Rising from the Depths in now LIVE!

Rising from the Depths (The Kraken #5)

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Two years after a bloody battle nearly tore his people apart, Kronus finds himself plagued with guilt and without a place to truly call home. And when he saves a blue-eyed human from a razorback, his world is once again turned upside-down. Though he once opposed relations with her kind, he is undeniably drawn to Eva’s pain, loss, and inner strength. He will do anything to protect her — and to possess her.

Eva had a perfect life. But a few seconds of blood and terror took everything away. Left crippled and alone, she sinks deeper into despair every day — until the ochre kraken who saved her forces his way into her life. She wants nothing to do with the overbearing, gruff, and pushy Kronus…at least at first.

With neither of them ready to let go of the past, how can they hope for a future together?

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Ice Bound is Free

We didn’t have time to write something new and cozy-like for the holidays this year , so we’re resharing with you Ice Bound, the short story that helped jump-start us into writing again. From December 20th to 24th, you can download Ice Bound for free!
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Anna knows the loss and pain that can be wrought by winter’s harshness intimately. For years, she’s isolated herself, refusing the let go of the guilt that consumes her – until the winds of a blizzard bring a stranger to her door. With his compelling tales and heated kisses, Anna fears she hasn’t only opened her home to him, but also her heart.
 
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His Darkest Craving – New Release

We have another new release for you all! Crazy right? We wanted to have a little something for you this Halloween. We hope you enjoy it, and wish you all a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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The secluded forest cabin was meant to give Sophie a place to hide, to heal, and to be safe.
 
But from the moment she arrives, she’s not alone. She glimpses dark shapes from the corner of her eye, feels phantom touches, and her dreams are filled with seductive shadows. What she first mistakes for delusions of her traumatized mind soon prove to be so much more…
 
An ancient, mysterious, dangerous entity lurks in the woods — and it wants Sophie.
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Unleashed is now LIVE!

We are so excited to announce that Unleashed (Valos of Sonhadra) is now live!

For those of you who are new to this world, the Valos of Sonhadra series is the shared vision of nine sci-fi and fantasy romance authors. Books 1-9 are standalone, containing their own Happy Ever Afters, and can be read in any order.

Unleashed  is a sequel to our book Undying (Valos of Sonhadra #7), which features Orishok and Quinn. It takes place several years after the Concord crashes on Sonhadra. Unleashed is also our first reverse harem. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, reverse harem is when a woman takes three or more mates/partners. There is no cheating; it is something that is agreed upon by all parties involved. Even if it’s not your thing, we hope you’ll take a chance on it with us and enjoy it as much as we enjoyed writing it!

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Despite the shelter her adoptive parents have provided her entire life, Nina’s psychic abilities have always hung over her like a shadow. The very powers that should give her strength have driven her to isolate herself. But lately, her craving for companionship — a mate — has become stronger than her fear. One foolish decision puts her life at great risk. And also provides a wondrous discovery…

Aduun, Vortok, and Balir have existed in a state of constant rage and ravenous hunger for centuries, locked away in the beastly forms that were forced upon them. Their only thoughts were of revenge on their Creator — until a mysterious female falls into their underground prison, restoring their heartstones and their sanity. They know nothing about her, yet she may be their only chance at reclaiming their freedom.

Unable to deny their intense attraction, they set out together to escape their Creator’s trap and rescue their lost people. Can they keep Nina safe and persevere in a world designed to destroy them?

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Embrace the Passion is now LIVE!

We are so excited to announce that Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 is now live! It was such an honor to be included in this anthology with so many wonderful authorr, and to help this great cause! And finally we are able to share with you Hunter of the Tide (The Kraken #3), Randall and Rhea’s story! We hope you enjoy it!

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Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 Anthology
Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, 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 combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity.

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. 10% of all preorders and first month’s profits go to this wonderful charity. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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HIS SOLACE AND HIS HOPE

Randall Laster crossed Halora to hunt the kraken, sea monsters that weren’t supposed to be real. Betrayed by men he trusted, he was left to die. Instead, he finds himself living with the beings once meant to be his prey. Randall struggles to find his place amongst the kraken and to find a purpose to the new course his life has taken. Hope comes in two unexpected forms: an injured, amphibious sea creature in need of care, and Rhea, a strong-willed kraken who’s made no secret of her interest in him. Can he reconcile the tensions between humans and kraken and look beyond their differences so that he can claim Rhea as his own, or will old prejudices and hostilities tear them apart forever?


A Peek Into All the Stories
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?

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E.D. Walker – Embrace the Passion Author Guest Post

We are about two weeks away from the release of Embrace the Passion! I am so excited you guys! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book to read all the stories from the authors participating.

Today, we have E.D. Walker as our author guest! See what inspired her in the making of her pet for the Pets in Space Anthology! These kitties are adorable!


When I was invited to be part of the latest Pets in Space anthology, one of the first things I knew I had to do was design my pet. I waffled back and forth between creating something very alien and something a little more recognizable for my story The Bajo Cats of Anteros XII. Eventually, I found some great inspiration from The Kitten Lady, Hannah Shaw, on Instagram. She runs a fantastic rescue operation for orphan kittens, and her videos are not only full of adorable kittens but also lots of fantastic information on how to take care of them. (Someday I will convince my husband to let me foster kittens, someday…) Slowly, the seeds of my story were planted, and the inspiration for my own science fictional bajo kittens and their dedicated rescuer began to take root.

(The Kitten Lady just set up a new charity to help with her work, by the way. Please consider donating if you can.)

Another inspiration for my kittens was the crazy technicolor art of Lisa Frank. I decided if I was going to have alien kittens in my story I wanted them to be something out of the ordinary. And what could possibly stand out more than those crazily colored Lisa Frank illustrations come to life?

Here’s a description of the kittens in the story:

The kittens were a little blue and a purple. The blue was a puff ball with silky fur of a startling electric blue. His tufted ears were tipped with a darker blue and his hide was spotted with paler blue spots. The purple was smaller, fluffier, and more purple-blue in color, with darker spots and a white belly. Both cats had eyes of bright gold like old-fashioned coins shining out of their faces.”

Lastly, I ran a poll on twitter to see which wild kittens people thought were the cutest. Because if I was going to have kittens in my story I wanted to have the cutest kittens. Caracal kittens edged out pallas cats and sandcats for the win. (Google all of those for pictures by the way. They are adorable.)

And that’s how you make a bajo cat: one part Instagram for behavior + Lisa Frank for some flair, add a little caracal for cuteness and then voila! You’ve got a bajo cat!

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E.D. Walker writes adventurous SF/F romance with clever heroes and heroines bantering their way to true love.  http://edwalkerauthor.com/


Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, 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 combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity.

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Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. 10% of all preorders and first month’s profits go to this wonderful charity. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

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Carol Van Natta -Embrace the Passion Author Guest Post

We’re getting closer and closer! We’re so excited! But for now, we have today’s wonderful Author Guest, Carol Van Natta!


Why I Wrote Cats of War to Support Hero Dogs

by Carol Van Natta

When the Pets in Space 3 anthology organizers, Pauline Jones and Veronica Scott, invited me to write a story for this year’s anthology, my first question was “where do I sign?”

I love the idea of pets in space. Humans are hardwired for pets. I’ll bet you a small moon that when we humans finally make it to the stars, we’re taking our pets with us. And if we find other alien lifeforms that don’t eat us, we’ll try to make pets of them, too.

My story in the anthology is CATS OF WAR, for which I blame my cats. They insist all space opera is vastly improved by the inclusion of cats in the stories. They’re put out that the next book in the big damn story arc of my Central Galactic Concordance series doesn’t involve cats at all, so they prevailed on me to make it up to them with the creatures in this story. The future genetic designers who created the “cats of war” took features from several species, but mostly felines, to create stealthy spies and thieves, which cats naturally excel at. The short story excerpt below introduces the cats to Ferra Barray, the human heroine of the story.

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In my previous Pets in Space story (PET TRADE), dogs were the heroes (and believe me, I got an earful from my cats about that). In CATS OF WAR, dogs are guards and hunters.

Don’t tell my darling cats, but I think dogs are today’s heroes, because of their versatility and companionship. The Pets in Space anthologies all support a fantastic charity, Hero-Dogs.org. They pair trained service dogs with disabled U.S. veterans and first responders to improve their life and help them regain independence.

Our medical science and military have made vast improvements in helping and dealing with the immediate physical and mental aftereffects of trauma, but we’re not so good at the long-term consequences. The same goes for first responders, who put their lives on the line when disaster strikes, and sometimes pay the price.

Our civilian infrastructure is designed based on the assumption that citizens are healthy in mind and body, and don’t need help, or extra time, or accommodation. To a disabled veteran or first responder, a trained service dog can be the difference between becoming a shut-in and finding their place in the world again.

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This is why I hope you’ll buy Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3, and help us help America’s heroes.

Here’s the excerpt I promised:

The standing white-legged boxes for the container gardens looked bigger than she remembered them from her first-day tour. She skirted around to the left, under the hanging tree branches. Slower, fatter raindrops drummed on her hood.

The closer she got to the corner of the fence, the more she became convinced she had visitors in her mind. Not telepaths, because they used words, and not empaths, because they were all about feelings. The two thought patterns were lost, and cold, and hurt. They’d called and called, and finally found someone to hear them.

Great, now she was dreaming while awake in the middle of a rainstorm.

She aimed the torch for the dark hulk that had to be the repair bot. Sure enough, there were Oran Mòr’s orange stripes.

It turned its head, opened its eyes, and meowed softly.

You came.

Ferra nearly stumbled to her knees. The torch dropped to the ground and winked out.

A creature rose to its feet and shook water everywhere.

Help us.

A picture blossomed in her mind of another dark catlike creature, waiting in the dark beyond the fence, unable to fly over it because of a broken wing.

She lit one of the small hand lights on her wrist. The creature in front of her stood knee-high at the shoulders and had the hint of an orange-striped bat-type wing folded flat along its side.

“You’re real.” It was all she could think to say.

The creature switched its long tail in annoyance.

Yes. Help us. Help him.

Once again, the image of the injured creature flashed in her mind.

She’d never imagined sentient animals, not in her wildest dreams. It was too cold and damp to be a dream. And too cold and dangerous for an injured creature to be stuck outside.


Read more in CATS OF WAR, one of eleven new, original stories in
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Story blurb for CATS OF WAR:

A repair technician must convince a disgraced military sub-captain to help her save two special cats before trouble engulfs them all.

Military Subcaptain Kedron Tauceti counts the days until he can leave the rare metals factory and his current duty station as the liaison to the Criminal Restitution and Indenture Obligation system. The post was protection—and punishment—for exposing a theft ring in his previous assignment. He’s more than ready to get his career back on track on a new base halfway across the galaxy, even if it means leaving behind the one person who makes him want to stay. Not that he’s told her, because technically, he’s her warden.

Former financial specialist and current indenturee Ferra Barray, hiding from her past, only has three months to go on her restitution sentence. She’s lucked into a tech repair job, and If she keeps her head down, she’ll be free to figure out her future. Unfortunately, the local boss behind every illegal scheme in the facility wants her to steal for him, and she’s running out of excuses. And now the heroically handsome Tauceti, who she hoped could help, is transferring out.

Everything changes when Ferra discovers two genetically modified cats. Saving them takes incredible risks. She doesn’t know what she’ll do if she can’t convince Tauceti to take them with him and keep them until she’s free to come for them.

When trouble erupts at the factory, it might just be the cats who save them. Find out what happens in this exciting stand-alone novella from Carol Van Natta’s award-winning Central Galactic Concordance space opera series.


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About the Author:

USA TODAY bestselling science fiction and fantasy author Carol Van Natta shares her Fort Collins, Colorado home with a resident mad scientist and various cats, all of whom would love to travel to the stars.

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Isle of the Forgotten Series Update

We’ve recently been asked by a few readers about whether or not we’ll be writing any more books in the Isle of Forgotten Series. We figured we’d go ahead and address that here for everyone. For those of you who are new to our books, The Isle of the Forgotten is a Fantasy Romance series that were basically the first books we’ve written to publish (Make Me Burn being our debut).

Originally, the final book was meant to be Make Me Yours, but after talking to our editor at the time (Lora Gasway) while working on our outlines, we knew that there needed to be one more book. You can still read the series without cliffhangers as each book is a standalone with a new couple, but the overarching plot wasn’t quite finished. The final book was then going to be Make Me Surrender, featuring Keric. We had a cover painted (by the wonderful Isis Sousa) and ready to go…except… We floundered. The first chapter was a rough start, and we struggled. This was mainly because we’d just finished writing Undying and we were not sure where to go from there. And then my idea for Treasure of the Abyss became our focus, and from then on, The Kraken Series.

Why have we not returned to Make Me Surrender?

Well, here are a few of the main reasons: Lack of sales, interest, and reviews.

This has happened to many series for many authors. It’s why traditional publishers sometimes cut off authors from finishing their series. If the books are not generating interest or sales, then that series is a dud. That paired with our hearts simply not being into it at the time made it very difficult to justify taking the months of work writing the book would’ve entailed.

Ultimately, our choice to hold off on Make Me Surrender became a business decision. We’re both writing full time now, but when we were attempting to write MMS, Rob still had a day job and our writing time was extremely limited. It came down to a choice of struggling through a manuscript our hearts weren’t in for all that time and likely seeing little return on our investment (not only the time, but the cost of cover art and editing) or moving on to a project that we were excited about and had the potential of reaching a broader audience.

When it comes down to it, writers have to pay their bills and put food on the table, just like everyone else. This is our job, and being fulltime writers, there is no backup paycheck. Our books are what pay our bills, and when they are successful, that enables us to continue working a job we love.

Due to all the above, the Isle of the Forgotten Series has fallen to the bottom of our to-be-written list. We hope to write it someday, but for now, it’s not in our schedule.

So if you love a book or series, please, please consider leaving a review. It can be as short as you want to be. A simple ‘Loved it’ works just as well. The more reviews a book has, the more interest it can generate, and Amazon has some system that allows books with a certain number of reviews to be seen to wider audiences. And share the book with your friends or in your favorite book groups. Word of mouth is seriously the best thing you can do for an author. And we thank everyone single one of you who have shared our books.  **Muah!**

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Ruby Lionsdrake – Embrace the Passion Author Guest Post

We are exactly one month away until the release of Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 Anthology! And as mentioned, we’re sharing with you a guest post each Sunday leading up to release with one of the authors featured in the anthology. And today, we have Ruby Lionsdrake talking about her story, Quashi! (He’s totally cute!)


A couple of years ago, when I wrote The Tracker’s Dilemma for my Mandrake Company science fiction romance series, I thought I was done with those characters and that setting. I’d hooked up the three adventurous women (all right, Dr. Keys is far more bookish than adventurous) from the first novel and several others along the way.

But when I was asked to write a novella for the Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space anthology, I immediate thought of the mercenary ship and the large star system it flies through as a place where a quirky new alien animal might be located. Hence, the “quashi” was born.

Loosely inspired by my childhood love of Star Trek and tribbles, they’re cute furry creatures with antenna, feet, and a love for apples. Not content to merely be decorative, they can get in some trouble, and in the case of this new Mandrake Company story, one is determined to be the star and help thwart… oh, I’ll stop there. Spoilers and all. But here’s a snippet to give you an idea of what to expect:

“I don’t see a lot of grass in here,” Chanda observed to her charge.

It shifted and sat up in her arms. Sort of. Thanks to its short, squat legs, it was hard to tell the difference between when it was sitting and when it was standing. She wondered how much the creature could move about on its own. It reminded her of a rabbit without any of the speed. Or ears. Or eyes. It seemed that those dark, slightly fuzzy antennae did all of its sensing.

“Why don’t you hang out here, and I’ll bring a selection to you?” Chanda set the quashi down on the textured metal deck, wondering if she needed to worry about it leaving animal droppings around the ship. The captain might not appreciate that.

The quashi shuffled along the aisle next to the bulkhead, pausing now and then to investigate things with those antennae. They were almost a centimeter thick and could articulate at numerous points. Very versatile.

Chanda weaved through the potted banana and apple trees, rows of annual vegetables, and walls covered in pockets of herbs. The grow room smelled earthy, and it was more humid and warm than the rest of the ship. Some of the plants grew from soil mediums, but most seemed to employ aeroponics. She found lemongrass, snorting as she imagined the quashi gnawing on the large stalks. Did the creature even have teeth with which to gnaw? It had to have some kind of mouth, but the fur hid it and any other orifices it likely had. She cut off one of the stalks, deciding to offer it a selection of vegetables.

“Spinach?” she asked, though she was deeper in the room now and could no longer see the creature. Not that it would have responded even if it was right in front of her. “It’s the right color, at least.”

To her surprise, a dubious trill came from the bulkhead, a little farther along it than where she had left the creature.

“How about asparagus?”

The stalks appeared grass-like, but she knew Asparagus officinalis wasn’t in the grass family. Still, she might as well try it. She bypassed the purple stalks and cut a couple of the green ones.

“It’s not my favorite,” a male voice said from the entrance of the room.

High-pitched trills, almost shrieks, came from the quashi. Chanda glanced in its direction, then looked uneasily toward the entrance. She could make out a man’s figure through the leaves of trees. One of the crewmen popping in for some fresh fruit?

“I’m shopping for a friend,” Chanda said, not sure if a response was expected.

More alarmed trills came from the aisle, and Chanda jogged back to where she had left the quashi. A big man in a black leather jacket stood inside the doorway, frowning down at the quashi. It had made its way almost to the door, and Chanda realized it might have escaped if the automatic doors opened for such small beings. She wasn’t sure. She also wasn’t sure about the man glowering down at it. She didn’t recognize him. Not surprising. Nobody had given her a tour of the ship yet or introduced her to anyone.

“What is that?” the man asked. “And who are you?”

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You can find out what happens next in Quashi in Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3.

Find more books by Ruby Lionsdrake, and more in her Mandrake Company Series, look here! You can also follow her on Facebook!


Eleven original Science Fiction Romances. Eleven action-filled tales that mix pets in space with their two-legged companions. Supporting a great cause – Hero-Dogs.org. Don’t miss out on Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3! https://www.petsinspaceantho.com

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Before Ruby was old enough to talk, her parents took her to the drive-in theater to see Star Wars, and she has early memories of watching Buck Rogers and Star Trek reruns with her mom. It was probably a foregone conclusion that she would become a lifelong science fiction fan.

She started the Mandrake Company series in part as an homage to some of her favorite sci-fi television shows and in part because she was having a hard time finding the kind of science fiction novels she likes to read: space-based adventures with humor and heart (maybe some naughty bits too). If you’re looking for the same, please check out the Mandrake Company books.

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Our Pets in Space Invitation Reaction

We are just a little over a month away before Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 releases! We’re so honored to be part of this project to help raise money for hero-dogs.org! If you haven’t, pre-order your copy soon from your favorite book retailer! 10% of the royalties made between Oct 9, 2018 through Nov 11, 2018 will be donated to this charity to help veterans and first responders get service dogs. Let’s made it an amazing donation!

The initial excitement of being invited to contribute to Pets in Space Anthology 3 was briefly overshadowed by that most delightful, panic-infused question: “what the heck are we going to write?”

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We decided fairly early on that we would set our story in the world of our Kraken series, but we struggled with the where and when. Our first idea was to set the short story at some point during the early colonization of Halora, but that would’ve meant no kraken, and who wants that?

At the time, we were working hard on Jewel of the Sea, the second book in the Kraken series. As that story came together and some of our initial plans for it shifted, we inadvertently opened an opportunity for a new story to tell—the perfect little story for Pets in Space 3!

This is what industry professionals refer to as “I totally planned to have that happen all along from the very beginning”.

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We can’t speak to the processes of other authors, but this occurs for us from time to time, and it’s always a rush when those pieces fall together, and you suddenly realize that you actually made everything fit together and it wasn’t at all (or was entirely) by accident.

The pet aspect of being involved in the Pets in Space Anthology also pushed us in a direction we might not have otherwise taken; when we first started planning, the notion of including a pet in the story was a bit daunting. We’ve never had a pet in one of our books before, much less in a role that was important to the plot. But we pressed on, and Ikaros was born. In many ways, he became the heart and soul of the story, and that was another happy surprise.

All in all, our experience with PISA3 has pushed our creativity in new, unexpected directions and helped change the way we think about our stories—now we are a bit more mindful of the future implications of our storylines and what opportunities or difficulties they may present. It’s good to be reminded to step outside of our comfort zone from time to time, because the results are often surprising in the best ways.

Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing some weekly guest posts from some of the other authors who are taking part in the Pets in Space Anthology as we lead up to release! Also be sure to join the Pets in Space Reader Group on Facebook to hear more updates, news, and more!

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