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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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Pets in Space® 4 Anthology

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?

Also in the series:

Heart of the Cat
Heart of the CatSarafin Warriors Book 3Assassins, traitors, and a goddess with a guiding hand culminate in more than one[...]
Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3
Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3  Heart of the Cat: Sarafin Warriors Book 3Download here:Embrace the Passion: Pets in[...]
Viper’s Defiant Mate in Audiobook
Viper's Defiant Mate: Sarafin Warriors Book 2   Out Now in Audiobook: SES Store Audiobook Audible Amazon CD iTunes Soundcloud[...]

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! 

Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3

Pets in Space 3

Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3

  Heart of the Cat: Sarafin Warriors Book 3

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Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3

The pets are back in this new, exciting collection of eleven original stories from today’s hottest Science Fiction Romance authors! Feel the action and romance!

HEART OF THE CAT
Sarafin Warriors Series
By S.E. Smith
Can love bridge the gap between a wounded alien warrior and the reclusive human woman who holds the future of his species inside her?

DESERT HUNTER
Galactic Gladiators Series
By Anna Hackett
Among the desert sands of an alien world, a man with secrets to hide finds himself face to face with the one woman who can bring him to his knees.

QUASHI
Mandrake Company Series
By Ruby Lionsdrake
Alien fur balls, a handsome doctor, and a little white lie create havoc for a young woman who only wanted a job.

STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER
The Sectors SF Romance Series
By Veronica Scott
A long-lost princess and her three-eyed cat seek refuge on the Nebula Zephyr only to catch the attention of an inquisitive Security Officer.

OPERATION ARK
Project Enterprise Series
By Pauline Baird Jones
A not quite routine mission to return rescued prisoners to their home worlds turns deadly for unlikely allies, a USMC Sergeant and a raised-by-robots pirate. Is the Sergeant’s unusual pet the wild card that will save or doom them?

CATS OF WAR
A Central Galactic Concordance Novella
by Carol Van Natta
A disgraced military Sub-Captain, a repair technician with secrets, and two special cats must save the day when trouble erupts at an important factory.

HUNTER OF THE TIDE
The Kraken #3
By Tiffany Roberts
Nearly broke by betrayal, a human discovers solace—and a chance for love—among the creatures he once hunted, but he must overcome prejudice and inhibition to claim the female he desires.

STARWAY
By Alexis Glynn Latner
A lonely interstellar pilot and a passenger’s mistreated consort find each other in an interstellar hotel that offers everything to satisfy its guests’ desires—even desires they didn’t know they had.

THE BAJO CATS OF ANTEROS XII
By E D Walker
Two ex-lovers, stranded in space, have to save a pair of kittens with hazardous powers before the local drug cartel catches up to them.

SHADOW OF THE PAST
By JC Hay
On a world of perpetual night, an aging ranger and a widowed veterinarian need to put aside their past to protect a pack of wolves... and their future.

AFTER THE FALL
By Kyndra Hatch
The Invaders took everything worth living for. Could an Invader show him how to live again?

Teaser/Excerpt:

Teaser from Heart of the Cat, my story in Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3:

“What… kind of tea do you like?” she mumbled, reaching for the Taser and stepping back a little.
She didn’t miss the way he stiffened—or the way he forced his body to relax. She watched as he placed both hands flat on the bar before he slid onto one of the bar seats. The click of the electric kettle sounded loud in the quiet room.
“I’ll let you choose. I’m not familiar with the plants on this world, though Riley said something about eating certain mushroom or a five-leaf plant called marijuana might help me chill out. I am still trying to understand how a fungus or a leaf plant can cause my body to become cold,” he stated with a perplexed expression.
She released a stifled giggle that sounded more like a snort. She shook her head at him and reached for some peppermint green tea. The amusement grew when he leaned forward to curiously watch what she was doing. She carefully placed the hot mug on the bar before she stepped back and picked up her own mug.
“Well, you’ll have to settle for something a little less… calming,” she informed him before she studied his face. “You have spots.”

Also in the series:

Heart of the Cat
Heart of the CatSarafin Warriors Book 3Assassins, traitors, and a goddess with a guiding hand culminate in more than one[...]
Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3
Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3  Heart of the Cat: Sarafin Warriors Book 3Download here:Embrace the Passion: Pets in[...]
Viper’s Defiant Mate in Audiobook
Viper's Defiant Mate: Sarafin Warriors Book 2   Out Now in Audiobook: SES Store Audiobook Audible Amazon CD iTunes Soundcloud[...]

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! 

Pets in Space 3 Announcement & More!

Save the date! Pets in Space is back!!!

Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 will be out on October 9th! Joining me in pets in space hijinks this year is Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch. What a fantastic line up of science fiction romance authors!

Head on over to http://www.petsinspaceantho.com and get your free 8-page coloring book so you can color while you wait.

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