Starry Nights: #SFR Blog Hop

SFRBBH2Imagine leaving the world you know to rocket off into the stars to an alien world. Imagine if you would be gone indefinitely–or perhaps the remainder of your life.

No, really. Think about it. Consider what (who) you would leave behind, and how it would feel to if everything were not just different, but totally foreign–the terrain, the food, the people, the beliefs, the language–as well as the constellations and the moons in sky. Could you handle it? Would you? What would it take to get you to try it?

Many science fiction books create alien worlds inhabited by the natives of those worlds. In Terran (Breeder series book 2), I show the “alien” world through the eyes of an expatriate woman, Tara Diehl who flees earth for the “safety” of Parseon. Although the planet roughly resembles earth with trees, grass and rivers, the culture totally differs–it’s cutthroat, aggressive, violent, and misogynistic. Males dominate and females are nothing more than breeder slaves. Except for visiting Terran women who are protected by treaty.

But it is in this alien world that Tara attempts to build a new life.

Welcome to the SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop! Grand prize is a $100 Amazon or BN gift cards PLUS 42 books. Second place is  $50 Amazon or BN gift card and a 33-book package. Three third places will be awarded that includes a $25 Amazon or BN gift card and 12 books. Entry for those prizes is by Rafflecopter.

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But wait, there’s more! I am offering a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card JUST by answering a question. No Rafflecopter required. Read the short excerpt to Terran (Breeder series book 2), then answer the question at the end and be sure to give your email address so you can be contacted if you win! 

CB_Terran_coverlgAn excerpt from Terran (Breeder series book 2) by Cara Bristol

If people gawked, she did not notice. Panic blinded Tara to all but instinct as she tore through the Bazaar. Suck it up. Suck it up. Sobs of relief convulsed in her throat when her feet found their way to her shop. Perched on a counter stool eating lunch, Ramon leaped to his feet as she stumbled in.

“My God, Tara! What the hell happened?” He grabbed a bolt of flannel off its stand and threw it around her, then hugged her to his chest.

Unable to stop crying, she heaved and shuddered as Ramon rocked her and swore under his breath.

“I th-thought it w-would be o-o-okay. I only went out-outside to check.”

Ramon stiffened.

“They grabbed me,” she sobbed.


“Th-three males.”

“Fuck,” he swore, his voice laden with concern. He did not need to say I-told-you-so to remind Tara how foolish she’d been. “We need to call Security. The Terran Embassy.”

She shook her head. “No.” The Terrans held little authority and couldn’t do anything. Parseon Security did have power but would do nothing. Nor could she endure an interrogation by males cut from the same cloth as her attackers. Parseon did not consider sexual assault a crime but rather a sport, which was why the treaty attempted to protect its female vendors by insisting they travel with an escort. By venturing into the Market alone, she had disobeyed the rules intended to protect her.

“Yes. My God, Tara, you were attacked.” He dropped his voice to a hoarse whisper. “Did they rape you?”

“No,” she lied. She squeezed her eyes shut against Ramon’s shoulder. She’d been pinned to the ground. They had sodomized her with their fingers—they just hadn’t gotten around to the rest of it, because the Commander had intervened. She recalled his growl, his shadow. The boot on her back had lifted, and her attacker had flown through the air. She’d heard a thud and a snap, and then the pounding of feet as the other two attackers had scrambled away.

Only Alpha remained. Though he’d saved her, the rage and intent to harm that enlarged his already huge body had terrified her, and she’d fled, as much from him as the attack.

“You’re bleeding,” Ramon said, and she became aware of searing pain in her legs, back, and chest. They’d cut her when they had sliced at her clothing and had pummeled her with their fists and feet. “You need medical attention. I’m calling Security.”

“No!” came a gravelly shout.

Ramon started, but Tara did not. Hadn’t she known all along he would follow her?

“I will handle this.” There was no mistaking the threat in the gaze the Alpha cast upon Ramon. “Leave us.”

A brave Ramon shook his head. “No, I’m staying.”

Aggression shimmered off the Commander in waves. Ramon was wiry but little match for most men on Terra, let alone an Alpha. She had little doubt how he would fare in a confrontation. Again, she pictured her attacker sailing through the air as if the Commander had thrown a stuffed toy and not a live adult male.

She opened her mouth to reassure her shop mate she would be okay, but before she could speak, the Commander yanked her out of Ramon’s protective embrace and slung her over his shoulder. The Alpha stalked out of her shop into the Bazaar.


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36 Responses to Starry Nights: #SFR Blog Hop

  1. Well, setting family aside as they’d come with me, I think it would be the sky at night. I think seeing a different moon and stars would make me feel lonely or sad and be a reminder that I’m not home.

  2. Jo Jones says:

    The food. I don’t think things would grow the same, taste the same or even be the same. jonesjnd (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. Susan Clement says:

    Pizza!! LOL!! Love these books! I would not miss the men if I met one of those yummy commanders!

  4. Meri says:

    books! that’s what I would miss the most 🙂
    thank you for the giveaway, Cara!! =)

  5. Marie Constantineau says:

    Gravity, sunsets, birds? It’s hard to pick not exactly knowing what it is we’ll be missing.

  6. Joy F says:

    Movies. Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  7. Laurel Lasky says:

    Books and tennis. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  8. SE Gilchrist says:

    After reading your excerpt, I’d have to say my independence – lol. Sounds like a fabulous book Cara.

  9. Fab excerpt! I remember Tara, Ramon, and Alpha from Breeder. Looking forward to reading Terran as well. 🙂

    If I left Earth, I think I would miss the sounds, smells, and some fabulous sights of nature. But, who knows what I’d find on the new planet. That is, of course, so long as my family is with me. Otherwise, I’d miss them like crazy. Not sure I could leave them behind.

  10. Thianna D says:

    I’m really good at picking up and moving on without looking back, so I don’t think I’d miss much at all. Hopefully the new world would have something similar to a dog, because of anything, I’d imagine I’d miss that most. But if it didn’t? It wouldn’t bother me. New place. New adventure. I’m in.

  11. Jolanda L says:

    I would also mis the food. (MacDonalds) But I will be to excited to
    really miss something!


  12. Donna says:

    I would miss sitting in my garden watching the sun go down while I’m sipping a fruity drink. Oh and my bed, I love my bed.

  13. KaGe says:

    I’m with Donna, I’d totally miss my bed. I’d also miss my favorite foods.

  14. Lots of things I’d miss. Dark chocolate for one thing!

  15. PJ Friel says:

    I’d miss my family and friends, obviously, but next I’d miss my Kindle. lol! It goes EVERYWHERE with me. Since I’d be going to an alien planet, I’m assuming my Kindle wouldn’t be able to charge there and I wouldn’t have access to Amazon’s site. I think I’ll stay here on Earth. 😉

  16. Rhianna says:

    Oooh very good question… I kind of imagine I’d not leave Earth knowing there weren’t things similar to what I enjoy to look forward to but just as when I moved overseas and missed little things I imagine there’d be a lot to miss. I think I’ll go with seasons because I imagine that if there’s one thing that’d be different it would be the seasons we have.

  17. BookAttict says:

    Chocolate…..and pizza!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  18. Food, definitely food! Going overseas was enough to make me realize how wonderful familiar food is, much less going to another planet! 🙂

  19. Marissa says:

    The sense of feeling safe and really everything.


  20. Imogene says:

    Well given my husband and daughters would be with me ( 😉 ) it would be my dog… unless I could take him too! 😀

  21. Sarah says:

    I think I would most miss being where everything is familiar. Even though there are many places with different cultures & mores here, I still know, even if superficially, about them. As much as I would adore visiting other worlds, it would be really hard to be plunked down somewhere where everything, even the air to breath, is different. I think we all operate to a greater or lesser extent by shorthand, knowing what to expect or how to behave, even in foreign countries, but on a different world, there would be no shortcuts & I imagine it would be exhausting to have to be constantly aware of what I don’t know. Not that I’d say no if I got a chance to go! millriverside gmail

  22. bn100 says:

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  23. Pippa Jay says:

    One of my characters was forced to flee Earth, but she didn’t so much miss things as regret the things she could no longer do or never did, like just sit and watch a sunset.

  24. Simone says:

    I think I would miss the local bush, wildlife & beaches. Not seeing my local birds & wild flowers would be the hardest things to leave behind. It was bad enough when I moved to London for 2 years & I knew I was coming home – eventually!

  25. Melissa Weeks says:

    i would miss my family and the food although they couldcome visit me im sure that they sell human food goods but that is what i would miss the most
    misky90501 at yahoo dot com

  26. Shannon F says:

    Aside from family and friends, coffee, but they might have something much better!


  27. Ed Hoornaert says:

    What would I miss most? The subtle colouration the sun bestows on everything. The 1.0 G gravity. And, perhaps most of all, oxygen. 🙂

  28. Anna McLain says:

    Presuming that I can bring the kids with me, I’d miss coffee. Really, when I was young and single I would have happily left, rode in the Tardis, whatever. Now? No. I want to stay because of my family.

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  29. Corinne says:

    Great post, and thank you for participating in this year’s SFR hop!

  30. Ann s says:

    I’d miss my books!
    Thanks for the giveaway at gmail dot com

  31. Stephanie F. says:

    Assuming my family would be with me I’d have to say the normality of it all. I can only imagine what another planet would be like, chaotic and strange, so after the shock and awe wore off I would miss what I have always known.


  32. Kathleen McG says:

    I too, would miss the familiarity of earth but the fascination for the new sights would dull the pain just a bit.

  33. Suzanne says:

    I would miss going to the familiar places I love, museums and libraries. But I would hope the new planet would appeal to my adventurous.

  34. Kate Corcino says:

    My family, without a doubt. And now I’m off to go grab the first book! Amazing excerpt!

  35. I’m with everyone else. FOOD! I’d miss it 🙂

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