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Embrace the Romance is a USA Today Bestseller!

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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 Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

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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EXCERPT:

 

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.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 jessicasubject.com.

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My Life With Cats: My Favorite Cat Stories

Today, we meet another fab author from the Pets in Space 2 Anthology. Cara Bristol is going to share her life with cats with us. Read to the end to find out more about her Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 story, Rescued by the Cyborg.


My life with cats: my favorite cat stories

By Cara Bristol

Growing up, I had both cats and dogs as pets (as well as some other critters), and while I enjoy the company of both, I lean toward being a cat person. I presently have only one cat. Her name is Hannah, and I adopted her and her brother Mike from a pet rescue shelter over Thanksgiving in 2003. Mike passed over the rainbow bridge a few years ago, but I still have Hannah. She’s a tabby with ‘tude.

 

Some of my fondest (funniest) memories of pets involve cats. I’d like to share a few.

When I was nine years old we acquired a Siamese mix I named Charnesky after a character in a book. I was home alone and my mom was at work one day when Charnesky, then a kitten, “got stuck” behind the washing machine. The piteous meows! I coaxed and called, but couldn’t get him to come out. Upset, I called my mom at work.

“Charnesky’s stuck behind the washing machine,” I sobbed.

“I’m sure he’ll come out,” she said.

“He won’t! He’s stuck.”

So my mom left work. It took her maybe half an hour to drive home. As I heard her footsteps on the walk outside the house, the damn cat came out! I’d called her home from work for nothing! I was sure I was going to be in trouble. I grabbed Charnesky and shoved him back behind the washing machine. But he wouldn’t stay.

My mom walked in. There was Charnesky.

“He just came out!” I said.

“Why didn’t you stuff him back?” she asked.

* * *

Same cat. Still a kitten. We’d taken Charnesky to the vet for his shots. I was sitting in the waiting room with the cat on my lap when someone entered with a large dog. Charnesky leaped to highest point he could get to—the top of my head. I had a kitten on my head, digging his claws into my scalp.

* * *

In high school, I had a friend who, I would learn, was afraid of many, many things: escalators, grass—I’m not kidding. A lot of people don’t like snakes, but we were in a pet store one time, and I spotted some snakes behind the case. “Look, snakes,” I said. Her back was turned. She hadn’t even seen them, but she ran screaming from the pet store.

She was also afraid of cats. We hadn’t known each other very long when she came to my house for the first time. We entered my room. My cat (Puff, not Charnesky) was curled into a ball, asleep on my bed.

My friend screamed. It wasn’t a little yelp, it was a somebody’s-trying-to-kill-me scream. Poor Puff! She shot into the air about three feet and dove under the bed.

Do you have a favorite pet story to share?


Rescued by the Cyborg
A Novella in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Series

 

A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…

 

Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.

 

Rescued by the Cyborg Excerpt

Guy pushed into his cabin. Next to his bags was the gift—a box tied with a big red bow. The carton was moving. And mewing. “Oh, Jessamine, what did you do?”

The box bumped into his foot. Atop the lid, his niece had written: LIVE ANAMUL. OPEN IMED IMID SOON!

He ripped off the bow and peeled back the top. Inside, an angry, frightened kitten hissed. Jessamine’s cat had birthed a litter, and he recognized this baby by its gray coat, four white feet, and a blotch shaped like a star on its button nose.

Sighing, he reached into the carton.

The kitten growled and swiped its claws across his skin.

“Ow!” Guy yanked his hand back. The kitten leaped out and dove under the berth.

Great. Just great. How could his niece have done such a thing? She shouldn’t have boxed up a live animal—even if she did punch air holes in the carton. If she hadn’t contacted him and insisted he open the present, the kitten might have remained inside for quite a while.

In the corner of the container, he spotted a slip of paper, partially shredded. He unfolded it.

Dear Uncle Guy,

I know you are sad, and I want you to be happy. I am giving you one of Fluffy’s kittens so you won’t be lonely. I named her Mittzi becuz she has four wite white mittens. Pleez come home again, soon.

Jessamine

XOXO

His sister worried about him, but Carter, too, and now Jessamine? He hadn’t hidden his feelings well enough if his seven-year-old niece could pick up on them.

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 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.

 

Cara Bristol Bio

USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes steamy science fiction romance with an emphasis on the characters and their romance, with a little humor, heat, and danger added for fun. She is the author of three science fiction romance series: sexy cyborg Cy-Ops Scifi Romance series, the dark erotic Breeder series, and the new humorous Alien Mate series. She likes to say that she writes science fiction for readers who don’t like sci-fi.  Cara lives in Missouri with her alpha hero, her husband, and Hannah, her cat, aka her writing supervisor.

Social media links:

Web site: http://www.carabristol.com

Newsletter: http://carabristol.com/get-your-free-book/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3

Twitter: @CaraBristol, https://twitter.com/CaraBristol

Senses of Wonder

Today we meet one of the Embrace the Romance authors, Alexis Glynn Latner, who writes and flies like I do!  Be sure to read to the end to learn more about her story, Mascot. 


Senses of Wonder

When I started college at Rice University, I majored in space physics.  For a variety of reasons, that major didn’t last—I ended up with a B.A. in Linguistics. My fascination with astrophysics did last.  I went on to write science fiction. After reading my first novel, Hurricane Moon, a Rice space physics professor remarked that he’d only had one scientific bone to pick—and it wasn’t a big one.  He also noted the Rice space physicist grads I’d gratefully named in my Acknowledgements and concluded that on the basis of the scientifically accurate advice they’d given me for the book, he’d evidently done a lot right as their teacher and advisor!  

My story Mascot in the Embrace the Romance:  Pets in Space 2 anthology is set in an imaginary nebula loosely modeled on the Trifid Nebula (but with a few completely imaginary surprises inside.) 

http://earthsky.org/clusters-nebulae-galaxies/trifid-nebula-a-summer-milky-way-treasure

What a wonderland of space physics such a nebula might be, with massive blue newborn stars, dim brown dwarf stars, emission and reflection nebulas, and for all we know, hidden suns with recondite worlds with all kinds of moons.  I’ve been following the findings from space probes about the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.  This is strange and wonderful stuff.

One of the things that traditional science fiction often had, and that SF really should have, is a sense of wonder. Traditionally that was wonder at the physical universe.  It dovetails neatly into the wonders of the human heart in love.  To have both in one tale is wonderful indeed.


About Mascot by Alexis Glynn Latner, an Aeon’s Legacy novella

 

A space station manager and an interstellar auditor must work through their antagonism and attraction to each other while the station comes under attack. Then the station mascot enters the fray!

Alexis Glynn Latner writes science fiction and fantasy romantic adventure, teaches creative writing, and works at the Rice University Library in Houston, Texas. For fun and the romance of flight, she is a sailplane pilot. Her website is www.alexisglynnlatner.com