One does not choose a pet, even in a story. The pet chooses you, or rather, the pet chooses to graciously allow you to use him or her in your story — just don’t go all crazy.
Which I might have done when I made Sir Rupert a time traveling parrot.
So far, there’s been no push back from him. I think he liked being a bad a** time travel operative.
Here’s a little snippet of Sir Rupert at work:
“Madison realized Sir Rupert had left her shoulder. He was standing in front of a large disc that had been propped up against the wall, partly concealed by some cleaning paraphernalia.
“I haven’t seen one of these for, well, for a very long time.”
Madison directed her pinpoint beam at it. “What is it?”
“It’s a transport pad. This is the precursor to the time travel launch pads.”
“Seriously?” She shouldn’t take the time, but they were in what the geeks would call a minor time flux. Which meant they had lots of time until they didn’t. She joined the bird, running her light over what looked like a manhole cover. “You’ve gotta be kidding. Who had the nerve to use that thing?”
Sir Rupert regarded her with some amusement in his dark eyes. “I did.”
“Oh. Well.” She grinned. “No one ever said you lacked nerve.”
He ruffled his wings, like he might be pleased.
“Let’s get going,” he said. He fluttered back up onto her shoulder, and worked his way back into the pack, his moment of nostalgia for the good old days over.
“You’re the boss,” she said.
“Time Trap” — and Sir Rupert—will debut in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, releasing Oct 10, 2017 BUT…available NOW for preorder at Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Nook or GooglePlay!
Here’s the blurb for “Time Trap:”
Hiding in time is not as easy as you’d think…
USAF Engineer Master Sergeant Briggs—only his mother called him by his first name—is not enjoying his birthday. A year older and ordered to recuperate on a quiet bay away from the Garradian outpost, he’s ready to mutiny and go back to his beloved engines. When his friends send him a gift from Area 51, he figures it will relieve his boredom for an hour or so.
Until he turns it on and he gets his second present of the day.
Madison, and her parrot partner, Sir Rupert, are on the track of a traitor to the Rebellion when they time travel into a trap. Their only way out is via an old transport pad, but instead of sending them somewhere, it sends them back in time. Straight into the arms of the one man who could kick her tires and light her fires.
She would like to get to know the handsome engineer, but the trouble following her can get people erased from existence. The fact he’s a hero, like her lost brother, just makes her want to protect him more.
Briggs doesn’t trust time travelers—with good reason—but now he has to work with the unlikely pair because trouble is coming. Trouble that puts an outpost filled with geeks and ancient technology at risk. It’s not the first time he’s worked with a woman to save the universe, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to keep her for himself.
If only she were a little older…
With a Time Service Interdiction Force on their heels, can the three craft a plan that will save a base full of geniuses and technology and get them the happy ending they deserve?
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If you’ve read my Project Enterprise series, then you might remember Briggs. He was Sara Donovan’s mentor and, um, “sparring” partner (no spoilers, sweetie!). There will also be a guest appearance by a character from Nebula Nine.
And there’s a parrot. Called Sir Rupert. Who travels through time. He does some other things, but you’ll have to wait to read it to find out.
Yes, I am evil. Ask Sir Rupert and Madison. And Briggs. LOL
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