Don’t call it an “office”–call it a couch…Melisse Aires’s writing space #AuthorsInSpace #SFR

By Melisse Aires

I don’t actually have an office. I do have a small space in the corner of my bedroom I suppose I could call an office, but I only use it if I am on a video-cast(maybe twice a year!). I hate being stuck in a quiet, out of the way place. A dead quiet place makes me antsy. I can’t concentrate or sit still at all! I have been that way since childhood, always had to have music blaring while I studied.

I write on my couch, in the corner near our wood stove. I am perpetually cold, and Wyoming winters are fierce! I have a laptop desk with laptop and also have a Chromebook. They often are on at the same time. At my day job I use two monitors, and I find it handy to keep a couple pages up.

I like white noise when I write. Luckily for my marriage, I consider football, basketball and baseball white noise. Also reruns of black and white film noir or sixties TV shows are easy to ignore. Monk and Longmire are tougher, but if I am being really dedicated, I listen to music. I like Celtic New Age, instrumental movie scores,  and I also have a ‘hot love scenes’ playlist.

I like to be where the action is, where my two small dogs run around. Hubby likes to read or play computer games, so he isn’t noisy. My daughters are all grown so they are not disruptive in any way.  A warm blanket, my tablet in case I want to read, the phone, a place to put a drink, and a crochet project nearby, chargers at hand. My writing needs are met.

Melisse Aires bio

Take a shy, chubby, bookworm from Montana. Hand her a stack of her much older brother’s sci-fi and fantasy novels, James Bond books and horror comics. Later, introduce Barbara Cartland and the world of romance fiction.

Get her a teaching job or two in authentic, one room Montana schools, ala Laura Ingels Wilder.

Marry her off to a great guy, move her to a big city in Tornado Alley, then pop three daughters out of her in twenty two months (one set of identical twins).

Then, make her a jinx–every great genre TV show she loves gets the ax– Beauty and the Beast, Dark Angel–and Buffy and Spike never have a happy ending! She gets upset about no romance in the world, and fires up to write her own stories with happy endings.

Throw this all together into a small house in Wyoming, along with a small bouncy dog named Baxter and too many cats, shake constantly and pour it out onto a computer keyboard.

There! You have me,

Melisse Aires.

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Reader’s Parlor: Find out what Sophia Rose of Delighted Reader is reading now

Reader’s Parlor is a weekly feature in which I interview readers! Please welcome today’s guest, Sophia Rose, a reviewer for the Delighted Reader blog.

Cara Bristol: What do you like to read?

Sophia: Anything and everything.  Okay, well not really.  But I have grown careful about sweeping statements like I won’t read horror.  Well guess what?  I’ve read a few books that fall into the horror genre and loved them.  Size?  I welcome all comers from short story to Encyclopedia Britannica sized books. Heat and content?  Again, pretty open about that- sweet to sweltering, inspirational to taboo.  I’ve pushed my hard lines a few times and discovered that it wasn’t so bad moving that line.

Cara Bristol: Why do you read? What do you enjoy most about reading?

Sophia: I’ve been reading since I was four years old so it’s hard to say exactly why I read.  Bottom line, I love it and I need it.

I enjoy escaping into a book or learning new things.  Books can be a solace when I’m sick or having a bad day, but also make boring times like sitting in the dentist’s waiting room more than endurable.  Books take me to places I’ll likely never see in real life and they stretch my imagination muscles.  Even fiction stories can teach about real life and living as I read about people who are very different from me.  Haha, guess many of these reasons I enjoy reading can also answer why I read, too.

Cara Bristol: What do you love to see in a story? What are your pet peeves?

Sophia: I love to see a story that grabs me from the first paragraph, has a clever and creative world, wit and humor, good pace and development, has characters I can like or hate and root for or boo (must count a good villain in), characters who act and think with authenticity.  Stories that may be flawed, but can still take my breath away.  Sometimes I like the comfort of a book that fits a pattern, but most of the time I adore being surprised.

As to the peeves, there are many, I suppose.  I try to avoid them because many of my peeves boil down to personal preference and are no reflection against the book itself.

Some examples of my peeves:  secret baby (when the dad is not a homicidal maniac), unnecessary love triangle (spare me your selfish indecisiveness), most cases of infidelity, stupidity that is harmful to others (usually in an action plot), long mental monologues (let me out of your head, I beg you, LOL), and screw-ups with no apology or change in behavior.

Cara Bristol: What’s on your TBR list right now?

Sophia: My TBR list makes Mt. Everest run away to mommy.  I have 3355 books on my actual, my electronic, and my audio shelves.  I’m slowly remedying the problem by fewer purchases or freebies, not taking as many review commitments, and reading more from my shelves.

Cara Bristol: 3355? Holy cow!

Sophia: My next books from my TBR pile to be read are:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  3. Elsker by ST Bende
  4. The Knight’s Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke
  5. Stranded With the Cyborg by Cara Bristol (oh, look at that, I’m finally going back for the first book since I read the others. LOL)

Cara: When you’re not reading, what do you like to do?

Sophia: Cooking, gardening, walks, writing cards & letters, organizing (not crazy, but I do like my lists and uncluttered spaces), visiting historical or natural points of interest, my volunteer work, writing, very amateur photography, watching movies, play cards, and playing the piano.

Cara: If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why?

Sophia: Amelia Peabody from Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody series.  I’d love to experience an Egyptian archaeological adventure with her.

Quick five:

Ebook, print or audiobook: all the above

Your favorite place to read: back porch

Number of books you read in a year: usually 400+

Haha. It will only take you 8+ years to get through your TBR list! A favorite childhood book?The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Favorite beverage while reading: water

Sophia Rose bio

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

Sophia has been a teacher, family researcher, small business owner, family service worker, family literacy and fatherhood initiative coordinator.  Recently, she was a winner of a short story writing contest that led to three more short stories being published.  Thus, checking off a big item from her teenage Dreams list.  There are still living in Alaska, traveling to Scotland, and working as a marine biologist left on the list.

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Enter to win an #EchoDot in the Royalty & Riches Showcase #giveaway

Always Write Club has compiled a group of romances featuring royalty and/or wealth.

Thirty-six books with the royal/wealth trope from various genres and steam levels are showcased. Check out the listings and then enter the drawing to win an Echo Dot!

Enter the giveaway here

What’s an Echo Dot? Here’s the product description from Amazon:

  • Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set music alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more
  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Play music simultaneously across Echo devices and speakers connected via cable with multi-room music.
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  • Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer; Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot
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Steamy Calendar Girls offering one free romance every month for a year

I’ve joined up with Steamy Calendar Girls to bring you one free book each month of the year! 2018 is going to be hot! Each month you’ll receive a new free book by a different author. This month’s free book is Outlaw by Bella Love-Wins.

Join Steamy Calendar Girls and enjoy your stay in a place where some of the hottest authors in romance have joined forces to bring you books, giveaways and exclusive content all year long! From bad boy bikers to billionaires to sci-fi hotties, if you love Steamy Romance, you’re in the right place! Sign up now  to receive a copy of Outlaw by Bella Love-Wins!

Click the link to see the list of authors whose books you’ll receive and to sign up to start receiving them.

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Anna Hackett writes action-packed #SFR in her NEW neat, tidy office #AuthorsInSpace

By Anna Hackett

I have literally just moved into a new house and finally unpacked my desk, chair, and bookcases. I am SO excited to have my office back together! This is where I spend my time writing my action-packed romances, while sipping my Earl Grey tea or Diet Coke and penning a fight scene or daring rescue.

As a former engineer, I keep my office pretty clean (no clutter!) I will confess to a being a notebook junkie (I do all my plotting by hand in my pretty notebooks – my current favorite being a gorgeous Moleskine sent to me by an awesome reader). My bookcases are filled with paperbacks of my books ready for giveaways. On my shelves, you might also spy some of the writing awards my books have won, some Star Wars keepsakes (not all mine, as the love of my life, Mr H, is a huge Star Wars fan), and a fabulous set of dino bookends I got for Christmas from a wonderful Hell Squad fan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely love my special poster that I keep on the wall (I’ll never own too many books!), and in one corner is a comfy chair for reading and a sexy gladiator calendar in honor of my own Galactic Gladiators. I was a reader long before I was a writer, and I love sitting back with an awesome book. It inspires to tell my own stories of tough heroes, smart heroines, and action-packed romance.

Bio:

I’m Anna Hackett and I’m a USA Today bestselling author who’s passionate about action romance. I love stories that combine the thrill of falling in love with the excitement of action, danger and adventure. I write about people overcoming unbeatable odds and achieving seemingly impossible goals. I like to believe it’s possible for all of us to do the same.

Crashed on an Ice World

He’s her boss. She’s his best friend. These two deep-space convoy security specialists are fighting their simmering attraction…until a starship crash on a deadly ice world changes everything.

Elana Korra loves her security job as a medic on the convoy ship, the Sky Nomad…except for the fact that she’s in love with her boss. Rynan is tough, loyal, and protective, and she knows he will never cross the line with her despite her deepest fantasies. But one scorching kiss sets up a smoldering tension, and as they head off into uncharted space on a treasure hunt to find an invaluable old Earth treasure, Elana knows it is time to make a change—get Ry to admit how he feels about her or leave. But a deadly attack leaves Ry and Elana on a damaged, out-of-control ship hurtling toward an unforgiving ice world.

Rynan Phoenix lives for his job of keeping the Phoenix Deep-Space Convoy safe. The nightmare of his childhood has taught him to steer well clear of romantic relationships, and he’s forced himself to ignore Elana’s compact body and gorgeous face. But when they find themselves stranded on an ice world with passengers to protect and space pirates hunting them down, Ry is forced to confront just how he feels about the most important woman in his life.

Ry and Elana will need all of their training in order to keep themselves alive. As they find hints to the old Earth treasure, their desire turns hotter and deeper…but then they discover that far more dangerous things call this ice planet home…

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Reader’s Parlor: What Deanna Lang likes to read…

Welcome to Reader’s Parlor, a weekly feature in which I interview readers! My guest today is Deanna Lang. I’ll let her introduce herself.

Hi, my name is Deanna and I write a romance book blog called Deanna’s World. It’s been going for about 3 years now and I’m still loving it although there are times when I wonder if I’m ever going to hang it all up. In my day to day life, I’m a wife to a wonderful husband who is my real life romance hero. On top of that, I do freelance editing, mostly for non-fiction books and also beta read and critique for a few romance authors. I love to cook and both Steve and I are considered to be foodies. We do enjoy our food and wine. I live on a vineyard in wine country, two hours north of Sydney in Australia.

Cara: What do you like to read?

Deanna: Oh, where do I start? My favorite genres would be romantic suspense, paranormal, sci-fi, erotic and contemporary romance – not in any particular order. I used to read a lot of historical romance but I find I’m bored by a lot of the sameness I am seeing in the sub-genres, particularly in the Regency historicals. I do like historical romance where they have spies for the Crown, kind of like a historical romantic suspense, those are fun. As for tropes, one of my favorite tropes is the boss / secretary trope. I think this goes back to the fact that I get nostalgic about how my Steve and I met. I used to work for him when we started dating, so you could say, I did do the whole “bonking the boss” thing. :-p He didn’t make my job easier though, in fact, he was even tougher on me than this other employees. And for spice, I definitely like my romances to be spicy. At least a 3 or 4 flame on the heat rating, although I love the Harlequin Romance line and those are definitely on the sweet side but they are so heartwarming I can overlook the lack of sex.

Cara: Why do you read? What do you enjoy most about reading?

Deanna: I have never thought of why I read. I’ve always enjoyed reading. It transports me into a different world and at the same time, depending on the story, I also learn a lot of different and new things. It’s likely a combination of escapism, entertainment and education.  Oh, and reading is the perfect thing to do on a rainy afternoon.

Cara: What do you love to see in a story? What are your pet peeves?

Deanna: I love intensely emotional story. One that will tug at my heartstrings or warm my heart. I love the feeling of having my breath catch at a particularly engaging moment or getting all teary eyed because I’ve been moved so deeply by the writing or what’s happening to the characters. As for pet peeves, unprotected sex. Unprotected sex always throws me out of the story. How do you, in this day and age, go about writing a sex scene without protection or even the “safe sex” talk? And believe me, there are authors so who do it. And lying and secrets. If there’s deception of any sort in a book, I tend to give it a wide berth. I’ve gotten to the point where, if I read a blurb for a book, and it hints at lying, cheating or secrets, I will steer clear of it. Sometimes, I make an exception if the book is written by an author I love and trust because then I know those topics will be handled well. If not, I stay away from them. I’m learning more and more to stay away from stories I know I will not enjoy and am a lot more selective about what I choose to read. The result? I find more books I like rather than dislike.

Cara: What’s on your TBR list right now?

Deanna: At the time of writing this, at the top of my TBR is Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh. I’m super excited about reading that because well, it’s Nalini Singh and she’s one of my all time favorite authors. Aside from that, it’s coming to the end of the year and I’m getting into Christmas themed books for the holiday season and for the blog. I want to fill the blog in December with Christmas books in the reviews I’m publishing. The books I’m looking at reading include: The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant, Christmas with a Bite by Patricia A Wolf, With this Christmas Ring by Manda Collins and A Vampire’s Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden.

Cara: When you’re not reading, what do you like to do ?

Deanna: When I’m not reading (which is rare), I like to cook and spend time with my Steve. I used to make bead jewelry which I’m considering getting back into once we have finished downsizing the house and have cleared away the mess it’s in right now since we’ve taken everything out of storage to sort.

Cara: If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why?

Deanna: Hmmm … this is a tough one. There are so many to pick from. But I think instead of one fictional character, can I pick a couple? I’d like to meet Matthew and Diana from Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. They are both fascinating characters with Matthew being a thousands years old vampire and Diana being a very powerful and unique witch. Matthew has a love for antiquities, science and wine that are close to my heart, and Diana has an interest in history which I also love. I think conversations with them once I get past the initial awkwardness and getting to know you stuff would be fascinating.

Quick five

Ebook, print or audiobook: eBook

Your favorite place to read: Lying in bed

Number of books you read in a year: I aim for 100, but usually end with between 120 and 160 books

A favorite childhood book: A Child’s Garden of Verses by R L Stevenson

Favorite beverage while reading: I don’t drink while I read

Deanna Lang bio

I love all things beauty and makeup, reading and books, and also have a keen interest in cooking and food. Combined with a husband who loves wine, we write a number of blogs that align with our interests. I have two blogs: Deanna’s World which focuses on all things books and beauty, and Daz In The Kitchen which is my cooking and food blog. I hope you visit and stay around.

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Release Day! Hunted by the Cyborg is now LIVE! #ScifiRom

“Heart-stopping.”
“Tummy-tingling”
“The twist…had me sitting with my mouth hanging open going,
‘Oh My God!'”
“A must read”
“Be prepared to have your mind blown.”

Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6) is live.

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Billionaire Carter Aymes, director of Cyber Operations, a covert cyborg force, devotes his wealth and time to saving lives, rescuing hostages and other victims from desperate situations. His ultimate mission is to hunt down and eliminate Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind, before he conquers the galaxy.

When Carter hires Beth O’Shea, a vulnerable yet courageous woman with connections to his past, their attraction is immediate and strong, but he knows getting involved with her is a bad idea. He’s her boss, and he has way too many classified projects to risk letting someone get close.

Rejected by the progenitors who cloned her, Beth is determined to live a normal human life, beginning by getting an ordinary job with a security firm. But, from the start, she questions the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the organization. She can’t help but wonder about the tall, muscled, larger-than-life director who gave her a chance when she desperately needed one. Could he ever be romantically interested in a woman like her, in a clone?

When Beth is attacked, they both realize how short and tenuous life is, and their mutual attraction becomes too powerful to resist.

As their relationship heats up, so does the urgency to capture Lamani before he can unleash a stealth weapon at a critical planetary Summit meeting. With time running out, Carter discovers that stopping Lamani may require sacrificing Beth’s life.

Will Carter be able to rescue her, or will his new love be the one person he can’t save?

Read an excerpt from Hunted by the Cyborg

“Excuse me, but I need to get a DNA sample,” the tech said.

“What?” She jerked away. “No! I won’t agree to that.”

The tech hesitated.

“Do it,” Carter ordered.

The tech pressed the extractor to her neck and withdrew a blood sample before she could react. The extractor had both a pain inhibitor and a coagulator, so she didn’t feel more than a slight pinch, but she twisted in the chair, her face darkening with a scowl. “You can’t do that. That’s a violation of my rights!”

She was at Cy-Ops headquarters. The instant she’d crossed the threshold, she’d lost all rights.

The tech continued to perform his job. He packed the blood sample in his case and scanned her with a handheld. After a beep signaled the data had been collected, he stowed the device. “I’ll forward the medreport with the DNA analysis.”

The door opened for the tech to exit, and Beth catapulted out of her seat. Carter dashed around the table to grab her.

“You can’t keep me here!” She fought him.

“Go,” he ordered the tech.

The man slipped out, and the door closed.

Carter released her but did not move away. Cybersenses recorded the flare of her nostrils, heightening color, rising body temperature—and, dammit, his growing libidinous response. Memories of him and Liza rolling in a tumble of twisted sheets rushed through his brain, transmitting unwanted signals to his cock. Double dammit, she would probably turn out to be an infiltrator, a spy, or an enemy combatant, and she was not Liza.

“You have no right to steal my medical information! It’s against the law!”

“Around here, I am the law.”

Her chin jutted out. “When I leave here, I’ll report you to the Terran United authorities.” She bumped up against the table.

He closed the space to hem her in. “Well, that’s the thing,” he drawled. “You’re assuming you’re going to leave.”

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Why I will become a more positive person #inspiration #motivation #BePositive

Some people remain sunny and pleasant even when faced with severe adversity. Others seem to be trapped under a cloud of gloom all the time. Most of us, myself included, are in the middle, generally in a good mood, but sometimes not.

In addition to my publishing goals this year, I’ve made a New Year’s Resolution: to become more positive. For one thing, it feels better to be optimistic and upbeat, than to be pessimistic, irritated, or worried. And it really all comes down to attitude and choice.

An example: sometimes when I go to the grocery store, the lines are long, the checker is slow, and I’m impatient to get on my way. By the time I reach the checkstand, I’m irritated. Other times, the lines are long, the checker is slow, and I grab a magazine from the rack and pass the time relaxed and entertained.  Nothing has changed except my attitude and my actions, but the experience when I have a positive attitude is much more pleasant.

The other reason a positive mindset is important is because it affects one’s success. If you focus on what can go right instead of what can wrong, you are apt to aim higher and take more risks than someone who figures why bother, it won’t work. As Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” To achieve big things, you need to strive for big things, and that requires a belief big things are possible, and that takes a positive attitude.

Self-help books often refer to the de-motivating “negative tapes” running through people’s heads, like, “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not smart enough,” I’m not attractive enough,” etc. I didn’t think I had such tapes, until I set some ambitious goals, and then doubts crept in: “Can I do this?” “That’s awfully ambitious,” and “It probably won’t work,” and “I’ll have to change what I’m doing to achieve that. I don’t want to change.”

If you repeat a negative thought to yourself often enough, you start to believe it. And once you believe it, it affects your actions and decisions. I’ve often told myself (and other people), “I’m a technophobe.” I’ve procrastinated doing things I should because I didn’t think I could figure out the technology required or didn’t want to. I put off doing a newsletter until three years ago  because I’d heard MailChimp was squirrelly and didn’t want to deal with it. There were modifications I wanted to make to my website, but I was afraid to install a plugin. I hate to say  I’m pleased to say I did figure out MailChimp (it was a little squirrelly at first, but I did it!) and installing plugins are ridiculously easy.

In 2017, I did quite a few “techy” things and discovered they weren’t hard at all. I guess I’m not such a technophobe.

So in 2018, I resolve to become more positive. In practice this will mean:

  • I will approach challenges with optimism and believe my goals are achievable.
  • I will not allow fear of the unknown to make my decisions or influence my actions.
  • Whining stops now. I will play “the game” by the rules in place, and not complain that they are unfavorable to me. (It is a frequent author pastime to bitch about Amazon, Facebook advertising, etc.).
  • When a problem does occur, rather than complain, I will take action to fix it. If it can’t be fixed, I will accept it and move on.
  • I will celebrate the small successes and milestones. I will become my own cheerleader.
  • I will avoid negative experiences and people to the extent that I can to prevent being influenced.

I’m on my way…

 

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A visit into Kayelle Allen’s ‘homeworld’ office #AuthorsInSpace #SFR

By Kayelle Allen

Since 2004, I have used the phrase “homeworld” instead of website for kayelleallen.com. But honestly, the room shown in these pictures is my true homeworld. I swear I live here. Sometimes nod off here. Have eaten meals here. I listen to music and even watch movies here.

As you can see, I’m partial to bright pink. It’s on my website, my Smartphone, my water bottle, my shoes, you name it! Black and pink and white are my favorite color combinations. However, my hero, Pietas from the Bringer of Chaos series is partial to teal. I have started picking up all sorts of things with that color.

My homeworld is my office and sanctuary. It’s filled with things I love and the things I need most. In the first image, you can see the desk that’s actually behind me as I write. It has a credenza that houses two ceramic dragons (Pietas and Dessy), a dragon knife, and though you can’t read it in this image, between them sits my EPIC eBook Award for best Science Fiction Romance (erotic) in 2010 for the book Surrender Love. Though the book is not currently in print, it will be when I finish its sequel, Surrender Trust.

That’s Pietas on the twin monitors on my writing desk. The model is Nik Nitsvetov (follow Nik on Instagram). This is exactly how Pietas looks in my head. Pure platinum white hair, brilliant turquoise eyes, strong mouth, dimple in the chin, beautiful. Finding a model who so closely resembles him was amazing.

Now that I’ve used two monitors, I don’t know how I got anything done with only one. I put spreadsheets on one while I look up info on the other, or I have reference open on one and write on the other. It’s handy to have my Skype window open on the left one while I work in the other.

Behind the monitors, you can see a bit of a poster lit up. That’s the original cover for Surrender Love. Though you probably can’t see them, there are also posters of King Thranduil from the Hobbit movies (Lee Pace) — who would make a fine Pietas, by the way — and one of my favorite actors, Luke Goss in the other poster. He played Prince Nuada in the Hellboy II: the Golden Army movie. When I saw him as Nuada, my heart flipped. Long white hair, regal bearing, power and nobility — exactly the way I pictured Pietas. I count myself lucky to have such wonderful images to use as inspiration for this character.

I’m writing the Bringer of Chaos series as fast as I can. I have always had a great love for Pietas, although for many years, he scared me. He was the villain in several stories I wrote. Still, he drew me. I couldn’t explain why. When I decided to write his story to know him better, I discovered a startling truth. Pietas was not a bad guy. He portrayed the role in order to control another part of his story. He is, in fact, noble. But I won’t spoil the fun of reading his books and finding out about this immortal king for yourself.

Author bio

Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured.
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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 in their pods and it’s up to Pietas to save them. But before he can, 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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Genre science fiction with romantic elements (no explicit content or profanity)
Rating PG13 for science fiction violence
Length about 74,000 words / 300 pages

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Reader’s Parlor: An interview with super reader Kathy Heare Watts

Why should authors get all the glory? If it wasn’t for readers, most authors wouldn’t be writing. Today kicks off a new feature called Reader’s Parlor in which I interview readers. My first guest is “super reader” Kathy Heare Watts, who reads 700 books a year. She writes reviews under the handle Redrabbitt, and was recently named an Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer!

Please welcome Kathy Heare (pronounced “hare” like the rabbit) Watts.

Cara: What do you like to read?

Kathy: I am rather eclectic in my reading, about the only thing I won’t read is horror and true crime.  I can go from reading a sweet clean romance to the next book being explicit erotica.  Some days, I want to get into a long drawn out story that will take me all day, and other days, I am in the mood for maybe tackling a couple of novellas.  It is all contingent on what is coming due with ARC books.

No matter what, there isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t read.  If I have company, traveling, or appointments, I may only get a few chapters in and other days, I will read and review a couple of books.   I write a review for every single book I read and leave reviews at Amazon, BN, Goodreads, which links to my Facebook page, plus I note it on Pinterest and send out a tweet and tag the author.   I joke, my business hours are from about 10:30ish am to about 3:30 am.  I am a night owl, and I read until I go to bed.

Cara: Why do you read? What do you enjoy most about reading?

Kathy: Reading has been a lifesaver for me.  I am one of those people that suffers depression in the winter, better known as SAD.  For some reason, since I started reading every single day, I am not affected.

My mother taught in private school and would tell her students that “readers are leaders.” I have always loved reading and can get lost inside a book.

I love getting into a story, the mystery, the characters, the interaction, and even a sci-fi or fantasy can take me away with the images author details in a story. I find reading a great way to continue learning as an adult.   I watch no television at all.  I read an average of six or more hours per day, averaging two books per day.  From the time I get up until I go to bed, I have the computer on, checking email, Facebook, and reading. I prefer to write a review as soon as I finish a book.

Cara: What do you love to see in a story? What are your pet peeves?

Kathy: I want a story, even a fantasy or sci-fi, to have a sense of believability and consistency.  That also goes for an erotic story, and trust me; I had read stories that I had a headache afterward from rolling my eyes and saying, “Nope, not happening!”

Believe it or not, I catch what some people might consider silly things.  If you tell me the person is in the Marines and then later you have them in the Army, I notice.  I want consistency in the characters. I’ve even caught changes in names or spelling of the characters within the story.  I guess if I care enough to buy the book, read it and review it, I want the author to care enough to keep things straight too.  One author told me I needed to re-read her book when I complained about the doctor in the story because she had them as a Pediatrician and other times as an Obstetrician.  They are different fields.

Cara: What’s on your TBR list right now?

Kathy: That list honestly changes from day to day.  I read ARC for a large group of authors and a couple of publishers.  I keep not one, but two calendars, several lists, and I often check to see what is coming up, what I need to get read, and who is next in line, based on release dates  As a list-maker, I find great satisfaction in marking items off as complete.  I have my 2018 calendar already with books for January and February marked.  I know there is another anthology in January around the 2nd week.

Hunted By The Cyborg by Cara Bristol for January 9th
Mountain Rose by Cheryl St. John by January 15th
2 for Caryl McAddo January 15th & 23rd
2 for Lauren Marie in January whenever I can work them in

Cara: When you’re not reading, what do you like to do?

Kathy: My husband and I love to go antiquing, we have even taken trips with this as our main intent.  When we travel, we spend many hours in antique stores.  Just this past summer, we took a trip to Missouri to see our son and his family, and we bought a large tote to put the various items we found in it.  I love that I don’t have to work and enjoy cooking and baking.  I also find such joy being around my grandchildren; they help keep me young.

Cara: If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why?

Kathy: Oh my, I guess I would love to be there in the barn with Avery listening to Charlotte and Wilber, along with the other animals conversing.

I’m sure I read the story more than eight times as a child, then introduced it to my children, and now my grandchildren.  I have more than one version of Charlotte’s Web as a movie too. The live version is my favorite.

Quick five:

Ebook, print or audiobook: Ebooks

Your favorite place to read: In front of the computer

Number of books you read in a year: Over 700, all with a review

A favorite childhood book: Charlotte’s Web

Favorite beverage while reading: Water

Kathy Heare Watts

 I am 59 years young and have been married for 41 years to the love of my life, Steve. We are blessed with 3 children and 10 grandchildren. Our two daughters are here in TN, and our son is military and in Missouri.  I was an Army brat, so I lived many places including MD, WV, AZ, NC, CO, Germany twice, and TN. We live in Sevierville, TN which is at the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Besides reading, I enjoy cooking, antique shopping and spending time with family.  I have two feral female cats (both spayed) that I can pet now.  I laughed never thinking about their names until I was calling them one morning, Smoky and Bandit.

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