Facing the cyborg captain is (almost) as bad as facing an alien…

Pets in Space

If you know where the year went, please let me know. I can’t believe it’s November! It’s also time for another Weekend Writing Warriors.

To recap: cyborg Captain Dante Stone rescued some colonists who’d been attacked by aliens. He learns that one of them brought her robotic dog on board. The dog just bit him. We’re in the heroine Miranda’s POV.

Would the captain toss her into the brig? Airlock poor Sparky?

“All of you, disperse!” He waved at the gawkers.

She tried to sneak away, but he stopped her. “Not so fast–I’m not done with you yet.” Captain Stone regarded her from his immense height, muscles bunched and corded under his uniform, his stern, masculine features as hard as his name suggested.

Her anger had faded, and without fury to give her courage, her knees shook. Staring eyeball to eyeball with him was almost as bad as facing down the Tyranian in the greenhouse. No—no one was that bad. The alien had been hideous; red eyes had glowed with malice, and it stank.

Sparky had saved her.

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

Maltese puppy, 6 months old, sitting in front of white backgrounEven 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.

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18 Responses to Facing the cyborg captain is (almost) as bad as facing an alien…

  1. Almost as bad, but not quite. At least Dante has his looks going for him. 😉 Great snippet! I’ve started reading this anthology, and mentioned it in my latest newsletter.

  2. Oh dear. It sounds as though she is in real trouble. I wonder if a bite from a robotic dog is better or worse than from a real one.

  3. Hmm, delicious snippet even though it’s a bit scary. Another terrific story . You are talented, my friend.

  4. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I love how you can see her shrinking back from her anger high, now not as confident. Although if she faced down that alien without dying of fright, I think she’ll survive Dante. Great snippet!

  5. I like the neat insertion of backstory about the alien in the greenhouse.

  6. She thought she was going to fade away with the rest of them? lol. We knew that wasn’t going to happen!

    I am so intrigued by her robotic dog and want to know more about the level of AI it has and how capable it is of emotions. That last line says so much.

    Good excerpt, Cara. 🙂

  7. Kim M says:

    Brilliant snippet, Cara.

    We get a good sense of Miranda’s fragile state of mind, and just how annoyed Capt. Stone is.

    Nicely done

  8. Diane Burton says:

    Great snippet, Cara. I love Sparky. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories in the collection. I want a Sparky for my own.

  9. Love the excerpt – such an excellent story!

  10. Aw, she owes Sparky a favor! Love how Dante is almost- but not quite- the scariest guy she’s ever faced.

  11. Interesting snippet. Looks like a great anthology/boxed set!

  12. Nancy Gideon says:

    Love the comparison, Cara! The stinky part made all the difference.

  13. It doesn’t sound like he’s too badly injured–maybe if she can explain, he’ll let her keep the dog.

  14. Great snippet! Love the premise of the story!

  15. Amy Braun says:

    He’s definitely intense!

  16. Delicious snippet. I’m loving this

  17. Nice snippet! I like the description!

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