Blog Tour and Author Interview for Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire 

November 28, 2017 Blog Tours 2


Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire 
The Sempervian Saga (Book 2)
by Kayelle Allen

BLURB: Humans created the Ultras, a genetically enhanced race, to defend mankind. Instead, Ultras became their greatest threat. With the help of traitors, humans captured half a million of the immortal warriors.

Exiled to an alien world with no tech, no tools, and no resources, their leader, Pietas, must protect his people, find food and shelter and unite them. But before he can, he must regain command from a ruthless adversary he’s fought for centuries–his brutal, merciless father.

Ultras are immortal, and no matter how they die, they come back. Reviving after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Some wounds heal instantly and a few take time, but battered and broken trust? Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever.
Genre: Science Fiction with romantic elements
Rating: PG13 for violence, no profanity or explicit content

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****Author Interview with Kayelle Allen***

What do you do when a new idea jumps out at you while you’re still working on a book? Do you chase the squirrel (aka “UP syndrome”) or do you finish your current project first?

I used to chase bunnies like a rabid dog, but I’ve gained discipline. Now, I open up an ideas document and make notes. I save and close it and go back to work. I have dozens of book ideas floating around but would never be able to remember them all. Writing them down frees my mind to go back to what I was doing without distraction. If I jump around I will never finish anything.

 

Who is your favorite character to write, and why is that person your favorite? If picking a favorite character would be like picking a favorite child, which character seems to be the most demanding or your attention and detail as a writer?

Well this is an easy question! Pietas fits the bill on all of these areas. He’s the hero of my current release and also my previous book. He’s been in all but one or two books I’ve written. He’s fascinating and perhaps our souls were linked in some other dimension or lifetime. He’s way too real to be simply a fictional character. Read this book and you’ll see what I mean. Pietas pulls you into his world. I can’t not write about him — double negative intended. He has so many layers and secrets I doubt I will ever know them all.

 

What are some books or authors that you would recommend to our readers?

Theodore Cheney wrote Getting the Words Right more than twenty years ago, but it remains a hallmark for writers today. One thing that stood out in my mind about this book was learning that words change the chemistry of the brain. White space at the end of a paragraph has an effect as well. Where you place words in a sentence is as important as which words you choose to write. I’ve used the advice in this book for over ten years, and have won national awards, and garnered multiple four- and five-star reviews. This book is available in Kindle and print. It’s recommended by many editors. If you can only get one book on writing, make it Getting the Words Right.

 

I wouldn’t be without The Emotion Thesaurus, compiled by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. This little gem belongs in every writer’s bag of tricks. Say you’re writing a bit where your character feels regret. How do you show it? If you have this book, you go to the page labeled regret and read physical signals displayed by someone who’s experiencing it. There might be internal signals. Then there are mental responses, and cues of long-term repressed regret. This is just a tiny peek at the multitude of details provided by this book. Grab this one. It’s a keeper. There are other versions available too, such as Negative Traits and Emotional Wounds.

 

Describe the [book/series] in 10 words or less for people who are just learning about it.

Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas is book one and the sequel is Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire.

In ten words about the series:

Immortals, panthers, angst, passion, adventures, vengeance, agendas, secrets, forgiveness, friendship

 

Do you have any odd (writing) habits?

Does this count? When I write, my characters burst into life like Minerva stepping forth from Jupiter’s head. In mythology, she came out wearing armor and carrying weapons. Once I know the character’s name it’s as if they stepped out of a dimensional wormhole and into my world. I (generally) know everything about them. Except Pietas. He sort of sneaked up on me when I wasn’t looking and haunted me until I wrote about him. I learn more about him with every page I write. I’ve completed two of what will be more than three but probably less than a dozen books. I’m not sure yet. Pietas is an immortal king with an ego the size of a planet and a heart to match. He’s damaged, but I can’t say no to him.

 

What has been the toughest criticism you have received as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Toughest — that I don’t write “real” science fiction because I don’t focus on the science. I prefer using a science fiction setting and world but I created it not to showcase science but the people who live there. To me, the people and relationships are the real story. The best compliment is when someone gets excited about my characters and wants to talk about a scene. That makes my entire day.

 

Share some advice for aspiring authors. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t give up. No one can take away your dream but you. Keep going and keep working. Learn the craft. Always be a student of writing.

 

What is your favorite line from your book?

There’s a scene in which Pietas has bonded telepathically with Tiklaus, a sentient panther who, like Pietas, is immortal. Though the cat can’t speak, it can communicate concepts like loyalty and duty. It’s creators trained it to obey commands, it’s intelligent and understands everything Pietas says. He plays with the cat like it’s a sparring partner and they wrestle and smack each other around. Afterward, once he catches his breath, Pietas looks around to make sure no one’s watching. He kneels and scratches the panther’s ears, and says, “Who’s a good kitty?” This ginormous, deadly, highly trained panther licks his face and flops down on the ground for a belly rub.

 

To date, what is your favorite (or most difficult) chapter you have ever written?

It’s the scene in Origin where to save his mother from perma-death, Pietas must surrender and accept exile. These immortals could live forever unless consumed by fire or chopped into pieces. If he saves her, he will sacrifice both his freedom and his empire. The magnificent fight sequence that begins that chapter was exhilarating. The moment of choice for Pietas at the end was heartbreaking.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m a movie-holic. I am always reading something, or studying some new aspect of writing. When I’m not doing that, I love pyramid solitaire. I think I’m addicted to it. I recently had over 7000 wins on my Kindle, and when Amazon upgraded the software for the system, it wiped out the entire score. I have to start over. *eyes crossing* I’m also just starting a Tai Chi class, because I’m a couch potato and seriously need to move more. This is slow and relaxing, just my style!

 

Excerpt: 
In this scene from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, Pietas and the search party sent to find him have stopped their upward mountain trek for a short break. Prior to their reunion the previous day, Pietas had spent a year in confinement, hands bound behind him. He’d been starved to the point of death, but because he’s immortal, he could not die. Although he’s healed since, the brutality left a lasting toll on his once robust physical body. As they prepare to get underway, he unwittingly reveals the impairment.
Wincing, Pietas stretched to ease cramps in his back.
His sister stood. “Tas!” she called up to him. She’d started using her childhood name for him since they’d reconnected the day before. “Are you hurt?”
A quick telepathic scan from Joss swept over him before he realized it was there. Pietas had still been a teenager when she’d trained him to shield his mind from those with her gift. Not that he’d ever been able to block her. She was far too powerful, but today, she’d read him with no more difficulty than a hunter spying trail signs. He’d been near no Ultra telepaths for over a year.
His affinity with Six had made him careless and he’d neglected the basic lessons Joss had taught him.
It wasn’t a lack of trust. Trust had never been an issue with Joss.
He treasured her, but he ought not to have been so unguarded and open. Vulnerable.
“Pietas.” Joss stood. The waves of emotion he picked up from her held love and concern in equal measure. And a bit of disappointment. “You’re injured.”
He ducked his head like a schoolboy who’d forgotten his lessons. Admit mortals had damaged him? Never. Neither would he lie about it. He’d take better care to hide the pain.
“Don’t worry about me.” Whistling, he circled a finger in the air. “Let’s go! Long climb ahead.” He leaped down from the rocks. “Joss, you lead.” Last thing he wanted was her behind him, using him as an object of focus.
What telepaths focused upon, they controlled.

Bringer of Chaos: The Origin of Pietas 

The Sempervian Saga (Book 1)

Why should Pietas end the war with humans?

His people are winning, yet they insist on peace talks. The Ultra people want to grant humans a seat on the Council. Pietas ap Lorectic, Chancellor of the High Council, War Leader and First Conqueror, disagrees. What’s best for mortals is oppression, control, and if necessary, elimination.
Pietas seethes with rage at the idea of human equality. Humans might have created Ultras, but the creation has far surpassed the creator. Humans die. Ultras are reborn, no matter how grievous the injury. They have no equals.
His people permit him no choice. He must attend these insipid peace talks on Enderium Six and what’s worse, be polite. To humans.
When a human special ops warrior is killed in battle, he’s resurrected in a secret process and inducted into the Ghost Corps. He’s given enough strength to perma-kill immortal Ultras. Ghosts are the most hated and feared of warriors.
When the ghost entraps and captures Pietas at the peace talks, the two begin a long journey toward Sempervia, an isolated and forgotten world. Once there, Pietas is marooned and the ghost abandoned alongside him. The two must either fight to perma-death, or join forces to survive.

 

As Pietas comes to trust the human, an unlikely and awkward friendship begins. Until he discovers how ghosts are resurrected…

Giveaway – Free Download

Free — download Endure, Illustrated Quotes by Pietas (as told to Kayelle Allen). Enjoy an exclusive collection of quotes on the concept of endurance by the man known to other immortals as the Bringer of Chaos. https://kayelleallen.com/media/30-days-endure.pdf

Download a free adult coloring book you can print and share. Relax and color with friends. It’s fun! https://kayelleallen.com/media/pietas-coloring-book.pdf




Mythic Heroes and Misbehaving Robots:

 

Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with mythic heroes, misbehaving robots, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran and has been married so long she’s tenured.
https://kayelleallen.com
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