November 11th--Veterans Day (see what we did there?)--is the last day you can purchase an e-copy of the critically acclaimed* Pets in Space anthology and have 10% of the profits go to assist Hero-Dogs.org.
Hero Dogs is an organization that provides service dogs and companion animals to disabled military veterans, and we want our contribution to Hero Dogs to be as large as possible to help this great organization!
What a great way to honor our vets for Veterans Day, yes?
*What do I mean by "critically acclaimed?" Just read the stellar reviews...more than 50 of them on Amazon alone...right here.
So in the event you've been vacationing in the Andromeda Galaxy for the last month and haven't had a chance to grab your copy, I'll include a recap of the nine fantastic Pets in Space stories below so you can see all the fun and adventure you've been missing.
Plus! Many of these tales tie directly to other SFR series and act as wonderful introductions to these imaginative universes as well as being delightful stand alone stories of their own. Most of these stories are much more than just short reads--many are in the novella and novelette range--and the overall anthology is a hefty 165,000 words!
This also marks the end of my individual campaign to support Hero Dog Mitch--one of the advanced Hero Dogs in training that I "adopted" as a side project in connection with the Pets in Space campaign. "Mitch" is a lovely yellow Lab who is described by his handlers as "quite a personality!"
Want to see a quick clip of Mitch and some of his peers in action?
I've been making contributions toward Mitch's training, and I up the amount each time there's a comment on a Pets in Space blog, guest blog, or informational blog. This one included!
So far, I've donated over $31 to Mitch's training. You can help bump up my final contribution just by saying a few words in comments below--about Pets In Space, Hero Dogs, Hero Dog Mitch or anything related.
Pets in Space: The Stories
A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT
By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)
Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.
By Susan Grant (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)
Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?
SPARK OF ATTRACTION
By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.
THE REAL DRAGON
By Pauline Baird JonesEmma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when you’re having a day like this?
STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY
By Veronica ScottCargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.
STARDOGBy Laurie A. Green
Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.
By Alexis Glynn LatnerYoung Roboticist Ten Jaxdown has to deploy, and possibly sacrifice, the swarm of investigative robots that he has invented and cares about more than anything else in the star system. It may be the only hope for those depending on him and his robots to save them. Yet, even as frantic preparations for the unprecedented deep-space rescue mission are set in motion, it could all be threatened by sabotage.
Anastasia Steed is an intrepid young mission designer. She steps forward with an idea that can improve the odds of the mission. Neither she nor Ten expect the assistance they receive from a very unusual pet. A pet that will bring together two alienated human beings who didn’t realize they needed each other. Can Ten and Anastasia discover who is behind the sabotage, save the mission, and discover what is evolving between them? With a little bit of unusual help, anything is possible.
By Lea KirkGraig Roble is the Senior Commander of security for the Guardian Fleet. His expertise as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do - or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. Even returning to his position aboard the Atlantis can't save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell.
Simone's focus is on her home world - Earth. She thought her life was full with her research as a botanist. After all, she always believed that helping the people of her world become self-sufficient should take all of her concentration - except it doesn't. There is one man that keeps pulling her attention, and her heart, away from her job.
Graig's gift of a puppy to keep her company does more than that, it keeps him in her dreams. How can such a simple gift bring her comfort and make her long for more? Graig and Simone are about to find out that sometimes love can blossom from the smallest, furriest ties.
ESCAPE RUNBy Carysa Locke
Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that.
Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?
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