Since we're now just a little over a week away from the launch of the fourth Pets in Space® volume-- aptly named Pets in Space® 4--today I'm giving you a more in depth look at each of the baker's dozen of great stories in this volume. It's guaranteed to have something for everyone--and probably a lot of somethings for everybody!
These amazing stories are written by award-winning and bestselling authors and some of the top sellers in Science Fiction Romance! And better yet, all of these stories are part of popular SFR series!
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Everyone connected with this volume is super excited that Pets in Space® 4 has already hit #2 on Amazon's Hot New Sellers in Science Fiction Romance and Science Fiction Romance Anthologies lists based on preorders alone!
So let's take a look at the complete blurb for each of these thirteen about-to-be-unleashed-on-the-universe stories.
MADAS' FALLING STAR
Lords of Kassis Series
by S.E. Smith
Prince Gril Tal Mod is destined to be the next Supreme Leader of the Tearnats—if he survives long enough to ascend to the throne.
Gril was supposed to be on a routine training exercise, but his flight goes horribly wrong when engine trouble forces him to land his fighter in a remote mountainous region. Once stranded on the ground, Gril discovers the malfunction was no accident—and he isn’t alone. He can sense someone watching him from the shadows.
Princess Madas Tralang’s curiosity always seems to get her into trouble. When Madas spies an unusual object streaking across the sky before crashing near her location, she believes it is a good omen. After all, she found her pet, L’eon, the last time an object fell from the sky.
Her hopes of finding something valuable are dashed when instead she sees a big, and rather ugly, Tearnat warrior. Though there is something about him…something magnetic, it’s his spaceship that she really wants. It is just what she has been searching for—a means to escape the dreary life expected of her!
The giant warrior pilot of the spaceship isn’t going to give it up easily, however, and Madas soon finds herself locked in a battle of wits and skill with the strange warrior, but they are not the only players on the field. Danger surrounds Madas and Gril—both from Madas’s clan and from the saboteur who is determined to see Gril dead. Can the Prince of the Tearnats and a small, but deadly alien pet, defeat their foes and save Madas before time runs out, or will Gril’s growing love for a curious Princess doom them both?
Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone Series
By Anna Hackett
Calla Ryss has spent months languishing in a cell, surviving her captors—the metal-scavenging species known as the Edull—after being abducted from her home world. Deep in the deserts of the lawless planet of Carthago, she is desperate to find a way out. Yet when escape comes for her and her lone human friend, it doesn't lead to safety, but to the bone-chillingly dangerous cyborgs of the House of Rone. To her shock, Calla finds herself in the arms of a lethal cyborg with metallic silver eyes.
Zaden lives for the House of Rone. His cyborg enhancements help him keep a ruthless hold on his emotions. Loyalty, and the rare spurt of annoyance at the cyborg hunting cat that refuses to leave him alone, are the only emotions he allows himself to feel. He is perplexed when Calla falls into his arms and he begins to experience emotions he’s never felt before…a dangerous malfunction for a cyborg whose enhancements are in place not to increase his lethal abilities, but leash them.
Zaden vows to guard Calla and keep her safe—with some unsolicited help from a certain cyborg cat— when mysterious attackers attempt to snatch her. There is more at stake than just Calla’s safety. As they are drawn into an intoxicating storm of emotion, they will risk their hearts, their lives, and their freedom to rescue another innocent captive. Can they succeed against the odds, or will Calla find herself imprisoned once again?
The Infinite City Series
By Tiffany Roberts
He met his destined mate too soon.
Bold, kind, and adventurous, Kiara was everything Volcair needed in his stiff, formal life. Along with his pet inux, Cypher, the three were inseparable during Volcair’s years on Earth. But the same winds of fate that brought them together as children tore them apart again. With half a universe separating them, years sped by, and Kiara seemed lost to him forever. Angry and bitter, he threw himself into military service for the Entris Dominion, seeking escape from the pain of loss.
But when chance brings them together again nearly two decades later, Volcair finds that his feelings for Kiara have only grown—he needs her. Have they been granted a second chance, or has time opened a rift between them that cannot be crossed?
STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE
The Sectors SF Romance Series
By Veronica Scott
An unusual bequest….
Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.
Until the rock disappears from her office…
When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise - she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.
Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?
Project Enterprise Series
By Pauline Baird Jones
They say you can’t go home again, but what if it is the only way to truly be free?
Rap solves problems large and small. He solved them when he was human. He solved them when he was a robot. Now that he’s mostly human again, he’s still solving problems. He is currently working on his biggest threat—his old Master. He’ll need all the help he can get from his pet, Snake, and his new friend, Nelson, the AI inside his head. What he wasn’t expecting was the wrench that was thrown into the equation—Ale. He thought he knew all there was to know about Ale—but he was woefully wrong.
Ale’s new body has made her human again—mostly—and her new beating heart is pounding for Rap. It’s a pity that Rap is inscrutable and she’s got a huge secret that she can’t share. The secret stored inside her could be the key to ending the threat from their former Q’uy Master, or could doom them all to captivity once more.
Rap and Ale must face their greatest enemy if they hope to defeat him, but can they find love and a happy ever after while they do it? Only the chatty Snake knows for sure.
By Laurie A. Green
When his transport is destroyed before his eyes, agent Rigel Blackline and his bio-engineered StarDog partner wind up marooned on a planet buzzing with enemy patrols. Worse, they carry time-sensitive intel that must be delivered to their contacts on a distant space station—data that could defeat their ruthless enemies.
Rigel’s only hope is to reach another Network ship before they’re captured, but things get complicated when they cross paths with Sona, a savvy warrior-class Rathskian female. She claims to be a friendly, but he suspects the vixen is a dangerous counter-spy sent to intercept him and his StarDog. His intuitive sidekick’s immediate bond with Sona is even more baffling.
Rigel decides “capturing” Sona as an enemy asset and delivering her to his superiors may be his best option, but Sona has secrets that threaten more than just Rigel’s self-control. Her knowledge of Network dealings are on a level even he isn’t privy to. Is she truly an ally, or is he playing directly into the hands of a dangerous double-agent…in more ways than one?
NOTHING REMOTELY FAMILIAR
My Crazy Alien Romance Series
By Donna McDonald
Nothing about Topper’s life is remotely familiar anymore.
Topper never expected her mating an alien would net her a teenage witch in just a few, short years. If the Fates weren’t having enough fun at her expense, she is pregnant again—with a son who has inherited his father’s flare for ice! Unfortunately, spontaneous ice in the desert and her wanting to wear fur has begun to draw the wrong kind of attention to her beloved town.
Luck being what it is—especially when the Fates are involved—the day before departure their daughter, Jessica, gets assigned her first witch Familiar. Before Topper can unravel what stinks about the situation, Jessica bonds with the legendary fanged-tooth koala.
Their trip to Glacier is about to get very interesting! Can Topper get to the bottom of Koala Kevin while trying to keep peace with her daughter and soothe her soon-to-be-born son? She will need all the help she can get from a very special Goddess to accomplish this miracle.
Xian Warriors Series
By Regine Abel
The Battle for Earth has begun.
Victoria’s dreams of a cozy life as a small town doctor come crashing down when the monstrous Kryptids make first contact. The alien invaders have only one goal: to turn Earth into a breeding ground. As she fights to protect her patients in their makeshift hospital, an even more fearsome alien and his beast enter the fray. She should be terrified of the male ominously named Doom. But she’s mesmerized.
As a genetically engineered war machine, Doom lives for a single purpose: eradicating the Kryptids. Coming to Earth with his brothers to save the humans should be a straightforward matter. But years of bloody battles throughout the galaxy have not prepared him for the fiery Victoria. Enchanted by the courage of that wisp of a woman, Doom offers her his protection and that of his fearless war beast, Stran, as she attempts to rescue other wounded humans. After disaster strikes their homeworld, the Xian Warriors now also face extinction.
Will the Kryptids finally defeat their only real threat, or will the delicate human that has stolen both of Doom’s hearts also be the Warriors’ seed of hope?
By Alexis Glynn Latner
In the festive, frivolous Winterfair in the amusement park inside the interstellar city of Wendis, there are as many purposes as participants….
Kev Desler takes part in in ancient fighting arts to forget that he’s an expatriate scholar who can’t go home. Sara Tai intends to find a genetically engineered unicorn to prove a scientific point. But the unicorn has a mind of its own. Everyone at the Fair wants to win prizes in the Fair’s many games. But someone wants a certain prize enough to not only break the rules, but bones and laws for it.
Caught up in a dangerous Winterfair game, Sara and Kev will need courage, intelligence and allies to win the game and save their lives. Along the way they begin to realize that the most valuable prize of all might just be—each other.
HEART OF THE SPIDER'S WEB
TriSystems: Smugglers Series
By JC Hay
Sheri Tyler had a simple undercover assignment: work the docks at Nobu Station, monitor the illegal trade, and report everything back to Intelligence Command. Now a botched robbery has forced her to hide among a crew of smugglers and put her on the run from the Spider Queen, one of the TriSystem’s most dangerous crime lords. Worse, it’s left her working alongside a brooding security officer who reminds her of everything she shouldn’t desire.
Rayan Barr only wants three things: keeping his ship secure, his friends safe, and his pet goanna well-fed. None of those include overseeing a dockrat whose stories don’t add up, and who has a mad idea to sell their illegal cargo in one of the largest black markets in the Three Systems. Now his captain has demanded he keep a close watch on her, something his eyes are already all too eager to do.
Forced to rely on each other, Rayan and Sheri get pulled deeper into the Spider Queen’s web of deceit. And while Sherri might let Barr get a glimpse of the real her she’d kept hidden away, she also knows it’s only a matter of time before the lies she hides behind come crashing down. Without that protection, there’s no telling how badly they'll both get hurt.
THE PRINCESS AND HER BODYGUARD
Alien Animal Rescues Series
By E.D. Walker
Princess Liana blames herself when she and her wondrous bird companion, Pym, are kidnapped. If she hadn't kissed her bodyguard, Jacen, he never would've been fired, and she and Pym would never have been abducted from the palace.
Jacen has loved Liana for as long as he can remember. Even disgraced and exiled, he will still do anything to protect her—and Pym. Unfortunately, saving her life means losing her forever, but that’s a price he’s willing to pay. After all, he could never ask her to run away to the stars with him—could he?
After The Fall Series
By Kyndra Hatch
When he answered a distress call, L’Den hadn’t expected to find one of the Invaders waiting for him. The tug he feels on his soul is even more surprising, drawing him closer to the woman, in spite of her humanity. Both his second-in-command and H’tch, his companion mogha, seem fine with leaving her behind and letting the desert deal with the problem, but he’s not so sure.
Tessa has spent the last two years hoping for a way off the harsh desert planet where her research vessel crashed, watching her friends die one-by-one, and befriending a strange creature of the sand. But when a rescue ship does arrive, she realizes she might have been better off lost. The Korthans, savage aliens bent on the destruction of humankind, aren’t happy to find her. And yet, despite her fear, she can’t deny the pull she feels towards one of them.
Korthans only have one chance to find a true mate, but chasing after the human could risk the safety of the colony he’s sworn to protect. Even though the call of a mating bond demands a higher loyalty, L’Den never expected to have to choose.
The Department of Homeworld Security Series
By Cassandra Chandler
It was supposed to be a simple house call for a sick cat, so how'd she end up on a spaceship?
Caitlin has made some pretty weird house calls in her work as a veterinarian outside the small desert town where she lives and works. Feral burros, mischievous coyotes, dogs getting a little too close to cacti… they all seem mundane compared to the tall, gorgeous guy who shows up on her doorstep in the middle of the night, begging her to help his cat. Everything was going along fine until he started talking about aliens.
To help restore the emotions stolen from him by the Coalition of Planets, Marq was supposed to care for Meredith—the Earth cat that his brother smuggled aboard his ship. Now, Meredith has developed some kind of strange affliction that he fears will endanger her life. He'll do anything to assist his pet, even make unauthorized contact with an Earthling. The trouble is, he isn’t sure how to handle the rising desire in him when he meets the vet called Caitlin.
To get Caitlin’s assistance, he must first convince her to trust him—though with the soldiers on his ship still loyal to the Coalition, he’s not sure who he can trust. Meredith’s illness is not the only threat they will face. Can Marq save his cat and keep Caitlin safe while trying to control his unruly emotions?
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