Embrace the Romance is a USA Today Bestseller!

Thank you readers for helping make Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 a USA Today Bestseller! At  #118, baby! :) We authors are donating a portion of our first month’s profits to Hero-Dogs so this is fantastic news. But there’s only a few days left–the donation period ends on Nov 11th, Veteran’s Day. So please spread the word and help our vets–For only $3.99 you can help this great organization plus read some fun short stories–like mine!

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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 Hero-Dogs.org) The other contributing authors and I will be donating a generous portion of our first month’s profits directly to Hero-dogs.org 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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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. 

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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.


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

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