Don’t hurt Sparky! #SaveSparky #PetsinSpace science fiction romance

Look at this little face! He wouldn’t hurt a fly…

Maltese puppy, 6 months old, sitting in front of white backgroun

Greetings earthlings and Weekend Writing Warriors! It’s time for another short excerpt from Pets In Space, a new sci-fi romance anthology (for adults). To recap: Capt. Dante Stone has rescued colonists who were attacked by aliens. One woman, Miranda, brought her dog on board the spaceship. Worried about the spread of disease, the captain orders the dog removed. In last week’s episode, the captain belatedly learns the dog is a robot just as it bites him. To continue…

The captain bent, and gripping the dog’s upper and lower jaws, began to pry its mouth open with his bare hands.

“Don’t hurt Sparky!” He was all she had left, and the captain could break him, dislocate his jaw.

“Hurt him? Might I remind you its teeth are imbedded in my leg?”

She reached under the collar for the power switch on the dog’s nape. He jerked, released the captain’s ankle, and fell over. “I’m so sorry,” she apologized, wringing her hands. “He’s programmed to protect me, and he perceived you as a threat.” Maybe if she’d explained at the start her dog was a canine artificial intelligence model, all of this could have been avoided—but at the captain’s edict, she had panicked.

She scooped him up and clutched him protectively to her chest, stroking his soft synthetic fur.

Spark of Attraction blurb

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

Pets in Space blurb

Even an alien needs a pet…

Pets in SpaceJoin 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.

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30 Responses to Don’t hurt Sparky! #SaveSparky #PetsinSpace science fiction romance

  1. How creative, Cara! I like the idea of an AI pet. I guess we’re probably about there right now. The Furby led the way. 😉

  2. Kim Magennis says:

    Lol, at least he doesn’t have to worry about getting a tetanus shot!

    “He was all she had left”

    Such a big story in so few words. I can’t wait to read more of this, Cara.

  3. Jeez, you’d think they could program artificial dogs not to attack captains.

    BTW, Effing forgot to link to my WeWriWa (watch out, cat, or you’ll be replaced by Twiggles the dog!) but here it is.

  4. Aw, that doggie needs a remote! Hope the captain is forgiving.

  5. Love the concept. So surrealistic. You go, Sparky!

  6. I was a bit disappointed to find out that Sparky isn’t a real dog – but at least it means you don’t have to take him for walks! Well done him, though, for biting the horrid captain that tried to get him evicted! An AI dog might come in very handy after all.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Aw….but Sparky looks and acts real. He even had the captain (a cyborg) fooled.

      That Sparky is a robotic dog is one of the little surprises in Spark of Attraction–although I do give a hint in the blurb: “synthetic fur.”

  7. Amy Braun says:

    I can only imagine what the captain is thinking right now. 😉 Great snippet!

  8. I love this story! I don’t know what else to say without giving anything away. But, I’m about to start reading Pets in Space, so I look forward to reading this one again. 🙂

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Thank you for beta reading! You’ll enjoy the rest of the Pets in Space stories. My co-authors did an amazing job. All the stories are so different, and there’s a variety of pets.

  9. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I love the idea of programming an AI pet to protect its owner, in fact the whole idea of an AI pet. No shedding! 🙂 That is an adorable pic of Sparky. I want one!

    • Cara Bristol says:

      AI pets would be great, wouldn’t they. You could program it to do exactly what you wanted. Guard dog, companion, seeing eye dog, mouser, etc.

  10. I think he’s pretty calm with teeth locked on his leg!

  11. Awww…I do love this story and today’s excerpt was a good one to share for sure.

  12. Miranda seems quite fond of Sparky, even if he is a robot.

  13. Maybe the dog needs some better threat parameters… or maybe the grumpy captain deserved it!

  14. No! Don’t hurt Sparky! Be nice to Sparky… I have a feeling he’s important to you both, even if you don’t know it yet, Captain Stone!

  15. OMG! I am so IN LOVE with the pics on your page. I had a blue Meryl Australian Shepherd and I loved that doggie so much! Beautiful coloring. Anyway, great snippet! Just love this whole series!

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