Monk. I love her witty, dark humor and her Spotless series. 

Anything I read is an inspiration. I’ve read the first page of a novel recently that I felt ended up going in the wrong direction, and I started plotting my own version of how that novel should’ve progressed. At the end, my synopsis turned out to be nothing like the original one page that I’ve read. 
I think authors take inspiration from everywhere and everything. Sometimes I overhear a part of a conversation and a novel idea forms in my head. It’s like a disease, actually. I can’t help but imagine serial killers everywhere! :)”
Hahahahaha! It sounds like you have found a good treatment for your disease in your writing and reading!
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Tell us who is your greatest encourager in your craft.
“They are actually not the active encouragers who cheerleader me to write, but I take my encouragement from my two daughters. I’ve always had a dream of seeing my books in print, and I want to prove it to them that we have to go after our dreams. I want them to see that there is nothing their mommy can’t achieve if she sets her mind to it, and that hopefully will in turn encourage them to go after their own dreams in their lives. 
Sounds like they have a great cheerleader themselves!
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Tell us a little about what you’re working on now.
“My Romantic Suspense novel Under the Scrubs will be published by Lachesis sometime in the next year. It’s a series, and I am working on book two, which turned out to be a lot of fun and so different from The Corner Office. Separately, I am working on revisions for my YA Sci-Fi novel BLUE, which is about a math genius girl who is developing brain simulation program.”
Wow, that’s a lot for us to look forward to!
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Finally, Katerina, If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

– “I wrote The Corner Office as a tribute to women, whether they are juggling work and family, taking care of kids and finding their own personal time. The novel is dedicated to all women and struggles they go through. 

It’s a feminist book, and this year particularly I felt it was the right time to publish it. 
Women are powerful when united, they can do anything, and I hope this book inspires women to realize their full potential and strength. 
What a great message to leave us off with. Thank you Katerina, for joining me and sharing with us today!

The Book:
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THE CORNER OFFICE


by Katerina Baker

Publication Date: 23 Jun 2017

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Issues

 

 

The man she’s always hated may finally take her down

 

Blurb:

Tara Johnson’s sacrifices are about to pay off: a senior executive at thirty-five at a Fortune 500 company, she’s one of the two finalists in line for a Managing Director position. Unfortunately, her rival of fifteen years, the charming, infuriating Richard Boyd, is just as qualified, and unlike her, he’s willing to cross pretty much every line to get what he wants.

Of all the things Tara stored in the attic to make it to the top, it’s her personal life she misses the most. That is, until she starts a steamy affair with sex god Aidan, her direct report. Interoffice relationships with a subordinate can mean the end of a career, and when Richard finds out, it’s the perfect opportunity to take his high-heeled nemesis out, especially since he’s still nursing a grudge against Tara for rejecting him years ago.

But Tara’s increasingly domineering lover has his own dark secrets, endangering more than just her career. As her liaison spirals out of control, salvation will come from the man she always thought she hated, and perhaps the only one to truly understand her.

Excerpt:

I sauntered to the elevator with my well-practiced “confident” walk, stretched my arm to push the button—

And my high-heeled sandal slipped.

My knee gave in, and I grabbed onto the first thing I could reach to prevent me from the total embarrassment of ending up on the floor in front of everyone. I turned to thank the helpful soul…and came face-to-face with Richard and a lazy twist of his lips settled in the corner of his mouth. I continued to squeeze his arm and my chest brushed his side. But it was more than that; he placed his other arm on my lower back to support me, and I felt a slight tug. The bastard pulled me closer to him in front of everyone watching and my space was suddenly invaded by the scent of his cologne. By Richard.

My insides tightened, and my lips pained as I was still trying to keep them in a semblance of a smile in front of everyone.

“You okay there?” he asked, his expression no less mocking than it was earlier. “You seem flustered. I understand. You finally get to see my place.”

The following moment was the testament to the long road that got me to that point in my career. All the brutal hours I’d slaved in the office, the hard work, missing friends’ events because of last-minute urgent assignments, working through my own birthdays—it all came down to that. My self-control to not kill Richard when every inch of my body believed spending the next twenty years in prison would be well worth it.

I smiled into his snake-green eyes, pushed his arm away and stepped into the elevator. Just as the doors closed separating us, as he thankfully decided to stay with the next group, I managed to think of an appropriate response. But it was too late.


The Author:

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Katerina Baker is a lucky gal who still attempts to have it all: full-time project management job that she enjoys, crazy family of four (with the ongoing threats of getting a pet to upset the family equilibrium) and writing.

Although on some days she is much more successful at managing her life than on the others, she still claims that she doesn’t want it any other way.

Katerina is represented by Sharon Belcastro from Belcastro Agency, and has a contract with Lachesis Publishing, who will be publishing her Romantic Suspense novel Under the Scrubs.


The Links:

Preorder The Corner Office

Amazon    Kobo     Find on Goodreads

Connect with Katerina Baker

Website     Facebook     Twitter


The Giveaway:

Amazon Gift Card

Ends on release day (June 23rd), so hurry on over!

 

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