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By Kayelle Allen
I originally planned this book to be about two brothers who bailed each other out of bad situations. The book would be dramatic but funny. When I decided to make it a romance instead, I created the Antonello Brothers series and gave Senth and Khyff each their own book.
While I was writing At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, my critique group kept asking when Senth’s single father would get his story. Although I had begun to like Luc Saint-Cyr, I didn’t foresee anything specific for him. He was originally a sort of Fagin, teaching young men how to be thieves. I had already designed the Thieves’ Guild and knew Luc was a powerful member, but the more the story continued, the more I began to see him as less of a minor character and more of a major one. Literally as I was writing the very last two paragraphs of the book, I saw a way to add a huge twist that would not only bring Luc back in other stories; it would also give him a series of his own.
The sequel to At the Mercy of Her Pleasure is For Women Only and it’s available on Amazon. Luc’s book will be out soon.
The original Antonello Brothers books were erotic romance, but I’ve decided to pursue a different career path. All my books, starting with this one, are now PG13 and considered sweet. I took out a few thousand words from the original and added several thousand to the new one. This version has all the drama, tension, and bursts of insane comedy as the first one, plus a longer story and better developed characters.
Senth is a hybrid whose mother was human and whose father was Kin, a cat-like humanoid species. He’s also a brilliant thief whose next best skill seems to be doing something that looks like a good idea but turns out to be… Well, I’ll let you read the excerpt to get a peek for yourself. In this scene, NarrAy has returned to her temporary quarters aboard ship and finds Senth locked inside his robotic suitcase.
NarrAy helped Senth to the bed. “Who did this to you? What happened? I’m calling security.”
“No!” He clutched her arm. “NarrAy. Sorry.” He gasped for breath. “My fault.”
“What happened?” She picked up a booklet from the desk and used it to fan him. “Are you all right?”
He grunted and turned on his side, doubled over.
“I’m calling sick bay. You –”
“No! NarrAy.” He shook his head and took a deeper breath. “My fault. I was trying…test. See if…if…” He tightened his grip on her arm as he looked away from her. “So stupid.”
“I don’t understand, Senth. What happened?”
“I was bored, so I…” He pushed his face against the bed, avoiding her gaze. “I break into bagbots all the time. I thought I’d try breaking out of one.”
“You did what?” She sank to the floor beside the bed at eye level with him. “Senth, you could’ve been killed!”
“Once the doors closed, the bot kept trying to compact itself.”
All at once she glimpsed the future she’d have with Senth if she pursued him. Her wild missions paled compared to the thought of a life full of stunts like this one. Finding him locked inside some bagbot or cabinet or safe. Having him risk his freedom for the sake of a few rare coins or an old locket like the one he’d stolen for her. Thievery commonplace in her life? Her parents would never, ever approve.
Which was why she had to give that future a chance.
Book blurb: (approx. 200 words):
A fast scifi romance with a fun-loving hero. He’s half-human, half-cat, and full on adorable. She’s a by-the-book army captain who obeys orders. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device. Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.
Best-selling Science Fiction and Fantasy author Kayelle Allen is the winner of the 2010 EPIC award for Science Fiction and has been an Honorable Mention for Science Fiction Fantasy. She is the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers, a peer-mentoring group. She is married, has three grown children, and five grandchildren. Kayelle and her husband met and married while they were both on active duty in the US Navy. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.