I'm pleased to spotlight Cara Bristol's latest release in her sci-fi romance series, Breeder. I've read the first two and loved them!
Warrior (Breeder Book 3)
A female fighting for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?
As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s aide Urazi hunts her down to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist, and they are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world.
Warrior is the third and final book of the Breeder science fiction romance series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
To each side—and up above on the wall itself—stood defenders armed with laser projectile devices. But it wasn’t the weapons that drew Urazi’s stare—but the guards, the creatures themselves.
“Are those Veronians?” he gasped in low voice.
“Yes,” Anika answered. “I recognize them from Omra’s description.” When Dak’s former beta Corren grew jealous of Omra, he had tried to sell her to the Veronian emperor.
One of the creatures separated from the pack to confer with Perce. Two spindly legs and a long, thick tail supported a scaly, leathery body. Red eyes wept in a hideous face without nose, ears, or lips. As Urazi watched, the creature inserted a device that hung around its neck into a slit cut just above what might be considered a chin.
“What do you think it is doing?” Urazi whispered.
“That inhaler allows it to survive in our atmosphere.”
With a nod at Perce, the creative lumbered toward them.
“Whatever you do, do not let it touch you,” Anika muttered. And then the Veronian stood before them, its rheumy gaze seeking out Urazi. His morning rations curdled in his stomach at the odiferous slime oozing from the creature’s pores. Monto, the smell! Dangling between its legs was a hose-like appendage, also covered with the gelatinous substance. The alien peered into the back of the wagon. Females screamed. Its facial slit twisted.
The Veronian raised a three-finger hand, covered by an elasticene glove. “Awll cleaaar. Let them paaas!” he shouted, a garbled command.
It took six guards to tug open the massive gate.
“Ayaa!” Perce shouted. His transport jerked forward without delay. Urazi wondered if he too was revolted by the Veronians.
Urazi applied the quirt to the beasts, and they followed Perce into the walled city. He heaved a sigh of relief when the massive gates closed and locked. Poverty and neglect had choked the hamlets, but, here, a grand and magnificent municipality sprawled. Stark impoverishment outside, unparalleled resplendence inside—separated only by a wall. He gawked at the abrupt change, but he could not forget the Veronians.
“Did you notice they wore gloves?” he asked.
Anika nodded. “In case they hand something to a Parseon guard. That substance coating their bodies is caustic. If they touch you, the exude will melt your flesh.”
“They are shocking to behold, and I am surprised to see them at all. I had assumed aliens had been evacuated upon declaration of war. But if you are Qalin, treaties do not matter, I suppose,” Urazi mused.
Anika snorted with laughter.
“I do not see the humor.”
“I am still thinking about the Veronian. Did you notice its manhood?” Anika’s shoulders shook. “It’s alienhood.”
“That is what caught your attention?” Urazi gaped at her.
“I tried not to gawk. But one could hardly avoid it.” Her eyes glinted with merriment. “Your manhood is much prettier.”
“Than a slime-covered alien’s? Little compliment you pay me,” he said.
About Cara Bristol
Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.Cara Bristol’s web site/ blog Amazon author page Facebook page
We are just blown away. A huge, huge thank you to our wonderful readers! You guys rock!!!
As we're getting closer to the Keep Me
release, this is a question I'm seeing more often. And finally, I can provide an answer.
Yes. There will be a book 3. It will be titled Hold Me
, and it will be a continuation of Nora & Julian's story, again told from both of their perspectives.
When I said earlier I didn't know if there would be a book 3, I wasn't being coy. I genuinely wasn't sure. I set out to write Twist Me as
a stand-alone, and it wasn't until I got to the very end that I realized I wanted to write more about Nora & Julian. Though the book I planned to write was complete, the story of Nora & Julian wasn't—in my mind, at least.
It's the same thing with Keep Me
. I intended this book to be the conclusion of Nora & Julian's story, and I wrote it as such. It's only when I got to the very last chapter that I knew I couldn't leave it there—that I wasn't quite ready to let them go.
I agonized about it for a while, because I have this crazy, intense fear of disappointing all of you. It's my own personal sequel syndrome. I'm always afraid that book 2 (or book 3) won't live up to the expectations of readers who loved book 1 (or book 1 and book 2). I first ran into this problem with the Krinar series, and it's even worse with Twist Me
. Rationally I know I can't please everyone. No matter what I write, some of you will love it, and some of you will hate it. That's just the way it is. There is no universally loved book or sequel. Even Harry Potter
has 133 one-star reviews on Amazon (out of more than 9,000, but still).
So yeah, I get it. I really do. But for a people pleaser like myself, it's hard. The sequel syndrome was really kicking my butt with Keep Me—and I know the problem will likely be magnified with Hold Me. It wasn't until Dima & I discussed book 3 in detail and settled on some key plot points that I decided I could continue Nora & Julian's story and do it justice. Now I know what you will all ask me. When is it coming out? At this point, my best guess is sometime in 2015. Because I'm not a super-fast writer under the best of circumstances—and because I'm even slower in the grips of the sequel syndrome—it will take me more than a month or two to write the book. As a result, I'm not setting a release date until I'm just about done with the first draft. I also have other books (White Nights and The Krinar Captive) that are half-written and that many of you have been waiting for. I may attempt to finish one of them before I commit 100% to Hold Me. I will keep you updated on my progress with the word count bar on my WIP page, and I encourage all of you to sign up for my newsletter, so you'll be notified when the next book comes out.
We found out about this yesterday, and we're still recovering from shock. It came in initially at #76, but then it turned out that one book was mistakenly left off the list, so we moved down a slot to #77. So, officially, Twist Me was the 77th bestselling book in all of United States last week—out of all books, ebook AND print. I can hardly believe this as I'm typing the words.
Thank you all so very, very much for spreading the word about the book! I cannot even begin to tell you how much it means to me that Twist Me seems to have touched so many people. It makes my day when I see your reviews (yes, I read all of those!), your comments on my FB page, your Tweets and shares, your emails and blog comments. I adore each and every one of you for taking the time out of your day to let me know how much you enjoyed our books—and most of all, for reading the books in the first place.
I don't know if many of you know this, but Twist Me very nearly didn't get published. I started writing it in March of 2013 and blazed through the first 30% or so, and then I stopped. I couldn't take it anymore. The book was too intense, too dark for me. Like many of you, I hated Julian at the beginning for what he was doing to Nora—and when I wrote the scene with Jake, it was the last straw for me. I couldn't bring myself to write more. I was sure no one would want to read something so messed-up, so I set the book aside in favor of writing Close Remembrance—which many of you were waiting for at that point.
Several months passed. We moved to Florida and started writing full-time. As Close Remembrance was getting close to being done, I got the Twist Me itch again. I re-read the book, and Dima and I sat down and plotted out everything. It took a few more months to finish the book, and I was beyond nervous when I first showed it to my beta readers. It was so different from anything Dima and I had done before. First person present tense narration instead of our customary third person past tense. A romance so dark, I couldn't even label it as such. I was sure every other review would be a one star and many of you would hate it.
To my shock, our beta readers loved it. Then a few bloggers loved it. And when the book came out, it went all the way up to #112 in the Kindle store (#15 in Germany a couple of months later). There were some one-star reviews, of course, but the vast majority of you loved it—and told me so.
So thank you, dear readers! Thank you for making our dream come true. When we took the leap and left our jobs to begin writing, we thought it would take us many years to get to this point—if we got super-lucky, that is. This has exceeding all of our expectations, and we are beyond grateful to each and every single one of you for making this amazing thing happen.
I had posted this on FB earlier in the week, but forgot to put it up here :).
We haven't had one of these for a while, so here we go! Three weeks left until September 30th!
I am excited to announce that the German version of Twist Me is now available in audio on Audible.de
, and iTunes
, and it's narrated by the very talented Nina Schoene!