Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping.
Anyone who is anyone attends the annual Association of Planets gala, the largest, fanciest soiree in the galaxy.
Escorted by her husband Brock, Penelope “Pia” Aaron attends the event to mix and mingle with the galaxy’s power elite to further her career as an AOP ambassador.
Brock Mann isn’t there to serve as his wife’s plus-one.
A cyborg and a field agent with the covert force Cyber Operations, Brock knows the glitzy, glamorous evening isn’t going to end happily for one individual. An intercepted partial communique has revealed that one gala attendee will kidnapped. Who the intended victim is, why the person is being taken and by whom—that’s what Cy-Ops must find out to stop the abduction.
And then Pia is taken.
Without knowing who or why she was targeted, Brock must race against the clock to find his wife before she’s killed.
Saving the girl and the galaxy just got personal.
An excerpt from Married to the Cyborg
(From my WIP, unedited)
She sighed and moved down the corridor. The Aurelian’s space station was only a tad smaller than Deimos. On such large outpost, there must be a quiet section where she could recharge her mental energy before returning to the ballroom and making nice with the guests.
She stopped outside a door marked OBSERVATORY – PRIVATE.
Did that mean keep out – or did it mean it was a place for solitude? Probably the former, but she could always plead ignorance. The UT she wore in her ear allowed her to communicate with almost everyone, but just because she had a universal translator didn’t mean she could read and write every language. Maybe OBSERVATORY – PRIVATE was the Aurelian’s way of saying, “Welcome, come on in!” Besides, if they didn’t want her to enter, the door wouldn’t open, right?
She palmed the entry scanner, the door slid open, and she stepped into nothingness.
Walls vanished as if no barrier existed between her and the infinite expanse of space. Instinctively, she leaped back with a cry. When she wasn’t sucked into outer space, she realized the floor, ceiling, walls were formed from some kind of glass, but not a type she was familiar with. This material showed no reflection at all. She inched a foot into the room, relieved to find solid floor beneath her slippers. Bolder, she crept inside. The door slid shut. Penelope gulped. Emptiness swirled around her. It was disorienting to be surrounded by emptiness, yet feel solidness beneath her feet.
She loved being able to travel to new worlds—and space stations—and to experience alien technology up close and personal. As endless as space itself, the galaxy contained infinite wonders. Since the launch of the Sputnik, the first space vehicle centuries ago, Terra had achieved great technological strides—evidenced by her standing her on an Aurelian space station. But there was so much more to learn from other races on other planets.
Extending her arms, so she didn’t slam into a wall she couldn’t see, she advanced. Finally, she touched an invisible barrier. Energized glass? A force field?
Penelope peered into the black. Stars, solid points of light, extended out to forever. She was alone in the silent vastness of space.
She marveled, taking a cleansing, tension-releasing breath.
A rough hand clapped over her mouth, and she was jerked against a massive, solid form. “Do exactly what I tell you, and you won’t get hurt,” a gravelly voice rasped in her ear. A hard, male body flattened her against the transparent barrier. A thick erection prodded the small of her back.
Married to the Cyborg release information
Married to the Cyborg is a brand new, standalone story in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series. It is a spinoff from Stranded with the Cyborg, book 1 of the series, and tells what happens to the hero and heroine after their book ended. You don’t have to have read Stranded with the Cyborg to enjoy Married to the Cyborg, and there are no spoilers in Married. After reading Married, you can still read Stranded and be surprised. But if you have read the other romances in the series, you’ll probably enjoy seeing what some familiar characters are up to now.
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Stranded with the Cyborg
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.