US Veteran Kayelle Allen

Kayelle Allen's LogoAside from being a terrific story teller, a veteran, and a friend, Kayelle Allen is one of the most generous, hard-working people I know. Please welcome her to Author Travels and let her know how much you enjoy her visit by leaving a comment. Also, leave a note for an active duty soldier, sailor, airman, or marine. I’ll make certain the notes get to the right service member. Now, here’s Kayelle to tell you a little about herself and her newest book, Bringer of Chaos.

First, I’d like to thank Rue Allyn for the opportunity to share what being a veteran means to me. Opening her blog to fellow RomVets (female veterans who write romance) is an action I wholeheartedly support. I have a similar program on Romance Lives Forever, my guest blog, on Veteran’s Day every year.

When I joined the US Navy back in 1973, I was a single woman. I had lived in the Las Vegas metro area since I was twelve years old. There were few jobs that didn’t relate to one or more parts of the gaming or hospitality industries. I wanted more. To find it, I entered the military. When I was transferred to a training base in Memphis, I had no idea that I’d meet my future husband. We’ve been together ever since.

The one thing I’d like others to know about being a veteran is that when you raise your right hand and swear to uphold the constitution of the United States, you are doing more than serving your country. You are embarking on a journey that will change you forever.

When I joined, I had no idea how much risk I was undertaking. It’s only years later that I’ve come to understand how much I laid on the line to protect my country. When you’re in the midst of a situation, you are too busy dealing with the details to look around and grasp the significance of each action. That comes later, after the smoke has cleared and you have time to think about it.

Bringer of Chaos, the Origin of Pietas

I was never in combat, and I was put into no life-threatening situations. However, because I was on active duty, I agreed to be willing to go. That willingness came out of my desire to serve. I was twelve when President John F Kennedy was assassinated. His death had a profound effect on my life. I had heard him speak in person only a few months prior. My parents had been big supporters of his campaign. When he died, I swore not to ask what my country could do for me, but to ask what I could do for my country. When the opportunity to join the military came, that was my chance to fulfill my oath. I have never looked back with regret.

Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas is military science fiction set in the far future. Two enemy warriors: one human, one immortal. Different in belief, alike in spirit, marooned together on an alien world. Traitors took everything. Except their honor.
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About Kayelle Allen

Kayelle is a best selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr. She writes in multiple genres and non-fiction. She is founder of the author-mentoring group Marketing for Romance Writers, manages the successful Romance Lives Forever blog, and is a member of RomVets. Kayelle is married, has three grown children, and five grandchildren.

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Getting Lucky—With Erotic Romance Military Heroes and a Drawing for a Free E-Book


Personally, I read romance for the HEA, the characters and—of course—the sexy men. I know I’m biased but I think I got really lucky with USN Senior ChiefOff Limits cover art Hank O’Mara and USN Chief Joe Hazard, the heroes of my Sexy Sailor series. These men are everything that’s good about the US Navy, honorable, upstanding, strong, dedicated and everything a reader could want in a romantic hero, handsome, sexy, smart, considerate lovers. Neither one starts his book thinking he’ll ever fall in love—not the forever kind, but both accept love whole-heartedly once it finds them. Take a look at these excerpts from Off Limits andHazard Duty Cover Art Hazard Duty on my website then come back here and tell me which book you’d like to have for free and why? Everyone who comments gets put into the drawing. Winners announced here on Monday, April 15, 2013. Enjoy!

Can’t wait for the drawing, purchase one or both Sexy Sailor books at http://www.amazon.com/author/Rue-Allyn.

Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures.  Learn more about Rue at http://RueAllyn.com

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Giving Thanks with Friends~~Friendship Friday Welcomes Kim Lowe

I’ve often written about the sacrifices made by US military service members and their family’s.  Today, I’m delighted to welcome USN veteran and one of those family members. Kim Lowe.  Kim and her children will be spending this Thanksgiving without her active duty husband.  She’s got a terrific perspective on the situation and I’m proud to call Kim friend.  I’m also grateful that while I’m on vacation Kim will be here for the entire week and through the holiday weekend.    Please stop by often, drop a comment and share your Thanksgiving Day plans.  Now here’s Kim.

Giving Thanks with the Aloha Spirit 

We are fast approaching Thanksgiving in the US – six days to the Turkey Dinner. I’m hoping to be invited by a neighbor. If no invitation materializes, I am taking the kids to the Officers’ Club for their buffet dinner. I am thankful that I can celebrate Thanksgiving with Aloha spirit – no matter where the dinner is served.

I’m sure my husband will be doing the same – hoping for an invitation or eating at the O’Club – as he is currently working in Korea for a year. We are making the best of a tough situation – I am thankful that we can be in contact by phone, Skype, and emails. It keeps the Aloha Spirit alive in our family.

My husband returns to Hawaii for the Christmas Holiday. I am thankful that he can be with us, especially my children, who miss him.   I cannot be his substitute at Scouting meetings, bowling practice, or putting on the green.   Our holiday will be touched by the Aloha Spirit.

Next summer, he will move onto his next assignment. We will follow, leaving behind fond memories of Hawaii.  But I will carry the  Aloha Spirit with me, no matter where we move. The Aloha Spirit is best described by Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic medalist and surfing enthusiast:

“In Hawai’i we greet friends, loved ones and strangers with Aloha, which means with love.
Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawai’i renowned as the world’s center of understanding and fellowship.”

Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha. You’ll be surprised by their reaction. I believe it and it is my creed. Aloha to you.

Whether you eat turkey or lau lau for Thanksgiving Dinner, I wish that your time spent with family and friends is touched by the Aloha Spirit.

Kim Lowe is a military veteran and military spouse.   She currently lives near Pearl Harbor.   Check out her book blog, SOS Aloha, at sosaloha.blogspot.com, and her travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, at alohaonmymind.blogspot.com.

What Inspired My Sexy Sailor Series?

It isn’t just Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, Tom Cruise as Maverick or Richard Gere as Zach Mayo.  Intriguing as those characters and portrayals are, inspiration for my Sexy Sailors comes more from personal experience (10 years in the USN) than from any movie, play, TV series or book.   I lived and worked with some of the sexiest men on earth–heck I married one.  (Yes, I’m biased, but if you don’t think your lover is the sexiest man alive then you’d better find another lover.)  What I learned about sexy men during those years in the navy (and more during my marriage) is that sexy men are complicated, hard-working, hard playing, take charge, physically fit, attractive (but not necessarily handsome) guys who know what they want.  They face conflict and adversity head on.  They have the same needs, wants, and feelings that we all have.  They are smart enough to recognize their weaknesses, courageous enough to overcome those weaknesses and do it all with a sense of humor.  Add to all of that, a bone deep dedication to freedom and country and you have the recipe for my sexy sailors. 

The first book in the series, Off Limits, debuts on April 1, 2012.  You’ll meet sexy Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate Hank ‘the wall’ O’Mara, who discovers the only woman he could ever love is truly off limits.