Pet Trade (Central Galactic Concordance): A Space Opera, Action, and Science Fiction Romance Novella on a Frontier Planet with Pets

Chavanch Press, LLC
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An injured veterinarian and a cyborg with unusual pets must join forces to save their town.


The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Animals aren’t so lucky.


On a frontier planet, veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin made a home for herself in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared. She works around her limitations as best she can, and rescues pet trade castoffs.


“Volunteered” for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escaped and crash-landed a stolen freighter in the northern mountains of a frontier planet, only to discover a secret shipment of designer pets was part of the cargo. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee’s aid in caring for them—a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.


When greedy mercenaries come raiding, can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, with help from their unusual pets, and save the day?


It's a deadly adventure—with pets—in the fringes of space. Grab your copy of Pet Trade today!


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Series note: Pet Trade takes place between Pico's Crush and Jumper's Hope in the Central Galactic Concordance series timeline, but is a standalone story. Originally appeared in the USA TODAY bestselling anthology Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.


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"...a poignant romance… I loved watching as these two individuals start to heal, and find love together.”


-- Kathy Andrico - KathysReviewCorner.com

 

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The Central Galactic Concordance series:

• Last Ship Off Polaris-G (Novella)

• Overload Flux (Book 1)

• Minder Rising (Book 2)

• Zero Flux (Novella)

• Pico's Crush (Book 3)

• Jumper's Hope (Book 4)

• Spark Transform (Book 5 - coming soon)

• Pet Trade (Novella)

• Cats of War (Novella)


KEYWORDS: Cyborg, veterinarian, futuristic, empire, frontier, mercenaries, cats, dogs, pets, genetic engineering, science fiction romance

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About the author

Carol Van Natta is a USA TODAY bestselling science fiction and fantasy author. Works include the Central Galactic Concordance space opera series, paranormal romance, and retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Find her on the web at Author.CarolVanNatta.com or facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor. Sign up for her author newsletter to find out about new releases and more at http://bit.ly/CVN-news.

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Publisher
Chavanch Press, LLC
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Published on
Mar 20, 2018
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Pages
138
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ISBN
9781946165053
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / General
Fiction / Romance / Science Fiction
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Exploration
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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The Central Galactic Concordance series:

• Overload Flux (Book 1)

• Minder Rising (Book 2)

• Zero Flux (Novella 2.5) – sequel to Overload Flux

• Pico's Crush (Book 3)

• Jumper’s Hope (Book 4)

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