Did you know these 10 (spoiler-free) secrets? #scifi #romance

Did you know that At the Mercy of Her Pleasure is a military science fiction romance? In it, professional thief Senth Antonello is hired to retrieve a stolen prototype for which the imperial armada has already killed twice. Here are ten spoiler-free things you might not have known about the book.

Did you know Senth is a virgin?

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure features Senth, an innocent, virginal hero and a slightly older and more worldly heroine. Senth must remain a virgin in order to accomplish his mission, because if he touches her, he will be “at the mercy of her pleasure.” The reversal of roles plus the older woman, younger man themes unfold in an entertaining way that also invites readers to explore gender roles and bias.

Did you know At the Mercy was first, but also third?

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure was the first book I wrote, but it takes place several years after the setting of Wulf, my third book. In Wulf, Senth was a fifteen year-old who thrived on annoying the two heroes, one of which was his adoptive father. It was great fun to watch him push his father’s buttons and drive him crazy. Did I draw on my own experience as the mother of two teenaged boys at the time? I’ll never tell.

Did you know the hero and heroine are opposites?

Senth is a cat burglar who steals for fun. NarrAy is a by-the-book rebel army captain. He delights in creating mischief. She devotes her life to rules and order. He’s half-human and half Kin, a feline humanoid, referred to as a HalfKin renown for their feral nature. She’s a Better, a genetically enhanced human known for intellect, extensive memory, ability to coerce cooperation by use of voice or touch, and the power to induce extreme emotional response via pheromones. Putting the two together is both foolhardy and dangerous. The tagline for the book fits them to a T. “He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!”

Did you know Senth worked for NarrAy?

The prototype that NarrAy hires Senth to retrieve was developed by her scientist parents. Fearing what the Empress of the Tarthian Empire would do with it if the imperial armada gained control of the device, the two scientists planned to turn it over to a rebel faction. The Empress had them killed and confiscated all their belongings. It would be Senth’s job to break into the government facility and liberate the code leading to the device.

Did you know a secret device led to the story?

NarrAy’s parents worked for the Forgotten Technologies Arena, which redeveloped ancient, unused and/or forgotten technologies. Unknown to Senth or NarrAy, access to those technologies was tightly controlled by the Sempervians, a cadre of immortals.

Did you know who did the voiceover?

One of the videos for At the Mercy of Her Pleasure features Markus Watson, a professional voiceover artist with a deep and resonating voice. Remember Michael Clark Duncan, the huge prisoner from The Green Mile? Listen and see if you don’t agree that Marcus sounds just like him. He also voiced one of my other characters, Pietas, from Bringer of Chaos.

Voiceover by Marcus Watson of MarkusVoice.com
Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/markusvoice
Hire him on Fiverr https://www.fiverr.com/markusvoice

Did you know Kin don’t get motion sickness?

Kin, who are feline-humanoids, have no difficulty with space travel or motion sickness. They do not need drugs during hyper jump the way humans do. HalfKin like Senth often do require it due to their more human natures. The more human they are the less Kin abilities they possess.

Did you know Senth’s father was a powerful thief?

Senth is a Level 19 in the Thieves’ Guild, a powerful organization controlling theft in the Tarthian Empire. His adoptive father, Luc Saint-Cyr, headed the guild prior to adopting Senth. He was an Arcane Master, the highest level in the guild.

Did you know Senth’s brother was a human?

Senth’s half-brother, Khyff, is about three years older and fully human. Neither he nor Senth are aware that their mother had another son. The brother will be introduced in a future book.

Did you know Senth’s mother thought he was dead?

Senth’s birth took place on the Kin homeworld and when the Kin who delivered him saw he was half-human, they ordered him killed. Unbeknownst to his mother, a kindly older Kin saved his life. His mother took Khyff to a daycare at the starport and paid for an hour of care, all she could afford. She then stepped in front of the starport train and killed herself. Khyff eventually became a slave. It was through his slavery on the planet Kelthia that Khyff discovered his brother was still alive. Khyff’s story, For Women Only is the sequel to Mercy. The story of how the brothers meet is told in Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers, a free book on this website.

There you have it. Ten things you might not have known about At the Mercy of Her Pleasure.

The book is free on Kindle Unlimited. During February, it’s on sale for only 99 cents.
Amazon http://amzn.to/1f7FQ2h
Amazon print http://amzn.to/2e4hpbX
CreateSpace (Print) http://bit.ly/bro-mercy-csp

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Like #Scifi Books? More than 100 #99cents each (Feb 4-5)

Like #Scifi Books? More than 100 #99cents each (Feb 4-5) @kayelleallen

Welcome to a special weekend sale!
More than 100 SciFi books are only 99 cents each.
My featured book is At the Mercy of Her Pleasure.

More than 100 SciFi Books on sale

More than 100 authors (over 100 #scifi books) are promoting their books Saturday and Sunday (February 4-5, 2017) for 99 cents each. Visit this site and across the bottom of the image (shown above) you’ll see icons for the various booksellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc.). Click the one you prefer and the entire list of books is right there, at your fingertips.

My book, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure is a military science fiction romance set in a dystopian world. Its heat level is sweet.
Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth Antonello retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device.
Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy Jorlan, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.
He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited
Amazon http://amzn.to/1f7FQ2h
Amazon print http://amzn.to/2e4hpbX
CreateSpace (Print) http://bit.ly/bro-mercy-csp
The sequel for this book is For Women Only.

Excerpt from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

In this scene, Senth and NarrAy have just met. She’s considering whether to hire him to help her steal back the designs for a prototype her murdered parents designed. Because she’s a Better, an enhanced human with addictive pheromones, she’s not permitted to touch anyone skin-to-skin. Because her pheromones attract without emotional attachment, she’s accustomed to being the object of often unwanted attention. Senth puts on gloves and prepares to shake her hand. All her life, she has been isolated from touch, so this moment is important to her.

NarrAy offered her hand. She’d practiced this with her father as a girl. “A gentleman doesn’t try to overpower a lady’s hand, NarrAy. But he isn’t afraid to be firm either.”

She held his gloved hand between both of hers. “I can see you’re a gentleman, Mr. Antonello.”

His cheeks reddened. “Just Senth, ma’am.”

She squeezed his hand. “And I’m NarrAy. Never Ms. Jorlan, nor ma’am. Not on this job. Understood?”

He met her gaze. “Does that mean you want me?” He blushed again and glanced down at their still-joined hands. “For the job, I mean.”

She bit back a laugh. What an innocent. “So long as we’re clear on who’s in charge.”

“When it comes to theft, I am. For everything else, you are, in every way.”

You have no idea. She grinned at him. He had never once tried to look at her body. Maybe this dress will be okay after all.

“Come sit.” She gestured toward an adjacent room. “Let’s talk business.”

Be sure to check out more than 100 SciFi books special this weekend! At the Mercy of Her Pleasure is on sale through the end of February. Peek inside the book and download a free chapter on the books’ page on this website.

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10 Memorable Luc Quotes #scifi #bookquote

Here are ten Luc Quotes. These “pearls of wisdom” come from the man referred to by many in the Tarthian Empire as the Harbinger. An alpha among alphas, the immortal Luc commands attention without being vain or flashy and he gains respect by his true concern for others. Cross him however, and there is no place in the universe to hide. Luc Saint-Cyr has been in all my Tarth books and is one of the heroes in my work in progress. I chose a few from each book. Other characters have stated they decided what to do after asking themselves, “What would Luc do?”

The book is listed in which the Luc quotes are found, then the occasion of the quote.

10 Memorable Luc Quotes #scifi #bookquote

Luc Quotes from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

To Senth about NarrAy

“Listen to me, my young Deshai. Despite the romantic nonsense you’ve heard about Betters being extraordinary lovers, their kisses can poison you. If her saliva mixes with yours, she can control your mind. The touch of her hands will drive you insane. There are ancient myths about sirens, women who used their voices to lure men and then slay them. Betters aren’t mythical. They’re real. If she subjects you to her passion, you’ll be at the mercy of her pleasure forever.”

To Khyff, who had been falsely imprisoned

“Know the law?” The Harbinger stood, and then laughed, obviously enjoying himself. “Son, I’ve been breaking it for so many years, I know it better than any of those high-paid courtside braggarts. Besides, none of the lawyers I contacted had enough clout. I got you a judge who’ll be fair and impartial.”

To Khyff, who had delivered a coded message for him

“I can see why you were so popular at Stalkos’s place, Khyffen. You know when to shut up, and you don’t talk back.” The Harbinger made a wave of dismissal. “Fact is, my young Senthys is ready to take wing. He’s been scratching at the nest for months. Ever since you came into his life. The way he took on the task of seeing to your freedom…” He shook his head. “Senth has been impressed with you since the day you met. So have I.”

Luc Quotes from For Women Only

10 Memorable Luc Quotes #scifi #bookquote

To Khyff upon his refusing to accept a job

Saint-Cyr remained silent. With his all-black eyes, there was no telling where he looked. Finally, he nodded. “It won’t be easy finding another detail-oriented, by-the-book, stringent, weaned-on-pickle-juice hard-ass like you. But I’ll try.”

To Khyff about Senth

Saint-Cyr tossed himself back against the cushions of the car seat. “Do you suppose the woman who ordered him killed at birth knew she was his grandmother?”

To Khyff about two cops who refused to protect Luc’s son, Senth

“They’re ready for you.” Saint-Cyr motioned to him. While they walked, he explained the charges. “They’re holding her on two counts of murder by pheromones, violation of Better Laws, treason, harboring a criminal, and reckless endangerment of public officials. She was protecting Senth. She had to threaten to kill both cops that showed up before they’d call an ambulance for Senth, because he was a HalfKin.” He threw up his hands. “The fact that he’s my son should’ve sent them running for help.” His piercing black eyes narrowed. “They were both killed an hour ago. Line of duty, so they say.”

Luc Quotes from Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

To Wulf about an enemy Wulf tried to frighten off by being seen with Luc

“Four reasons.” He laid a hand next to the shot glass. “First, the concept of scaring off one bad guy with a bigger one rarely works. That brings us to the second, which assumes your agent will fear me. He may not. Although, unless he’s a fool, he should. Third, you didn’t simply ask for my help. Fourth, you assumed I would agree to being used.”

Luc Quotes from Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

To Empress Rheyn Destoiya about Wulf and Alitus sneaking off together

“The security tail I put on Wulf said he gave them the slip at an art gallery. He was seen walking through the place with a Better less than an hour ago. A Better who was accompanied by armed Praetorian. Unless you have Praetorian guarding anyone other than Alitus, that was him. Right now, neither of them is in sight and my goons can’t find him. What am I paying them for if they can’t keep him in sight for five minutes?”

Luc Quotes from Jawk, Tales of the Chosen

To Jawk upon his arrival at Luc’s home

“I’m pleased to finally meet you, Jawk.” The man’s voice had a deep timbre befitting his size. Tall as a Kin, taller than Jawk. Broad shoulders filled out his tux. Wulf had been elegance; Luc was power.

To Jawk who argues that Luc’s ship can’t possibly work

“Do you know what the word shibboleth means? It’s an ancient word to describe the way a culture speaks. ‘Physics laws are immutable’ is a NETway shibboleth. They are only immutable to those who lack the technology to change them.”

Want to know more about Luc, or about these books? You can read sample chapters from each one at the links below. Each opens to a page on this website.

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure
For Women Only
Wulf, Tales of the Chosen
Alitus, Tales of the Chosen
Jawk, Tales of the Chosen

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Time and Judgment (for Authors) #MFRWauthor #amwriting

Time and Judgment (for Authors) #MFRWauthor #amwriting @kayelleallenA writer friend told me she needed more of two things: time and judgment. Then she said her life had more ups and downs than a merry-go-round. Who can’t relate to that? Doesn’t it fit the universe itself? Time and judgment go in cycles. Feast or famine, they say. Too much time, not enough time. Careful consideration, jumping to conclusions. No, getting the right balance of time and judgment is not easy.

Time and Judgment

A young woman once asked, “How do you gain good judgment?” Her mentor replied, “Through experience.” The woman considered that a moment and asked, “How do you get experience?” The mentor smiled. “Poor judgment.”

I’m as guilty of having that as the next person, but I try to put my poor judgment to work. Sometimes, experience only helps us recognize the same mistake when we make it again. How we handle it is up to us. My plan is to live, learn, make mistakes, get back up, dust off my hands, and keep going.

Poor judgment can be a bitter lesson, but it doesn’t have to stop us. If we get back up one more time than we fall, we will succeed. It’s as simple — and difficult — as that.

Let me share one of my mistakes in judgment with you, and then you share one of yours. Maybe we’ll learn from each other. Life is too short to make all the mistakes out there. That’s why we have friends and family who advise us how to avoid them and to be good examples. Sometimes, of what should not be done! Remember, the key is balance in time and judgment — not perfection.

When I was in my twenties, I knew I wanted to write. It was something I’d always dreamed of doing. I had my first child at twenty-five, and had little free time to spend on myself. Two more children followed within the next few years. I decided I’d start writing when the kids started school. But then I went back to work. Time was even more precious.

When I had my fiftieth birthday, I was no closer to being published than I had been at twenty-five. I realized my biggest problem was that I was waiting to find time. I stopped doing that, and started making time. I found an organization site online (Get Organized Now) that helped me figure out how to be more efficient. I scheduled television and limited it to a few hours per week. You know what made me realize TV watching had to be limited? There are rarely scenes of people watching TV on TV, because instead, they’re living their lives. I was watching them live it. I needed to go live my own. I planned meals with my local grocery store’s shopping list program and shopped more quickly with lists. I shopped on Amazon using their Prime program instead of in stores for some of the things I needed. It was amazing how much time those simple things freed up for me. I didn’t give up shopping locally — that builds our community. But I do shop online when it’s needed.

Time and Judgment (for Authors) #MFRWauthor #amwriting @kayelleallenI wrote daily, at least fifteen minutes a day without excuse. I read books on writing. I read the kind of books I wanted to write. I subscribed to a few writer newsletters. One, by Daphne Gray-Grant, I still read every week. It offer tips on writing faster and better. I joined a critique group online. I networked. Within four months, I had a contract for my first book.

One of the best things I ever did was create a group called Marketing for Romance Writers. I wanted a place where authors could ask each other for advice on any topic and get an answer. I didn’t want it to be a promo site where everyone shouted, “buy my book!” so I set it up right away as a business-only site. It has flourished over the years. It’s still one of the most efficient sites out there. Peer-mentoring is a great way to learn.

My poor judgment was waiting for time. I had to learn to make it.

What’s your “poor judgment” / “big mistake” and how did you overcome it? I’d love to hear how learning better time and judgment made a difference for you. Please share it in the comments.

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It’s a party and you’re invited #scifi #romance

It's a party and you're invited #scifi #romance @kayelleallen

It’s a party and you’re invited! The Romance Studio is kicking off 2017 with a fun party for everyone. Lots of prizes, giveaways, authors to meet, books to read, and even a sign-up for a major gift certificate. The event starts Friday the 13th (eek!) and goes till the end of the 16th.

You have plenty of time to go visit, sign up, and meet some new authors.

Featured writers include Adriana Kraft, Karen Kay, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Rachel Brimble, and me. Other authors participating are A Catherine Noon, Anna Durand, Anne Kane, Annette Bower, Ariel Storm, Janice Seagraves, Kathryn Lively, Kimberly Dean, Kris Bock, Paris Brandon, Sharita Lira, Tina Donahue, Tory Richards, and Vanessa Liebe.

Each of us is celebrating a specific book. Mine is At the Mercy of Her Pleasure.

This military science fiction romance in a dystopian world has a heat level of sweet, but don’t let that fool you. This is a book with adult themes.
Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth Antonello retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device.
Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy Jorlan, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.
He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
At the Mercy of Her Pleasure is free on Kindle Unlimited
Amazon http://amzn.to/1f7FQ2h
Amazon print http://amzn.to/2e4hpbX
CreateSpace (Print) http://bit.ly/bro-mercy-csp
The sequel for this book is For Women Only

Join us by clicking the Romance Studio banner above or here: http://trsparties.com

It’s a Party and you’re invited! Come on down!

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Over 100 #Scifi Books #99cents each (Jan 7-8)

Over 100 #Scifi Books #99cents each (Jan 7-8) @kayelleallen

Welcome to a special weekend sale!
Over 100 #scifi books are only 99 cents each.
My featured book is Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas.

Over 100 #scifi Books on sale

More than 100 authors (over 100 #scifi books) are promoting their books Saturday and Sunday (January 7-8, 2017) for 99 cents each. Visit this site and across the bottom of the image (shown above) you’ll see icons for the various booksellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc.). Click the one you prefer and the entire list of books is right there, at your fingertips. The list includes Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas.

You can read the opening of the book below.

Pietas is an Ultra, an all-but-immortal warrior who leads the fight against the oppressive human race that created his people. But when he’s captured and exiled to an alien world, his only ally is Six, a human who’s been as betrayed as he was. To cross the continent and find other Ultras, Pietas must overcome his distrust of humans, and rely on Six. This mortal will either become his closest living friend or the human whose betrayal triggers all-out vengeance by the most powerful immortal ever born.

A foreword from Pietas

You are unworthy, human.

This book you hold is being presented as fiction, but it did happen. It is as real as the air you breathe. While this is not a first-person story, it follows my point of view.

I would never have allowed a human to know these things, but a friend persuaded me there can be no vengeance unless those in the wrong know what they did. When one has wronged another, one must face the consequences.

Having been persuaded to tell the story, I now allow it to be placed into your hands. I want you to know the truth. Why? Because other Ultras have hidden the truth. Buried it beneath fables and false retellings, as if you were a child unable to bear harsh reality. Unwilling to face the consequences of what your kind has done.

Above all, because I will not lie to you.

When I come for you, I want the satisfaction of seeing your regret for what your ancestors did to my kind. I want to see your fear, and taste your terror.

This is no horror story. It’s merely science fiction. Tell yourself it is only fable, if that will help you sleep. By all means, human, do sleep.

Read this, if you dare to know the truth.

~ Pietas

Prologue

In the twenty-seventh century on Earth, genslaves were supreme among all humanity’s genetic creations. They fulfilled man’s every desire. They recuperated from disease and injury so fast they were all but immortal. Their strength far exceeded man’s. Specific, ingrained abilities limited upward and lateral movement among the servant classes, keeping genslaves in jobs with no chance of advancement.

Bred to require little rest, labor-genslaves performed menial and repetitive tasks, with enough intelligence to work, but not enough to aspire beyond their station. Warriors possessed unmeasured strength and massive size. They fought humanity’s wars, died so man didn’t have to suffer, and were reborn to fight again. The physically weaker classes had more intelligence. Healer-genslaves obtained vast amounts of skill in medicine and designed cures for disease. Artists created beauty. Nurturers and teachers cared for humanity’s children. Scientist-genslaves designed additional genslaves, to make man’s life even more pleasant. All classes were created with genetic shackles of obedience, making them content to remain subservient.

While humanity relaxed, secure in a position of power, genslave-scientists created a new order of beings with free will. It will be argued through the ages whether the creation arose from faulty programming, or a desire for freedom, but the new creatures were not hampered by genetic restraints.

They took the name Ultra, and did as they pleased. Ultras were brains and brawn. No matter how difficult the problem, Ultras solved it. No matter how horrific or grisly their wounds, Ultras survived. Disease did not touch them. Starvation did not stop them. Even death did not hold them long.

The creation of Ultras changed everything.

When Ultras demanded freedom, humans claimed them soulless, inferior, unworthy, and undeserving of equality. Humans tried to silence them, and when that failed, punished them. The Ultras seized their liberty by force. Emboldened by the Ultras’ success, other genslaves rebelled, and began calling themselves Ultras as well. The First Cycle of Wars devastated half the galaxy. In the Terran Crescent and the Colonies of Man, power tilted toward Ultras. They ruled the starways. Ultras tightened restrictions and limited trade, allowing mankind meager freedoms, and no more mercy than man had shown them. Humans served, subservient to their forBringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas #scifi @kayelleallenmer slaves.

Not all genslaves wanted war. Some concealed their genetic differences and abilities, and lived among humans–as human. The rumor that genslaves hid among them spawned the Human Pure movement. Purges wiped out non-human traits and enhanced sensory perceptions. Humanity weakened itself by outlawing genetic healing or correction. They identified anything and anyone considered unnatural. Anyone different hid it or faced death by fire, from which Ultras could not revive. For the human underground, the weapon of choice became a flamethrower.

Meanwhile, among Ultras, leadership arose that considered humans redeemable. These leaders sought to allow humans more freedom, and give them a voice in their own government. They hoped a kinder relationship would bring an end to galaxy-wide conflict. They hoped peace would halt senseless death and destruction, foster growth, and increase trade. In 4536 AD, after centuries of war, Ultras and humans met to discuss a truce.

But that is according to legend. Here, you will discover the truth.

Don’t miss out! Over 100 #scifi books are on sale right now.
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Immortal. Warrior. Outcasts. Traitors took everything. Except their honor.
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