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About Kayelle Allen
Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, EPIC Award winning author. She writes Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, Erotic Science Fiction Romance, Mainstream Fantasy, BDSM, and non-fiction. She likes to attend Science Fiction conventions, and has been a speaker at DragonCon, Outlantacon, and Gaylaxicon. Kayelle is the founder of the author-mentoring group Marketing for Romance Writers, and manages the successful Romance Lives Forever blog. She is a US Navy Veteran, and founded the graphics and eBook conversion company The Author's Secret. Kayelle is married to her personal hero, and makes her home in the southeast.
Unstoppable Heroes Blog http://kayelleallen.blogspot.com
Romance Lives Forever http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/
Marketing for Romance Writers http://marketingforromancewriters.org/
The Author's Secret http://theauthorssecret.com
Also by Kayelle Allen:
From Loose Id: At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, For Women Only, Surrender Love, Forbid My Heart
From Liquid Silver Books: Wulf, Alitus, Jawk
From Torquere: Fifty Gays of Shade (anthology)
Read Inside Peek: Keeper of My Pleasure. This free eBook is nine pages of images and insight about the book and its creation. 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/meet_Rai_and_Koo
An Interview with Kayelle Allen
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Kayelle, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Keeper of My Pleasures, a steamy new release from Ellora’s Cave. First, where did the idea for this story come from?
KA: The basic idea was actually cut from a longer work I'd done many years ago. This started as a whipping scene, and always hoped I'd find a book where it would fit. When I was challenged to come up with a strip tease scene for a male character, I went looking for my notes. I decided to put the two scenes together, made it contemporary, and set it in Atlanta GA. I'm from north of there, and I'm familiar with the city. I did quite a bit of research for it, which I'll share in my answers below.
HH: What do you like best about Rai and why will readers relate to her?
KA: Rai Whethen is an attorney from New York who has moved to Atlanta, and she's one tough cookie. Still, the end of the story gives us a little peek into a softer side of her. Koo has known it was there all along, but we finally get to see it when she reveals a secret to him. Who doesn't like the person whose gruff exterior hides a soft heart? I think they'll relate to her because inside, all of us want to come across as supremely confident as she does.
HH: What do you like best about Koo and why will they love him?
KA: Koo is like a chocolate chip cookie. He's all warm and gooey on the inside because he loves with everything he has. He's a giver, and whatever it takes to make Rai happy -- that's what he'll do. At the same time, he's comfortable in his own skin and there's a masculine strength about him that's appealing. He knows he looks good, and that women find him attractive, but he is completely focused on his lady. He uses his physical appeal to please her.
HH: What makes the story different from your other works?
KA: Most of my other books are Science Fiction Romance or Fantasy. This is contemporary. Of my nine other books, six are male/male. This one is male/female. I tend to write "super novels" -- 90,000 to 110,000 words, and this one is less than 8,000. So it's different in many ways. Like my other books, though, it has a sprinkle of humor along with the drama, and steamy, explicit, hot sex.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
KA: I was challenged to write a male strip tease, and this story came about because of that. Doing the research for this book was hard work, but I'm very dedicated to pleasing my readers. I hope they appreciate the many hours of sacrifice I spent watching videos so I could get Koo's strip scene just right. ;)
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
KA: I have several other short pieces in the mix, including contemporaries and SciFi Romance. Nothing ready to release yet, but readers who want to know when a book is coming out can sign up with Author Alarms. It sends out one email when a book is released, and isn't used for anything else. You can also enter the name of other authors you want to follow. Sign up here: http://authoralarms.com/Kayelle_Allen
HH: Where do you draw inspiration from?
KA: I enjoy music and have an extensive library. I tend to focus on a few pieces when I'm writing a particular character. When I was writing Jawk, Tales of the Chosen, I listened to the group Audioslave so much that I dedicated the book to them. For Surrender Love, it was Linkin Park. For Keeper of My Pleasure, I listened to Adam Lambert's song "For Your Entertainment" while writing Koo's strip scene. So if you're reading and you want some background music... I don't have any problem with being inspired. What I have a problem with is taking time to write.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
KA: I own a business, manage a blog for authors/readers, and chair a mentoring group for authors, so I have to work to get time for myself. I write first thing in the morning, before I ever get online for the day.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
KA: Homeworld http://kayelleallen.com
Unstoppable Heroes - Kayelle's Blog http://kayelleallen.blogspot.com
Romance Lives Forever - Kayelle's Guest Blog http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/
HH: What's your favorite place to hang out online?
KA: I recently found a new Facebook hangout that I love called BDSM Bibliophreaks. It's a great spot to find books like mine. And I have a Kindle and love to get free books. This Facebook group provides legal downloads: Free Today on Amazon. So does this one: Free eBooks for All. And I spend a TON of time on Twitter! If you tweet to me, I will reply.
REMEMBER: FREE GIFT!
Thank you for popping in to read today. As my gift, please accept An Inside Peek: Keeper of My Pleasure. This free eBook is nine pages of images and insight about the book and its creation. 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/meet_Rai_and_Koo
HH: Thank you!
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