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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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Barbara White Daille Book Launch – One Week to Win Her Boss

Barbara White Daille Book Launch Alert!

One Week to Win Her Boss tells the moving love story of single mom Amber Barnett and her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco in a delightful small-town romance. One Week to Win Her Boss adds another blizzard of delight to Barbara’s Snowflake Valley Series. We fall in love with Amber and Michael, and Snowflake Valley too. Warm your heart at the holiday romance hearth. Don’t miss this book. And be sure to enter the exciting Rafflecopter Giveaway at the end of Barbara’s story excerpt.

About One Week to Win Her Boss

Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas… and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It’s a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she’s the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…

A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude.

Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she’s looking for.

Excerpt from One Week to Win Her Boss

While Michael put the SUV away in the garage, Amber settled Penny in the playpen. Though it was nearly ten o’clock after a long day, the baby was still wide-eyed and excited.

Like mother, like daughter.

Smiling, Amber went to turn on the tree lights. The perfect touch for the best Christmas ever. The twinkling lights in the room matched the lights inside her. Who wouldn’t have felt a little glow with a man like Michael by her side? So what if she had only a week before her prince left town? By then, anything could happen.

At the sound of the kitchen door closing, she wrapped her arms around herself. The hug did nothing to settle her excitement. Her heart raced, but for a much different reason than when Michael had arrived…only last night?

As he entered the living room, he took one look at her and frowned. “Are you cold? Want me to start a fire?”

You already have. But who would say no to an invitation like that one? Curled up together on the couch in front of the fireplace, who knew how hot things would get. “That would be great. I haven’t thawed out from our walk through town.”

“You should have said something on the ride home. I’d have cranked up the heat in the SUV.” He knelt in front of the fireplace. “Another thing you forgot to mention—that Christmas caroling gig. Were you afraid I’d turn down your invitation to it in front of your entire family?”

“Try complete panic. What if you’d insisted on auditioning for them—and not been able to carry a tune?”

“Surprised you, huh?”

“That’s an understatement. You didn’t mention one single word about a tryout.”

He turned to scowl at her over his shoulder. “Very funny.”

She smiled. After a pause, she said, “Did you have a good time today?”

“Yeah, I did.”

Now who was surprised? The trace of emotion in his tone made her hopes soar. Forget memories and dreams. Focus on miracles. If Michael could learn to enjoy the holidays and get comfortable being around her family, what else might he come to like? “Don’t sound so shocked,” she told him. “We’re not that bad.” She laughed softly, not wanting to disturb Penny.

Michael crossed the room to her, and the laugh caught in her throat.

“Some of you aren’t bad at all,” he said.

“I’ll take that as a compliment.”

“You should.” He reached for her hand. She hadn’t realized nerves had left her toying with the zipper tab of her knitted jacket. Warmth from his fingers heated hers. “Want some help taking off your sweater?” She’d heard that same teasing tone this morning when she’d wondered if he meant to flirt with her.

No wondering now. And her imagination wasn’t working overtime. The curve of his lips and the gleam in his eyes told her he was going for the full flirt. And more. Slowly, he unzipped her jacket. With every inch the tab lowered, the higher her excitement climbed.

Words like boss and employee, paycheck, and independence, filled her mind. She brushed them away like snowflakes, leaving room for words like anticipation and possibilities and together.

Michael tugged at the final inch of the zipper. A shiver ran down her spine.

Once he’d helped her slip out of the jacket, he tossed it onto the couch. He moved a half step toward her, close enough for her to feel the heat from his body. His lips curved another few degrees.

“Beautiful,” he murmured. His gaze held hers for a long, silent moment, then drifted to her mouth.

She could read his thoughts. They echoed hers.

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To enter an exciting giveaway contest during the Barbara White Daille Book Launch, go to her New Release site HERE and scroll down to “Also, check out this ongoing Rafflecopter with not one, not two, but three prizes up for grabs.” Good Luck! Barbara’s contest prizes are great.

Reviews of One Week to Win Her Boss

“It would not be Christmas without a nice heartwarming holiday novel from Barbara White Daille! Very enjoyable!” –Cathy S., NetGalley

“One Week To Win Her Boss is a splendid holiday romance by Barbara White Daille. Ms. Daille has delivered a well-written book packed full of amazing, lovable characters. The story is heartwarming and has plenty of drama, humor and spice to keep the pages flying.” –Deb D., Goodreads

“Heartwarming and charming in every way! It all of a sudden feels like the holidays with this book!” –Erika C., NetGalley

“A sweet Christmas story in a quaint small town. The two main characters, one full of Christmas joy and the other a total Scrooge, come together on a spur of the moment decision. The story is full of family and small town seasonal festivities.” –Kirstie I., Goodreads

“I love Snowflake Valley! Small town charm at its best!” –Vivian P., NetGalley

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Interview with Barbara White Daille

 Alice – Thanks so much for inviting me to visit and giving me the opportunity to share my new book & my Barbara White Daille Book Launch with you and your readers. Barbara

What inspired you to write your Snowflake Valley series? How did the idea come to you?

I love Christmas stories and wanted to do a series set around the winter holidays.  And I thought, what could be better than a town that celebrates Christmas every day of the year!  Because I’m a character-driven writer, I focused first on my story people.  The Barnett family have a vested interest in Snowflake Valley as their ancestors have always been in charge of the biggest annual event of the year, the Winter Festival.

When I thought about the specific family members readers could root for, almost instantly, the three eldest Barnett sisters sprang to life.  Each has suffered through a bad relationship that, to their shared shame, has branded them in town as the “bad-luck Barnetts.”  And each sister is wary of getting close to a man again, let alone falling in love.

How many previous books are in the Snowflake Valley series? Could you share the titles with us?

One Week to Win Her Boss, which we celebrate now with my Barbara White Daille Book Launch, is book number twoNumber one is Snowbound with Mr. Wrong. 

I’d like to add, though, that all my books are stand-alone titles, in that the hero and heroine reach their Happy Ever After by the end of their story.  And while there are recurring characters and a connected locale for each my series (Flagman’s Folly; The Hitching Post Hotel; Dillon, Texas; Snowflake Valley…) the books can be read out of order if readers choose to do that.

Your new Snowflake Valley series entry is titled One Week to Win Her Boss. It sounds like a Race Against Time story. How do your heroine, Amber Barnett, and your hero, Michael DeFranco, end up in this intriguing situation?

Michael owns a ski lodge in Snowflake Valley, but as he’s also owner and CEO of a California-based electronics company, he doesn’t often get to take vacations…until he weakens and wants to spend more time with Amber!

Amber has loved Michael from the day he hired her as caretaker of the lodge.  But she’s a single mom who’s all about family and the holidays.  Michael’s bad upbringing makes “marriage” a dirty word to him and “family” even worse.  When they’re forced together into a fake-dating relationship to throw off the wolves…that is, Amber’s matchmaking family LOL..Amber sees this as her only opportunity to convince Michael to change his mind about marriage and family—and to give her and her infant daughter a chance to make his life complete.

What makes Amber and Michael the perfect couple in the perfect romance?

They’ve both been hurt in ways that go well beneath the surface but hide their vulnerabilities from others, and they’ve built protective barriers that keep them safe from their own demons.  But Michael’s inherent kindness helps Amber see not all men are the same, and that he’s the man for her.  And Amber, with her love of family, has the power to heal Michael’s wounds.

Tough times together, a little—okay, lots of—family meddling, and a big dose of Snowflake Valley “magic” all work together. They offer Michael and Amber a chance to heal—if each is willing to take it.

One Week to Win Her Boss is a holiday romance. What draws you, as a person and as a writer, to the holiday season setting?

It’s the season of good cheer, goodwill toward men, and an abundance of happy gatherings with family and friends.  At least, that’s what the season should be!  Real life doesn’t always provide what we’re hoping for, but when I write a holiday story, I can control that.  Or, some of that…

For the rest, I’m at the mercy of headstrong characters who are fighting as hard to stay apart as I am to bring them together.  Throw in the fact that their emotions are higher during this time of the year, then add in the bittersweet knowledge that their lives don’t match the perfect Christmas-card scenario they hold in their minds.  This leads to a blend of poignancy, sadness, and even some happiness.  And just as in real life, all those feelings become even more complicated when they’re set during the holidays.

What’s next for you, after this Barbara White Daille Book Launch? Do you plan another addition to the Snowflake Valley series?

Yes, I do—thanks for asking.  Snowflake Valley number three, which (fingers crossed) will debut early next year, is still untitled but has a Valentine’s theme and a heroine who was publicly abandoned at the altar by the boy she had always loved.  Now a fourth-grade teacher, she’s appalled to discover he has returned to town as her school’s interim principal.  Trust me, this is going to be another fun book to write.

And there are more Barnetts potentially waiting in the wings, including two brothers and a set of identical female twins.  So you never know, you may be hearing about their stories one day, too!

About Barbara White Daille

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: And welcome to the Barbara White Daille Book Launch of A Week to Win Her Boss.

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Dear Friends. I’m very pleased that Barbara could join us. I know you hear the beat of her warm, generous heart in everything about her here. You will find that same heart in her stories. Be sure to give yourself the gift of a Barbara White Daille Book Launch copy of One Week to Win Her Boss.  Blessings and Happy Holidays. Alice

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Mentors Everywhere – Meet 4 of Mine

There are Mentors Everywhere. Life has taught me this. Whenever I am desperate for help. Whenever I have no idea what to do next, a mentor appears in the nick of time to rescue me from my ignorance. Even if I don’t know exactly what I need. Even when I’m embarrassed to reveal how little I know, I find Mentors Everywhere, and when it is career direction I lack, they usually come from career organizations.

I met Nancy Herkness at an NJRW (New Jersey Romance Writers) conference. She was the workshop leader, and I was being led. For many years, I had done what Nancy was doing and been one of the Mentors Everywhere myself. Now I needed mentoring, specifically with how to market my writing work. My problem wasn’t too little advice. My problem was too much advice. Get with this social media platform. Grab onto that attention-seeking gimmick. Nancy cut through the mind-whirling noise.

“Do this,” she said. “Don’t bother with that.”

I the latter needed most. A list of time sucks and energy burners that yield too little for the dollars spent and the effort invested. A busy woman’s To Do’s and To Don’t’s I could trust, because I trusted her. My sigh of relief was so profound it echoed through that hotel conference room. Nancy was proof there are Mentors Everywhere, and they don’t always have to be me.

I met Jean Joachim at RWA-NYC (the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America). She is a common-sensible, no-nonsense woman too, with a city girl edge to match. In other words, we speak the same language, which made her the perfect next addition to my personal Mentors Everywhere team. Her advice was also direct and definite. She generously shared what had worked for her as a publishing-marketing author, and what had not. Through many phone conversations, I wrote down everything Jean said. Then we celebrated over cocktails.

“Listen more than you talk,” she told me, and I heard her.

Mentors Everywhere, including the Upper Westside, maybe especially there.

I met Paula Scardamalia at IWWG (International Women’s Writing Guild). A rainy-day version of their bi-annual Big Apple event, another venue where I’d been the teacher in years past. On this particular Saturday, I was damp and too sloppily dressed, visibly in need of being taught, when Paula reminded me by example that there are Mentors Everywhere. She used a tarot deck as the medium for her message, but beyond the cards her own right-on wisdom was unmistakable.

“Try a different direction,” she said.

As it happened, I had been trying too many directions. Writing a bit of memoir here. A few pages of literary fiction there. Paula’s words arrived, accompanied by a flash of recognition. I needed to settle on a single writing road. That flash was followed by another. I should return to the romantic suspense stories and series characters I love to create.

“And know that your work matters in the world,” Paula added.

The clouds of confusion parted. The very next day, I dove straight back into my Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series, and I’ve been swimming happily through the North Country ever since. Paula had proven, once again, that there are Mentors Everywhere.

I met Kayelle Allen at MFRW (Marketing for Romance Writers), the online forum where writers ask questions and other writers answer. Kayelle is the founder and guiding light of this many-faceted organization. I’d been lurking there for quite some time, reading all of her messages, before I mustered the nerve to ask if I might guest post on her immensely popular blog, RLF (Romance Lives Forever), and she agreed. My first visit to her blogsite nearly stopped my heart. I’d blundered deep over my head into unfamiliar territory. Everything was perfectly organized in minute detail and RTF (Rich Text Format), and I didn’t even know what that was. I stumbled forward anyway. My heart hadn’t stopped, but it was solidly planted in my throat, along with huge clogs of self-doubt.

“We all had to start somewhere,” Kayelle told me in one of several helpful emails.

There it was again. Mentors Everywhere. They were on my laptop and my cellphone and anywhere else I was savvy enough to search them out and pay close attention to their sage advice. Four busy women, and many others also, took the time to share their experience. Now, my own experience is far more productive, satisfying and enjoyable than before they appeared.

Look around you. Check out the resources I’ve mentioned. Research and discover others. When you do, pay attention to what they teach you. Take notes. Follow through on their good advice. Because there are Mentors Everywhere.  Alice Orr –

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Rocket through the result of Alice’s mentoring. Take the thrill ride that is her latest story, 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!”