Cover Reveal for PET TRADE (A Central Galactic Concordance Novella)
Pet Trade was my contribution to the award-winning (2018 SFR Galaxy Award, Library Journal Best of 2017) and USA bestselling science fiction romance anthology, Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.
The limited-edition anthology has since left this universe entirely, leaving us authors free to do with our stories as we will. I'm publishing mine as a standalone novella. This is the cover reveal for Pet Trade, which will be available for preorder at your favorite bookseller on ~5 March, and released on 20 March 2018. Sign up for my newsletter and be the first to hear about new releases.
An injured veterinarian and a cyborg with unusual pets must join forces to save their town.
The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Animals aren't so lucky.
On a frontier planet, veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin made a home for herself 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. She works around her limitations as best she can, and rescues pet trade castoffs.
“Volunteered” for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escaped and crash-landed a stolen freighter in the northern mountains of a frontier planet, only to discover a secret shipment of designer pets was part of the cargo. 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.
When greedy mercenaries come raiding, can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, with help from their unusual pets, and save the day?
Series note: Pet Trade is a standalone novella in Carol Van Natta's multi-award-winning Central Galactic Concordance space opera, adventure, and romance series.
P.S. If you prefers your books in paperback (or collect them), the paperback edition of Pet Trade will be out in April.
The Central Galactic Concordance series (reading order):
- Last Ship Off Polaris-G
- Overload Flux
- Minder Rising
- Zero Flux
- Pico's Crush
- Pet Trade
- Jumper's Hope
- Spark Transform (coming soon)