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Not all Christmases are cheery and bright, but the holiday is what you make it. The book A Romance for Christmas features a heroine who’s lost her husband, and has only her little girl at the holiday. What Christmas is for her is a time of giving selflessly. She sacrifices to provide for her child. When someone gives to her, it changes her entire perception of what Christmas is.

In my life, when the holidays don’t turn out the way I expect, sometimes it’s because I didn’t let others know what my expectations were. With that thought in mind, here’s my list of what Christmas is, good and bad.

A Romance for Christmas - paper Christmas tree banner

A Paper Christmas Tree from A Romance for Christmas

What Christmas is…

  • having six strings of lights, and not one light bulb that will turn on.
  • unpacking ornaments and recalling the story and person behind each one.
  • that dazed feeling you get when you realize you forgot to prepare a dish for a dinner party — and you’re scheduled to leave with it in five minutes.
  • writing cards to friends you hadn’t thought about for too long.
  • getting a letter from relatives who went everywhere and did everything and wondering how in the world they managed to find the time and the money.
  • shopping for gifts and clothes for a needy child.
  • aching feet and knees from standing in lines everywhere you go.
  • playing Secret Santa at work, and seeing the gift you chose make a difference to a co-worker.
  • driving slowly through the neighborhood oohing and ahhing at lights.
  • the feeling of pride as you watch the town’s annual holiday parade.
  • hugging friends, visiting family, calling to say Merry Christmas to everyone far away.
  • cold winds blowing, a wet mist, snow, lazy smoke rising from chimneys, the smell of a pine fire.
  • watching your child perform in the school pageant and trying not to laugh when one of the reindeer antlers you sewed onto the costume falls off.
  • reading T’was the Night Before Christmas to a little one.
  • tears in your eyes when you hear the familiar carols of your childhood.
  • the lump in your throat when everyone in the audience stands at the first notes of Handel’s Messiah Chorus.
  • hearing again the wonderful story of the Holy Child’s birth.
  • the hope and the joy and the love of God, giving His only begotten Son so that we may live forever.
  • writing a list like this for dear friends like you.

Below, my gift to you, a Christmas Cookbook for you to download and enjoy.
No sign up required, no lists to join, just click and go. That is what Christmas is, right? Giving? I hope you enjoy the cookbook. Merry Christmas!

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
Peek inside the book: http://is.gd/rom4cmaspeek
Find Your Copy
Amazon http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1wpYfL2
Kobo http://bit.ly/1wpYndJ
iBooks http://bit.ly/1oZ8CGB
CreateSpace (Print) http://bit.ly/romforcmas

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only 2015 (art by The Author's Secret)

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only 2015 (art by The Author’s Secret)

Like most people, I like dog videos. I watched one recently about a pup with wheels for his front legs that showed a happy little puppy playing for the first time with other dogs. Who wouldn’t smile at that? I was thinking how many years old the dog was in people years, when it hit me that just as dogs measure years differently from people, authors also measure it differently from most folks.

We have contracts with publishers that measure in years (or in some cases, decades). If you have a three-year contract, your book’s publishing rights wouldn’t revert to you until three years had passed. I would see that as a book year of three to one. A five-year contract would be a book year of five to one. Make sense?

Which means I’ve waited two book years to bring out my latest books on my own, but in author years, that’s a total of eleven years. What!?

At the Mercy and For Women Only 2004 (art by Laura Givens)

At the Mercy and For Women Only 2004 (art by Laura Givens)

When I wrote At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only back in 2004, they were published by Liquid Silver Books. LSB was good to me. They gave me my first chance at being an author, and I took that chance and ran with it. I gave them three Tales of the Chosen books, one each in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Then in 2009, I released Surrender Love with Loose Id. It was a huge hit. I considered moving the Tales of the Chosen books over there, but decided against it. I was interested in self-publishing by that time. I wanted to release those on my own.

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only 2004 (art by Anne Cain)

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only 2010 (art by Anne Cain)

However, I did move At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only to Loose Id in 2010. The books did well, but I wanted to go in a different route, and I couldn’t do that with either Liquid Silver Books or Loose Id.

Why? I wanted to stop writing erotic / erotica and write mainstream sweeter romance and science fiction. My publishers weren’t interested in those kinds of books. Erotic romance was the holy grail when I began publishing back in 2004. It was selling like umbrellas in monsoon season. Eleven years later, like most products, the market is glutted, and it’s harder to spot quality. I decided to launch on my own, and in 2013, founded Romance Lives Forever Books to publish the kinds of stories I wanted to write. My style? Sweet scifi romance with a kick.

The new versions of At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only are the stories of my heart, told the way I want to tell them. With all the grit and heart and humor, but without all the sex. Is there still steam? You betcha, but the bedroom action (or up against the wall action, depending on the hero *wink*) takes place “off the screen.” So while it took me only two book years to get this set out to you the way I like it, it’s been eleven long years in author time. I hope you enjoy them.

Join the Boys Are Back Facebook Party to celebrate the re-release of this series on Aug 17th from 1p-9p Eastern. There are games and giveaways, plus 10 other authors to help me share the goodies! http://bit.ly/boysarebackparty

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

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!
Preorder on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1f7FQ2h

For Women Only

For Women Only

For Women Only

When Fawni Ruh, a Kin ambassador, visits the capitol planet of the empire, she meets security expert Khyff Antonello, a human. 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.

Fawni searches for an alternative, and 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.
Amazon http://amzn.to/1f7Ge0P

Image Credits: Liquid Silver Books cover art by Laura Givens; Loose Id cover art by Anne Cain; Romance Lives Forever Books cover art by The Author’s Secret.

Video Fun

I started this post by talking about a puppy that had wheels for legs. In case you wondered what video I was watching earlier, here’s a replay for you. Guaranteed Grin, coming right up. You’re welcome.

Bubbles, the Two-Legged Dog

Meet me this May! I’ll be visiting at two events and would love to meet readers. On May 3, 2016 I’ll be at the Book Exchange in Marietta, GA for an evening dedicated to Indie Authors. Then May 13-15 I’ll be a guest at OutlantaCon in Atlanta. I hope you’ll come visit. I’d love to meet you. Here is more information about each event.

Meet Me at the Book Exchange Marietta

Meet #SciFi Author Kayelle Allen @BookExchangeGA @OutlantaCon

Kayelle Allen

This is a fun mingle time for authors and readers to meet get to know one another. Attending authors present their books and offer giveaways. I will offer an exclusive adult coloring book with a deluxe set of colored pencils as a door prize. The coloring book is all original art created by my son, Jamin Allen. There are other door prizes. I’ll have print copies of Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas and At the Mercy of Her Pleasure available for purchase. Pricing is $13 for both books or $8 each. I’ll be happy to autograph them for you. Snacks and light refreshments will be served.

Cost to attend: Free
Location: 2932 Canton Rd, Marietta GA 30066
Contact: 770-427-4848
Email: book.exchange@comcast.net
Website http://www.bookexchangemarietta.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/BookExchangeGA
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BOOK-EXCHANGEMARIETTA-GA-84583472273/?fref=ts

Meet Me at OutlantaCon

Billed as the best in LGTBIQ Scifi, Fantasy, Horror, Anime, and Gaming, this annual convention in Atlanta, GA features a writer’s track along with many other events. I’ll be on two panels, both on Sunday. Walking the Self-Publishing Minefield (with author Kiernan Kelly), and Tweet Your Heart Out: How to Use Twitter. I have over 10k Twitter followers and have sent over 119k tweets. I can probably help if you have questions about tweeting. I will have print copies of Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas available at the convention.

Cost to attend: Membership is available at the door for $60 for a 3-day pass or $30 for Saturday only. For gaming tournaments costs, see the website.
Location: Marriott Atlanta Century Center, 2000 Century Boulevard NE, Atlanta GA 30345 Hotel 404-325-0000
Contact: http://www.outlantacon.org/#!contact/c1d5v (lists various directors and assistants, including me.)
Email: registration@outlantacon.org
Website http://www.outlantacon.org/
Twitter https://twitter.com/outlantacon
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/OutlantaCon/

Where else to “Meet” Me

Bringer of Chaos, the Origin of Pietas @kayelleallenCan’t come in person? How about online? Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas was featured in a release blitz on May 1st. Here are sites that took part in the event. It was organized by Book Partners in Crime Promotions. They also created a Headtalker and a Thunderclap. Come by and meet me by leaving a comment at one of these spots.

Beyond Romance: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNEu8b
Bobbie’s Book Blog and Reviews: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1rr3hKI
Book-Lover: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1rr3nlw
Books Are Love: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNg5j3
Books On Fire Tours: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1rr3vBN
Danielle’s Domain: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNiuul
Em and M Books: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1rqZayh
Evermore Books: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNjjDt
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/26KB1Dk
For Love of Books4: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/26KBtRU
Here Is What I Read Blog: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/26KBRQi
HockeyMakeup – Book and Beauty Talk: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/26KCiu1
Hywela Lyn: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNo6om
Indie Impressions: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/26KCZ6A
J.C. Clarke: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/26KDm0O
Jude Ouvrard: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/26KDDB6
Just The Write Stuff: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNn3oo
Magic of Books Promotions’ Books Blog: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNnjUv
Naughty Book Eden: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNnyyI
Nerdy Dirty and Flirty: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNnJde
Nicole’s Book Musings: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNorHB
Read. Review. Repeat: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNoJ19
Reading Drinking and Relaxing: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNp6st
Real Talk, Book Talk: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNpuHD
Romantic Suspense w/Attitude: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1rqZsp1
Spreading the Word Blog: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNpDuH
Teatime and Books: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNpXcE
The Color of Ink: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNqYla
Those Crazy Book Chicks: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNqbk4
Traci Hayden: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNqkEc
Warrior Woman Winmill: Bringer Of Chaos http://bit.ly/1QNqGKY
WiLoveBooks: Bringer of Chaos http://bit.ly/1rr3EoD

The Marketing for Romance Writers Newsletter also featured the book. http://bit.ly/1QNrKyu

Meet Pietas and Six

Download an adult coloring book about Pietas. http://bit.ly/colorpietas

Meet the frenemies from Bringer of Chaos #scifi @kayelleallen

Frenemies. Forever.

Two enemy warriors: one human, one immortal. Different in belief, alike in spirit, marooned together on an alien world.

Imprisoned and in isolation over a year without food or water, the immortal Pietas survives. Though broken in body, his intellect and will are intact, thanks to Six, the special ops warrior who captured him, but kept him sane. The warrior had no hand in his deprivation and, like Pietas, was betrayed by his own kind. When Pietas is abandoned on an alien world with nothing but his honor–and Six–he must find and rejoin other immortal exiles. After centuries of war, Pietas detests humans and kills them on sight, but he is too damaged to continue on his own. Though he despises needing help, he allows Six to nurture and restore him to full strength, and then accompany him. As they cross the planet together on foot, the immortal begins to wonder if he has found his first human friend, or if Six is loyal only because Pietas could keep the others from tearing him to shreds. This human will either be his closest living friend, or the one whose betrayal will trigger all-out vengeance by the most powerful immortal ever born.

Immortal. Warrior. Outcasts. Traitors took everything. Except their honor.

Read the first chapter https://kayelleallen.com/chaos-origin/
Amazon http://amzn.to/1R8DAbb
Amazon print http://amzn.to/1SSmueB
CreateSpace http://bit.ly/boc-origin-csp

Imagine you live on a world with triple suns. Each morning you see a binary pair and a single star, and your world orbits the three of them. That means triple sunlight. Sound like scifi? No one believed such a set up until Hubble found HD131399.

Triple Suns

Imagine life on a world where triple suns rule the solar system. For one thing, during part of the year, as the single sun sets, a binary pair rises. Your day, no matter how many hours long, or what shift you worked, shines a bright sun in the sky.

During other parts of the year, feel a bit deprived of sun? And how much SPF (sun protection factor) does a world with triple suns need? SPF 1000 anyone?

If you had seasonal affective disorder, the sun-days make for awesome sun-filled days of bliss! But the rest of the year, not so great. Training for a trip there means spending time at the North Pole — or at least close. My husband was raised in Anchorage AK, so long summer days are no stranger to him.

Triple Suns? What SPF is that? #scifi #science @kayelleallen
Source: Hubblesite.org

According to the HubbleSite news, a team of astronomers led by the University of Arizona has directly imaged with the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope the first planet ever found in a wide orbit inside a triple-star system. The orbit of such a planet had been expected to be unstable, probably resulting in the planet being quickly ejected from the system. But somehow this one survives.

Research, Research, Research

Triple Suns? What SPF is that? #scifi #science @kayelleallen

Creating a believable world means research. Articles like this provide a good look at alien planets, and give me ideas for worlds to create. A world with triple suns exists outside the Tarthian Empire, in the Colonies of Man. Tour the major worlds in the Empire with the free book Tarthian Tour Company Top Stops.

In Top Stops, you’ll discover which planet the Terraformers Circle of Fellowship created first. You’ll discover which planets harbor mysterious ruins known as the “Gates of Life.” Do the ruins point to visitation by aliens, or settlement by common ancestors? The powerful Thieves’ Guild rules on at least one world. Visit Sanity IV — a planet torn apart, harvested to build new worlds. All roads lead to Tarth, the Empire’s capitol and shining star… plus much more.

Whether you love seeing the background of how science fiction worlds are built, or just enjoy a fun read set on different planets, Tarthian Tour Company Top Stops is for you.This book is available exclusively to members of the Romance Lives Forever Reader Group. Members have access to pages of my website not available to the public. Get your free copy here: https://kayelleallen.com/bro

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