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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Fevered Hearts! #PNR #Western #Free #ebook

Six years ago today, I released Marshal of Hel Dorado.  It was my first attempt at self-publishing, and my first time to defy the "rules" and simply write the book I wanted to write without trying to fit it into the "acceptable" mold. I've learned a lot since this first book released, yet at the same time--I wouldn't change a thing about the experience.




A Labor of Love

The story's roots began at my local bookclub. I'd found a fabulous group of women (and one guy!) who met monthly and sometimes twice a month at our Barnes and Noble. They were the Books that Bite club because they loved paranormal romance. I'd released my first book in 2009, but I'm still an avid reader and I loved getting to hang out with these ladies, talk about whatever our book of the week was, and more.

A great many fantastic friendships were born out of this book club that I am blessed to still have today. Anyway, I digress--one evening, I went outside to have a smoke and I was talking to a couple of the readers. See, I really wanted a paranormal romance that didn't include modern technology. It seemed overkill to have superpowers and the Internet.

I also didn't want to have to create an alien world, so I said what if...what if the people with powers didn't live today but almost two hundred years ago? What if their fastest form of transportation was limited to trains which didn't reach everywhere? What if they were cowboys?

With a lot of encouragement from the people around me, I started working on my little novella...

That's No Novella

Eighty-two thousand words later, Fevered Hearts had been born. It wasn't a novella. It wasn't a standalone. And it wasn't a little undertaking, it was a labor of love. From Sam's book to Cody's to Micah, Buck, Kid, Jason, and Jimmy,  I have adored these characters and the world which kept growing, evolving and turning upside down

Six years, seven full length books and one novella and next month I'll be releasing the last book in the series: A Man Called Wyatt. It's taken  me three years to finally finish the last one, because I don't want to say goodbye to these characters. I don't want to let them go.



Return to the Beginning

It's okay, I can always flip right back to the first one and dive in. I still occasionally re-read them, and I return to Dorado, the Mountain, the Flying K, and the adventures of the Kanes and the Morning Stars.

In honor of our little anniversary, you can pick up Marshal of Hel Dorado for free right now from any retailer!

Come take a ride with us...and meet the men and women of the series readers call the Young Guns meets the X-Men.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Husband Hunter finds a Home #romance #newrelease





With summer’s end, our favorite coffee haunt is full of friends returning with tales of their travels, which always end with the same refrain—how good it is to be home! Our toddler grandson, who traveled with his parents to visit his great-grandmother abroad, is firmly in the “there’s-no-place-like-home” camp. His careful parents did their best to prepare him for the trip, but abroad, he experienced a violation of his sense of being at home in the world. When his favorite foods—bananas, yogurt, and bread—didn’t taste as he expected them to, the world felt strange and unsettling. Tears and tantrums expressed his distress.

As a writer, I'm interested in the taste of those foreign bananas. Writing about their strangeness is the way writers convey their characters’ sense of dislocation in the world. 

Being unsettled in the world (without the tantrums) is just what my heroine, Jane Fawkener, experiences in the first book of my new Husband Hunter series from Kensington’s Lyrical imprint. After living abroad for nearly ten years, Jane returns to London, where her cousins have “inherited” her missing father’s house and where nothing feels familiar. The colors and smells are wrong, and she keeps encountering differences in the smallest things—like the thrice-milled French soap, which is not at all like the soap at home.



From the start, my hero, disgraced and disinherited Viscount Hazelwood, a spy, perceives Jane’s need for the taste and feel of home and sets about winning her heart by bringing her the dark Turkish coffee she's used to drinking. 



The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London is the first book in the series in which daring spies and fearless young women mingle in the great husband-hunting ground of London. Check my website www.katemoore.com or my Facebook author page www.facebook.com/KateMooreAuthor  for a snippet, and check the link below for more information and pre-ordering.


I love to hear from readers. What small every day thing makes you feel most at home in the world?







Monday, August 28, 2017

Sabrina York Releases 2 Anthologies With Exclusive Content! #Giveaway

ENTER TO WIN THE HOT ANTHOLOGIES TIARA BELOW!
A lot of readers have no idea I have a number of books that have been out of print for several years. These are some of my earlier (and steamier) stories.
I decided to offer these stories in an anthology, for my loyal readers who ask for more, as well as for new readers who have been asking for samplers of my work!
Hot Alpha Heroes includes a collection of shorts and novellas that are steamy and snarky. This is a great collection for readers who are new to my work.
Hot Dominant Heroes includes my HOTTEST stories (featuring couples exploring sugarkink and BDSM). This collection is not for the faint of heart, and a great choice for readers who discovered me after some of these books disappeared from the marketplace, and for readers who really like a super steamy romance. As I said, many of them are not available anywhere else.
Both collections will only be available on Amazon. They will be on sale for a short time.
If you preorder, you can grab them for $2.99, but on September 1st, the price for each collection goes to $5.99 which is still less than $1 a story!

Hot Alpha Heroes: A Sabrina York Anthology
Like a box of yummy chocolates, these hot shorts include a delicious selection of some of Sabrina’s hottest alpha heroes. Award winning historical and contemporary romances in a variety of lengths.
This anthology includes exclusive content, not available anywhere else and will only be available for a limited time.  Releases September 1st.
Regular Price: $5.99
Preorder Bargain: $2.99

HOT ALPHA HEROES INCLUDES:
Luscious: Indulge in a naughty Regency romp where his thirst for revenge could destroy everything.
Rebound: A scorching friends-to-lovers contemporary romance! This fun and flirty novella is the first installment in the Tryst Island Romance Series featuring an alpha hero and a spunky heroine who have known each other forever...but never hooked up. Yet!
Whipped: Dane Coulter is determined to avoid love at all costs…until he meets a woman he can’t resist. It’s a damn shame she is the one woman he can never have. A scorching contemporary romance.
Pool Man: This luxurious contemporary romance romp features exotic locations, a steamy flirtation and a hilarious twist that will have you laughing out loud. A scorching contemporary romance.
Man Hungry: Blind dates can be a crapshoot, but for Jessica and Justin, it’s like winning the lottery. The lust lottery at least! A scorching contemporary romance.  Exclusive content, not available anywhere else!
Dark Fancy: Running away from an unwanted marriage, Helena unwittingly runs directly into the arms of the most dangerous man in Regency England. And he refuses to let her go. A scorching Regency romance.

Don’t miss Hot Dominant Heroes as well…if you dare.

Hot Dominant Heroes: A Sabrina York Anthology
Enjoy a delicious selection of some of Sabrina’s hottest romances featuring hot, dominant heroes and loving couples exploring spanking, bondage, sugarkink and more—featuring award winning historical and contemporary romances in a variety of lengths.
This anthology includes exclusive content, not available anywhere else and will only be available for a limited time. Releases September 1st.
CAUTION: Not for the faint of heart.
Regular Price: $5.99
Preorder Bargain: $2.99

HOT DOMINANT HEROES INCLUDES:
Adam’s Obsession:  When Adam Trillo discovers his buttoned-up co-worker is actually Wildcat, his kinky online lover, he is determined to seduce her in real life, even though it’s strictly against the rules. Book One of the scorching Wired Series!
Pushing Her Buttons: Tangling with a blazingly handsome stranger in an elevator leads to a dark passion Samantha cannot resist.  Exclusive content, not available anywhere else!
Her Royal Comeuppance: Furious at the betrayal of her once-loyal woodsman, Queen Cressida intends to make him pay. But Nicholas turns the tables, determined to thaw his Ice Queen with the heat of a passion she cannot resist.
Training Tess: When hardcore Dom Jared Mittlebank discovers sweet Tess’ curiosity about his, ahem, lifestyle, he cannot resist the opportunity to…instruct her. Exclusive content, not available anywhere else!
Trickery: Tricked into seducing a yummy mortal, young witch Willow has no idea what is in store for her—magical domination by one of the most powerful wizards in the witching world. And he will use all his powers to win her.
Extreme Couponing: Imagine receiving a coupon book for kinky explorations. Would you be brave enough to redeem them? Exclusive content, not available anywhere else!
BONUS CONTENT! Dark Duke: Edward Weyth is notorious for his hedonistic lifestyle, but everything turns upside down when his cousins come to stay with him. Until he notices his cousin’s mousy companion isn’t mousy in the least. He cannot resist introducing her to his dark desires. From Sabrina’s scorching Noble Passions Series.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

THOSE NOTORIOUS AMERICANS! Money can buy anything! Anything but love! Pre-order August 30!

Book 1 in series! Pre-order August 30!
Available in ebook and print!
Money can buy anything. Can't it?  

When American robber baron Killian Hanniford decides to expand his business empire, he sails to Europe in 1877 and takes his family with him. 

His two daughters—Lily and Ada—are beauties, accomplished and educated. They want for nothing, except a chance to find husbands who love them for themselves, not their dowries. 

His niece, Marianne, is also lovely, shy and a widow who wants for nothing…except perhaps an entertaining and impermanent lover. 

Killian’s son, Pierce, is young, impetuous and too ruthless, it seems, for any young woman to take on as a husband. 

Even Killian himself—without a wife for many years but increasingly bored by his mistress—is shocked to learn he can fall in love. 

Tragic, isn’t it, to learn that money can buy anything but love?

WILD LILY, Book 1, on pre-order August 30!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dark Pleasures By Ethan Radcliff

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Gareth de Chaville was a Knights Templar. He devoted his life to fighting for what was just and true. He was twenty-eight years old when he tapped into the powers of bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, and sadomasochism. The lure overwhelmed him. He became a slave to the dark pleasures life had to offer.

He took what wasn’t rightfully his, a young noble woman named Hannah de Leroux. Love was supposed to be a thing of beauty not of darkness. For Gareth, love became an obsession.

This twisted love introduced him to sin. Thou shalt not covet a neighbor’s wife; a violation of the tenth commandment, and the one that opened the door to Gareth’s darkest of desires.

Redemption must be earned and sometimes the innocent become the pawn. Will Gareth lose Hannah to his darkness? Can Gareth escape the temptation of dark pleasures, or will love be his redemption?







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Friday, August 25, 2017

From Kiddie Trains to Dangerous Obsessions: How a Love of Reading Makes a Good Writer by Suz deMello

In another installment of what to do when you're blocked, another option is to seek inspiration. Or, rather, do what you did when you were an author in training. 

I didn't know I was an author in training as a child and as a teen, when I read obsessively. I clearly remember the first book I really loved--I believe I was about three years old. I don't remember the title, but it was about a train, all the things the train carried, and the people on the train. 


I went from there to read just about everything I could lay my hands on. When I was a teen I was a little bit more organized. I had a science fiction phase in which I read sci-fi from A to Z, literally from Asimov to Zelazny. Then I read
every British murder-mystery I could, starting with Holmes of course, moving through Sayers and Christie. Then I started to read Regency Romance. Going to college interrupted my unplanned unconscious reading schedule. But I still read novels almost exclusively with the exception of British histories, mostly by Thomas Costain.


I didn't realize what I was doing at the time, but the obsessive reading of pop fiction educated me in the basics of writing pop fiction. I unconsciously learned everything from the overarching notion of story down through plot characterization conflict and even proper sentence structure. 




I make the point in my book About Writing, as follows:



Writing a book starts long before you open your new journal, or begin a new document on your computer and type “Chapter One.” You need to have read a lot of books, and I don’t mean craft works like this manual. Read, but not just anything.

Aspiring writers are often told, “read in your genre.” But Faulkner said, “Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”

I don’t completely agree with the above advice. Mine is: Read well-written books.

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What books are they? Try using the internet to search for lists of the best books ever written in English, or whatever language in which you’re planning to write. Do not read translated books. While many are great, you want to read excellent books by those who have mastered all aspects of writing. Book translators possess extremely refined skills, and writing an original work from start to “the end” is not often among them.

Be selective. While reading works such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the original middle English may be interesting and educational, you want to read books that are written in the version of English we use, so as to accustom your ear and your mind to modern, grammatically correct language.

The purpose of extensive reading is not to entertain but to enlighten. Pay attention to what you’re reading. Read books that call to you more than once, to figure out why they’re compelling. Look at the big picture aspects first: character and conflict, plot and story. During the next reading you can analyze narrower mechanical concerns such as word choice and sentence structure. Ask yourself, “How does this writer use these tools to elicit a particular reaction from the reader?”

Third reading: start looking for subtleties such as symbolism, subtext, and theme. How does the writer express these? What images does the author employ? What words does she choose? How long or short are sentences, paragraphs, chapters? Why?

It’s not the purpose of this treatise to teach everything there is to know about every aspect of fiction writing. It’s not possible. But reading programs your brain in particular ways. I emphasize reading modern works, works that use the same sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary common in contemporary fiction. Read to increase your knowledge of, and command over, your tools: words, sentences, paragraphs, scenes. Read great books over and over again. Learn an appreciation for the English language and good writing, even down to correct apostrophe placement and comma usage.

Reading well-written books will imprint strong storytelling, correct grammar, and good sentence structure upon your mind, and it’s a lot easier to learn by reading than by taking classes. A lifetime of good reading can create a good writer. You’ll become a more able author, especially if you’re writing as well as reading, such as keeping a journal or making notes. It doesn’t really matter what you’re writing at this phase. If you’re writing fiction, great. If not, that’s okay too.

All of this is to encourage becoming thoroughly fluent in the English language. If you aren’t, the sad truth is that you needn’t try to write anything more complex than a shopping list or a thank-you note. Readers know what good writing is and isn’t, and they can be as unforgiving about sloppiness as the plastic surgeon’s patient.


Law school interrupted my reading. I did not realize how much I missed it until
after I had graduated and I found that something in my life was missing. My eye fell upon a copy of Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, one of my favorites, and I realized that I had not read a novel in 3 years. 


Because I'm blocked, I'm back to reading. I used to read books that I loved, and rewatch TV and movies that I adored, but now I don't do that very often. A book has to be amazing for me to reread it, and the same is true of films. I like new things. I like novelty, and I like to learn something new when I can.

And so I've returned to my roots, and am again reading fanatically. And enjoying every word.


Right now I'm reading all of Nora Roberts' The Obsession. What are you reading?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Come unarmed? Don't they realize he IS a weapon? #Pietas #scifi #military @kayelleallen

When I wrote the first Bringer of Chaos book, I knew the hero would not be a sympathetic character. I didn't expect him to change, and as I wrote, trying to understand him, I began to see that my initial perception was false. He is an anti-hero, true, but there is a nobility about him that I had never suspected.

In the scene below the Council has agreed to meet on a neutral starport for peace talks with humans. No one will believe him when he warns it's a trap, so Pietas decides to push the humans into showing their hand.

At the appointed time, Pietas entered the elevator with the Council, ignoring the warning looks from his father. His mother tugged his father to the rear of the elevator, and cast a hopeful smile at her son. Seeing the two of them together, with his father newly reborn and his mother aged, reflected their differences. He had always been hot-tempered; she, wise.

Pietas turned away, wishing he did not have to disappoint her, but he could not in good conscience carry out the Council's command. Lock his people into a treaty with these oath breakers? Never.

The entire Council would be furious with him. As usual.

His sister, Dessy, arrived as the doors were closing, and slid into place on his right as second-in-command.

On her bosom sat an oval-shaped gold and black brooch, the glass front of which revealed a plait of his hair stolen after the ritual they'd performed. She'd interwoven it into a complex pattern. His sister said nothing, but he felt her empathic outpouring of assent. Yet despite her emotional support, she had voted against him.

Would he never understand this woman? Shoulder to shoulder they faced front.

The closed car meant the sting of emotions in the small space bombarded him from all angles. His skin twitched, and he rubbed his arms as if cold.

A cadre of humans waited in the assigned receiving chamber. Ten humans would be given in exchange for ten members of the Ultra Council, as Mahikos and the Council had requested. While the Ultras were on board Enderium Six, the humans would act as hostages. If anything happened to the Ultras, the humans would die lingering deaths.

A crawling-ant sensation on his skin escalated to a sting. These creatures hid some secret he did not yet fathom. Pietas bit the inside of his cheek, fighting the urge to lash out, to rip away the life of these mortals.

As agreed, the Councilmembers had come unarmed. Ultras had no need to carry weapons. They were weapons.
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Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas by Kayelle Allen Read the entire first chapter on my website. https://kayelleallen.com/chaos-origin/
Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas is shelved on Goodreads as Military Sci Fi, Sci Fi, Soldiers, Bad Boys, Adventure, Angst, and 6-Stars. One reviewer wrote, "Watching Pietas and Six grapple through this deep dilemma was nothing short of beautiful for me. If these adversaries can navigate the chasm of hatred, distrust and male ego between them, maybe there's hope for our own fractured world. I called this a bromance, but it is much more. I highly recommend you read and find out why."

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Romance Awareness Month

August is Romance Awareness Month. I am a huge fan of romance, after all, I am a romance writer, so I’m all for romance awareness.

Here are some interesting survey findings:
  1. 81% of women and 69% of men agree women are the more romantic sex
  2. 73% of men and 80% of women say they want more romance in their lives
  3. 57% of couples say their anniversary is the most romantic occasion
  4. 34% of Americans consider Summer Vacation the most romantic occasion    
Both 3 and 4 beat out Valentines Day.

When it comes to romance we often appreciate the little things the most. Such as when your partner or spouse:

·  Caresses your back
·  Takes your hand in theirs
·  or Cooks your favorite meal

GoodReads has a Romance Awareness Month Reading Challenge with several categories, some of them include Reading: 

·  a romance novel.
·  a book that is 7th or 8th in a series, where someone uses a dating service, or where something important happens to the hero or heroine.
·  a book where the hero or heroine does something romantic for someone else.
·  a book that is 2nd or 4th in a series, or a book where a couple celebrates an anniversary.
·  an Erotic Romance where the main characters have a strong or intense connection to one another or a book where the couple goes on an adventure or tries a new activity.
·  a book that is in a romance sub-genre
·  a book with a couple holding hands on the cover.
·  a book where a character has to forgive or trust another character.
·  a book with a couple hugging or kissing on the cover. (About to kiss does not count!)
·  a book where the couple comes together because of a project or something that they have in common.

Click here to take the challenge. All of my romance books meet at least one of the categories. Please check my romance books out at my website

And please comment below to share the most romantic thing someone did or that you'd like someone to do for you?