I blame and thank my husband for my new science fiction romance Bad Kitty, and indeed for the entire Chronicles of the Malcolm series.
I’ve read science fiction since childhood, but I hadn’t seen many science fiction TV shows until I met my husband. He decided to remedy this gap in my education and introduced me to Star Trek in all its variations. From there, we moved on to Babylon 5. That one enthralled me. Well-developed characters! References to Arthurian legend and several world religions! A love story as a key plot element! I never knew science fiction could have so much depth and heart.
Once I was hooked by that series, he introduced me to anime. The best of this Japanese form of animation is emotionally complex and can make you laugh while moving you to tears. But a lot of it is sexy, silly, and/or just plain goofy. I think I managed to achieve both “emotional complex” and “sexy/goofy” in my own series.
And one of anime’s staple figures is the cat-girl. Sometimes the sort of criminal you end up rooting for, sometimes a seductive sex-kitten, sometimes a wisecracking sidekick, she’s almost always an agent of chaos, causing trouble in ways that make the audience love her. When I started writing Thrill-Kinky, the first book of the series, I thought it would be fun to have a cat-girl as a secondary character, as a bow to the many cat-girls of anime (from All-Purpose Cultural Cat-Girl Nuku Nuku to the sex-kittens of hentai, a.k.a. adults-only anime). Xia was supposed to be comic relief, a foil to the intense situation in which the characters found themselves and to the enraptured Rita and Drax.
But Xia took on a life of her own. The “comic” character turned out to have a dark secret: she’d been trained as an assassin as a child. She demanded her own book, with her own heroes. Not just one hero— she’d need two to keep up with her crazy feline energy and cope with both her darkness and her light. And she wanted her book right away, even though I had another book on my schedule first.
I know. I invented her. I invented her species, even—because my felinoids aren’t anime cat-girls, despite owing a debt to those delightful Japanese creations. I could have ignored her and kept on schedule.
But have you ever tried to ignore a cat that wants attention? Sooner or later, you’ll either have a cat on your lap or new claw marks on your couch.
Being wise to feline ways, I pushed Xia’s book to the top of my queue. If you enjoy my bad kitty and her bad boys, thank the power of feline persuasion—and my husband.
When you make the Devil’s bargain, be prepared to take the heat. A lot of heat.
Most of Xia’s early memories are repressed, thank the Great Cat Mother. But her body remembers how to kill.
The longer she and her fellow Malcolm crewmates are holed up on lawless Cibari hiding from assassins, the twitchier she gets—until the planet’s insanely sexy warlord, Rahal Mizyar, borrows her skills to take out slavers.
Rahal suspects Xia is his mate, but the human-raised female never learned the finer points of felinoid rituals. The solution: make her fall hard and fast for him, even if it means playing dirty.
Hired to determine if Xia is the long-missing granddaughter of the felinoid prime minister, Cal Janssen has finally tracked her down. Getting past Rahal, though, is a problem—until he’s mistaken for a notorious arms dealer and playboy. And he finds himself the object of both Rahal’s and Xia’s seduction.
When their first mission brings Xia’s memories bulleting back to the surface, she realizes she’s fallen for two men who don’t exist. Running away, however, could be her deadliest mistake.
Warning: Contains an assassin with a swiss cheese memory, a badass warlord who’s getting tired of his own con, and a freelance lawman. Secrets, lies, and hot sex with no rules.
Teresa Noelle Roberts started writing stories in kindergarten and she hasn’t stopped yet. A prolific author of short erotica, she’s also a published poet and fantasy writer—but hot paranormals and BDSM-spiced contemporaries were her favorites until she realized science-fiction romances offered new possibilities for outrageous adventure, wild sex and love that overcomes serious obstacles, including being from different species! Find her at www.teresanoelleroberts.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTeresaNoelleRoberts, or on Twitter, where she hangs out as @TeresNoeRoberts. She also occasionally wastes time does research on Pinterest.
Thank you so much for stopping by to share your story, Teresa! You are SO right about cats. You ignore them at your peril. haha So readers, please share some love!
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