Throwback Thursday at 7:30 Eastern Time! Live from North Carolina. I had a special guest, Ginger Collins, from the Allegheny Writers with me. Thanks for coming in and joining Ginger B. Collins and I tonight!
I had seen military honors on television shows, but had never experienced it in real life until my dad, a veteran of WWII and Korea, passed away last year.
While military honors are mandated by law, I know the men who served with my dad (and my dad while he still lived) consider it a privilege to be in the honor guard for a comrades in arms.
I don’t think any television show or movie can capture the poignancy of the real deal. The haunting effect of the bugler and then the echo as another distant bugler echoes “Taps.”
I could feel my dad saying farewell for now to his buddies. And we were so grateful to the younger soldiers who also gave up time on a Saturday morning to honor my dad. I could feel their deep respect for what they were doing and for the man they were doing it for.
I wanted to share this clip because it is the essence of why we wanted a charity that helps veterans for Pets in Space. It was our privilege to work with Hero Dogs last year, and it is an even greater privilege to be able to work with them again this year with Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.
We are so grateful for our veterans, for all the heroes who stand in harm’s way to protect us, to protect our freedom.
They called my Dad’s generation the “greatest,” and there is no question they deserve the designation. Boys became men when they were thrown into battle against ruthless enemies. Thankfully there are still heroes, still “greatest” men and women willing to face ruthless enemies in our time.
And thank goodness for organizations like Hero Dogs who are there to help them when they come home suffering from the injuries of war.
Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence. 10% of all preorders and the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org.
Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 will release world-wide Oct 10, 2017.
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!
Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 will release world-wide Oct 10, 2017.
Pauline Baird Jones never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance.
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 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.”
“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.
“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
Twitter: @CaraBristol, https://twitter.com/CaraBristol
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.