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A romance novel in which the two main characters are the same sex. Sometimes referred to as MM Romance or LGBT Romance.

Tales of the Chosen boxed set @kayelleallen #scifi

Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

In the Tales of the Chosen trilogy, when the fate of hearts rivals the fate of worlds, victory costs everything.

This boxed set has the heat level “Erotic” which denotes explict or graphic content. This is a gay romance scifi series. The books are not available in print or as individual copies, only as a boxed set. The set is available in all eBook formats.

Download a free PDF about the immortals. (Read how to send this sample to your Kindle)

Where to Buy the Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

Universal book link https://books2read.com/u/brGVwA
Not available in print.

A CHOSEN protects the Sempervians

A CHOSEN IS:
Called to serve
Honored to protect
Obedient to the vow
Safeguard of the truth
Enabler of life
Neutralizer of threats

In the Tales of the Chosen trilogy, Wulf, Alitus, and Jawk are more than lovers to the immortals they serve, yet less than pawns. Their powerful immortals compete in an ancient game called Peril. When I wrote the Chosen series, I envisioned a sweeping story of immortals who dominated empires across the stars. Each immortal had his or her own servants and circle of friends. All of them had enemies. A few had lovers who meant more than a mortal should. The Tales of the Chosen series tells about three such Chosen and their relationships to the immortals and to each other.


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Come to @OutlantaCon May 8-10

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OutlantaCon in Atlanta GA

OutlantaCon

Outlantacon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience! Everyone is welcome, and even straight folks like me find a home there. You’ll find all the usual convention fare here–discussion panels, gaming, costuming, special events, etc. The difference is that it all has a queer ‘bent’ to it. Here you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you’re free to be yourself! OutlantaCon also offers some pretty unique twists as well, like their own versions of the Match Game (a staple since 2007), Project Cosplay (2010), Nea’s Drag Race (2011), and the wildly popular Sock Puppet Theatre Presents.

Kayelle Allen and Moxie Magnus

Kayelle Allen and Moxie Magnus

OutlantaCon is my favorite con. It’s laid back, friendly, big enough to have plenty to do, but small enough to get a chance to speak to nearly everyone. The performers and other guests can mingle and get know each other as well as meet and talk to the fans. This con is unique. Where else can you pal around with the eight foot Queen of Outer Space, Moxie Magnus? You’d love her handbags!

And there are plenty of authors to hang out with too, including my friend Kiernan Kelly, who first told me about this convention. She and I have been there since the first year. In 2014, we were both awarded with lifetime honorary memberships for supporting them since the beginning. This year there is a full writers’ track, and a host of new authors.

The Con Suite, wherein all manner of snacks are served, has things like a Chocolate Party, and hosts book release parties. This spot is as much fun as the con itself, and is a nice place to get away, sit back, and chat — or run in, grab a bite to eat, and dash out the door to the next event. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and is located near plenty of places to eat.

OutlantaCon Guest List

Here’s the list with a short blurb about each person.

  • Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst
  • Brent D Seth has authored his first novel, a science fiction comedy Short Fuse, now available through Leo Publishing
  • Darren Nowell is the amazing host of the Match Game at OutlantaCon, and cohosts the Legion of Substitute Podcasters
  • David Yost is an American actor most notably known for his role as Billy, the Blue Ranger on the international television series The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and is involved with several charitable organizations such as the AIDS Project LA and their new HIV/AIDS donation guide that offers tips on donating credit card rewards to a number of HIV organizations directly, Project Angel Food, and The Trevor Project
  • Don Teems has appeared in over 50 TV and movie projects, including The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and more
  • Eden Winters has published a dozen novels, many of which have won Rainbow Awards or have gained finalist status in the Lambda Literary Awards
  • Ellie Collins is an actor (The Originals) as well as the author of an urban fantasy fiction series
  • James Crawford writes the Young Adult book series Leech
  • Java is best known for his long running stint as Dr. Frank N Furter with Atlanta’s own Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lips Down On Dixie
  • Kage Alan is the author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, and other books (can you tell he writes humor?)
  • Kayelle Allen authors books about contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr
  • Keith Bailey is an award winning photographer, makeup artist and film maker
  • Kiernan Kelly is the author of 13 books and over 80 short stories varying from paranormal to science fiction fantasy and contemporary romance
  • Lee Martindale has authored short stories which have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including the Snows of Darkover anthology
  • Moxie Magnus is the eight foot tall queen of outer space, and serves as chief cosmetologist on the USS Enterprise. She performs throughout the US with her comedic styling and mad ukulele skills
  • Neon loves to entertain whether it be on the mic as an emcee or on the DJ decks spinning dance music that will get your blood pumping
  • Sarah Avraham resides in Atlanta where she operates her law practice that primarily serves alternative lifestyles
  • Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night
  • Vicktor “Vic” Alexander wrote his first story at the age of ten and hasn’t stopped writing since.

OutlantaCon 2015

Kayelle's Wall showing OutlantaCon guest badges

Kayelle’s Wall (click to see more)

This year, I decided to stay at the hotel (I’m a local) so I can take part in later events. If you’re coming to the convention, please look me up! You can follow the con on social media. There’s daily activity on Facebook and Twitter. The hotel is listed below. This isn’t the only con I attend, but it is the one I love most (eat your heart out, DragonCon).

The picture at the left shows some of the badges I’ve collected, and other goodies. Click to see a larger picture and more about what’s there.

Sign up for my newsletter on the right and you’ll get info and freebies when I release a new book. My latest is the Tarthian Empire Companion, a non-fiction guidebook about writing Science Fiction and creating a series bible.

Have you ever attended a scifi convention? How about one that’s geared toward the gay geek? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Tales of the Chosen boxed set @kayelleallen #scifi

Erotic Romance

Tales of the Chosen boxed set @kayelleallen #scifi

Science Fiction, Space Opera and Fantasy Erotic Romance

Welcome to the Science Fiction, Space Opera and Fantasy Erotic Romance section of the site!

You'll find books in this area contain Science Fiction, Space Opera or Fantasy settings or themes, while also containing a full romance story and erotic content.

EROTIC ROMANCE: Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

The Chosen series contain my only erotic romances and are for mature audiences. These stories are only available as a set. They are exclusive on Amazon and are free on Kindle Unlimited. The Chosen series books are all gay romances.

Whom do you trust when you live forever? The C.H.O.S.E.N. But trust them at your peril #SciFi #Romance Click To Tweet

In the secret society of the Chosen, a group of mortals who serve the immortal Sempervians, being gay or straight is no different from being brown-eyed or blue-eyed. No one notices or cares. But disloyalty among the Chosen is punishable by death and in this trilogy, everyone's loyalty is questioned.

Covert alignments, mistrust, mistakes and regrets pepper the playing field. Both the Chosen and the Sempervians harbor enemies and spies within their ranks -- some known and tolerated, others concealed behind layers so convoluted eternity isn't long enough to figure them out. When you factor in multiple allegiances and aliases, knowing who to trust takes on a whole new level of danger -- especially if you live forever.

When the fate of hearts rivals the fate of worlds, victory costs everything.

Includes Bonus Book: An Immortal's Guide to Tarth; A Handbook for Immortals Relocating to the Tarthian Empire.

Available on Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited https://amzn.to/1Ke65fX

Download a printable list of all books and check off stories as you read them. The list also shows the reading order for different series. It's updated with every book and the URL to reprint it is in the footer.

Choose Me Sep 18th at the #Facebook #Party #SFRTG

Choose Me

In the secret society of the Chosen, a group of mortals who serve the immortal Sempervians, being gay or straight is no different from being brown-eyed or blue-eyed. No one notices or cares. But disloyalty among the Chosen is punishable by death, and in this trilogy, everyone’s loyalty is questioned.

Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

Covert alignments, mistrust, mistakes, and regrets pepper the playing field. Both the Chosen and the Sempervians harbor enemies and spies within their ranks — some known and tolerated, others concealed behind layers so convoluted eternity isn’t long enough to figure them out. When you factor in multiple allegiances and aliases, knowing who to trust takes on a whole new level of danger — especially if you live forever.

When the fate of hearts rivals the fate of worlds, victory costs everything.

Includes Bonus Book: An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth; A Handbook for Immortals Relocating to the Tarthian Empire

A bit of fiction, written in a non-fiction way, An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth offers guidance from Joss Avaton, one of the immortals. She provides dire warnings about which immortal not to cross, and what to do about pesky Mundanes (namely, those annoying humans), and who among the Chosen is not to be trusted.

Excerpt from An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth

This excerpt is taken from the opening of the book.

Greetings, Fellow Immortals

Welcome to the Tarthian Empire. This book is a guide to the people, places, and possibilities you’ll find here. A list of immortals and their roles in Peril is also included. All Sempervians are welcome here. This will be your home away from home. To those immortals who have joined us in our glorious exile — please know you are our honored guests. We are pleased to share the bounty of the Empire with you.

I’m Joss Avaton, your guide. A little about me. I’m telepathic (which most of us experience and understand), and a scripter, which means by touching you I can discern your abilities and gifts. Contrary to popular belief, scripters cannot tell your past or your future. We can only tell about your present: what gifts you possess now.

An Immortal's Guide to Tarth

An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth

So that neither of us has any illusions, I will tell you up front that I am serving Penance. For those of you new to the game of Peril, that means I lost a game and must pay for it. In my case, it was a technicality, and the gamers in my session had nothing to do with my loss. I lost by my own mistakes, and take full responsibility. The gamer opposite me (Nanchonta) I would trust with my life, and have, many times. However, I would carefully watch the lead player in my support team (Akaghe) and never turn my back on him. Not for one moment. He is not based in the Tarthian Empire, for which I’m thankful. But enough about the past. I’m here to help you in your future with us.

While we are more than glad to welcome a fellow immortal into the Empire, you should be aware that the relationship between Mundanes (mortals) and ourselves is not an open one. To that end, let’s dive straight into the ironclad rules.

Rule Number One: This Book is for Immortals Only

By order of Pietas ap Lorectic, Lord of the Immortals, the Impaler, Hammer of God, Marauder, Soul Ripper, Destroyer of Worlds, Slayer of Innocents, Hound of Hell, you are ordered to set aside this book if you not immortal. Put down this book, walk away, and no one will get hurt. Should you decide to disobey this directive, that assurance is void.

With that warning in mind, you may proceed at your own risk.

Rule Number Two: Immortals Don’t Exist

Of course, immortals do exist. The fact that you are reading this book proves that. We are referring to what the non-immortal Mundane population thinks. They (other than the Chosen) are never to know of our existence. The rule regarding how much to reveal is simple: nothing.

We do not discuss immortality.
We avoid any mention of immortality.
If asked directly if we are immortal, we lie.
There are no exceptions to this rule.

The answer to “Why can’t we tell them?” is also simple: BPSS (Because Pietas said so). If you don’t know who Pietas is, we refer you to Rule Number One.

You will no doubt find yourself exasperated by the sheer number of Mundanes present in the Tarthian Empire, especially humans. They have overrun it and multiplied like rats in a pestilence. Which brings us to Rule Number Three.

Rule Number Three: Live and Let Live

By order of Pietas, humans and other people groups may not be killed for sport. That does not mean you can’t annoy, manipulate, and use them for your own purposes. However, the rule about killing is strictly enforced. You can be banned from the Empire for killing even one Mundane. Justifiable homicide must be proven in Mundane courts as well as before the throne of Pietas.

It has nothing to do with their inherent worthiness. Mundanes have none. However, we must coexist here and the worlds in the Tarthian Empire are filled with these creatures. They farm, raise fish, cattle, sheep, and other animals used for food, create cities, technology, transport, and other items which we find useful and helpful. Since we take full advantage of these things, it behooves us to let them exist. Therefore, the golden rule is “Live and let live.”

We cannot stress strongly enough the need to remember the golden rule when it comes to Mundanes, and especially humans. They tend to bring out the worst in us, so guard yourself against rash behavior in their presence. Pietas does not permit a “temporary insanity” defense. I know this chafes. You must learn to deal with it.

Well, fellow mortals. Will you choose to obey the directive and avoid the book? Or will you crack that baby open and grab all the secrets you can find? Choose…

Both books are available as preorders until Sep 17th. The cost for each is just 99 cents. They will go up after Oct 1st, so grab them now. If you buy the boxed set, you get An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth free. If you already have the Chosen series, just grab the single book.

Want to know how I write before you decide to buy? Download Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers free. You’ll get another free book the next day. That will give you a good look.

Join our Facebook party on Friday, Sep 18th from 12 noon to 9pm ET.
Party link: http://bit.ly/choose-me-party
Here’s the lineup:

Start End Author
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Kayelle Allen (kicking off the party)
12:30 PM 1:00 PM Travis Luedke
1:00 PM 1:30 PM Leigh Ellwood
1:30 PM 2:00 PM J Scott Coatsworth
2:00 PM 2:30 PM Charlie Cochrane
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Tempeste O’Riley
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Angelia Sparrow
3:30 PM 4:00 PM Kaitlyn Stone
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Brent D Seth
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Aidee Ladnier
5:00 PM 5:30 PM Brina Brady
5:30 PM 6:00 PM Amanda Young
6:00 PM 6:30 PM Sloane Kennedy
6:30 PM 7:00 PM Sarah Madison
7:00 PM 7:30 PM A Catherine Noon
7:30 PM 8:00 PM Trevann Rogers
8:00 PM 8:30 PM Houston Havens
8:30 PM 9:00 PM Kayelle Allen (closing up)

Every author on the list has a giveaway! Come find out about new books, win prizes, and meet authors. The authors in this group write Male Male Romance, or Menage Romance. Which will you choose?

Wulf: A Chosen loves forever #freebook #scifi #SFRTG

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

In the gay scifi romance Wulf, Tales of the Chosen, superstar Wulf Gabriel must depend on the one man he swore he would never trust again. The most powerful man in the empire – the Harbinger. Lust. Power. Forgiveness. A Chosen loves forever.

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

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

Wulf Excerpt

In this scene, Luc Saint-Cyr is working at his desk when his assistant interrupts him.

“Excuse me, sir.”

His concentration broken for the fifth time in as many minutes, Luc Saint-Cyr tossed aside his reading and leaned back in his desk chair. “Now what?”

The sixth person he’d hired this month to replace his former assistant stepped all the way inside, shut the door quietly, and approached his desk.

“I’m very sorry, sir. I know you didn’t want to be disturbed for the next hour, but–”

He held up a hand to stop further apology. “What is it, Ms. Mead?”

“The gentleman on the holophone says it’s urgent.”

“They all say that.”

“Sir, I know that. I’m a professional, but this –”

“Never mind.” He pinched the bridge of his nose. “Who is it and what’s so urgent?”

“All he would say was that his name was Wulf Gabriel and that–”

“What!” Luc shot to his feet, making the woman gasp, and sending his chair flying backward into the credenza. Books on its top tumbled to the floor. “Why didn’t you say so?” He made shooing motions at the startled woman. “Put him through immediately.”

Eyeing him as if he were some wild animal, Ms. Mead edged out the door and snapped it shut behind her.

Once alone, Luc opened a desk drawer and swept everything on his desk into it. He stepped one foot into the adjoining bathroom, grabbed a brush, and dragged it through his short hair. A quick feel of his chin told him he didn’t need a shave yet.

He slipped back into his office, seated himself at the desk, and waited for the image to glow into existence. Wonder what he’ll look like? Stupid question, old boy. You see him every day on Imperinet. He’s on half the dentist ads in the empire, and most of the clothing commercials.

Luc imagined the classic beauty of Wulf’s face, the strength of his jaw, the warm whiskey brown of his eyes. On his dresser at home was a picture of himself with Wulf and his parents, taken days before Thomas Gabriel’s death. Before all their lives had unraveled. Before he’d–

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen

Focus.

Luc unclenched his fists and flattened his hands on the desk. Still no holo-image. The heap of untidy books on the floor drew his attention, but judging by the angle holopics usually took, Wulf wouldn’t see them. How would it appear if the call started and he was on his knees on the floor with his ass in the air? Still… Luc rolled his chair back and pushed them out of sight with his foot.

No image yet.

Luc started to press the button on his desk to call Ms. Mead, but hovered one finger above it. What if she was putting Wulf through and mangled the connection because he distracted her?

He folded his hands again, and waited. On the floor by the right front leg of the credenza lay another book. He scooted his chair over and pushed at it with his foot, but it wedged itself between the legs and wouldn’t budge.

The indicator on his desk still showed no sign of a call.

He loosened his collar, flicked at a speck of dust on the desk, and folded his hands once more. He rolled his thumbs around and around each other. He tightened his collar back up. Muttering curses, he got down on the floor and straightened the damned books, dusted himself off and sat back down.

The door opened and Ms. Mead crept far enough inside to shut it behind her. Head down, hands clutched in front of her, she wet her lips.

Luc stood and went around the desk. “You lost him! Don’t tell me you lost him!”

“No, sir.” Ms. Mead peeked up as he approached. “He told me to forget it. He said he’d changed his mind and it wasn’t important.”

Wasn’t important… Brought up short by those words, Luc went so still the motes of dust in the air came into perfect clarity. As if the universe had suffered as harsh a blow as his heart. The first contact he’d had with Wulf in twenty years and it wasn’t important.

He turned his back, shoulders rigid, jaw tight. “Did he say he’d call back?”

“Um, he…”

His breath felt shallow and too, too fast. He stopped himself from turning his head. “Go on, Ms. Mead.”

She cleared her throat. “No, sir. The call came in on a private channel. I couldn’t get a number to return it. I asked, but he wouldn’t give me one. I was trying to track it when I realized I should let you know what happened. I’m sorry, sir.”

He jammed his tongue against his teeth. Hands clenched at his sides, Luc turned his face enough to show he listened.

“Sir, I’ll make sure he goes straight through if–I mean, when he calls back. Is there anyone else I should know about?”

You mean is there anyone else who could tear apart my life just by dropping a call? Not trusting his voice, he shook his head.

Behind him, the door opened, clicked shut. Footsteps receded. No outside noise intruded. The lonely silence of the oversized room rang in his ears like a death scream.

Luc staggered the ten steps to the windows overlooking Tarth City Park. Sunlight’s radiant caress warmed and soothed his skin.

If only it could reach his heart.

Focus, Luc. Dwell here, not in the past. Let it go. Let it go.

Forty-one stories below lay the verdant trees of the park, the blue and silver flash of Typhin River ribboning its way through open grass in the center. Destine Pietan Stadium’s dome shone holy-white in the glaring sun. Columns of soaring buildings wrapped along the curved route of the Stadium Loop edging the park.

That’s it. Root yourself in the here and now. Yesterday’s gone. Tomorrow never comes. Not for you.

Get Wulf for free

Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

Wulf is the first book in the Tales of the Chosen. It’s available free. You can buy the other two books for $3.99 each, or get the Tales of the Chosen boxed set until Sept 30th for only 99 cents. It includes the bonus book An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth: A Handbook for Immortals Relocating to the Tarthian Empire. That’s four books for less than the price of one.

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You can also get the free book Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers when you join the Romance Lives Forever Reader Group. You’ll get another free book the next day.

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Alitus: A Chosen bares his heart forever #scifi #boxedset #ASMSG

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Life gets complicated when the empress orders Alitus to find out if a friend’s lover is having an affair. Especially since the affair is with Alitus. Passion. Submission. Loyalty. A Chosen bares his heart forever.

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

Excerpt Alitus

Throughout the formal dinner, Alitus listened with polite indifference to the incredibly boring gentleman on his left and the even less interesting lady on his right. He could imagine them as demons in a level of hell where they’d be assigned to torture some wicked intellectual who craved intelligent discussion. These two would be punishment indeed. How he’d managed to draw their company in this seating arrangement he couldn’t begin to fathom.

Who on the protocol staff hates me this much? I wonder what idBot can scrounge up? I do believe this might call for revenge.

The empress sat a few chairs down, the place of honor at her side taken by the newest governor from Notidisia. The previous ruler had ended up beheaded at the Conqueror’s direction, and so far, this one’s career didn’t look promising. Around the table, two dozen dignitaries and guests from around the empire spoke to one another, their sublimely meaningless chatter undirected yet flattering. Leave it to politicians to speak at length without saying a single coherent thing.

The bright spot was an artist whom the empress was introducing tonight. Eliot Taral had created a throne carved to resemble a giant ruby dragon. When the empress sat on it, the creature’s wings looked as if they were rising up to enfold and protect her. Taral had coated the beast’s skin with rubies and garnets, and inset diamonds for its eyes. The claws shimmered with gold. It cost the budget of two small worlds, but Destoiya loved it.

Opposite Alitus and over one, next to Luc Saint-Cyr, sat Wulf Gabriel. Wulf looked pale tonight, not his usual robust self, and like Alitus, was picking at his food. Wulf drank several glasses of wine, and by the time the last course was served, seemed well on his way to being drunk. Most likely, he’d been drinking before his arrival, because his ability to hold liquor rivaled Saint-Cyr’s, who seemed to drink without effect. Being drunk was dangerous around Empress Destoiya. She tended to focus on anyone who appeared out of line.

Talk at the table turned to politics. Alitus refrained from taking part. In his position as Destoiya’s minister of imperial intelligence, listening paid higher dividends. But, when someone brought up the newly proposed Better veil requirement, part of an already long list of Better Laws, Alitus fastened his attention on the topic. As a Better, this affected him.

The law would require all Betters to cover their bodies when in public. An electronic veil would hide their faces from view and dampen the effects of their pheromones. Their voices would be rendered genderless, robotic, and mechanical.

“I think it’s high time Parliament signed that into law.” Roth Kloven, Destoiya’s minister of defense, picked up his wine glass.

Of course you do. You’re an idiot. Alitus folded his napkin and placed it alongside his nearly untouched plate.

“In fact, I propose a toast.” The fact that no one joined Kloven should have been a clue, but the man forged onward. “Here’s to freedom from Better intimidation.” He drained his glass.

“You realize, Minister Kloven–” Every eye turned toward Wulf, who had leaned forward to address Kloven “–veiling Betters won’t prevent being intimidated if you’re already a pussy.”

Soft snickering echoed around the table. Alitus bit his lips to stifle a laugh. Head down, Saint-Cyr pressed fingertips to his brow.

“Tell me, Mr. Gabriel.” The Empress placed her napkin on the table. “Don’t you fear being controlled by Betters?”

“No, Your Majesty.” Wulf settled back in his chair. “I’m more afraid of being controlled by the government.”

“Then it’s good you live in a benevolent and democratic monarchy.”

“Is that what you call it?”

Saint-Cyr tried to distract Wulf, but he plowed ahead.

“I think when the government can step in and tell someone he has to hide his face, how long will it be until they tell us who we can and can’t marry? Next thing you know, some half-wit will outlaw Betters falling in love.” Wulf looked across the table, right into Alitus’s eyes.

Alitus nearly choked. He turned his head to avoid the heat of the man’s brown-eyed gaze.

Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

Tales of the Chosen Boxed Set

“How amusing.” The Empress stood, and everyone at the table rose to join her. “Our dear Luc must find you quite entertaining when dining at home. Perhaps you should have stayed there this evening.”

Subtle snickers and whispers rose.

Destoiya turned to the artist she was hosting. “Wasn’t this a lovely dinner, Taral? Why don’t we all adjourn to the outer room and learn about your art?”

As the guests followed Destoiya, Alitus took time pushing in his chair. Across the table, Saint-Cyr gripped Wulf’s arm, drew him aside, and spoke to him. Despite his excellent hearing, Alitus couldn’t make out the words. Wulf didn’t answer, and his expression gave away nothing, but he jerked his arm out of the man’s grasp and stalked away.

Alitus turned to go before Saint-Cyr could catch him watching.

An hour later, Alitus stood alone near a window. The night had turned cool for summer, and an earlier light rain had ceased falling. The palace courtyard trees were still dripping, their ancient and massive trunks black with the damp. Alitus shivered. He sensed rather than heard someone come close. Out of the corner of his eye, Alitus caught sight of Wulf, standing two windows down.

Wulf clutched a martini glass as he looked out. He set his brow against the window, and knocked his head against it several times.

Waiting to see what Wulf would do, Alitus turned back to the ballroom and waited, hands clasped behind him. No one else was near.

Wulf drained the martini and looked around as if seeking a place to set the glass.

Alitus crossed to him and held out his hand. “Allow me.”

“Thanks.” Wulf gave it to him. “You know, I meant what I said about Betters. And Kloven’s an ass.”

“Then that’s two things on which we agree.”

When Wulf smiled, it was like the moon coming out during a storm, shedding light everywhere. “Man, I hate these late nights. I won’t get out of here until midnight. So much for an early bedtime.”

“Same here.”

Back in the main room, Luc Saint-Cyr beckoned to Wulf.

Alitus nodded toward Saint-Cyr. “Mr. Gabriel, I believe you’re being summoned.”

Wulf heaved a sigh. “Gotta go.”

Careful not to reveal his interest, Alitus savored the athletic beauty of Wulf as the man walked away.

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Alitus, Tales of the Chosen

Alitus is book 2 of the Tales of the Chosen series. Book 1, Wulf, is free. Alitus, and Jawk (book 3) are $3.99 each. You can order the boxed set for just 99 cents until Sept 30th, and get a bonus book, An Immortal’s Guide to Tarth, at no additional cost.

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