Pet Trade: A Central Galactic Concordance Novella

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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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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Language
English
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Genres
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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Come along, a millennium into the future… if you dare.
The Central Galactic Concordance government boasts 500 member planets and 200 years of prosperity, thanks to the sprawling Citizen Protection Service. The agency uses any means necessary to keep the peace, from allying with giant pharma corporations and political maneuvering, to secret black-box projects with darker purposes.
The CPS also employs minders--people with telepathic and telekinetic talents--for service and security, and covert operations.
Being a minder isn't easy--they are followed by fear and prejudice. But being a "person of interest," or of use to the CPS is even worse. Throw in corruption, hidden agendas, planet-sized secrets, and space battles…
Your only hope for survival is to know who your friends are… and keep them close.
Jump on board for the interstellar ride of a lifetime—read the first three books of this award-winning series today.
The Central Galactic Concordance collection includes three full-length novels of space opera, adventure, mystery, and romance:
Overload Flux - Two loners fighting to stay alive discover they must now save the galaxy.
Minder Rising - A covert agent asked to train a prodigy telepath discovers he must first keep the boy and his mother alive in a gleaming city full of danger.
Pico's Crush - Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground. 
"Space opera packed with diverse characters, intricate world-building, and plenty of intrigue" ~ Anna Hackett, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the Hell Squad series
More books in the CGC series:
— Zero Flux (novella, Book 2.5)
— Jumper's Hope (Book 4)

Trouble comes to paradise when a serial killer chooses a galaxy-famous college campus for his hunting ground.

A galactic security specialist expects a quiet vacation visit to his daughter's college campus. Instead he finds himself in battling for the safety of the students, with old friends and an ex-military squad-mate fighting at his side. Can they find a cunning serial killer before he finds his next target?

 When ex-military sniper and current personal security specialist Jerzi Adams visits his daughter Pico's quiet college on the paradise-like planet of Nila Marbela, he doesn’t expect emergency evacuations and rogue robots. Nor does he expect to renew a friendship with former squad-mate.

 Explosions, sabotage, and assaults used to be Andra De Luna's daily routine, but she gave it up for a professorship at a prestigious university. Now she's flung back into that world, with an entire floating campus of students to protect.

 When the hunt for a cunning serial killer leads Jerzi's old friends Luka and Mairwen (Overload Flux) to town, there's trouble in paradise as the body count starts to rise. Either the world of academia has gone from merely cutthroat to downright deadly, or more sinister forces are in conflict, with the campus as a battleground. Without an improvised miracle or two, no one’s going to make it out alive.

Come along for the next wild ride in the Central Galactic Concordance series—get your copy of Pico's Crush today!

 NOTE: Pico's Crush is a complete story. It can be enjoyed without having read the series, but your experience will be enhanced if you've read the previous books.

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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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