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Claimed by the Cyborg and Strange Mating Practices @CaraBristol #scifirom #romance #newrelease

Claimed by the Cyborg
& strange mating practices

By Cara Bristol

One of the first things you learn in writing science fiction romance is not to take anything for granted. It would be ridiculous to assume that our 21st century social customs would be norm several hundred years in the future on an alien planet no less. So writing SFR frees an author to move outside the box and explore alternative lifestyles.

Like mating habits.

Here and now on Earth the socially-sanctioned norm is two people getting married and being sexually faithful to each other. Yes, polygamous marriages and polyamorous relations exist, but they’re not the norm and are not generally accepted or practiced. Infidelity is quite common, but it is not viewed favorably. It’s considered “wrong.” And while arranged marriages do still occur, they were far more prevalent in centuries past. Generally, we pick our own partners and live with our mistakes or opt out by filing for a divorce.

The heroine in Claimed the Cyborg is Xenian, and on her planet marriages or “bondings” are practiced somewhat differently. To begin with, bondings are irrevocable. There is no escape hatch. Once you bond, it is for life. There is no such thing divorce or annulment even if your mate turns out to be homicidal whack job. You’re stuck. So the stakes are quite high, and that’s why Xenia doesn’t leave mate selection to amateurs. One’s mate is chosen by a seer who receives a vision telling her who should be paired. Xenians don’t marry for love and don’t expect to fall in love with their mates as this excerpt shows. Just before she is about to be married, heroine Julietta talks with her mother.

Julietta released a silent exhale. Maintaining a level tone, she asked, “Did you grow to love him?”


“Father. Did you ever grow to love him?”

“Love? It is well and good for troubadours to fill commoners’ heads with romantic frivolity. The bond your father and I share is sounder than any built on love. Our foundation is not based upon ephemeral whims but mutual respect and commitment. We complement each other.”

“So you don’t think it is possible for love to grow?”

“Well, I suppose it’s possible, but why would that matter when you have an empire to rule?”

Because I have an empire to rule. That is why it matters. “So you don’t love me—or Marji?”

“Of course I do! A mother’s love, a parent’s love for a child is a different matter.”

“Terrans bond for love,” Marji piped up. “I thought you admired the Terrans.”

Julietta looked at her mother, anxious to hear her reply.

“I admire many things about Terra,” she agreed, “but their emphasis on love isn’t one of them. Emotion offers a weak reason to bond, as evidenced by the fact that a significant portion of their marriages fail.”

“Perhaps love is so important they cannot carry on without it,” Julietta said quietly.

“Which proves it doesn’t last,” their mother said. But Xenians recognizes that being “stuck” with one person for one’s entire life may be a little stifling, so their society allows for outside recreation.

In this scene, Naimo explains the Xenian concept of fidelity to hero March, from Terra.

“So, no one ever, uh, hooks up with anyone from another race?” March asked.

“I don’t understand what you mean—oh.” Naimo grinned. “I get it. No, sexual relations are completely different. Bonded mates can and do engage in sexual recreation with others.”

His jaw dropped. “You will not be faithful to Julietta?”

“Of course, I will be faithful. I will serve her, support her, advise her, and stand by her side as her consort.”

“But you will have sex with other women.”

“During the first year when we must produce an heir, outside sexual congregation is forbidden. But, afterwards? Of course I’ll have my paramours.”

“And what about Julietta? Will she take other lovers?”

Naimo shrugged. “If she wants to.”

So what’s does good Xenian girl do? She breaks all her planet’s rules by falling in love with a Terran man.

Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

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USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

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PETS IN SPACE #CoverReveal ~ Even an alien needs a pet… #sfr #scifi #romance

I am very excited to help with the cover and trailer reveal to this exciting new sci-fi romance anthology (available October 11) for many reasons. The first time I heard about Pets In Space, I was asked to read one of the fabulous stories included: Spark of Attraction by Cara Bristol. And if you read my post from Wednesday, you know what I am doing to bring awareness to PTSD. The charity for this anthology is one way to help those suffering from PTSD. So, when Laurie asked if I would help with the big unveiling, I was more than delighted.

Laurie A. Green presents…

When I was originally asked if I wanted to be a part of this amazing project, I really jumped at the chance. Pets In Space combines two of my very favorite things—pets and science fiction romance—and in addition will help support an extremely worthy cause.

So what is this big unveiling?

Here it is!

Pets In Space Anthology ~ Cats, Dogs, and Otherworldly Creatures


Out October 11th, 2016

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Bestselling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of profits from the first month go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.


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?


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.


By Veronica Scott
Cargo 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.


By Pauline Baird Jones
Emma 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?


By 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 Latner
Young 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 Kirk
Graig 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.


By 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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Many, many thanks to Jessica and Mark of the Stars for hosting our big reveal today.

Author Bio

Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, an award-winning author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now nearly 900 members strong.

She confesses to being an Andromeda Galaxy groupie and would someday love to own a vacation home on Mars or Titan. She’s enthused to be a part of this wonderful anthology mash-up of two of her favorite things–pets and space.

Her family includes her husband, David, four dogs, three cats and several horses, all who reside on a ranch in beautiful New Mexico. A former military budget director and reserve state trooper, she now spends her time writing, networking, researching, enjoying the Southwestern lifestyle and, naturally, stargazing and daydreaming about other worlds.

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Meet the heroine & hero of TRAPPED WITH THE CYBORG by @CaraBristol #sfr #romance


Meet the heroine and hero of Trapped with the Cyborg

By Cara Bristol

Name:  Amanda Mansfield

Race: Human.

Family background: Mother deceased. Father alive.

Defining personality trait: She’ll do anything to get the job done.

Moment that changed her life: As a Terran military commander she was critically injured and medically discharged. (Her father called it ‘washing out.’) She was recruited to become a cyborg and join a covert paramilitary force fighting terrorism in the galaxy.

Current occupation: Field agent, Cyber Operations

Goal: Discover the secret location of the terrorist mastermind, Lamani.

What drives her: The need to prove she’s the best

Complication: Her Cy-Ops partner. Sonny Masters. The sexist ass. She never should have slept with him.

Trapped with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Name: Sonny Masters

Race: Human

Family background: Grew up on the streets.  Mother and sister both died young.

A defining personality trait: Overprotective toward women.

Moment that changed his life: As a teenaged gang member, he attacked the wrong man…

Current occupation: Field agent, Cyber Operations

What drives him: Guilt.

Goal: Ensure his partner, Amanda Mansfield, stays safe. Don’t let her take unnecessary risks.

Complication: Not realizing the woman he slept with the night before the most dangerous mission of his life was his mission partner.

Trapped with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Trapped with the Cyborg

(Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4)

The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…

Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

Like him. Sonny Masters. Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin. He can’t seem to understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) is a standalone read.

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blog excerpt 2016

He signaled the android and motioned to their empty glasses. “Bill these to my room.”

“I’m more than capable of paying for my own drink.” She huffed.

He confirmed with the android. “My tab.” He motioned for Amanda to lead the way out of the lounge. “We’ll work out the details later. We can arm wrestle for it.”

“Don’t think I couldn’t win.”

“If let you.”

“There’s a word for men like you.”



“Why are you coming with me, then?”

“I didn’t say you don’t exude a certain raw, he-man charm.”

Amusement rumbled up from his belly in an explosion of genuine enjoyment. Son of a bitch, he wished he had more time. A rare pang of regret shot through him. Cy-Ops had been good to him, and he didn’t regret this career path, considering what his alternatives might have been. The lives of those he’d helped—were better for it. But, yeah, sometimes he wished he had a woman waiting for him. He had a hunch from this point forward, when he pictured that imaginary woman, she would have Amanda’s face.

“Thank you,” he said, and rubbed the scar cutting a bare swath through facial stubble.

“What happened?” she asked.

“The scar?”


“I didn’t grow up in the best part of town. A gang of thugs who thought they were hot shit roamed the neighborhood, spoiling for a fight. They rarely had trouble starting one.”

“You were attacked?”

He shook his head. “I was one of them.” He traced the thickened, puckered skin. “I deserved this.” He’d omitted he’d started the fight in defense of his sister. It mattered little his motives had been inculpable that time. One good deed did not undo a multitude of bad ones. With his disreputable background, he hadn’t sought medical attention. His facial wound hadn’t healed properly, and he’d been left with a significant scar. Still, he’d survived life on the streets and emerged less scathed than some. Than his sister.

He fingered the souvenir of a misspent adolescence. “I’d like to say this ended my association, but I can’t. I was a slow learner, I guess.” Not to mention a thug. A gang member. A criminal.

“So, what got you out of it?” She halted and peered up at him. The top of her head would graze his chin if he were to hold her. Which he wanted to do. Horizontally, while she clenched around him. “I assume you’re out of it?”

“Yes. You’re not in any danger with me.”

“You don’t worry me.”

“Because you think you can kick my ass like you did the Malodonian?”



blog about the author 2016

USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes contemporary and science fiction romance and has topped the Amazon sales charts in science fiction and fantasy romance and erotica. No matter what the romance subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven, seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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Captured by the Cyborg ~ 10 quotes from @CaraBristol’s #newrelease #scifiromance

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Revealing conversational snippets from Captured by the Cyborg

By Cara Bristol

When Illumina Smith needs a place to hide, she gets a job at a spacecraft manufacturing plant deep below the surface of the moon Deceptio.  The “Moonbeam” factory is owned by Dale Homme, a cyborg and former cyber operative. Illumina thinks she’s safe. But is she? Some quotes from Captured by the Cyborg:

“Why are you here? What’s your story?”

“If you’re running from something, you’d be better served if you tried to blend in.”

“Moonbeam’s isolation can cause people to go a little crazy.”

“I’m not violating any rules, am I?”

“You’d imprison me?”

“Some of the most beautiful things are toxic.”

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“And sometimes they’re just beautiful.”

“The mistake was in what we did. Let’s not compound it. Let’s agree to go our separate ways.”

“You will always be mine. Till passing do us part.”

“I always keep my promises.”

Captured by the Cyborg, a Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance by Cara Bristol

Captured by the Cyborg

Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….

An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.

Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe….even if it means keeping her captive.

Captured by the Cyborg is third in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series but is written to be read as a stand-alone novella.

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blog excerpt 2016

The woman’s head didn’t reach his shoulder. But what she lacked in stature, she compensated for with hair.

Shimmering, silvery-blonde waves of it tumbled to her hips. The platinum shade didn’t reflect light, it radiated it, almost as if the individual strands were composed of fibers of light itself. Although women could and did take chemical supplements to alter pigment at the cellular level, and platinum hair was not unusual, the combined effect of the color and shine was. Striking under the harsh artificial illumination—what would it look like in moonlight?

In a complete violation of propriety, he reached out to touch. He caught himself and snapped his hand to his side, calling upon his nanocytes to stamp out the kindling of desire. Turned on by a job candidate’s hair. This is what happened when you didn’t get laid often enough. Not entirely his fault though. He’d planned to visit the Darius 4 pleasure resort, until Lamis-Odg terrorists had destroyed the place. Under reconstruction, reopening hadn’t been scheduled yet.

He forced his attention away from her hair.

And noticed her clothing. What the hell was she wearing? Masculine, almost military-style trousers in a fabric mottled in various shades of tan led to clunky coyote-brown boots. A loose-fitting jacket in the same variegated pattern covered her top half. Fatigues—but from what century? The twenty-first maybe? Where had she acquired the getup?

“Mr. Homme?” Gray eyes met his in a direct stare. “I’m Illumina Smith. Thank you for seeing me.” Her voice tinkled like chimes blowing in a gentle wind, but the hand that seized his gripped like a steel clamp.

It’s not an arm wrestling match. He hid his amusement while noting the slenderness of her bone structure. His thumb and index finger would overlap if he were to encircle her wrist. “Come in. Have a seat.” He gestured.

She lurched with a jerky, awkward gait to the chair and sat, her posture rigid. Her robotic movement was so opposite the grace he’d expected, he ran a quick scan. No, not android. An organic, sentient life-form, but not human either.

“Your name is very unusual.” He plopped into his sensa-chair, which immediately conformed to the shape of his body and began a massage.

A tiny furrow creased her forehead. “Smith is a common Terran surname.”

If she was Terran, he was a six-eyed, webbed-handed Arcanian. “I meant Illumina.”

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USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has published more than twenty-five erotic romance titles, including contemporary and science fiction romance.  No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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