Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Elemental Storytelling: TRAILING KAIWULF by Kayelle Allen || #SciFi #MFRWorg #ASMSG

 With the blessing of TV Tropes, the Snarkology is pleased to host a blog series based on the Periodic Table of Storytelling.

The following tropes are represented in Trailing Kaiwulf. They are presented with a listing of characters assigned. A brief explanation of their use in the story follows.

Ind - Adventurer Archaelogist (Dr. Viva Post)
An older woman, Dr. Viva Post was confined to a hoverchair after a cave in at a ruins injured her spine. She uses a silver "strength suit" to walk or climb limited distances.

Ag - Action Girl (Jee Tonopah)
Jee is the personification of an Action Girl. She can go toe-to-toe with her male counterparts without breaking a sweat. The day she has to be rescued will never dawn. Although she is tiny in comparison to her beefy partner, she is the undisputed brawn to his brain.

Gb - Genius Bruiser (Dane Raphyel)
The Genius Bruiser is a big guy who is also a geek. Dane is far from being Dumb Muscle. He understands the significance of the MacGuffin being sought, as well as some of the history of the Gates Technology (Applied Phlebotinum).

Cal - The Call (TRAIL mission)
The first step in a hero's journey is the point where our heroes learn they must abandon their well-earned vacations, saved for over a period of years, and go on a dire quest to retrieve a MacGuffin. A Living MacGuffin in this case.

Ob - Obstructive Bureaucrat (Jeff Thompson / Lt. Cmdr. Morrison / unnamed executive)
There are multiple Obstructive Bureacrats for the price of one in this story. Their machinations generally meet dire ends, as befits the annoying natures of the characters.

Phl - Applied Phlebotinum (Gates Technology)
As the tropes site explains, this is science, magic, and strange things unknown to science or magic. In Trailing Kaiwulf, there are various advanced technologies that are unexplained because they seem commonplace to the characters using them (intersteller flight, strength suits, communication devices, etc.). However, the defining "phlebotinum" of this book is the Gates technology. The ruins of twin steel arches over 200 feet high have been found on several previously thought uninhabited worlds. Scientists have puzzled over their intended use. On the planet Ust, they find a dying race that still uses the technology -- or would have, if the key to turning on the Gates hadn't been stolen. Finding and retrieving the person who stole the key is the crux of the story.

Mcg - MacGuffin (Kaiwulf)
Kaiwulf is a "Living MacGuffin" whose presence in the story serves to drive the plot. He's an invisible man who can enter another dimension, and the heroes of the story must find and return him to this dimension.

Title: Trailing Kaiwulf

Publisher: Romance Lives Forever Books

Date Published: February 10, 2014

Genre: Science Fiction, SciFi Adventure

Word Count: 13,000

Find an invisible man in another dimension? All in a day's work at TRAIL.

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. Until now.

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?


New Braeswyck, Colonies of Man; TRAIL Field Office
January 24, 15128 AD (151.28.24 New Terran Date [NTD])
The com unit in Jeff Thompson's office crackled to life. "Security here. Jee arrived, boss, and you were" -- The sound of splintering wood followed --"right. Oh, man! There goes another door. What'd you do to her this time?"
Thompson disconnected. He activated the monitors on his wall and stood. TRAIL Agent Jee Tonopah might be the shortest agent in the company, but she had enough temper for half a dozen.
Jee and her partner, Dane Raphyel, had passed through every scanner in the building to get this far into the enclave, yet there in plain sight on both their hips sat weapons. The guards outside his office backed away from the pair without a challenge.
"What am I paying you clowns for? At least slow them down."
But no, the outer door to his assistant's office banged open and thumps sounded on the floor. The lamp on Thompson's desk shook as if Jee had an elephant with her. Dane dwarfed his partner.
"Computer, unlock entry door." Jee would kick it in if he kept it sealed. Last time it had taken months to ship in replacement parts.
The BioMate embedded in Thompson's arm flashed a warning about heart rate, so he tightened his grip on the stress-soother stone in his hand. All it did was bruise his palm. He flung the rock aside.
The TRAIL agents blew into his office like twin whirlwinds.
Thompson forced himself not to back away.
"How dare you!" Jee dumped a tattered knapsack onto the floor. She kicked the visitor's chair out of her way, then slammed her hands onto the desk and glared at him like a dragon ready to flame him into a puddle of blackened flesh.

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Author Bio: Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award-winning author, and the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary characters, futuristic immortals, covert agents, and warriors who purr.

Author Links:
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Trailing Kaiwulf takes place in the same universe as The Last Vhalgenn. A crossover book (Return of the Vhalgenn) is in progress that unites characters from both stories. Other standalone and/or series books within the universe include the Tales of the Chosen trilogy (Wulf, Alitus, Jawk), and the soon to be re-released Surrender Love, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, For Women Only, and other books. Visit the author's books page for more details.

As a thank you for reading, please accept a copy of Immortals Secret Societies. When you click it, this will either offer you a download, or open in a new window, depending on your settings. To read it, you need Adobe Reader, available free. You may also view a high resolution image of the Milky Way and its inhabited worlds pertinent to Trailing Kaiwulf. A tour of worlds in another series is available on my website. Milky Way:  Tour the Tarthian Empire:


  1. Woot! *fist bump* Oh, er... I mean, thank you so very much for having me, Melissa. ^_^ I've loved reading this series about tropes in fiction. Excited to be here today.

    1. Kayelle,
      Thank you for sharing your story with my readers today. I was also a huge Stargate fan (tv show not the movie). It's a fantastic premise for a series. :-)

  2. I love the Gates technology. I was a huge Stargate fan and miss it. Can't wait to read your take on it.

    1. Thanks, Beth! I think the idea of these Gates and what they do -- which I hope to explore in future books -- will be fun to write.

  3. Fascinating. I loved Stargate when I watched TV. Great excerpt!

    1. Thank you Savanna! You know I wrote the basis for this story so many years ago I don't even remember what the inspiration for it was. But I do remember seeing the St Louis Arch being built and thinking... that is a gateway to another dimension. :)