It’s pets… pets in spa-a-a-a-a-ce! (cue heroic music)
Mark your calendar for late summer, when the new Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 science fiction romance anthology will be up for pre-order. Sign up for the Pets In Space newsletter to get the news before anyone else.
Pets In Space is a science fiction romance anthology by twelve NY Times and USA Today best selling and award-winning authors. My story in the anthology is called “Pet Trade,” and it’s set in my Central Galactic Concordance universe. The timeline puts it between Pico’s Crush and Jumper’s Hope, but think of it as a side trip, rather than part of the main story arc. Here’s the blurb for it:
The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Unfortunately, animals are not included in those regulations…
Veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin has made a home for herself on a frontier planet in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared.
“Volunteered” for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escapes the project and steals a freighter, but ship damage forces him to crash-land in the northern mountains of a frontier planet. He’s surprised to discover the freighter’s cargo contains a secret shipment of designer pets. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee’s aid in caring for them—a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.
They will need all the help they can get from their unusual pets to save the day when ruthless mercenaries pose a threat. Can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, or will they lose everything they have vowed to protect – including each other?
All the stories have pets that are pivotal to the plot, and my story is no exception. I’ll tell you more about them in upcoming posts.