Getting ready for the (un)happy occasion…From Claimed by the Cyborg

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Coming January 10, 2017

Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 5

In this week’s Weekend Writing Warriors excerpt, I’m switching POV. Remember, March has arrived on Xenia to deliver a spaceship. He hopes to search for Jules, a woman from his past. In this scene, a servant has delivered Princess Julietta’s wedding dress two days before her “bonding ceremony.” Julietta has to be coaxed by her sister Marji to try on the dress and the headdress. The first line is Marji’s.

“How does it feel?”

Crushing. “Fine.”

“It’s perfect!” Marji said.

Could she walk down the aisle without toppling over, without bursting into tears, without making a spectacle of herself in front of thousands?

She would have to—what choice did she have? As firstborn, she was heir apparent. Her future had been decided the day of her birth twenty-five solar cycles ago.

Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens  the Xenian empire and their lives.

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#CyborgFact: Cyborgs can be female; the Cy-Ops #SFR series has two #ScifiRom

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Most science fiction/science fiction romance authors focus on male cyborgs because they make the perfect alpha heroes: rough, tough, uber-macho men. The heroes in my Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series are all cyborgs. But I also created two female cyborgs within the series.

In Trapped with the Cyborg, Amanda Mansfield is paired with Sonny Masters. Both are cyberoperatives who go undercover on an enemy planet to try to learn the location of a terrorist mastermind.

Another heroine in another Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance becomes a cyborg at the end. I won’t say which book here because it would spoil the story. If you really, really want to know, email me at carabristol50 at yahoo dot com and I’ll tell you.

 

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The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…

Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

Like him. Sonny Masters. Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin. He can’t seem to understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

All Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romances can be read as standalones.

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Coming January 2017 – Cy-Ops SFR 5 – Claimed by the Cyborg

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March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that may destroy the Xenian empire and separate them forever.

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Positive thinking: my favorite motivational memes #Motivation, #MotivationMonday

For a few years, I’ve been collecting motivational, positive sayings that resonated with me. I’ve started sharing these on Facebook to bring some positive energy to social media. Each weekday, I post a new meme. I try to pick ones that not only have meaning for me, but that my Facebook friends will appreciate as well.

Here are some of my personal favorites, that meant the most to me:

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I like the directness, the boldness, the no-nonsense approach.

 

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As I look back on my life I see that roadblocks to success weren’t external but internal. I didn’t set my goals and dreams high enough. I settled for what I thought I could easily accomplish.

 

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Go forth and be bold!

be-a-dragon

Be true and be your best self.

 

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When I posted this on FB, some people took this to mean you can change where you live. I see this as changing one’s life or circumstances. If you don’t like the way things are, don’t complain, change it.

 

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I think this is the ultimate pep talk. You can be more than you think you can be.

And my No. 1 favorite….

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I love this because it is part magic & imagination and practical advice. Believe in yourself and take the risk!

 

Do you have a favorite meme? Are there any here or that I posted on FB that especially resonated with you? Which ones?

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From Claimed by the Cyborg…a favor that may cost him

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Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 5 – Coming January 10, 2017

March Fellows, a former undercover cyberoperative, has arrived on Xenia to deliver a spaceship to the emperor of the planet. Just as arrives at the palace, he receives a communique from Carter Aymes, Cy-Ops Director. Although March doesn’t work for Cy-Ops any longer, he does accept some freelance assignments. The italicized dialogue is mental–cyborgs can “instant message” with one another. The first line is March’s:

What’s up?

I need a favor.

March’s human sixth sense warned the favor would cost him, but how did you say no to the man who had saved your life? Sure, what is it?

I need you to attend the bonding ceremony of Princess Julietta and her consort.

He laughed aloud.

The guard looked at him.

“I’m sorry,” he apologized, and shot back to Carter, I’m not on the guest list.  I can’t crash the emperor’s daughter’s wedding. But if he could extend his visit, he’d have more time to look for Jules.

Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens  the Xenian empire and their lives.

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Trouble with computers: it’s not me, it’s THEM

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For the record, I think computers and the internet are the best things to happen to the world since the invention of the printing press. Having a computer has made it possible for me to be an author. If I had to type a submission-ready manuscript on a typewriter…well, it would never happen. I wouldn’t be able to produce a copy “pretty” enough to submit.

I love my computer. If an emergency occurred and I had to evacuate, my laptop would be the first possession I would grab.

I love what computers have made it possible for me to do. I can’t imagine how I used to function without the internet and Google. However, I hate the rapidly-changing technology. When something goes wrong, I often assume user error, but 99.99% of the time, it’s not. Something changed, something happened that had little or nothing to do with what I did. I did not make a mistake; the system simply stopped working.

Often a software upgrade is the culprit. I used to use Windows Explorer as my browser until it upgraded and my website stopped working. I used to use the Norton antivirus/internet security program until it upgraded and locked me out of my blog.

Several months back Google quarantined my website after it was hacked. I’d noticed a decrease in blog traffic, but everything was functioning the way it always had so I didn’t know anything wrong  until I Googled myself as I routinely do and discovered Google had slapped a warning on my site. (Then I had to Google how to deal with the issue to get it resolved). My site since has been scrubbed clean, I have website anti-hacking software, and my site even has a SSL certificate!

Recently I bought a new laptop. When I set it up, the computer asked for a PIN. It didn’t tell me how many characters to use. I inputted an 8-digit number and wrote it down so I’d remember it. When I tried to login later, I was locked out. My PIN didn’t work. I had to do a factory-reset to get back in and then reload everything. I still don’t know why that happened, but I think it’s because I was supposed to use a 4-digit PIN. Apparently everyone in the world knew that a PIN by definition is 4 digits. I didn’t know that. I thought I’d be “extra secure” by using a longer number.

I’m writing this on my old computer. I’m afraid of the new one.

I am a technophobe. I dread with the deepest dread having to do anything new with computers. I hate calling tech support. It always takes longer than it I think it should.

When my website started to slow down (sometimes taking 5 minutes to load a page), I put off calling tech support for about a week and half because I knew it would be a gut-clenching experience. Tuesday I bit the bullet and called my hosting service. GoDaddy thought recent plugin upgrades had caused the slowdown, but also said the Linux server my website was on didn’t work so well for WordPress, and I should switch to their Deluxe Managed WordPress server (I didn’t choose Linux, a web designer did). It took 3 different calls over a 4-hour period to work out the transfer (it was a multi-step process. Had to wait for each stage to complete, then call back and do the next stage). Then I had to wait for the systems to start talking to one another. When my site finally went live after 12 hours later, the theme and widgets had been rendered inactive. I couldn’t even login from my own homepage. Another call to tech support. But that was quickly resolved. My site is now super fast. Moving it to another server was worth the angst, but there was angst.

I am a technophobe, but I think I’ve earned the right to be.

How about you? Are you a computer geek or a technophobe?

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10 holiday gift ideas for your pet loving friends…#Cats #Dogs #PetLovers

 

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My mother loves her animals more than anything in the whole world. She also likes T-shirts, and shirts with dogs on them. She had a T-shirt with a dachshund on it, but not her dachshund. One year for Christmas I went over to her house, took photos of “Ginger,” and then had a T-shirt made with a picture of her dog. She loved it! (LOL. She loves her pets so much, she never questioned why I would be taking pictures of her animals. She loves them; she assumes everyone else will be equally enamored).

hannah for FFA pet is both a member of the family and a hobby, and for gift giving, you can’t go wrong by appealing to a pet owner’s love of animals. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for the pet lover in your life:

  • A personalized T-shirt with the animal’s picture.
  • A locket pendant with the animal’s picture in in.
  • Photo Christmas ornament with the animal’s picture
  • For the dog lover who likes to cook: A dog treat cookbook.
  • For the busy pet owner: Walking, grooming, or pet sitting services. Note: you can hire a service or offer your services.
  • For the pet lover who has everything: A donation to a pet charity.
  • A collection of DVD movies featuring pets (we don’t all stream!). List of movies featuring dogs. List of movies featuring cats. (Word of caution: many pet movies have sad endings).
  • For the pet lover who likes to travel: A pet travel guide with places where pets are welcomed.
  • A gift certificate to a pet store.
  • For all pet lovers: Pets in Space. A collection of heart-warming science fiction romances in which pets play a major role.

Even an alien needs a pet…

Pets in SpaceJoin 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!

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Claimed by the Cyborg is off to editing! Release date: January 10, 2017

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Coming January 10, 2017

I sent Claimed by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 5) to my editor yesterday! For me, there are three major milestones in a book’s life: finishing the first draft, finishing my revisions and sending the manuscript to a professional editor, and release day. So, milestone two has been completed.

The book will be published on January 10, 2017 and will be available on Amazon, iBooks, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. It won’t be available for preorder.

Claimed with the Cyborg is the fifth in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, and like the others, it’s a standalone read. Both the hero and heroine were secondary characters in other books. March Fellows was in Captured by the Cyborg (book 3) and Jules/Princess Julietta was in Married to the Cyborg, the Cy-Ops extra available FREE to newsletter subscribers.

Claimed is the most romantically focused of all the series books, but there’s plenty of adventure too. It has a lot of plot twists. The story is set on Xenia, an alien planet that appeared in Stranded with the Cyborg and Captured by the Cyborg. Forget what you thought you knew about the peace-loving Xenians. Muwahaha…

The close-to-final blurb:

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

♥ ♥ ♥

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Read a cyborg romance for #CyberMonday…

Fall in love with a cyborg. Read a cyborg romance on CyberMonday.

The Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series is about a secret organization of cyborgs fighting to save the galaxy…and to get their girl. Each book in the series is a standalone read. Four books have been published, the fifth will be released in January.

Stranded with the Cyborg – Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 1

Stranded200x300Ten years ago Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what. Much has changed in a decade: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up and is about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock has been transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going gets impossible. So when he’s unexpectedly assigned to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA may become his most impossible assignment yet.

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Stranded is also available in audiobook!

Mated with the Cyborg – Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 2

Mated200x300Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out. Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death. His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission. Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?

Mated with the Cyborg is an action-packed erotic sci-fi romance between a man with a mission and a woman with a secret that jeopardizes their lives and the fate of the galaxy.

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Mated is available in audiobook too.

Captured by the Cyborg – Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 3

Captured_200x300Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….

An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.

Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe….even if it means keeping her captive.

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Trapped with the Cyborg

Trapped_600x900The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…

Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

Like him. Sonny Masters. Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin. He can’t seem to understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

Amazon | iBooks | All Romance | Kobo | BN

Coming January 2017 – Claimed by the Cyborg

claimed_by_the_cyborg_1800x2700March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

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From Claimed by the Cyborg: this cyborg doesn’t travel light….

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Book 5, a stand-alone read in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series

Coming January 2017

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. In today’s excerpt, March Fellows, our hero, arrives on Xenia to deliver a spaceship and to look for a woman from his past. He’s met by a couple of guards.

“If you’re ready, we’ll escort you to the palace. You did not come with baggage?” the male guard asked.

Oh, he lugged plenty of baggage, but not of the suitcase variety. He shook his head. “I won’t be here long.” Only for a pit stop to deliver the ship and steal whatever extra little bit of time he could before he notified his boss to pick him up.

“So you’re not here for the imperial bonding?”

“No, just delivering the wedding gi—ship.” Maybe the gift was a secret. Wouldn’t it be his luck to cause a political incident by spoiling Dusan’s surprise wedding gift to his daughter and her consort-to-be.

Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens  the Xenian empire and their lives.

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#CyborgFact: A cyborg is not an android (robot), a cyborg is …

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a human being who has computer and/or mechanical enhancements. In science fiction and science fiction romance, cyborgs often have “nanocytes,”  tiny robotic cells in their bloodstream, which give them extra capabilities or functions, such as speedy healing, enhanced senses, etc. But the main point is that they are human, or a least an organic life form (aliens can be cyborgs too).

An android is a robot (a machine) that looks human.

In my Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, I gave all the cyborg heroes names that mean “man” to emphasize their humanity:

Brock MannStranded with the Cyborg

Kai AndrosMated with the Cyborg

Dale HommeCaptured by the Cyborg

Sonny Masters – Trapped by Cyborg

March Fellows – Claimed by the Cyborg (Coming January 2017)

The only cyborg who doesn’t have a man name is Carter Aymes, Cyber Operation director and a secondary character in all the books. He wasn’t a cyborg when the series started and since I’m a pantser, I didn’t know he was going to become one. Carter will get his own book one of these days. Cyber Operations (Cy-Ops) is a secret military force fighting against terrorism in the galaxy. The series theme is, “Saving the girl and the galaxy one mission at a time.”

Coming in January 2017 – Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 5

Claimed by the Cyborg

claimed_by_the_cyborg_1800x2700March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.

Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that may destroy the Xenian empire and separate them forever.

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