Sunday, July 10, 2016

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Kayelle 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.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inside the Secret Society of the CHOSEN

Welcome to the MFRW Rainbow Blog Hop -- and by extension, to the Tarthian Empire. This blog post features Science Fiction Romance.

Wulf
The Chosen serve the immortals known as Sempervians. Like any group, it has its hidden alignments, mistrust, and mistakes. It also harbors enemies and spies within its ranks -- some known and tolerated, others hidden behind layers so convoluted even the ones who live forever haven't figured them out.

Chosen is an acrostic for:
Called to serve
Honored to protect
Obedient to the vow
Safeguards of the truth
Enablers of life
Neutralizers of threats

Alitus
This won't give away the plot -- just the focus of the stories. The Tales of the Chosen trilogy at Liquid Silver Books focuses on relationships among Luc Saint-Cyr, Wulf Gabriel, Alitus Vivaldi, and Rheyn Destoiya. It's a complex tangle, and begins with Luc and Wulf, jumps to Alitus and Rheyn, and ends with Alitus and Wulf.

In Wulf, immortal Luc Saint-Cyr rescues his Chosen, Wulf Gabriel, and their relationship as lovers begins. In Alitus, the relationship of Alitus with Rheyn (another immortal) alters when she is required to test Alitus before he can become her Chosen. In the final book, we meet Jawk, the Chosen of an immortal whose identity is obscure until the end of the story. Jawk's hidden agenda slices through the cozy partnerships previously established, and sets the immortals at one another's throats. Things will never be the same between any of them.

Here's a quick peek at each book.
Jawk
Lust. Power. Forgiveness. Can a romance live forever?
To survive, superstar Wulf Gabriel must depend on the one man he swore he would never trust again - the most powerful and feared man in the empire - the Harbinger. Saving Wulf is simple; gaining his trust will take reaching into the Harbinger's own dark past and facing a truth he's avoided since the night Wulf's father died. ...Because of him.
Wulf: Tales of the Chosen http://lsbooks.com/wulf-p684.php
Genre: Erotic Science Fiction Romance (Male/Male)
(Note: this book was BANNED by Apple and iTunes -- it's too hot for them!)

Passion. Addiction. Loyalty. Can true love bare its heart forever?
Alitus Vivaldi is a Better, an enhanced human bred for intelligence, discipline, and responsiveness. His combined talents in bed and politics take him from the Conqueror's favorite pleasure slave to her personal assistant. To help the Conqueror accomplish her secret agenda, he willingly forsakes his identity and pride, but when he must prove he's overcome his greatest fear, not even the noble Alitus is above temptation.
Surrender Love
Alitus: Tales of the Chosen http://lsbooks.com/alitus-p57.php
Genre: Erotic Science Fiction Romance (Male/Male, Male/Female)

Pleasure. Trust. Possession. Is a betrayal of the heart forever?
Jawk Brighton works at Batchelors, a hip gay restaurant/club in the Top Tier district of Tarth City, where he meets the immortal Luc Saint-Cyr. Luc offers Jawk a deal too good to pass up, one night showing him and his Chosen, Wulf Gabriel, a good time in exchange for far more than his usual pay. But one night with the sensual Jawk will change the relationship between the immortal and his Chosen --

forever.
Jawk: Tales of the Chosen http://www.lsbooks.com/jawk-p327.php
Genre: Erotic Science Fiction Romance (Male/Male, Male/Male/Male)

Forbid My Heart 
In the secret society of the Chosen, being gay or straight is no different from being brown-eyed or blue-eyed. No one notices. But disloyalty? That's an offense punishable by death. No trial needed. In this trilogy, everyone's loyalty is questioned. How can you tell which follower is loyal to which leader? Factor in leaders who have dual allegiances, and knowing who to trust takes on a whole new level of danger -- especially if you live forever.

Other books featuring these immortals and their Chosen include Surrender Love, and Forbid My Heart from Loose Id.

Kayelle Allen's Tales of the Chosen series: Wulf, Alitus, Jawk.
Loose Id books continuing the story http://loose-id.com/authors/g-k/kayelle-allen.html
For more excerpts and details http://www.kayelleallen.com/Books.html
Visit the Tarthian Empire http://www.kayelleallen.com/Imperinet.html
Tour the Tarthian Empire http://www.kayelleallen.com/TTC-Home.html

GIVEAWAY#1

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Thank you for popping in to read today. As my gift, please accept The Tarthian Empire Companion Book, First Edition. This is 23 pages of images and info about Tarth and all the other places in the empire. When you click it, this will either offer you a download, or open in a new window, depending on your settings. To read it, you need Adobe Reader, available free.
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Download your favorite version of the exclusive Marketing for Romance Writers Rainbow Excerpts Book, with 60 pages of excerpts and samples from our authors. This version features gay romance.
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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

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Review: Revenant by Janet Elizabeth Jones #vampire

RevenantRevenant by Janet Elizabeth Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Janet Elizabeth Jones sweeps the reader into a different time and place seamlessly. The rhythm and majesty of her words elevates this book from the common vampire story and into a classical work of literary art. While this may make the book sound too lofty for a sensual romp, that is far from true. The scene when Ellory teaches Talisen how to play pool, using both his own body as well as his powers to show her the truth of what he is made the fine hair on my neck stand up. It was eerie, yet one of the most sensual scenes in the book. It's also the pivot point around which the rest of the book rests.

This is not your usual vampire fare. There are no "sparkles" or faint-hearted heroines who need to be rescued. Talisen holds her own and does her best to save Ellory. In fact, her sacrifice for him is the reason for the title of this book. If you want fluff -- read something else. This is vampire romance for the real fan.

I adore vampire books, and treasure the many I own. This ranks above them all. Highly recommended.


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Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 28: Last Day to Grab Forbid My Heart at No Cost #sfrb

Forbid My Heart
Today is the last day to grab Forbid My Heart: A Luc and Rah Story for FREE from Loose Id. Surrender Love (the prequel for this story) is on sale for $5.99 (usually $7.99). Forbid My Heart is a great opportunity to meet the characters.

About Luc and Rah (Izzorah)


Waking in the middle of the night, Izzorah begins to worry. His lover has pledged to take him back to visit his homeworld, but Izzorah knows the fact that they're gay could cause their death if the Kin Pride Council hears about it. His heart tells him to trust Luc, but Izzorah's fear is real. He snuggles up to Luc, seeking comfort.
Luc is immortal. He has the perspective to understand his lover's concerns and not worry about them. To distract Izzorah, Luc tries a sexy game of dominance and submission played during their shared shower. Izzorah's unreserved trust and respect make Luc long to wipe out any shadow of trouble or sorrow. He would turn the Kin homeworld upside down to protect him, but convincing Izzorah he can do it will mean confessing a truth Luc is not yet ready to share.
Luc and Rah must learn: where the heart leads -- follow.

A little taste of the book

Scene: Luc and Izzorah’s penthouse, middle of the night. Rah is worried about returning to his homeworld, and Luc tries to reassure him. Rah gets a little distracted. (Rah is a Kin, a feline humanoid with catlike ears, eyes, claws hidden beneath human nails, and the ability to
smell emotions.)
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"No one--and I mean no one--will dare raise his or her voice or hand against you. You and I will not be subject to the whims of a Kin matriarch or anyone else." Still holding Izzorah's hand, Luc drew it against his own chest and turned the palm over his heart. "When I say I'll take you home and keep you safe, trust me; that's a promise I can and will keep."
Luc's will stood between them like a living creature, solid as the walls around them. He might mean every word he said. He might be able to kill the Falehla tzesar. But keep them safe on Felidae? Oh, Luc. I'm not sure anyone can do that.
Izzorah remained silent. He would not dishonor his lover by arguing the point. He hadn't won agreement about not going home, but he could deal with that later. He approached the subject from a different angle. He leaned back, lowered his ears, and set them outward, showing submission instead of willfulness.
He rose to his knees, grabbed Luc, and flattened him against the bed. He clamped his fangs on the tip of Luc's chin.
"Um...Rah?"
Purring in response, Izzorah kept his teeth against Luc's skin.
"This bite's good?" Luc's mixed scent revealed curiosity.
Izzorah released him and sat astride Luc's waist. He tossed his head to move hair out of his eyes. "Ehh nim shree."
"Ah. A love bite. You're being playful."
Gaze locked with Luc's, Izzorah bent forward and lightly nipped Luc's lower lip, nibbled the upper one, and then scraped his teeth across the tip of Luc's nose. He kissed it, then moved back to hover above his mouth, their gazes still linked. "I was bite-thanking you."
"You're welcome. What did I do to deserve that exactly?"
"You listened to me. I was missing Purkinje, and you helped me feel better."
"I'll always listen. I'm sorry about your horse, love. Buying you another one might not help, because it wouldn't be Purkinje, but maybe we..." His voice trailed off as Izzorah slid claws through Luc's curls. Luc sighed in pleasure. "Mmm. I like it when you do that." He went completely still.
"I like touching you." Izzorah bent down and licked the width of Luc's mouth. He brushed his lips across Luc's, gave another gentle nip, and then licked him again. "I think you need to be thanked some more so you know how much I appreciate you. Maybe I should tongue-thank you here." He slipped his tongue across Luc's right nipple. The scent of warm brown sugar and melting butter revealed Luc's rising desire. "You taste of salt, sex, and male. I need to bite-thank and tongue-thank you all over."

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Friday, April 26, 2013

5 Myths About How Cats View Humans #humor


Luc and Rah as cats... 
I write Science Fiction Romance, and many of my stories involve the Kin, a feline humanoid species who are at once quite human and quite catlike. It occurred to me that discussing myths about how cats view humans might be helpful in understanding how the Kin view humans. Here are my top five items from that list.

Myth #1: Cats don't like humans.
Cats like humans very much. They think humans are useful domestic animals. If possible, I'm told, every cat should own at least one.
Kin like humans too, but because humans fight so hard for independence, it's difficult to own one. Besides, unlike Kin who use only natural cleansers, humans tend to groom themselves with scented soaps and lotions, and the smell is-- well. The smell.

Myth #2: Cats don't listen to humans.
They listen. They occasionally blink to show they've registered human words. Now and then a cat will twitch its tail in response. Listening does not imply cats care what humans are saying. That is an entirely different matter.
Kin listen to humans. It's just that with the placement of their ears on the upper parts and sides of their heads -- the human voice enters on one side, and goes right out the other.

Myth #3: Cats don't pay attention.
Far from true. Cats completely understand the meaning of focus, and nothing comes between them and their quarry when hunting -- unless they want it to.
The Kin focus extremely well, but are capable of switching focus in an instant, giving the impression they are not paying attention.

Myth #4: Training is difficult with cats.
Far from true. Most cats can have a human trained within 48 hours.
A Kin needs far less time.

Myth #5: Cats expect humans to feed them.
This is mostly true. However, many cats are capable of rustling up a mouse or other pest for dinner if forced to fend for themselves. That said, this is no excuse to abandon them.
Kin have no need of anyone to feed them. They have opposable thumbs and can manage quite well in the kitchen. That said, if you live with one of these fascinating creatures, you learn quickly there is no snooze button on a Kin who wants breakfast.
Forbid My Heart 
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Forbid My Heart is a book about a Kin and his immortal mate. It's FREE on the Loose Id website until April 28th.
Waking in the middle of the night, Izzorah begins to worry. His lover has pledged to take him back to visit his homeworld, but Izzorah knows the fact that they're gay could cause their death if the Kin Pride Council hears about it. His heart tells him to trust Luc, but Izzorah's fear is real. He snuggles up to Luc, seeking comfort.
Luc is immortal. He has the perspective to understand his lover's concerns and not worry about them. To distract Izzorah, Luc tries a sexy game of dominance and submission played during their shared shower. Izzorah's unreserved trust and respect make Luc long to wipe out any shadow of trouble or sorrow. He would turn the Kin homeworld upside down to protect him, but convincing Izzorah he can do it will mean confessing a truth Luc is not yet ready to share.
Luc and Rah must learn: where the heart leads -- follow.