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Category: MM Romance

Male Male romance, aka gay romance

For millennia, they fought side by side and loved with equal passion.

How does a lonely king rekindle a lost love?

Ring of the Dragon

In 2020 when I began writing Ring of the Dragon, one of my editors suggested a song that she said might help me pin down the emotions Pietas was experiencing in this book. A bit of music to light the path and help me feel what he was feeling.

How true that turned out to be.

Upon hearing the first notes of Lewis Capaldi's "Grace" I knew I had found the theme song for Ring of the Dragon. It's poignant. Powerful. Heartbreaking. Beautiful.

Words poured out so fast I could barely keep up. I woke up before dawn with ideas and couldn't get out of bed fast enough. I sometimes wrote until I was falling asleep with my hands on the keyboard.

It was an incredible experience.

Writing Pietas is always about extremes. Laughter and agony. Passion and ennui. Success or disaster. There is no middle ground for the immortal king. All his life it's been all or nothing.

And nothing could underscore that more clearly than his relationship with Cyken, aka Luc Saint-Cyr.

In the excerpt below, you'll see them face off over Luc having fallen out of love with Pietas and *in* love with Izzorah. One of the psychic gifts that empowers Pietas is the ability to create ice and cold. If -- when -- he loses patience or finds himself insulted, room temperature plummets.

Cyken stood and crossed to him. "I aligned with Izzorah because you, his rightful king, would not. When he passes this test, and he will, he'll be one of your people. So if anyone is guilty of betrayal, it's not me." Cyken folded his arms across his massive chest. "It's you."

Rage crackled ice through Pietas's veins.

"I see you're up to your old tricks." Cyken drew a circle in the fog his breath produced. "Planning to freeze me solid again? Or only enough to sting this time?"

Trembling with effort, Pietas restrained the anger erupting into ice. "I demand an apology."

"Ah, now, there's the Pietas I remember." Cyken brushed at frost on a sleeve. "No."

He reeled back. "What did you say to me?"

"I said, 'no,'" Cyken repeated, as if explaining some household rule to a petulant child. "Get used to hearing it."

Words froze on his tongue. How presumptuous. Pietas released a shuddering breath. "Izzorah has turned you against me."

"No. He hasn't. You want to kill Izzorah because you blame him for me leaving you. Get this through your head." Cyken took one step forward.

Pietas took one back.

"I didn't leave you because of Izzorah. I left you because of you."

Lewis Capaldi - Grace

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A surprise for the pompous overlords chasing him #Dragons #Excerpt Ring of the Dragon #MFRWhooks

When the enemy refuses to back off...

Excerpt from Ring of the Dragon

In this scene, Pietas has been cornered in an alley by a group of "purity police" called the estah, who are dead set on nothing more than harrassing him simply because he looks human.

But the immortal king has a surprise for the pompous overseers, and he's about to unleash it.

Pietas returned to the mouth of the alley and stood right in the center. In plain sight.

His people called him the Bringer of Chaos for his strongest Sempervian gift. His power created chaotic feelings with no outside source. In battle, at close quarters, the enemy panicked. But alone with a lover, he could inundate and drown with overwhelming pleasure.

Time was, Cyken had been addicted to that. Addicted to him.

As the first horse came into view, Pietas drew in a deep breath, quieting his mind. While he released the breath, he willed along with it a sense of destruction, picturing a deep blue tide rising between him and the animals. Wraiths of darkness writhed within, twisting, billowing, filling the world beyond his path with slashing jaws and saw-like teeth.

Whinnying, all six horses of the estah balked, rising on hind legs. Their hooves hit the ground out of sync as they dropped back to all fours, backing away, running into each other in confusion. They refused to obey the command to charge forward.

The vision would terrify the animals but not injure them.

Calling upon his affinity with the ice dragon, Stormsinger, he projected an oversized likeness of the beast. Massive, milk-white. His teal-tipped wings the size of ships, fangs gleaming in a mouth formed to swallow horses whole.

Pietas pressed the fingers of his right hand over the turquoise in his ring, summoning power from the remnants of the once-potent stone. He willed disorder and fear, and a sharp command to flee.

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When your android sasses you #SciFi #MMRomance #MFRWHooks

Excerpt from Ring of the Dragon - Antonello Brothers: Immortal

The immortal king Pietas is preparing to transport down to a backward planet outside the Tarthian Empire's borders.

His android bodyguard, Uurah, is against him going alone.

Aboard Pietas's flagship, Le Persequor

"I'm not leaving the Dragon Ring on board, Uurah, and that's the end of it." Pietas slipped into the plain brown shirt the android held for him. "I never take it off. And I'm not taking triefan."

"My lord, a vial of--"

"No means no, Uurah. I don't need triefan. Why would I need the healing nectar? It's a short trip. I can't imagine why I'd need it in the small amount of time I plan to spend there. I anticipate no fights. I'm only looking for a horse."

"It also reduces your pain level, my lord. And--"

"Thank you, Uurah. But no."

"As you wish, my lord. No triefan. Then will you allow me to attend you?"

"No. As I said before, I'm going alone."

"Perhaps I could send an android with you. One designed to resemble a Kin female."

"I'm going alone, Mother Hen." Pietas fastened the last button and then flipped back his hair. "I have my notereader." He patted the rear pocket of his pants. "It uploads to you. I'll communicate through that."

"Yes, my lord. Do take care with your ring. Theft of small, valuable objects has been on the rise on Felidae. When possible, keep it in a pocket." The android held out a leather coin purse holding Kin currency. "Money is stolen often too."

"Thank you for telling me what I already know."

"You are welcome, my lord. Or is that...sarcasm?"

"What do you think?"

When your android sasses you #SciFi #MMRomance #MFRWHooks"I am unsure, my lord. I--"

"Sarcasm, Uurah." Pietas clipped the small pouch to a hook on his pants, and then tucked it inside an adjacent pocket. "I've been robbed more times than I can count. No one's ever gotten away with taking my ring. It's not going to happen now. I'm wearing it."

"Yes, my lord."

"How do I look?" He held up one finger. "And don't say perfect."

"You resemble a human dressing like a Kin worker. The disguise is perfect...ly adequate, my lord."

"Good save, Uurah."

"One of the android servants could be altered to look like a female Kin in order to accompany you to the surface."

"What did I just say?"

"You said, 'Good save, Uurah.'"

Pietas rubbed the tight spot between his eyes. "I meant about going alone."

"That you were doing it, my lord."

"And what else did we discuss?"

"I mentioned my concern that you might be in danger."

Pietas pressed his lips together, unwilling to snap at the well-meaning android. "True. And then I said that I don't need looking after. I can manage on my own."

"Males are not permitted to travel unaccompanied on Felidae, my lord. I worry about your safety."

"I'll be fine."

"It could compromise the mission, my lord."

"Uurah..." He took a deep breath. "Did we not just have this discussion?"

The android smiled. "Yes, my lord."

Pietas ignored his developing headache. "And what did we discuss this afternoon while we were underway?"

"A great many things, my lord. Would you like a list?"

He maintained eye contact without speaking.

A human-like expression of confusion crossed the android's face. "My lord, I sense you refer to my attempt to protect you. It is what you created me to do. My areas of concern on your behalf are clear on that aspect of my being."

"Yes, they are." He'd hug the android, but Uurah wouldn't understand. "I know you're doing what you're supposed to do, and I appreciate it, but I can manage. Don't worry about me. What do you think I want you to say now?"

How human Uurah looked, puzzling over those words. "That...I still disagree?"

If Cyken were here, he would be chortling by now. Not at Uurah--the android was far from laughable. He was simply struggling to obey conflicting orders. No, Cyken would laugh at Pietas for trying so hard not to lose his patience.

Uurah gave a slight bow. "A correction. I sense you wanted me to say you are frustrated by having to deal with me."

"Somewhat true, but yet...not."

"Then how about, 'Yes, my lord.'"

Finally! "Yes. That's excellent."

The android smiled in response. "Thank you, my lord, but I will worry over you if I wish."

Pietas blinked. "What did you say?"

"That I will--"

"No." Pietas held up one hand. "Don't repeat it. I heard you. I was expressing astonishment that you backtalked. Where did you pick that up?"

"From the androids you assigned to Cyken, my lord. When I upgraded them in preparation for Izzorah's fealty test, I discovered that phrase in their response array. Since I did not possess a similar response, I adopted it."

"You picked that up by interacting with others like yourself." What a frightening thought. This must be how parents felt when their children came home from school, having learned swear words.

"Should I remove the response, my lord?"

Pietas checked his immediate desire to agree. How often had he hoped for independent behavior and thinking like this to develop? Each iteration of Uurah surpassed the previous.

He must not quench that, but foster the behavior.

No matter how annoying he found it.

Antonello Brothers: Immortal - Because Romance Lives Forever

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In this scene, we get to see the almost magic way Izzorah processes scents. It is literally his superpower.

He understands what each layer of scent means and can determine from scent alone which direction a person is going in making a decision.

It's morning, and Izzorah wakes in Luc's house after being rescued from a bad situation. Luc had given him a handkerchief earlier, and Izzorah finds it on the floor near the bed.

Excerpt from Surrender Love

Bringing Luc's handkerchief to his nose, Izzorah inhaled the man's scent.

No cologne. That was all Luc. Izzorah felt his claws come out.

Wait. What was this? He drew in the scent again and puzzled over the mixtures. Bittersweet chocolate hid behind the musk of desire and tang of kai peppers. The peppers he understood. That signified risk, and no man got as rich as Luc without that. But the bittersweet... Izzorah sneezed to clear his nose and drew in the fragrance again. The bittersweet meant heartbreak, regret, loss. Yet this went deeper than Izzorah had learned to expect for the breakup Luc had gone through. The guys in Kumwhatmay had been through those. Plenty.

This was richer. Another scent rode behind it, as faint as smoke on a high wind: mint. By itself, it meant amusement. It didn't belong with bittersweet except in human chocolates.

Izzorah rubbed the cloth between fingers and thumb. It felt smooth, clean. Izzorah shook out the cloth, scrunched it up and pressed it to his nose again. Bittersweet chocolate and mint, but not the kind that came from a spill of ice cream or sticky candy. This had a human aspect to it. He had no name for the scent. He'd never smelled the combination before.

The scent had faded and had a bit of Izzorah's own smell now, but there was more. Izzorah sneezed again and drew in another deep sniff. Lavender. Not soap. Human soaps added their own chemical undertone, and it had no alcohol the way cologne did. This scent came from deep within Luc.

Other Kin never understood how Izzorah did this and he'd stopped trying to explain. A single cousin had the same level of ability.

Izzorah hadn't noticed the scent when he was with Luc. After rubbing the cloth to warm it, Izzorah gave another sniff. This was pain. Not injury pain. Emotion. Inner pain. Luc hid it and it went so deep it lingered.

Lavender, bittersweet chocolate and mint. Heartbreak, loss, regret, amusement, inner pain, combined in a man as strong as Luc... Perhaps he found life amusing, yet it also hurt him. No. That did not go deep enough to explain this. Maybe he felt like an outsider looking in. Alien.

Like him.

But it was more than Luc feeling as if he had no right to belong.

Izzorah clutched the handkerchief to his chest.

"Oh, Luc! I will find a way to eliminate your pain, whatever caused it. I promise. Because if anyone has a right to belong, it's you."

When he unfolded the cloth, in one corner, a mark of white-on-white showed. He brought it up close to his face and ran a fingertip across it. The design was sewn into the cloth. Having no word for such a thing, he sniffed the spot and then licked it. No taste, but his stomach picked that moment to growl, so he stuffed the cloth into a pocket and went to find breakfast.

Antonello Brothers: Immortal - Because Romance Lives Forever

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Do you love chocolate and cherries? So do Luc and Izzorah!

Surrender Forever Dessert Contest

In Surrender Love, Luc and Izzorah share a dessert made with chocolate and cherries. I decided to look for real world recipes and include them in a giveaway booklet for readers when the book is released.

You can enter your recipe! Details and how to enter below.

Excerpt: the dessert scene from Surrender Love

Luc and Izzorah have finished dinner alone and have polished off a delicious dessert with chocolate and cherries. In the final edition, the dessert will be chosen from the Surrender Forever Dessert Contest. Here, it's cheesecake.

 

After dinner, they enjoyed a light wine while they each tore into massive slices of cheesecake topped with a thick sauce of fresh cherries in brandy.

"Oh, stars that was good." Izzorah put down his fork. "If my father hadn't raised me to be polite, I swear I'd lick my plate. That was the best dessert ever. McDoth is an amazing cook."

"That was straight from Batchelor's."

"They make cheesecake?"

"Yes. Yvan's famous for it. That one had all the creaminess I've learned to expect from their kitchen."

"I never thought they'd be famous for food. No wonder everyone wants to go there." Izzorah leaned back in his chair. "I probably ate way too much, but I was hungry."

"Same here. No worry. I'm sure we'll work it off." Luc's plate still held crumbles of crust from the cheesecake, along with a smear of cherries. "You know, since you and I are alone..." On impulse, he lifted the dessert plate and while holding Izzorah's gaze, gave it a long, slow lick.

Izzorah giggled, biting his lip. He picked up his plate as well and gave the plate a quick lick with the tip of his tongue.

Luc stroked his tongue across the plate, taking his time, letting his gaze tell Izzorah how delicious it tasted -- and felt.

Color rose in Izzorah's cheeks. His lashes lowered. He performed a far more thorough lick. He gave Luc a slow, sultry smile and then stroked his tongue along the edge of the plate. The soft wet barbs on his tongue glistened in the light.

Stifling an oath, Luc struggled for composure. The tightness in his throat had nothing to do with the surfeit of sugar.

Surrender Forever Dessert Contest Rules

Recipes MUST INCLUDE chocolate and cherries.

Recipes must be original, created by the entrant.

Entrant must have the right to share the recipe.

Recipe must contain common ingredients available in local stores or online.

Limit of 10 (ten) ingredients other than salt, water, milk, oil, or other liquid.*

Entrant must provide a title for the recipe (Ex. Mary's Chocolate Cheesecake).

Entrant may use a pen name or username for publication.

CONTEST ENDS 12:01 AM Eastern on Feb 1, 2021.

*This is to keep the printing size of the booklet small.

 

DISCLAIMERS

No sales will be generated from this booklet. It is intended as a giveaway for readers. A free PDF copy will be provided to all entrants upon publication.

One Grand Prize Winner recipe will be chosen for inclusion in Surrender Love. The creator of the recipe will be mentioned in the acknowledgements of the book.

Recipes of all entrants may be included in the giveaway booklet at the sole discretion of the author, Kayelle Allen.

No purchase is necessary.

Void where prohibited by law.

Age 18 and up only.

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A *hot* breakfast with Luc #Excerpt Surrender Love #SciFi #MMromance #MFRWhooks

A pre-release peek at Surrender Love

Breakfast with Luc

In this scene from Surrender Love, Izzorah is having breakfast with his human lover, Luc Saint-Cyr. This is Luc and Izzorah's first morning together as lovers.

Aware the man will be gone part of the day, Izzorah asks if there is any way he can help.

Excerpt Surrender Love

A *hot* breakfast with Luc #Excerpt Surrender Love #SciFi #MMromance #MFRWhooksA slow smile crossed Luc's face. "I may need a long, hot, sudsy shower and then help getting dry afterward."

Izzorah's throat tightened. A tender ache had him squirming in his seat. He offered a not-so-innocent smile. "We had that kind of shower before breakfast."

"Yes, we did." The man trailed a fingertip farther up Izzorah's arm, causing him to flush with heat. "But between now and then, I intend to work up a sweat. I'm going to need another one."

Izzorah squirmed again, spreading his legs farther apart.

"And then I'll need help to dress. Tuxedo affair. I'll teach you how to fasten everything. It's complicated. We may have to take everything off and put it back on a few times so you can practice."

They rose together and leaned across the table. Izzorah gripped Luc's robe to pull him close, deepening their kiss. The table dug into his thighs.

McDoth's return with milk and coffee broke them apart.

Izzorah felt his cheeks flame.

Luc reseated himself, a self-satisfied smile on his gorgeous face.

Biting into his lower lip, Izzorah resisted the urge to cast breakfast aside and feast on Luc instead.

The android poured more coffee and left.

The size of Luc's dark hands as they wrapped the white mug brought back memories of the night before. Those hands had held him, turned him, lifted him. Loved him. Izzorah had given himself over in complete trust. He'd rested in Luc's strong arms. Those loving hands had bathed him, soaped his chest and shampooed his hair. Those same hands had dried his skin and hair, lifting strands with patient fingers as he blew it dry.

Izzorah swallowed, his throat tight.


This book has been out of print since 2014, and returns in an expanded edition with new scenes (almost 15k words) but the same tender love story and noble young hero.  Surrender Love will be available in print and KU.

HEART-RELATED WARNINGS:

Adorable feline-humanoid hero may induce swooning.
Heart-melting romance likely to cause palpitations.
Immortal with a tragic past may cause heartbreak.
Teary-eye trigger: Extreme happy-ever-after.
Additional concern: May induce insatiable desire for sequels. (Fortunately, the cure for this aspect is on its way.)

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