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Pets in Space is out of print! Look for Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 releasing Oct 10, 2017!

Library Journals Best Books 2016 E-Original Fiction Pick for Best Genre Fiction!

A tremendously fun collection of novellas that feature pets who travel the galaxies, along with their humans. The settings range from an inter­galactic cruise liner to a canine cyborg from outer space looking for a pack of his own here on Earth. In each story, the humans and their otherworldly pets save the day, generate more than a few laughs, and find their happily ever after among the stars.--Marlene Harris

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 Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures 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 the first month’s profits go to Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

A young vet assistant learns the strange wolf that was delivered to the clinic is more than it seems – especially when a sexy alien warrior shows up looking for him.


By Susan Grant (New York Times/USA Today Bestselling, and RITA Award Winning Author)

An Interplanetary Marine must overcome his demons if he and the scrappy street dog he has trained hope to find the woman he loves.


By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Bestselling Author)

When his emotions are erased, a cyborg military captain doesn’t think he’ll ever feel again – until he meets a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky.


By Veronica Scott

Danger surrounds the stowaway that a Cargo Master discovers with the help of the ship’s cat and her alien sidekick.


By Pauline Baird Jones

The fate of the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, depend on a woman, her talking dragon, and the man she loves – if only she could remember who he was.


By Laurie A. Green

A mission no one wants falls to the only man who can solve the problem – with the help of a charming street vendor and an adorable Stardog.


By Alexis Glynn Latner

An unusual pet from space offers two young people a chance at love – and helps in solving a dangerous mission plagued by sabotage.


By Lea Kirk

A commander discovers that not even a new assignment can keep him from longing for something more - the woman who has captured his heart.


By Carysa Locke

The fate of an entire population rests on a hunter and her psychically gifted fox, unfortunately the man who hired her might prove a fatal distraction if she can’t keep her focus.

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Publisher: Cats, Dogs and Other Worldly Creatures Books
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From "The Real Dragon:"

My dragon came back the day my dad told me he was getting married again.

I found him—my dragon, not my dad—sitting on my desk with his front legs on my computer keyboard.


Of course he’s not typing. Just because it sounded like he was typing, didn’t mean he was typing. His head turned my direction and he blinked. I closed the door behind me and saw what seemed like recognition in his deep, dragon gaze.

He lifted a front leg—usually a sign of submission in a bearded dragon—and waved his claw at me, or possibly at the computer screen. “I hope you don’t mind?”


I stepped over to the bed and sank down just before my knees gave out. Peddrenth shifted so he could still see me, his beard flaring black for several seconds, like I’d annoyed him. Bearded dragons make great pets, but male bearded dragons like to dominate, and, despite the submissive paw waving, he’d ruled our shared roost long before he disappeared. I shook my head, closed my dropped jaw and said, “I don’t…mind.”

Minding wasn’t even on the list of what I felt. Beyond the shock, the disbelief, the awe and freaked out, I realized the one thing that didn’t surprise me. How he sounded. Kind of gravely, with a slight lisp. Like, well, a dragon.

He turned back to my computer and symbols began to flash on the screen. My dragon was typing.

I won’t lie to you. I was pretty gobsmacked. I stared at the screen without seeing it at first, but then I realized some of the stuff he was putting on there looked vaguely familiar, if I had time to think about it. Which I didn’t. I had all these questions bouncing around inside my head. I needed to herd them into an orderly queue before something exploded in there. I set my purse down on one side, my brief case on the other, and eased off my shoes. This familiar, post-work day ritual helped. A little. Okay, not that much. But at least my feet were happy.

I rubbed my temple, then the bridge of my nose. I pinched myself. I seemed to be awake. If I was dreaming, I wanted to wake up. Except for having Peddrenth back. I wouldn’t mind if that was real—with or without the typing and talking. I’d missed him. He’d been my companion, my best friend for ten years, until—

The typing stopped and Peddrenth slithered around. His paw waved, like giving me permission to speak. So I did.

“Where have you been for the last eight years?” I sounded more curious than freaked out, which surprised me, because I was pretty freaked out.

He shouldn’t even be alive. A bearded dragon had a max life span of twelve years. I got him for my eighth birthday and I would be twenty-six in a couple of days. You do the math. On the other hand, he wasn’t supposed to be typing or talking so the life span thing felt moot.

“I have been absent four hours and some minutes.”

“And eight years.” He’d disappeared the same night as the accident. My fingers curled into my palms. I didn’t remember much about that night, except that when the dust settled, Peddrenth and my mom were both gone. Losing them had changed my life almost beyond recognition, but whatever. I’d moved on. Without actually moving on, since I still lived at home at home with my dad.

“It is true that eight of your years have passed…” His paw waved again.

Maybe he was trying to use the Force on me. It had that vibe. Which might explain why I only just noticed his mouth wasn’t moving when he talked. Just in case things weren’t weird enough.

Was I having a break down? In which case I was hallucinating because…oh, wow, it feels lame to think I might be that upset over my dad remarrying. I considered it and decided it wasn’t the marrying part. It was the who part. My dad was the stereotype of the absentminded inventor slash scientist. And he was about to marry Iris. Of all the women who’d tried to get his attention since my mom died, he picks his dragon-lady boss?

My dad was marrying his boss.

And mine.

Just because I found her more personally annoying than just about anyone else in my life, I needed to not lose sight of the fact that if this happened, I stood a good chance of getting my life back—

“…but I have been only been gone a few solar hours,” he finished.

“Solar,” I swallowed dryly, “hours?”

“You are conversant with faster than light travel.”

Ice trickled down the center of my back. “How could you know that?”

“You work with your father at FTLT, do you not?”

I blinked, nodded warily.

“You have geek plastered all over your Facebook and Instagram profiles.”

I opened my mouth to ask how he knew that, then noticed the tabs on my browser. My dragon had checked out my social media.

“And it has long been your dream to travel in space.”

This was true, but how—oh right. I’d told him everything before he disappeared. “I…didn’t know you understood me.”

He might have looked aggrieved. “You told me I was the only one who did.”

“Yes. And I meant it.” For a teenager, “you understand me” is the same as saying “you let me talk all I want and never tell me I’m wrong,” but this didn’t seem like the time to tell him that. That I knew this gave me hope I’d matured, even if I did live at home.


“The title says it all. This anthology is full to the brim of sci-fi romances featuring pets in key roles. I was eager to dive in and experience familiar and unfamiliar authors along with sampling some potential new series to follow.”

∼ Sophia, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

"I love short stories. I love books about space. I love books with animals that change lives... or help them along! <3 These nine stories have it all! " (Five stars)

~ Christina Phillips, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

I love cyborg stories and how cool is that when the cyborg is the animal partner to an alien warrior. Definitely want more of this series.

∼ Sophia, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

Great blend of sci-fi action, romance, and character development.

∼ Sophia, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

I love Cara Bristol's cyborgs. This was a fun one with a murder mystery in space. I believe it is standalone.

∼ Sophia, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

I was taken with this story where the hero is an average joe (not the captain, not the security guy) who steps up and does the hero thing for a beautiful abused woman caught in a desperate situation. Their tender love story had depth and was developed well.

∼ Sophia, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

Interesting and humorous

∼ Sophia, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

a fun one and there's a scene later on where matrix things he is walking into an enemy trap that was quite fun to read.

∼ Lola, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

It made me curious about this world and I liked how the pets all played a role in this story.

∼ Lola, GoodReads Reviewer ∼

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