Our Passenger Is Alarmed Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

The snippet is from my new novella Star Cruise: Songbird, which is coming out in the EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology on October 10th (but can be pre-ordered). Please excuse the creative punctuation here!

The excerpt:

The ship’s AI spoke in his ear, “All Security Officers, I have a situation in the casino observatory level.”

Grant hastened his pace, “I’m right there, responding now – what’s up?”

“There’s an unruly crowd gathering. Passenger Karissa Dawnstar was doing an autograph signing and apparently word has spread.”

“There’s no such event on the calendar for today,” Jake Dilon, head of the ship’s security detail spoke up on the private com.

He sure sounds pissed. Grant paused at the entrance to the casino. The crowd was huge and growing, jostling for position in the line to reach the observatory. The queue snaked around the gaming tables.

“Our passenger and her entourage are alarmed,” the AI said.

 

pets2LargeThe story:

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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SFR Brigade Presents STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD

SFRB ShowcaseOnce a month the SFR Brigade does a blog hop where authors share excerpts, cover reveals or other fun posts related to their scifi romances. Check here for the list of all the participants this month.

We’re about one month away from the release of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, so I thought I’d share an excerpt from my story in the anthology, STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD. The story blurb and more about the anthology itself  are below the excerpt! We’re doing pre-orders this time…

pets2LargeThe excerpt:

Emerging from the concealed door at the far end, Grant found himself behind the singer and her entourage, who were backed against the bulkhead by a clamoring crowd, only a small table separating them from the fans. The singer herself was easy to identify, clad in a sparkling, short blue and green dress, lavender boots to the knees and her towering pink hair ornamented with silver braids. He shouldered his way through the crowd and touched her arm. Startled, she turned to him, her blue eyes wide with fear.

“Ship’s security, Miss Dawnstar, here to get you out.” Grant took her elbow in a firm grip and towed her sideways, away from her entourage.

A cry went up from the front row of fans. A stocky individual Grant recognized from the briefing earlier in the day as Karissa’s manager, turned to glare at him. “What the seven hells do you think you’re doing, pal?”

“Removing this lady from a bad situation before anyone gets hurt,” Grant said. “You’ll be hearing from my boss later about this unauthorized event.”

“It’s fine, Ted,” Karissa said, keeping pace with Grant. “This is out of control, we’ve got kids here and someone might get trampled. I’ll catch up with you later.”

Surprised but relieved she was so sensible; Grant got them both into the gravlift and sealed the portal in the other man’s face.

“Do you mind letting go?” Karissa raised her eyebrows and glanced at his hand on her arm. “Unless I’m under arrest?”

“Sorry.” He released her and allowed himself to drift a little away from her in the silvery antigrav stream. “Someone’s going to be in trouble for this stunt, but not you, unless it was your idea.” He keyed his com to report in. “I’ve got Karissa and we’re on the move.”

“Good work. We’re clearing the casino now,” Jake answered. “A Level is congested, can you take her to my office on level 13 until the situation clears? Then you can escort her to her suite.”

“Will do.” Raising his voice from the nearly inaudible tones that were all the AI required for private communications, he addressed his companion. “We’ll have to hang out in my boss’s office for a bit.”

“So I’m in detention?” Tilting her head, she smiled.

“No, of course not, Miss Dawnstar.” Very important passenger, keep the tone congenial. He might not relish this job but it was his employment for now and he couldn’t afford to blow it off over annoyance with a pop star. “This was for your safety and the safety of the other passengers.”

The story:

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Buy Links:  

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Amazon CA

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Amazon AU

Amazon FR

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We Run A Tight Ship Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

One final excerpt from my story ‘Star Cruise: Stowaway’ in the PETS IN SPACE anthology, which is still doing pretty well in sales – thanks again for the support🙂 This is the last week to get a copy and have a portion of the proceeds go to Hero Dogs Inc. Next week I’ll move on to another book.

Edited a bit from the published version.

Owen has gone to visit the stowaway in sickbay and finds the pets are keeping her company.

Midorri chirruped and slithered to the floor, going to the portal, where she scratched at the door with two of her six feet.

          Owen rose to let her out.

          Moby promptly entered, jumping to the bed and rubbing Tyrelle’s face, arching her spine and purring loudly.

          “When one leaves, the other arrives. You’re the keeper of the animals?” she asked.

           “Moby’s mine. I rescued her from kids in a rough port town as a kitten a few years ago and brought her with me to the Zephyr. Midorri belongs to the entire ship, but she spends a lot of time in the cargo bay, with Moby, hunting vermin.” He sat, trapped in the small chair, “The Zephyr’s not  infested or anything, we run a tight ship, but there’s always a few space rats.” I can’t believe I’m talking to this beautiful woman about rats.           

Here’s the blurb for the anthology, followed by the blurb for my story:

The blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers eight amazing new adventures  and one expanded story that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

moby_and_midorri_pets_in-space_artwork_nyssa_juneauAnd the blurb for Star Cruise: Stowaway:

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

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Don’t Miss My Pets In Space Guest Posts

miss-bakerI thought it might be fun to gather the links to my various guest posts with my fellow authors for the Pets In Space anthology in one place, in case you wanted to read any that you might have missed! I talked about scifi pets in movies and TV, my own childhood pets and various other topics.

First, a post about a ‘pet’ who actually went to space – Miss Baker, the monkey. I did get a chance to see her several times as a kid…I was on Carysa Locke’s blog.miss-baker-at-space-center

I talked a little about my inspiration for writing cats in space on Alexis Glynn Latner’s blog…

playful_little_dog_wonderbook_veronica“Pets are no trouble at all…” as my grandfather used to say. Talked about this and Boston Terriers a bit on Susan E. Smith’s blog...

Of course I paid my friend Pauline B. Jones a visit to talk about Why I Wrote Star Cruise: Stowaway for the anthology…Pauline and I are the “Mothers” of this whole idea and it was so much fun to put the collection together!

Laurie Green had me as a guest on Spacefreighter’s Lounge, talking about “When the Turtles Took Over.”

I talked about my family’s pets on Pat Preston’s blog

At Susan Grant’s blog, I talked a bit about pets on scifi TV shows of the past…

boxey-and-muffit-bsgAnd more about Muffit the Daggit in the old Battlestar Galactica TV show on Cara Bristol’s blog…

For Lea Kirk I discussed First Pet, First Book and Fire Lizards…

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of profits from the first month go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

moby_and_midorri_pets_in-space_artwork_nyssa_juneauThe blurb for Star Cruise: Stowaway: Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

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In the Middle of Big Trouble Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

One more excerpt from my story ‘Star Cruise: Stowaway’ in the PETS IN SPACE anthology, which is still doing GREAT, I’m relieved and  happy to say! Thanks for the support🙂 I think I’ll give maybe two more snippets from this since we’re still in the first month of release and then move on. Edited a bit from the published version.

This is more of the discussion after the stowaway has been taken to sickbay, and the captain reveals his concerns there’s an organized crime ring involved. Jake is the ship’s Security Officer.

 “I want to be there if you mess with the explosive collar,” Owen said, snagging Jake by the elbow as he followed the captain toward the gravlift.

            “Why?”

            Doggedly he insisted, despite his friend’s astonishment, “I found her in my cargo hold, I saved her life. She’s got no one on her side right now.”

            “If you think Emily would let anyone harm a patient in her care—”

            “I didn’t mean to insult the doc, expressed myself badly. The girl needs a friend, ok? She’s obviously in the middle of big trouble, one way or the other.”

            Jake studied him for a moment before nodding, “All right, I’ll give the order you can see her.” He held up one hand, “Unless the captain or the SCIA issues a countermanding order.”

Here’s the blurb for the anthology, followed by the blurb for my story:

The blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers eight amazing new adventures  and one expanded story that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

moby_and_midorri_pets_in-space_artwork_nyssa_juneauAnd the blurb for Star Cruise: Stowaway:

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

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Guest Carysa Locke Shares Her Favorite Psychic Abilities

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Veronica: I know Carysa from the SFR Brigade and from interviewing her for USA Today Happily Ever After about her book Pirate Nemesis.

Carysa: In my telepathic space pirates’ series, the Talented are humans with various psychic Talents. Some can speak telepathically, some can use telekinesis, or teleport, or kill with a thought. Some can track someone anywhere in the universe, and some are psychically bonded to animals with their own mental gifts. These animals are called kith, and they come in a variety of species.

All of these are fantastic. I think, though, if I had to choose my absolute favorite gift, it would be biokinesis. The ability to heal with your mind, to change the very cells of the body. Of course, this could be used for all manner of nefarious and harmful things, but think of all the good that could be done. All of the healing and lives that could be saved.

I would be less excited about having to learn all of the actual science behind healing, like Nayla, the biokinetic in my series does. But this is fantasy; we don’t need to be worried about pesky things like learning biology! This is just discussing my favorite super-power, really. Still, given the kind of study necessary to effectively use biokinesis…my back-up favorite will be teleportation.

Because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to just teleport myself where I need to go, instead of having to drive there. Yes, definitely teleportation. Just imagine, anytime I wanted to drop into Disneyland, I could easily go. Or visit my friends who live several hours away – poof!

Maybe this explains why I have so much fun writing Tamari, the little girl in my series who can teleport. She isn’t supposed to do it without supervision, but you know kids. (She totally does it anyway, and gets into all manner of trouble.)

And as my third choice, it would definitely be cool to be able to hear my animals’ thoughts, like Hunters do their kith. There have been plenty of times when I’ve wondered exactly what my animals were thinking, and it would make my life easier not to have to guess!

Find out more about the kith and their bond with the Hunters in Escape Run, my short story in the Pets in Space anthology.

Here is a small teaser:

blog-post-8But for better or worse, the new queen had claimed many of the remaining Talented. Teegan had felt it. It brought her to her knees, the shockwave nearly causing her to black out.

Her eyes flicked back to Cole. “The shockwave,” she said.

He nodded. “I lost my grip on his mind. Only for a few moments, but…”

“That’s all he would need.”

She started to move past the shock. Deacon was free. Memories pushed at her, but she shoved them away, refusing to deal with them now. Not here. Not with Cole.

“Six days.” Anger built within her as she counted back to the claiming in her mind. “He has a six-day head start.”

The blurb for PETS IN SPACE:

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

The blurb for Carysa’s story in the anthology: ESCAPE RUN

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Ember by Artist Nyssa Juneau

Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that.

Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?

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iBooks Highlights Scifi Romance

I’m excited to announce that iBooks is running a special promo on twenty or so science fiction romance books (including my own Star Cruise: Outbreak and Pets In Space too) now through November 8th!

It’s always thrilling to me when our romance genre receives extra attention and a chance to find new readers. Author Susan Grant has worked tirelessly to make this particular event happen, coordinating with the people at iBooks and being a strong voice for scifi romance. A few of us assisted her on the logistics along the way to today’s rollout but it was Susan who got the ball rolling by intriguing iBooks with the adventure and romance of our books.

So if you read your books on an iPad or iPhone or any other Apple device, please go check out the promo event! Star Cruise: Outbreak has been priced at $2.99 and many of the other books have been reduced in price for this limited time as well. (Pets In Space supports a charity, Hero Dogs, Inc., so we didn’t reduce its price, but the anthology is an excellent way to sample scifi romance and try out nine authors!)

Link if you have an Apple device

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Lea Kirk Talks About Favorite Animal Stories

PETS_In_Space_cover_artVeronica sez: I met Lea literally and in the cyber world as fellow members of the SFR Brigade!

Lea, from “Space Ranger” : Two weeks of healthy eating and nonstop love had transformed the furry, half-dead rag into a bright-eyed, tongue-licking bundle of curiosity. And she brought Simone happiness, more happiness than he could give her.

When thinking about pet stories, which one pops into your mind first? Where the Red Fern Grows? “Old Yeller”? It was the movie version of the former which kept me from going anywhere near the latter. I don’t deal well with stories where the dog(s) die in the end. I’m even getting a little choked up as I type this blog. Where the Red Fern Grows is a childhood trauma that haunts me still.

(Veronica sez: Was dragged screaming with tears and grief out of the movie”Old Yeller” as a child, hated it. Never read Red Fern. I’m ALL about the HEA endings, even for the pets!)

For this blog, however, I’m focusing on happy, shiny pet stories. Ones where the dog, or other pet, gets a happy ending. (This is why I write romance, to give my characters their happily ever afters.) Here are some of the animal stories which have touched me most during my life:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Yes, yes, I know. Aslan is not a pet, he’s a “wild lion”. But, from the moment my aunt placed this book in my hands it has been my number one favorite book with animals in it. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. reading it the first time.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. Even though the spider dies, and I sobbed my little heart out as a kid, this remains one of my favorite pet stories.

trumpet-of-the-swanThe Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White. I have no clue how many times I reread this one. A swan with a trumpet? How cool is that?

Stewart Little by E. B. White. This is not a pattern, I swear! Mr. White just wrote some awesome animal stories.

101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. The story that led to the addition of a Dalmatian to our family. I was a very persistent six-year-old.

(Veronica sez: Did you know Bill Peet wrote the story for the movie?)

Pickles the Fire Cat by Esther Averill. I have loved everything about Pickles since I was four-years-old. He has such a sassy attitude until he has life-altering experience. He even has Dalmatian-like spots, which makes him a perfect candidate to be a fire house cat.

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford. A book that breaks down the dog vs. cat stereotype and has them working together to get home.

homeward-bound(Veronica sez: My grandson had the movie of this, as “Homeward Bound”,  on permanent repeat for a while there. He especially loved any and all interactions between Sassy the cat and Chance the young dog.)

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. Horses, people! I loved horses as a kid (still do!), and these two stories were my favorites.

As you can see, animals in literature have been a big part of my life. Whether fictional or real, animals are fabulous companions. As an author in the Pets in Space anthology, I have the opportunity to help out Hero-Dogs.org, and organization that provides trained canine companions to our military veterans, free of charge. 10% of the anthology’s first month’s sales will be donated to them.

(Veronica sez: Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders is another of the old favorite animal books, similar to Black Beauty. My favorite horse book was Galopoff the Talking Pony, by Tudor Jenks, a really old tale. I was given the copy of it that my grandmother had as a child.)

The blurb for PETS IN SPACE:

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of profits from the first month go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

The blurb for “Space Ranger”, an expanded story by Lea Kirk: Graig Roble is the Senior Commander of security for the Guardian Fleet. His expertise as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do – or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. Even returning to his lea2position aboard the Atlantis can’t save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell.

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New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for Wednesday October 19

forged-in-shadowI have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  Reader Elizabeth N brought several to my attention this week – thanks!

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

FORGED IN SHADOW (DARK PLANET WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Anna Carven

VS NOTE: I LOVE this series! The book is next up on my kindle.

Sergeant Arin Varga has a problem on her hands. She’s supposed to be in charge of a squad of peacekeepers. That’s something she would normally handle with ease, except that now her people are stuck in Earth’s orbit on a doomed superfreighter. To make things worse, they’re being held hostage by a group of very threatening, very menacing silver-skinned Kordolians, who are insistent that all they want is safe passage to Earth to kill oversized insects.
One particular alien, who goes by the name of Rykal, seems be constantly getting inside her personal space. He isn’t just threatening, he’s friendly and threatening, and if Arin isn’t careful, that could become a major problem.

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fools-rush-inFOOLS RUSH IN (THE INTERSTELLAR RESCUE SERIES BOOK 3) by  Donna S. Frelick

She thought she had the toughest job in Rescue—until the day she had to convert a pirate into a hero.

Interstellar Rescue “conductor” Rayna Carver is deep undercover on a slave ship bound for an isolated region of space when the ship is attacked by pirates. Her liberator is Captain Sam Murphy, a man known in the spacer bars to love only profit, adventure and women.

But Murphy hates a few things, too, chief among them slavers. Will it be enough to gain his help for Rayna’s mission—ferreting out two spies bent on sabotaging an arms factory to turn the tide in an alien civil war?

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emergency-cupidDALLAS FIRE & RESCUE: EMERGENCY CUPID (A KINDLEWORLDS NOVELLA) by R. L. Naquin

When someone sets off a homemade love bomb in the middle of a Dallas fire station, Ellen is the obvious choice to clean it up. After all, she’s the number one Cupid in the department.

Wild love magic is everywhere, creating bad matches and causing chaos wherever Ellen turns. But Chaos itself has an interest in the situation and sends an agent from its own department to show Ellen there’s more than one way to approach a problem.

Ellen expects to take advantage of the variety of sexy, single emergency responders to add to her already impressive record of love matches. But nothing is going right, and her impressive record may not be what she thought it was. People aren’t statistics. Love is more than finished paperwork. And maybe she needs to think about a happily ever after of her own before she can help others find theirs.

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barbarians-heartBARBARIAN’S HEART (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 10)  by Ruby Dixon

I’ve never spent a day without my mate since arriving on the ice planet. I’m happy and in love, and we have a beautiful child together. All that changed when the world shook.

My mate nearly died.

He wakes up from his coma…and he can’t remember me. Or our son. Every memory of the past two years is gone. And that changes everything between us. How can I love someone that doesn’t remember me?

How can I not, when I know he’s still my mate underneath it all?

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deader-homesDEADER HOMES AND GARDENS (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES BOOK 4) by Angie Fox

Southern belle Verity Long is back in business—as a ghost hunter. Now all she has to do is visit the town’s creepiest mansion and exorcise a family of vengeful spirits. Piece of cake. After all, ghosts love her and need her…that is until she meets the ghosts of Rock Fall mansion. They’ll do anything to keep their murderous secrets hidden within the cliff-side fortress—even if that means getting rid of one meddling ghost hunter….

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LEDO LOST GODS (LOST GODS BOOK 2) by LaVerne Thompson

All the gods are dead. Long live the gods. Never forget.

To be reborn time after time knowing, remembering; each past life is both heaven and hell ledofor Ledo. But as a son of Ares the Fates rule his life. His rebirth serves one purpose: to stand with Zeus when he faces Cronus and to die doing it. That never bothered him. He’d lived many lifetimes and knew his destiny, willingly embracing it.

But then came Aria, she too was his destiny…

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light-in-the-darknessLIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: A NOBLEBRIGHT FANTASY SET by Various including Lindsay Buroker

Twelve noblebright fantasy novels of beauty and wonder!

Noblebright fantasy characters have the courage to risk kindness, honesty, integrity, and love; to fight against their own flaws and the darkness of the world around them; and to find hope in a grim world….

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ALCHEMY SHIFT (THE COLLEGIUM BOOK 7) by Jenny Schwartz

Delphi Cosmatos is an alchemist. She investigates the strange and magical objects that alchemy shift.PNGfind their way to Collegium headquarters in New York. She has magic—and a big Greek family, all ready to “help” her (they mean, interfere). When Jet Walsh moves in next door with no family except the two young orphaned cousins he’s responsible for, it’s a situation of opposites attracting, especially since Jet is a bear-shifter….

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TRIAD IN THE STARS (CELESTIAL MATES) by Vi Voxley

How many broken hearts does a woman have to suffer through? Chloe knows she’s done with all of that. From now on, it’s going to be nothing, or love everlasting. No triad-in-the-starsinbetweens. But… as a curvy lawyer in New York, where talk is cheap and love is cheaper, how’s she supposed to find that? Thank the stars that there’s a service for that…

Elias and Vanor both have ‘king’ written all over them. King of the Haverins, that is….

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BLACKWING BEAST (KANE’S MOUNTAINS BOOK 3) by T. S. Joyce

blackwing-beastBeast wants only a few things out of life: to be left alone, to join the Blackwings so he can be left alone, and for everyone to stop expecting anything from him and leave him alone. He was king of the lion shifters once, but his fall from power came at a huge personal cost. Rumors run rampant over what really happened to his pride, but the truth has hardened Beast’s heart to stone. He’s kept the Blackwings at arm’s length, but when a human starts stalking his crew, his inner monster-kitty gets curious. Kiera is gorgeous and mysterious, but she also has strange eyes and a scent that is calling to his animal. No human has ever interested him quite like her….

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SHIFTILY EVER AFTER by Georgette St. Clair

Single female shifters from all across the country are flocking to the brand new territory inshiftily-ever-after Greenlands, New Hampshire. After all, there’s land to be claimed, sexy male shifters lurking behind every towering pine tree, and – death challenges? Apparently, Dakota Sheffield picked the wrong woman to impersonate when she decided to go undercover for a little vacation. Now she’s falling hard for Miles Williams, the dominant Alpha Prime of the Fenris pack….

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GRAVE NEW WORLD (THE DULCIE O’NEIL SERIES BOOK 8) by H. P. Mallory

Fairy and law enforcement agent, Dulcie O’Neil, is in trouble. And so is her friend and master vampire, Bram.

grave-new-worldFinding themselves on the wrong side where illegal potions importer, Jax Rochefort, is concerned, now their only focus is finding a way to stay alive. But being taken hostage and tortured isn’t Bram’s style. Will this suave, centuries-old vampire find a way to free himself and Dulcie? Or will they both fall prey to the up and coming rebellion, the union of all the illegal potions gangs who seek to take over control of the Netherworld?

Any way she looks at it, Dulcie is in a bad way. It might just take the perseverance and determination of a certain hunky Loki named Knight to rectify the situation. But even Knight doesn’t know what he’s up against…

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SALVATION (BOOK TWO OF THE PROPHECY SERIES) by Lea Kirk

Seven years ago, a single moment changed the course of Nicholaus Bock’s life forever—the moment his preternatural Gift to heal awakened in him. A gift that made him an salvationinvaluable commodity to the known galaxy. Now his mentor’s intriguing and secretive new student goes out of her way to challenge his loyalty to everything he values.
A dark secret…
After facing death and destruction during the Anferthian invasion, Sakura Yamata revels in her new-found Gift to heal….

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THE LAZARUS VECTOR by Erica Obey

When Professor Clare Malley, a medievalist teaching at a Catholic university in New York City, is asked to discover the-lazarus-vectorwhy sixteen-year-old Jonas Crosswell did not die in a drug-related shoot-out at a neighborhood church, the last thing she expects is a modern-day miracle. But how else to explain how the boy survived multiple gunshot wounds? more…

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HARUKI (SECOND WAVE BOOK 5) by Mikayla Lane

 

With their team stuck at the base doing data searches as they hunt for where the dark prime disappeared to, Haruki T’Alq finds himself restless from inactivity and suffocating among his many siblings and three newborns. When a solo tracking mission falls into his lap, he grabs it like a lifeline and heads out to the Alaska Triangle in search of a potential harukibolt hole for Satalis.

Deanna Bostik was living the dream as the lead archaeologist on the most important discovery the world would never know about….

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WULF AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER (COLETTI WARLORDS BOOK 6) by Gail Koger

Wulf knows Yakira is his soulmate. Now he just needs to convince her. But with intergalactic terrorists on Yakira’s trail, there’s little time for romance. What’s a hot-blooded Coletti warlord to do?

wulf-and-the-bounty-hunterYakira feels safe and cherished with Wulf, but he is a Coletti–the ultimate predator with a taste for blood, a passion for battle, and the need to control everything in his life. The big question is: how does she make Wulf understand she’s a powerful psychic with kick-ass bionic limbs and quite capable of taking care of herself?

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A SECRET ROSE (A THUNDERCITY NOVELLA) by Debra Jess

VS NOTE: This was released in July.

Secrets, like roses, have thorns.

Nikolaos Blackwood swore he would bring to justice the drug dealer known as Dodger. As a-secret-roseGhost, one of Thunder City’s alternative human defenders, it was Nik’s responsibility to keep his high school classmates safe. That included notorious bad girl Daniella Rose. Ten years later, he needs to locate Daniella to deliver an urgent request from her estranged family.

Dr. Daniella Rose finally believes she can lead a normal, happy life and focus on her relationship with Nik Blackwood — the one man she’s always wanted but could never have. Now that she’s back in Thunder City, she’ll do anything to keep him — except reveal her hidden Alt ability to shapeshift into Dodger, a secret identity she killed before graduation….

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DANCER OF THE NILE (GODS OF EGYPT) by Veronica Scott

VS NOTE: Yes, this one is mine! Sharing the news that it’s now FREE!

DancerOfTheNile_600x900Egypt, 1500 BCE: Nima’s beauty and skill as a dancer leads an infatuated enemy to kidnap her after destroying an Egyptian border town. However, she’s not the only hostage in the enemy camp: Kamin, an Egyptian soldier on a secret mission for Pharaoh, has been taken as well.

Working together to escape, the two of them embark on a desperate quest across the desert to carry word of the enemy’s invasion plans to Pharaoh…Aided by the Egyptian god Horus and the Snake Goddess Renenutet, beset by the enemy’s black magic, can Nima and Kamin evade the enemy and reach the safety of the Nile in time to foil the planned attack?

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AND A GENTLE REMINDER THAT PETS IN SPACE IS NOW AVAILABLE! 

My scifi romance story in the collection is Star Cruise: Stowaway….

And we’re donating 10% of the first month’s royalties to Hero Dogs, Inc.

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Cara Bristol Interviews Sparky the Robot Dog

Maltese puppy, 6 months old, sitting in front of white backgrounVeronica: Today I have my friend Cara Bristol on the blog with an interview – Sparky the dog from Spark of Attraction,  her excellent story in the PETS IN SPACE anthology!

Cara Bristol: Today, I’m interviewing Sparky, the pet dog of Miranda Lowell, the heroine of Spark of Attraction. Welcome, Sparky!

Sparky: You do know dogs can’t talk, don’t you?

Cara Bristol: I know. But for the sake of the interview, let’s pretend you can, okay?

Sparky: Woof.

Cara Bristol: I’ll that as a yes. Can you tell readers something about yourself?

Sparky:  To begin with, I’m not a “real” dog, although most people think I am. Even the captain of the Crimson Hawk thought I real—until I bit him with my electrically charged teeth. I’m a K9-500 robot, an artificial intelligence companion model. I’ve been programmed to protect Miranda no matter what.

Cara Bristol: You bit the captain?!

Sparky: He made a sudden move toward Miranda. My programming kicked in, and I bit him.

Cara Bristol: Then what happened?

Sparky: He ordered her to keep me deactivated for the duration of the voyage, but she disobeyed and turned me on again.

Cara Bristol: And?

Sparky:  There was another incident. I can’t help it. Something strange is happening aboard the Crimson Hawk that keeps triggering my programming. I’m really nice doggie most of the time…

If you owned a robot dog, what behaviors or traits would you want it to have?

Spark of Attraction blurb

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased.

After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

An excerpt from Spark of Attraction, Pets in Space

“Sparky, no!” Miranda grabbed her robotic dog and tried to pull him off the captain. This was awful. Stone would airlock him for sure. “Release, Sparky, release!” she cried, but the companion-model robot hung on. “Let go!”

The captain bent, and gripping the dog’s upper and lower jaws, began to pry its mouth open with his bare hands.

“Don’t hurt Sparky!” He was all she had left, and the captain could break him, dislocate his jaw.

“Hurt him?” He peered up at her. “Might I remind you its teeth are imbedded in my leg?”

She reached under the collar for the power switch on the dog’s nape. He jerked, released the captain’s ankle, and fell over. Still. Silent. “I’m so sorry,” she apologized, wringing her hands. “He’s programmed to protect me, and he perceived you as a threat.” Maybe if she’d explained at the start her dog was a canine artificial intelligence model, all of this could have been avoided—but at the captain’s edict, she had panicked.

She scooped him up and clutched him protectively to her chest, stroking his soft synthetic fur. He looked and acted so lifelike, sometimes she forgot he was a robot. They’d have to eject her from the ship before she’d allow them to remove him. If they put him on a pod, how could she be sure she’d get him back?

He hadn’t been bothering anything.

Well, not until he bit the captain.

If Stone’s eyes had been cold before, they were positively flinty now. She’d never seen such a dark scowl.

Blood stained his pants leg, and he pulled it up to reveal a lacerated ankle. For all its small size, the K9-500 had a jaw like a vise and sharp metal teeth. If the bot had attacked a human, the damage could have been severe. Rumor had it Dante Stone was a cyborg, a computer-enhanced human with biomimetic parts. She’d heard cyborgs were immune to pain and practically indestructible.

“I’m sorry,” she repeated. “It doesn’t hurt much, though, right?”

“Of course, it hurts!” he snapped. “Why would you think it doesn’t?”

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Sparky as Artist Nyssa Juneau envisioned him!

“Don’t you have those nano thingees?”

Her fellow colonists were staring, watching the interchange, waiting to see what would happen. Would the captain toss her into the brig? Airlock poor Sparky?

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The blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

PETS_In_Space_cover_artJoin the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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