Kayelle Allen – May 2014

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Duty to king and country has shaped Raik’s life since birth, but to protect them, she must perform a ritual that betrays all she holds sacred.

The Vhalgenn is a warrior, bedmate, soulmate, companion, and friend. Trusted by the king. Hated by the queen. To save the newborn prince, the Vhalgenn will risk her position, her honor, and death itself to honor the Old Ways. But when she takes the newborn prince to the queen’s homeland for a ritual blessing, she discovers a betrayal so deep the kingdom — and her heart — might never recover.

This fantasy features a strong heroine, and was originally part of the 2008 EPIC eBook Award Finalist anthology A Time To… Volume 1 – The Best of The Lorelei Signal, from Wolfsinger Publications, which is now out of print. The strong female character possesses nobility, honor, and courage, and is a role model for women. The book is dedicated to all women warriors, whatever their battle, and is written by a US Navy Veteran.

Buy it today!

Available exclusively at Amazon http://mybook.to/vhalgenn

 

Reviews & More for The Last Vhalgenn 

The Last Vhalgenn was an EPIC eBook Finalist in Fantasy for 2008. Reviews from that time include:

“Kayelle Allen’s “The Last Vhalgenn” delighted me with its political twists and the strength of the protagonist’s beliefs and loyalties.” Fiction Factor

“The Last Vhalgenn is an exciting and engrossing story of love, betrayal, and doing what must be done, despite the consequences. It captures the ideals of duty, honor and love and embraces them, turning them into a beautifully knit sequence of events that you are unable to stop following.” Long and Short Reviews

 

Excerpt

In the private receiving chamber, I knelt before the king I hadn’t seen in over two years, an ache in my knees and groin and back that four hours ahorse had burned into my muscle; and delivered the news of victorious battle I’d been dispatched to bring. When I finished, the sovereign master of Qarth and Kellindahr leaned back his tawny, lion-maned head to regard me with heavy lidded eyes.

I couldn’t believe the luck of having caught Orix awake so late. He’d always been one to turn in early. Soft, his father used to say. I knew it for his love of bed play. My throat tightened with pleasure at the thought and I had to swallow, hard, to force it away. That we were alone amazed me even more. But war has a way of loosening rules, even in Qarth.

A wartime’s ransom of jewels glittered on his hands as he reached for a bowl of golden Kellindahrii apples beside him. He bit into one and chewed.

I waited until the apple reached his smiling mouth again. and then I rose, moved to kneel between his outstretched legs, and closed my callused hand around his be-ringed one to bring the fruit to my own lips. Meeting his gaze, I bit into the same place his teeth had torn and wiped my mouth with the back of a dusty hand.

Orix laughed. “Ah, Raik. You’ve not changed a whit.” He ran his gaze over me, then frowned and moved a candlestick closer to peer at me. “Your leathers are ripped.” He traced the slash a scrim saber had made the night before. The blue gaze bored into mine. “Were you hurt?”

Despite my protest to the contrary, he insisted on making sure of my health with his own hands and untied the bindings of my doublet. Beneath the black leather lay a now sweat-soaked blouse of emerald Qarthian silk, the same color as his standard, which my youngest brother had borne into battle the night before. The silk had been the king’s gift the year before on my birthday: green that exactly matched my eyes. His color marked me as Orix’s as much as my clan’s cheek tattoo. The overlapping petals of the flowering Ddumach ivy tangled itself around a diadem, the symbol for Hellesbor, clan name of my sovereign.

“The leather’s ruined, Lord. So’s the silk.”

“No matter.” His gaze still held mine. He jerked loose the ties at my throat as if he meant to strip me naked.

I shivered despite the summer’s heat.

He was close enough for me to feel the moist heat of his breath, inhale the clean maleness of his scent. He’d bathed, his blond hair, still dark with water, curled at the edges as it dried.

He released me. “You weren’t hurt.”

“As I said, sire.” I sat and folded my legs, leaning back against his throne as I re-laced my shirt. “Disappointed?”

“Immensely.” He laid a hand in my hair. “I’d thought to decorate you.”

“For what? Foolishness?” I looked at him over my shoulder. “I got that slice chasing down what turned out to be one of our own men.” I bit into the fruit again and held it up for him.

 

About the author

Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award winning Science Fiction Romance author. In 2006, she founded Marketing for Romance Writers, a peer-mentoring group open to the entire literary community. The site is now the largest online author group of its kind, and provides no-cost training in book marketing skills as well as promotional services. In 2009, Kayelle opened her Romance Lives Forever blog for authors, publishers, and blog tour companies. The blog now has an online reach of over one million. In 2011, she founded The Author’s Secret (TAS) which offers eBook conversions for manuscripts, custom and premade book covers, and graphics for author sites such as blogs, Twitter backgrounds, Facebook timeline covers, and other book marketing graphics. Kayelle teaches workshops online and/or on Google Hangouts, and is an invited speaker on numerous online conferences. She has been a featured speaker at Outlantacon since its founding, is a board member of Gaylaxicon, and a panelist at DragonCon. Kayelle’s books have won multiple awards, including the EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction Erotic Romance, and was a finalist in Fantasy. Her motto is “romance lives forever” and she is known for books with unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion.

 

Also by Kayelle Allen

Wulf myBook.to/Wulf

Alitus myBook.to/Alitus

Jawk myBook.to/Jawk

Trailing Kaiwulf myBook.to/kaiwulf

For Women Only myBook.to/forwomenonly

Keeper of My Pleasure myBook.to/keeper

 

Giveaway

Here’s a giveaway for everyone, an illustrated eBook called Behind the Scenes with The Last Vhalgenn. This free eBook is an inside look at the characters and setting in the story. When you click the link, this will either offer you a download, or open in a new window, depending on your settings. To read it, you need Adobe Reader, available free.

http://is.gd/vhalgenn_peek

 

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Interview with Holly Hewson

HH: Kayelle, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Last Vhalgenn. What can you tell us about this amazing story?

KA: Duty to king and country has shaped Raik’s life since birth, but to protect them, she must perform a ritual that betrays all she holds sacred.

The Vhalgenn is a warrior, bedmate, soulmate, companion, and friend. Trusted by the king. Hated by the queen. To save the newborn prince, the Vhalgenn will risk her position, her honor, and death itself to honor the Old Ways. But when she takes the newborn prince to the queen’s homeland for a ritual blessing, she discovers a betrayal so deep the kingdom — and her heart — might never recover.

The book is dedicated to all women warriors, whatever their battle. As a US Navy Veteran myself, I hold women soldiers in a high place of esteem.

HH: How did you go about creating the world where the story takes place?

KA: The concept of my universe is that humans mastered the ability to travel far faster than light, and they also mastered genetics. A group of enhanced beings became dangerously powerful, and to protect humanity, the creatures were isolated on worlds far from Earth. War separated the various empires, and thousands of years passed. Now, most of the galaxy no longer believes in the Earth-origins myth. On the world in this story, Earth has been completely forgotten.

HH: What do you like best about Raik and why will readers identify with her?

KA: The Vhalgenn is a position of great honor. There is only one per generation. She (or he) is the servant, companion, and shield-sister to the king (or shield-brother to the queen). Raik is noble and trustworthy. She has the heart of a lion and soul of a tiger. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to protect the king. That’s her greatest strength. It’s also her greatest downfall and what gets her into the position of being the “last” Vhalgenn.

HH: What do you like best about King Orix and why will readers love him?

KA: The king begins the story as somewhat of a playboy. He seems to be after what he wants without caring about others. By the end of the story, his nature is revealed to be honorable and he’s willing to make the hard choice to do what is right. That makes him a compelling character, and I think readers will love him for it.

HH: What makes this story different from any of your other works?

KA: I’ve been writing books set in the Tarthian Empire, and this one is in a different part of the galaxy. The Colonies of Man are between the empire and Earth. You can see a map of it here. http://is.gd/trail_galaxy Although it’s not named in the story, the planet on which The Last Vhalgenn takes place is Staichen. You can find it in the lower right quadrant of the picture. The Tarthian Empire is in the section of this map marked “Quarantined: Severed Space”. People who’d been genetically enhanced had been isolated in this sector, and humans erected the Barrier, a network of navigation-scramblers to keep them there. It didn’t work of course, but since it was also patrolled at the beginning, it had enough of an effect to thwart most. Now, 10,000 years later, parts of it are missing. It’s crumbling. So are the myths about non-human creatures. Humans are exploring the parts of the galaxy they’d abandoned. The Last Vhalgenn reads like fantasy. There is no mention of space ships, but the implication is there that “gods” or “faerie” visited. In the sequel, Return of the Vhalgenn, the beings who visited before will be back.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

KA: I’m working on an illustrated book about Pietas, the immortal bad boy king, and creating a new series set on the Earth side of the galaxy. It’s in the same time frame as my other books. I spent years developing the universe, and it’s fun to be able to write within that framework. These will be SciFi suspense. A writer who does that genre extremely well is JD Robb.

HH: What goals have you set for yourself this year?

KA: My top goal is to release a book or short story every month. I’ve managed it so far. I’m self-publishing now, so it’s a goal I can control.

HH: What appearances will you make this year – online or in person?

KA: I’ll be at Outlantacon May 2-4, which is my favorite SciFi convention. It’s billed as an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience. There is Project Cosplay, the Match Game (my personal favorite), Nea’s Drag Race, and plenty of film previews. We have fun workshops, the con suite is a blast, and there is a great dealer’s room. Check out the guest list. It includes authors Kage Alan, Eden Winters, JP Barnaby, Shae Connor, Ally Blue, and of course, moi. Film makers and gamers are everywhere! It’s great fun. http://outlantacon.org/guests.htm

HH: What do you do when you aren’t writing?

KA: I read extensively. I’m always up for a good book. My favorite genres these days are Regencies, and Suspense. An odd combination, I suppose. I subscribe to magazines like Money, Entrepreneur, and Inc. I own The Author’s Secret, which is an author support company, so it’s important that I stay up with business trends. I read a large number of blogs, too. I love to play on Twitter and you can find me on these hashtags: #MFRWorg, #RLFblog, #SciFiChat and my favorite — #Loki. I’m a Hiddlesgoddess and even have my own newsletter devoted to the god of mischief, Loki’s Army Recruiters. Have you seen #GoodToBeBad? Oh, my. If you’re a Loki fan, you must see that one! You can find me sharing Loki pictures almost every day. But in my personal life, I’m also a grandmother of five. That can keep a person busy. Two of my grandkids are becoming teenagers this summer. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? You know, I was only 9 when they were born. It gets interesting when your children are younger than you are. LOL

HH: Where can readers find you online?

KA: You can find me here:

Homeworld http://kayelleallen.com

Unstoppable Heroes Blog http://kayelleallen.com/blog

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