Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Festival of Stars is reissued!


This is the book of my heart. Within its pages, I retell the ultimate romance -- taken from the Japanese folktales with which I had grown up, but 
set in the United States of contemporary times.

It took time to find a publisher who didn't tell me that mainstream readers wouldn't be able to relate to it because of its theme of biracialism and bigotry. Some editors to whom I submitted it literally told me that Asians didn't read! (You can imagine my surprise, as I looked at my mountain of books, and shared this story with Asian friends and relatives, all tripping over their own mountains of books.) This may have been the case with the publisher who eventually brought the book to market in 2007. It did not find its readers then.

So I have recaptured the rights to publish this work, and I think the timing is perfect. Times have changed a bit. It's okay to be different. And being biracial no longer confuses people. Just look at our entertainers -- who isn't familiar with Keanu Reeves, Nicki Minaj, Chrissy Teigen, Dwayne Johnson, Olivia Munn, and Meghan Markle? (Markle even proves that fairy tales might come true!)

Festival of Stars is a fairy tale set today -- one that Asians will recognize, but one so universal that the longing its characters feel is tangible. My characters must struggle with their heritage and what others think about them (those who love them and those who don't). Their own mixed ancestries serve to both bring them together and pull them apart.

In this year of diversity, now is the time for such a story. I hope you'll join half-Japanese Kristin Olafsson and half-Swedish Dare Borodin on their journey to find love and their heritage with the help of the star ravens.

The book is available now digitally, and will shortly be published as a print book (I'll let you know, I promise). I especially like the cover. It's adapted from the 1857 woodblock print by the great Hiroshige, "The Tanabata Festival in the Flourishing City," from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo. If you, love this traditional art form as much as I do, I hope you will love the cover as much as I do. (I'm also just a skosh fond of the cover designer -- my spouse, Mike.)

This is the book of my heart. I hope it will be one of the books of yours.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Years ago, Jacquie Rogers and I came up with an interesting idea for a series of workshops to pitch to our local conferences that might also help our book sales. We decided to look at various myths and legends that are commonly explored among our author friends, and how they morphed around the world depending on location. We decided that the Silk Road, with its ancient trek for travelers and merchants, would be a good place to start. She would take the western cultural myths and I would take the eastern ones, and it would be fun.

The first workshop we pitched and presented to a local writers' group was on faeries and dragons. This was a great place to start, particularly because Jacquie had a series of faery romances she was writing at the time. If I recall, the dragons part was because dragons are fun. (I dare you to say otherwise.) We gave the workshop, got feedback, and we were off.

Over the next few years, we gave a series of workshops along the same theme with different topics: ghosts, angels, demons, werewolves/shapeshifters, vampires, water beasties ... somewhere along the way, we managed to explore a lot of mythology. Never much money, but it was fun. And somewhere along the way, Jacquie realized her interest was really in writing westerns. And I realized my interest was actually in those myths, not a surprise, considering my college major was in anthropology. So I continued to add to the original workshop material, because hey! It was cool!

We continued to give those workshops from time to time to yet more writers and thought nothing more of it until I was laid off from my longtime position at a magazine and found myself editing for myself full time. And as I gave one of these workshops, an audience member commented that I had so much information, and it occurred to me that I had time at long last — time to expand.

And so the workshops became books.

Here's the first of the series, Ghosts Along the Silk Road ... and Beyond, with Dragons Along the Silk Road ... and Beyond not far behind. Check it out!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire 
by Kayelle Allen
**FREE March 23, 2018  - March 27, 2018 ONLY **
About the Book: 
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... "WARNING"
Contains humor, sweet romance, betrayal, angst, vengeance... and a ginormous, sentient black panther who wants to be Pietas's "kitty."
Genre: science fiction, sci fi, scifi romance, action adventure, space opera, military science fiction
ASIN B077BRSRP4
ISBN 1981328327
Released: Dec 27, 2017
Publisher: Romance Lives Forever Books
Pages: 236
Print pages: 297
Wordcount: 75,831
Suggested keywords:
Kayelle Allen, Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, science fiction romance, immortals, Pietas, sci fi, space opera
Suggested hashtags:
#SciFi #SpaceOpera #Pietas
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time to Get Motivated!

Okay.  The Otherworld Diner blog has been a little sparse lately, and I take responsibility for that.  To be fair, I've had some health crises and other 'real life' issues that not only impacted my writing here, but just my writing in general.  So it's time for me to pick myself up, dust myself off, and get this blog back into good form.

So, Dear Reader, this is where you come in.  I'm going to try to spend more time working on getting my writing mojo - and hopefully yours - back in gear.  What would help make that happen for you?

For me, it's going to be getting my butt back at my computer and writing every day.  But I need some suggestions from you about what you'd like to see here in this blank space we've been presenting. 

Give me some ideas!

Ask a question!

Suggest a list!

Anything - literally ANYTHING - is open for discussion.

For my part, I'm probably going to bore you with my journey back to writing.  At least to a certain extent.  So look for more here....

And those of you who used to post regularly... help!!!

Jeannie
 
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