Writer’s Log

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

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: 


Amazon US 

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

Amazon AU 

Barnes & Noble 

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

 

Instafreebie sampler for Embrace the Romance--available now!

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. 

I loved writing this novella. Please enjoy and I’d love to know what you think. Instafreebie sampler of first chapters is now available to share with readers. 

Instafreebie Sampler: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/EZz5p

Please share far and wide if you would like to!

A Fairytale Tale of an Act of Kindness

RWA Day 3. Went to bed at 2, woke up at 7:30 when a calendar alarm informed me I had a breakfast date that actually wasn’t happening! But with one last brekkie of grits awaiting me, I’m up and dressed and ready to go. Today will mostly be working on the final edits for a couple of upcoming books and socializing with writer pals I rarely get to see, before I head back west to exchange the book biz for flying the Queen of the Skies to Asia for my other wonderful job. It’s been a fun conference, seeing new friends and friends from “back in the day”, the late 90s, early 2000s, many of them now very successful authors or senior editors at big publishers, when I knew them as new editorial assistants back in my years with the NY publishing houses. This month marks about 18 months since I dove into the non-traditional publishing world, quite unexpectedly, and I’m still drinking from the firehose of learning stuff. Seeing The Champion of Barésh final in the RITA awards was like a fairy tale. I wrote the book for all the readers who never stopped nagging me over the 5 years after I thought I had quit the writing biz. (I left publishing because I felt I couldn’t write the stories I wanted to write the way I wanted to write them, and in those days, being indie wasn’t a thing yet.) My fans wanted Klark’s story, the former bad guy in previous books. But then plucky, swearing, truck driver Jemm came bursting into my head with her entire dysfunctional family and the story was born. They were the best characters an author could want. So, if I had had the chance to give an acceptance speech last night it would have touched upon how a book that was a gift for my readers ended up being an even bigger gift to me. <3 One of my readers, Jill Arnwine Sardella, a fan and aspiring author and NANOWRIMO queen, would write me like clockwork, and it went something like this–“When’s the next book, I need the next one, I want Klark’s story, How’s writing going? Where’s the next book?”–then finally after 5 years–> “What the hell are you so afraid of?!? WRITE THE DAMN BOOK ALREADY!!!” I got so angry with her…that I wrote the damn book!!! And here it is! So, thank you to Jill, and to Joan, and all the others who never forget about me and my stories. Never underestimate the power of kindness. Your kindness reignited my love of writing stories. Okay, off to start the day! 

Champion of Barésh, now Star Champion