Star Cruise: Songbird: THe Sectors SF Romance Series

Veronica Scott
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This novella was previously released in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology.

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently? 

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About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

“SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog

 Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!

 She read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.” 

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Veronica Scott
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Published on
Mar 18, 2018
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95
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9780997881271
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / General
Fiction / Romance / Science Fiction
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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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.


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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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Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish. 

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway?  Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters? 

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own. 

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite? 

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