Happy Friday everyone! Today I have Kayelle Allen back on my blog with an excerpt from her new release. When I read the excerpt, I kind of fell in love with Pietas. I mean, who wouldn't love someone who has a kitty cat for a pet. Even a big one! Tell us some more, Kayelle!
Thanks for hosting me today, Connie. I'm celebrating the release of Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire the second book in my science fiction Bringer of Chaos series. This book almost wrote itself. I could hardly write fast enough and would even wake up in the middle of the night with scenes filling my mind. I'd tear downstairs to my office and write, then catch a nap later in the day. Thank goodness I'm retired and can do that!
The story features Pietas, a man whose genetic scientist father enhanced before and after birth. Pietas was never allowed to be a child. He had to be a soldier and do everything as perfectly as possible. That upbringing has affected everything in his life. Now, nineteen hundred and sixteen years later, he's still trying to be Mr. Perfect.
Not easy, even for a genius immortal with an eidetic memory. But for one whose best friend is a human who doesn't take life seriously? Impossible. Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire has lots of angst, a huge helping of humor, and let us not forget, one ginormous panther who adores Pietas and wants to be his "kitty."
Here's a short excerpt to give you a taste of the story. Pietas has been playing with the panther, a huge animal he calls Tiklaus. The name means "Loyal Warrior."
Claws retracted, the panther batted at him, knocked Pietas onto his back and then flipped itself down beside him. Tiklaus wrapped its front legs around his arm and gnawed at it in gentle play while the hind feet kicked him without injury. Claws flashed, but did no harm.
Pietas blew out a breath. Now I know how a chew toy feels.
When the panther draped itself over his chest, Pietas struggled to slide out from under but could not get up. The animal weighed less than he did, but with no visible effort, it kept Pietas from rising.
"I concede, my friend. You win."
The panther ignored him.
The panther yawned, opening a huge maw. Fangs flashed.
Pietas tried a signal that worked with sparring partners and asked for release by double-tapping the panther's side.
The cat stood at once and stepped over him. It shook from nose to tail, then sat and groomed itself.
Pietas stood and brushed himself off. Standing beside Tiklaus, who reached him mid-thigh, he took pride in knowing this sweet, playful cat was also the snarling ball of animal rage that had nailed his father to the ground.
Pietas ensured no one was on the path in either direction before he knelt and scratched the cat's ears. "Who's a good kitty?"
The animal sneaked in a lick of his hand and face and flopped down on its back.
"My Tiklaus, that's who. Tiklaus is a good kitty." He rubbed the smooth belly. "Yes, you are! Such a good, big kitty. You're my kitty, aren't you? Good, good kitty."
The panther accepted the attention, one paw twitching. After a moment, it stood and shook itself. A purring sound rumbled from its chest. It sat, licked one paw and added a lick of Pietas's face as well.
He chuckled. "Thank you for the bath." He hugged the panther's neck. "You have as soft a heart as I do but you don't show it either. Pact, my friend. I won't tell if you won't." He kissed Tiklaus on the nose.
The panther bumped its head against Pietas, then bounded to a tree and up it.
The book releases today, Dec 29th, exclusively on Amazon. Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire is available in print. Free on KindleUnlimited.
Heat level: PG13
Genre: science fiction, space opera, military science fiction
Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire
Marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, Pietas 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...
Wow, Kayelle, I am intrigued and I think I really like this Pietas!
Let's find out some more about Kayelle.
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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