Pet books from my childhood

It’s time to meet another one of the authors in the Pets in Space 2 Anthology with me. Please welcome, Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 author, Jessica E. Subject. Jessica’s PETS IN SPACE 2 story is Gibb and the Tibbar: A Novella in the Galactic Defenders SeriesToday, Jessica shares with us her favorite books from her childhood about pets. :)

Pet books from my childhood

 by Jessica E. Subject


I read a lot of books as a child, though not all of them have stuck with me over the years. A few have, including some about pets. Today, I’m going to share some of the books about pets I read during my childhood.

When I first learned to read, the Mr. Mugs stories were a staple in my school. They were a set of easy readers, written by Martha Kambeitz and Carol Roth and published by Ginn and Company, about two children who had an Old English Sheepdog named Mr. Mugs. I don’t remember much about the stories except that Mr. Mugs was always getting into trouble. And they definitely helped to instill a love for reading in me.

Another book I really enjoyed was No Time for Rabbits by Jane McFann. It’s about a group of kids that get stranded at their high school during an ice storm. There is some typical teenage drama, a rabbit on the loose, and a teacher who experiences a medical emergency. It is at this point that the kids must work together. This was definitely a fun book for me, though I never experienced anything like it when I was in high school.

Where the Red Fern Grown by Wilson Rawls is another memorable story I read during my childhood. It’s about a boy who gets a pair of hounds and trains them as hunting dogs. At first I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it, but it was such an effortless read that pulled me into the story and had me crying a couple of times. I love emotional reads like that. If you haven’t read it, I recommend you do, but be sure to have a box of tissues on hand.

What are your favorite reads from your childhood?

Gib and the TibbarA Novella in the Galactic Defenders Series

By Jessica E. Subject

A dedicated Defender to the core, Gib is willing to go to any planet the Galactic Alliance sends him. That is, until he’s sent with his squad to Hemera for their Alorama ceremony, far from any threat of Erebus invasion and with no chance for promotion.

Vilarra has lived on Hemera all her life, working hard in the kitchens of the royal palace until she achieved lead hand. But learning of the universe beyond her world reveals her insignificance and shreds her sense of accomplishment and purpose.

With the help of a furry, little tibbar, Gib is determined to win the affection of Vilarra, prove to her how significant she is to him and the people who depend on her. But will his personal mission be cut short before he has the chance to win her heart?


About the anthology:


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, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits go to 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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A small, furry white creature scampered between the Defenders and the fire. Gib yanked his feet back and gasped. He tried to follow the path the animal took, and when it disappeared into the grassy field, he relaxed a little. Not that he was afraid, only startled by the sudden appearance of the critter.

But his watch partner reacted differently. The cowardly Defender stood on his bench, reaching for a low branch on the ropral tree as if to lift himself farther off the ground. “What in Gaspra was that? No one told me about any deadly creatures on this planet.”

Gib laughed and slapped his hand on his lap. “I wouldn’t call the fluffy little thing that raced by us a deadly creature.”

“Okay, Hemera is infested with vermin, then.” Zair examined the area around him before he dared put a foot on the ground.

A high-pitched squeak sounded, and Gib’s surveillance partner returned to reaching for the branches. The little creature stood on its hind legs below Zair’s bench, peeping as if telling him off.

Gib couldn’t hold in his laughter. Not just at the other Defender’s reaction, but also the thoughts running through Zair’s mind, thoughts he’d failed to block in his fear.

“It’s not going to eat you.” Gib shook his head, wondering how his squad mate could see the creature as dangerous. “Would you please get down from there? Defenders are supposed to be brave and fierce. Right now, you’re neither.”

“Go to Gaspra, Mingot. And stay out of my head.” He yanked his plazer from his hip holster and aimed it at the critter. “If I don’t destroy it, it will bring death to everyone on this planet.”

Stepping into the line of fire, Gib yanked the weapon from his squad mate, thankful the safety remained on. “You’re being ridiculous. Besides, if you fire your weapon, you’ll cause a panic. The Hemera will think Erebus have arrived.”

The frightened Defender shook a foot at the creature. “Fine, then. Kick it into the fire. Or you could stomp on it.”

“Don’t you dare!” A Hemera woman burst from the bushes, storming toward Zair like a mother rehn protecting her young. She shoved him off his bench and shouldered past Gib before scooping the noisy creature into her hand. “This is my tibbar, not some kind of vermin.”

“Tibbar? Try nasty rodent that tried to eat me.” Zair smoothed out his uniform but kept his distance from the creature now perched on the woman’s shoulder.

“You’re both on nehbred.” She kicked dirt at them, her pink lips pursed and her dark eyes set in a deadly stare. “You don’t know what you’re talking about when it comes to my pet or my planet.”


Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at



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The Pets Are Back! Embrace the Romance is out now!

 Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 is finally here! As a vet, the daughter of a vet, and the mom of an active duty servicemember, I enjoy writing stories about those who serve. Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 is very special to me because it supports an organization that does so much good for vets–Hero-Dogs

10% of all preorders and the first month’s profits go to 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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My contribution to the anthology!

The Prince, the Pilot, and the Puppy 
(“Star Puppy”) A Novella in The Star Series


A talented starfighter pilot and a handsome prince rescue a starving puppy only to discover they are the ones that need saving.


10% of all preorders and the first months profits go to 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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Star Hero is here!

Yay–finally! I’m excited to announce that Star Hero is here!

A Marine serving in the galactic frontier, Lieutenant Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Captain Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender—his heart. When Carlynn goes missing on a mission, the rugged, emotionally scarred Marine and his K-9 partner must find Carlynn and bring her home, or risk losing everything he has finally found worth fighting for.


This action-packed, stand-alone, military sci-fi romance novella in the Star Series world is also the companion story to my contribution for the upcoming Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology (that benefits the wonderful charity The other contributing authors and I will be donating a generous portion of our first month’s profits directly to as we did last year. We are hoping to double that amount!

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Authored by a Vet in Support of Vets

As a vet, the daughter of a vet, and the mom of an active duty servicemember, I enjoy writing stories about those who serve. My latest release is special to me because I wrote it in support of a project I feel very strongly about (Hero-Dogs). Star Hero is a story about how the struggles of PTSD affect not only the vet but the people around them. Because I want to bring attention to this topic, Star Hero is on sale for only 99 cents at these retailers (paperback $5.99) If you’re able to do so, I hope you’ll also preorder Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2. Here are the links to learn more about Star Hero: 

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The sneak peek at one of my upcoming releases is out! It’s a wonderful project too, supporting the Hero-Dogs organization that pairs vets with dogs. I’m so proud to be part of this. 

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