#8Sunday: From Claimed by the Cyborg…March learns the truth

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday!

Claimed by the Cyborg releases January 10 in ebook and paperback

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. I’m getting to the really good parts in the excerpts from Claimed by the Cyborg. To recap: Cyborg hero March goes to planet Xenia to deliver a spacecraft to the emperor. He hopes to search for “Jules,” a woman from his past. He is befriended by Naimo, the emperor’s future son-in-law, who invites him to the prebonding banquet. The bride-to-be, the emperor’s daughter, enters the banquet hall with her younger sister…We’re in March’s POV.

Naimo took a deep, satisfied-sounding breath. “She is even lovelier with the bonding stain painted on her face. Her vids don’t do her justice.”

The younger woman’s face was clear, unmarked. His gaze zoomed to Jules, to the spiraling whorls gracing her temples, her cheeks. The woman with the facial paint is your chosen?” His voice came out a whispered croak. “That’s Princess Julietta?” His Jules was Emperor Dusan’s daughter? No.

“The one and only.” Naimo beamed.

Selecting excerpts from Claimed by the Cyborg has been challenge. The story has many plot twists, andI don’t want to spoil the surprise for readers by giving it away in excerpts. Seriously, this is best plotted and most romantic of all the Cy-Ops books.

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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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33 Responses to #8Sunday: From Claimed by the Cyborg…March learns the truth

  1. Oh, what a realization! I’m rubbing my hands together anxious for more. Great snippet! 🙂

    • Cara Bristol says:

      I’m glad! I know that some readers will say, “well, I knew at the beginning that Julietta and Julese were the same. How predictable.” Jules…Julietta? They’re supposed to know. The suspense come with the readers knowing something the characters don’t, and waiting for the characters to find out. BTW, I do explain in the book, why the similarity in name doesn’t occur to March.

  2. Great snippet. Whenever I see the name Naimo, my mind reads it as Nanaimo and my mouth waters, lusting for a Nanaimo bar. (For those who’ve missed one of the great supersweet confection: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaimo_bar.

  3. I had a feeling … The poor guy! What’s he going to do now?

  4. Nancy Gideon says:

    Boom! Knew it was coming and am very satisfied with the impact. Poor March! All the time in the world has just run out. Hope you’re release day is out of this world, Cara!!

  5. I guessed that Jules and Julietta were the same person, but I didn’t realize March was a friend of the bridegroom! Makes it worse!

  6. Exciting is the word that comes to mind. You amaze me, Cara. Best wishes.

  7. I thought so too, but it is so well written, Cara. I might overcome my indifference to reading science fiction stories (don’t dislike them, but I tend not to read them) and buy this book. It looks a great read. Good luck for the launch.

  8. Botanist says:

    What a shock for him! How’s he going to react to this realization?

  9. Surprise! Great reveal.

  10. Aha! Now we know for sure that Jules=Julietta. Love the description of the whorls of facial paint.

  11. I really enjoyed reading the ARC of this book, so well done. Lots of twists and turns…great snippet!

  12. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Oh, what a bummer! It’s even worse that it’s his friend who is marrying her. I didn’t get that until this snippet. Makes it an even darker dark moment. Can’t wait to read this!

  13. Right in the gut. Sucker-punched by Fate. Now what will he do about it? Very emotional snippet!

  14. Amy Braun says:

    Twist! Loved it. Wonder what he’ll do now… 😉

  15. Congrats on your new release! Love the excerpt!

  16. This excerpt was what sent me straight to Amazon to get my copy. Good job!

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