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Sunday, July 10, 2016

We've moved! We're on the updated KayelleAllen.com site. Come visit!

Kayelle Allen logoKayelle 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. She writes Science Fiction, Science Fiction Romance, Mainstream Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, and non-fiction. She likes to attend Science Fiction conventions, and has been a speaker at DragonCon, Gaylaxicon, and holds an honorary lifetime membership to OutlantaCon, an Atlanta Scifi convention. Kayelle is the founder of the 2,000+ member author-mentoring group Marketing for Romance Writers, and manages the successful Romance Lives Forever blog. She is the owner of The Author's Secret, an author support company. Kayelle is married, has three grown children, and five grandchildren. She is a US Navy Veteran.
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tribute to William C Hinkle by David M Beske #RIP

Today's post is in honor of my late brother-in-law, William "Bill" Hinkle.
Bill passed away on June 6, 2013

Poem by David M Beske
(read as part of Bill's eulogy)

To my friend
William Clyde Hinkle
He had a very special way
Of brightening up your darkest day
Gentle and kind
Yet firm and strong
Painting "William C Hinkle" by Thomas Finley
A superstar person
I can’t believe that you’re gone
Working with you
Indeed was a pleasure
Seven years as my foreman
You were more like a mentor

I truly will miss you
Wow what a great friend
Someone I could talk too
Again and again
But now that you’ve left us
Far far behind
The Lord must have a plan
You were one of a kind
We’ll keep you close
In our hearts my dear friend
Until I see you in heaven
Take Care
The End

Sincerely,
David M. Beske

Cherry Hinkle, Bill's widow, is an author and ufologist well-known for her extensive research. She and Bill spent many hours researching and visiting sites. The couple lived in the Las Vegas area and the desert was often cruel to plants, but Bill was famous for bringing them back from the brink. After his death, a simple willow stick included in a spray of flowers at his funeral sprouted a green sprig.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Inside Look at Outlantacon / Gaylaxicon 2013 #LGBT

Outlantacon 2013 
Report by Kayelle Allen
ATLANTA, GA -- Just back from my favorite convention of the year -- any year -- Outlantacon. The conference is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience. They have all the usual convention fare: discussion panels, gaming, costuming, special events, etc. with the difference being it all has a queer 'bent' to it. This year was the third time hosting Gaylaxicon, a national convention with the same themes. I have volunteered to assist on the board of Gaylaxicon and also to work with the Outlantacon PR Chair for next year.

I attended panels on writing, blogging, gaming, social media, plus a release party for the book Butt Pirates in Space (see the cake image). The book was authored by five of my friends: Kiernan Kelly, Kage Alan, Angelia Sparrow, TC Blue, and Shae Connor. It became the running joke at the con whether you were a butt pirate or not one. I was unable to attend the late-night theater in which members of the audience read the sexy parts of books and another audience member acted out those parts with sock puppets. I hear things were broken due to people falling down laughing. *note to self: make plans to stay up later next year*

The con suite had delicious (free) food, and the hotel itself was wonderful. Anything we needed was handled immediately. My hubby went with me this year. He helped with setting up, taking down, and making sure everything went smoothly in transitions. He took photos and kept track of time so I was where I was supposed to be. The one time he managed to slip away and do something fun for himself, I managed to get myself into the wrong room and ended up on a fun panel -- albeit not the one for which I was scheduled. *facepalm* No one's fault but my own, but if you were looking for me in that social media panel and I wasn't there -- my apologies. Now you see why I need a keeper. ^_^

Panel: Gays in the Military
Edward deGruy, me, Vandy Beth
Outlantacon has extensive gaming, and I attended a workshop on game creation chaired by Andrew Greenberg. He's the president of the Georgia Game Developers Association and organizer of the Southeast Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE). Find him on Facebook or visit the gamedevelopers page. I'll be working on a new game designed from the one my immortals play in the Tarthian Empire books (Peril). You can see the shirt I had created for it here.

As I was looking over pictures of myself on panels over the years, I noticed the same water bottle in front of me. It's getting quite old, but it's part of my family's long-term commitment to recycling. We have a saying at our house: Use it up; wear it out; make it do; do without. Using the same water bottle to a convention and using it every day at home is one tiny part of it.

Moxie Magnus
The panel-type games were a blast, and the Match Game (link to image) was hysterically funny. You have to be there to appreciate how wild and silly the questions and answers can be. I was thrilled to see Ms Moxie Anne Magnus again this year. This time traveler is the Chief Cosmetology Officer aboard the USS Enterprise. You don't think those bouffant hairstyles just "happened" do you? The person behind Moxie is just as adorable. :)


MFRW Members:
Kiernan Kelly, 
Ally Blue, me, Eden Winters
It was great to see members of my Marketing for Romance Writers group there. We had a mini-meetup. Kiernan Kelly, Eden Winters, Ally Blue, and me. I have an online meeting scheduled this week to discuss the group and promotional possibilities for it with the developer of a new social media client system. More on that as I learn details.

If you're interested in learning more about this convention, see the links below. Can't wait till next year. I hope to see many of you there!

Find Outlantacon Here

Friday, April 19, 2013

Did You Know There's an #EarthDay Anthem? #EcoChallenges

The beauty of our world
Earth Day began in 1970 and was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. It is an international holiday to promote conservation and concern for the environment.

The "Earth Day Anthem" below satisfies these requirements for a universal song associated with Earth Day. Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" melody is already the official anthem of the European Union (in that case purely instrumental without lyrics), the melody is widely recognized and easily performed, in the public domain, and originally composed for voice.

Earth Day Anthem

Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment 
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must resolve to protect her 
Show her our love throughout all time 
With our gentle hand and touch 
We make our home a newborn world 
Now we must resolve to protect her 
Show her our love throughout all time 
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world

credit: Wikipedia
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Drated: an abandoned world
 Conservation is a prevalent theme in many science fiction stories about the future, with films like Soylent Green, Children of Men, and Avatar. Each warned of consequences for not controlling the environment. Whether it's recycling, reading eBooks, planting a garden, or taking part in Earth Day activities, each of us can play a part. Whatever the future may hold, one thing is certain -- we can each take responsibility for our surroundings and do our part to make the world a better place.  Pictured: Drated, an abandoned world in the Tarthian Empire (from books in my Tarthian Empire series).

This is part of the Earth Day Hop with JustRomance.me If you came along from a different route, you can click here to begin. http://justromance.me

Friday, March 29, 2013

Top 5 Reasons to Marry an #Immortal



Wulf - about an immortal and a human
Immortals aren’t like most people. If you find one who’s lived for hundreds -- or thousands of years, you soon realize they have different values. Marriage to someone who’s been around longer than your country has been in existence will be a challenge from day one, but it’s worth the work. Here are the top five reasons why.

5. You can expect to be showered with gifts. You won’t get costume jewelry from an immortal. They appreciate quality, and because they’ve lived so long, have often aquired a great deal of wealth.

4. Immortals are sensual. They’ve generally outgrown old morals and are more able to embrace pleasure for its own sake.
                              
3. Immortals have angst. They've been alone for decades, centuries, perhaps even eons. Their battered souls long for refuge, and who better to give it to them than their soul mates? Especially with raw, yet tender sex.

2. In order to hide what they are in public, immortals often have to pretend they’re something they’re not. Which means they’re good at role playing. Want your guy to dress up like a highwayman or a pirate? If he’s been around for hundreds of years, he actually might have been one!

1. And the top reason... because immortals love forever.

Forever is a long time to be without romance. If you find an immortal -- never let them go.
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Wulf, Tales of the Chosen
by Kayelle Allen
Lust. Power. Forgiveness. Can a romance live forever?

Genre: Erotic Science Fiction Romance, Gay Romance, LGBT, Multicultural
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Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 Goals: Beginning a New Cycle

Goals = Growth
I'm reblogging this post, which I shared with Dariel Raye on her blog, Musings of an Independent Artist. Click the link to visit her blog, where there is a giveaway, and info on goals by a dozen other writers.
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Dariel asked me, "On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate the attainment of your writing goals in 2012? Did you have goals? What will you change for 2013?"
My answer: Looking back, I set five specific goals for 2012, and met only one of them. However, I give myself a 5. I met the first because I made it a top priority and worked at it daily. I set aside the second goal for other priorities. I abandoned the third and fourth because I found better plans to follow. I completely forgot about the fifth one because I didn't go over my goals periodically, the way I have in previous years. I won't make that mistake in 2013. I set a new set of objectives for 2013 back in December 2012, and have already accomplished two of them. I am tweaking the list, and will be adding back the item I had forgotten. 
2013 is shaping up to be a successful year for me as a writer, a person, and as a wife, mother, and grandmother. For example, my husband and I are working through a workbook by Dr. Gary Chapman called The Five Love Languages, and together, we're reading Life Code: New Rules for Winning in the Real World by Dr. Phil McGraw. Both of these are making a difference in our personal and professional relationships. 
I have short stories scheduled in two anthologies so far, and expect to complete a long awaited sequel. I'm excited by the future I see. 
Okay, shoe on the other foot. What are some of your goals this year?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

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.

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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.