Join our #FacebookParty Oct 17 @VickiBatman @PalomaBeck @AuthorTinaGayle +18 authors #Giveaway

Temporarily Employed by Vicki Batman

Temporarily Employed — by Vicki Batman

Time to Party! My friend Vicki Batman (yes, that’s her real name) has a new book out: Temporarily Employed.

Hattie Cook’s dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy-Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee—the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.
Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. He evolved from a pocket protector-wearing geek to a handsome police detective. When the police determine there’s more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie’s time is up?

You are invited to the launch party for Vicki’s romantic comedy mystery Temporarily Employed.
Where: Vicki Batman Facebook – http://on.fb.me/1ipdLkv
When: Today! October 17th ~ 10 am – 8 pm CST
With guests: (including me!)

10am ~ Elizabeth Essex
11am ~ Paloma Beck and Lynda Coker
12pm ~ Angi Morgan
1pm ~ Alisha Paige Wilson and Donnell Bell
2pm ~ Sylvia McDaniel, Karilyn Bentley, and Kimberley Troutte
3pm ~ Liz Lipperman and Kristina Knight
4pm ~ D’Ann Linscott Dunham and Tina Gayle
5pm ~ Magdalena Scott and Betty Bolte
6pm ~ Melissa Keir and Kayelle Allen
7pm ~ Alexa Bourne, Barbara Barrett, and Allie Quinn
8pm ~ And the winners are… To be announced at the end.

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Good Morning, Izzorah (a Path to Tarth story) #scifi #shortstory

Mortay Wahn

Mortay Wahn

A short story complete in only 459 words

Characters: Izzorah is a full-blooded Kin (feline humanoid) with claws beneath human-looking nails, catlike ears and eyes, and the ability to smell emotion.

Setting: This is a Path to Tarth story, with details about Izzorah Ceeow’s travels after he left home to avoid an arranged marriage, and headed for freedom on Tarth. Subscribe to the blog to read more of these in the future.

Izzorah appears in the book Forbid My Heart. He’s one of the heroes in the upcoming Surrender Trust, and soon to be re-released Surrender Love.

The screech of a vulture — close — woke Izzorah. He hustled out from under his blanket and pulled a knife from his belt. The cold ache of dawn reached all the way down to his bones, and he shivered.

Unlike the humans who’d invaded his world, he had a sense of smell that missed nothing. A proud, feline Kin, he inhaled, drawing in the scent of the morning.

Dew, grass, moldering trees down by the creek. A rabbit carcass over by an abandoned den, faint with the smell of spoor. The sweat of kweeohs eddied to him in the mist. The giant bearlike creatures were too far away for him to hear. No danger from them. The smell of his horse, cropping grass nearby, settled Izzorah. A bit. If Purkinje wasn’t frightened, he wouldn’t be.

Still, other creatures existed, and humans had been known to enter these mountains, despite the treaty. Despite the warnings. Despite the killings. Did they never learn? He knew the answer to that, and spat on the ground as comment.

Knife in hand, Izzorah backed against a barren tree. Waited. Listened.

Birds scattered to the air. Crickets and insects were silent. Above him in the tree, the vulture squawked, its voice glass-sharp, impatient. The forest stayed still, listening, as Izzorah did, for a predator. Time dragged.

Not for the first time, he wished he could see what was out there.

He hadn’t been born half blind. That had come after a raging fever at age three, the result of a dreaded sickness among their people. He could make out things up close. Not into the trees. Nothing past the reach of his arm. No details, but he paid attention to what he could see. He’d notice if a shape moved. And he was fast. Good with the knife.

When birds and insects began chirping and humming again, he let out the breath he’d been holding. He took one step away from the tree, and ducked as the vulture swept past him.

“Get away!” Izzorah whipped out the knife, slashed upward. “I’m not dead yet!”

“Vultures weren’t always patient, especially this kind.”

The bird cawed, mocking. Waiting. Vultures weren’t always patient, especially this kind. Sacred to his people, the Mortay Wahn ate the honored dead, but they didn’t always wait politely for the offering.

Izzorah re-sheathed the blade, ran to gather up his bedroll. He fastened it onto a pack, and slipped that over his shoulders. He hooked the horse’s simple bridle over its muzzle, and then leaped onto Purkinje’s bare back. Reaching down to pat the animal’s neck, he cooed to it.

“Good boy, Purkinje. Let’s get out of here. We have half a planet to cover.” Izzorah clicked his tongue, and the horse started out, heading for the valley below.


Art by Jamin Allen

Forbid My Heart: A Luc and Rah Story
Waking in the middle of the night, Izzorah begins to worry. His lover has pledged to take him back to visit his homeworld, but Izzorah knows the fact that they’re gay could cause their death if the Kin Pride Council hears about it. His heart tells him to trust Luc, but Izzorah’s fear is real. He snuggles up to Luc, seeking comfort.

Luc is immortal. He has the perspective to understand his lover’s concerns and not worry about them. To distract Izzorah, Luc tries a sexy game of dominance and submission played during their shared shower. Izzorah’s unreserved trust and respect make Luc long to wipe out any shadow of trouble or sorrow. He would turn the Kin homeworld upside down to protect him, but convincing Izzorah he can do it will mean confessing a truth Luc is not yet ready to share.

Luc and Rah must learn: where the heart leads — follow.
Loose Id http://www.loose-id.com/forbid-my-heart-a-luc-and-rah-story.html

So You Want to Date a Gay Immortal #LGBT #MFRWauthor #Humor

Forbid My Heart

Forbid My Heart

If you want to date a gay immortal, what should you consider? Here are ten tips.

  1. Go out with your immortal guy because you like him as a person, rather than to find The One. Face it, how many times are you going to get a date with an immortal? Even if it doesn’t work out, this will be a date to remember. Enjoy it just for the experience.
  2. Practice safe dating. Your immortal may enjoy death-defying endeavors on dates, but unlike him, you won’t live forever. Wear a seat belt, a helmet, and unless he’s immune to everything and can prove it, use a condom.
  3. If he’s bi, accept it. If he’s lived centuries, he might have tried almost anything. It’s true that he may not have found Mr. Right yet and you may be The One. It’s also possible he’s simply in touch with his polyamorous inner lover and enjoys a wide variety of relationships. Bottom line, don’t get your heart broken — pay attention to the signs.
  4. If your gay immortal is a shapeshifter, were-creature, or undead, these attributes can add an entirely new level to your relationship. But be sure you’re ready for sex with a guy who’s really (and I do mean really) a beast.
  5. Don’t offer your guy flowers, candy, or other trinkets on the first date. Immortals are used to giving gifts, but some are uncomfortable with getting them. However, after a few dates, if you bring him flowers, he’ll be surprised, and likely touched that you took time to think of him. In a way, flowers on a first date are expected — but flowers on the fourth are not. Surprise him.
  6. Speaking of gifts, if you want something that will stun him, why not give him the stars? Literally. Go to http://adoptastar.whitedwarf.org/ and you can adopt a star for him, get a certificate, and present it to him. If he’s from the future, he might even share memories of having visited there. Plus the money goes to help scientists with research.
  7. Get your sleep. Immortals tend to “stay up all night” if you get my drift, and you’ll want to be well rested to take advantage of that.
  8. Be on time. He might not be, depending on what era he’s from (future, past, and present sometimes run together for an immortal), and that’s something to deal with if necessary, but don’t keep him waiting. He’s spent enough time alone as it is.
  9. Dress comfortably, but well. The first date is definitely the time to break out sexy underwear. Whether you want to show it to him on the first date is another matter. But wearing it will give you a feeling of looking and feeling your best.
  10. Use the law of attraction to win his heart. This can be true with any guy, but for an immortal, it’s vital. What is this law? “You get back what you give out.” Project a positive, energetic vibe by looking for ways to make him happy, and if he responds in kind, you may have a winner. However, If you give and give, and he only takes and takes… that has nothing to do with his being a gay immortal. He’s just a jerk. Move on.

So, what are your tips for dating immortals? And if you’ve got one or two for gay immortals, share!

A gay immortal romance: Forbid My Heart, by Kayelle Allen
Waking in the middle of the night, Izzorah begins to worry. His lover has pledged to take him back to visit his homeworld, but Izzorah knows the fact that they’re gay could cause their death if the Kin Pride Council hears about it. His heart tells him to trust Luc, but Izzorah’s fear is real. He snuggles up to Luc, seeking comfort.
Luc is immortal. He has the perspective to understand his lover’s concerns and not worry about them. To distract Izzorah, Luc tries a sexy game of dominance and submission played during their shared shower. Izzorah’s unreserved trust and respect make Luc long to wipe out any shadow of trouble or sorrow. He would turn the Kin homeworld upside down to protect him, but convincing Izzorah he can do it will mean confessing a truth Luc is not yet ready to share.
Luc and Rah must learn: where the heart leads — follow.
Loose Id http://www.loose-id.com/forbid-my-heart-a-luc-and-rah-story.html

How’s That Again? Mistranslated Book Blurbs #MFRWauthor #humor

I found a link to one of my books on a Spanish site. Curious to know what it said, I copied it and popped it into an online translation tool. Laughter ensued. It was the blurb for the book, with a twist. The gist was there, but some of the retranslated words made me giggle. I decided to try copying other blurbs into Spanish and then translate them back to see what I got. Here are the Tales of the Chosen blurbs for your amusement.

First the real one, then the translated and retranslated one.

Wulf
http://is.gd/GaySciFi_Wulf

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

Superstar Wulf Gabriel must depend on the one man he swore he would never trust again. The most powerful and feared man in the empire – the Harbinger. Lust. Power. Forgiveness. A Chosen loves forever.

Wulf Gabriel longs for freedom. A superstar in the Tarthian Empire, he is bound by an unscrupulous agent to a restrictive contract. With his career threatened and his life at risk, Wulf must trust the one man he swore would never again control him — Luc Saint-Cyr, the Harbinger.

For the Harbinger, saving Wulf is a simple matter of asserting his will. The enigmatic man’s legendary power makes him the most feared person in the empire. To win the heart of Wulf, Luc will have to risk baring his own.

[Apparently Wulf has undergone a sex change in this blurb, because suddenly, he's no longer male. Maybe Luc is too. Not sure. Luc is no longer the Harbinger either. He's the Herald. I think Yoda had a hand in this one.]

Superstar Wulf Gabriel must depend on one man she swore she would never trust again. The most powerful and feared man in the empire – the Herald. Lust. Power. Forgiveness. A Chosen loves forever.

Wulf Gabriel yearns for freedom. A superstar in Tarthian Empire, he is bound by an unscrupulous agent to a restrictive contract. With its threatened and endangered his life career, Wulf must trust the man vowed never control – Luc Saint-Cyr, the Herald.

For Harbinger, saving Wulf is a simple matter to enforce his will. Power legendary enigmatic man he most feared person in the empire does. To win the heart of Wulf, Luc will have to bare her own risk.

Alitus
http://is.gd/GaySciFi_Alitus

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

The empress asks her trusted spymaster, Alitus, to discover if a friend’s lover is having an affair. The truth could alter age-old alliances and rock the empire to its core. Passion. Submission. Loyalty. A Chosen bares his heart forever.

Alitus lives in a world full of political intrigue, and he is supremely alone. As a Better, an enhanced human, he can touch no one — his pheromones are addictive. He keeps his affair with Wulf secret, because Wulf belongs to another, a powerful man allied with the empress. When the man asks the empress to investigate whether Wulf is having an affair, Wulf’s relationship with Alitus could be exposed. Complicating matters, the empress reveals her immortality, and requires Alitus to prove his loyalty. Her test will throw him straight into Wulf’s arms, right in front of the empress and Wulf’s lover. Hiding what they are to each other has taken discipline and denial. Now, it will take a miracle.

[Alitus is definitely an improved human being, but... Wulf gets another twist in this one -- he's not only Alitus's and Luc's lover, he's also the lover of the Empress. This guy gets around!]

The Empress asks her trusted spymaster, Alitus, to find out if a friend’s lover is having an affair. The truth could alter the secular alliances and rock the Empire to its core. Passion. Submission. Loyalty. A Chosen bares his heart forever.

Alitus live in a world full of political intrigue, and he is supremely alone. Best, a human being improved, no one can touch him – his pheromones are addictive. He keeps his secret romance with Wulf, Wulf that belongs to another man with a powerful ally the Empress. When the man asked the empress to investigate whether Wulf is having an affair, the relationship with Alitus Wulf could be exposed. To complicate matters, the Empress reveals his immortality, and requires Alitus to prove their loyalty. Your test will throw him straight into the arms of Wulf, right in front of the Empress and her lover Wulf. Hide what they are to each other has had the discipline and denial. Now a miracle is needed.

Jawk
http://is.gd/GaySciFi_Jawk

Jawk, Tales of the Chosen

Jawk, Tales of the Chosen

When immortal Luc Saint-Cyr arranges a m?nage with Wulf and Jawk, he gets far more than he bargained for. Pleasure. Trust. Possession. A Chosen’s betrayal is forever.

Jawk works at Batchelors, a gay club in the Top Tier district of Tarth City, where he meets Luc. Luc offers Jawk a deal too good to pass up, one night showing him and his lover a good time in exchange for far more than his usual pay. But the sensual Jawk is not what he seems, and one night with him will change the immortal’s alliances forever.

[Trying to figure out how Pleasure becomes Placer (an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral). Don’t get that one. But one thing is the same, the alliances are definitely misaligned in this version. So is the m?nage.

When immortal Luc Saint-Cyr is organizing a menage a Wulf and Jawk, you get much more than I expected. Placer. Trust. Possession. The betrayal of a Chosen is forever.

Jawk works at Batchelors, a gay club in the Top Tier district of Tarth City, where he meets Luc. Luc offers Jawk deal too good to pass up, one night he and his lover showing a good time to change much more than his usual salary. But Jawk sensual is not what it seems, and one night he changed alliances with the immortal forever.

No matter how you say it, the truth is, these books are full of conflict, romance, intrigue, and danger. They’re also fun reads and a great romp in the amazing world of the Tarthian Empire. Adding the twist of a different language just makes it more fun. I will still use online translators, but it wouldn’t do to try translating an entire book that way. I can just imagine a love scene with slot A and tab B getting an entirely new “angle.” Hmm. Maybe I’ll translate-retranslate one of those next week…

Have you ever mistranslated something critical and had it backfire? Share it in the comments.

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Why Don’t You Just Romance Me? Sizzling Summer Nights Hop #MFRWauthor #amreading

Sizzling Summer Nights byttib

Sizzling Summer Nights

They say romance is dead. I don’t believe that. I never have. There’s a reason I named my guest author blog Romance Lives Forever. Yes, I write about immortals, and for them, romance really does live forever. But I believe you can be married, and have romance.

I should know. I’ve been married 40 years as of last December. My marriage is a romantic one.

I’ll be the first to admit the main reason there is romance in my marriage is because my husband is a romantic person. He thinks to do things that I don’t, and I adore him for it. He doesn’t bring me flowers or buy me diamonds (drat) but he does bring me a glass of water while I’m working because he realized HE was thirsty and thought I might be. My husband thinks of my comfort when he’s tired. He gives a great backrub and foot massage. He is faithful to me. He blows kisses at me no matter who is looking. He holds my hand, and offers his arm when we cross the road or take a flight of stairs. He tells me he loves me every day. I’m completely spoiled by the way he treats me, and he knows it, because I tell him so. In return, I put him first.

It’s not the big things that count. When I do the laundry, I put his clothes in first, and then, if there’s room, I add mine. That way, his things are always clean. If he needs a shirt or a pair of pants, they’re ready. I know how he likes his tea, and I make it and take it to him. I buy the kind of peanut butter he likes, not what’s on sale. He loves sardines and crackers on Saturday, and I know the type he likes. I make sure the ginger snaps he prefers are in the cupboard. (Yes, I do feed him well. Maybe too well. *wink*) It’s the cumulation of many little things over a day, a week, and even a lifetime that show the other person you love them. That is romance.

Giving a backrub is one thing. Giving a listening ear is another. If you have a partner who does either one, grab onto him or her and don’t let go. I don’t have to tell you how hard it is to find someone who thinks of you ahead of themselves. If you are lucky and blessed enough to have that, give as good you get, and don’t look back.

I’ll be giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate to a reader who visits the blog during this tour. If you need to get on the tour (or back onto it), click here: http://justromance.me You don’t have to leave a comment to be entered, but if you do, I’ll be sure to respond.

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Golden Ankh Awards (Full Nom List) @ellorascave #MFRWauthor #RLFblog

Keeper of My Pleasure by Kayelle Allen

Keeper of My Pleasure

Ellora’s Cave is introducing the Golden Ankh awards at this year’s RomantiCon. Readers get to vote in categories for their favorite ebooks of the year. Authors are readers too, so please take time to vote.

Ebooks released July 2013 through June 2014 were eligible, and there are three to six nominations per category (listed below). Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday night at RomantiCon.

Voting for the Golden Ankh Awards is now LIVE. Head over to Survey Monkey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RCon2014) and vote for your favorite book in each category today. The survey will be live until July 23rd. You can take the survey only once, but be sure to get all of your fans and readers to do their part and vote. The survey is completely open to the public.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RCon2014

RomantiCon Golden Ankh Nominations
Ebooks released July 2013 ? June 2014; not previously published.

TABOO

  • Divine Solace by Joey W. Hill
  • Submission Island: On Location by Sindra van Yssel
  • Keeper of My Pleasure by Kayelle Allen (This is me!)
  • Compulsion by JB Brooks
  • Beyond Addiction by Desiree Holt

MODERNE

  • Pretty in Kink by Titania Ladley,
  • Restricted Release by Sommer Marsden
  • Sunset Tryst by Kristin Daniels
  • So Inked 2: The Harder He Falls by Sidney Bristol
  • Undaunted by Charity Parkerson
  • Charlie Sierra Tango by Kendall Grace

THEMED CONTEMPORARY

  • Quarter-Life Fling by Clare Murray
  • Trouble in Paradise by Cindy Jacks
  • Designed to Seduce by Nan Comargue
  • Stripper With Spice by Afton Locke

TWILIGHT (SHIFTER & VAMPIRE)

  • Changed by Aline Hunter
  • Shdowpeak Wolves 4: Hanna’s Haven by Lorna Jean Roberts
  • Coser to Fire by Alexis Reed
  • Icy Seduction by Shara Lanel
  • Mating Brand by Laurann Dohner
  • Shadows of the Night by Erin Simone

TWILIGHT (OTHER)

  • Passion’s Poison by Lexi Post
  • Bloodlust Denied by Christina Phillips
  • Traveler’s Kiss by Sherri L. King
  • True by Laurann Dohner
  • Pleasure Palace by Kelli Scott

SPECTRUM ? MALE/MALE

  • Sinner’s Fall by Avril Ashton
  • Fire Engine by Tielle St. Clare
  • Artist’s Touch by Kerry Adrienne
  • Stoned by Shelley Munro
  • Daamon’s Choice by Jory Strong

SPECTRUM ? FEMALE/FEMALE

  • Sugar Rush by Leigh Ellwood
  • Buried Permission by Jennifer Kacey
  • Beauty and the Butch by Paisley Smith
  • Stripped Down by Marie Lark

FANTASY/FUTURISTIC/SCIFI

  • True by Laurann Dohner
  • Caught by Menace by Lolita Lopez
  • Dangerously Hers by A.M. Griffin
  • Twisted Revenge by Mia Bishop

HISTORICAL

  • Portrait of Passion by Lynne Barron
  • Tainted by Christina Phillips
  • Wicked Affairs 4: Wicked Secrets by Eliza Lloyd
  • Timelost Lover by Susanna Stone
  • Dark Duke by Sabrina York

EROTICA

  • Animal Behavior by Gabrielle Holly
  • Fondled and Gobbled: Back for More anthology (Danica Avet, Sasha Devlin, Anya Richards, Sky Robinson)
  • My Three Masters by Juniper Bell
  • A Taste of Rome by Lucy Felthouse

SCARY STORIES

  • Made to Be Broken by Lyra Byrnes
  • Claimed by Sin by Regina Puckett and Charity Parkerson
  • Summer Girl, Winter Boy by Barbara Elsborg
  • Strange Days by Rebecca Royce

HISTORICAL BLUSH

  • Rebel Love by Scarlett Scott
  • Kiss of the Dragon by Christina James
  • Wishing Game by A.S. Fenichel
  • A Pretense of Love by Aileen Fish

NON-HISTORICAL BLUSH

  • Tall, Dark and Undead by Sandra Cox
  • Lily’s Enchantment by Krisin Noone
  • The Concubine by Raine Weaver
  • Mystic’s Touch by Dena Garson

CHRISTMAS

  • Sense of the Season by Kate Dolan
  • Revving Up the Holidays by A.S. Fenichel
  • A Christmas Caroline by Christa Paige & Vivien Jackson
  • Under Holly’s Stocking by Afton Locke

Again, here’s where to vote. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RCon2014
The survey ends July 23rd. There are no sign ups required. You can vote only once.

Thank you for stopping by. If you are so inclined, I’d love it if you voted for my book.
Keeper of My Pleasure
Rai trusts Koo to submit. To keep him, she must trust her heart.
A recent college graduate, Koo hires Rai as his attorney after thieves total his car and then dare to sue him. She wins, and takes him out to celebrate. Dinner leads to the hottest sex in his life, and a long-term relationship as her submissive. He adores the way she makes him feel, and the way she makes him burn. He longs to show her he has more to offer. He has a heart, and it’s hers, if only she’ll let him give it.
A successful attorney in her late thirties, Rai has a penchant for handsome young men with long hair. Koo, her newest client, becomes more than her usual boy toy. He likes being tied up and whipped, and he yields the way she’d always dreamed. But he has a future ahead of him, and she’s a jaded lawyer. He wants sex, not love. Right? He wouldn’t stay with her forever. She trusts him to submit. To keep Koo, Rai is going to have trust her heart.
A Romantica? BDSM erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
This book is in the Taboo line — one of the Ellora’s Cave Quickies
Ellora’s Cave http://ellorascave.com/keeper-of-my-pleasure.html
Amazon http://is.gd/Keeper_Kayelle

 

What’s a Story Molecule? Trailing Kaiwulf by Kayelle Allen #MFRWauthor #Scifi @MelissaSnark

Periodic Table of Storytelling

Periodic Table of Storytelling

Like me, my friend Melissa Snark likes the TV Tropes website. What are tropes? They’re devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clich?s. The word clich?d means “stereotyped and trite.” In other words, dull and uninteresting. The TV Tropes site isn’t about that. It’s about the creative use of these mega-themes.

The Periodic Table of Storytelling is a site that makes good use of these themes. By putting together all the basic tropes and assigning them a range of colors and letters, it’s possible to create a “story molecule” using the themes of the story.

Trailing Kaiwulf Story Molecule

Trailing Kaiwulf Story Molecule

Melissa had an idea. Why not take the TV Tropes website and figure out how to apply its amazing concepts to her own story? She hit upon an even better idea. Why not invite other authors to do the same thing? Adding icing to the cake, she contacted the TV Tropes site and asked if they’d like to take a look. They did, she did, and a group of us got together to share the idea of creating a story molecule.

Mine is the last one in the series, so I’m doing my best to make it awesome. I hope you’ll check it out. The book I’m featuring is Trailing Kaiwulf. Why not head over there and take a look? It’s amazing what she put together. Click here: http://is.gd/kaiwulf_molecule

Find an invisible man in another dimension? All in a day’s work at TRAIL.

Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military types at bay. Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish out the vacation TRAIL yanked you back from to do it? Easier said than done.

Trailing Kaiwulf

Trailing Kaiwulf

Yanked back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than any they’ve earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. With this much money, they might not need jobs. They’re the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn’t been invented that these two can’t recover. Until now.

Locating this quarry might be a bit past even their considerable skills. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? And who, exactly, is footing a bill this steep? Certainly not the archaeologist in charge. The military wants to get involved, but they have no monetary stake either. So who — or what — is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf?

Excerpt http://www.kayelleallen.com/exc-kai.html
Amazon http://is.gd/SciFiAdventure_Kaiwulf
This is a Trace, Rescue, and Identification League story.
Download the official TRAIL Facebook cover and other goodies: http://is.gd/kaiwulf_excerpt

Learn more about the Periodic Table of Storytelling
http://designthroughstorytelling.net/periodic/

 

Am I Falling for a Heartbreaker? Luc and Rah #MFRWauthor #LGBT #scifirom

Luc and Rah Kiss

Luc and Rah Kiss

This is the scene from Surrender Love when Luc first tells Izzorah that he loves him. A mix-up with Izzorah’s visa had the Tarthian Labor Board on his trail, and they were about to arrest him (and probably deport him) when Luc showed up for their date. He interceded, showed the officials the passport his company had arranged for Izzorah as a worker, and then promised to keep Izzorah in his own custody until the visa was verified. Luc explained it to Izzorah, and let him know he’d have to stay with him.

Characters

Luc: Sempervian (immortal) currently living as a human. He is a powerful entrepreneur.
Izzorah: Kin (a feline humanoid) Luc?s na?ve younger lover. He can smell emotion.
Wulf: Human, a previous lover of Luc’s. They lived together for five years.

Kahlah = the Kin ability to smell and interpret emotion. Izzorah’s ability is magnified.

Nothing in Luc’s scent said he didn’t want to vouch for him. No resentment at all. “You don’t mind having me stay with you?”

“I’d be honored. Now, I don’t want you to worry. I promise you’ll be safe from advances. I’d never take advantage of a guest in my home. A man would be a fool to plunder what he treasures. I’d never approach you.”

Izzorah’s kahlah revealed the battle raging within the man. Such honor! How could anyone not trust this man? Close on that thought came the impact of Luc’s other words. He treasures me. He hugged those words to his heart.

“Luc? Is it taking advantage if I approach you?”

The man remained quiet, and Izzorah’s heart kicked into panic mode for fear he’d overstepped.

“No.” Luc offered a smile that was almost shy. “But before you make any decisions, you need a good night’s sleep. You owe me nothing.” Luc cupped a hand around Izzorah’s face. “I couldn’t live with myself if I made you feel obligated. Your career will have nothing to do with how you respond to me. I promise whatever happens between us, your needs will always come before mine.”

“Did you say–” Izzorah hesitated, flicking one ear. “Never mind.”

“You want to know if I said the same thing to Wulf.”

“I’m sorry.” Where Luc’s hand still rested on Izzorah’s cheek, Izzorah nuzzled his face against it. “I had no right to ask that.”

“Yes, you did.” Luc stroked Izzorah’s cheek with his thumb. “You ask me anything you want to know. I’ll always answer you.”

“Do you miss him?”

Luc gave a short laugh. “No. Oh, I don’t like being alone, but it’s less stressful with him gone. Seems like we fought every day.” He lifted his hand to Izzorah’s hair, and slid his fingertips through it, pushing it away from his face.

When Luc lowered his hand, Izzorah had to stop himself from picking it up and putting it back. Touch me again. He leaned closer. “Do you still love him?”

“Not the way I did, no. We fell out of love long ago. We kept pretending, even when we were alone. He was falling in love with someone else and I could see it happening. Maybe I could have kept him from drifting away from me, but I’d reached a point where it was too painful to try and fix it.” Luc shook his head. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t be burdening you with all this.”

“No, I want to know. And you need to tell it. It sounds like you were glad when it was over, but it still hurt.”

“Did it ever! I tried to tell myself it wasn’t happening, and that I didn’t love him anyway, but–” Luc stopped, shook his head again. “Wulf and I lived in the same house but we led two separate lives. It broke my heart, the way things ended. There was no final conflict. No big blow up. It was like the air leaking out of a balloon. Bottom line, I let him go, but then I moped because I was alone. Pathetic, really.”

“You had a right to be sad, Luc. It was like a death. Being slow doesn’t make it any less painful.”

The man focused on him with such sharp attention it made Izzorah’s heart race for fear he’d angered him. When Luc suddenly smiled, it felt like a ray of sunshine had crossed Izzorah’s path.

“You’re right about that, Izzorah. With you, I feel a peace I never knew before. Last thing I need is to fall in love with another heartbreaker. I’m hoping you don’t turn out to be that, because it’s too late, you see.”

Surrender Love

Surrender Love

The truth was in Luc’s scent, a faint smell of sweet grass, along with a hint of fresh linen, showing respect. The mixture meant whatever he felt was a surprise to him.

“I don’t understand, Luc.” Izzorah understood all right, but Luc needed to admit it to himself. That was in his scent too. And Izzorah wanted to hear the words. “Too late for what?”

“Too late for me to turn back.” Luc caressed Izzorah’s cheek again, and smiled into his eyes. “I’ve already fallen in love with you.”

Izzorah leaned his cheek against Luc’s palm. How could anyone not fall in love this man? I would cherish him forever. He held Luc’s dark gaze, savoring the man’s warmth. “I promise. I will be a shelter for your heart.”


You can read Luc and Izzorah’s love story in Surrender Love coming this fall. The sequel, Surrender Trust, will follow. Currently, a portion of their relationship is told in the short story Forbid My Heart. Luc and Rah must learn: where the heart leads — follow. http://is.gd/forbidmyheart

Right Person for the Job (a #free Luc and Rah short story) #lgbt #scifi

Rah in the pool

Rah in the pool

Here’s a complete (on this page) short story about Luc and Rah.

Characters
Luc: Sempervian (immortal) currently living as a human. He is a powerful entrepreneur.
Izzorah: Kin (a feline humanoid) Luc’s na?ve younger lover. He can smell emotion.

Scene
Luc Saint-Cyr is planning an interview for a position at one of his businesses, and Luc’s lover, Izzorah Ceeow, is growing impatient waiting for his attention.

“Luc, are you finished yet?”

“No, Izzorah. Not yet.” He did not look up. “A few more minutes.”

Luc had said that an hour before, but he was still writing, pausing to look over his work, and then writing some more. He’d been in that chair half the day. His notes filled a corner of the table.

With a sigh, Izzorah rested his chin on his fist, and waited. Outside, the sun was setting, and it seemed he would not get to play in the pool with his lover after all. The man had too much work to do, preparing for an interview.

Hmm. I know. Izzorah stood up, and moved behind Luc. He rested his hands on the man’s shoulders. “How about a little massage?” Not waiting for a response, he began kneading Luc’s tight shoulders.

“Oh… Nice. Nice.” He laid down his notes and leaned back. “That feels wonderful. Thank you, kosset. I’m almost through. This interview is important.”

“I’ll help you practice. Ask me the questions, and I’ll answer like the person you’re interviewing.”

Luc explained what he needed, and Izzorah asked a few questions to clarify. Once he had an idea of what Luc was trying to learn, he moved to sit in front of him. “Okay. Ask me the first question.”

“All right.” Luc picked up his notes. “Why do you want this job?”

“So I can help you.”

“No, kosset, that’s the question I want my interviewee to answer, not you. He or she will explain why they want to work for me.”

“But wouldn’t that be the reason? So they could help you?”

Luc scratched at his neck. “Let’s skip to the next one. Tell me about yourself.”

Izzorah laid back his ears. “Why would that help you hire anyone? Aren’t they going to say whatever they want you to know?”

“True.” Luc wet his lips. “What are your plans for the next five years?”

“I don’t want to be doing this job. I’d like to have yours.” Izzorah could sense Luc wasn’t happy with the way this was going. He had a light scent of frustration, but also amusement. “Is that okay to say?”

“It’s fine.” Luc scrolled the page, and slid a finger down his notes. “Tell me about your experience.”

“Oh, good question.” Izzorah took the notes from Luc’s hands and set them aside. “I have quite a bit.” Straddling Luc’s lap, he opened the collar of Luc’s shirt. “I’ve worked hard to bring attention to myself so you’d interview me for this position.” He pressed up against his lover and wrapped both arms around Luc’s neck. “If you hire me, I could make you really happy.”

Luc grinned. He linked his hands behind Izzorah and pulled him closer. “What would you do first?”

“I’d make sure not to violate company rules.” Izzorah slid his claws through Luc’s hair.

“Such as?”

“No talking back. Your employee should do exactly what you say. He should obey you.”

“Mmm. I like that, Rah. What else?”

“Remember the boss is always right. What he wants, he gets.”

“I think you might be hired.” Luc settled back, giving Izzorah his full attention. “Go on.”

“He should never” — Izzorah brought his mouth close to Luc’s, and though he didn’t kiss him, he hovered less than a finger’s breadth away — “ever promise what he can’t deliver.”

Forbid My Heart

Forbid My Heart

Luc drew in a ragged breath. “Can you deliver, kosset?”

He gave Luc a warm smile. “Why don’t you test me and find out?”

Luc and Izzorah will be back in Surrender Love and Surrender Trust. Read Forbid My Heart, a short story featuring them, available now at Loose Id.
In Forbid My Heart Luc and Rah must learn: where the heart leads — follow.
http://www.loose-id.com/forbid-my-heart-a-luc-and-rah-story.html
Luc is a featured character in the Chosen trilogy: http://www.kayelleallen.com/exc-chosen.html

A New WIP: Return of the Vhalgenn #scifi #fantasy #giveaway

Giveaway and Contest

I’m working on a new book called Return of the Vhalgenn. It’s the sequel to The Last Vhalgenn, and is a crossover story from Trailing Kaiwulf.

Trailing Kaiwulf

Trailing Kaiwulf

This post is a quick introduction to the main characters of Return of the Vhalgenn. Writers and readers alike may enjoy seeing what the various people represent in a story. I used a software program called Dramatica to flesh out the plot. Click the name to learn more.

This crossover also gives a peek into the Terran Peace Team. “Team” (as the company refers to itself) performs interplanetary negotiations, and its ships are considered neutral territory. It also helps protect endangered people groups, refugees, and is a watchdog group for interplanetary asylum and amnesty cases. As you can imagine, there is plenty of opportunity for their negotiators (called Paracletes) to get into trouble. Team provides a high level of personal security for them by assigning them Psyche Guards. More about these guards in a future post.

Then there’s the Terran Colonial Smithsonian Society’s Department of Extra-Terrestrial Excavations. Talk about a mouthful! This group is on a search for mankind’s history in the galaxy. Its logo resembles a biohazard symbol — for good reason. They want to prove the myth of enhanced beings — hybrid creatures created by man milennia ago — is true. Scraps of records show they were located on the far side of the galaxy from Earth, but the true sites have been lost to the annals of time. A recent success in finding such beings is chronicled in Trailing Kaiwulf.

TRAIL

TRAIL

Which brings us to TRAIL, the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League (known by some as Thieves, Ruffians, A-holes, Idiots, and Liars). The item hasn’t been invented that they can’t find. Or hide. If you need to identify a body, or a relic, or research an esoteric bit of lore, TRAIL can help. For a price.

You’ll see more stories with all these groups. By the way — they have been infiltrated by immortals, so expect to see Sempervians, Chosen, and others. Now… into the book.

About Return of the Vhalgenn

Kierhe grew up hearing stories of Qarth, dragons, and venturing into the dreaded Denauerman Flats. As one of the famed Fae Guides, he makes a living guiding pilgrims from all parts of Qarth and Kellindahr to worship at the Gates of Life, and shows them how to pass their children beneath the soaring arches as the Fae commanded. So when outsiders want to dig up the Gates and release the Fae, Kierhe straps on his sword and prepares for war. The summer solstice is imminent, when the veil between worlds is thin. The Fae have talked to Kierhe in the past, and he worships them. What will releasing the gods unleash?

Theena is also a Fae Guide, and she’s as good a fighter as Kierhe. His ego gets him into scrapes, while Theena tends toward caution. While he’s a good listener, as a talker, he persuades better with fists and swords. Perhaps Theena’s level head can keep them out of war. If only Kierhe could see she’s a woman as well, but with her widowed father interfering in everything she does, the Fae popping up unannounced, and an enemy threatening everything they hold sacred, love will have to wait.

Meet the Characters

Kierhe Dahryc Loc Ohra, clan Draig (pronounced KEER-ee)

Protagonist and main character. The protagonist leads the story, and the overall concept represents his point of view. As a newborn, Kierhe was “passed through the gates” — a sacred rite that protects the child and provides a blessing from the Fae. His Aunt Raik was responsible for completing the ritual. As an adult, he bears an ivy tattoo on his chest, proclaiming his loyalty to the King of Qarth and Kellindahr, and against the “Treacherous Queen” who was beheaded not long after Kierhe was born. It matches a tattoo worn on the cheek of his Aunt Raik. Unknown to Kierhe, the queen was his mother, and everything he has been reared to believe about his past is a lie.

Ealee Katheena “Theena” Ohra, clan Ohra

Sidekick and impact character. The impact character forces the main character to face his problem. This sometimes seems as if the person is blocking them, but the function is to keep the hero from sweeping problems under the rug. Sometimes the impact character serves as the guide or guardian as well. In this story, the guardian function is held by another. The daughter of the master guidemaster to whom Kierhe is apprenticed, Theena has loved Kierhe from the day they met as children. Although to her the Gates of Life are merely pretty to look at and have no personal meaning, she accepts his belief that the Fae supposedly bless those lucky enough to have been passed through the Gates after birth. She is his champion and stands by him no matter what. She somehow manages to say and do the wrong thing every time she gets near Kierhe or opens her mouth. She and Kierhe are both apprenticed to her father (who runs the pilgrimage service for which they work).

Dept of Extra-Terrestrial Excavations

Dept of Extra-Terrestrial Excavations

Dr Viva Post (from Trailing Kaiwulf)

Antagonist. In this story, the antagonist is not an evil person, but opposite the hero in goals and needs. It’s the job of archaeologist Viva Post to get information and rescue the people trapped in another dimension on Kierhe’s world. Her recent discovery of identical so-called “Gates of Life” on the planet Ust makes her the reigning expert on the matter. In addition, she’s involved with the only person who can move between the “real world” and the Shadow dimension, a young man she met on Ust.

Kaiwulf Driacson (from Trailing Kaiwulf)

Emotion. This character represents the “feeling” or “uncontrolled” motivation aspect. In some stories, they wreak havoc. In this one, he is balanced by a strong sense of justice that adds control. Passionate, Kaiwulf reacts strongly to injustice or falsehoods. He is a fish out of water on the planet Stachien, and especially around the highly educated Viva, but he adores her. His homeworld is a backward planet of barbarians who live in huts. The last of a dying race, he is capable of moving between dimensions and is the only person who can verify whether the Fae are a trapped people, a myth, or if they even exist.

Lianne Myssara

Contagonist. This character may take either side, and sometimes takes both. (This is a Dramatica term.) Lianne has been sent by the Terran Peace Team to oversee the rescue of an endangered people group (referred to as the Fae on Stachien) If Dr Post is right, and the Fae are simply people in another dimension, Lianne is in the unenviable position of possibly destroying the religion and faith of another group.

The Last Vhalgenn

The Last Vhalgenn

Raik Ty Draig, clan Ddumach (from The Last Vhalgenn)

Guardian. The guardian represents the conscience of a story. Raik is Kierhe’s aunt, his mother’s sister-in-law. In reality, she is Raik Ty Hellesbor, and is bonded to the King of Qarth and Kellindahr. She hid the truth of Kierhe’s birth because his mother, the former queen, was a traitor. To protect the newborn Kierhe, Raik and the king agreed Kierhe would never know the truth. The family that reared him had a stillborn son (named Kierhe), and that child was passed off as baby Dahryc, the son of the traitorous queen. The boy was buried with her. Raik was the mastermind behind hiding him, and has remained at his side to protect him ever since. Her story is told in The Last Vhalgenn.

Rhoman O’Bannon

Terran Peace Team

Terran Peace Team

Skeptic. In a sense, the skeptic character is a heckler to the hero, and is designed to make him and other characters react or explain themselves. This gives the reader an opportunity to understand various aspects of the story better, and to be reminded of the reason certain things are done. “Why do we have to do X?” the skeptic might ask, and is told, “Because…etc.” This character is useful late in a story to remind the reader about a goal or limitation. As an example, consider the dwarf Balin in the Hobbit film series.) Reared in a Terran Peace Team enclave to become a Psyche Guard (the elite protectors of the Terran Peace Team’s negotiators), Rhoman does not believe in things he cannot see or touch, and thinks the idea of looking for “fairies” to be ludicrous. Things are either right or wrong, and a decision is either black or white. There is no gray.

Milli O’Bannon

Reason. Representing logic and control, this character can sometimes be hard to relate to. To provide more empathy, I’ve given her an impulsive, childlike side that loves life. Like Rhoman, Milli was reared in a Terran Peace Team enclave. Her life is devoted to reason and justice, yet she is aware of spiritual things. She is fascinated by the paranormal, and things that can’t be defined. While Rhoman would bypass a flower without a second thought, Milli is apt to pick it and study it in detail. They are not related, but carry the same last name to identify which enclave reared them.

So there you have it — a quick intro to the characters of the story. Bookmark the site or follow the blog to read more as it comes out. I’ll be posting sneak peeks as I continue to write the story. Sign up for one email when the book is released: Author Alarms.

To win a copy of The Last Vhalgenn (pdf or Kindle), leave a comment and your email. I’ll draw one name by Monday, July 7th.

Everyone is welcome to download a freebie! Here’s a link to an illustrated eBook called Behind the Scenes with The Last Vhalgenn. This is an inside look at the characters and setting in the story. When you click the link, this will either offer you a download, or open in a new window, depending on your settings. To read it, you need Adobe Reader, available free. http://is.gd/vhalgenn_peek

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