A #gem of a #scifi book

A gem — and charming too

Companion Dustplugs for Cellphones

Companion Dustplugs for Cellphones

I got a sweet review: “This gem of a scifi book offers tips for scifi writers, and secrets for fans of Kayelle Allen’s Tarthian Empire series.”

This is more true than you’d think. I’ve partnered with EssenTiles on Etsy to create beautiful gem-like charms of the cover, and my friend Paige created handmade glass beads (also a gem) that match the planets on the cover. She put beads and charms together to create a unique dustplug you can use with your cellphone.

Companion dustplugs in use

Companion dustplugs in use

How do they work? (in the phone image, it’s shown at the bottom. Your phone will have this jack at the top.) Insert the plastic plug into your cellphone’s audio jack and it keeps the dust out. It also makes a pretty gem dangle of bright color. I’ll give away one of these to the first five (US address only, please) who ask. You don’t have to leave personal info here. You can email me your contact info at author@kayelleallen.com and I’ll get back with you. I’ll be giving away the rest at OutlantaCon in Atlanta GA (May 8-10). If you’re coming, please look me up!

Paige created the beads by melting the glass and adding “frit” — fused or partially fused materials used in making glass — to create the markings on the “planets”. This ensures each bead is unique. The charms are quality glass with the image embedded inside.

fused or partially fused materials used in making glassRead more: http://www.answers.com/

I loved creating this unique gem as a giveaway, and hope you’ll enjoy using it!

Places featuring the Tarthian Empire Companion

The Single Librarian
I Heart Reading
Cassidy Crimson’s Blog
Indy Book Fairy
I’m an Eclectic Reader
Editor Charlene’s Blog
100 Pages A Day
Bedazzled Reading
Hollow Readers
Nat’s Book Nook
Bookish Madness
KickAss Blogger Chicks
DJs Book Corner
Masquerade Crew
Elodie Parkes
A Romance Writer’s Blog

About the Tarthian Empire Companion

For the science fiction writer, this volume teaches you how to build believable worlds, track details of your story, organize your writing, and lay out your story bible. Novice or experienced, you will pick up tricks and tips here. This EPIC eBook Award winning writer shares organizational tips, links to marketing sites, groups supporting writers, science fiction groups, and more. Material from the author’s 90+ page website is included.
For the science fiction fan, the Companion reveals the worldbuilding magic that makes Kayelle Allen’s Tarthian Empire tick. She shares every character in every book, 10k years of future history, offers inside peeks at scenes and stories, lays out a quick tour of the Empire, and dishes up a surfeit of secrets, all in one illustrated volume. Original art by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

Purchase

Amazon http://bit.ly/companion-az
Smashwords http://bit.ly/companion-sm
Find this book on Goodreads http://bit.ly/1DtIrOR
Coming soon in print

Remember #reading the first book in a #series? #IAN1

Remember reading a series?

When you picked up the first book, it held such promise. There would be more to learn, more to see, more worlds for you to explore. When you finished it, you had a kind of “book hangover.” You were still so tied up in that book’s world that you weren’t sure you could handle another one. But the promise of seeing what happened to your new favorite characters was too strong. You succumbed and started reading the next book. And just like that — you were lost in the characters’ world again.

I am a series addict

I am a series addict

You can recapture the world you read about in Surrender Love, and Wulf. The Empire you explored in Alitus, Jawk, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and For Women Only is waiting to be found in the new Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series.

If you loved the universe in which those original stories were set, then you’ll be glad to know the Tarthian Empire is alive and well. This new book features all the characters, places, and things that made the other stories unique.

Before writing the first book in my Tarthian Empire science fiction romance series, I wrote 10,000 years of future history. The Tarthian Empire Companion features that history, plus Earth and its colonization of the galaxy. The companion focuses on the big picture. What events drove the wars? Who won them? What made the peace so short, and the centuries of fighting so dire? Did the immortal Sempervians evolve or were they created? What do they want from mankind? What characters, places, and incidents shape the Tarthian Empire today?

Tarthian Empire Companion - create believable aliens

Tarthian Empire Companion – create believable aliens

The Tarthian Empire Companion contains a full list of every character in every book, and peeks at books to come. This is the book I use to keep all the details straight. It’s written for readers as well as writers. If you write Scifi Romance and want to know how to keep a huge story world organized, this book is for you. I share all my details in this illustrated volume. If you love reading SF and loved my books, you’ll be able to look up details, go through the character lists, and learn inside secrets about the people and places. Always wondered what Peril, the game of the immortals, was all about? It’s in there.

The companion book is illustrated with original art and a few stock photos. My son, Jamin Allen, helped me create many of the images in this book. He’s a digital artist and began assisting me when he was in college at the Art Institute of Atlanta. In fact, he taught me how to use Photoshop. The work I’m able to do today is because of him.

Slang

I’m not a fan of changing basic terms for the sake of making them sound alien. For example, we “inch” along, not “millimeter” along, so I apply the same principle in my books. Diamonds are diamonds. Water is water.

Language, however, is malleable. Considering how far in the future my own stories are, there would be few (if any) words in English that we’d recognize. Being the practical sort, I kept many current terms.

What better way to describe rock music than to call it rock? Why call a flashlight a “mobile light source” or some other phrase for the sake of sounding different? It comes across silly and pretentious instead.

People shorthand words and phrases to things like OMG, LOL, BFF, deets, and probably one of the most famous shortcuts of all — the abbreviation for “more of the same” — “etc.” I prefer to use natural, understandable language whenever possible.

If you create a language, write down the words you use and keep a definition handy. This will keep you from later misspelling or contradicting yourself. You should also create a phonogram chart (list of sounds). This will help you create a richer language.

What terms do your characters use for slang? Define these and list them so you have a ready reference for future books. List how and why the words became slang. This not only helps you maintain consistency in creation, it also helps you with creating future slang you might need.

Here is a list of Kelthian Street Slang. It’s used in limited places, and there is far more listed here than I used in my actual books. However, I wanted a big list from which to choose a term.

Kelthian Street Slang

Cobber is Kelthian street cant (characteristic language) used on Kelthia by slaves and gangs. The slang was used by Senth and Khyff in the books At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and For Women Only. The characters Trink and Yvan (who own Batchelors) sometimes use it too.

Boastin'; mess with, put on a front, tease, etc.
Clinkers; great, fine, no worries
Going all Kin; becoming feral, unruly, wild
Hawkin'; watching from the sidelines
Junk me; pay no attention to me
Leave me sly; forgive me, let me off
Lipped; said, explained, told
No new coins; same stuff different day, nothing new
Notta boasted you clean; shouldn’t have messed with you, or shouldn’t have put on a front with you, teased you, etc.
Ride my pocket; Follow me, stay on my tail
Right clinkers; perfectly fine, totally great
Royal; excellent, top notch
Scam-butt; cheater, scam artist
Scat these taggers; get out of these clothes, undress
Screech, the; sickness of any type
Seein’ you slip; noticing you’re not doing well
Smacked; happy, pleased
Smackers; general swear word with unspecified meaning. Dang, damn, hell, etc.
Sotted; drunk
Spacin’ me; In my space, close to me
Space me; give me some room, move away
Street freak or freaks; homeless person or people
Street; the street in general. Culture of the street.
Tawkin'; looking for action
What’s down; what’s up or what’s new
You skinnin'; you’re skin and bones
Shake out those taggers; what’s under those clothes
Taggers; clothes

Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series by Kayelle Allen. Illustrated by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series by Kayelle Allen. Illustrated by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

All my books are being re-released in new formats. Surrender Love and its long-awaited sequel, Surrender Trust will come out at the same time. At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only will be re-released with their sequel, Crystal Clear Truth, and will introduce a third Antonello brother, Darq. In the meantime, I’m sharing all the details of my world with fans.

If you not only read but also write science fiction romance, this book will guide you to build believable worlds, track details of your story, organize your writing, and lay out your story bible. My website has over 90 pages of material for my world. If you’re on a mobile platform, visit the limited version here: http://kayelleallen.mobi and if you’re accessing on a desktop, you can see the full sized version here: http://kayelleallen.com

Writer or reader, you’ll get a glimpse of the world building and complexity that is the Tarthian Empire.

Have questions about a character, or about writing? Leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to answer. Please sign up for my newsletter while you’re here.

Available now on Smashwords, and Amazon.

Amazon http://bit.ly/companion-az
Smashwords http://bit.ly/companion-sm
Coming soon to Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace

How a Critique at Starbucks Helped Publish a Book #scifi #reference

Tarthian Empire Companion - create believable aliens

Tarthian Empire Companion – create believable aliens

About 18 months ago, I joined a local writer’s group. I was looking for a critique group, but figured any writer’s group would lead me to one. At the time, it was a weekly meeting and the emphasis of the group was strictly to do writing prompts. Members met at Starbucks, had coffee, and shared a new word they’d learned. The moderator then gave a topic and we spent 20 minutes writing. Afterward, we shared what we’d written and others in the group commented. About four months later, someone asked if we could meet on an additional, different day to critique already-written work. Several of us jumped at the chance. Within another three months, the original moderator left the group, and we began doing a critique at all meetings. In addition, or instead of, members can write to prompts and bring those. In any case, we all share critiques. The atmosphere is positive, friendly, and open.

Critique Groups Get Results

Mallow Mayhem by Lisa Haman

Mallow Mayhem by Lisa Haman

The group meets regularly, Tuesday for lunch at a different restaurant, and Saturday for coffee, and we do critiques of work we’re readying to publish. It’s produced some wonderful books, including Lisa Haman’s brilliant humorous noir, Mallow Mayhem. Imagine a world where marshmallow peeps rule. When a pink bunny goes missing, it’s up to yellow chick Philippa Marlowmellow to investigate. Lisa wrote this book with a nod to all the various kinds of peeps, without ever mentioning the candy or using its trademarked names. Click her cover to read a sample.

Last year, I published A Romance for Christmas, which the group critiqued, and also Human Perfect. This month, I released The Tarthian Empire Companion, a non-fiction book the group helped me polish.

Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series by Kayelle Allen. Illustrated by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series by Kayelle Allen. Illustrated by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

For the writer of science fiction, and the writer who wants to create a science fiction series, this volume teaches you how to build believable worlds, track details of your story, organize your writing, and lay out your story bible. Novice or experienced, you will pick up tricks and tips here. The Companion reveals the worldbuilding magic that makes the Tarthian Empire tick. I share 10k years of future history, offer peeks at scene and character creation, lay out a quick tour of the Empire, and dish up a surfeit of secrets for fans, all in one illustrated volume. The companion provides organizational tips, links to marketing sites, groups supporting writers, science fiction groups, and more. Material from my 90+ page website is included. Original art by Jamin Allen (and some by me).

It’s a good idea to have any book looked at by others before publishing it. When people put a checkmark next to a line because they like it, or tell you they got lost on a line, it helps. Better to have friends who tell you the truth about a scene and guide you to make it better, than to have reviewers tell you how badly you write. Once that book is out there, it’s out there.

A Location Critique

“Starbucks offers plugins for computers or phones, and wifi is free.”

Is Starbucks an ideal location? On the plus side, most people drink coffee, and the site offers tea and water, plus other flavored drinks. There are healthy and not-so-healthy snacks, all made on site. Best yet, no one drops by the table to interrupt or ask if you want anything else. You can work without a hassle. Starbucks offers plugins for computers or phones, and wifi is free. On the down side, it can be noisy when they grind beans, or the place is full. We’ve learned that when the grinder starts, it’s best just to wait a minute. We meet at different spots, and one swears the room temperature is set by corporate. We don’t really buy that story, but what can you do? Overall, we find Starbucks a good place to meet, and they are environmentally conscious.

Grab Some Coffee and a Critique

So grab yourself some coffee, pop up a note on Meetup or Facebook, and get ready to sit down and talk writing. It could be the best cup of coffee you drink (and two hours of time you spend) all week.

Where to find the Tarthian Empire Companion

Amazon http://bit.ly/companion-az
Smashwords http://bit.ly/companion-sm
Find this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25134488-tarthian-empire-companion-an-illustrated-world-building-bible-and-guide
Coming soon to print

Listen and Write to 30+ Hours of Nature Sounds #nature #amwriting

Storm over the Ocean

A storm over the ocean

Sometimes I listen to music while I write, and other times I like it quiet. There are times when nothing but the sounds of nature will do. My husband likes to listen to nature sounds mixed with piano, such as rain or ocean. I helped him discover some videos on Youtube that mix sound, music, and images to create calm.

Here is the list for you.

Create your own ambient sounds of nature by using the sliders found here. Click and give the various types a listen. http://asoftmurmur.com/ Add a little wind, a little bit of waves, and some medium thunder. You can save your settings by clicking the share button, and copying the URL to your bookmarks. Here’s one I like. http://asoftmurmur.com/?v=003a0026000000000013

11 Hours of Calming Seas http://youtu.be/f77SKdyn-1Y

10 Hours Rain and Thunder http://youtu.be/mQ9OWMsJBTk

10 Hours Thunderstorm and Rain over Ocean http://youtu.be/CSqe8FgnzjM

1 hours Natural Ocean Waves http://youtu.be/W-d4gPTJRZM

1 Hour Stormy Sea http://youtu.be/CBVEoLL1z-k

Ocean Playlist (many hours) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8fDznZbiam_Q8JEnDinrMZjJOnKmqvz2&src_vid=cXWKtAJzab8&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_172569

Next time you need a bit of quiet in which to write, try one of these sites. I hope you enjoy listening to them!

 

All the Fuss Over 50 Shades vs Real BDSM #BDSM #FiftyShadesOfGrey #MFRWauthor

In love, trust is everything.

In love, trust is everything.

First, I want to make two disclaimers. Yes, I have read the book. No, I am not in the BDSM lifestyle. I have researched BDSM (which stands for Bondage Discipline Sadism Masochism), interviewed those who are, and I have written about it. I did my homework because I knew if I didn’t my readers would see right through that. I respected them and wanted to make sure I got it right. Let’s get right into the topic.

BDSM Lifestyle

Why the big fuss over this book? It’s like a friend of mine says: 50 Shades is to reading what a quickie is to sex. It’s a quick piece to satisfy an itch. Quickies are not what you want to spend your life doing. This is not the kind of BDSM book you want to make a meal out of. There are countless books on the subject, and many that are far better. Go enjoy it, laugh at the parts that are silly, enjoy the parts you like, and then get other books, done better, and read those. You’ll see the difference right away.

The S&M in this book isn’t safe. The writer has characters doing things they either cannot do or should not do in a safe and sane relationship. You hear this warning all the time, but please don’t try this at home.

The bondage “play” in this book is not what the BDSM lifestyle is about. A Dom (dominant) and sub (submissive) have a trust-based relationship. Why? Because without trust, there can be no real submission. Without submission, there can be no exchange of pleasure/pain. There is only pain. Why?

Pleasure / Pain

Because the relationship of pleasure to pain is a strong one. For many, a spark of pain adds to pleasure. Being restrained can provide the freedom of not being in control of one’s own pleasure. There is nothing to worry about. Nothing to feel “guilty” about. When pleasure is given and/or taken by another, it relieves the sub from having to hold back, to “feel proper” (as some have described it), and allows them to enjoy sex in a way they never have before. It’s not for everyone, but for some, it’s as necessary as air.

Total Power Exchange

50 Shades uses the phrase “Total Power Exchange.” That last word — exchange — is defined as the act of giving something in return for something received. Total power is exchanged in these kinds of relationships. That is not what is happening in the book.

For an exchange to occur, trust must be the dominant (no pun intended) aspect of the relationship. Some writers don’t “get” that aspect. Trust is a delicate balance between control and submission.

Who’s In Control

In a Dom/sub (or D/s) relationship, it’s the sub who is in control. The subs decide when they have had enough and can stop at any time. That’s what the safeword is for. Because with pain, it’s natural to yell “No! Stop!” Instead, when the sub is at the point when it’s no longer pleasure, or they cannot handle the situation, they use their safeword. It might be “bubble” or some word not associated with sex. When the safeword is used, the Dom knows the sub has reached the limit. Everything stops.

At that point, if a situation can be corrected (perhaps something was too tight, or the position was too awkward), then the sub might wish to continue. Other words can be used to slow down the action (orange or yellow, for example). At all times, the submissive has the option to stop. That’s what a true BDSM lifestyle is all about.

When there is no way to stop or to slow down, then there can be no trust. That’s when it crosses over from pleasure/pain to abuse.

What BDSM Books to Read Next

Books I’ve written containing BDSM scenes include the Tales of the Chosen series (Wulf, Alitus, Jawk) available here: http://bit.ly/chosen_set This page includes links to buy the books, plus some giveaways you can grab. http://kayelleallen.com/exc-chosen.html Here’s a good Facebook page where you can get tons of suggestions for what to read.  https://www.facebook.com/WhatToReadAfter50ShadesOfGrey

Another good post to read on this subject is on Elizabeth Safleur’s blog, in which she interviews Dr Charley Ferrer, an expert on this subject. Click here: http://www.elizabethsafleur.com/blog/fantasy-versus-reality-in-bdsm-fiction-interview-with-dr-charley-ferrer

What are your thoughts on the book, movie, or the BDSM lifestyle? Do you have something to add to the conversation? Please leave a note in the comments. Sign up for my newsletter over on the right. You’ll be first to hear when a new book or downloadable goodie is available.

Cover Reveal: Human Perfect by Kayelle Allen #scifi

Human Perfect by Kayelle Allen

Human Perfect by Kayelle Allen

This is the cover reveal for Human Perfect, a new novella from Scifi author Kayelle Allen. Cover art by The Author’s Secret.

Human Perfect

In the android business, the best of the best are Human Perfect.

In this science fiction short story, for as long as she can remember, Christa has hated androids. The texture of plastiflesh skin and the non-smell of the animate machines jars her senses. Don’t even get her started on robots, or worse — the andys that look human. Her job as a corporate spy for the android maker Innersoul puts her in touch with the creatures every day, but also lets her judge them. When she runs into Humancopy Progress Rep Tom Karellys, she can’t believe her luck. Using a cover identity, Christa shares dinner with him, and the two discuss andys. It soon becomes apparent Tom is not what he seems, and Christa must decide whether he’s a trustworthy human, or merely… Human Perfect.

Bonus Story

Human Perfect includes a bonus sci fi short story “Upgrade This!” set in the same universe.

 

Human Perfect by Kayelle Allen | In the android business, the best of the best are Human Perfect.

Human Perfect by Kayelle Allen

Excerpt

Terran Crescent, Earth
Lunar Spaceport Earthside Shuttle Concourse D

Having introduced themselves, the two had fallen naturally into conversation as they walked. Tom suggested they eat at AquaCulture, a water-themed restaurant overlooking the hydroponics section of the station. On the barren moon, a waterfall cascading down the windows lent a decadent feel. Synthetic jazz tinkled in the background.

An android waitress rolled up to their table, her lapel sign flashing the soup of the day. Hot pink skin and green hair matched the color of the flowers in the wallpaper and her uniform. “May I take your cocktail order?”

Tom set down the menu. “Water for me, please.”

“Live a little.” Christa perused the list. “They have an excellent white wine.”

“I don’t drink. But feel free. I don’t mind.”

“I’ll have an Ylyptyan Cassis.”

After the waitress rolled away, Tom picked up a bottle of red sauce, squinted at the label, and put it down, then picked up a green bottle. He set that down, slid the red bottle into the green bottle’s place — and then switched them back. After a moment, he lined up all the condiment bottles, peered at them, and then began reordering them.

“Tom, what are you doing?”

“Sorry.” He yanked his hands back and put them on his lap. “Bad habit. I was trying to decide it I should line them up by color or size, or if the name of the product should be–” He shook his head. “Never mind. Order is a flaw, but I will overcome it.”

Raising one eyebrow, Christa took in the neat row of bottles. “Order is a flaw?”

“Perfection is godlike. No real person is perfect. No real person is a slave to order. I embrace chaos.”


This novella is available Jan 19, 2015 on Amazon, and soon on Nook and Smashwords.

Genre Science Fiction and Fantasy, Space Opera
Rating PG13
Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books
Editor Jean Paquin
Amazon US http://amzn.to/1IpUYlM
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1IUo9gP

Are you playing Marco Polo 1/9? @voireylinger +14 authors! #Giveaway

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

January 9, 1324, Marco Polo slipped the bonds of this world and drifted into history. He explored Asia, established trade routes with China, and launched a summer game loved by millions.

To celebrate his life and his game, we are launching Marco Polo day on Twitter. The rules are simple. Follow the players listed below from your Twitter account. When one of them yells MARCO you hit reply and @ them with POLO. First to respond will win an ebook. If you’re not following, you can’t win.

This Marco Polo game is also found on Voirey Linger’s website. Mine is a copy of hers, used with permission. See it here:  http://voireylinger.com/2014/12/marco-polo-day-2015/

The Fine Print

Marco Polo Day on Twitter is a collection of individual contests. Each MARCO! tweet is a separate contest. Participating authors are wholly responsible for running their individual contest and fulfilling the prize requirement. Winners shall receive one digital copy of a book from the author. Titles available are at the sole discretion of the author and may not be substituted for a cash or physical prize. Prize value is not to exceed $10 (US).

Unstoppable Heroes is not responsible for prize distribution except in those contests run on the Twitter account of @kayelleallen I’ll be giving away a copy of A Romance for Christmas. Click the cover to learn more about the book.

Participating Authors

Kayelle Allen – @kayelleallen

SM Butler- @SuzanButler

Dee Carney – @dee_carney

Sam Cheever – @samcheever

Shae Conner – @shaeconner

Hailey Edwards – @haileyedwards

AM Griffin – @AMGriffinbooks

Arlene Hittle – @arlenehittle

Kelly Jameison – @KellyJamieson

Babette James – @BabetteJames

Anne Kane – @AnneKane

Marguerite Labbe – @MargueriteLabbe

Voirey Linger – @voireylinger

Karen Stivali – @karenstivali

Holley Trent – @HolleyTrent

Maggie Wells – @Maggiewells1

It’s About Time #NYE2014 #NYbloghop

Welcome to the New Year’s Eve Hop! It’s about time.

I often write about immortals. They are affected by time and age like we do (although a bit slower). However, they exist in a world where they are just as pressed for time as we are. In the scene I’m going to share, we discover how Alitus Vivaldi and Wulf Gabriel meet. It’s about time, and someone who is terribly late…

It's About Time, the 2014-2015 Blog Hop

It’s About Time, the 2014-2015 Blog Hop

Book: Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Alitus Vivaldi 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.
Genre: science fiction romance, MM, gay romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Excerpt

Tarthian Empire, Tarth, Tarth City
Conqueror’s Palace, Alitus Vivaldi’s Quarters

Alitus slept fitfully, and woke long before dawn. He turned over and pushed himself up in bed, and reached for the book on his nightstand. Beside it sat a stone jar with inset stones. He picked it up and removed the lid. Inside lay individually wrapped white chocolate truffles. Alitus unwrapped one, bit it, and closed his eyes, transported to his last night with Wulf.

The memory thrust him back to the way they’d met. They’d been aware of one another for some time, and interfaced in official capacities. With Alitus being the empress’s personal assistant at the time, and Wulf on various charitable committees, it was bound to happen. They’d finally talked while working on a fundraiser for a society that protected animals. There were supposed to be four people present, but a traffic incident had delayed the other two, and Alitus and Wulf had spent an hour alone, in each other’s company. Wulf had flirted with him shamelessly.

It had been quiet for several minutes. They were seated in one of the larger conference rooms in the palace, and the floor-to-ceiling windows beamed in light. The drapes fluttered in a light breeze. On the third floor, windows were often open. Especially the ones over the rose garden. The scent of flowers wafted into the room.

Wulf stretched out his legs under the table, and folded his arms across his chest. He asked a question out of the blue. “So are you?”

“Beg pardon?” Alitus jerked up his head from the note reader where he’d been making notations. “Am I what?”

“Better.”

Still unsure what Wulf meant, he’d asked, “Better at what?”

“You’re a Better, right? How much better are you?”

“Oh, that.” He gestured with the stylus. “I’m better at everything. Anything anyone else can do, I can do longer, harder, faster. All that sort of thing.”

“Really?” Wulf gave him a long stare. “Sure of yourself, aren’t you?”

“Matter of genetics, not being sure of myself.” Alitus went back to his notes. “I was designed to be superior. I can’t avoid it.”

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

“So you think in a footrace, you could beat me?”

“If I trained for it, without a doubt.” He hadn’t looked up at Wulf, but he could see the man’s grin. “It wouldn’t be fair.”

“So you say.” A scent of roses came to them. “That smells amazing. You must love living here.”

“It’s all right.” Alitus kept writing.

“Are you better at picking flowers?”

He put down his note reader. “Picking flowers?” Alitus gestured toward the window. “Why, do you want to go see?”

Wulf shrugged. “I’m game if you are. Beats sitting here on a perfect day, while the sun goes to waste outside and those wonderful-smelling roses are out there waiting to be picked.”

While Alitus pondered whether the challenge was serious, his mobile buzzed, and he checked it. “It’s about time they called. This says the others will be late.”

“As if we hadn’t figured that out twenty minutes ago.” Wulf arched a brow. “Let me guess. Traffic.”

Alitus set down the unit. “Seems a shame they’re stuck in traffic in this great weather. They won’t be here for another forty minutes or more. Since this is scheduled to be a three-hour meeting, I signalled them to come ahead.”

He and Wulf held each other’s gazes for a moment longer, and then Wulf stood, and kicked in his chair.

“So. Flower picking contest?”

Alitus rose, and pushed in his chair as well. “Why not?”

They’d picked not one bloom, but had talked while walking around the ambling, circular path of the rose garden. They’d made it around three times before the others had arrived. The rest, as they say, had been history. Being in Wulf’s presence had felt like going home. As if he’d found his other half. Their shared laughter and concern for the creatures they were trying to protect had bonded them.

Alitus popped the rest of the truffle into his mouth, and got up to begin his day.

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Fan Questions: Characters Stahn and Izzorah

Izzorah (Izzy) Ceeow - Kumwhatmay Drummer

Izzorah Ceeow on his drums

Answering a fan question is fun. I love having the opportunity. After all, my books have complex plots and a slew of characters, so a fan question is likely! I also enjoy dropping hints and leaving breadcrumbs for fans to follow from book to book. Today’s fan questions are about the characters Ehrstahn (Stahn) Fasra featured in For Women Only, and Izzorah (Rah) Ceeow from Surrender Love.

Fan Question 1

In For Women Only, Mehfawni has sex with Stahn Fasra, a distant cousin who is a ramz. Did Stahn have any confirmed pregnancies?

I haven’t decided that. The reason is I haven’t decided is because if I make him a Changeling, a hybrid immortal (one of the lost children that Pietas created) then he could not sire children. So, if I say he has sired some, then I can’t use him as a Changeling. Honestly, I go back and forth on this about Stahn. He’s a fascinating character.

Let me back up for a moment and explain what a ramz is for those who don’t know. A ramz is a son of a female breeder, which means he supposedly has more romtzeet (testosterone) than average males. Stahn’s mother (Seren Fasra) “pampered” him with everything he wanted because he was gorgeous (tall and blond) and she made a fortune by breeding him like a stud horse. Each he was sent out to “stud”, the warrior he serviced gave him a clan bead in her color to add to his ramz bracelet. Stahn has two bracelets worth of beads dangling from one wrist, and several belts full of coins circling his waist. The beads and coins are gifts of appreciation, which no one can take from him. Sort of like a tip, if you will.

Fan Question 2

In Surrender Love, you hinted that Izzorah is a twin. Who is his twin? Could Rah’s twin have been a female and they got rid of Izzorah because he was a boy?

Good observation, and a great question. In the context of the story, the idea of having too many boys is a bad thing, which is true on Felidae, where they outnumber females seven to one. In fact, when Rah hears that Luc has seven sons, his response is, “Oh, I’m so sorry.” I liked Luc’s answer. “So was I, a few times.” But in this case, Izzorah’s twin is male, and I don’t want to give away who he is. I’ll only say that he is revealed in Surrender Trust, and that you have already met him if you’ve read my books. Under Kin law, twins may never be separated, so if he’d had a female twin, he’d have been kept. If she became a warrior, when she married, he’d have become part of her household.

I’d love to answer more fan questions — leave yours in the comments.

Join the Santa Watch 2014 #Giveaway @CoffeeTimeRoman

Santa Watch on Coffee Time Romance

Santa Watch on Coffee Time Romance

Each year on Christmas Eve, author Tarah Scott and Coffee Time Romance host the Santa Watch. Each half hour all day from 8am to midnight, one author shares his or her Christmas memories. It’s a special time for everyone. There’s also a gift certificate from Coffee Time. Check out the site and all the various posts. Here’s the schedule so you can find your favorite author’s spot.

Santa Watch 2014 on Coffee Time Romance

Hosted by Tarah Scott http://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/
When? All day long on December 24, 2014

Schedule

Opening 8:00 AM
Pippa Jay 9:00 AM
BJ Scott 9:30
Kayelle Allen 10:00 AM
Kay Springsteen 10:30 AM
Kristina Haecker 11:00 AM
Nathalie Bernier 11:30 AM
Sue-Ellen Welfonder 12:00 AM
T. C. Archer 12:30 AM
Ceci Giltenan 1:00 PM
H. K. Carlton #4 1:30 PM
Tarah Scott 2:00 PM
T. C. Archer 2:30 PM
Lee Brazil 3:00
Debra Jupe 3:30 PM
Mary Ann Jordan 4:00 PM
Joanne Wadsworth 4:30
Collette Cameron 5:00 PM
I Smell Sheep 5:30 PM
Sam Cheever 6:00 PM
Tarah Scott 6:30
Natasha Blackthorne 7:00 PM
Angel Payne 7:30 PM
Joanne Davis 8:00 PM
Ruth Hartman 8:30PM
Hildie McQueen 9:00
Ashley York 9:30 PM
Ella Quinn 10:00 PM
Shirlee Busbee 11:30
T. C. Archer 11:45
Farewell 12:00 Midnight

I hope to see you there. Merry Christmas! I wish you a wonderful new year.

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift. A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
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