Genre Science Fiction
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military types at bay. Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish out the vacation TRAIL yanked you back from to do it? Easier said than done.
Yanked back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than any they've earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. With this much money, they might not need jobs. They're the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn't been invented that these two can't recover.
But locating this quarry might be a bit past even their considerable skills. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? And who, exactly, is footing a bill this steep? Certainly not the archaeologist in charge. The military wants to get involved, but they have no monetary stake either. So who -- or what -- is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf?
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Interview with Jee Tonopah
Please tell us about yourself.
Not much to tell. I'm an agent for TRAIL. Don't believe what some people tell you. It doesn't stand for Thieves, Ruffians, Assholes, Idiots, and Liars. It stands for Trace, Rescue and Identification League. I've never been married. Never wanted to be. I can't picture me being a mom. I like my life like it is, never in the same place more than a few days. I like being the hardass who gets to tell people what to do. My partner, Dane Raphyel, is the brains. I'm the brawn. Yeah, okay, I get that I come up to his waist or something. The dude is off the charts TALL. He's got more muscle in one arm than I have in my whole body, but yeah, he's the brains. If somebody's gonna get clobbered on the job, or there's somebody who needs to take a dirt nap, it'll be me making sure they get it. Just the way it is.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
Could I please just get a vacation? I saved for months to get this glorious vacation. A real first-class kind of sleepliner between planets, and I was on my way to Earth, when TRAIL decided to yank us back for a mission. It was all I could do to keep from blasting holes in the wall when they told me.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
See, I don't have any of that touchy-feely inner doubt kind of crap. I know what I'm doing and there's none of this inner turmoil you hear about. I believe in telling it the way it is. Dane says I don't get headaches. I give 'em. You want that soft girly talk, go see Dane's wife or something. I don't do that sh-- er, uh... stuff.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Not getting that vacation I was promised. Yeah I know my boss signed for it and all that, but saying I get this first class trip and then actually letting me get on the ship and then get all the way to Earth and get really into the vacation thing...? I'll believe it when it happens. I've been promised time off for so long... I just want some time, you know?
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
*scratches her head* You're not talking about a boyfriend, are you? I don't have one. Not one I'd tell you about anyway. No offense. My partner's as close to me as they come, but he's like my brother. Plus he's married with five kids and he's crazy in love with his wife. But if I ever found a guy like that... Nah, who am I kidding? I'd run the other direction. I'm more of a party kind of woman. Give me a hot cutie who's not busy for the night and I'm good.
What would that person say about you?
The cutie? He'd say "Baby, where you been all my life?" Or some other intelligent pick up line. *winks* It's all good.
What special skills do you rely on?
I'm the shortest agent working for TRAIL, but I have the highest rating for marksmanship in the company. I've been an agent since I can remember. Always wanted to work for the company. If I hadn't, I'd probably have ended up being some kind of assassin. Of course, my partner had a lot to do with the assassin thing not happening, but that's another story. Maybe Kayelle will put that in another book.
About the Writer
Why did you choose to write about this character?
I wanted a kick-ass heroine who isn't afraid to be herself. Jee Tonopah is mini but mighty. She's a little bit like I wish I could be -- not afraid of a single thing.
Why do you write?
I can't help myself. I tried to stop. It's no use. I'm a writer. I have to write.
What do you want to write next?
I'm working on an illustrated book about one of my immortals from another series (title: Bringer of Chaos), and a sequel for The Last Vhalgenn, a fantasy I released previously. Plus a few more.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes. It's one of the things I'm working on. This will be a new adventure for Jee and Dane.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you for hanging with me to read this! I'd love to get to know you better. Come meet me on social media or email me. I will answer back. I follow the #Loki hashtag on Twitter, so if you're a Tom Hiddleston fan, we have something in common!
Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award-winning Science Fiction Romance author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary characters, role-playing immortal gamers, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable.
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