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Life happens. These posts are about the day to day or some aspect of living. Sometimes humorous.

KayelleAllen.com Wins Web Award #amreading

Tarthian Tour Company.

To promote my writing, I spent time lately updating my website, creating new images for the 28 pages of the Tarthian Tour Company and new images for the wallpaper page. Apparently, it paid off! Coffee Time Romance readers named it one of the best sites for October 2012. Here’s what they had to say:
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Now, there are some websites you come across that catch your eye and then there are those that stand up and demand your attention. Kayelle Allen’s Tarthian Universe does just that. With over twenty-five locations to explore, each one not only takes you into another world, the experience is mesmerizing. A person can literally spend hours there exploring this fascinating world.
Take Tarth, for example:
Tarth – showing field harmonics
The planet Tarth is a glittering jewel in the dark night of space. The brilliant colors visible here are created from networks of shields encompassing the cities. The harmonics of the varied frequencies alter the wavelength of color, turning the rich forests and rivers into bright green and vibrant gold. Once inside the outer shields around the planet, the appearance returns to normal blues, greens and browns. Ships entering the guarded space are subject to boarding and destruction without proper passcodes…
And it goes on with descriptive colorful and gorgeous pictures and captures the imagination in delightful detail.
In fact, it would not be surprising at all, to one day see this unique world and characters come to life on the big screen and top the charts of a box-office hit, land at #1, and expand to mega-sequels. [insert author’s whoop of delight here]
It has certainly landed #1 for us and we are proud to add it to our Elite Websites for 2012. To put it simply, Kayelle Allen’s Tarthian Empire has more than captured October’s Caramel Corner at Coffee Time Romance & More…it dominates it.
Now I wonder what kind of coffee they serve there?
To explore more of this fascinating world, click here
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Kyrenie Wallpaper
How exciting is that?! I decided to jump online and share it with the Twitterverse, the Facebook crowd, and of course, the blogverse. Here is one more image from my wallpaper page. It’s new — created to go along with the tour. Click the image to see full sized, or here, to download it in a widescreen format.
Kyrenie is home to firestorms, instant lightning-type bolts that are so hot they melt sand and create crystals. The planet is yellow when seen from space, because it’s nearly all arid desert. This scene is from one of its moons, and the atmosphere makes it appear red.
Kayelle Allen is an award-winning, multi-published author. Her heroes and heroines include badass immortals, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable–or hide it forever. She is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion.

Sherlock Holmes and Elementary CBS #Review


Elementary.

The show Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr Joan Watson. It’s on CBS. According to Wikipedia, “in Elementary, Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard, and an addict who travels to New York City to check into a rehabilitation center, and stays on in Brooklyn with a newly-found “sober companion” Joan Watson.” A “sober companion” provides one-on-one assistance to newly recovering drug addicts and alcoholics.
I was pleasantly surprised by Elementary. I hadn’t expected to like it, since I think one of the major attractions of the written series was the homoerotic relationship between Holmes and Watson. That aspect would, by default, be missing from a Sherlock Holmes story with a female Watson as sidekick. I’ve read a few articles about the show and so far, it seems that CBS isn’t going for a romantic relationship between them. Good to hear. I’d be disappointed if that happened. These two characters belong in one another’s orbits, and there should be sexual tension, but a physical relationship would spoil the angst. The tension is what keeps readers (and watchers) coming back. How well that will play out with these two characters has yet to be seen.
Holmes and Watson
by Sidney Paget
A plus was Aidan Quinn as Captain Tobias Gregson of the NYPD, who takes Holmes seriously and listens to him. I dislike shows where the police hire a consultant and then don’t take them seriously. (Perception on TNT comes close to that, which I hope they rectify in season two.)
I can’t help but compare this show to other Sherlock Holmes stories. The recent Sherlock films starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law bring these characters to rip roaring naughty life, and play up the sensual, so-close-they’re-all-but-lovers relationship of the two men. Benedict Cumberbatch’s instense characterization on the PBS version of Sherlock won me over within minutes. I’m still debating Jonny Lee Miller’s portrayal, but I’ll give the series a shot. Lucy Liu has her own intensity, and I’ve admired her work for years. I hope she develops her laid back dimension of the character of Watson into a stronger, more convincing emotional response. Martin Freeman’s version of Dr Watson (on Sherlock) is distinctive and focused. The angst and grit of the Sherlock-Watson relationship takes a believable toll on him. So far, Liu’s character seems mildly annoyed and befuddled by Holmes. Again, with one episode to judge, it’s hard to tell. If anyone can pull this off, Liu can.
221b Baker Street
I hope the series lasts long enough to prove itself. I’m glad it’s on CBS instead of NBC. At least it’ll have a chance for success. If it was on NBC, no matter how good it was, it would probably last only one season — I think NBC stands for Now Being Canceled. CBS has developed at least two other Sherlock Holmes series over the years (The Return of Sherlock Holmes in 1987, and Sehrlock Holmes Returns in 1993 – both contemporary in nature). I think they’ll give it a good chance. Someone at CBS has a clue that Sherlock is a winner.
While I’m far from ready to claim Elementary as favorite new show, it does get honorable mention.
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img credits: Elementary ? CBS (fair use for review)
Watson and Holmes by Sidney Paget (Public Domain)
The Sherlock Holmes Museum sign ? The Sherlock Holmes Museum 221b Baker Street, London, England

Kayelle Allen is an award-winning, multi-published author. Her heroes and heroines include badass immortals, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable–or hide it forever. She is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion.

Today My Husband Won’t #poetry


My husband and me, 2011.

Today My Husband Won’t
By Kayelle Allen
Today, my husband won’t leave his socks on the floor, or miss the hamper.
He won’t pull out a towel and mess up the way the others are folded.
He’s not going to run over the newspaper as he comes down the driveway.
He won’t leave the garage door open, or back the car into the grass on that tight corner.
My husband won’t watch the early news instead of talking to me.
He won’t ignore the family for a ball game.
He’s not going to fall asleep watching the late news.
There won’t be a magazine or book open in his lap.
He won’t complain about traffic on the freeway tonight.
He won’t sing off key in the shower.
He’s not going to putter around in the garage.
He won’t work overtime and end up being late for dinner.
It won’t be because he’s a perfect husband.
Nor because he’s turned over a new leaf.
Today, my husband won’t do any of these things…
Because my husband is now in Heaven.
I miss him.
Hug your husband today.
My husband is alive and well. I wrote this because I try to keep in mind every day that my spouse, like me, has a finite number of days on the earth. I want to enjoy every single one of them with him, while he’s here. Never take your loved ones for granted. We have only this moment, right now, right here. Hug your husband. Think twice about complaining about what he says or does. You have so few moments together. Make each of them count.
Kayelle Allen is an award-winning, multi-published author. Her heroes and heroines include badass immortals, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable–or hide it forever. She is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion.

Skype Phones: Save Money on Calls #moneytips

Hello?

How much do you spend on phone calls in a year? Not cell phones — a landline. If you need a phone you can use at home (or anywhere you have computer access) you might consider getting a Skype phone. I have one, and I love it. People can call me just like they would any phone. The difference is that I answer it sitting at my computer, wearing a headset. I got mine to use for my at home business, The Author’s Secret.

It saves a ton of money. Unlimited calls, voice mail, and call forwarding cost me about $60 year through Skype. It stores all my contacts and I can call with a click of a button. I can instant message anyone on Skype, too. If they have a Skype app on their cell, I can text them. Text is available for other phones too, for an additional fee. People who have Skype can call each other without a phone — you just use your headset. It’s free between users.

I can drag a huge document into the window and it sends the file. My son works with me making banners, and we regularly share photoshop documents. These are huge — bigger than you can email. It’s a simple click + drag to send it.

I don’t get anything for recommending the service. I just think it’s the coolest thing ever. I’ve had mine since 2011, and I love it. You can even give Skype gift cards. Might be a good thing if you have a student away from home. There are international rates and numbers. Find out more by going here. http://skype.com

Kayelle Allen is an award-winning, multi-published author. Her heroes and heroines include badass immortals, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable–or hide it forever. She is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion.
 
 
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