You CAN teach an old technophobe new tricks!

Did you get the free book popup when you landed on my site?  I did that! Look at me, getting all techie and stuff!

I’ve always been a technophobe, hesitant to embrace new technology. I’m not naturally drawn to it (oh, look, cool stuff! No, that’s not me), and I’m afraid of breaking something. What if I install something, and it screws everything up?

Until recently, I’d never installed a plugin on this website. Carabristol.com has plugins, but they were installed by someone else. (If you’re a nontechie, a plugin is a like an app. It’s a mini-program/code that gives you a specific function. The free book popup required a plugin).

A few months ago, I had to install a plugin for the first time. This blog feeds into Triberr, but for some reason, the RSS feed stopped working. The solution was to install the Triberr plugin. I had no choice. If I wanted my blogs to be tweeted I had to install the plugin. I decided to take the plunge. The instructions walked me through it. It wasn’t hard at all.

That success built my confidence, and since then I’ve installed several WordPress and one Facebook plugins. I designed a newsletter landing page. When the “click and drag” for the photo didn’t work as it was supposed to, I figured out a way around it. You can see my landing page here.

I’ve learned how to “regrann/regram” on Instagram.

One thing I’ve discovered is that the things I thought were daunting are actually pretty easy! I’ve had questions at times, but by emailing the source and/or asking author friends, I’ve been able to get the answers.

For a geek, the things I’ve been doing would be laughably simple, but for me, these baby steps are really huge.

Today, a plugin…tomorrow, the world!

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Backlist to the Future: Majesty by Eva Caye #B2F #TBT #Scfirom

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

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By Eva Caye

Majesty is the second book of the To Be Sinclair series of science fiction romances. It and its companion novel, Dignity, cover the romance and first years of marriage of the leaders of the most important ruling family in the galaxy.  Unlike most of the series, Majesty is about 90% science fiction, but it’s critical because it outlines the development of the most important science in the galaxy, the creation of stargates.  And the 10% romance is important because it shows the maturation of Victor and Felice’s relationship with each other through all their trials!

Majesty Description

What if you invented a science critical to the spread of civilization through the galaxy, but it was too dangerous to let anyone know the details?

Empress Felice Sinclair finds herself the focus of public debate and political squabbles, all while struggling to assimilate her Imperial duties. However, it takes real determination for her to find time to pursue a suggestive scientific mystery in her personal laboratory. And when her research leads her to develop the technology for stargates, as well as the ‘weapon of all ages’, her Beloved, Emperor Victor Sinclair, steps up to support her in every way — emotionally, physically, socially, and politically.

Yet what can you do to support the most important person in the galaxy when your own vassals strive against you, with political ploys and even assassination attempts? Discover how these progressive, benevolent co-rulers develop into the most important leaders in time and space!

Book Excerpt

By the middle of the next week, Victor was getting concerned. Felice seemed distant when she wasn’t concentrating on her computer screen, and she played very little with the children when she was in their nursery. She also seemed to bite her lower lip a lot for no apparent reason.

One night, after settling the children in bed, he went downstairs to call Lady Maxine at home, who stated she barely spoke to Felice in the mornings, usually just before she left for her Palace lab.

Calling Watchman Simkin directly to his office, Simkin confirmed this before asking, “Your Majesty? Do you know what she’s working on now?”

“Why, what’s wrong?” Victor braced himself.

“I don’t rightly know if anything is wrong. I just thought it was odd about the rats.”

“Rats?”

Simkin nodded. “Yes, Your Majesty. She’s had a couple of deliveries of rats to the lab this week. I thought all she did was machines.”

“I see.” Victor thought furiously. “Thank you. Dismissed.”

He found her upstairs in their apartment, working on an analysis for the Bengali star system. Pouring himself a drink, he pulled out a palm pad with a poetry book-disk, but spent the time watching her carefully. The intensity with which she typed defied interruption. After close to two hours of drinking, thinking, and watching her, he decided to go to bed.

He woke up as she quietly slipped between the sheets. She settled herself and gave her usual sigh of incipient sleep. He rolled over to face her, and she looked at him through heavy-lidded eyes with a sleepy smile.

“Watchman Simkin tells me you’re experimenting with rats.” Her eyes popped open, very wide. “What have you been doing with them?” He eyed her steadily as she seemed barely to breathe. He waited patiently.

She finally rolled onto her side to face him. He was genuinely unnerved by her demeanor. Serious, even stern. Perhaps a touch frightened?

She spoke in carefully measured tones. “If ever there was a time my thoughts need to reside exclusively in my mind, it is now.” She stared him into silent submission before falling back upon her pillow again.

He listened for ages for her to fall asleep, as she must have listened for him. They fell asleep, regardless.

[….]

Hitching one leg up on the couch to sit facing her squarely, he decided to save some steps in this dance. “You’ve found a weapon, haven’t you?” Her jaw dropped. “A devastating one, based on your new wormhole mathematics?” She nodded, still astonished.

“It was the only conclusion, after all. A thought so appalling to even speak of it was too terrible. A lab with no apparent rats in it, though many had been delivered a week before. Avoiding the lab for half a week, after spending untold time there previously.” He smoothed her hair back. “So tell me, what does this weapon do?”

[….]

She turned to him, fierce. “Don’t you see? I can’t tell anyone anything about it at all! Not one word!

“Even if they never know the basics of the mathematics, even if they knew of such a weapon’s mere existence, I’d be hunted by absolutely everyone. And slaughtered. And then they would have a nice little point-and-click device that could wipe out entire populations.”

She was shaking, now. “I’m so serious. I was even tempted the other day to kill myself, just so no one could ever, ever get it out of me.”

He hugged her to him, then, for a long, long time. Then he told her what to do. She argued; she wept some more. But she couldn’t shake him from his convictions.

Buy links

Majesty on Amazon

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Majesty on Barnes and Noble

Author bio

Eva has studied some unusual topics to support her literary efforts, such as building solar ovens and rocket stoves to get a feel of what colonizing a planet from scratch would be like. She lives with her magnificent husband and two beautiful mutts in a tiny, century-old farmhouse in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Keeping track of a busy month…one author’s to do list!

May has seemed exceptionally for busy to me, but I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a busy month! What makes May different is that I have several projects going for several books, as opposed to multiple activities going for one (or two) books.

What I’m working on:

  1. Writing a new alien romance for Kindle Worlds to be released in Sept. I’m not at liberty to name the series yet. I’m about 8k from being done with the 40K first draft. Then I need to do the revisions before I send it to editing.
  2. Revising Rescued by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 5.5), my story in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 to be released October 10. I have the first draft done, but I have to revise it so it can go to editing June 1. (Did you know that there’s Facebook group for fans of Pets in Space?)
  3. An ongoing free promotion for Stranded with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 1). I’ve booked a number of advertisements, and I’m monitoring how well the ads perform as well as the impact on the other books in the series.
  4.  Re-release the Breeder series. The rights to Terran (book 2) revert to me this month, and I will be rolling out all three books beginning June 10. New covers have been done, but I need to rewrite the blurbs, and re-read Breeder since it was written so long ago. There are a few changes I need to make. I’m also working on the promotion plan for the series.
  5. A special newsletter-building promotion with a group of sci-fi romance authors (12 free books by 12 authors!)
  6. A prize giveaway and month-long build-your-Amazon-and-Book-Bub-follows promotion.
  7. The Summer Reads Sci-fi Romance Invasion – an 8-author free book offer. Promotion required (newsletter, blog post, FB posts, etc.) Coming May 22!
  8. Book Bub. I got a BookBub featured deal late in the month. I need to ensure that the price changes before & after take effect and schedule some ancillary ads.
  9. Continue with my training program. I’m taking a book marketing training program online. I’m about halfway through the 55-module program.

I used to just jot notes on my calendar and make lists in a notebook, but I’ve started doing Excel spreadsheets. I should have been doing this before! It takes a bit longer to set up spreadsheet than scribbling in a calendar, but enhanced efficiency makes it worth it and saves time in the long run.

This summer, I’ll  focus on the continued roll-out of the Breeder series (it should take me through August), the promotion of Pets in Space 2, and I’ll start writing a new book, either a cyborg romance (Carter’s story, Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6) or another Alien Mate book. I don’t know which one yet. The muse hasn’t told me.  I also need to prepare for the Ozarks Indie Book Fest in October. I have to design my banner, order SWAG and books, and work on my presentation (I’m on one of the panels). Of course, in the fall I’ll have two releases (Kindle Worlds & Pets in Space 2).

What’s on your plate?

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Intergalactic Romance #Giveaway! 12 free #ScifiRom books…get them on #Instafreebie

Aliens. Romance. Action. Love. Adventure, even comedy. Twelve science fiction romances by twelve authors…and FREE from Instafreebie!

The author lineup is: S.E. Smith,  Eve Langlais, Evangeline Anderson, Mina Carter, Pauline Baird Jones, Viola Grace, Laurie A. Green, Pippa Jay, Heather Long, Donna McDonald, Carol Van Natta, and yours truly, Cara Bristol.

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#8Sunday: From Alien Mate…Starr warms up to Torg, possessive much?

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Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. I’m excerpting from Alien Mate, my new sci-fi romance. If you were here last week, I’m jumping ahead by a few chapters. Starr has been sent to a frozen planet to become an alien’s mail order bride. In this scene, Torg introduces her to his tribe. A man in the front row has been glowering at her…

“Why did you come here?” demanded the scowling man up front in a feminine voice. He was a she!

Torg tensed. Why? Because of how I might answer, or because like me he sensed animosity? She couldn’t possibly view me as a threat. She could have her choice of men. Okay, I had snagged the chief, the most eligible bachelor of the clan, but if she had wanted him, she probably could have had him before I’d arrived.

He’s mine now, lady.

Book Description

I’m Starr Elizabeth Conner. Earth’s government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.

But I’m no barbarian’s ‘mail order bride,’ even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either–it’s written all over his chiseled face. He’ll be truly angry if he ever learns what my ‘crime’ was.

I am Torg. I have waited 34 rotations for a mate of my own. With this shipment, I was sure to get a fine, sturdy mate who’ll bear me many daughters. Instead, I receive a small, curvy, pale-haired female who looks at me with anger and fear.

It is only when we ‘kiss’ that I believe things may work out between us. But I’m hearing rumors that Starr and her shipmates are law-breakers. To survive, Dakonians must obey all laws … or be exiled into the frozen wasteland.  Just when I have found her, will I have to send my mate to die?

Don’t miss this funny, steamy sci-fi romance–get your copy of Alien Mate today!

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Backlist to the Future: Scavenger Mission’s by Liza O’conner #scifirom #B2F #TBT

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

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By Liza O’Connor

When I originally wrote the Scavenger series, I wrote it both in the hero and heroine’s perspective. I soon discovered no one but me wanted to read every event twice—not even my sister. Thus, I went through the huge manuscript and chose the best of each event and dumped the other one. Still being too large, I then broke it up in three books. Good thing too. Readers keep claiming the books are addictive and they are staying up really late trying to read it in one setting.

Scavenger’s Mission blurb

Meet Alisha: A young woman who refuses to live the life her parents want.
In a single month, Alisha Kane has gone from a wealthy debutante to street girl to scavenger. While testing her new flying skills in the Cully Canyon, Alisha incurs a near-death crash landing. She’s “rescued” by a colonel of the SkyRyders and her life changes forever.
Meet Logan: A SkyRyder colonel in charge of a sleepy fort with little to do other than arresting the occasional scavenger.
For the first time in his life, Logan’s attracted to a young woman, only she’s probably a scavenger and he’ll have to arrest her. But first, he offers her a shower and food while he checks on his crew. His videographer has captured her extraordinary flight through the Cully and her flying is astounding!
He forgoes arresting her and puts his career at risk by asking MAC to assess her skills and integrity as a potential SkyRyder. If he can get Alisha into the SkyRyders, it will be his greatest contribution to the Corps.
But…the SkyRyders remain a male-dominated Corps where Alisha’s sense of right and wrong often clashes with her superiors. How long can a rebellious young woman survive in a regimented Corps?

Book Excerpt

“Stop it! I am not your soul mate. There’s no such thing! I am a middle-aged man whom you have a temporary crush on due to gratitude. Trust me, this won’t last.”

She flinched at his words. “What I feel toward you isn’t a crush or gratitude.”

“Give it any name you want, Alisha. It doesn’t change a thing. I’ve got a squad that’s completely dysfunctional. This is your first command. And it’s my last command if I don’t get them turned around before their next assessment. We’ve no time for distractions.”

“So I’m a distraction?” she asked.

He could hear her anger finally kicking in.

Get angry. Do anything but cry.

“You will be if I let this go on. But that’s not happening. You’re going to step up as captain to this squad, and I’m going to be the most meddling and annoying colonel you’ve ever imagined. And neither one of us has time for anything else beyond our duty.”

She opened her mouth as if to argue further, but then stopped and stared at him, horror-stricken. Without another word, she escaped to the bathroom.

The moment Alisha reached the bathroom she burst into tears.

I can’t let him see how stupid I was, how I thought it was more than his desire to sire a child.

Ever since the government had made it illegal to have children without a license, and gave very few licenses out, suddenly having babies was all men thought about. Their need to procreate had reached the point of obsession. And for most men, their only chance was with a virgin, for that remained a girl’s one free shot at pregnancy. If she became pregnant on her first try, then the baby was classified as a virgin birth and she could bring it to term. Afterward, the law required all women to register with a medic and have a birth control device inserted. If a woman failed to do so and became pregnant, they’d abort the child, sterilize the mother, and charge her with negligent homicide.

While no one liked the new laws, everyone understood the necessity. The world simply could not support the pre-war population. Unfortunately, it made virgins easy targets for men intent on passing on their genes to the next generation. Some seduced the girl so subtly that she believed she’d decided her own fate, and others offered her parents a valuable position in the government, or a substantial contract, or just paid them in cold, hard currency.

Amazing! I escape one type of bastard only to fall into the hands of another. At least David didn’t pretend he cared about me. He didn’t make me love him with all my heart.

Alisha forced the tears to stop.

It’s over and done with. You gave him what he wanted. He has no further need of you unless by some odd chance you are pregnant.

Buy link:  AMAZON

Author bio

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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New Release: The Sky Regency by J.L. Carter…a blend of #Regency & #ScifiRom #KindleUnlimited

By J.L. Carter

All she wanted was a change. 
All he wanted was a mate.

It’s 1810, and Europe is at war as Napoleon stages his great march across the continent and the British Empire battles the threat. King George III’s illness leaves him raving about sky invasions—rants that his courtiers dismiss as the thoughts of a madman.

Margaret Swinton has her own problems; unwillingly promised to Julian Barwick, Duke of Bridgewater and a royal insider, she struggles to find feelings for him, something that her family cannot understand.

However, History will soon be transformed when strange lights start to appear over England: a new invader with a power that easily overwhelms the primitive British forces. As George III repeals the Regency Act, Margaret meets Aidar, the gorgeous and dreaded Prince of the Sky Men.

Margaret quickly finds herself trapped in a deadly, deceit-filled love triangle in a world that has changed forever. The stakes are high, and one wrong move could easily spell disaster…

The Sky Regency Excerpt

She’s standing in the middle of the city. A massive clock tower rises from the center of it. The building is clearly a recent addition; large sections of it have been made up of strange, copper colored metal plates. Rather than a clock face, an elaborate set of gears and toggles don the front top of the tower.

The streets are empty. There is no destruction – but there are additions, and many of them. Those copper metal plates are everywhere. They cling to the sides of buildings, both old and new. They have been plastered into the cobbled walk, taking the place of bricks that have no doubt been destroyed in the war.

Strange words replace the signs. They have been carved onto the walls, the windows, and the other placards. Margaret can’t read them, but she has a feeling that, much like the posters advertising propaganda, they have more meaning than anyone would dare imagine.

“Hello? Hello,” calls Margaret. Her boots click clack on the ground with every step that she takes. No one answers her. It doesn’t look like anyone is here. “Hello? Someone? Anyone?”
It’s strange.

For the most part, when Margaret dreams, she doesn’t know that she’s asleep until long after she’s woken up. Now though, Margaret’s mind is very clear; she knows that this is a dream, and yet can’t shake the feeling that this is of the utmost importance, that ignoring it would be a grave mistake.

And so, she wanders down the streets, no longer familiar with all that changes that they have undergone. A busted wagon rests on the corner of Fifth and Oakland Street. The windows have yet to be patched on the Carousel – a local bakery, known for their scrumptious biscotti.

Occasionally, Margaret tries to call out, but no one ever answers. At least, not until she rounds the bend onto Jasmine Lane.

That’s when she sees it.

There’s a dark shape at the very end of the path. The moment that Margaret’s eyes land on it, he turns and races down the sidewalk.

He?

Despite the fact that the figure is mostly unclear, Margaret has no doubt that it’s a male.

She gives chase, suddenly overwhelmed with the desperate need to catch him.

“Come back,” she cries. “Come back!”

But it’s to no avail. Margaret chases the man all through the city, only for him to vanish at the dead end on Carson Road. She’s left standing there in the reformed city, alone, lungs aching as they try to draw in a proper breath.

Margaret closes her eyes, opens them again.

She’s still there.

“Wake up,” says Margaret, firmly. There are eyes on her, making the hair along the back of her neck prickle. When she looks, she can’t find anyone.

Slowly. Margaret starts to back out of the alley.

“Just wake up. Come on now, Margaret. It’s not that hard of a thing to do. Just wake u—”

Her back hits something solid. Margaret yelps and spins around.

It’s the dark shape.

One by one, the street lights flicker into being. Their soft glow casts awful shadows on the man’s face, but it does illuminate it to some degree.

It’s Aidar. His eyes are hooded, lips pulled back into a gruesome sort of smile. The purple scales around his eyes are stunning, and the others are coming into existence fast.
Aidar opens his mouth, and a serpentine tongue rolls out from between his lips. It flicks at the air, like a snake trying to taste its surroundings. Piece by piece, the scales fall away, revealing a pulsing, twisting mass of unrecognizable flesh.

Margaret screams.

When she wakes up, she’s still screaming.

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Author bio

Johan Lynn Carter was born in small town Texas from an avid Regency romance reader and a sci-fi geek. As a result, she was destined to marry a Jedi Duke and be trained to become an a**-kicking lady.

Growing up as a financial analyst in Austin, she used to write kinky fan-fiction on the back of Excel spreadsheets. Thankfully, her boss never found out (but his secretary did!).

When she’s not writing, Johan likes to read sci-fi and paranormal romance books (the more fangs and claws, the better), try not to burn everything she cooks, Netflix with her husband and raise her two kids to not become as weird as she is.

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A secret project revealed: EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: Pets in Space 2

Release date: October 10, 2017

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading SFR 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 journeying 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 Glenn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

PEARL’S DRAGON

A novella in the Dragon Lords of Valdier series

By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

Asim Kemark has lived a long, lonely life. It is only his pledge to his former king and to Mandra Reykill that keeps him, his dragon, and his symbiot from going crazy. He has given up on ever finding his true mate and devotes himself to caring for the wide assortment of creatures on Mandra and Ariel’s mountain retreat. The last thing he expects when he visits the palace is to lose control of his dragon and his symbiot when they sense their true mate. Before he knows it, he has kidnapped her!

Pearl St. Claire is enjoying a new adventure – learning to live on an alien planet. As a mature woman in her sixties, she thought she had experienced just about everything life could throw at her – only to discover she really hasn’t experienced anything yet! She is both amused and exasperated when one of the dragon-shifting aliens kidnaps her, believing she is his true mate.

Life is no longer boring or lonely as Asim courts the spirited human woman who has enchanted him, but he isn’t the only one who has noticed Pearl or the unusual animals under his care. When poachers attack, determined to steal the exotic creatures under his protection – including Pearl and a new clutch of alien eggs from Earth – he will do everything he can to protect them. Can one dragon keep the most precious creatures under his care safe, or will he lose the biggest battle of his life?

A GRIM PET

A novella in the Tornian series

By M.K. Eidem (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

The Great Raptor is a fearsome and deadly creature; and while the raptor is no one’s pet, he is fiercely protective and loving of his family…

Carly and Miki have never forgotten the story that Grim told them of the Great Raptor, the symbol of their new home world Luda. Yet, it is the comparison their mother once told them of the Great Raptor to Grim that gives them the courage to help the injured bird they find in the garden.

Find out what happens when their single act of love, faith, and kindness creates far-reaching consequences that no one, including their mother and Grim, could ever have predicted.

THE PRINCE, THE PILOT AND THE PUPPY

A novella in The Star Series

By Susan Grant (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)

Trysh joined the Space Forces with the secret hope that her absentee father might notice her accomplishments and acknowledge her. At the top of her game as a starfighter pilot, the last thing she needs is a way too charming prince to get in her way. Trysh had learned at a young age what happened when a person lost their heart to someone above their social class – it led to heartache.

Prince Rornn feels fortunate he can pursue his passion both in the air and on the ground. He decides being third in line for the throne definitely has its advantages – it allowed him to join the Space Forces as a top-gun starfighter pilot. What he doesn’t expect is to find a woman there who not only competes with him – she completes him!

Everything Rornn tries appears to push Trysh further away – that is until they rescue a tiny, starving yipwag pup on the surface of an alien world. It turns out that “Puppy” is as good at sniffing out terrorists as she is at helping her two clueless humans figure out that they need each other as much as they do her.

Can Rornn convince Trysh that he is nothing like her father and that she is just the right woman for him before the terrorists discover their furry little companion?

WIRED FOR LOVE

By Michelle Howard

Hunter Gils has put his past in the military behind him. Now his focus is on his bar and the less than savory clientele. Life is perfect – except for a gray-eyed beauty who refuses his advances.

Narelle Bindu wasn’t immune to the tall, dark stranger working at The Zone. He wanted her – and she wanted him. The only drawback was she didn’t have room in her life for a man, not even one as tempting as Hunter.

When a deadly attack creates the perfect opening for an old enemy, the two lovers must work together to survive. What they never expect is to find an ally willing to help them – even if that help has four legs. Can their four-legged friend keep Hunter and Narelle alive long enough to find out that one night would never be enough?

RESCUED BY THE CYBORG

A novella in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Series

By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…

Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.

STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD

A novella in The Sectors SF Romance Series

By Veronica Scott

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he is also dealing with a recent inheritance – of the feathered kind! The alien bird that his great-grandfather so kindly left him was now sharing his quarters and making his life miserable. It wasn’t helping that his assignment wasn’t making his job any easier either – at least until he had to save her life.

Karissa is on her way up the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes. When a deranged fan issues a death threat, Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what is going on before he loses Karissa, or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

TIME TRAP

A novella in the Project Enterprise series

By Pauline Baird Jones

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

Marco Dar’s position as an Earth Protector means he spends an incredible amount of time alone in space. His only company is with the talkative com unit. It isn’t until he stops at the Galaxy Spinner restaurant that he discovers his com has become sentient – and it wants a physical form!

Dr. Zara Mancini hasn’t seen Marco Dar in over eleven years. As far as she is concerned, that still isn’t long enough. When Marco approaches her with an unusual request, she is torn between her fascination with the project, and wanting to leave him eating her space dust.

Marco is quickly falling all over again for Zara’s beautiful smile and gorgeous lips. Young and foolish, he sabotaged their relationship years ago. Now he has a second chance. Can he convince Zara to help his AI, and prove to her that he is a different man?

COURTING DISASTER: STARDOG 2

A novella in the Inherited Stars Universe series

By Laurie A. Green

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?

SENSATE

A novella in the Alien Attachments series

By Sabine Priestley

Marco Dar’s position as an Earth Protector means he spends an incredible amount of time alone in space. His only company is with the talkative com unit. It isn’t until he stops at the Galaxy Spinner restaurant that he discovers his com has become sentient – and it wants a physical form!

Dr. Zara Mancini hasn’t seen Marco Dar in over eleven years. As far as she is concerned, that still isn’t long enough. When Marco approaches her with an unusual request, she is torn between her fascination with the project, and wanting to leave him eating her space dust.

Marco is quickly falling all over again for Zara’s beautiful smile and gorgeous lips. Young and foolish, he sabotaged their relationship years ago. Now he has a second chance. Can he convince Zara to help his AI, and prove to her that he is a different man?

GIB AND TIBBAR

By Jessica E. Subject

A dedicated Defender to the core, Gib is willing to go to any planet the Galactic Alliance sends him. That is, until he’s sent with his squad to Hemera for their Alorama ceremony, far from any threat of Erebus invasion and with no chance for promotion.

Vilarra has lived on Hemera all her life, working hard in the kitchens of the royal palace until she achieved lead hand. But learning of the universe beyond her world reveals her insignificance and shreds her sense of accomplishment and purpose.

With the help of a furry, little tibbar, Gib is determined to win the affection of Vilarra, prove to her how significant she is to him and the people who depend on her. But will his personal mission be cut short before he has the chance to win her heart?

PET TRADE

A novella in the Central Galactic Concordance series

By Carol Van Natta

The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Unfortunately, animals are not included in those regulations…

Veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin has made a home for herself on a frontier planet in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared.

“Volunteered” for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escapes the project and steals a freighter, but ship damage forces him to crash-land in the northern mountains of a frontier planet. He’s surprised to discover the freighter’s cargo contains a secret shipment of designer pets. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee’s aid in caring for them—a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.

They will need all the help they can get from their unusual pets to save the day when ruthless mercenaries pose a threat. Can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, or will they lose everything they have vowed to protect – including each other?

MASCOT

A novella in the Aeon’s Legacy series

By Alexis Glynn Latner

Daya Tattujayan is the manager of a remote and nearly derelict space mining station. She has plenty of problems to deal with even before the interstellar syndicate that owns the station sends an auditor to check up on her work.

Rik Gole is a nomadic interstellar auditor with no roots to tie him down. He is ruthless when he has to be and very good at what he does, but Rik would be the first to admit that a woman like Daya and a place like this station are way outside of his previous experience.

Before Daya and Rik can decide whether they are antagonists, allies, or something more, an unexpected enemy attacks the station. To save their lives, they must dare to trust each other. And they need help from a very unconventional defender—Daya’s mysterious alien pet, the mascot of Star Corner Station.

♥ ♥ ♥

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#8Sunday: From Alien Mate, the alien shows his true colors…

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To recap: Falsely convicted of a crime, Starr Conner is sent to an alien planet with other female convicts to become an alien’s mail order bride. She’s just met her new mate, Torg. The planet is in the throes of an ice age, and Starr has just found out she’s going to be living in a cave. She bursts into tears.

A touch to my shoulder became an awkward pat, and then I found myself enveloped in an alien bear hug, my face pressed to Torg’s massive chest, covered by the animal hide. It stank, but he smelled good. And felt good–rock solid, like the kind of man you could lean on. For so long I only had myself to rely on.

I hiccupped and sniffed, trying to suck back the snot. From his pouch, Torg withdrew a swatch of, what else, animal hide, and dabbed at my face. “It will be all right, Starrconner. I promise.”

The blending of my first and last name into one showed he still didn’t understand Terran naming structures, but in his rough, gravelly alien voice, it sounded so sweet and so charming, I cried harder. In another time, in another place, I might have wanted him.

Book Description

I’m Starr Elizabeth Conner. Earth’s government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.

But I’m no barbarian’s ‘mail order bride,’ even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either–it’s written all over his chiseled face. He’ll be truly angry if he ever learns what my ‘crime’ was.

I am Torg. I have waited 34 rotations for a mate of my own. With this shipment, I was sure to get a fine, sturdy mate who’ll bear me many daughters. Instead, I receive a small, curvy, pale-haired female who looks at me with anger and fear.

It is only when we ‘kiss’ that I believe things may work out between us. But I’m hearing rumors that Starr and her shipmates are law-breakers. To survive, Dakonians must obey all laws … or be exiled into the frozen wasteland.  Just when I have found her, will I have to send my mate to die?

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Backlist to the Future: STARGAZERS by Anne Kane #B2F #TBT #ScifRom

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By Anne Kane

When I first envisioned the Stargazers’ universe, I wanted to create somewhere that being female was a plus. I wanted strong heroines who were the reason things happened, not hapless ninnies waiting to react or be rescued after something bad happened. In the end, I created a group of futuristic witches who could tap into and control the energy of the (fictional) ley lines that connect the planets. The more talented the Stargazer, the better she was at controlling and redirecting that energy.   I cheerfully borrowed bits and pieces of folklore from witches, druids and other earthly connected groups to add plausibility to the Stargazer universe.

In hindsight, I’ve learned that focusing on the heroine ahead of the hero is not a formula for commercial success, however while it was never one of my better selling series, the Stargazers were definitely a favorite for me as an author.

Stargazers blurb

Descended from the witches of old Earth, Stargazers have the ability to control the lines of psychic energy that join the planets and other heavenly bodies. They use their talents to bend the energy to their own use, much the same as the druids of old Earth used to harness the ley lines. They can power space ships, run machinery on far away planets and detect people’s presences from great distances. Highly sought after, both by legitimate sources who want to hire them and by pirates who enslave and sell them, they are constantly on guard.

In this collection, five stargazers defy the odds and find love and adventure as they travel across the galaxy.

Book Excerpt

Tarik watched the young woman pacing the cargo bay of his ship. Tall and willowy, she stalked the width of the cell with angry strides of long, slim legs. A short, fitted tunic did little to hide her shapely figure, and he felt a spark of heat ignite in his gut despite his mistrust of her kind. Wisps of wavy, chestnut hair escaped from the single braid that hung to her waist, and her green eyes sparkled with rage.

He felt the corner of his mouth tilt upward as she aimed a kick at the wall. He’d bet if he could hear what she was muttering, it wouldn’t be very ladylike. Of course, she wasn’t really a lady. Krystal de Mylar was a Stargazer, one of the few who hadn’t yet sold her talents to the Intergalactic Council. Probably holding out for a better deal, he thought cynically.

The lack of military security surrounding her had made her an ideal target when he realized he needed to acquire one of the accursed witches in order to rescue his brother. Tarik’s renegade status made it impossible to post a job proposal with the Stargazers’ Guild, so he’d simply used his resources to plan and execute the perfect kidnapping. Unfortunately, none of his cybernetic enhancements would help him explain to the infuriated redhead why he’d spirited her away from her home without her consent.

The woman stopped pacing and pivoted to face the hovering droid, her eyes narrowed so that the green irises sparkled like gems. She’d obviously realized someone was monitoring her. A flicker of heat ran up his spine as she stood still, legs spread and hands on hips. Her mouth moved, and his attention dropped to her full, luscious lips as they moved slowly in exaggerated speech.

You are going to regret this.

It wasn’t hard to read her lips. Or the threat in her eyes. He sure hoped she didn’t know how to wrap the interplanetary energy lines around his neck.

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Author bio

Anne Kane lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with an adorable little mutt named of unknown lineage, a cantankerous Himalayan cat, and too many fish to count. She has two handsome sons and five adorable grandchildren. By day, she’s a respectable bean counter, but after hours her imagination soars and she writes romances that span the galaxy and encompass beings of all sizes, shapes and origins. She first started telling stories as a child and she just can’t seem to stop.

Her hobbies include kayaking, hiking, swimming, skating, playing guitar, singing and of course, reading.

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