#8Sunday: From Stranded with the Cyborg…a whole new level of meddling


Release date: September 22, 2015

Penelope Aaron, a newly appointed ambassador, is not about to take a bodyguard on her first diplomatic mission. Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, a weekly blog hop in which authors present 8-10 sentence excerpts from one of their books. Mine is is from Stranded with the Cyborg:

“With all due respect, Mother, you don’t have authority over the Department of Interplanetary Affairs. I’m going to Xenia and to the Summit on Malodonus alone.”

“Don’t believe that I don’t have influence because I’m no longer in office. Many people still owe me favors. I will contact the Minister of IA and have you reassigned.”

When your mother was ex-president, parental meddling occurred at a whole new level.

If she’d been a little less mature, Penelope might have stomped her foot and yelled, “You’re not the boss of me,” like she’d done when she was teenager. Instead, she took a deep, calming breath and released it silently. “As you wish, Mother.”

But Penelope isn’t about to give in so easily. She wasn’t code-named “PIA” for nothing. More next week!

Stranded with the Cyborg blurb

Penelope Aaron, the former Terran president’s daughter,  regrets how she got Agent Brock Mann booted from the security force. But now that she’s an interplanetary ambassador about to embark on her first diplomatic mission, she still doesn’t want him tagging along. Especially since he seems to be stronger, faster, more muscled, and sexier than she remembers. And pretending to be her husband?  This mission couldn’t get more impossible!

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

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11 Responses to #8Sunday: From Stranded with the Cyborg…a whole new level of meddling

  1. I feel sorry for mothers, sometimes. They get a bad as the pleasure-stoppers. Mothers who are ex-presidents, though, I don’t feel sorry for.

  2. Gemma Parkes says:

    Very realistic characters, I can feel the temporary resignation in the last line.

  3. Kim Magennis says:

    Mother should know better than to accept that ‘resignation’. I know I would be suspicious!

  4. I like Option A better. ;D Great scene, Cara!

  5. True to life snippet written wonderfully.

  6. Now I’m wondering how PIA and Brock get together when neither of them want to travel on the same ship.

  7. Alexis Duran says:

    How annoying to have a mother with the means to follow through on her meddling! Even though mom’s right, I feel Penelope’s pain.

  8. Yup, mothers never stop ‘mothering’, so true! Enjoyed the snippet!

  9. HA! A whole new level of meddling indeed! Although I think her mother taught her well, and I can’t wait to see what kind of PIA shenanigans she’ll get into in the next snippet to cut those maternal apron strings. Great snippet, really enjoying the story!

  10. Better not to argue with her mom–and to spend that energy is thwarting her plans to control her daughter.

  11. mothers are the same everywhere. LOL. very realistic scene and love how she just takes a breath and agrees. that’s an expert at dealing with a mom-ism 🙂

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