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Category Archives: Space Opera

Science Fiction stories that are often larger than life, focused on a sympathetic and heroic central character. Plot and setting are generally set in the far future. Mor inclined to be optimistic rather than dystopian, but not always.

I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of RLF–and I’m usually welcoming guests in this space. Today, it’s my turn to share a book. A Stolen Heart is my latest in the Antonello Brothers sci-fi series set in the Tarthian Empire.

A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen

When he rescues a half-human orphan, a glorified space pirate turned entrepreneur sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to topple the powerful Thieves’ Guild he once led.

Multiple layers of conspiracy unfold, reaching all the way to Luc’s immortal ex–the king. Behind each solved mystery looms an unseen foe, undoing the good Luc accomplishes.

For the sake of this child, Luc must postpone his own freedom and master his desire for revenge or he will violate an ancient vow. Worse, he’ll put the toddler at risk.

At war with his compassion for the vulnerable child, loyalty to the king, duty to the Guild, and the bright lure of freedom he’s coveted for centuries, Luc seeks the right path.

Will he choose liberty and unparalleled success, or restore the Thieves’ Guild to its former glory while overseeing the child’s training?

A hard choice for any man. For an immortal whose inner monster can destroy on sight? Impossible.

A pirate with a monstrous past can never be trusted with an innocent child. Luc must ensure the child is protected, safe, nowhere near danger. Nowhere near him.

Even if this little boy has already stolen his heart…

Where to buy A Stolen Heart

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Unstoppable heroes – Uncompromising love – Unforgettable passion
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Coming Soon: A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen #SpaceOpera #Family #RLFblogIt’s usually me welcoming authors, but today it’s my turn, and I’m here to tell you about A Stolen Heart. This book is part of the Antonello Brothers series, which also includes Bro, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and For Women Only.

A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen

Genre science fiction, space opera, family

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

After rescuing an alien child who is running for his life, Luc Saint-Cyr stumbles onto a conspiracy at the highest levels of the powerful Thieves’ Guild. Complicating matters, his immortal ex might be involved. Now he must deal with his ex, find a home for this child, squelch the flames of the conspiracy, and eradicate its perpetrators. As if that’s not enough, an unseen enemy is undoing every good thing Luc accomplishes. When it comes time to give up this child to a family who can care for him, how can Luc bear to let him go? This adorable little boy has stolen his heart…

Where to buy A Stolen Heart

Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books

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Sci Fi Secrets: How Lyndi Alexander wrote Triad #RLFblog #SciFi #SpaceOperaLyndi Alexander, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Triad by Lyndi Alexander

Genre science fiction, space opera

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Being at war doesn’t stop the pain of old secrets, the joy of love, or the black hearts of space pirates, as three women commanders discover in Triad, from Dragonfly Publishing.

On the planet Induna, Trezanna Len leads the Solarii, a small colony of beings, human and otherwise, who believe in the right to pursue a peaceful life free from interference from others. She’d never intended to be the one people counted on, but after she’d been dismissed from her unit at Space Force, she’d drifted along till she found this place mostly populated with travelers from the Terran Diaspora. She’d been welcomed and made comfortable; now she believes the Solarii should do the same for others seeking shelter.

Of course, no situation is free from trouble. The thorn in Trezanna’s side is another group on a neighboring planet, Miramar: Dragonfleet. Always contentious, this group has become even more aggressive after the ambitious climb to power of Estrella Drake. The unbalanced and self-centered Estrella has lost many of the former Dragonfleet members disillusioned with her petulant rule, including an organized splinter faction called the Khimeyr, who left five years ago.

Trezanna has been able to handle Estrella’s little incursions into her space, marking them up to the price to co-exist. The exercise keeps her pilots and fighters in good practice. This turns out to be a blessing when the well-armed Arkosian space pirates decide they’d like to take the sector that includes both Miramar and Induna. But Trezanna’s Solarii cannot handle this attack on their own.

The last time the pirates entered this area of space, Dragonfleet and the Solarii stood together to repel them, but that’s when cooler heads ruled at Miramar.

Help comes from a most unexpected source, but one that has its own hidden agendas. Three women, Trezanna, Estrella and Catava Rolon, must work out their differences if they are to defeat the pirates and survive.

What species/races of people are in your book? Descendants of Terran humans; Eponans, who are humanoid, but squat, hairless and witty; the Viorn, a lavender-skinned humanoid with feline characteristics and markings, eyes solid black with no iris

Language and Culture

This section describes languages and culture in your story world.

What languages are spoken in your story universe?

Most of the groups speak Terran English, whether Australian, American or British descent. Rumadan, the Viorn rolls her r’s like a cat purring.

In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?

I’d like to say the fact they live in a constant state of war, but I guess that’s not so different from our world at the moment.

What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?

The Solarii, the Khymehr, Dragonfleet, and the Arkosian space pirates are all fighting over the same bit of space, claiming they have the right to control it.

Story Setting

Writers usually know more about their story world than they can say in a book. This is your chance to show off things you couldn’t say or had to imply rather than state.

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.

Miramar is the home of Dragonfleet, and its climate borders on desert. Parts of the planet are more livable, and Estrella Drake’s headquarters are there. On the whole,

Dragonfleet tends to be a raucous, lawless group, subject to frequent power grabs and overthrows by combat. Many are more interested in internal politics, and less at being farmers, so the land is barely cultivated. This makes for a society conducive to scavenging and taking what others have, rather than make a heartfelt effort to improve conditions for themselves.

Tell us about the age of the culture in your story, i.e., are the people part of an ancient civilization, a newly formed group within an established culture, pioneer colonists, etc.

Trezanna Len and the others are the remains of a colony dropped on the planet Induna in the past few decades. War with the space pirates has cost them dearly in attrition over the years, and ensuing squabbles with other small colonies has only exacerbated this.

What food or drink is available to your characters?

The Solarii are able to grow some imported Terran fruits and vegetables that they brought with them, but mostly they deal with canned and potted goods traded with other small colonies around the area.

Character Physiology

Whether your characters are humans on a new world, aliens on our world, or something in between, this section discusses their physical nature.

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?

Most are humans, descended from Terran stock. The Space Force regulated the Diaspora, opening doors for those moving to the outer worlds with the aliens who inhabited these places. Most tend to cling to their own kind, though.

What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?

Because there are different species as described above, they’ve settled on Terran English as a standard language. Other than that, they use the standard tech for communication, that has translation software built in.

Sharing World Building Expertise

This section lets you share things you learned while writing.

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:

Building a large enough cast to tell several stories simultaneously–this gives an author the opportunity to show many different facets of the world/society

The devil is truly in the details–let your reader hear, smell and taste what your characters do.

In speculative fiction, the sky (and beyond!) is the limit–step out of the box!

What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?

Making it too cookie cutter. Find something unique and interesting about each one of your cultures and characters.

Share a resource you found helpful when researching for your story.

Some of the Star Trek resource books–I’m no rocket scientist, but it’s helpful to have a general blueprint of what systems are inherently constructed in spaceships and what you can do with them.

What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?

Think beyond the surface story line. For example, listen to the news for a day–they talk about economics, politics, food, culture, opinions and who makes them, all of which might not matter at this moment to your pilot flying his shuttle into a spaceport, but which probably impact his life in big-picture ways over the course of your entire tale.

Where to buy Triad

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Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
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He can save mankind. If he dies. Lights Out by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #SpaceOperaToday’s guest is Kayelle Allen, author of the space opera Lights Out. Kayelle is the owner of this blog.

Lights Out by Kayelle Allen

Join the Ghost Corps, they said. You’ll live forever, they said. You’ll save mankind, they said. They didn’t say that to do it, first he had to die.

When Tornahdo signs on the dotted line, he puts his life into the steady hands of the mighty Ghost Corps. Three grisly deaths and three agonizing resurrections later, he’s assigned duty on the space station Enderium Six.

He’s facing his most dangerous mission yet, the very reason the corps exists.

Do they expect him to win? Fat chance. Tornahdo and his team are already dead and this mission is codenamed “Lights Out.”

No, there’s more to this than he can see.

To discover the truth, he must face an unbeatable, unkillable enemy, and this time–somehow–find a way to keep himself alive…

Where to buy Lights Out

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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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Read the Space Opera Origin of Pietas: Bringer of Chaos by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #SciFiAs the host of this blog, occasionally it becomes my turn to be welcomed as an author. Instead, this time I’ll introduce Pietas, the hero of Origin of Pietas and let him answer the questions.

Pietas, what’s your favorite down-home family style meal?

I like fish, cooked over an open fire. There is nothing else like it.

What is your go-to meal when you dine out?

I have a close friend who never seems to want anything but steak. When I pick a place to eat, it’s usually fast and easy. I dislike being in restaurants alone.

Describe the perfect vacation.

A day spent walking on the beach or hiking in the hills. I love the solitude and majesty of nature.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

My twin sister and I were not permitted toys, but we each had an item that we kept hidden. Oddly enough, I can remember hers, but not mine. Hers was a bundle of old cloths that she had bound with string to form a doll. When we had rare free time, I would stand watch while she played “mommy”. Which is ludicrous, really. We never had much of a mommy, and as for a daddy — well, he was the reason I stood watch.

When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?

I find poetry uplifting and soothing. I have lived enough drama and action in my real life. I don’t want to read about that of others.

Where to buy Origin of Pietas: Bringer of Chaos

Exiled to a barren world, the immortal king Pietas must learn to humble himself and ask for help–politely. Without assistance, he might spend an eternity alone, never finding the people he has already died over a thousand times to save.
The problem is, the only source of aid is a human, the very one who caused his exile in the first place.
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Let’s check out Bro, a quick reading young adult space opera by Kayelle Allen.

He thinks he's finally getting a real family. He's wrong. Bro by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #SpaceOpera #SciFiBro by Kayelle Allen

Genre Young adult space opera

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

On the verge of mastering breakthrough invisibility technology, Senth, a half-human thief who’s been bullied all his life, learns he has a human half-brother who’s a slave. At last, he has real family, and a chance to belong. Senth arranges to meet with him. Unbeknownst to Senth, the brother blames him for every bad thing that’s ever happened and plans to meet with him for only one reason. Revenge…

Where to buy Bro

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Other books in this series: At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and For Women Only.

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Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, 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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