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10 Fun facts about cats

10 fun facts about cats…#PetsInSpace

By Cara Bristol

A veterinarian once told me that the first thing they learned in veterinary school was that cats are not smaller versions of dogs. Cat lovers already knew that! Cats provide companionship like dogs do, but they call the shots. Are you owned by a feline? Here are 10 facts you may (or may not) know about your feline boss:

  • Cats hiss, spit, and purr with other cats, but they only meow with humans.
  • Cats can’t taste sweetness.
  • They sleep over 70 percent of the time.
  • Cats rub against people to mark their territory. (Yes, you are owned).
  • They use their whiskers to determine if they fit through a space.
  • A cat’s brain is more similar to a human’s than a dog’s.
  • Calico cats are almost always female.
  • The first cat cartoon was Felix the Cat in 1919.
  • A cat can run up to 31 miles per hour for short distances.
  • The first cat to go to into outer space Felicitte in 1963. She was sent by France to measure her brain activity.

Sources:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/meows?utm_term=.dcBGWRKkp2#.td2RPAjrLe

https://www.factretriever.com/cat-facts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-tpmvGRoyw

I chose to write about a cat (a kitten) for Pets in Space.

Rescued by the Cyborg (A Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance) description

 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

Guy pushed into his cabin. Next to his bags was the gift—a box tied with a big red bow. The carton was moving. And mewing. “Oh, Jessamine, what did you do?”

The box bumped into his foot. Atop the lid his niece had written: LIVE ANAMUL. OPEN IMED IMID SOON!

He ripped off the bow and peeled back the top. Inside, an angry, frightened kitten hissed. Jessamine’s cat had birthed a litter, and he recognized this baby by its gray coat, four white feet, and a blotch shaped like a star on its button nose.

Sighing, he reached into the carton.

The kitten growled and swiped its claws across his skin.

“Ow!” Guy yanked his hand back. The kitten leaped out and

dove under the berth.

Great. Just great. How could his niece have done such a thing? She shouldn’t have boxed up a live animal—even if she did punch air holes in the carton. If she hadn’t contacted him and insisted he open the present, the kitten might have remained inside for quite a while.

In the corner of the container, he spotted a slip of paper, partially shredded. He unfolded it.

Dear Uncle Guy,

I know you are sad, and I want you to be happy. I am giving you one of Fluffy’s kittens so you won’t be lonely. I named her Mittzi becuz she has four wite white mittens. Pleez come home again, soon.

Jessamine

XOXO

His sister worried about him, but Carter, too, and now Jessamine? He hadn’t hidden his feelings well enough if his seven-year-old niece could pick up on them.

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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Reading Dogs

Whenever I do an anthology with other authors I love to highlight a little about them and give you some peeks into their story. Today I get to share a bit from one of my co-authors from Embrace the Romance, an anthology that highlights pets of all likes. Below is the awesome Susan Grant as she shares a bit about Star Puppy, her contribution to this upcoming release.

Reading Dogs by Susan Grant

I can’t wait for you to meet Trysh, Rornn, Puppy, and the crew of Bezos Station, a city-sized space station in orbit above the planet of Barésh. Some of you may recognize these places—and even a few of the characters—from Star Champion (previously titled The Champion of Barésh) and Star Hero (expanded from the short story “Stray” from Pets in Space 1).

In my story, The Prince, the Pilot, and the Puppy. (Star Puppy), Puppy is a canine type of animal, a “yipwag” in the local dialect. They’re extremely smart. Like Earth dogs, yipwags are experts in predicting human behavior. Do you ever feel as if your dog can read minds? I know I do. It’s because they’ve made themselves experts in YOU. I often catch my border collie, Skye, watching me.

Skye is gathering information, storing it away to better predict my behavior. For example, it’s no surprise that when I get ready to leave the house, she already knows if she’s going to be coming with me or staying home. Hints can be gleaned from things as subtle as me not making as much eye contact (she’s not coming along). We humans are hardly aware of such faint signs, but dogs see our intentions like billboards!

In Star Puppy, Puppy is learning to read a lot more than human emotions and behavior. She’s learning to READ. It may not be as much of an evolutionary leap as we think. In the U.K. there’s a dog named Fernie who has learned to read signs. When this amazingly smart lab is shown the word “Sit” she will sit. Google her. It’s so interesting!

Please enjoy this short excerpt where Puppy is reading and wonders what her humans will think of that when they find out:

They stopped at the base of a ladder, where Her Trysh placed Puppy in Her Rornn’s arms for the climb up to the “observation cone”. It was Her Rornn’s favorite place on the station outside of Her Trysh’s bed.

Restricted Area, a sign said. Unknown to the Tall Ones, Puppy could already interpret the meaning of many of the symbols posted around the station. Bang-Bang might know more verbal commands than she did, but soon Puppy would be able to read. She couldn’t wait for the day the Tall ones figured it out.

She had learned a lot from watching her Tall Ones. For instance, Her Trysh was more likely to balk at ignoring signs such as Authorized Personnel Only than Her Rornn was: “I hope this doesn’t get us in hot water with the squad commander,” Her Trysh said.

My Rornn murmured in her ear. “I dream of a good long soak in hot water. But the face I see with me is not Colonel Amanpour. It’s you.”

Amazon: https://buff.ly/2xa41Kb | BN: https://buff.ly/2xabZTy | Kobo: https://buff.ly/2x9CMzc | iBooks: https://buff.ly/2xajI3R

About Susan:

When NY Times/USA Today bestselling author and Air Force veteran Susan Grant isn’t driving an 18-wheeler (a 747 jumbo jet) she loves writing romantic, action-packed stories featuring gutsy woman and honorable men. Flying to exotic places and trying every kind of food imaginable helps Susan bring her sci-fi worlds alive for readers. She is a winner of the prestigious RITA award for her book Contact, an alien abduction sci-fi romance.

Website: http://www.susangrant.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Susan.Grant/
FB Handle: @Author.Susan.Grant
Twitter: https://twitter.com/flyerdreamer
Twitter Handle: @flyerdreamer
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Grant/e/B001IQWODQ/

Find out what happens next in Embrace the Romance, Pets in Space 2! http://www.petsinspaceantho.com/pets-space-2-embrace-romance-2/

 


New Release by Cara Bristol-Mated with the Cyborg

Cyborgs are HOT. I’ve been reading and enjoying a few over my break from the rat race. Today, I get to share the latest release in a Cyborg series from author Cara Bristol. Woot! Mated with the Cyborg is book 2 in Cara’s latest series so don’t miss out. While it can be read as a stand alone, it’s always nice to read book 1 🙂

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Blurb:

Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out. Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death. His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission.

Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?

Mated with the Cyborg is an action-packed erotic sci-fi romance between a man with a mission and a woman with a secret that jeopardizes their lives and the fate of the galaxy.

Excerpt:

Mariska’s dress dragged along the metal floor as she headed for the general’s receiving room. People glanced at R981, but the android could have been alone for all the notice they paid her. Her veil seemed to render her invisible.

If only she could truly disappear. Years had passed since the last summons. Why had her father called her? Perspiration slickened her palms, and she had to concentrate to avoid wiping them and leaving a telltale stain on her clothing. The only thing worse than being afraid was showing it. At least her voluminous skirt hid her wobbling knees. Outside her father’s fortified headquarters, she halted and took a deep breath. I can do this. I can do this.

“You are nervous,” stated R981 in his stilted, but gravelly voice. No other android had vocals like his. His rumbling tone vibrated through her in a most disturbing way.

“No, I’m not,” she quickly refuted. Fear was a flaw. Flaws were punished. Although R981 was assigned to her, he had been programmed to report misbehavior and anomalies to her father.

The solid-black orbs of his robotic eyes blinked once. “I detect pupil constriction, increased perspiration, and respiration, which indicate fear.”

“I believe you are mistaken and require a full diagnostic. How long has it been since your last maintenance overhaul?”

“I am a new model, entered into service five weeks ago. I do not require maintenance for another fifty-five point four days.”

She needed to shore up her courage, but R981 pulled open the door, making it clear he served her father. Just like the other droids.

I’m sucked in 🙂  Mated with the Cyborb just released. Hello 2016!

Amazon, BN, ARe, Amazon UK

About Cara:

Multi-published, Cara Bristol is the author of more than 24 erotic romance titles. She writes science fiction, contemporary, and paranormal erotic romance. No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

http://www.carabristol.com/

 


Author Spotlight- Cara Bristol

I’m so excited to feature today’s author spotlight. I discovered Cara via a weekly blog hop about a year ago where she featured her sci-fi Terran series. The good news is she has a new sci-fi romance out 🙂
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Pretty cover, right? LOL. I love covers that make me one click.

The Goddess’s Curse blurb
Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the women are forced to mate.
Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Sharona Princess Reena jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.
Garat, leader of the Lahon, hates the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to exact revenge by driving the Sharona from their homeland and taking what the Lahon need.
When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.
But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lives in the palace in time to save her life?

Amazon US http://amzn.to/18oT87H
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1ElbuSc
BN http://bit.ly/1x0Tg8Z
Kobo http://bit.ly/1FXDTOf
Apple http://apple.co/1b7s7ai
Scribd http://bit.ly/1MxMFGr

Excerpt
Reena sighed and snuggled in her bed. As her illness progressed, a persistent chill had pervaded her bones. The heaviest robe, the thickest blanket could not banish it. This morning? So comfortable and cozy. Her blanket, though unusually heavy, was oh so warm, and so was the pillow beneath her head. But hard. What kind of feathers could make a pillow so firm yet still tickle her nose? She rubbed her cheek against it, absorbing the unusual, pleasant scent. Musky, and earthy. Like woodsmoke or fresh evergreen. Or a combination of both.
If only every morning could be like this. She hugged her pillow. Soon an attendant would arrive to rouse her for breakfast, but maybe she’d feign sleep. Naughty. She smiled.
Then sobered. Yes, she’d been naughty. She had displeased her cousin by refusing further treatment. What had occurred after that? She crinkled her forehead, trying to remember. She’d poured out the tincture, and then…then…
A Lahon had burst from the foliage.
Then muscle cramps and searing pain. Paralysis.
Her eyes flew open. Rough-hewn walls, large, rustic furniture filled her field of vision. Gone were familiar accoutrements and luxuries. Instead of finely woven fabric, a furry animal hide covered her, and, supporting her head, was hard flesh covered by a thick mat of…of, hair. A man’s chest.
She bolted upright with a shriek.
The Lahon sprang up without a sound.
“Help!” She tried to scramble from the bed, but he hooked an arm around her waist. “Let me go! Help!”
She slapped at his shoulders, his chest, his face. Neither blows nor screaming fazed him a bit, and she found herself flat on her back, her cries silenced by his calloused hand, her arms restrained, her lower body pinned by his heavy, muscular thigh, and something sizable and rigid poking her leg.
She stared into dark eyes. Be careful what you wish for—you may get it. She’d longed to see a Lahon up close and personal. It couldn’t get any closer than this. She could detect the pores on his face, discern that his “green” eyes were composed flecks of fern, moss, and teal, and that a muscle twitched in his square jaw. Long, unbound dark hair fell against broad shoulders.
Her heart fluttered like the wings of a frantic bird. What had happened? How had she gotten here? Where was Honna? And…and her robe? Oh Goddess. He was naked, too. That, that, thing digging into her leg was his…his manroot.

About the author

Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently resides in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.
http://carabristol.com/


Author Spotlight-Susan Gourley/Kelley

I’m excited to feature todays spotlight with Susan. I discovered Susan’s books almost exactly a year ago with her Marine series which featured space marines who had been abandoned by their government. Now I gobble her new releases up. She’s here today to talk about heroes and her latest sword carrying Alpha in Keepers of Sulbreth  🙂

Keepers of Sulbreth

Thanks, Michelle, for having me on your blog today. You and I both write stories filled with heroines and heroes. What makes reader love them?

Too Good to Be True

“If it’s true, it ain’t bragging.” Probably a misquote of baseball great, Dizzy Dean.

Romance novels are filled with alpha males. Males filled with self-confidence and capable in battles of cleverness and physical challenges. But a man who brags, even if he’s telling the unvarnished truth, doesn’t come across as very likeable. What traits can one use to make sure readers love that alpha male?

A man can be confident without being cocky. My bastard swordsman, Cage Stone, knows he’s good with a sword and excels at all things dealing with warfare.

A hero doesn’t lift himself up by putting others down. He’s not a bully and protects those weaker than himself. He doesn’t need to make himself look good and seldom cares how others see him.

He will have qualities like honor, respect for others and intelligence. He’ll even be kind to animals. Children will see through his tough façade to the big heart beating in his chest.

But who wants a perfect ‘Prince Charming?’ Alpha males hide their insecurities and avoid any discussions of them. But the heroine who cracks through that self-protection can help him heal from whatever torment lurks in his soul.

All of Cage Stone’s actions and decisions are motivated by his desire to help his adopted family. Deep inside, he believes himself unworthy of their love. His impatience and distain of the nobility rises from his experiences of discrimination as an unclaimed bastard. Except for his family, many people find him unpleasant to be around.

What insecurities do you like to see a hero or heroine burdened with? What qualities do you see as very heroic?

Keepers of Sulbreth, Book #1 in The Futhark Chronicles is available today. Little does Cage Stone, mercenary swordsman, know that his king and the Keepers, mysterious sorceresses have set a trap for him. Using his sense of honor and duty, they convince him to join their battle against demons of the otherworld threatening to overrun the city of Sulbreth. Even as Cage commits his sword and soul to their cause, he discovers there’s much more lurking in the dark tunnels beneath the kingdom than the monsters stalking the night. Only accepting his elven heritage will give him and Sulbreth a chance to survive.

Susan Gourley is multi-published in high fantasy. She’s also writes science fiction romance as Susan Kelley and has numerous bestselling series. You can find her at Susan Says and follow her on Twitter or like her page on Facebook.