Little did I know when I penned the original Pets in Space story, StarDog, that I hadn’t just created a bio-engineered dog-cat-weasel-mongoose, I’d opened up a whole new plot thread in the Inherited Stars Series! The original StarDog brought some fun new twists to the timeline, but it also introduced new characters and added a layer of dynamics to the ongoing tale.
When I was asked back, I was taken by surprise. Wow, could I write another pets story, and what would it be this time? After stalling—ahem contemplating—that dilemma for a couple of weeks, I suddenly had one of those lightbulb moments. That’s it! What if I wrote a story that continued the threads of the first and become a bonafide sequel to both StarDog, and also to the novel, Inherit the Stars?
Where StarDog took readers back in time to the rising tensions just before all-Hades-breaks-loose in the Inherit the Stars, Courting Disaster takes the reader ahead into the aftermath of Operation Reset. Turns out it wasn’t a perfect HEA to the galaxy’s problems after all, and now a new StarDog is right smack in the middle of all the trouble, once again!
If you missed the first StarDog, I invite you to grab a free copy via instafreebie here: Then you’ll be all set for the continuing adventures in Courting Disaster: StarDog 2 when Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 releases on October 10th!
From monk to married…
Captain Navene Jagger’s certainty he will be promoted to command a new battleship is doused when the admiral instead assigns him on what appears to be a suicide mission. If that wasn’t bad enough, he finds his self-imposed decision to be a military monk is thrown to the far reaches of the galaxy when he is ordered to escort Ketsia Tayah and her StarDog through the treacherous, rogue-infested Bradley’s Rift in a battered derelict of a vessel – a task that also makes him have to confront his painful past.
Ketsia’s past had taught her a lot. The universe was not only a very dangerous place, it turns out that it is also a lot smaller than she would have liked! Ketsia is rattled when she discovers that she and her StarDog are to be escorted by the man she formerly had a crush on. She swears life couldn’t get any more complicated until they are thrown into jeopardy and have to pretend they are married!
Jag soon realizes there is more at stake than his pride when dangerous rogues threaten their spaceship. After he learns the ship, the mission, and the StarDog are all much more than they seem will he be able to save Ketsia, his career, and the day? Or will self-sacrifice be the only way to save those under his protection?
Many thanks for sharing your story, Laurie! We’re thrilled you came back for round 2 and readers are going to love your story!
The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors, brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!
10% of all preorders and the first month’s profits 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.
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