Psst! A sneak peek excerpt at Krinar’s Desire, Krinar Chronicles Kindle World

Coming to Amazon Kindle Worlds September 12

Krinar’s Desire by Cara Bristol

Based on the Krinar Chronicles by Anna Zaires

An excerpt

Arak extended his hand. “It’s nice to meet you, Miss Meadows. Welcome to K Technologies.” Polite, neutral words, but his voice poured over her like rich, decadent, chocolate. The dark, sinful kind with a lingering bite. The timbre vibrated through tissue and bone until her entire body hummed and ached.

She froze, trying to make sense of her involuntary, spontaneous reaction. She’d met handsome men before. Not like this. He was tall and sleek, his form tight with muscle but avoiding the bulkiness afflicting bodybuilders. Chiseled cheekbones and a strong chin held enough smoothness to avoid sharpness. Full lips parted in a smile showing white teeth, but no fangs.

Do they pop out when he needs them, or is their thirst for blood a myth? Do Krinar even have fangs? She gulped and tore her gaze away from his sexy—not sexy, not sexy—mouth to meet his gaze.

His eyes were golden-green, his brows almost black like his short, gleaming hair. One eyebrow arched.

“Earth to Caitlyn, wake up.” Mike growled through the earpiece.

Her face heated. Arak stood there with his hand outstretched.

How embarrassing. “It-it’s nice to meet you.” His big hand engulfed hers, and an electrical charge shot through her like she’d grabbed a practical-joke buzzer. Her stomach fluttered, and her nipples tightened. What the hell was wrong with her?

As soon as his grip loosened, she tucked her hair behind her ear and dislodged the earpiece. It fell to the floor. She stooped to grab it at the same time as Arak knelt. His eyes weren’t golden-green at all, but composed of individual flecks of amber and shades ranging from deep forest to light moss. His woodsy scent wafted over her like an aromatherapy diffuser perfuming the air, except his effect was anything but calming to her senses.

“This is an interesting earring.” He peered at the tiny transceiver, and her thudding heart nearly leaped out of her chest. Would he realize what it was? What would he do if he did? Kick her out? Or kill her? The Ks insisted they meant no harm, but some humans had died during the Great Panic following the invasion and in the failed offensive by the Resistance in Lenkarda. Her pendant cam would record everything, so people would see if he killed her, but she would still be dead.

He won’t kill me. I’m being silly. Get a grip.

“Is it a common to wear jewelry on top of your ear? And only one?” He tilted his head to peer at her left ear. She’d attached simple gold hoops through a single piercing in each lobe, but the transceiver had been worn as a single earring.

Their fingers brushed when he handed the spy device to her. Her hand trembled as she re-clipped the unit to the top of her ear. “Common? I don’t know. Some women do. It’s a fashion statement.” Or a secret transceiver. She bit her lip to suppress a nervous giggle.

“That was a close one,” Mike said.

Arak cupped her elbow and assisted her to her feet. Another riot of disconcerting sensation rocketed through her like fireworks. I wish he’d stop touching me. Shaking hands was expected in business situations, and contact wasn’t unlikely when handing a person something, but what if he needed a tactile connection to read her mind?

She stepped back and fiddled with her pendant then realized she was blocking the video, and let it drop.

Yellow-green eyes fixed on her face. “Do I frighten you, Miss Meadows?”

Krinar’s Desire blurb

He’ll never let her go…

Pretending she works for the mayor’s office, investigative journalist Caitlyn Meadows goes undercover at a K company intending to expose the Krinar and show the world the dark side of the powerful, mesmerizing aliens who have invaded Earth.

Arak, a Krinar, prefers to avoid the weak, technologically backward humans, but the moment he meets Caitlyn, he wants her. Getting her to submit to his dark desires consumes him, and he sets out to seduce her.

Falling under Arak’s spell, Caitlyn begins to doubt her beliefs and her mission. She doesn’t know whom to trust—her colleagues at Viral News who warn she’s becoming too close to a dangerous alien—or her own heart that urges her to get even closer by becoming Arak’s mate.

Making the wrong choice could mean her life…

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Breeder is 99 cents 1 day ONLY ~ Aug. 1 #99cents #Scifirom #Dystopian

Breeder is on sale for 99 cents one day only, Tuesday Aug. 1,  on Amazon only. On Wednesday, Breeder will revert to the regular price of $4.99.

Get it here

She was only meant to be the Alpha Commander’s slave…but she became his everything.

High Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra strictly as a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner, Corren. Any infractions of the rules by her will be harshly punished.

But as Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, Dak begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

Dak has enemies, men who will not hesitate to exploit his fondness for Omra, and use it to portray him as unfit to rule as Alpha. Can he expose the rampant cruelty and corruption in Parseon culture… or will the protocol he’s spent his life defending, be the weapon used to destroy them and their love?

An excerpt from Breeder

If not for the sneeze, Dak would have exited the musty, dank corridor, but the muffled sound caught his attention. When he squinted into the darkened cell, he spotted a female crouched on a straw mat in the corner. He hadn’t noticed her on his way into the Breeder Containment Facility; the habitation unit had appeared empty.

Dak turned to the BCF director and sighed. “What about her?”

The beta’s already crooked mouth drooped farther in distaste. “My apologies, Commander. You don’t want that one.”

Sival’s disparagement piqued Dak’s interest. The director’s opinion had proven worthless; none of the breeders he’d preselected for inspection had been close to satisfactory.

“I would like to see her.”

“Very well, Commander.” Sival saluted and opened the habitation cell with a master entry card. Dak stepped into the small enclosure. The director followed, and the metal gate clanked shut.

The naked female drew into a tighter ball and tucked her face deeper into the crook of her arm. Other breeders had preened as soon as they’d noticed him and his chest-insignia identification. He wasn’t just an alpha. He was the Alpha.

The lack of respect and failure to adhere to Protocol by acknowledging his presence struck him as odd. Dak frowned. “Is she mentally deficient?”

Sival tightened his lips. “No, stubborn, ill behaved. She wouldn’t befit an Alpha Commander.” He nudged the female’s hip with the toe of his boot. “Rise to your feet.” When she failed to respond, he prodded her again.

Dak forestalled him with a wave and grasped the female’s arm. “You will stand.” He hauled her upright.

She averted her face, so he grabbed her chin. Tangled hair the color of black heating stones fell away from an oval face to reveal eyes like the Parseon moon. The glimmer of intelligence sparking within the violet depths aroused his interest more than anything else he’d seen so far. Nature had bestowed the Parseon people with an exceptionally strong immune system so that they rarely required medical intervention, but breeders by nature were weak, and so many of the ones he’d seen had seemed dull or ill or both. This one’s skin, when unsmudged by grime and dirt, probably glowed like the pale sands of the Ospian Sea. He supposed, as breeders went, she wasn’t unattractive, although the stench emanating from her was. His beta would throw a fit if he dragged such a creature into their domicile.

“Why is she so filthy?” he asked.

“She refuses to bathe.”

As Dak scrutinized her facial features for shape and symmetry, he noted little imperfection or dysgenics other than her lack of hygiene and her gender. When cleaned up, she would please the eye, but to bear his sons, it mattered more that she be healthy and strong.

He released her face and assessed her from head to toe. He exceeded the height of most males, while she stood smaller than the average female. The top of her head failed to even meet his shoulder. She was thinner than other breeders too, although her chest bore an abundance of fatty breast tissue. In the chill of the cell, her nipples had puckered to hard points. Despite the coolness, he was experiencing a rise in temperature. A dormant lust chose that moment to kindle, causing heat to coil in his abdomen and groin. He could not remember the last time he’d experienced such a spontaneous reaction—if he ever had. With the pads of his fingers, he probed the sides of her neck for swollen areas. The way she trembled under his touch aroused a sliver of sympathy. Breeders lacked courage, and uncertainty frightened them. Not all alphas and their betas treated breeders well, but if he chose her, she’d be adequately fed and housed. Command of his province consumed his time and energy, which left his beta alone for long stretches. A breeder would relieve Corren of household chores and provide him with a physical outlet.

“What is she called?” Dak asked.

“Her sire named her Omra.”

Peace, it meant.

He parted her lips with his fingers and slipped a digit into her mouth, running it along her upper gum line to check the solidness of her teeth. At a flash in her eyes, he jerked his hand away a centisecond before she snapped her jaws together, so that her incisor only grazed the tip of his finger.

Sival’s face reddened. “Commander, I apologize. I will have her flogged.”

“Unnecessary. I’ll take care of it.” He unclipped the sudon from his belt.

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Warrior (Breeder 3) available for preorder now! #Amazon #GooglePlay #iBooks & others


Preorder now ~ August 14 release date

Find out what the future holds for the women of Parseon!

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In a fight for freedom, will love become a casualty?

On an alien planet where women are chattel, Anika must perform her duty and become the breeder of an Alpha Commander. Secretly in love with another man, she’s unable to accept the arrangement and runs away. Bound by his duty, her lover Urazi must bring her back to fulfill her responsibility. But as war breaks out, and their planet fights a desperate battle against a villainous despot, Anika and Urazi unite in determination to save their people. With their lives already on the line for disobeying orders, the forbidden love they share becomes the biggest danger of all.

Don’t miss the exciting conclusion to the Breeder series. Preorder now.

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The winner of Freebie Friday is: “G.” She won advance copy of Warrior. The next Freebie Friday will be August 25 (always the 4th Friday of the month). I’m still deciding, but I think I’ll give away a cool SWAG pack.

 

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Pets In Space author Pauline Baird Jones shows off her (clean!) office #AuthorsInSpace #PetsInSpace #Scifirom

By Pauline Baird Jones

Welcome to Perilous Pauline’s office space. Okay, PP’s cleaned up office space. It was a debris field of books, my Diet Dr. Pepper can, snacks (okay, full disclosure: Junior Mints and Hint of Lime Doritos), and random correspondence that I’m still figuring out where to put. So I dug down to the surface so I could take you on a short tour (and so I could remember what it looked like. Wow, that looks pretty good…)

There’s my computer (I hid my computer’s desktop because I was too busy to clean up – LOL) and to the right is Fang. If you squeeze the back of his head, you find out why I called him Fang (visuals available in my Facebook Live videos or YouTube channel). To the left, my mid-century modern lamp with my less lethal mascots (including a Sir Isaac Newton finger puppet for when I need to make up some science). And then you can see my books in print. It’s a little harder to see my octopus book ends. If you can’t read it, my sign says, “I’m a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.”

And that’s it. I’m not sure if my space explains my quirky plots or defies them. But this the spot where I write “Time Trap,” my short story in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

Author bio

Pauline never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.

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Pauline is the author of Time Trap in the anthology Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

Time Trap –  A Novella in the Project Enterprise Series

Hiding in time is not as easy as you’d think…

Madison lives by the rules of a time travel rebel – never tell anyone your real name, not if you want to remain alive. On the track of a traitor, Madison and her parrot partner, Sir Rupert, time travel into a trap. Their only way out sends them back in time and into the arms of a man that ignites a fire inside her. 

USAF Master Sergeant Briggs is in trouble – not the kind he’d like to be, but still in trouble. He is bored out of his mind! Ordered to recuperate on a quiet bay away from the Garradian outpost, he’s ready to mutiny and go back to his beloved engines. When his friends send him a gift from Area 51, he figures it will relieve his boredom for an hour or so – until he turns it on and he gets his second present of the day. 

Madison would love to get to know Briggs better, but it is just too dangerous. Unfortunately, she might not have much choice. With a Time Service Interdiction Force on their heels, can the three craft a plan that will save a base full of geniuses and technology and discover a happy-ever-after forged through time?

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journhbits of eying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months 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.

Release date: October 10, 2017 ~ Preorder now!

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Freebie Friday: Enter to win an advance copy of Warrior (Breeder 3)! #giveaway #scifirom

Welcome to Freebie Friday! Every fourth Friday of the month, I’ll ask a fun question, and pick one lucky commenter to win a prize. You have until Sunday night to play; on Mondays I’ll pick and notify the winner. Winners will be selected by random draw.

This month you’re playing for an ebook copy of Warrior (Breeder 3). The book won’t be released until August 14, but if you win, you can have a copy now!

If you’re an avid reader like I am, you read a lot and have some favorite authors. For a chance to win a copy of Warrior, answer this question:

What science fiction romance authors do you enjoy reading?

If you haven’t read any SFR, that’s fine, you can say that (and maybe if you win a copy of Warrior, that will turn you on to the genre!).

Post your answer in the comments and be sure to leave your email address either in the sign-in or in the comment box so you can be contacted if you win. (I don’t do anything with blog emails. You won’t be contacted in any way unless you win).

Warrior ~ The exciting conclusion to the Breeder series

Coming in August!

In a fight for freedom, will love become a casualty?

On an alien planet where women are chattel, Anika must perform her duty and become the breeder of an Alpha Commander. Secretly in love with another man, she’s unable to accept the arrangement and runs away. Bound by his duty, her lover Urazi must bring her back to fulfill her responsibility. But as war breaks out, and their planet fights a desperate battle against a villainous despot, Anika and Urazi unite in determination to save their people. With their already lives on the line for disobeying orders, the forbidden love they share becomes the biggest danger of all.

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Backlist to the Future: Rege’s Rescue by Dena Garson #B2F #ScifiRom #TBT

Backlist to the Future is a weekly Thursday feature highlighting science fiction romances from authors’ backlists.

To be notified of future Backlist to the Future posts, you can subscribe to this blog (top of the sidebar). If you’d like to submit your book for this feature, click here to get the particulars.

 

By Dena Garson

I’ve always been a big fan of science fiction. Star Wars and Doctor Who were some of my earliest favorites. Rege’s Rescue is my first venture into sci-fi romance as a writer. Even I’m surprised I didn’t have a sci-fi story sooner than I did.

The inspiration for Rege came directly from Five Finger Death Punch’s remake of the song House of the Rising Sun. I still remember driving to work one morning, listening to that album, and being hit with a vision of a large, intimidating man clad in all black – including a leather trench coat. He was standing in an alley telling a group of alien thugs in a very Clint Eastwood way that it was HIS job to put the hurt on them. That scene ended up being the end of chapter two in the book.

When I started writing the book all I knew was 1) there was a big, scary looking guy who was basically a walking weapon, 2) he was supposed to rescue someone – and God help anyone who got in his way, 3) they were in a really bad city – like sin city on steroids, and 4) all of this involved aliens, distant planets, and space travel. I just had to figure out the rest of the story.

Now I’m writing a follow up story about one of Rege’s friends. Vordol’s Vow is scheduled to come out later this year so keep an eye out for it.

Rege’s Revenge Description

Rege Rovnitov battled his way out of the darkest hell hole in the charted universe to become the best tracker in four galaxies. Fighting injustice, he and his brotherhood have spent their lives with one foot on the shady side of the law. When the daughter of one of his allies is abducted by slavers, he offers his skills to bring her home. On such a dark and dangerous mission, he never expected to find a woman full of goodness and light.

After years in the spotlight as an interstellar songbird, Amethe Madigan only wants to regain a normal life. Her plans are upended when a band of slavers take her captive and drag her to the galactic port known as Sin City. With Rege’s help, she narrowly escapes being sold to the highest bidder, or worse, turned over to whoever ordered her kidnapping. As they race across galaxies evading her mysterious abductor’s attempts to possess her, she makes the mistake of falling in love with a man whose idea of a normal life is anything but safe.

Rege promised to rescue Amethe but she could be his salvation from a dark and lonely existence. In the end it won’t matter who saved whom. Where love is concerned, it’s winner takes all.

Excerpt

Rege reached to help him but Tauxir brushed him off. Knowing how obstinate Tauxir could be he grabbed a handful of Tauxir’s shirt and dragged him to a nearby chair.

“We don’t have time for stubbornness. Tell me what you know and I’ll track them.”

Tauxir shook off his grip and tried to stand. “I’m going.”

Rege pushed him back into the chair. “I’m the best tracker around and you’re in no shape to chase after anyone. Based on the angle of your leg, I’m betting it’s broke. Now tell me what you know.”

“She’s my daughter.” Tauxir tried to shove him away and stand but he only succeeded in proving Rege’s point.

“Enough! You’re being hard headed and wasting precious time. Tell me what you saw.”

Tauxir hung his head. “There were three. They took what coins I had in the lockbox and a few pieces of merchandise. They tried to make it look random, but they were looking for her.” Anger and frustration burned in his eyes. “They knew Amethe was here.” He shook his head. “She fought them. So did I but as soon as they put a laser blade against her throat I was done.”

“You did what you had to do.” Rege tried to reassure him but knew his words would mean little. “What did they look like?”

“All three of them were big. One thinner than the other two but still packed a solid punch.” Tauxir absently rubbed a place on his chin. “One had the mark of the slavers on his neck. The other had one on the top of his hand. Based on the leader’s accent I’d say he came from the Omega Tori system.” He tried to get up again but Rege pushed him down again.

“Vordol and Malir will be here soon. They’ll make sure you’re patched up.” He gripped Tauxir’s shoulder until Tauxir looked him in the eye. “I will find her.”

Tauxir nodded once. He didn’t say a word but his eyes spoke volumes about the fear and gratitude he must have felt. “Here. Take this.” He pushed the weapon he’d pulled from the vault into Rege’s hand. “Your new jacket is ready.” He pointed to the corner where several garments hung from a peg that jutted out from the wall. “Take it and anything else you need. On the house. Just bring her home to me.”

“You have my word.”

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Author bio

Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.

She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn’t writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.

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Warrior to be released August 14; preorder July 31!

Warrior, the conclusion to the Breeder series, will be published on all sites Monday, August 14.

It will go on preorder on Amazon on July 31. It is already available for preorder with Google Play, iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Warrior is a standalone romance between Urazi and Anika, who’ve been secondary characters in the two previous Breeder series books. However, it concludes the story of the Parseon people. Readers will get to see what the future holds for the women of Parseon!

Warrior description

In a fight for freedom, will love become the casualty?

On an alien planet where women are chattel, Anika must perform her duty and become the breeder of an Alpha Commander. Secretly in love with another man, she’s unable to accept the arrangement and runs away. Bound by his duty, her lover Urazi must bring her back to fulfill her responsibility. But as war breaks out, and their planet fights a desperate battle against a villainous despot, Anika and Urazi unite in determination to save their people. With their lives already on the line for disobeying orders, the forbidden love they share becomes the biggest danger of all.

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Breeder (book 1)

She was only meant to be the Alpha Commander’s slave…but she became his everything.

High Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra strictly as a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner, Corren. Any infractions of the rules by her will be harshly punished.

But as Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, Dak begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

Dak has enemies, men who will not hesitate to exploit his fondness for Omra, and use it to portray him as unfit to rule as Alpha. Can he expose the rampant cruelty and corruption in Parseon culture… or will the protocol he’s spent his life defending, be the weapon used to destroy them and their love?

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Terran (Breeder 2)

She’s at the mercy of her alien abductor…

After a vicious attack on Earth, Tara Diehl flees earth for the dubious safety of planet Parseon. A vendor in the marketplace, she’s adjusted to the male-dominated culture better than most until she’s kidnapped by Alpha Commander Marlix, one of the five rulers of the planet. At first she’s terrified of her tall, muscled abductor, especially when he doesn’t hesitate to quell her struggle for freedom with a little corporal discipline. After all her methods and ploys to escape fail, she decides to seduce her way to freedom.

But out of subterfuge grows a true intimacy that cause Marlix and Tara to take a stand that drives Parseon to the brink of a civil war, which threatens their love and their lives.

Terran, the second book in the Breeder series, is a “capture” romance involving a domineering but hunky alien and a female with a bad dye job and an even worse attitude.

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On Passengers the movie, infinity and mortality…#PassengersMovie

We are finite beings in an infinite universe.

I watched the movie PASSENGERS recently, and it impressed upon me my own mortality.

In the movie, 5,000 passengers and 250 crew members are on a massive space ship headed for a planet they will colonize. The journey will take 120 years, so they’ve been placed in suspended animation.

Thirty-years into the journey, one of the hibernation pods malfunctions and wakes up the passenger. With ninety-years to go before the ship reaches the planet, and no way to return to suspended animation, Jim will spend the rest of his life alone on the big empty ship (BTW, the ship is totally amazeballs!). He considers suicide. In desperation, he wakes up another passenger. Aurora believes her pod malfunctioned, but of course, learns it didn’t. From there the movie diverges into typical Hollywood fare with high stakes danger, a gut-wrenching choice, and explosions.  However, the images of space transcend mediocrity.

What struck me (and rather profoundly) were the space walks. The characters were two small beings floating in the silent vastness of outer space, two specks in infinity, whose lives literally hung by a thin tether.

Jim and Aurora realize they will not reach their destination alive. Everyone on the ship will go on but them.

What a metaphor for life.  We live. We die, and everyone else goes on. They die, and everyone they know goes on.  There will always be a destination beyond our reach because time, like space, is infinite, but our lives are finite.

We are all passengers on a big ship traveling to a destination we will not reach.

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Laurie Green invites you to her Star Wars themed office #StarWars #PetsInSpace #AuthorsInSpace

By Laurie Green

What is my writing space like? You guessed it. Bigtime Sci-Fi themes, but also a random jumble of “fun stuff I love.” Welcome to my space.  🙂

When you walk in, the first thing you’d likely notice is the big poster hanging on the wall over an L-shaped desk that says “All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from STAR WARS.”

It features most of the characters from the original trilogy and captures some of the gems of philosophy from the movies, such as:

“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

And: “The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field are approximately 3,720 to 1.”

I love the first saying as a not-so-subtle motivator. And the second? Did you know the odds of successfully publishing a novel used to be much higher than successfully navigating an asteroid field? About 10,000 to 1. Thank goodness the times, and the publishing industry, have changed.

I also added this funky/campy bendable five-armed aluminum lamp with multi-color shades. It suggests something robotic or Early 60s Nerdy, the whimsical spirit of the so-called Golden Age of Sci-Fi. But other than lending some atmosphere, its main job is to cast a little light when my work space gets dim at night.

The top shelf of my desk is populated with the usual suspects–a Thesaurus, Dictionary, Word Menu, etc., but also a diminutive action figure of Luke Skywalker dressed in dark Tatooine garb (he moves around a lot—my SF version of Elf on a Shelf). There are some space-themed mugs and one that reads “One Day When We’re Both Rich and Famous, We’ll Look Back on All This & Laugh” (for the record, that day hasn’t happened yet).

And, of course, there’s the expected keyboard, mouse, Andromeda Galaxy mousepad, other sci-fi items and a collection of electronic equipment–monitor, tower, printers, speakers–but no stereo, radio or TV. I can’t work with music playing or background noise. I need quiet. Shhhhhh.

I also share my office with this guy. His job is to insure I have the proper motivation to keep writing. 🙂

I collect shells, so my work space is full of them. I love the infinite variety—all the different shapes, textures and patterns. They represent the depth and mystery of the oceans, and how the sea eventually gives up its secrets…one treasure at a time. Much like a good story, yes? There are a several shell art pieces on the walls, but my specimen collection takes up an entire shelf of the barrister bookcase.

Do any pets share my work space? Oh, you bet! I have three little writing buddies who know what “Let’s go write!” means and run as fast as they can to my office to curl up under my desk when they hear it. They’re all miniature longhaired dachshunds, and two of them (so far) have loaned their names to the StarDogs in my Pets in Space stories—Katrina and Luna. (StarDogs are bio-engineered weasel-mongoose-feline-canine mascots, and the canine genetics no doubt came from miniature longhaired dachshunds.) So my two pet heroine namesakes and their buddy Maura (who I promised will someday have a StarDog named for her, too), are a very important part of my work environment.

So there’s your illustrated, one-dollar office tour. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Laurie Green Bio

Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, an award-winning author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now over 1,000 members strong.

She confesses to being an Andromeda Galaxy groupie and would someday love to own a vacation home on Mars or Titan. She’s enthused to be a part of this wonderful anthology mash-up of two of her favorite things–pets and space.

Her family includes her husband, David, five dogs, three cats and several horses, all who reside on a ranch in beautiful New Mexico. A former military budget director and reserve state trooper, she now spends her time writing, networking, researching, enjoying the Southwestern lifestyle and, naturally, stargazing and daydreaming about other worlds.

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Laurie is the author of Courting Disaster: StarDog 2 from Pets in Space 2

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journhbits of eying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months 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.

Release date: October 10, 2017 ~ Preorder now!

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Courting Disaster: StarDog 2

A Novella in the Inherited Stars Universe Series

From monk to married…

Captain Navene Jagger’s certainty he will be promoted to command a new battleship is doused when the admiral instead assigns him on what appears to be a suicide mission. If that wasn’t bad enough, he finds his self-imposed decision to be a military monk is thrown to the far reaches of the galaxy when he is ordered to escort Ketsia Tayah and her StarDog through the treacherous, rogue-infested Bradley’s Rift in a battered derelict of a vessel – a task that also makes him have to confront his painful past.

Ketsia’s past had taught her a lot. The universe was not only a very dangerous place, it turns out that it is also a lot smaller than she would have liked! Ketsia is rattled when she discovers that she and her StarDog are to be escorted by the man she formerly had a crush on. She swears life couldn’t get any more complicated until they are thrown into jeopardy and have to pretend they are married!

Jag soon realizes there is more at stake than his pride when dangerous rogues threaten their spaceship. After he learns the ship, the mission, and the StarDog are all much more than they seem will he be able to save Ketsia, his career, and the day? Or will self-sacrifice be the only way to save those under his protection?

 

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Backlist to the Future: Dangerously Mine by A.M. Griffin, #ScifiRom #B2F #TBT

Backlist to the Future is a weekly Thursday feature highlighting science fiction romances from authors’ backlists.

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By A.M. Griffin

Dangerously Mine was the first book that I’d ever finished (while I had started many books, I never finished them). I had this vision of an alien invasion and a kick-ass heroine who was trying to survive in the great beyond. I loved this story from the very start which is why I believe it was so easy to finish. Luckily, my acquiring editor loved it as well and I signed with Ellora’s Cave in 2012. Since its original publication I’ve gotten the rights back and re-released it. Many of the same elements are still present in the book, but I’ve learned a lot since 2012 so there’s a fresh new look to it. I hope the new fans will love it just as much as I do!

Dangerously Mine Description

After aliens invade and conquer Earth, Eva is transported to a distant slave-trading planet. Freedom and escape are her only priorities, but none of her martial arts training could have prepared her for enslavement to the warrior King Taio. Eva finds herself drawn to this sexy alien male who ignites her heart and body.

Taio is disgusted with the idea of owning a slave—until now. From the moment he sees her, he knows Eva is his for the taking. Torn between lust and duty, Taio discovers nothing will stop him from protecting his little warrior.

Publisher’s Note: This story was previously published by Ellora’s Cave under the title Dangerously Mine and has been revised for re-publish by the Author.

Reader Advisory: Eva’s sexual awakening includes voyeurism.

Excerpt

Heavy breathing behind her caught her off guard. She flipped away, landing in a fighting stance facing the intruder.

Taio stood in the doorway, watching. He gave a curt nod her way, the acknowledgement doing nothing to make her feel relaxed. “You have good skills, Eva.” He hooked his thumbs in the waist of his pants and leaned on the doorway.

Her name never sounded better.

“Thank you.” She relaxed and straightened, her eyes still watching him. She didn’t dare move closer. She didn’t move away either. She stood her ground, her body betraying her in the worst way as her name rolled off his tongue. Her heart sped up a little and her breathing became more labored.

I know trouble when I see it. Eva willed her body to fight against whatever mojo he was throwing at her.

Taio sauntered into the room and took a sword off a rack on the wall. He began flexing it, testing its weight. The gesture caused his arm and chest muscles to ripple with each movement.

Jesus.

“Who taught you how to fight?” he asked.

“My sensei, he lived back home.”

“Earth,” he said as a statement, rather than a question.

“Yes, Earth. Ann Arbor, Michigan, more specifically.”

“A male taught you?” He sounded surprised.

“Yes. Thirteen Earth years of training.”

Taio laughed and shook his head in disbelief. Learning about her savior’s culture had been a shock. Ship was very forthcoming with his information on Sonis, and especially how the males and females had traditional duties that Eva thought were straight out of the eighteen hundreds.

“It’s not unusual on my planet,” she said. “A male can teach a female how to fight or even a female can teach a male.”

He laughed harder. “There could never be such a thing on my world.”

She turned her head away. “I earned a black belt, first Dan in Kyokushin Karate. On Earth I’m considered to be a great fighter.”

“Your people didn’t fare well in the war against the Loconuist,” he pointed out.

She raised her chin. “We didn’t know how to fight them. We’d never encountered aliens before.”

“Then it is good that I will take care of you from now on,” he stated as if it were fact.

She glared at him. “I’m not like the women on your world. I don’t need taking care of.”

“You were captured by the Loconuist and the Tresdonians almost killed you.” Another factual statement.

She shrugged. “But they didn’t.”

He smirked. “Because I saved you.”

“Thanks, but I can take care of myself.”

“It doesn’t matter.” His eyes roamed up and down her body, finally resting on her breasts. “You are my responsibility now,” he said in a low tone.

She fixed her squinting and cold eyes on him. “Ship told me those assholes on that planet gave me to you. That doesn’t mean that I belong to you or that I’m yours to protect. I’m not a slave. Not yours or anyone else’s.”

“If this arrangement doesn’t suit you, I could turn the vessel around and give you back to the Tresdonians.” He turned from her and put the heavy sword back on the wall rack.

Her heart pounded. He wouldn’t…

“No. I’m not going back there.” She held her sword tightly in her grasp.

He turned to face her. “Then it’s agreed. You’re mine.” He stalked slowly toward her. He locked his eyes on hers.

She backed away, not because she was scared of what he might do, but because she was afraid of what she would let him do.

He took another step toward her. “You’ll need to get used to the idea.”

“I will never submit to you.” She didn’t know what surprised her more. That she’d finally found her voice or that she sounded convincing.

“We shall see, little one. We shall see.” Abruptly, Taio turned and walked from the room.

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Author bio

A.M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.
For more information please visit amgriffinbooks.com

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