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Carysa Locke on Why Pets in Space is a Project Close to Her Heart

Pets In Space 600x900I am thrilled to be one of nine authors in the anthology, Pets in Space, combining two of my big loves, space and pets. A portion of proceeds are being donated to who raise and train service dogs for US veterans.

I am delighted that each author in Pets in Space has agreed to share with us an insight into their story in the anthology and a little bit about why they decided to write for the anthology. Today’s guest is Carysa Locke :

Pets are not always the easiest thing on a writer. Sure, they can be inspiring. I drew more than a little inspiration for Ember, the fox-like kith in my story, Escape Run, from both my dogs and my cats. But sometimes they can also be the opposite of inspiring.

Once, our puppy Maya hit the table my laptop was sitting on so hard, it flew into the air and landed face down on our hardwood floor. The flash drive plugged into the side of it broke, and after a few flickers, the screen on my laptop turned black and wouldn’t come back on. I had to take it in to the Mac store, where the nice technician reconnected the cable that sends picture to the screen. Since I was busy trying not to hyperventilate at the thought of having to buy a new laptop, I was very grateful the actual issue proved so small.

My cats also have to get in on the fun. Here is one of them, Nimue. She likes to lay on my arm and sleep. It makes it very challenging to type while a (cough) twelve pound cat is attached to one’s arm. My other puppy, Sophia, will lay her head across my entire keyboard sometimes. I think she does it when she thinks I’ve ignored her for too long. It’s a bit nerve wracking, suddenly having this dog head land on the keyboard in the middle of a scene. I’m always hoping she doesn’t accidentally hit the power button when I haven’t saved in awhile.

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Still, I wouldn’t trade any of these little foibles for anything. My pets are part of my family. Especially when it comes to writing science fiction, I think it is important to think about things other than human. Interacting with pets gives me insight into a different perspective, one that is the closest thing to alien we are currently going to find here on Earth.

When the opportunity for Pets in Space came my way, I was instantly interested. How better to share my love of animals than through writing? I’m so grateful to be here with such an amazing group of authors. I hope readers will enjoy what we’ve come up with.

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.

Here is a small teaser:

Cole Madras was a big man, tall and broad, with the muscular look of a soldier. His hair was dark and long enough to brush his shoulders. A few strands of gray threaded through it, catching the light. Cole wasn’t the sort to use nanites or dye to hide the changing color. His face was more arresting than handsome, strong and square with a few lines around his expressive mouth, and at the corners of his eyes. Hazel, his eyes had always reminded Teegan of the forest. Green and brown and full of secrets. His skin was lighter than her own, browned by the sun.

Emotions too complicated to untangle closed her throat and held her frozen for an endless moment. Funny, how the mind created physical responses in a completely mental environment.

To find out more about Carysa Locke, please click here.


Pets in Space Book Trailer

I can’t wait for you to read A Mate for Matrix. Matrix gets to meet Gracie from Gracie’s Touch prior to the Alluthan invasion. I always wondered what Gracie was like as a younger teen and it was great to get to see her and her family.

A Mate for Matrix will be released in the Pets in Space anthology on October 11.


Dragon Lords of Valdier Books 1-3 Boxset

DLOV Books 1-3

Want to try a sample of the Dragon Lords of Valdier, the New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling series that everyone is talking about? Books 1-3 are now available in a boxset – why not curl up with the boxset today!

Dragon shifting race with a golden symbiot. The Valdierians are ruled by the Reykill royal family. They battled the Curizans and Sarafin species during the Great Wars but have now established peace. There are few females on Valdier and only their true mate is accepted by the three parts of the warrior: the man/woman, their dragon, and their symbiot.

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Abducting Abby

Abducting Abby:  Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 1

Abby Tanner is content to live on her mountain creating her beautiful works of art and enjoying the peace and quiet.  All of that changes when a strange golden space ship crash lands on it.  Now, Abby has to deal with a golden ship, a tortured alien, and an insane local sheriff.

Zoran Reykill knew he had to find a safe place to heal after he escapes from a Curizan military post.  When his symbiosis mothership takes him to an unknown planet he finds more than he expects – he finds his true mate.  The only problems are Abby doesn’t understand a thing he says and the local sheriff wants her too.  There is only one thing the King of Valdier can do, abduct his true mate.

Now Zoran has his hands full trying to keep his true mate safe in his own world while trying to help her accept her new life.  He will need all the help he can get to help his stubborn human accept she can make a life in a place other than her mountain back on Earth.  He just needs to keep her alive long enough to enjoy it and away from the other males on his planet who wouldn’t mind helping her accept her new sensual body.

One thing he knows he will never regret – abducting Abby.

Excerpt from Abducting Abby

Abducting Abby is also available as an Audiobook:

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Capturing Cara: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 2

Cara Truman is a pint-size pistol whose inquisitive nature has gotten her into trouble on more than one occasion. Her next adventure takes her further than she even expected when she ends up on a journey out of this world.

Trelon Reykill thought he had his hands full. A militant group of Curizans had captured his brother Zoran, he was busy trying to fortify the Valdier defenses against the Sarafin Warriors, and his dragon was roaring for him to find a mate. He was furious about the first, excited about the second, and pissed about the last. The last thing he expects to find on the primitive planet his brother has taken refuge on is his true mate.

Now, he has a whole new set of problems…capturing Cara long enough to make her his. His symbiosis loves her, his dragon wants her, and he can’t catch her. On top of all that, someone is trying to kill her.

His solution: Capture Cara and love her so well she will never want to escape him – if he can.

Excerpt from Capturing Cara

Capturing Cara is also available as an Audiobook:

Tracking Trisha: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 3

Trisha Grove enjoyed her job as a pilot for Boswell International but realizes something is still missing from her life – her family. She is ready to call it quits and head back home to Wyoming where her father lives. She never expected her last flight for Boswell would end with an unplanned trip out of this world. Trisha isn’t sure at first what is real and what isn’t; all she knows is she is determined to get back to her dad no matter what it takes.

Kelan Reykill is the fourth son in the royal line of Valdier. Commander of the V’ager, one of the largest Valdier warships, he prides himself on his strict self-discipline, his ability to remain in command in any situation, and his skill at handling any challenge. That is, until he meets a stubborn human female from the primitive planet his older brother sought refuge on. Now, all he can think about is how to get the female into his bed and under his control while staying in one piece.

When she is taken from him, Kelan will track Trisha to the ends of the universe and further because he knows one thing – she is his true mate and he will do anything; kill anyone, who tries to harm her.

Excerpt from Tracking Trisha

Tracking Trisha is also available as an Audiobook: