Kayelle Allen’s Book Launch – Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

Kayelle Allen’s Book Launch. Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire tells the inspiring story of Pietas, a hero who is the template of what a hero should be, even when his strength and determination put his very existence in jeopardy. Pietas is the kind of character we want to follow, as his people follow him, because he makes us believe he can and will triumph over impending disaster despite overwhelming odds.

Forged in Fire is the second book in Kayelle’s Bringer of Chaos science-fiction romance series. We discovered Pietas’ dangerous physical world in Book 1. Now Book 2, Forged in Fire, introduces us, and our hero, to the equally dangerous world of emotions. How will Pietas fare in such unfamiliar territory, while he struggles against perilous obstacles at every turn? Don’t miss this wild, other-worldly ride.

About Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that’s the problem. He’s not.

Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped inside their pods and it’s up to Pietas to save them. He can’t release one at a time. It’s all or nothing. He’s facing over five hundred thousand hungry, thirsty, homeless, immortals all looking to him for answers.

It’s not all bad. The beautiful telepathic warrior he’s loved for lifetimes is at his side. He’s bonded with a sentient panther. He hates humans but the one dumped on this planet with him has become a trusted friend.

But before Pietas can build shelter, figure out how to grow food, or set up a government, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father.

Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever…

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Excerpt from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

In this scene from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, we get a peek at the weird weather on this world. It’s not like Earth’s. It is dangerous to be out in a storm. When a mini-tornado wreaks havoc, Pietas finds himself in an awkward situation.

The sky turned tornado-green. A few fat drops of rain slid down Pietas’s neck, leaving a cold trail in the heat. A few others smacked his hair and face. These scouts warned of the threatening army advancing. Higher up, ominous thunderclouds glowed a menacing pink and orange.

He and the rescue party picked up their pace. In the distance, the oncoming storm blackened the sky. The wind whistled, calling its dogs to hunt.

Icy fingers dragged down his spine. Pietas swallowed, fighting back bile.

The hill they’d crested led down to a jagged claw-rip of darkness, a slash in the velvet forest forming a lightless, foreboding tunnel. The coffin-shaped slice emptied into an abyss of shadow, swallowing every indication of depth and life.

Despite knowing he needed to hurry, Pietas slowed his step, dragging his bare feet through straw-colored grass. Turning in a slow circle, he held out his arms as high as he could and lifted his face to the cloud-covered sun, a child wanting one more minute outdoors before bedtime. He cherished the open air and light, unwilling to relinquish the beauty of his freedom.

“Pietas!” Joss called to him. She’d gotten far ahead. “Come on!”

He started toward her. The forest maw ratcheted open. An unhinged jaw of a snake. An uneven patch of ground beneath a foot cost him his balance. Pietas stumbled, tripped, and threw out his hands to break his fall. He landed on hands and knees and then sat, cross-legged. His scraped palms stung and bled. A potent swear word flew to mind, but he denied it voice.

His sister slowed as she passed, but didn’t speak. If an Ultra did not ask for help, none was offered.

The twins, however, tasked with guarding the party, did stop. Aid was their duty.

“Guys.” Six stooped next to him. “You go ahead. I’ll stay with Pi.”

Pietas flicked his fingers. Without a response, the twins joined Dessy.

Joss looked up and around at the sky. “Pietas, I’ll wait for you.”

“No, go ahead. The rain’s almost here. I’ll join you under the trees.”

When she had gone, he examined his palms. The injury had healed.

“How’s the ankle?”

“Fine, ghost.” He wiped off his hands.

His friend studied him, glanced toward the forest. “Gotcha.” He stood.

When Pietas shifted to rise, Six offered a hand.

“Thanks, but I can manage.” He stood and brushed himself off.

The wind picked that moment to set a dust devil whirling into the sand and dried grasses around them. It flew up, stinging exposed skin.

Six covered his eyes. “Oh, man!”

Pietas shielded his own. The whirlwind ripped the cloth tie holding back his hair and whipped strands into his face. He tried facing into the wind, but the circular current spun the tresses back into his eyes. As fast as it had risen, the wind subsided.

Full of static electricity from the wind and storm, his long settled over his shoulders and adhered to his neck.

Six dug into his pockets. “I have another strip.” They had torn several from a ragged shirt. Six wore the biggest piece around his neck. He set down his pack and opened it.

“Six,” Pietas hissed. He did not turn his head, but looked toward the others. “Leave it!”

The ghost glanced up at him, then the immortals, waiting ahead. “You want the women messing with your hair? Is that it?”

He closed his eyes, counting to ten. To a hundred would not erase this embarrassment. “No.” When he beheld Six, the man had the discourtesy to smirk. “Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.”

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Interview with Kayelle Allen

Forged in Fire is Book 2 in your Bringer of Chaos series. What inspired you to create this science fiction romance world? How did the idea come to you?

I’ve had the idea rattling around since I was a teenager. Honestly. The Bringer of Chaos series steps back in time from my current story universe. I wanted to understand Pietas and I figured the best way to do that was to write his story.

Could you tell us a little about Book 1 – Bringer of Chaos: Origin of Pietas?

Pietas, an Ultra, leads a race of immortals. His psychic gift allows him to manipulate the emotions of others and cause disruptive thoughts. He’s known among his people as the Bringer of Chaos. His loyal troops call him First Conqueror. He earned the title after almost single-handedly wiping out the First Division, a group of human special ops soldiers trained to fight Ultras.

The Ultras were originally created by humans to serve as servants, soldiers, and protectors. Downtrodden and used like slaves, they revolted and followed Pietas. He declared war on humans and the conflict dragged on for centuries. Pietas wanted to eradicate humans as if they were germs. Humans possessed no honor. They lied, cheated, and signed faithless treaties they had no intention of keeping.Following centuries of battle, Pietas learns with dismay that the Ultra High Council has agreed to human peace talks. He suspects a trap, but when his people elect him to the top position in the Council, he complies, intending to disrupt the talks and take over the government. Upon arrival at the talks, his worst fears are realized. Cornered, out of options and with his beloved mother’s immortality at stake, Pietas surrenders to humans.

Now a captive of the people he loathes, Pietas is brutally confined and left for dead on the planet Sempervia. Six, a human soldier who guarded him on their long journey, has become an ally. But only because Pietas cannot survive on his own. He has no intention of letting the human live once they land. Though Six did not personally harm Pietas, he is responsible for his capture and imprisonment.

Once Pietas gets to know Six, listens to him and hears his stories, he begins to question his assumption that all humans are worthless scum. But is the friendship Six offers a means of gaining protection once they locate Pietas’s people, another subversive trap, or the one thing

Pietas has never had in all his long, solitary, endless life: a friend.

To survive and gain his freedom, Pietas must do the one thing he detests. Trust a human…

Your main character, Pietas, is a true hero in every sense of that word. Could you tell us about Pietas, and what makes him so heroic?

I should tell you up front that Pietas has a twin sister. Where he has platinum blond hair and teal blue eyes, Dessy has black hair and eyes the color of a stormy sky. She is his opposite in attitude as well. His motto is “Honor. Always.” Dessy’s is “Winning is everything.” From the time they were seventeen, they have been enemies. I won’t spoil the story by saying why.

His personal code of honor requires Pietas to always tell the truth, no matter how uncomfortable. He makes no attempt to be cruel about it, but he will not bend the truth. At times, he omits details rather than lead a person to a conclusion he could have covered up with a lie. He will find a way to rephrase an answer or outright change the subject. His honor means more to him than life. If there is one force that drives Pietas, it is honor. He does the right thing, even if no one else will ever know.

One of Pietas’s quirks is that he does not use vulgar language. Yes, he’s a soldier. Yes, he hears it “in the trenches.” But to him, such language is a mark of the uneducated. For that reason, there is no profanity in this book.

As a child, Pietas was treated like a soldier. From the time he could hold a weapon, he was taught to kill. The topic at dinner was often, “Tell us a new way to kill humans.” Small wonder he grew up hating them. It was as natural as breathing.

One other thing I was surprised by when I wrote this book. In other stories, Pietas is a narcissist. He knows he’s beautiful and that he’s powerful. What I didn’t know is that being conceited is all a front for his enemies. In reality, he could not care less what he looks like. He chops his hair with a dagger and takes no credit for his appearance, other than his uniform. His father created Pietas to be as perfect as possible, including his looks. He lets his father take the credit for that. It was nothing he earned.

In this book, the fearsome warrior bonds with Tiklaus, a sentient panther who was trained to kill Ultras. Pietas abandons all dignity and rolls in the dirt with the panther. Tiklaus, whose name means Loyal Warrior, follows Pietas like a shadow. When no one’s looking, Pietas scratches the panther’s ears and coos, “Who’s a good kitty?” Tiklaus flops down on his back for a belly rub, content as a pussy cat.

The one thing about Pietas that surprised me the most was how he always puts others before himself. He will give away the last bite of food, sleep on his feet so others can have a bed, and take the first watch — then stay awake all night so they can sleep.

He fears nothing. He’s been through every kind of death you can imagine, and has come out a victor. There is no consequence too great for him to bear. A person with that attitude truly could rule a galaxy.

Pietas forms an unusual and potentially dangerous bond with a character named Six. What makes this relationship unusual for the world of your series? What makes it dangerous?

It’s unusual because Six is human and Pietas is an Ultra. Mortals and immortals have been deadly enemies for centuries. Their battles have devastated whole planets. At one time, in the distant past, humans and Ultras had been friendly. There’s an old saying among Ultras. “Immortals should never befriend mortals. Not because mortals aren’t worthy, but because friendships last their lifetime. Missing a mortal friend lasts yours.”

There are three facets of danger in their friendship. One is that other immortals don’t know Six, don’t trust him, and can’t see past his mortality. The second is that Pietas already has a broken heart and his trust has been shattered. Losing Six would devastate him. The third is because of the second reason, Pietas could lose the confidence and trust of his people. How could he stoop to befriending a human? Scandalous.

Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire is a science fiction romance. Could you tell us about the romance in this story?

There are strong romantic elements in this story. When Pietas and Six find the other Ultras, one of the people among the rescue party is Joss Avaton. Joss is a weapons designer and warrior, and she’s also a master telepath who can crush a windpipe with a thought. Pietas is several hundred years her junior. In fact, she’s the same age as his mother, who was her best friend. When Joss meets Pietas, he is in his first life and he’s only seventeen. She is immediately attracted to him but she refuses to get involved with someone so young and inexperienced. Once he reaches about twenty, however, the bond between them sparks into a romance that lasts for centuries. When the story picks up, neither of them can remember why they broke up. But the past is not their focus, and they quickly reunite. While there is romance in this book, there are no on-page sex scenes. Readers who like romance but not graphic details will be comfortable reading this story.

What’s next for you, Kayelle? Do you plan another addition to the Bringer of Chaos series?

I’m already at work on Bringer of Chaos: Watch Your Six. This book will have a lot more about Six. Anyone who’s read the stories so far knows that Six is not his real name. He refused to reveal his true name to protect his family. Although he trusts Pietas, he would not put it past the others to find a way to slaughter them. After all, they’re human and humans exiled Ultras to Sempervia. In Watch Your Six, we’ll finally learn his name. But how and why? That will be a special reveal. There is more with Tiklaus as well and with Joss. Dessy will be back. Pietas’s sister is like a bad penny. And the hate-hate relationship between Pietas and his father will continue.

Thank you for letting me share my immortal king with you and your readers.

About Kayelle Allen

Kayelle Allen did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground, thankfully) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home.

She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18 and to this day, it’s hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories.

From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things.

No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role-playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s been married so long she’s tenured. Welcome to Kayelle Allen’s Book Launch – Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire.

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Dear Friends. Thanks to Kayelle for being with us today. I suspect you have heard the drumbeat of both the thrilling pace and warm heart of her stories in everything you have read here. Begin your new year with the thrill and warmth of  Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire.  Blessings. Alice

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Scrooged Stories Redeem Our Writing

Scrooged Stories are the writer’s ideal holiday gift, because they come with Scrooged storytelling and the Bountiful Writing that can result from opening this particular package all the way into your creative heart. The result for Charles Dickens was his fabulous and fabled A Christmas Carol which has turned out to be one of the best known and most popular stories in the English language. You can wrap some of that and gift it to me anytime, and I don’t believe I know a single writer, or reader either, who wouldn’t feel the same. Scrooged Stories are pay dirt and pop chart dirt too. So, what can Charles and Ebenezer teach us about how to get a dusting of that magic on our own storytelling shoes?

I imagine most of us are familiar with the narrative theme, “How the Mighty Have Fallen.” Some of us, including me, have even written those stories. A Christmas Carol, the ultimate among Scrooged Stories, moves beyond the downfall scenario to “How the Mighty Have Fallen Then Been Dragged Back Up Again.” In other words, Scrooged Stories are about Redemption. The best Scrooged Stories are about Dramatic Redemption. Dramatic, because of the depth of the depravity pit into which the central character has plunged himself, usually before we encounter him. Scrooged Stories are, after all, mainly about the Scrooge.

Our prototype, Ebenezer’s personal human depravity has to do with compassion. He doesn’t have any, not any we can readily discern from his perpetually scowling face and stingy, heartless behavior. Worse still, he is pleased to be exactly what he is and regards the caring world as, in a word, a humbug. Redeeming this dude won’t be easy. But then, that’s what makes Scrooged Stories so reader appealing. The more irredeemable the character is, the more dramatic the story will be. And drama, along with power and intensity, is the wellspring of that pop chart pay dirt I mentioned.

Thus, Ebenezer is the poster boy for those of us who would like to produce Scrooged Stories of our own. He is a deep-down mean, unrepentant character who disdains charity and scoffs at charitable folk, betrays his beloved sister’s wishes by disowning her only son, and all but freezes poor Bob Cratchett out of his threadbare office. Such an extreme character portrayal demands an extreme plot, and well-crafted Scrooged Stories do not disappoint.

Dickens thickens his extreme plot with a ghost. Not a happy, harmless Casper, but a chain-clanking, shrieking, ominous and terrifying horror named Marley, who is dead set (pun intended) upon rattling Ebenezer out of his complacency , into awareness of the doom he inevitable faces, if he doesn’t change his ways.

Thus, the quintessential exemplar of Scrooge Stories presents us, and Ebenezer, with his story goal. He must change. Which is also his story problem, or internal conflict, if you prefer. He does not want to change. He is absolutely committed to his bad old self. Dickens will have to dredge up some mega-dramatic means to so much as capture Ebenezer’s attention, much less motivate him toward metamorphosis.

At which point, my particular favorite of Scrooged Stories gives us more ghosts because, besides being a Redemption Story, A Christmas Carol is a ghost story too. Our heartless (supposedly) hero (sort of) is forced to experience and, even more soul-quaking, to witness what these phantasms have to show him about himself. His past retreat from human feeling. His present cold, solitary, disconnected state and how it affects others. The dark, dire future consequences that await him if he fails to change.

Meanwhile, this Father Christmas of Scrooged Stories, rackets us, and its host of readers, relentlessly forward through Ebenezer’s tumultuous adventures at whirlwind pace, all the way to the most foreboding possibility possible. The grave. We are set up big time for the payoff and the pay dirt. The Redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Once again, Scrooged Stories don’t let us down. We are showered with a bounty of glorious gifts, the most bounteous of which may be the key insight into what make this story as popular as it is. The dramatic contrast of its final act from its initial one. Joy, giddiness, laughter so unrepressed we might think it would break Ebenezer’s stony face. And it does. Which brings us to the most satisfying payoff of all. Magnanimous deeds. Ebenezer scatters goodness, light, and even life in every direction.

Because Scrooged Stories are, at their essence and at their endings, all about satisfaction. A wild, careening ride from the depth of depraved darkness to the light of salvation. The satisfaction of the main character’s life versus death problem. Satisfaction of his hard-won goal. Satisfaction of the author’s goal as well, in the form of many satisfied readers.

Scrooged Stories are the gift Charles Dickens gives us, at the holidays and throughout the year. Each story element brightly wrapped and ready to be transformed by way of your unique imagination into your own Tale of Redemption. Your own addition to the ever-popular pantheon of Scrooged Stories. To which I say, “God Bless Us Every One.”
Alice Orr – http://www.aliceorrbooks.com.

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A Time of Fear & LovingAlice’s new novel, including a Scrooge of her own, is A Time of Fear & Loving – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 5. Available HERE. You can find all of Alice’s books HERE.

What readers are saying about A Time of Fear & Loving. “Alice Orr is the queen of ramped-up stakes and page-turning suspense.”
“Warning. Don’t read before bed. You won’t want to sleep.”
“The tension in this novel was through the roof.”
“A budding romance that sizzles in the background until it ignites with passion.”
“I never want an Alice Orr book to end.”
“The best one yet, Alice!”

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Homemade Ornaments Handmade Career

Homemade Ornaments Handmade Career. Both are created from scratch out of whatever might be hanging around your house or your office or your imagination. In our family, the handmade ornament tradition began with our daughter in law, back when our granddaughter was too young to handle anything more dangerous than scissors and glitter. Her mom took over where a hot glue gun was required. The gold and purple stocking at the top of the tree in the photo is an example of one such project. Our grandson joined the glue gun gang a few years later. I dearly love every one of their homemade ornaments.

Homemade Ornaments Handmade Career. In anybody’s career tradition, if we want to reach our goals, most of us start out handmade, doing it on our own, beginning with the Business Plan. My long experience has taught me Step One of that plan must be this. Work Your Butt Off. Again, you start with whatever you already have, hiding in the corners of your work space, tucked away at the bottom of your skill-set bag. For example, if you have a mailing list or the makings of a mailing list, start there. Google how you can use a mailing list to grow your career. Meanwhile, give your best effort and brain time to your true focus, your writing project, or whatever your project may be. Then, like I said, work your butt off, all the way down to the bone.

Homemade Ornaments Handmade Career. I’m kind of a nut about Christmas. Maybe because my birthday is December 26th and something in me imagines the Christ child, sharing a tiny bit of his thunder with me. Friends and family are aware of my yuletide obsession, plus the tendency to over-decorate that goes with it, and have gifted me with many tree ornaments. In fact, each ornament on our tree came from someone we love. But the homemade ones are all from our grandchildren, who eventually graduated from scissors and glue to dough and paint and the era of the home-baked tree began.

Homemade Ornaments Handmade Career. Back to the Career Creation Tradition. Business Plan Step Two is as demanding as Step One. Do Everything Right. Please, don’t panic because, the truth is, nobody can do everything right. Here’s a more realistic guideline combo of Steps One and Two. Work Your Butt Off Trying to Do Everything Right. You’ll fall short sometimes. We all fall short sometimes. For example, in terms of doing something crucial very wrong, there was my first lunch with a book editor. Thank heaven she was a compassionate soul, or I’d have made an even bigger fool of myself than I actually did. BUT, I never let myself play the fool with an editor again. BECAUSE, when you fall short of doing everything right, you learn.

Homemade Ornaments Handmade Career. We were living in the Pacific Northwest when the era of the home-baked tree began, and every year new ornaments arrived. Carefully crafted and even more carefully wrapped, they nestled under the tree they would soon adorn, waiting for Grandma and Grandpa to un-swaddle them with a full hearts and glistening eyes. The Santa face and the flower on a blue background and the brightly colored sun, all in the branches of the photo tree, and many more. They accumulated, and the boughs hung heavier and more precious to us with each passing year. They are precious to us still, and always will be.

Homemade Ornaments Handmade Career. Which brings us to Step Three of the Business Plan. Which, in turn, takes me back to my beginning as a literary agent, my previous profession before becoming a full-time writer, and the origin of the bright-light epiphany idea for this final step, or maybe I should say, this final leap. I’d had a good run as an in-house book editor, but I have the heart of a writer and had been uncomfortable serving the interests of a publisher. Becoming an agent was an obvious next move, but how would I do that? I needed a Business Plan. I bought how-to books. I did a lot of research, but what I found were basically templates that didn’t tell me much about what I might want to accomplish in my career. Nothing was telling me that. until a single sentence popped into my head. “Let’s see how far I can go.” I wrote it down, hung it on the wall, and those six words turned out to be the bright-light epiphany that made everything afterward an adventure. I share them with you. Just See How Far You Can Go.

So this, my darlings, is the two-fold tale of Homemade Ornaments Handmade Career, and it ends with five more words, these from the immortal Charles Dickens. “God bless us, every one.”  Alice Orr – http://www.aliceorrbooks.com.

 R|R 

A Time of Fear & LovingAlice’s new novel, homemade and handmade by her, is A Time of Fear & Loving – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 5. Available HERE. You can find all of Alice’s books HERE

What readers are saying about A Time of Fear & Loving. “Alice Orr is the queen of ramped-up stakes and page-turning suspense.”
“Warning. Don’t read before bed. You won’t want to sleep.”
“The tension in this novel was through the roof.”
“A budding romance that sizzles in the background until it ignites with passion.”
“I never want an Alice Orr book to end.”
“The best one yet, Alice!”

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