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My Favorite Fictional Animal

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My favorite fictional animal

I thought this would be a hard question to answer, but it turns out, not so much. I fell in love with Anne McCaffrey’s dragons at an impressionable age. I think I read Dragonsong, the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy, when I was ten years old. I instantly wanted my own firelizard.

I mean, these were awesome, cat-sized dragons who could teleport, who were bonded to their human and loved them deeply, the most loyal companion you could ever have! And they were gorgeous, jewel-toned creatures with the ability to fly. I wanted ten of my own. But as cool as the firelizards were, they were quickly outclassed in my mind by the dragons – large versions would could actually carry humans on their backs, and not only were bonded with their human riders, but could talk to them telepathically!

And they could teleport and travel through time. Even now, decades later I still want my own dragon. (I mean, who wouldn’t want the ability to teleport and time travel? With your best friend?)

This early obsession with telepathic animals might explain why I have psychically gifted animals in my own series. No dragons (yet – you never know!) but animals who love their humans and speak with them telepathically all the same. I’ve read several series with this same trope since McCaffrey’s Pern books, including the Heralds of Valdemar and the Cheysuli books. I’ve enjoyed them all, though none have quite captured me the way those first books did. I mean, how do you compete with dragons, am I right?

Really, I think it all comes down to love. As humans, we are always seeking to connect with others. With other people, and for some of us, with our animal companions. Our pets are often considered family members, and I think science fiction just takes the idea that one inevitable step further.

At its heart, I think that’s what our stories are about. That connection. I’m proud to be involved with Pets in Space, and so excited to share my story, Escape Run

Here is a small teaser:

All of his frustration drained away. He snuck another look at her, and noticed Ember curled up on the bench behind them. Back in the same place she’d occupied on their last space voyage together, nearly a decade ago. He nodded toward the kith-vos in greeting, and she closed one blue eye slowly and opened it again in what he could only describe as a deliberate wink.

Well, maybe he had at least one ally.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Susan!

Blessing of the Animals

Over the next few weeks, I will be hosting my fellow Pets In Space authors.  Today I welcome Alexis Glynn Latner. For more information on Alexis, please visit her website http://www.alexisglynnlatner.com/.

Blessing of the Animals

The way pets comfort, pleasantly distract, reassure and help us can be, for those who use religious language, a blessing. This has not escaped notice of the mainstream Christianity. Episcopal, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, some relatively daring Methodist, and congregations of other denominations conduct a blessing of the animals every year in October, on the feast day of St. Francis: he who of all the saints had a great love for nature and all creatures.  Francis is the patron saint of animals; Pope John Paul II in 1979 made him the patron saint of ecology.  And his likeness turns up in all kinds of gardens, often with a birdbath or bird feeder as part of it.  

In the blessing of the animals, there may be the invitation for (well behaved) animals to attend worship. Last year in my church, a number of dogs, two cats in carriers, and one snake were noted. Or there might be a special service outdoors, say in the cloisters, with all pets welcome. The pets that show up range from horses to spiders.  I heard of an Episcopal church in New York City that made a liturgical procession of it, and the creatures involved included a roach in a glass jar reposing on a purple liturgical pillow. (That one may have represented not so much pet kind as unavoidable fellow inhabitants of the city. Then again, I’m sure that some blessing of the animals somewhere has had a Madagascar hissing cockroach brought to be duly blessed; some people do keep these as pets.)

Animals, especially pets, bless us so much we can certainly bless them back!  From an Episcopal Church online resource comes this blessing complete with a few notes on how it should be conducted.


(The blessing is usually done with the sprinkling of water over the animal and the owner. )

“N., (name of animal, i.e. “Smokey”, not cat/dog)

may you be blessed in the Name of the Father,

and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. May you and

(the name of the “owner”) enjoy life together

and find joy with the God who created you.”


Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Susan!

Pets in Space Anthology Available for Pre-Order

I am excited to announce that PETS IN SPACE ANTHOLOGY is available for pre-order.  Pets in Space doesn’t release until October 11th, but you are now able to reserve a copy at Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play and All Romance Ebooks.  

I hope you will join me and 8 of my New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and bestselling author friends as we present to you eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story.  We will take you on nine adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. 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.

If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for my newsletter to hear about our release day festivities. 



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