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When a mean bully attacks, Luc jumps into action #Excerpt from A Stolen Heart #SciFi #MFRWhooks

When a mean bully attacks, Luc jumps into action #Excerpt from A Stolen Heart #SciFi #MFRWhooks


Luc looks human, but he's not. He's a twelve thousand year-old immortal who's accustomed to hiding what he is, what he does, and what he feels. So when the three year-old in his charge is upset by a mean bully, Luc must counsel what to do.

Mean Bully

Set up: A Deshai is a student in the Thieves' Guild. A teacher is a Sen'dai.  In the Tarthian Empire, training often begins at age three.

Scene set up: Luc has taken Senthys shopping in an exclusive store. A human client inside with her young child takes offense at the presence of a "dirty halfbreed" like Senthys. When the woman demands that management throw Luc and Senthys out, she gets what's coming to her and is herself asked to leave. As this opens, she has picked up her child, who'd been standing next to Senthys, and gone out the door in a huff.


"I'm so sorry, Mr. Saint-Cyr." The manager touched his arm.

"Thank you, but I'm more concerned about my Deshai. Excuse me." He turned toward Senthys and held out his arms.

The boy ran to him.

Luc scooped Senthys up. "Did she hurt you?"

The boy's eyes glittered with tears. One slipped down his cheek. "I took a bath."

"Oh, Senthys." Luc hugged him close. "That woman was mean. You are not dirty. Not one bit." He cupped his hand around the child's head, lacing his fingers through the long curls. "I'm sorry she hurt your feelings."

With his head on Luc's shoulder, Senthys sniffled. "It's okay."

"No, it's not. It's never okay to be mean." He traced small circles on the boy's back. "Can you look at me?"

Senthys lifted his head.

"It's okay to admit when you're hurt or feel bad." He wiped the boy's tears. "You don't have to pretend you're okay."

"I don't?" Senthys played with Luc's tie.

The manager and assistant both hovered nearby, adjusting stacks of clothing yet he felt their surreptitious attention as if it were touches. This had turned into a far more public outing than he'd anticipated. Nothing to do but wade in and clean up the mess.

"It's okay to be sad. Everyone is sad sometimes. You don't have to hide pain." Here he was saying the words, when he couldn't do the same thing with Pietas.

"Wili says only babies care about feelings."

"Does he?" Luc adjusted Senthys in his arms, and tugged down the hem of the boy's shirt. "Wili is wrong. It's okay to cry. It's also okay to tell people when they hurt your feelings. Remember how you told your brother he hurt my feelings?"

"Yes, sir."

"If an adult is mean to you, you can come to me and I will defend you. I will try to keep mean people away from you, but if they say anything to you, it's okay to tell me. It's okay to be scared and it's okay to be mad. What is it that we don't do?"

"We don't hit or claw."

"That's right! Good job, Senthys." He hugged him. "You played nicely. Nothing you did was wrong. None of her yelling was for anything you did. You were a good boy."

"I was?" The boy looked so pleased with himself that Luc couldn't help but laugh.

"Yes, you were." He gave him a small squeeze. "Would you like to help me shop now? And then we'll get ice cream."

Senthys wiggled, trying to get down, so Luc put him back on the floor. The boy took his hand and looked up at the manager. "Ma'am, I would like some new clothes, please."

Luc could have burst, he was so proud.

The woman bent toward him. "I'd be happy to help you."

"Thank you." Senthys turned his blue-eyed gaze up at her, offering a blazing smile. "You're pretty," he declared, with a boy's innocent charm.

She blushed. "Why, thank you."

"You make my Sen'dai happy. He likes you." He tugged Luc's hand. "Right?"


"What?" He blinked up at Luc, the image of a perfect angel.

"Kids." Standing, the woman looked up at Luc through her lashes. "What can you do?" With a flirtatious smile, she beckoned to them.

Who knew having a child offered such a distinct advantage with women? With a new appreciation for his young Deshai, Luc followed.

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Would you like to review A Stolen Heart?

The story is complete, and when published, will include a bonus book, Behind the Scenes of A Stolen Heart. In it, I'll share secrets with you about the characters -- things that aren't revealed in the book.

I'm hoping to find reviews and reviewers. Is that you? I have advanced pre-edited copies in epub, mobi, and pdf waiting for you to download on Story Origin and BookSprout.

The book is on Goodreads, and you can leave a review there now. You can leave a review on Amazon the day the book goes live, May 11th.

This version is self-edited and will be sent out for its final edit next week. I'd be happy to get questions if you have any, or if you were confused by anything. An early review would be a great help. Thank you!

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Meet Pietas: Bad Boy King of Immortals #scifi #ASMSG

Meet Pietas? Is it safe?

Bringer of Chaos, the Origin of PietasMeet Pietas ap Lorectic, the Bad Boy King of the immortal Sempervians. He’s a shapeshifter, warrior, thief, gamemaster, king, and is often referred to by his friends as Bringer. It’s short for Bringer of Chaos, one of his favored titles.

His twin is Dessy, known in the Tarthian Empire as Empress Rheyn Destoiya. His parents were Mahikos and Helia ap Lorectic, the last genetically created “Ultra Beings” (aka Ultras) created by humans. They were also the only Ultras conceived by natural means. While in the womb, the twins were enhanced to protect them, because the tide was turning against Ultras, and it was feared the children would be killed. Pietas and Dessy were born on 2/26/2620, and were immediately subjected to extensive and continued genetic enhancements by their father. Pietas and Dessy became both the most advanced creatures ever born, and as history later proved, the most dangerous.

I’m a movie lover and like millions — I loved the Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. I’m a major #Thranduil groupie. Lee Pace could be a perfect Pietas. Tall, lanky, white-haired, with piercing turquoise eyes, and a disdain of humans. The aloof “why have you disturbed me” look that Pace perfected for Thranduil is Pietas in spades. Luke Goss (Hellboy 2’s Prince Nuada) could also make an amazing Pietas. Because Pietas looks so much like his father, Goss could play Mahikos and do an incredible job. He excels at playing heroes with flaws who are both noble and decadent. See the film Bone Dry and you will understand.

My first book with Pietas came out in 2004. He’s been a regular character ever since. I wish you could see him sulking in the corner, saying “About time, human!” Believe me, I’m writing as fast as I can.

My beta reader Jean says “I love the bad guys; all except for the Empress (I keep begging Kayelle to let her have it). Luc scared me when he first came on the scene, but as I got to know him, he’s very deep and holding a lot of secrets that are so out of character with how he portrays himself. He has a lot of compassion that he doesn’t want known. I also have this hidden obsession with Pietas, the ultimate villain’s villain. You have to really dig to find something good about him. I find these two extremely compelling and I want to get into their heads.”

Thranduil - meet Pietas

The aloof King Thranduil – so like Pietas

My author friend Houston Havens loves him too. We’ve had long discussions about him, and it was she who pointed out that he’s not a sociopath. I had written him as one, but his true self is highly emotional. He masquerades as someone without emotion and without remorse, but deep down — he feels. And he feels with a depth that stunned me once I saw it. Yes, my characters can totally surprise me.

I shouldn’t be amazed at how much of a following Pietas has garnered. He is the uber villain, after all. He does have a soft side, even if we rarely get to see it. There are levels to him that readers saw long before I did. How ironic is that? Will Pietas ever get his happy ever after? That depends on whether he opens up and lets me see how to give him the love of his immortal life. I hope he does. I’m holding out for it.


I’ve attached a long chapter that features Pietas from the book Alitus. It will give you a good look at the character, and show both his softer side, and his I-want-to-throttle-him personality. Meet Pietas in a downloadable chapter from Alitus, Tales of the Chosen. Pietas has his own book, Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas He was and is fascinating to write.

Image credits: Pietas (, Thranduil (image from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, film by Peter Jackson)

Okay, fangirl. How did the cosplay go? Well, @Nitsvetov was perfect. Me? Hmm #Cosplay #SciFi

Okay, fangirl. How did the cosplay go? Well, @Nitsvetov was perfect. Me? Hmm #Cosplay #SciFi

Watching a Perfect Cosplay on Instagram

Nik Nitsvetov is an award-winning cosplayer and a photographer. He portrayed the immortal king, Pietas, from my Bringer of Chaos series on September 1, 2018 in a live cosplay. I've had this character in my head since I started writing. It was fascinating to see him brought to absolute, perfect life.

Left and below: raw images of Nik as Pietas

Was it perfect?

On September 1, the Russian cosplayer, Nik Nitsvetov portrayed immortal king Pietas during a live feed on Instagram. I watched with my friend and colleague, Lisa Lowe (who was on with me via Skype). We each used Mobizen (an Android app) to record the cosplay.

Unfortunately, my WiFi cut in and out, and the image kept freezing. Lisa gave me a move-by-move account of what was transpiring. Good thing I was able to grab my gear and head out the door quickly. Lisa lives only 10 minutes away. I kept my phone on while driving so I could hear what was happening, and because I moved from WiFi to 4G, the signal started coming in quite clear. Before I'd left my subdivision, Nik started performing the ritual. I had my phone in a handsfree device but because the VERY last thing I wanted was a ticket, I was not watching and driving. Although I could glance at it (and did), when I saw him begin, I pulled off the road and watched.

Okay, fangirl. How did the cosplay go? Well, @Nitsvetov was perfect. Me? Hmm #Cosplay #SciFiThe moment Nik began moving into another part, setting up poses, I drove again. During that 10 minute drive, I pulled over no less than 3 times. Stopped way too long at a stop sign, and dared (probably) too many glances. When I arrived at Lisa's, we sat side by side and watched, commenting and exclaiming over the various poses and images.

Later, when we played back the recording, we were stunned to discover it had also recorded us. We had some good laughs listening. Most of the time, we were each speechless -- or reduced to phrases like Oh my god! Holy cow! Did you see that? ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod! (and to change it up - oh wow!). If I strung together everything we said, it would sound like a contest at a fangirl convention seeing who could sound the most amazed in less than three words.

Near the end, we discovered we could actually write something and Nik would see it or hear it from a friend who was recording. I sounded like a broken record here too: You are perfect. Perfect Pietas! That's so perfect! But at one point, I noticed a "hello" button and pressed it. A moment later, Nik smiled and said, "Hello, Kayelle." My super intelligent response? "Oh my god!" LOL

We didn't realize that he had a cold until about halfway through the cosplay. He coughed and Lisa worried aloud that he was sick. Of course, our immediate mother-hen selves lurched forward, ready to hand him a tissue or a cough drop or give him a hug. Too bad he was in St Petersburg and Lisa and I were in Atlanta. Nik kept going, kneeling on the floor for part of the ritual, bare-chested, water in his cupped hands dribbling down his arms as part of the scene. But now, we were both fascinated and worried -- what if the room was too cold? Would he get sicker? We hoped that cough was not serious but we also wanted him to keep going. Talk about mixed emotions.

The event lasted one hour, two hours short of anticipated -- but that was Instagram's doing -- not Nik's. He kept going after the live video ended and let us know only afterward that he had stopped a little short due to being sick. Pardon my overuse of this word where Nik is concerned, but he was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

I imagine if Nik reads this, he'll shake his head and then laugh at his crazy American fans.

Were the time, planning, detailing and work worth it? Absolutely. I would not change a thing -- except -- to hesitate less and trust myself more. Nik is kind and thoughtful and eager to reach out to his fans. He is professional in his work and a perfectionist who makes sure every part of an image is right. His photographer, Julia, is just like him. Watching her pose him, adjust the fall of his hair, the angle of his hands, the aspect of the light -- was as fascinating as seeing Nik himself. Whoever took the video -- thank you. It was wonderful being able to share the event.

Perhaps one day I'll have the courage to ask him for another cosplay event. I have a bazillion books to write about Pietas. This is an immortal who ages, then dies and is reborn young. I could keep Nik busy for a long, long time. I can't imagine anyone else portraying my immortal king. After all, Nik is perfect.

Please follow Nik on Instagram
If you like amazing and unforgettable cosplay, support Nik on Patreon.
Check out by_cosphoto - photographer for the event

Hear Pietas speak

Hear Pietas (in his own voice) as he shares
several truths about himself and life.
"Finding the Voice of Pietas" coming soon

Voice of Pietas

Zack Black
Twitter - @zackblackvo
Instagram - @voicesbyzack

Nik Nitsvetov (above, as Pietas) is a photographer and award-winning cosplayer. A gamer and anime fan, he often cosplays characters from popular series. He lives in Russia and is a strong supporter of Russian Cosplay. His personal photography ranges from cosplay to portraits and often includes animals and nature. You will find him online through various social media.

How to watch live Instagram feed on your PC #Cosplay #Cosplayer #SciFi

How to watch live Instagram feed on your PC #Cosplay #Cosplayer #SciFi

Watch Live Instagram

Nik Nitsvetov is a photographer and award-winning cosplayer. Today he is portraying the immortal king, Pietas, from my Bringer of Chaos series. I've had this character in my head since I was 17. Now, 50 years later, I'm getting to see him brought to life. Live. From Russia. Pinch me! I must be dreaming. ;) Here's how to watch live Instagram on your computer.

Watch Live Instagram

I discovered you can see live events on your PC. I use Chrome, but I imagine it's also viewable on other browsers. If you need instructions on loading an app to your browser, watch this video.

You'll need an app -- here's one I suggest. It's the big brother of the one in this video: Chrome IG Story Plus.
Load it to your browser, then click the icon once it's installed (it's all in the video). Use the pop out feature and you can resize to fit your screen. Search for nitsvetov -- then pick Nitsvetov (Nik) to get the right one.

Choose Top Live at the bottom and sit back to watch.

Watch the Cosplay

On September 1, the Russian cosplayer, Nik Nitsvetov will be portraying immortal king Pietas during a live feed on Instagram. To take part, follow Nik on Instagram and then watch for an announcement that the feed has gone live.

Time for the cosplay is 7:00 AM Eastern (2:00 PM Moscow) and will last 3 hours. September 1, 2018. Drop in anytime.

Please follow Nik on Instagram
If you like amazing and unforgettable cosplay, support Nik on Patreon.
Check out by_cosphoto - photographer for the event

Hear Pietas speak

Hear Pietas (in his own voice) as he shares
several truths about himself and life.
"Finding the Voice of Pietas" coming soon

Voice of Pietas

Zack Black
Twitter - @zackblackvo
Instagram - @voicesbyzack

Nik Nitsvetov (top image, as Pietas) is a photographer and award-winning cosplayer. A gamer and anime fan, he often cosplays characters from popular series. He lives in Russia and is a strong supporter of Russian Cosplay. His personal photography ranges from cosplay to portraits and often includes animals and nature. You will find him online through various social media.

Who Are the Ultras?

Who Are the Ultras?

Who Are the Ultras?

The immortal race,
introduced by Pietas
from Bringer of Chaos
Model: Nik Nitsvetov
Voice: Zack Black

Video below

The words are on the screen, but you will want to hear the music and the voice actor.
Together, Nik and Zack portray Pietas exactly as he looks and sounds to me when I write him.

Images, music and voiceover on this page are licensed and used with permission.

Turn on your speakers ~ click play ~ watch full screen

Who Are the Ultras featuring Nik Nitsvetov as Pietas
Voiceover performed by Zack Black
Images courtesy of:, Nik Nitsvetov and @by_cosphoto
Charon's Boat image custom designed by Nano-Core for the series
Video editor Zealot6 (
Based on the Sci Fi series Bringer of Chaos by Kayelle Allen
Music: Dreams of War by Orchestralis, licensed via Dual Horns Studios Ltd

Who Are the Ultras

The Terran Crescent might be the cradle of mankind, but it's also the birthplace of monsters. That's what the humans called Ultras. My people began life as slaves, human in appearance only. We were genetically enhanced and genetically mastered. We served our overlords without choice, bound by inbred shackles.

Though we knew how to obtain our freedom, we could not bestow it upon ourselves. Like Tantalus, we strove always for freedom, but its grasp lay beyond our reach.

When an accident released our premier scientist from captivity, he immediately set about freeing others. Not for our good, you understand, but his own.

My father never sought to benefit others unless it first benefitted him.

Once he overthrew enough shackles, my father took command. Our people cheered him in the streets, but factions arose that demanded equal power and left him no choice.

Once established, the High Council freed everyone. At least, every Ultra. Humans now served, subservient to the whim of their former slaves.

But one group sought to rule humans and Ultras.

Hiding among humans as humans, Ultras manipulated their brethren into peace talks. On an isolated starport in the central part of the galaxy, they captured the High Council and me, its Chancellor.

Holding us hostage, the traitors duped half a million loyal Ultras into surrendering, and then transported us across the galaxy to an undeveloped planet.

They exiled walking weapons who could never die.

Left us to survive under the most primitive conditions, and then...

Forgot us.

Huge mistake.

Pietas on Facebook
Pietas in the Bringer of Chaos series

Inside Peek: For Women Only #scifi #romance #sweet

Inside Peek: For Women Only #scifi #romance #sweetIn Inside Peek: For Women Only we meet Mehfawni Ruh, a Kin ambassador who visits the capitol planet of the Tarthian Empire. She meets security expert Khyff Antonello, a human. She falls for the angst-ridden young man and showers him with gifts meant to show her intention of keeping him. A death in her family forces Fawni to return home, but she can’t bear to part with Khyff and takes him along. Her family demands she cast out the human, or abdicate her future rule.
When Fawni searches for an alternative, she stumbles upon Khyff’s secret. The cover-up, if exposed, will betray her world to its enemies and bare her family to open shame. Her duty is clear. Yet how can she leave Khyff to suffer in the darkness that binds his heart?
His secret truth is her people’s darkest lie.

Inside Peek: For Women Only (Excerpt)

In this scene from For Women Only, Khyff awakens beside Mehfawni, the feline-humanoid Kin ambassador to the Tarthian Empire. He’d been ordered to seduce her, part of a complicated ploy by the Empress, who wants to remove Mehfawni from the Kin line of succession. It took no time on Khyff’s part. The moment Mehfawni saw the gorgeous blond and blue-eyed human, she pursued him. Khyff has always been a plaything for others to enjoy, never a person to get to know. Until he meets Fawni.

Khyff drifted off to sleep, more comfortable than he could remember being in years and woke sometime later to the feel of a hand sliding down his abs and across his belly. He opened his eyes.

When she noticed he was watching her, mild surprise widened Mehfawni’s big golden eyes with their jade green flecks. “Oh, you’re awake.”


“I hope I didn’t wake you. You looked…” She sighed. “I wanted to touch you. You’re so smooth.”

“It’s okay. You can touch me any time you like.” He stretched. It felt good to be rested. No light showed at the windows. “What time is it?”

She shrugged. “I pay no attention to such things. Local time. Tradestandard time. Time zones. Time to hold council. Time to sleep.” She hooked her claws into the air, a picture of frustration. “My staff open doors and pour wine and feed me. They lay out my clothes and draw my bath. All the rest of my life is work.” She dragged the tips of her claws down his body.

Khyff’s skin jumped, still hypersensitive after their riotous lovemaking.

“This–” she stroked his belly “–is outside time. This is my time. I will not look at clocks while I’m with you.”

Warmth swept over him that had nothing to do with sex. He turned the feeling over in his mind, unsure what to make of it, and held out his arms.

She moved into his embrace, body flush against his at leg and groin, skin pressed against his. She lay half atop him, leaning a bit to one side, propped on one elbow.

“Are you hungry, Khyff?”

He hadn’t noticed until she asked. “Starving. I have plenty of food in the kitchen. What would you like?”

“Besides you?”

“You can have me, too.”

She tapped his nose and sat up. “I want to take you out to dinner. In Tarth City, surely there is always food ready somewhere.”

“I know plenty of places.” They had told him to prepare to be spoiled. Kin females were accustomed to being in charge. Khyff hadn’t mentioned he was used to women paying his way. They liked to flaunt him to their friends and display him like a new charm on their wrist bracelets. Look what I bought.

“Somewhere quiet.” Mehfawni folded her legs, elbows on her knees. “I don’t wish others to gawk at you when you’re with me.”

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Kayelle Allen is a best-selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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