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Guest Post & #Review of Claimed by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi #5) by Cara Bristol w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

 

Claimed by the Cyborg

by Cara Bristol

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GENRE:   Science Fiction Romance

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BLURB:

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.

Claimed by the Cyborg is a standalone read in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series.

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Excerpt Three:

“If Naimo should…pass, what will happen?”

“The seer will choose another mate for me.”

“You will go through with it?”

“I will be required to.” The idea sickened her, but responsibility only could be delayed; it could not be shirked. Each postponement shortened the time available to produce an heir. She and Naimo or his replacement would have to couple often to ensure she got pregnant by the deadline.

“I hope for your sake he recovers, and you live a long and happy life together. I apologize for interrupting your solitude.”

She would never see him again. Her heart seized, but she didn’t dare watch him go. Julietta gripped the pillar of the tacani for support. Tears trickled down her cheeks.

For a big man, he moved quietly, his footfalls making the merest pitter patter on the floor. In seconds the door would open and—

She whirled around.

March stood in front of her, his face stony, his blue eyes lit with an emotion she couldn’t read.

He grabbed her and yanked her against his chest. Her feet left the floor. One strong hand slid under her hair to grip her nape and tilt her head. His mouth slammed down on hers, would have forced her lips to part, but she was already opening for his kiss, drowning in it. Waves after wave of need swamped her body, eradicating all thought and will, except for the need to get closer, to meld into one body so no space, no cultural divide, no duty could separate them.

His tongue lashed hers, but she accepted his anger as penance, craved more, incited more as she lashed back. Teeth gnashed, deliberate and accidental, drawing blood that mixed with the decadent taste of him. Her head swirled, and she grabbed at his shoulders for support. Taut muscle, as hard as rock, offered no give, like his kiss. He didn’t coax, he took, anger and pain evident in the crush of his mouth, the steel grip of his hands.

Scalding tears of love and despair poured from her eyes and into their mouths.

When he dropped her on her feet and thrust her away, it was like tumbling into the abyss again, like returning to Xenia all those years ago.

He wiped his lips as if to erase her touch. “Have a good life, Jules.” He left and never looked back.

Series bible

By Cara Bristol

I was asked if I write a series bible or if I just start writing.

Series bible? You mean, make things easy on myself? Banish the thought!

No, I just start writing. I’m a pantser. I make up the story as I go along. I don’t even know I’m writing a series until I finish the first book. I’ve written three series now: the Rod and Cane Society, Breeder, and the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series and with every one, I started the first book thinking it was going to be a single title.

That said, I have a made some lists related to the series. In the Breeder, there were a lot of “alien” words, so I created a glossary for myself so I could remember. And in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, I listed the various usages of “cyber.” Cyber Operations is the secret organization of cyborg cyberoperatives, called Cy-Ops for short. Plus a bunch of other words. I had to keep track of which terms were two words, which were hyphenated, and which were single words.

Since secondary characters can become main characters and vice versa, sometimes I have to go back through previously published books to find out what I said. Did he have brown eyes or blue? What color was her hair? Where did he work again?

Ironically, I outline my short stories but write the novels by the seat of my pants. I have a gut feeling that the stuff I come up on the fly is better than if I sat down and cold-plotted. It feels more natural, more creative to me.

Seriously?  Why are you NOT reading this series?  I know, I know.  I don’t read much sci/fi because frankly, I’m more visual when it comes to the genre.  Star Wars/Star Trek anyone?  But I can not get enough of Ms. Bristol’s Cy series.  The men are hot, brave, loyal and fierce when it comes to their lady loves.  The women are just as equal to the men.  No wallflowers here.  Sure, they have some kind of conflict going on but in the end, the hero and heroine are equals and treat each other as such.

March is just awesome.  In fact, he might be my favorite out of the series.  He gets pulled back into the Cyber Operations world when things go south.  I really liked his interaction with Carter, the head of Cy-Ops.  I’ve heard from a very good source, that Carter FINALLY gets his book next.  About time.  He has intrigued me from the start.  Anyone, March is one of the good guys that never leaves a man down or a woman that he has wanted for the last five years.  He never gives up and he never gave up on Jules.  The sweetest part of the book is towards the end.  He gave her something to work towards and finally had her see what exactly was going on.  Of course, she already had figured out most of it.

Jules, of my Jules.  I adored how she was able to incorporate the Terran world with her own.  She never expected to see March again, much less be able to be with him.  She had two things in her heart…her planet and her love for March.  She just never thought that she would be able to have both.  I loved how Ms. Bristol brought their two worlds together and also, explained Jules’ culture and how the bonding is for the good of her planet.  Ms. Bristol has a way of explaining her worlds without dumbing it down or reaching out so far that no one would understand it.  She makes the story flow with her words and characters.

You really care about them and how everything is going play out.  I felt so sorry for Naimo in the end.  He didn’t deserve what happened in the end.  And trust me when I tell you this…the ending is SO unexpected.  Loved it.  How it all played out is brilliant.  I just wanted to slap Kur upside his head.  How could he?  And his father, too?  Anyways….

Do yourself a favor and pick up this book and series.  It’s brilliant!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

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.

Cara’s Website:  http://carabristol.com

Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Cara-Bristol/e/B004D8KZTQ

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3

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Twitter: @CaraBristol https://twitter.com/CaraBristol

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#Review of Diffraction (Atrophy #3) by Jess Anastasi w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @JessAnastasi

DIFFRACTION

by Jess Anastasi
Atrophy #3
Publication Date: January 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select Otherworld, Sci-Fi, Romance

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Synopsis: After his unusual reaction to a weapon, Commando Varean Donnelly is accused of being a shape-shifting alien and imprisoned onboard the Imojenna. Sure, he has abilities he keeps hidden from everyone—including the gorgeous doc examining him—because the government makes sure people as different as him disappear. For good.Imojenna doctor Kira Sasaki knows there’s something different about the handsome commando the captain’s thrown in their brig. She doesn’t think he’s Reidar, although he might have been a victim of their cruel experiments. But when Kira learns the stubborn commando’s racial make-up, she finds herself torn between defending him to Captain Rian Sherron and his crew or urging Varean to escape while he still can.

The Atrophy series is best enjoyed in order:

Book #1 Atrophy
Book #2 Quantum
Book #3 Diffraction

EXCERPT #2:

 

He sent her a short frown. “I thought Sherron was some big war hero. Why are the authorities after him?”

 

Kira threaded her fingers through her hair, pulling some pins free. “A few months ago, Rian got Tannin to hack into the data streams of Kasson Three, a supposedly abandoned station that should have been sucked into a nearby black hole years ago. Rian suspected it was some kind of Reidar base. Baden Niels, a multiversal corporation CEO, who’s actually an alien himself, ordered a warrant issued for our arrest. He claimed his company had turned the station into a research outpost. We’re now wanted intergalactic terrorists.”

 

While the charge was obviously quite serious, and he was a little shocked to find he’d been nabbed by a band of wanted criminals, the idea of Kira being an intergalactic terrorist was pretty damn amusing. The more he thought about it, the harder it was to stop the grin yanking at his lips.

 

Kira glanced over at him, confusion crossing her features. “What’s so funny?”

 

“You. Being some badass, hardened criminal on the run from the authorities.”

 

She crossed her arms, trying for a stern expression but totally failing, her gorgeous eyes giving away her amusement.

 

“Hey, Mr. Big, Bad, Tough Commando, I took you down, didn’t I? I’m totally rocking the fugitive lifestyle.”

 

“Then I guess I don’t need to feel so bad about things if I got decked by one of the IPC’s most wanted. When I account this story later on, I’m going to tell people you were a butch, six-foot-tall, backworlds hack-medic who dosed me with an untested cocktail of synthetic drugs.”

 

She gave a short laugh and patted his arm. “Whatever saves your fragile ego, soldier boy.”

 

“Thanks,” he muttered, a little too charmed by the spark in her gaze and the way the unguarded smile made her that much more gorgeous. “How many hours until someone else takes over watch?”

 

She checked the time then slipped her comm away.

 

“About two hours, maybe three if I’m feeling generous. Tannin said he’d take the next shift.”

 

“If you’re tired, let me take the next two hours. I promise not to fly us to the nearest IPC outpost, as tempting as it might be.”

 

A half grin kicked up one side of her lips. “If I was tired, I’d let you take over the helm, but I’m really not. Well, not sleepy, anyway. Truthfully, I am feeling kind of drained. I had this really difficult patient in the last week who seemed determined to get himself killed. You know I had to save his life two and a half times.”

 

“Two and a half?”

 

She gave a decisive nod. “Yeah, I’m calling it two and a half. Don’t tell anyone, but I nearly killed him myself with a sedative.”

 

“Sounds like the bastard deserved it.”

 

“Maybe.” She gave a quick shrug. “That’s still up for consideration.”
The next smile that crossed her face had just a hint of mischief to it. He’d been wrong—her earlier, unguarded smile he’d thought was beautiful had nothing on this one, and it hit him right in the middle of his chest and rippled outward.

 

I honestly don’t know where to start.  I haven’t read the other books in the series and I HIGHLY suggest that you do.  At times, I was a bit lost when it came to the world building.  This series is all about science fiction and otherworlds; plus, its a genre that I typically don’t read.  Otherwise, I really liked the book.  It was different and took me out of my comfort zone.

I liked that this book had a familia atmosphere to it.  It seems that most sci/fi books have that but with this series, I can really tell that Ms. Anastasi put a lot of thought into all the characters; lead or secondary.  Again, since I didn’t read the other books, I was a little thrown when the crew gets seperated, I was torn.  I realized that they had things to do but I was really starting to like them together.

Varean is a great hero.  Trying to figure out what he is, his feelings for Kira and just generally being himself amongst the crew.  He isn’t trusted and he knows it but with Kira, he has someone that he can trust and grow to love.

Kira has been in the other books but this is her story.  I liked her.  Strong, determined and will do whatever needs to be done for Varaen.  Overall, though, don’t think that the romance is at the front.  It’s not and that’s why I suggest reading the other books beforehand.  The book never lets up either.  It’s fast paced, has some series twists and truly, I didn’t want it to end.

I really need to read the other books in the series so I can have a better understanding of this one.  Overall, I highly recommend this book because it’s different, took me out of my comfort zone and offered a hero and heroine that I fell in love with and you will too.

 

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Synopsis: Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.

It’s no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She’s taken the job as the admiral’s assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.

Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake.

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Synopsis: Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He’s innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape…only to find himself face to face with the captain’s undeniably gorgeous sister.

Zahli Sherron isn’t planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he’s sexy as every kind of sin, but he’s no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew…even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.

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ABOUT JESS ANASTASI

Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.

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Harlie here:  I will give a couple of sentences to each book and then my overall review and rating will be at the bottom.  🙂

 

Anthology: Naughty List
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Thirteen Naughty Holiday stories to warm up your winter*
Click title to read an excerpt* (click on the title for the excerpt)

The NightWind’s Visit by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Be careful what you wish for. The NightWind hears every whisper, every sigh, every need and he’s coming to grant your every wicked, wanton desire.

Review: Lord a mercy, what a way to start the antho.  Steamy, paranormal and a twist that I didn’t see coming.  Great job from a new to me author.

4.5harlies

Dear Santa…I Want A MAN For Christmas by Marianne Stephens
Frustrated with untrustworthy men, Melissa orders a man doll. When delivery guy, Nick, shows up, she has second thoughts about how to satisfy her needs.

Review: If you have never read Ms. Stephens you are missing out.  I love her work and Melissa and Nick are breath of fresh air.  Believable characters and sweet ending.

4.5harlies 

Prelude To A Most Unusual Marriage by Katherine Kingston
Guilty secrets torment widowed Elizabeth Fitzhugh. A Christmas visit to the Earl of Chisenholm offers redemption, if she can find the courage to grasp it.

Review: This is the story that pushed my limits.  Some harder elements of BDSM in it but in the end I loved the story.  I would love to have a follow up with Elizabeth and the Earl.  😉  Great historical with a BDSM element.

4.5harlies

No Gentleman by Francesca Hawley
Librarian Abby Kelly comes west finding a roguish shapeshifter who desires her. Will Goldwolf is no gentleman, but Abby discovers he’s just what she wants.

Review:  Ms. Hawley has been one of my go to authors for a couple of years now and this is another one that I want a follow up too.  Great characters, humor (oh yes) and a charming western town that seems ordinary on the surface.  *giggles*

4.5harlies

Jewel’s Menage Christmas by Berengaria Brown
The excitement has left Jewel, Donovan, and Oscar’s relationship. Jewel plans to spice things up, but will Donovan and Oscar rise to the challenge?

Review: For a menage, this is one of the sweetest stories that I’ve ever read.  Sure the sex is smoking but underneath it all is what every couple goes through and has to figure out to put the spice back in their relationship.  Great humor, too.  😉  Plus, the boxers need to be bought.  LOL!

4.5harlies

Tune Me Up by Lainey-Jo Charles
Jason catches Dani having an intimate moment with a recording of him singing to her, and is ready to move them from friends to forever.

Review: Trope alert!!!  Friends to lovers!  *swoon*  Love, love this story.  Plus their job roles are reversed and that just added an another element to the story.  Plus, did I mention friends to lovers?  *swoon*

5harlies

On the Eighteenth of January, ’78; or, A Night At Valley Forge by Regina Kammer
During the infamous winter of ‘77-‘78 at Valley Forge, two soldiers fanboy over their charismatic leader, General George Washington.

Review: I admit that this one pushed my limits too but once I thought about it and reconsider my initial thoughts, this one is a gem.  Yes, its M/M and its not too graphic in nature.  Pay attention to the dialogue and you will understand why this one is a true gem in my book.  I can be dense but once you stop and think…brilliant.

5harlies

The Christmas Leopard by Lynne Connolly
Two gorgeous Italian hunks save art restorer Sandi when she accidentally summons an ancient evil from a mosaic. Their methods are unconventional—and scorching hot!

Review:  Ms. Connolly is one of those writers that I have read for years and she never disappoints.  Menage at its finest with a paranormal twist that was fresh and new.

4.5harlies

Christmas Bad Girl by Trinity Blacio
She only had one wish this Christmas. To find the one man who was strong enough to master her in and bed and out.

Review: And I thought I had body issues.  But what’s a girl to do when she’s taller than most.  Loved, loved the sci fi twist with the Jolly Green Giant.  Plus, OMG, the cute meet was one of the best I’ve read in a long time.  Did I mention toys?  *grin*

4.5harlies

How The Alien Stole Christmas by Belle Scarlett
On board a deep space station Christmas Trent learns her sexy cyber lover, who may not be human, wants to steal her for his own.

Review: *thud*  For some reason, I wasn’t too keen on this one because it was sci fi but Ms. Scarlett made me believe in aliens, humans and that her world is out there.  It also had a bit of suspense element in it that just heighten my enjoyment of the story.  Where can I get one?

4.5harlies

Merry Christmas, Kitten by Nicole Austin

Sirena Petra wants one thing for Christmas—an orgasm. And sex toy expert Kenyon Fort has exactly what the lion shifter needs to find more than just her happy place.

Review: Another great story by Ms. Austin.  Yes, I’ve read her before.  *giggles*  And as much as I don’t read much shifter stories, I loved this one.  Especially since it had a lioness shifter with trust issues.  The sex is scorching but the ending is sweet.

4.5harlies

Viking in Tartan by Suz deMello
Medieval romance from the Highland Vampires series. A Viking raider brings change to little Clan Kilbirnie, especially to the chieftain’s daughter, Rhona.

Review: I hate when I read a story and there are like ALOT more in the series.  *grins*  Now I’m going to have to buy the whole series to find out if the curse stays within the clan or not.  Damn it Ms. deMello!  NOT!  Thank you for opening my eyes to a wonderful series and it has Highlanders!  Woo Hoo!

4.5harlies

Holdin’ On by Alexa Silver
Rock star Max is terminally ill. When Aislin falls into his life, rocking his world, everything changes. Is she his Christmas miracle?

Review: Overall, this one made me cry a bit.  I hate when characters are sick.  But Ms. Silver had me believing in the impossible.  Plus, Max and Aislin were real, believable and sweet.  Oh yes, big awe moment for me in the end.  Ms. Silver is a new to me author and I will be looking at her backlist…pronto!

4.5harlies

OVERALL REVIEW:

Outstanding about sums it up.  Some pushed my limits, some used my favorite tropes and who knew that a lion shifter had her mate in front of her the whole time?  You really need to grab this anthology and enjoy the holiday season with this offering from some of my favorite authors.

I would like to thank Marianne Stephens for giving me the ARC to review.  Again, outstanding and brilliant.

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The Naughty Literati are a group of authors who’ve come together to show off their epic talents in short stories filled with powerful eroticism and satisfying romance. Our tales range from heartwarming and sweet to scorching hot erotic, medieval to futuristic, humans to aliens and shape-shifters, vanilla committed couples to kinky menage fun. Our first boxed set anthology will be available for your reading pleasure on December 1st. Thank you for joining us on this naughty journey.
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