By Carysa Locke
We are a household of two cats and two dogs. Of those four pets, three are rescues. Our first rescue was Nimue, a cat we found as a kitten. She was surviving outside some rental properties my father-in-law had, being tormented on a regular basis by the local kids. They would chase her up trees, then hit her with sticks to try and get her down. Or put her in a box with another kitten and shake it to try and get the kittens to “fight”. We scooped her up and gave her a safe place to live. My husband, who is not a “cat person” fell in love with her right away. She had this personality that was just bigger than life. Our other cat, Julius, wasn’t so sure about her at first, but the two quickly bonded and are now inseparable.
Nimue has some unique quirks from her time on the streets. She loves being pet and cuddling, only if it is on her terms. If she feels trapped, she will be done and jump away. She loves having the high ground, always. Her favorite place to hang is in her palace, er, cat tree, as high as she can go. She torments the dogs by staying just out of reach. She will eat anything and everything. No bag of chips is safe, no matter how tied off and put away it is. No plates may be left on the counter unattended. She gets plenty of kitty kibble to eat every day (some might even say she is a tad chubby) and yet food is something she can’t help but seek out. Those old survival instincts are just too strong.
Although our first rescue, Nimue will not be our last. She has brightened our lives with her presence. Pets are very much a part of our family.
It’s hard for me to imagine that there are people out there who will abuse animals who are defenseless and unable to protect themselves, but that is exactly why projects like this one are so important. Anything that can be done to raise awareness for rescue animals, or to aid organizations that train animals to be companions for humans in need, is a great thing to be a part of. I’m proud to be involved with Pets in Space, and so excited to share my story, Escape Run, with everyone.
Here is a small teaser, introducing the first glimpse of my character’s “pet”, Ember:
Teegan stared at the snow, brow furrowed. A flash of silver and copper caught her eye as something streaked across the ground. The figure vanished a moment later, but paw prints formed a trail moving toward her.
By Carysa Locke
Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that.
Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?
Even an alien needs a pet…
Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?
New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!
10% of the first month’s 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.