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Rescue Me: About the Animal Rescue Team in Galactic Search and Rescue

by Carol Van Natta

The Pets in Space® anthologies all feature science fiction romances, action, and pets. I love my pets dearly, so if I ever got to visit the stars, I’d be smuggling at least one of my cats with me. Which is why I’m convinced that pets are going with us to the stars. Let me tell you about the pets—an animal rescue team—in Galactic Search and Rescue, my story in Pets in Space 5.

First, a little background. In this space opera universe set in the far future, some people have extraordinary mental talents, ranging from telepathy and telekinesis to healing and empathy. These people are called “minders.” One of the more exotic talents is animal affinity, the ability to connect with the minds of animals.

Also in this universe, the majority of minders work for the government’s Citizen Protection Service, a vast agency with many mission areas. For example, helping out when catastrophe strikes. The Galactic Search and Rescue division has minders who are trained in disaster response. Thanks to animal-affinity minders, they also have animals who are trained to help.

The heroes of Galactic Search and Rescue are Taz, a telekinetic minder, and Rylando, an animal-affinity minder. Most animal-affinity minders are restricted to one family of animals, such as bunnies or birds. Rylando, on the other hand, can connect with pretty much any land animal, from birds, to mammals, to marsupials, to reptiles. Consequently, his trained rescue team is rather unorthodox.

Moyo is a hellhound, a genetically-engineered dog bred to be scary. Moyo was a training reject because she didn’t want to bite people’s legs off, she wanted to make friends and drool on them. Shen is a shepherd mix with enough energy to power a small city and a get-it-done kind of dog. She’s very fond of telling people what they should be doing.

The two cats are Phobos and Diemos, illegally-bred refugees from the shady pet-trade industry. They are excellent at getting humans to properly worship…, er, pet them, which has a calming effect on terrified people. Mariposa, the little burrowing owl, has fantastic hearing and eyesight, which Rylando can “borrow” for scouting purposes.

Otak, the giant pouched rat, is a genius among rats. In the future, rats like these have been bred for thousands of generations to detect one or two specific scents. Otak can distinguish eleven and counting, so he’s named for a polymath genius in the early days of space exploration.

Last but not least is Lerox, another product of the pet-trade industry. Here’s a brief excerpt from Galactic Search and Rescue that describes him and the team:

The giant brown-and-tan weasel sank his sharp teeth into the charred corner of a piece of freight padding.

Subcaptain Taloszjaril “Taz” Correa touched the earwire on the side of her face. “Rylando? Is it okay if Lerox bites the burned bits?

Yeah, he’s ace, as long as he doesn’t eat them,” responded Subcaptain Rylando Delroinn, in her earwire. Otherwise, Taz couldn’t have heard him over the pulsing whine of the skimmer engine. “I asked him to investigate the damage. It’s good practice for him to figure out how recently the burn happened.

Technically, Lerox was a pet designer’s idea of what a pre-flight, long-extinct prehistoric weasel called an “ekakeran” might have looked like. That was how the zero-ethics pet-trade industry got around legions of laws against genetically altering cornerstone species like badgers, tayras, or stoats. Lerox stood knee-high, and when he wasn’t exploring anything or nibbling everything, he was sliding into a human lap to demand a belly rub. He lived on the other side of the universe from shy and retiring.

Taz envied Rylando’s easy camaraderie with all his animals. His minder talent allowed him to sense their thoughts, direct their actions, and see and hear through their senses. The unit commander insultingly called them pet-trade rejects, but Taz knew better. They were a working team. Very non-regulation, but better than most of the human teams in their dysfunctional Galactic Search and Rescue unit. Galactic law dictated that the Citizen Protection Service had to operate GSAR, but apparently, the law didn’t say how well.

About Pets in Space 5

It’s time for an escape! Pets in Space® 5 is back for the fifth amazing year! Escape to new worlds with twelve of today’s top Science Fiction Romance authors. They have written 12 original, never-before-released stories filled with action, adventure, suspense, humor, and romance that will take you out of this world. The giving doesn’t stop there. For the fifth year, Pets in Space® will be donating a portion of the first month proceeds to Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that supports our veterans and first-responders. If you are ready to forget the world around you and make a difference while you’re having fun, grab your copy before it’s gone!

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About the Author

 

Carol Van Natta is a USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. Series include the Central Galactic Concordance space opera romance series that starts with Overload Flux and features two previous Pets in Space® novellas, and the Ice Age Shifters® paranormal romance series that starts with Shifter Mate Magic. She shares her Fort Collins, Colorado home with a resident mad scientist and just the right number of equally mad cats, the latter of whom are rather put out that dogs play a more prominent part of this story than felines.

Pets in Space® 5 Anthology


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Pets in Space® 5 Anthology

It’s time for an escape!

Pets in Space® 5 is back for the fifth amazing year! Escape to new worlds with twelve of today’s top Science Fiction Romance authors. They have written 12 original, never-before-released stories filled with action, adventure, suspense, humor, and romance that will take you out of this world.

The giving doesn’t stop there. For the fifth year, Pets in Space® will be donating a portion of the first month proceeds to Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that supports our veterans and First Responders. If you are ready to forget the world around you and make a difference while you are having fun, grab your copy before it’s gone!

10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 5 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 5 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

My story is The King's Quest, a Dragon Lords of Valdier short story. 

Pets in Space® 5

Escape with Pets in Space® 5 for the 5th amazing year! Twelve authors, 12 original, never-before-released stories from today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors. Enjoy hours away from the world and help us make a difference as we continue to support Hero-Dogs.org for the 5th incredible year! Grab your copy today!

THE KING’S QUEST

Dragon Lords of Valdier Series Short Story

by S.E. Smith

A playful trick leads to love for a Goddess, but will the King she falls in love with accept her for who she really is?


DARK AMBITIONS

A Class 5 Novella

By Michelle Diener

When a planetary exploration trip takes a dangerous turn, a human woman and her powerful AI friend will need all their skills to come to the rescue.


STAR CRUISE: RETURN VOYAGE

The Sectors SF Romance Series

By Veronica Scott

She survived the worst interstellar shipping disaster in history as a child but can she survive the RETURN VOYAGE as an adult?


GENERAL’S HOLIDAY

Project Enterprise Series

By Pauline Baird Jones

A General is ready for another fight—this time for the woman he loves.


JUGGERNAUT

The Inherited Stars Series

By Laurie A. Green

A security commander must decide if she can trust a mysterious stranger and his bioengineered StarDog when the secret underground site she protects is threatened.


GALACTIC SEARCH AND RESCUE

Central Galactic Concordance Series

By Carol Van Natta

Two military first-responders and an animal team of rescuers are the only hope for saving an entire town when disaster turns deadly.


REAPER

Xian Warriors Series

By Regine Abel

With time running out, a woman accepts her fate only to find hope in the genetically engineered warrior created by her captors.


PASTFINDERS

Starways Series

By Alexis Glynn Latner

A woman’s psychic gift might be the catalyst needed to save the life of the man she loves—in an ancient archaeological site that contains a stupendous discovery.


MITTENS NOT INCLUDED

TriSystems: Smugglers Series

By JC Hay

He craved order and discipline to help his life make sense. She offered him cats instead.


FINDING MOGHA

Before The Fall Series

By Kyndra Hatch

A human’s effort to save a sentient being takes her straight into the path of a Korthan warrior.


RATE OF RETURN

The Department of Homeworld Security Series

By Cassandra Chandler

Falling for an Earthling sends an alien and his adorable, six-legged pet in a tailspin.


GLITCH

Crashland Colony Romance Series

By Leslie Chase

An alien pirate and a human find love in the shadow of disaster.


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The King’s Quest Audio
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Pets in Space® 4 supports those who run toward danger when others are running away

Welcome to a special Pets in Space edition of Dead Author Live! I haven’t done a Dead Author Live for several months because of our noisy renovation, but I’m excited today to talk about Pets in Space 4!

If you’ve hung around me for very long, then you know that I am one of the co-founders of the Pets in Space anthologies, along with author Veronica Scott.

When Veronica Scott and I conceived the idea for our Pets in Space anthologies, one of the first things we talked about was supporting a charity that benfited our military and first responders—those who run toward danger when others are running away. And we hoped for some kind of pet tie-in.

It was total serendipity when we found Hero Dogs. This will be our fourth year as proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org. Pets in Space ® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders.

Why veterans and first responders?

My father was a veteran of both WWII and Korea. He was 18 years old when he was drafted into the Army and 21 when his national guard unit was sent to Korea.

At eighteen I was just starting college, not setting off to get shot at.

I sometimes forget how young they all were. How homesick, how seasick. How scared. When my dad left for Korea, he’d been married three months. His 18 month deployment meant he missed the birth of his first child. He didn’t know if he’d make it home. He didn’t know he’d live to find himself called one of the Greatest Generation. He just did his duty, then and throughout his life. He was my first hero.

I am so grateful to all the men and women of our military and to our first responders.

I am so grateful to Hero Dogs and other organizations that stand ready to help veterans and first responders recover from wounds received during their service. It is our privilege and honor to support Hero Dogs again this year. As in the past, 10% of all preorders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space 4 will once again be donated to Hero-Dogs.org.

We hoping to raise more this year, but we need your help to do it. Please join us in supporting this very worthy cause by buying a copy of Pets in Space 4 and in sharing information about Pets in Space 4 with friends and family, in your real life and on social media. I promise you that you won’t regret it. You and, everyone who buys a copy will get to read 13 amazing stories of romance, danger, and of course, the heroes and heroines’ loyal and brave pets. It’s almost 1500 pages of science fiction romance, adventure with pets.

And yes I am an organizer, but I’m also one of the author’s. My story in the anthology is called Cyborg’s Revenge and it is a related story in my Project Enterprise series. What’s it about you ask?

They say you can’t go home again, but what if it is the only way to truly be free?

Rap and Ale have a mission to neutralize the man who enslaved them and their crew. It’s dangerous, with a high probability they will fail, but it is the only way to be truly and completely free of their past—and free to find a future with each other.

Here’s a teaser from the story:

That was the problem with plans. No matter how carefully Rap planned, stuff happened. As a robot he’d been able to react swiftly to rapidly changing dynamics. This body was much slower, but he couldn’t have executed this plan in his previous unit. And the only reason this human body had a chance was because of its cyborg enhancements.
You are welcome.
The AI, Nelson had come with the enhancements. Or the enhancements came with the AI. There was no question Nelson was key to making them work properly. But having a voice inside his head was an acquired taste—one Rap was still acquiring.
Your plan is imperfect.
Nelson was correct—
I am always correct.
Rap didn’t dispute this. It felt too much like arguing with himself, even though he knew Nelson was a separate entity operating inside Rap’s head.
“It is all we have,” Rap pointed out, startled by the sound of his voice in the otherwise empty room. If not stopped, the Q’uy, and V’ruwak in particular, would move against them again, harder than the last time, and they’d barely survived that.

Can Rap and Ale defeat their enemy and find their own happy-ever-after? Only Rap’s chatty pet Snake knows for sure.

I hope you’ll join us this year for 13 amazing adventures in space! Pets in Space 4 will land on eReaders all over the galaxy on Oct 8, 2019! Okay, maybe not the whole galaxy, but you never know, right?

And I’d like to personally thank you for your support of the Pets in Space anthologies. When Veronica and I talked about the first one, we had no idea there would be four. And there wouldn’t be without you, our readers. Thank you so much for taking this adventure with us. You are the best!

Unexpected Delights with Cassandra Chandler

One of the pleasures of doing an anthology is getting to meet new authors, even if only online. I meet Cassandra Chandler through the Pets in Space® 4 anthology and she immediately impressed me with her enthusiasm that just beams out of her. I asked Cassandra to share with me a little about her pet in Pets in Space® 4 so over to Cassandra….

One of the best aspects of being a writer is when the story, the characters, or the world surprise you. The Department of Homeworld Security has been no exception. I think the most delightful surprise so far has been the cats.

It started in Export Duty, when I discovered that Ari has been watching Earth cat videos and desperately wants one as a pet. I had no intention to make that part of his character, but it came up so naturally in his conversation with Rin that I knew I had to keep it. Now, I can’t envision Ari without a cat in his arms. It’s a different cat every time, and I’m hoping to make this a running gag in the series going forward. Lucky for Ari (and me), the newest human members of the Department of Homeworld Security have a pretty large clowder of rescue cats for him to hang out with.

The Vegan xenobiologist, Cyan, is also smitten with cats, but she can go one step farther than Ari—she can talk to them. That was another surprise I discovered while writing the series, and one that I’ve been exploring quite a bit in my mind. Beyond the desire for food, shelter, affection, and entertainment, what would a cat want? And what would a technologically advanced lizard person and a cat even have to talk about?

Turns out, quite a bit.

Cyan talking to the cats started out as a fun quirk, but has now fed into one of the pivotal aspects of world building for this series. It’s informed not just the direction the story is heading, but also where it’s coming from. I’ll be unveiling this as the series goes on, but there is a particular family of cats that will be figuring prominently in this all—starting with Marq’s pet, Meredith.

I’ve hinted in the series that something bad happened on Vega that drove the Vegans from their homeworld, but not what. After listening to Cyan talk to Freddie (the marmalade tabby from Export Duty) in my head, and now Meredith, from my Pets in Space® piece… wow, I’ve learned a lot about this universe. And I’ve never been more excited to see where the stories are about to go and how Meredith’s very special kittens figure into the shenanigans (because there will be shenanigans). I hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Grab your copy of Pets in Space® 4 today! For a limited time, Pets in Space® 4 brings together today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors to help Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that helps our service veterans and first responders. https://petsinspaceantho.com

Cassandra Chandler uses her vivid imagination to make the world more interesting, spawning the ideas she turns into her whimsical Science Fiction romcoms and darkly evocative Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Romances.
https://cassandra-chandler.com

Excerpt from IMPORT QUARANTINE in Pets in Space® 4 anthology:

She grabbed her phone from her bedside table and ran to the door, stepping up on her tiptoes so she could see through the eyehole. The motion sensor light had tripped, and through the fish-eye lens, he looked…

Pretty cute, actually.

He had greenish-blue eyes, sandy brown hair—shorter on the sides than on the top—and a strong jaw and nose. Nice lips. Really nice lips. His arms were braced on either side of the doorframe and his shoulders were broad enough that he looked totally capable of knocking down her door.

“Wow, he is buff,” Caitlin whispered.

He lifted his fist and hammered on the door again, hard enough to make the pictures on the walls shake. She yelped and jerked back.

“Caitlin O’Rourke!”

“I’m here,” she yelled. “You can stop knocking.”

His tone hadn’t lost any of its urgency when he said, “I need your help.”

“I’m not a doctor.”

He went quiet.

She was about to look through the eyehole again when he said, “Brigid told me you were.”

“Brigid,” Caitlin murmured. “Of course.”

Brigid, the quieter twin who somehow lived the more interesting life. Brigid, surrounded by celebrities that hired her to cook for them. Brigid, the valedictorian, who could do no wrong in their parents’ eyes.

“I’m a veterinarian,” Caitlin said.

“A what?”

“An animal doctor.” Caitlin raised her voice so he could hear her clearly.

“That’s what I need. Please, my cat needs help.”

Pets in Space® 4 Anthology


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Grab your copy of Pets in Space® 4 today!

Thirteen incredible stories by thirteen of today’s bestselling authors.

For a limited time, Pets in Space® 4 brings together today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors to help Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that helps our service veterans and first responders.

Journey to far off worlds with Anna Hackett’s House of Roan or board Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr for another amazing Interstellar cruise. From S.E. Smith’s Lords of Kassis, Tiffany Roberts’ The Infinite City, to Pauline Baird Jones' Project Enterprise series, you’ll find the perfect story along with a few unusual pets.

10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Hero-Dogs.org. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

My story is Madas' Falling Star from my Lords of Kassis Series

Pets in Space® 4

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® 4 proudly supports Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need.

MADAS' FALLING STAR
Lords of Kassis Series
by S.E. Smith
Even an incredibly skillful warrior Princess needs help sometimes. Can Madas trust the strange warrior who fell from the sky with her life… and with her heart?

DARK GUARD
Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone Series
By Anna Hackett
A cyborg who's vowed to keep his emotions and lethal powers leashed, discovers the one woman who can bring him to his knees.

ENTWINED FATES
The Infinite City Series
By Tiffany Roberts
Being separated by time and distance does not lessen the love Volcair has for the woman who captured his heart.

STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE
The Sectors SF Romance Series
By Veronica Scott
Two crew members of an interstellar luxury liner must join forces with a retired military canine to find a missing relic before the curse brings disaster for everyone.

CYBORG'S REVENGE
Project Enterprise Series
By Pauline Baird Jones
Can two almost human geeks find love while they fight against their old Master?

SPYDOG
The Inherited Stars Series
By Laurie A. Green
An agent must decide if he can trust the savvy female Rathskian warrior that crosses his path or if he should deliver her to his superiors.

NOTHING REMOTELY FAMILIAR
My Crazy Alien Romance Series
By Donna McDonald
Nothing is normal when Topper finds herself expecting again.

DOOM
Xian Warriors Series
By Regine Abel
A genetically engineered war machine finds love with the human doctor who may be his only chance of survival.

WINTER'S PRINCE
Starways Series
By Alexis Glynn Latner
A scientist looking for a genetically engineered unicorn and a historian seeking the right question find each other in an interstellar amusement park full of dangerous games.

HEART OF THE SPIDER'S WEB
TriSystems: Smugglers Series
By JC Hay
The last thing Sheri needs is a brooding, brawny smuggler watching her every move, but his help is all that stands between her and a crime lord's wrath.

THE PRINCESS AND HER BODYGUARD
Alien Animal Rescues Series
By E.D. Walker
A kidnapped princess and her bird companion must rely on the exiled guard who loves her to help them.

INTERRUPTING STARLIGHT
After The Fall Series
By Kyndra Hatch
The human composed a song in his heart, a pull he couldn’t ignore, a draw that demanded further exploration.

IMPORT QUARANTINE
The Department of Homeworld Security Series
By Cassandra Chandler
A simple house call to care for a sick animal turns a young woman’s life upside down when she discovers the ‘house’ is really a spaceship!

Teaser/Excerpt:

Teaser from Madas' Falling Star, my story in Pets in Space® 4
Prince Gril Tal Mod is destined to be the next Supreme Leader of the Tearnats—if he survives long enough to ascend to the throne.
Gril was supposed to be on a routine training exercise, but his flight goes horribly wrong when engine trouble forces him to land his fighter in a remote mountainous region. Once stranded on the ground, Gril discovers the malfunction was no accident—and he isn’t alone. He can sense someone watching him from the shadows.

Princess Madas Tralang’s curiosity always seems to get her into trouble. When Madas spies an unusual object streaking across the sky before crashing near her location, she believes it is a good omen. After all, she found her pet, L’eon, the last time an object fell from the sky. Her hopes of finding something of value this time are dashed when instead she sees it is nothing more than a big, and rather ugly, Tearnat warrior. Despite her disappointment, she is drawn to the stranger—or should she say his spaceship! The spaceship is just what she has been searching for—a chance to escape the dreary life expected of her! Madas soon finds herself locked in a battle of wits and skill with the strange warrior, but they are not the only players on the field.

Danger surrounds Madas and Gril—both from her clan and from the saboteur who is determined to see him dead. Can the Prince of the Tearnats and a small, but deadly alien pet, defeat their foes and save Madas before time runs out, or will Gril’s growing love for a curious Princess doom them both?

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Heart of the Cat
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Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3
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Viper’s Defiant Mate in Audiobook
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Sexy, addictive, and perfect if you are looking for unique stories filled with hot, alpha dragon-shifting alien men and strong female protagonists that will leave you cheering for more! 

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