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Let’s meet Tornahdo from Lights Out, a science fiction / space opera by Kayelle Allen. He might be dead, but that’s not going to stop him from saving mankind. As a member of the Ghost Corps, human special ops soldiers who have been resurrected with the blood of immortals, this is one ghost who’s not taking no for an answer.

Tornahdo from Lights Out by Kayelle Allen

Genre Space Opera, Sci Fi

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Erased

Profession: Soldier/Special OPS/Ghost Corps

Ethnicity: Hispanic-Terran

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human

What does this person look like?

Tornahdo is dusky-skinned, brown eyes, thick brown wavy hair that curls when long. He keeps his hair military short. He is 6 feet tall. Genetic enhancements make him quite strong, but one odd trait is the inability to grow facial hair.

Who is the significant other in your character’s life?

His abuela (Grandmother) until he joined Ghost Corps.

How does your character dress?

He wears the Ghost Corps Master Sergeant’s uniform. Even when out of uniform, he still looks military.

What are the qualities of your character voice (pitch, quality, volume)?

He is Hispanic-Terran and has a slight accent. The tone is medium range when calm. He rarely raises his voice. He speaks fast in his native tongue. His voice is deep, but closer to tenor than baritone.

If you could only hear this character’s voice (but not see them) what characteristic would identify the person?

His accent. Or his favorite prayer. He will use some Spanish terms such as Abuela. He nicknames everyone.

How educated is this character (book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced)?

Tornado is educated with some college, mostly military training. He does not flaunt his knowledge. He teaches others without having to be asked.

Does your character scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

He adapts to his environment. He is used to military comforts. A bunk or tent, a lean-to, or on the ground.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many as you like.

Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?

She never thought my religious background was important, but it is the only thing that makes me regret my life’s choices.

When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most happy?

That despite the circumstances, I am happy. Little goes right for me but that doesn’t keep me from loving life.

What do you wish your writer would write next?

The sequel. Continue my adventure.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?

You honor me by in telling my amazing journey. Muy gracias de me corazón. (Thank you very much from my heart.)

Where to buy Lights Out

This story will be released Sept 17, 2018

He can save mankind. After he does one important thing. Die.
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…
Lights Out is in the Science Fiction/Space Opera anthology The Expanding Universe Vol 4, edited by Craig Martelle.

Lights Out Inside Peek

Go behind the scenes with the world and characters of Lights Out in a free downloadable illustrated book filled with inside information, exclusive character insights, and links to the author’s research.

About Kayelle Allen

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.
Join one of Kayelle’s Reader Groups. You can download four free books and get news about books coming soon. You can unsubscribe at any time.


Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #WomensFiction #ContemporaryRomanceKaren Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino

Genre Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Richie and Francine’s marriage takes another hit when his dad dies of a massive heart attack. Angelina, Richie’s mom is distraught, not leaving her house. When Francine finds herself pregnant, everyone is ecstatic, especially Angelina.
However, their excitement turns into worry when Francine falls putting her pregnancy in high risk, restricting her to bed rest.
Gary Thompson gets traded to another team on the west coast. Toni needs to make the decision to go with him, or stay home and end their relationship. Amy and Jason’s wedding invitations are sent out. The question is will their families accept their wedding? A surprise guest the eve of the wedding will put the spin on the next day’s festivities.

Know the Hero from Another Side of Perfect

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
If Richie is home, he’ll spend time with Francine: watching television or just chatting. If he’s on the road, he’ll call Francine good night and go over his work schedule for the next day.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
Anything Italian. He won’t think twice about eating cold macaroni or pizza. If he’s out, he would help himself to a big bag of corn chips and then workout afterwards.
Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.
When at home jeans and a T-shirt. If at the ballpark his baseball uniform.
Does he know how to fix things?
Yes. He can make simple repairs. But because he’s on the road so much, he’ll call someone from the local mom and pop store to take care of any major repairs.
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Boy, you don’t want to be around for this. As patient as he is, if he can’t handle a minor repair, there will be a lot of swearing going on. The last time he tried to do some painting touching up, he messed up, causing him to go crazy. Needless to say, he hired the local painter to redo what he messed up.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
He is grateful, signing autographs and posing for pictures. He visits hospitals and help young pitchers from little league through college develop their pitching. He has also helped young girls playing softball teaching them the craft.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
Richie is energetic. He goes out jogging early every morning no matter if he’s home or on the road. When he come back, it’s a cup of coffee and a protein filled breakfast.
Can he use chopsticks?
Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?
He has one cup of coffee with half and half. After that it’s water or orange gatorade.
What apps would he have on his phone?
Besides Facebook, twitter and instagram, he has apps to major league baseball and football. He also has Dicks sporting good store, dropbox, pandora, heart and Amazon Alexa.
Android or iPhone?
Beard or clean-shaven?
Clean Shaven.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
Unadorned skin. His baseball team, The New York Pelicans wants their players clean-shaven with no earrings, piecing or tattoos on the face. They also want short hair,
Personal vehicle or public transport?
He sports around with his BMW convertible. When he’s on the road with his team––a extra long greyhound bus.
Recycle or toss?
Recyle. He’s a firm believer in saving the universe and protecting wildlife.
Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Another Side of Perfect

Publisher Mandolay Press

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She is also busy writing newsletters and newspaper articles for the 55 and over community she resides at.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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Know the Hero from Apathy and Vigor by Faye Hall @FayeHall79 #RLFblog #Australian #historicalromanceFaye Hall, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Apathy and Vigor by Faye Hall

Genre Australian Historical romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Will the love of a woman save him from his own apathy?
Tristen Brone lived a carefree life of wealth and passion – until one day it all came crashing down around him. In only a few days he lost everyone he loved in the world – his woman, his best friend and his parents. The once confident, handsome young man, was now scarred for life and on a quick downward spiral of sorrow and depression. He no longer wanted to live.
When Amalie Fergus arrives on his doorstep, a travel bag in her hand, begging him to take her in, he becomes suspicious. Despite his passionate past with this woman, and the feelings he still had for her, all he could think of was how quickly she abandoned him after the fire that killed her brother and left Tristen physically scarred. So why had she come back into his life after all these months?
Amalie Fergus lost her brother in a fire, her lover had abandoned her upon finding her with child, and now her father had been poisoned, leaving their properties to be repossessed. She had nothing and no one left to turn to. In desperation, she found herself forced to work for a living, trying to do her best as a maid for any rich gentleman who would take her in. What she hadn’t expected was for one of those men to try and force carnal favours from her, or for her now to be on the run for his murder.
Running from the scene of the crime, fearful what was to become of her, Amalie finds herself colliding with a man from her past who offers to hide her from the police on one condition – she return to Tristen and steal some property papers from him.
Trapped by the man from her past, and now forced back into Tristen’s life, Amalie searches for who murdered her brother. She could never have foreseen the cruelty she would discover, or the man she would willingly surrender her heart to.

Know the Hero from Apathy and Vigor

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.
It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
Tristen would be looking over information he’d been given about his best friends murder as well as studying property papers for estates he’s interested in buying.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
He’s a very simple man with servants to cook for him. Tristen would be content with steak and potatoes.
Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.
You will never see Tristen in a suit, despite his wealthy upbringing. He wears denium jeans and cotton work shirts.
Does he know how to fix things?
He does yes. Despite having servants, he is not afraid of work and often can be found on the cattle station helping his workers.
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Tristen tried to save his best friend from a fire, but failed. He blamed himself and ended up dependent on alcohol and heroin.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
After the fire that left him scarred, he becomes a hermit and avaoids people, so he wouldn’t come across any children.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
Usually Tristen would be out on the cattle station inspecting fences and feed stocks.
How does he handle things when in a “proper” social situation?
Tristen was raised very well, and was very good at social flattery. Some would even describe him as quite a charmer.
Valet or takes care of himself?
He takes care of himself.
Necktie/cravat or open shirt?
Open shirt – he’s not big on formal attire.
Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?
His sleeves are rolled up, but not far as he’s very aware not to reveal his scars.
Powdered wig or natural hair?
Tristen has natural black, collar length hair.
Carriage or horseback?
Though he has been known to take the odd carriage, Tristen’s far more comfortable on horseback.
Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Apathy and Vigor

Barnes and Noble

Faye Hall Social Media

Come on a journey through 19th century North Queensland, Australia and explore the passions and hardships of unique characters.
There is corruption, deceit and murder, as well as cattle rustlers, slave traders and hell fire clubs. Explore townships of Jarvisfield and Inkerman, as well as Ravenswood and Bowen. One book even incorporates my great grandmothers cattle station ‘Inkerman Downs Station’. As well as an author, she is also the most spoilt wife in the world, and a very contented mother. Come and discover all the passion and drama of North Queensland history.
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