Hello everyone! Today I have Kayelle Allen visiting with her book, Bringer of Chaos, Forged in Fire. She shares with us a little bit about her search "perfect" photo of the hero in her story, Pietas. So let's learn of her journey, and the journey of Pietas.
Honored to be on your site today, sharing with your readers. Thank you for the invitation!
With some characters, as long as you get close (blond, handsome) looks don't matter. But I knew exactly how the Bringer of Chaos series hero looked. I could see Pietas as as if I had a photograph. He wasn't a "handsome blond." His looks were a vital part of his story. He'd been genetically enhanced: a perfect warrior, scientist, man.
I looked at stock photos for months. Nothing. Then one day, looking for an angel image, I saw a thumbnail sized image of blond male angel. When I opened the image in a larger size, it was like Pietas looked straight at me. I held my breath, stunned, then bought the picture. I have since bought almost every photo of this model.
I Googled the angel image to see if there were more images somewhere else, which led me to a page on DeviantArt where someone had posted the image and given his name. After that, it was easy to discover what he was doing now.
Although not a professional model, Nik Nitsvetov is involved in cosplay, and he's both brilliant and fearless. If you want to see more of his work, visit his Instagram page. https://www.instagram.com/nitsvetov
Excerpt from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire
In this scene, Pietas is surveying Sempervia, the alien world where he's been exiled.
Sempervia, year 1 in exile
The summit lay a good distance ahead, but they had left the forest. Scant grasses and scrubby bushes dotted the landscape. Pietas pushed further up the mountain, where hand over hand, he climbed up among black boulders. Their pockmarked texture stung his palms but did no harm to his feet. He'd hiked half the planet barefoot. Panting from the quick exertion, he turned to take in the view.
Across plains to the east, low-scudding clouds skimmed a fringe of mountains, no more than blue smudges on the horizon. Their white tips implied great height. North, the lazy river he and the human had followed from its source snaked its way across the savannah, a necklace of shimmering gold. The path took seconds to trace with his gaze but had taken them weeks to walk. As it wended its way further south, the confluence of its mighty waters with another river turned its gold to muddy brown.
What worried him were the sheets of gray in the northwest. A storm marched straight toward them. The heavy, pelting rain on Sempervia so saturated the air one could drown on land.
They did not dare let it catch them in the open. They needed to cross the summit and reach shelter.
He braced both hands on his knees. How galling to need a break. He'd hiked less than five hours. Was he no better than a mortal?
Before his exile, Pietas would have run--not walked--up this mountain without a single pause. When mortals and traitors among his kind imprisoned him in an unpowered life pod and left him to rot for over a year, it broke his health and shattered his stamina.
Had it not been for his friend, Six, what sanity Pietas possessed would have been as beaten and battered as dirt clods trampled in a horse paddock. Though unable to free Pietas, Six had stayed with him day and night, talking, whistling, singing songs, sharing life and light through his tales.
Long after Pietas could no longer respond.
Broken in body as he was, his will, determination, and drive survived intact, as had his undying thirst for revenge.
No doubt his enemies thought to teach him a lesson. Having endured the worst they could muster, he'd learned there was no pain he could not bear, no matter how horrific. One day, he'd return the favor and teach them.
About Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire
When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he 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 inside their pods and it's up to Pietas to free them. He can't release one at a time. It's all or nothing. He's facing over five hundred thousand hungry, thirsty, homeless immortals who will call on him for rescue and he has no way to answer.
It's not all bad. The beautiful telepathic warrior he's loved for lifetimes is at his side. He's bonded with a sentient panther. He hates humans but the one dumped on this planet with him has become a trusted friend.
Before Pietas can build shelter, figure out how to grow food, or set up a government, 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...
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I love reading the excerpt about this story and I have this book on my TBR list. I can't wait to delve into it, and may just have to move it up on that list! You obviously have a wonderful gift of telling stories. Tell us a little about you, 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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Thank you so much, Kayelle, for stopping by and visiting my blog today. I hope you'll come back soon with more stories to tell!
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