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Reviews for Surrender Love
Reviewer: Scandalous Nymph
I truly believe out of all the lovers I’ve seen Luc with, Rah is the one sent by whatever God grants love and happiness. He’s Luc’s gift for the times over the thousands of years where Luc was suffering or lonely. I absolutely loved this first book of the Surrender Trilogy, and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Allen is going to take us next.
Surrender Love was selected as a Blue Ribbon Favorite for 2009 by the reviewers at Romance Junkies.
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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.com/blog
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:
Books in chronological order, and where to buy them:
At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, Loose Id: http://loose-id.com/antonello-brothers-1-at-the-mercy-of-her-pleasure.html
For Women Only, Loose Id: http://loose-id.com/antonello-brothers-2-for-women-only.html
Forbid My Heart, Loose Id http://www.loose-id.com/forbid-my-heart-a-luc-and-rah-story.html
Keeper of My Pleasure, Ellora’s Cave http://ellorascave.com/keeper-of-my-pleasure.html
Here's a giveaway for everyone. It's a word search puzzle of words taken from Forbid My Heart, the sequel to Surrender Love. 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/FMH_puzzle
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 Surrender Love. What can you tell us about this amazing romance?
KA: Rather than repeat the blurb, I'll tell you a bit about how this story came to be. When I wrote the Tales of the Chosen (being re-released in January) the trilogy featured Luc Saint-Cyr. It was always intended as a happy-for-now romance between Luc and Wulf, and a happy-ever-after between Wulf and Alitus. When it ended, Luc had no one. I wrote Surrender Love so Luc wouldn't be alone. Since he is immortal, there really is no way to give him a "forever" love unless he falls in love with another immortal. I had envisioned the story as a fling for him that turned serious. Izzorah "Rah" Ceeow was supposed to be mortal, and he had a bad heart. Luc, being a rescuer, swooped in to save him and would keep him alive for as long as possible. But every time I gave the slightest indication that Izzorah would not be his forever, Luc had a melt down.
Now, yes. I know he's a "fictional" character and I am the writer. He's supposed to do things my way. But try telling that to Luc Saint-Cyr! He always gets what he wants, and he wanted Rah forever. So I had to change my plot and figure out a way to make Izzorah immortal. That changed everything. I had plotted out three books, but now, the storyline for the other two didn't fit. I had to rewrite everything. It has taken me several years to come up with a sequel that fits the changed plot of Surrender Love.
I had figured out a way to make Izzorah immortal like Luc, and to keep them together. Now, I've devised a way to bring Izzorah fully into Luc's world. Surrender Trust will allow him to do that.
HH: What will readers like about Luc and why will they empathize with him?
KA: He's the alpha of alphas, yet he has a tender heart. He's immortal, yet he's a wounded hero. He's brazen and bold, yet he's shy. He's a complete enigma, and no one is capable of understanding this man. On his homeworld, people say his name only when they can't avoid it. Otherwise he's referred to as the Harbinger, or the Man, or simply Him. When they say it, you can hear the capital letters. He instills fear in people. He's alone. Until he meets Rah.
HH: What will readers love about Izzorah?
KA: Izzorah is a little feral, a little innocent, and all male. One reviewer said "I truly believe out of all the lovers I've seen Luc with, Rah is the one sent by whatever God grants love and happiness. He's Luc's gift for the times over the thousands of years where Luc was suffering or lonely." Yes, Luc has been promiscuous and naughty through every book (and he's been at least a minor character in all of them). But once he meets Izzorah, he finds his soul mate and match. Izzorah is the sweetness to Luc's salt. Luc tells him, "I want you to be my lover, Izzorah. Not my toy, never my slave. If I don't listen, force me. Bite me, if you have to. Make me hear you. Make me pay attention." Izzorah is the typical cat with his response. "Yes, Luc. I promise not to let you get away with ignoring me." He laid back his ears. "What made you think I'd let you do that, anyway?" (Have you ever tried to read a book with a cat in your lap? There will be a paw on the book or a cat face nuzzling your chin trying to get attention. Luc is in for a surprise if ever tries that with Rah.)
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
KA: Making Luc happy. It's not always a writer's job to please the characters. You can't tell a story without conflict and resolution. You have to put your characters through hell sometimes. Who'd want to read a book about everything going right? Even fairy tales for children have big bad wolves and monsters at the door. Writing a modern love story is no less daunting. But I did want to give Luc his forever love, and I was pleased I could do that.
HH: What makes this book different from any of your other works?
KA: I plot everything in detail and generally stick to the story. I'm not a pantser. If I was, I'd likely write more. But I'm a fan of detail and complexity. I don't write simple stories. Mine have to be layered and epic. So having to completely scrap my original plan and write a new book was quite an ordeal for me. It is quite different in that respect. I insisted it fit the universe I'd already developed, however. Making sure all the dates lined up and that things had happened on the right timeline were important. I had to do some creative finagling to make it all work. But in the end, it came out great.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
KA: I'm releasing a new book in January 2014 -- and re-releasing the Tales of the Chosen series at the same time. Alitus originally focused on the relationship of Alitus Vivaldi and Rheyn Destoiya, and told how he ended up being in love with Wulf Gabriel. The new version is strictly a gay romance and gives much more detail about the love between these two men. It's a completely new story with a few elements from the original so that it still fits within the trilogy. I discovered that of the three books, Alitus was the least popular. It won more awards than the other two and had better reviews, but it didn't sell as strongly. A private poll among readers revealed that they expected the trilogy would be completely male/male romance. I've altered that, and perhaps one day I'll release a "prequel" for my readers who enjoy male/female romance, showing how Alitus and the Empress became a couple. We'll see. I listen to my readers. If they want it, I'll do my best.
HH: Where do you draw inspiration from in your writing career?
KA: Everything. I get ideas every day. It might be music, a story I hear, reading the news, watching a movie, reading an article... story ideas are all around us. I've taught myself to think "How would this be done in the Tarthian Empire?" Since I also write about the Kin, I wonder sometimes if they would do something this or that way. I try to not "think outside the box" but instead, just assume there is no box to think outside of.
HH: What are you most grateful for in your writing career?
KA: The opportunities I've had. I've taken some big risks in my career, but they've paid off. I have come a long ways and learned a great deal.
HH: What are you reading right now?
KA: I'm reading The Orion Project by Edward Marin. It's about a mummy who comes to life and must find his way back to Egypt and the Great Pyramid. It's almost a time travel story in that the main character is completely out of his element in our era, and it has historical and science fiction elements. I'm only about half-way through it, so I can't tell you how satisfying it is, but I'm enjoying it so far.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
KA: I'm on most social media. If I'm not, I probably will be soon. I tend to make the rounds of all of them eventually, but I focus most of my attention on Twitter, Facebook, and my Yahoo groups. I've also just added a newsletter. Here's a listing where you can find me most often.
Unstoppable Heroes Blog http://kayelleallen.com/blog
Amazon Author page http://is.gd/kayelle_amazon
HH: Thank you!