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What’s in a Sci-Fi Romance Character Name? #PetsInSpace

By Cara Bristol

One question authors are asked is how they come up with their characters names. In my science fiction romance, many of the names are symbolic representations of the characters themselves. Without “inside information,” readers probably won’t realize the significance of the names, but it helps me to define the characters.

In The Fairy Forest
an illustration of a nymph who lives in the forest

In Rescued by the Cyborg, my story in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, heroine Solia is a Faria. Faria are fairy-like aliens who radiate light. You could say they have an “inner glow.” In the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, I first mention Faria in book 2, Mated with the Cyborg, then created a Faria heroine in book 3, Captured by the Cyborg. Her name was Illumina for illumination meaning light. When I decided to create another Faria heroine for Rescued by the Cyborg, I needed another “light” name. Latin roots offer wonderful alien sounding names. I asked myself what kinds of things produce light. The sun radiates light! Sun in Latin is solis. I needed it to be feminine sounding, so my character became Solia.

Most of my cyborg names in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series are symbolic as well. Cyborgs are machine/computer-augmented humans. To emphasize their humanity and show they’re not robots, I gave them all “man” names. The hero in Rescued by the Cyborg is Guy Roarke (Other cyborgs in the series: Mann, Homme, Andros, Sonny, Fellows). The only cyborg who doesn’t have a man name is Cyber Operations Director Carter Aymes because when the series started, he wasn’t a cyborg, and I’m such a pantser, I didn’t know he was going to become one.

Mittzi, the kitten in Rescued, has four white mittens (paws).

The villains of Rescued by the Cyborg are called Ka-Tȇ (pronounced Kah TAY) and live on the planet Katnia. Because they resemble hairless panthers, they are named after cats—but as I point out in the story, they are not genetically related to felines.

Rescued by the Cyborg

A Novella in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Series

A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…

Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.

Rescued by the Cyborg Excerpt

In this scene, the hero discovers the villains have captured a Faria.

“Scan the surface for life-forms alien to Katnia,” Guy ordered. “Report any anomalies.”

“Scanning,” said the computer.

For several minutes the only sound in the cockpit was Mittzi purring, and then the computer spoke. “The exospheric molecular analysis has been completed.”

“Report.”

“Plasma diffusion with a molecular array consistent with a class B attack cruiser has been detected.”

Guy accessed his databanks in the microprocessor embedded between the hemispheres of his brain and pulled up a list of individuals and organizations known to run class B attack cruisers. It was a short list.

Death Star.

“Identical plasmic trace elements were detected in the troposphere and at ground level,” the ship’s AI said.

“You’re saying a craft landed on the planet’s surface?”

“The probability is 99.87 percent.”

“How long ago?”

“Adjusting for weather and atmospheric conditions, the range would be between two and three weeks. The surface scan for alien life has been completed.”

“What did you find?” He held his breath. Report nothing. Please, report nothing.

“One alien life-form has been identified.”

He clenched a fist. “What?”

“A Farian female.”

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

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. http://www.petsinspaceantho.com

Cara Bristol Bio

USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes steamy science fiction romance with an emphasis on the characters and their romance, with a little humor, heat, and danger added for fun. She is the author of three science fiction romance series: sexy cyborg Cy-Ops Scifi Romance series, the dark erotic Breeder series, and the new humorous Alien Mate series. She likes to say that she writes science fiction for readers who don’t like sci-fi. Cara lives in Missouri with her alpha hero, her husband, and Hannah, her cat, aka her writing supervisor.

Social media links:

Web site: http://www.carabristol.com

Newsletter: http://carabristol.com/get-your-free-book/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3

Twitter: @CaraBristol, https://twitter.com/CaraBristol

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Adventures in Auditing

The father of a college friend of mine retired from a Big Eight accounting firm. At one time or another he audited Hollywood studios, a carrot farm, and oil companies—and came away with a lot of colorful stories. High-level auditors are not milquetoasts in a back room. The best of them are smart, personable professionals who know how to ask the right questions.

I used this background information for my hero in my story Mascot in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology. Rik Gole is an auditor and more: he has an unusual family background that comes back to haunt him and help him.

By the way, my college friend’s father is an attractive, dynamic fellow—the romantic hero of his own long and happy marriage. So yes, an auditor can be the hero in romance, science fiction or otherwise!

About Mascot by Alexis Glynn Latner, an Aeon’s Legacy novella

Daya Tattujayan is the manager of a remote and nearly derelict space mining station. She has plenty of problems to deal with even before the interstellar syndicate that owns the station sends an auditor to check up on her work.

Rik Gole is a nomadic interstellar auditor with no roots to tie him down. He is ruthless when he has to be and very good at what he does, but Rik would be the first to admit that a woman like Daya and a place like this station are way outside of his previous experience.

Before Daya and Rik can decide whether they are antagonists, allies, or something more, an unexpected enemy attacks the station. To save their lives, they must dare to trust each other. And they need help from a very unconventional defender—Daya’s mysterious alien pet, the mascot of Star Corner Station.

Alexis Glynn Latner writes science fiction and fantasy romantic adventure, teaches creative writing, and works at the Rice University Library in Houston, Texas. For fun and the romance of flight, she is a sailplane pilot. Her website is www.alexisglynnlatner.com.

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Buy all Magic, New Mexico Kindle World stories with one click

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You can now purchase all the stories in the Magic New Mexico Kindle World with one easy click.

Click here for the Magic New Mexico Kindle World Bundle

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Magic New Mexico Game

Don’t Just Talk Like A Pirate! Be A Pirate and Find the Magic, New Mexico Treasure!

Magic, New Mexico Kindle World #3 releases on September 19th, which is also Talk Like A Pirate Day! What a better day to kick off a treasure hunt than when we are all talking like the pirates we are lol.

Visit each author in the Magic New Mexico Kindle World #3 to find your next clue to the grand prize.

Instructions:
You need to visit each author in the Magic New Mexico Kindle World #3 to find the next clue to the grand prize. Collect all the clues and go in the draw for Magic treasure!

On each author’s Kindle World book page, there is a map of Magic, New Mexico (see map below). On that map, is a letter or letters or symbol that is specific to that author. Check out the lower right hand corner. Near the treasure chest. Write down the letter or symbol for each author. Make sure you record the code in the order of authors below so that you get the correct codeword.

That’s it! Easy peasy. Each letter will create part of the code you need to enter into the giveaway.

Download your Treasure Card to record your clues. Once you have collected all the clues, go in the entry.

Visit all the authors as there may be surprises for you along the way. 😉

 

Enter the Giveaway Above or At:
http://sesmithfl.com/giveaways/magicnmkw3giveaway/

The game opens on September 19th at 6am (Orlando time) and closes at 6pm on September 30th (Orlando time).

Here’s an example of the map from Tianna Xander’s page:

(BTW ‘?’ is not the secret code for Tianna. You will need to visit her page to find out what it is).

 
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Magic New Mexico Kindle Worlds 3

Welcome to Magic, New Mexico where being abnormal is the norm! Celebrate the abnormal with stories of aliens, dragons, witches, vampires, werewolves, shifters, and the paranormal!

My Magic, New Mexico Kindle World has 14 new stories thanks to the awesome work of Aidy Award, CJ Cade, DB Sieders, Donna McDonald, Evelyn Lederman, Immortal Angel & Lisa Hailes, Jason Crutchfield, Jessica Aspen, Jody Wallace, Lea Kirk, M.L. Guida, Sabine Priestley, Tianna Xander, and Trinity Blacio.

We are very dragon-rific this time around so I hope you are ready for some scales!

Click on this link to take you to all the stories: http://amzn.to/2w5YbXc or click on each individual story below to go to that specific story.

A Touch of Death by Immortal Angel KW

A Touch of Death
by Immortal Angel & Lisa Hailes

A vampire trying to save her people. An alien-hybrid trying to save the world. Can they trust each other in time to save them all?

A Touch of Fate by Aidy Award KW

A Touch of Fate
by Aidy Award

Spectral soldiers are stealing souls all over the universe. Kady must learn to use her powers, her curves, and her smarts to save the only one that ever mattered, the soul of her mate.



A Touch of Harmony
by Evelyn Lederman

A woman who fears animals – a man who is a werewolf – can love overcome their differences?

Loving Phoenix by Trinity Blacio KW

Loving Phoenix
by Trinity Blacio

A Special Ops Marine gears up to save a young woman with a unique talent from the government who would use her.

Made for Her by Lea Kirk KW

Made for Her
By Lea Kirk

Roses are red, her blood is too, but one little sip, and his mate is through.

Miss Fortune by Jason Crutchfield KW

Miss Fortune
by Jason Crutchfield

A misfortune consuming Infaustus meets the world’s unluckiest man; together, they fight to turn his luck around before tragedy strikes him and the town of Magic, New Mexico.

Reaching Reva by CJ Cade KW

Reaching Reva
by CJ Cade

They’re stuck on the wrong planet at the wrong time…with each other. They could use some magic.

Seducing Sela by Tianna Xander KW

Seducing Sela
By Tianna Xander

When a young woman who shuns the supernatural and an alien filled with it come together, the results are… magic

Tainted Magic by Sabine Priestley KW

Tainted Magic
by Sabine Priestley

Her mate or her coven. It is an impossible choice.

Silver Bound by Jody Wallace KW

Silver Bound
by Jody Wallace

A heroine burned by magic…a hero who burns only for her.

Silver Unleashed by DB Sieders KW

Silver Unleashed
by DB Sieders

She doesn’t believe in magic. He is magic. Will the mixture prove more explosive than any dimension can handle?

Timeless Topper
by Donna McDonald

Coming soon.

Touch Of Beauty by Jessica Aspen KW

Touch of Beauty
by Jessica Aspen

What happens when a brand new fairy godmother, a witch, and a troll, are caught up in a twist of Beauty and the Beast…Magic!

Touch of Madness by ML Guida KW

Touch of Madness
By ML Guida

Split in two – good vs bad – only love can unite her – but can he control the dragon love enough to save her?

Don’t Just Talk Like A Pirate! Be A Pirate and Find the Magic, New Mexico Treasure!

Magic, New Mexico Kindle World #3 releases on September 19th, which is also Talk Like A Pirate Day! What a better day to kick off a treasure hunt than when we are all talking like the pirates we are lol.

Visit each author in the Magic New Mexico Kindle World #3 to find your next clue to the grand prize.

Instructions:
You need to visit each author in the Magic New Mexico Kindle World #3 to find the next clue to the grand prize. Collect all the clues and go in the draw for Magic treasure!

On each author’s Kindle World book page, there is a map of Magic, New Mexico (see map below). On that map, is a letter or letters or symbol that is specific to that author. Check out the lower right hand corner. Near the treasure chest. Write down the letter or symbol for each author. Make sure you record the code in the order of authors below so that you get the correct codeword.

That’s it! Easy peasy. Each letter will create part of the code you need to enter into the giveaway.

Download your Treasure Card to record your clues. Once you have collected all the clues, go in the entry.

Visit all the authors as there may be surprises for you along the way. 😉

 

Enter the Giveaway Above or At:
http://sesmithfl.com/giveaways/magicnmkw3giveaway/

The game opens on September 19th at 6am (Orlando time) and closes at 6pm on September 30th (Orlando time).

Here’s an example of the map from Tianna Xander’s page:

(BTW ‘?’ is not the secret code for Tianna. You will need to visit her page to find out what it is).

 
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