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Let’s meet Pietas from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, a science fiction romance by Kayelle Allen. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

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 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…

Genre science fiction with romantic elements, sci fi

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13 (for violence) No explicit content or profanity

Introducing Pietas

Please tell me about yourself.

I’m what’s commonly called an Ultra. My race is genetically enhanced, created to serve mankind. To ensure we could fight their enemies, they made us “ultra” strong, invincible, unkillable. Without meaning to, they made us immortal. They also created us with the inability to gain our own freedom. My father accidentally discovered how to break those genetic shackles. Once we were free, mankind no longer told us what to do. We told mankind. It’s the only thing about my father that I can honestly say I’m proud of. I imagine I’ve told you far more about “me” than you wanted to hear. I’ll stop now.

Age: at the time of this story, 1,916

Gender: male

Birthplace: Earth, in a small country called Wales

Profession: king

Ethnicity: I’m what you’d consider white. My people come in many colors, but we are all Ultras.

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Ultra

What do you look like?

Physically, I’m 7 Terran feet tall, platinum blond hair, teal blue eyes (an illusion – they are actually quite startlingly blue with green flecks). I’m built more like a swimmer or dancer than a warrior, although I have all the strength of one.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Currently, her name is Joss.

Please tell us about your education.

I have an eidetic memory. I forget literally nothing, although I like to tease my sister by pretending to forget things she tells me. I’m a scientist as well as warrior. Not unusual among my people. I am a geneticist and credited with the creation of many races of non-humans.

Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?

I imagine all those would describe me. When one is immortal, one tends to pick things up.

On what special skills do you rely?

In addition to physical strength, I have multiple Ultra gifts, chief among them the ability to cast confusion, disarray, and fear. It’s called Chaos. I’m a master. So much so, my people refer to me as the Bringer of Chaos.

What is your family like?

How long do you have? I’ll shorten this. My father is a monster who deserves the worst possible perma-death. My mother– *pauses* I’m sorry. I can’t speak of her without emotion. She deserves far better than my father. I have a twin sister who is the bane of my existence. We look and act nothing alike.

What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?

I put others ahead of myself. It’s what a king should do. I worry that I take too much for myself and look selfish. I strive to avoid that.

What is your biggest personal flaw?

Hubris. I tend to think I have situations completely in hand. Often, it turns out I was overthinking my ability and reach. That can be a fatal flaw in a king.

When there is a setback, what doubt or flaw surfaces?

I internalize and think failure is my fault. I guard against self doubt, because that, too, can be fatal flaw in a king. Which then leads to hubris. It’s a frustrating cycle I continually guard against. I hope I’m moderately successful.

What is your breaking point?

If I ever reach it, I’ll let you know.

When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?

I told one lie in my life. I was a child and had omitted a duty because I did things out of order. I hadn’t intended to skip doing it. When my father questioned me, I knew what would happen to me if I hadn’t done it. I feared being punished. He was never gentle with me. I lied. He didn’t catch me, but the feeling of dread that he would discover my untruth kept my heart, mind, and stomach in turmoil. I swore I’d never lie again. Punishment would have been over and done with if I’d told the truth. I decided no consequences would ever frighten me into lying again, and they have not.

Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?

At this point, I’d say it’s my friend, Six. He’s human. Or he was. He was turned into an Ultra by artificial means, giving him the strength (at least temporarily) to kill one of us. His type of soldier is called a ghost, because he had to die before he was transformed. Despite the fact that he was my sworn enemy, there is no one closer to me. If he were to betray me… I cannot speak further about that. It would be the worst thing to happen. For me.

What would you like to tell your writer?

I’m glad I decided to trust you and tell you my story. Now get busy and write the rest.

What would you like people who hear your story to know?

I am real. Kayelle Allen writes about me and publishes it as fiction. I’m not in your dimension, but I am real. Never doubt that for a moment.

Where to buy Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

Amazon and in print. Free on Kindle Unlimited
The prequel to this book is Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas.

Kayelle Allen Social Media

Kayelle Allen did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground, thankfully) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home.

She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18 and to this day, it’s hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories.

From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things.

No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s been married so long she’s tenured.

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Welcome Connor Matasan from The Dragon Wore a Kilt, a new paranormal romance by Holly Bargo.

Connor Matasan

Age: 96
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Glencarol, Scotland
Profession: Farmer
Ethnicity: Scottish
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): sith
Please provide a physical description.
I suppose I resemble the typical romantic hero, tall and dark-haired. The ladies of Glencarol have liked the looks of the men in my family for centuries and I’m no exception.
Please tell us a little about your character.
I’m the earl of Matasan, but due to my being sith, the title passed to my great-nephew, Liam. As an immortal sith, converted from human by the ancient magic of Saroach who lives in the loch, I live a lonely life and guard the loch and the dragon from discovery. I’ve yet to figure out what the dragon actually does for us, but I’m bound to his will.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Lila is my mate, given to me by Saroach. She’s perfect, amazing, talented, and too damned independent for my comfort. She’s mine.
How does your hero dress?
I prefer to wear the native dress of my people, a kilt. They’re comfortable, you know. And I look damned good in one.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
The earls of Matasan own a large property and live comfortably, but we’re typical of our Scottish kin in that we’re not wasteful or extravagant. My great-nephew Liam is a financial genius; I focus more on the agricultural operations of our estate.
Is he close to family?
Family is everything, whether that family is related by blood or magic. I will protect them all and they will do the same for me.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
My existence itself is an open secret. The village of Glencarol knows something us Matasans, even if they’re not really privy to our secrets.
What is your hero’s biggest personal flaw?
If you asked Lila, she would say my biggest flaw is arrogance. It’s true, I’m arrogant as has been every earl of Matasan. My will is law and no one but Lila ever defied me.
What is your hero’s breaking point?
I was captured by a witch who wanted to take my immortality and power for herself. She treated me much the same as I treated Lila and the realization broke me. I needed her forgiveness to restore me and it made me a better man… and a better mate for my beloved Lila.
What happened to cause Lila to leave you?
I can only say that I… devolved. Something about the dragon’s nature overwhelming my humanity caused me to treat her badly. Although, I can’t really blame the dragon nature, because Saroach was disappointed in me, too.

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.
Why do you think Holly Bargo chose to write about you?
I sought understanding and redemption. And I think the writer wishes men were, perhaps, a little like me, too.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
My writer held true to her principles. I could not charm her and she portrayed me as I was. That stung.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
My writer loves men who are truly masculine, not male versions of women, but men who complement women and are strong enough to accept a strong woman.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I want my writer to tackle Robbie’s story. My philandering sith brother needs a mate of his own, he needs someone to love and who will love him, too.

Tell us about The Dragon Wore a Kilt

Publisher Hen House Publishing (

Holly Bargo Social Media

Holly Bargo is the author’s pseudonym and really did exist once upon a time as a fondly remembered, temperamental Appaloosa mare. Holly writes fantasy and romance and loves combining the two for exciting, sizzling stories touched by magic.
Holly and her husband live on a hobby farm in southwest Ohio with an ancient horse, elderly llama, clowder of cats, and timid Great Dane named after Catwoman. They have two children, one enrolled in college and the other serving in the military.
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Bucket list of Capt. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's Hope Ginger Monette #HistoricalRomanceLet’s meet Captain Darcy from The Darcy’s Hope Saga, a Historical Romance by Ginger Monette. 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.

The Darcy’s Hope Saga

Genre: Historical Fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Pride and Prejudice meets Downton Abbey in this blogger-favourite saga!
Escape to the era of Downton Abbey and experience all the drama of World War I alongside Jane Austen’s iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in this TWO-volume saga!
In Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes, you’ll watch the couple’s tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their differences at a field hospital only miles from the Front.
In Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey, Darcy is crushed when espionage separates him from Elizabeth and injury leaves him in a dark and silent world. But Donwell Abbey holds a secret that just might change everything….
“…a stellar example of fine Austenesque literature. …an exceptionally moving story complete with a compelling plot, danger, mystery, action, introspection, vivid detail, and an emotionally wrought romance.” ~Austenesque Reviews
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England
Profession: Landowner, now serving as Army Captain
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I stand right at six feet, with dark brown hair inherited from my father. Women consider me handsome, although my 1914-issue Captain’s uniform doesn’t fit as smart as it once did as army fare on the Front is rather…lacking.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the owner of Pemberley, a large estate in Derbyshire, England, which has been passed down through six generations of Darcys. Both my parents are deceased, and I share guardianship of my beloved sister Georgiana with my cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. At present, I’m serving as an Army Captain in France. My specialty is telegraphy communications.
Who is the significant other in your life?
<cough> Err. There is a certain young lady, a Miss Elizabeth Bennet, who captured my affections when I was sent to Meryton to requisition property for the Army from her father. In a gesture of goodwill, I made the man a promise regarding his daughter.
I made a muck of it, and let’s just say things did not turn out as I anticipated…
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

Eldest. Heir.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
A brown filly gifted to me by my father on my fifth birthday. She was my constant companion until I left home to attend Eaton.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I’m rather fond of the scones prepared by Pemberley’s cook. Preferably spread with orange marmalade or strawberry jam.
Tell us about your best friend.
I have more acquaintances than friends, but I do find great enjoyment spending time with my cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. Of course I’ve known him all my life, and I trust him. He understands me.
Outside of family, Charles Bingley is my closest friend—although I’m not sure why. We could hardly be more different. He is outgoing whereas I am reserved. He enjoys dancing and social affairs where I find them tiring. Perhaps that is why the Army paired me with him in requisitioning land for military use. I negotiate the business; he manages personalities. We’re good complements.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I travelled Europe extensively as a young man, but America holds some curiosities. My father was an acquaintance of George Vanderbilt. I hear his estate is one of the nation’s crown jewels.
A trip to the Great Pyramids might tempt me as well.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Bloody trenches in France! Rats, mud, death, filth. Not fit for pigs.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
<sigh> Although already acquainted, I hope for a future encounter with Elizabeth Bennet. She never responded to my letter…
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
George Wickham. He’s been a thorn in my side for years. I’ll never forgive him for what he did to my sister.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I would like to travel back to 1812 or so—the Regency Era. I would be keen to look in on Pemberley and see how my great-grandfather ran the estate. See how things were different back then and ask his advice.

About Ginger Monette

Ginger currently writes riveting romances inspired by Donwton Abbey and Jane Austen. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view has earned her Darcy’s Hope Saga numerous blogger awards and stellar reviews. Ginger lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys Pilates, Turkish and period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Weaving a romance into a complex and unfamiliar WWI setting with both the hero and heroine experiencing significant character evolution, all in the context of a mystery was a HUGE challenge. I’ll never try to combine that many elements again.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Jane Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy from the Regency Era is one of the most famous characters in literature.
I thought readers would enjoy seeing him 100 years later in the era of Downton Abbey, which is the setting for The Darcy’s Hope Saga.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Although he came from a very stable and static background, he was able to adapt to a harsh and volatile environment completely foreign to him. He learned to respect and embrace people he would hardly have associated with before the war.
I loved how he evolved as a leader and man, and how his romance with Elizabeth Bennet bloomed among the thorns of war.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South plays a role in Darcy’s Hope. He may one day have a Great War Romance of his own!
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Contemporary Romance. I have pages and pages of notes for a Sons of Steadman series—three cousins who all served as Marines in Afghanistan. They return home to find love in spite of their “wounds.”
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
The first fiction story I EVER wrote was my first novel, Tree of Life ~ Charlotte and the Colonel. My forte’ had always been expository writing, but within fifteen minutes of trying my hand at fiction, I was hooked!
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I “hit” on all the bases romance readers are looking for:
•Compelling plot centered on a well-developed romance
•Multi-faceted, “living” characters
•Deep point that really immerses readers in the story
•A suck-you-in story that is hard to put down
Both books in the Darcy’s Hope Saga were voted as 2016-2017 favourites by several bloggers, and both have received stellar reviews on Amazon.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Do you like Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey? Then you will LOVE the Darcy’s Hope Saga!
Even if you typically “don’t do war stories,” I encourage you to give this one a try. Just like Downton Abbey, it isn’t a “war” story, it’s a romance in a wartime setting.
Readers have commented that they couldn’t predict where either story was going, and much of that is due to the volatile nature of the war-time setting.
A video trailer and excerpt are on my website at

Where to buy Darcy’s Hope Saga

Universal link Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes:
Universal link Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey:

Ginger Monette Social Media

Ginger currently writes riveting romances inspired by Donwton Abbey and Jane Austen. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view has earned her Darcy’s Hope Saga numerous blogger awards and stellar reviews. Ginger lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys Pilates, Turkish and period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
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