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Character sketches from Spark of Attraction, Pets in Space

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind.  We are so pleased with the success of PETS IN SPACE. WE couldn’t have done it without all of you. I am sending you all huge hugs of thanks!  

We are going to round out our conversations with the PETS IN SPACE ANTHOLOGY authors with Cara Bristol.  She is going to introduce us to her story Spark of Attraction.  Be sure to visit her website and follow her on social media.  Links are at the end of the blog post.

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Spark of Attraction in Pets in Space has three main characters. The hero, heroine, and a dog. Here’s a highlight of who they are.

Name: Dante Stone

Race: Cyborg. A computer-modified human.

Nickname: Cold Stone.

Occupation: Captain of the Crimson Hawk, a military spacecraft

Goal: Deliver the 200+ survivors of an alien attack to Space Station 15 and then resume his normal duties.

Temperament: Analytical and mission-focused. His emotions were accidentally erased when he was transformed to cyborg. His nickname is “Cold Stone.”

Obstacle: Miranda Lowell, one of the survivors who sneaked aboard a malfunctioning K9-500 bot. She’s an unwelcome distraction, and her robot dog is irritating. The damn bot bit him!

Name: Miranda Lowell

Race: Human.

Occupation: Archivist for the New Utopians, a group of colonists that sought to establish a colony on Verde Omega.

Goal: Recover from the alien attack that nearly killed her and destroyed everything she owned except for Sparky, her K9-500 robotic dog.

Obstacle: Something is terribly wrong aboard the Crimson Hawk. Her fellow New Utopians are disappearing one by one. Why won’t the captain believe her?

Name: Sparky

Appearance: Resembles a real dog. He’s small, with short white fur, electrified teeth, and one hell of a bite.

Race: Artificial Intelligence. A K9-500 robot.

Function: Companion to Miranda Lowell. Programmed to protect her at any cost.

Obstacle: The captain of the Crimson Hawk. To protect Miranda from the threat posed by the captain, Sparky bit him. Now he’s been deactivated. As soon as he can move again, watch out!

If you left to colonize a planet, what one personal item from home (Earth) would you want to bring?

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

“How’s your leg?” she asked.

“Good as new.”

“I’m so sorry about what happened.”

“Don’t worry about it. With my nanos, the bite wound had healed by the next morning, and all traces had disappeared the day after. Just give me your word you’ll keep the bot powered down.” A cyborg, he’d healed fast, but if the K9-500 bit a human, the outcome wouldn’t be so good.

She crossed her heart. “I learned my lesson. I had assumed when you grabbed me to keep me from falling, it triggered a protective response in Sparky, but he hasn’t been performing to spec lately.”

“You need to get that checked out.”

“I intend to when I get to the space station. He’s the only thing I have left. My father gave him to me before he died.”

“On Verde Omega—”

“No, no,” she added quickly. “He died when I was teenager. I’ve had Sparky ever since, and he saved me from the Tyranians. He bit one of them, too.”

Thank goodness she had had the bot. “Maybe I could examine him?” Dante offered.

What was he thinking? He needed to break off all association with this woman—not find ways to spend time with her. A relationship between the captain and a refugee passenger would be inappropriate—not to mention short-termed. Once the ship docked, they would go their separate ways, as they should. And if he already ached at the idea of never seeing her again, how much worse would it be if he got to know her better?

“I don’t understand.” She frowned.

“We have an android lab. I’m no coding expert, but as a cyborg, I run diagnostics on my own programming regularly. I can examine…uh…Sparky for anomalies, red flags.”

Was he crazy? He couldn’t fraternize with a passenger! Tell her never mind. Forget what I said.

“You’d do that?” Her face lit up with a beautiful, glowing smile. For the second time since he’d met her, he felt as if he’d been punched in the chest. If she ever smiled at him like that…well, she was, but only because he’d offered to run a diagnostic on her robot.

“Let me see when I have the time,” he backpedaled. Before he extended any more stupid offers, he excused himself. “I’ll let you know what Lieutenant Commander Brack finds out,” he said, and rose to his feet. “I must return to the bridge.” He fled the observation deck.

Cara Bristol’s website: https://carabristol.com

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Cara Bristol on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3

Cara Bristol’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Cara-Bristol/e/B004D8KZTQ/

My Alien Pet

Please welcome Veronica Scott.  Veronica’s PETS IN SPACE story is Star Cruise: Stowaway.  Today, Veronica gives a sneak peek into her story so make sure you read through to the end. Then visit Veronica’s web page for more information on her books and upcoming projects https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/

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One of the first things that comes to mind for me when thinking about petlike alien animals in space would be the tribble, from the famous Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.” They’re soft, they kind of purr and oh did I mention they multiply like nobody’s business? The rabbit of the spacelanes! I always loved that episode…

Data had an orange tabby cat named Spot in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” And Ripley had her orange tabby named Jonesy in the movies “Alien” and “Aliens”. Although the cat wisely stayed home in the second movie. The cat always knows best!

Apparently there was a pet in the old show “Lost in Space,” a creature that made a ‘bloop’ sound and which was named Debbie but I’ve got no memory of it! Looks like a chimpanzee with pointy ears.

So when it was time for me to come up with my ‘alien pet’ for the novel Star Cruise: Outbreak, I did think about tribbles. I made Midorri, my pet, soft and green, but there any resemblance to tribbles ended because my pet has two golden eyes, a long tail like a red panda (which is my favorite wild animal on Earth so if I’m designing an animal, I get to include that tail!) and six legs. Not a tribble, not even close. But affectionate and patient, although Midorri may be allergic to humans- we’re still figuring that part out. And she loves cat treats.

Because Owen Embersson, the cargo master of my ship Nebula Zephyr, has a rescue cat, Moby.

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.

And 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.

 

A quick excerpt from the story – this one comes from the second half of the adventure, not that I want to give spoilers, but Owen and Midorri are setting off to accomplish something important (and perhaps slightly illegal, but for a good cause)!

 

             A major shipping hub in this Sector, although not a governmental center, Devir Six hosted a Cargo Master Guild Hall so there was nothing odd or unusual about Owen taking one of the Nebula Zephyr’s personal flitters to the surface, ostensibly to conduct business. The ship would to be in orbit for a few days, while the passengers sampled the planet’s many beautiful amenities. As he moved among the crowds at the spaceport, he didn’t attract much notice—just another spacer in nondescript utilities—with his unusual pet perched on his shoulder. A number of men and women in the crowd sported their odd alien furred and feathered companions, as if to proclaim the fact of their extensive journeys among the stars.

                He reached up to pet Midorri. They both knew her leash was for show only and wouldn’t stop her for a second if she wanted to bolt. He’d come to realize she was a lot smarter than anyone had been giving her credit for, and he hoped she might come in handy during the next few days.

Author Bio:

Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “City On the Edge of Forever.”

Blog: https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/vscotttheauthor

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veronica-Scott/177217415659637?ref=hl

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Scott/e/B006CUCJ92/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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.

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