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Guest Blog: Claimed by the Cyborg and love tropes in science fiction romance by Cara Bristol

Claimed by the Cyborg and love tropes in science fiction romance

By Cara Bristol

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In romance novels, couples meet and fall in love. The point of the story is for them to get their Happily Ever After or at least, Happy for Now with each other. Different love tropes can be used as plot starting points:

  1. First love. Common with YA and New Adult, a couple experiences falling in love for the first time. It’s fresh, it’s new. There’s often an innocence to the story as the couple discovers love.
  2. Second chance. Characters have already been in love or been married, and are finding love for the second time around. This second chance can be with a new person or a do-over with their former love.
  3. Star-crossed. Outside forces thwarted a couple’s love to the extent that it appears doomed to fail. The phrase star-crossed was coined by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.
  4. Forbidden love. In this case the couple’s family or society either outright forbids them to be together or frowns upon it.

It is possible to combine these different love tropes. In Claimed by the Cyborg, March and Julietta face all four to some degree. March is a human-turned cyborg from earth. Julietta is an alien from Xenia. As a young woman she studied on Terra and fell in love with March (first love), but duties on her home planet forced her to return and abandon her lover (star-crossed).  Years later, they meet up again (second chance), but her planet’s law does not allow her to bond with an alien (forbidden love).

Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

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Claimed by the Cyborg Excerpt:

 March gaped at the woman who’d entered the hall, her arm linked with a girl’s. Hair, long and curly, tumbled down her back. Her eyes were as he remembered, as black and enigmatic as space, but girlish features had matured into womanliness. Jules. My Jules. Her gaze collided with his, the darkness concealing her thoughts, but her mouth parted as if shocked. If he hadn’t been seated, the sight of her would have knocked him on his ass. His hands shook, and he clenched them into fists to quell the trembling.

He’d searched, questioned everyone who’d known her, revisited all their haunts. So much time, so much effort, and she just walked in. Of all the places, in all the years, she was here. He couldn’t believe it. A guest at the ceremony. The practiced words he’d imagined he’d say if he located her evaporated, and all he could do was drink her in.

She’d never looked more beautiful. Dignified, refined, polished. Not haughty, but self-contained. Intricate whorls adorned her face, enhancing her exotic allure. She wore the tunic and pantaloons common to Xenia, the design and tailoring of hers nonpareil, surpassing elegance, but in the same color as the garments of members of the imperial family. She must be one of the many attendants. A relative maybe? Cousin to the bride? Obviously, she knew the imperial family well, or she wouldn’t be at the banquet.

Which would begin at any moment. Damn it! He couldn’t talk to her now. Jules moved, almost as if to step in his direction, but the younger woman herded her to two open seats at the other end of the long banquet table.

At the next opportunity, he would approach her. His heart hammered. The twins probably knew her. He turned to Naimo to ask him, when Kur spoke.

“There’s your chosen! Princess Julietta is looking at you, Naimo.” He gestured in Jules’s direction. “She’s checking you out!”

March shifted his attention to the girl who’d accompanied Jules. She couldn’t be more than fifteen or sixteen. She was a little young to be bonded, wasn’t she?

Naimo took a deep, satisfied-sounding breath. “She is even lovelier with the bonding stain painted on her face. Her vids don’t do her justice.”

The younger woman’s face was clear, unmarked. His gaze zoomed to Jules, to the spiraling whorls gracing her temples, her cheeks.

No. No. No.

The woman with the facial paint is your chosen?” His voice came out a whispered croak. “That’s Princess Julietta?” His Jules was Emperor Dusan’s daughter? No.

“The one and only.” Naimo beamed.

 

Cara Bristol Bio
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

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Fun One-Liners

Today I have a great group of authors visiting with some of their best one-liners from their books. Participants include Allie Quinn, Bobbi Romans, Brynley Bush, Cailin Briste, Cara Bristol, Cynthia Sax, Errin Stevens, Eva Lefoy, Gail Koger, Haley Whitehall, Jeanne St. James, Jessica E. Subject, Jocelyn Dex, K.T. Black, Laurel Richards, Lisa M. Owens, Louisa Kelley, Marianne Rice, Megan Slayer, Pamela Moran, Pippa Jay, Shiloh Saddler, Sotia Lazu, Stephanie Lake, Susanna Eastman, Tami Lund, Tara Quan, TD Hassett, and Wendi Zwaduk. Plus I’m sharing a couple lines of my own. Thank you to all the authors who joined in. Now read on for fun one-liners that will make you smile, blush, and add to your TBR list.

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Enormous frost bears didn’t turn into gorgeous, naked men. Pleasure Season by Allie Ritch

 

“Sex magic, good for everything.” Nareen of the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“No, I do bite, but only if you want me to.” Together In Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

 

What she saw below his belt… Mmm, some things just couldn’t be tucked away and hidden. Shane: Marshal of Tallav by Cailin Briste

 

“You know what you need, don’t you? You need to get laid.” If Only… by Lisa M. Owens *See Lisa’s guest post for more about If Only…

 

“What kind of sex do you like?” His voice sounded low and gruff to his own ears.

“The kind when I get to come.” Double Dare by Jeanne St. James

 

“She breathed in the increasing smell of smoke and tried not to think of sex.” Lydia and the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“Wow. It really was an orgy.” Updrift by Errin Stevens

 

“Men retain words better when they read them on boobs. I hear that’s how Dickens got started.” Hard Wolf Cafe (Sexy to Go Valentine’s Day edition) by Eva Lefoy

 

“Do my breasts feel the same as a New Earthling woman’s?” Alien Sex 101: Xindra and Quinn by Allie Ritch

 

“The neighbors probably wouldn’t look twice at a woman dressed as a fairy queen walking up and down their sidewalks at six o’clock in the morning.” Unbidden Dragon by Louisa Kelley

 

“Why did you carve your tree into a giant phallus?” The Clam Festival Murders by Laurel Richards

 

Then a man slid into her booth, put one arm around her shoulder and ran his other hand up her thigh while whispering desperately in her ear, “Please. Pretend you know me for the next five minutes.” Quickshot by Pippa Jay

 

“Hey, for all I know, you’re in some kind of kinky cult that requires members to, well, what are you supposed to do with my semen?” Araya’s Addiction by Jocelyn Dex

 

I will not google him, I will not google him. Isabel’s Awakening by TD Hassett *learn more about Isabel’s Awakening in this guest post

 

“Baby, you are the sexiest cat burglar I’ve ever seen.” The Fish Fry Fiasco by Laurel Richards

 

“Little circles. I like little circles.” Timeless Heat by Susanna Eastman (Coming soon)

 

“What a ride, you fantastic beast!” Cara and the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“Wow.” Her milk chocolate eyes darkened, and he imagined what they’d look like when he touched more than just her lips. Sweet on You by Marianne Rice

 

“Does your husband know of your propensity to taste other men’s lips?” His Second Chance (Second Chance Series 1) by Stephanie Lake

 

“Kiss me, and I’ll forgive you.” Submissive on Display by Tara Quan

 

“I told you to call me Dylan. But, it does kind of turn me on to hear you say, Mr. Holt.” His tone was suggestive, full of naughty implications. The Assistant: Afternoon Delights Collection by K.T. Black

 

He would spank her over this. And it wouldn’t be a pretty-please-spank-me-again-it-hurts-so-good kind of paddling. But a wailing-begging-sleep-on-her-stomach-afterwards spanking. Domestic Discipline by Cara Bristol (Release date: 9/6/2016)

 

Typical men, she thought. Give them food or sex and they’re happy. Pussy or cookies, just put them on a plate. Brothers in Blue: Max by Jeanne St. James (Release date: 9/27/2016)

 

And I was fighting to keep my anger in check. What I really wanted to do was to dip his dick in honey and cover it with an army of hungry fire ants. Or pull a Lorena Bobbitt and slice the son of a bitch off. What If… by Lisa M. Owens

 

Who knew a Coletti Warlord would think being zapped with a cattle prod was foreplay? Reality Bites by Gail Koger

 

“I’ve endured worse abuse from less beautiful beings.” Chasing Mayhem by Cynthia Sax

 

“Prince Charming is from a fairy tale, not a romance novel, but not to worry, charming you’re not.” Wulf and the Bounty Hunter by Gail Koger (Release Date: 10/18/2016)

 

“You’re more honest right after you come.” Submissive on the Run by Tara Quan

 

“You seem agitated. Too much so for the pink fortress to have been attacked last night.”

“I don’t even know what you’re saying, but I know you’re talking about sex.” — Mirror, Mirror by Tami Lund (Release date: 9/28/2016; advanced copies available FREE)

 

“You don’t have to court a shady lady, Dr. Steere.” She eased off his lap, flashed him a saucy smile, and took him by the hand, pulling him out of the chair. “I’ll show you to the bedroom.” Wild and Tender Care by Haley Whitehall

 

“Duh, I’m vanilla, not stupid.” Inhibition-X by Bobbi Romans

 

He’d had his share of fun and sowed plenty of wild oats, but he knew where he wanted to land and who he wanted in his bed—her. Between Us by Wendi Zwaduk

 

She stumbled, her legs going limp and collapsing beneath her as she struggled to latch onto the nearest armrest for support. But what she found instead was a solid muscled chest…DAMAGED by Lisa M. Owens

 

James complied, flashing him a cocky smile. “Guess I’ll hook my suspenders then. Make sure the shirt stays in place.” Labors of Love: Complete Box Set by Shiloh Saddler

 

“The first time I saw this scene… well, it was so sweetly erotic, I couldn’t sleep for three days.” — Breakwater by Errin Stevens (Release Date: 11/2016)

 

“I was unwed, and you weren’t of royal blood, weren’t anyone my parents would even consider marrying me off to.”  BRYCE (Galactic Defenders book one) by Jessica E. Subject *learn more about BRYCE in this guest post

 

Wrong man, Sure as hell the wrong time. Darkwater Echoes (PSI Sentinels: Darkwater Guardians) by Pamela Moran

 

Your disguise is very effective, little one, I shall enjoy discovering what is beneath it. Vexing Voss by Gail Koger

 

She wanted another man? The problem was the other man she wanted was also me. A Touch of Lavender by Allie Quinn

 

It’s a slow, deep kiss, the kind that reminds a woman that a man knows the secrets of her soul and plans to exploit them all, one by one. The Power Games by Brynley Bush

 

“He did not have a prissy official’s hands, nor an ambassador’s, but a fighter’s. Scarred, callused, rough. With those hands, he’d keep her safe.” Captured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

 

The lift of her lips matched the chill in her eyes. “Like you believe in prophecy.” Gavin’s Woman (A PSI Sentinel Novella) by Pamela Moran

 

I was alone with the kitchen with two men I was incredibly drawn to—whom I loved—and we had to discuss the possibility of me having sex with one while the other watched, so I could cut all ties to the former and maybe spend my human years with the latter. Just your usual Tuesday. Cherry Pie (Vampire Cherry, #3) by Sotia Lazu (Release date: 10/31/2016)

 

That initial reaction to seeing Gabe Nicholetti, the Harbinger of Death, sitting and waiting — who was going to die? Blind Sight (PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm, Book 2) by Pamela Moran

 

Moving up behind Chandler, Alex leaned forward until they were almost touching. She put her mouth close to Chandler’s right ear. “Do I make you nervous?” Wicked Magic: Spellbound Book 1 by K.T. Black

 

He could class himself as drop dead gorgeous and appreciate the utter literal nature of the phrase. No Angel by Pippa Jay

 

“If I really am dead, then someone must have killed me.” Stolen Spirit (PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm, Book 1) by Pamela Moran

 

I wouldn’t feel half-crazy if I could actually see the ghost. If he really was eye candy, why not show himself to me? Caged Bird by Haley Whitehall

 

Invisible, she swirled upward, into the low hanging clouds, wrapped her essence in the moisture, pulled it into her being, then plunged into the ocean as a torrent of sudden rain beat down onto the sand and water in an unleashed assault of bent up frustration. Elemental Curse: Water House (Sexy To Go Paranormal Edition) by Pamela Moran

 

Somewhere, lurking among the ordinary humans, there was another Elemental in the crowd. In Her Element by Laurel Richards (Release date: 9/1/2016)

 

“What are you, Sebastian?” A fine tremor shook her, trembled along the edge of her soft voice. Elsie’s Secret (A PSI Sentinel Novella) by Pamela Moran

 

“No, but I haven’t wanted to get my opponent naked before.” Someone Like Him by Susanna Eastman

 

“Someone’s gotta see what that hunk of a man tastes like.” The Sinful Chocolatier by Bobbi Romans

 

Her words tempted his desire to ask for a deeper connection than a dollar of his time. Midnight Caller by Haley Whitehall

 

He longed to feel the captain’s bare skin against his, though the thought scared him—had scared him since the first day on the beach. Saltwater Lover by Shiloh Saddler

 

“People don’t belong in oceans. That’s why God invented swimming pools.” — Outrush by Errin Stevens (WIP)

 

“How awful if we had to do this, and it meant nothing.” Captive Heat by Susanna Eastman

 

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Want more one-liners? Check out these past posts:

 

One-liners (Part 1) https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/one-liners-part-1/

One-liners (Part 2) https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/one-liners-part-2/

Hooked on One-Liners – Part 1 https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/hooked-on-one-liners-part-1/

Hooked on One-Liners – Part 2 https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/hooked-on-one-liners-part-2/

Fall In Love with One-Liners https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/fall-in-love-with-one-liners/

Halloween One-Liners https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/halloween-one-liners/

 

My Mugshot

Author Cara Bristol has come up with a fun and clever post titled Author #mugshots: writers show off their favorite coffee cups. I was thrilled to be invited to participate and loved seeing what all the other authors came up with.

Cara Bristol Visits with the Pets in Space Anthology

Pets in Space

Out October 11th, 2016

Even an alien needs a pet…

Pets in SpaceJoin the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Bestselling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of profits from the first month go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

A MATE FOR MATRIX: CYBORG PROTECTION UNIT

By S.E. Smith (New York Times/USA TODAY Best Selling Author)

Matrix Roma is a member of the elite Zion military Cyborg Protection Unit. Matrix gets more than he bargains for when his cyborg partner, a hybrid Wolfhound named K-Nine, goes missing and ends up finding a mate for Matrix in the middle of a deadly mission on an unknown planet called Earth.

STRAY

By Susan Grant (New York Times Best Selling, USA TODAY, and RITA Award Winning Author)

Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?

SPARK OF ATTRACTION

By Cara Bristol (USA TODAY Best Selling Author)

Memory: intact. Cognitive function: enhanced. Emotion: erased. After becoming a cyborg, Captain Dante Stone didn’t think he’d ever feel again, until a traumatized young woman and a ball of synthetic fur named Sparky helped him to love.

STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY

By Veronica Scott

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

THE REAL DRAGON

By Pauline Baird Jones

Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. That’s what happens when you forget something very, very important. Luckily for her, she’s got the love of her life that she can’t remember and her dragon by her side. Who needs to worry when you’re having a day like this?

STARDOG

By Laurie A. Green

Navigator Taro Shall has a mission no one wants – find a way to eradicate snakes on a starship. He never expects to find the answer to his problem in a charming street vendor named Adini. His already unusual mission becomes more complicated when he suddenly acquires an adorable StarDog that soon sweeps him and Adini into the maw of a brewing insurrection.

SPIKE

By Alexis Glynn Latner

Young Roboticist Ten Jaxdown has to deploy, and possibly sacrifice, the swarm of investigative robots that he has invented and cares about more than anything else in the star system. It may be the only hope for those depending on him and his robots to save them. Yet, even as frantic preparations for the unprecedented deep-space rescue mission are set in motion, it could all be threatened by sabotage.

Anastasia Steed is an intrepid young mission designer. She steps forward with an idea that can improve the odds of the mission. Neither she nor Ten expect the assistance they receive from a very unusual pet. A pet that will bring together two alienated human beings who didn’t realize they needed each other. Can Ten and Anastasia discover who is behind the sabotage, save the mission, and discover what is evolving between them? With a little bit of unusual help, anything is possible.

SPACE RANGER

By Lea Kirk

Graig Roble is a Senior Commander with the Guardian Fleet security. His specialty as a weapons specialist and combat master is his world, what he was born to do – or so he thought until he finds his resolve and focus inexplicably wavering. His new position aboard the Atlantis can’t even save him; if anything, it has left him questioning his own motives. He never thought that could happen until he met Simone Campbell.

Simone’s focus is on her home world – Earth. She thought her life was full with her research as a botanist. After all, she always believed that helping the people of her world become self-sufficient should take all of her concentration – except it doesn’t. There is one man that keeps pulling her attention, and her heart, away from her job.

Graig’s gift of a puppy to keep her company does more than that, it keeps him in her dreams. How can such a simple gift bring her comfort and make her long for more? Graig and Simone are about to find out that sometimes love can blossom from the smallest, furriest ties.

ESCAPE RUN

By Carysa Locke

Teegan’s job as a hunter is to track down the Talented, those driven insane by their gifts. She and Ember, her psychically gifted fox, have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. When one of Cole’s most dangerous patients escapes, Teegan and Ember are on a hunt that could prove fatal if she doesn’t keep her focus on her mission. Unfortunately, Cole is proving one distraction that might make this her last hunt if she can’t do that.

Can Teegan keep her heart and mind in the game long enough to save an entire planet’s population, or will her distraction lead to heartache – and possibly death for everyone?

 

 

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S.E. Smith

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Susan Grant

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Cara Bristol

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Veronica Scott

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Pauline Baird Jones

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Laurie A. Green

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Alexis Glynn Latner

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Lea Kirk

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Carysa Locke

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Vampire Territory Guest Post at Cara Bristol’s Blog

Author Cara Bristol is hosting me on her blog today, where I’m talking about my new Vampire Territory series as a whole and sharing a hot excerpt from Just My Type.  http://carabristol.com/2015/04/the-vampire-territory-series-by-allieritch/

The Goddess’s Curse by Cara Bristol

Today I have the talented Cara Bristol on my blog to share her book, The Goddess’s Curse. I love the look in the male model’s eyes on the cover– so sexy. Though best known for her spanking romances, Cara writes in more than one subgenre of romance, and she also recently released Naughty Words for Nice Writers: A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus, available on Amazon. Let’s hear it for Cara!

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Excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]Reena sighed and snuggled in her bed. As her illness progressed, a persistent chill had pervaded her bones. The heaviest robe, the thickest blanket could not banish it. This morning? So comfortable and cozy. Her blanket, though unusually heavy, was oh so warm, and so was the pillow beneath her head. But hard. What kind of feathers could make a pillow so firm yet still tickle her nose? She rubbed her cheek against it, absorbing the unusual, pleasant scent. Musky, and earthy. Like woodsmoke or fresh evergreen. Or a combination of both.

If only every morning could be like this. She hugged her pillow. Soon an attendant would arrive to rouse her for breakfast, but maybe she’d feign sleep. Naughty. She smiled.

Then sobered. Yes, she’d been naughty. She had displeased her cousin by refusing further treatment. What had occurred after that? She crinkled her forehead, trying to remember. She’d poured out the tincture, and then…then…

A Lahon had burst from the foliage.

Then muscle cramps and searing pain. Paralysis.

Her eyes flew open. Rough-hewn walls, large, rustic furniture filled her field of vision. Gone were familiar accoutrements and luxuries. Instead of finely woven fabric,  a furry animal hide covered her, and, supporting her head, was hard flesh covered by a thick mat of…of, hair. A man’s chest.

She bolted upright with a shriek.

The Lahon sprang up without a sound.

“Help!” She tried to scramble from the bed, but he hooked an arm around her waist. “Let me go! Help!”

She slapped at his shoulders, his chest, his face. Neither blows nor screaming fazed him a bit, and she found herself flat on her back, her cries silenced by his calloused hand, her arms restrained, her lower body pinned by his heavy, muscular thigh, and something sizable and rigid poking her leg.

She stared into dark eyes. Be careful what you wish for—you may get it. She’d longed to see a Lahon up close and personal. It couldn’t get any closer than this. She could detect the pores on his face, discern that his “green” eyes were composed flecks of fern, moss, and teal, and that a muscle twitched in his square jaw. Long, unbound dark hair fell against broad shoulders.

Her heart fluttered like the wings of a frantic bird. What had happened? How had she gotten here? Where was Honna? And…and her robe? Oh Goddess. He was naked, too. That, that, thing digging into her leg was his…his manroot.

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The Goddess’s Curse blurb

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the women are forced to mate. Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Sharona Princess Reena jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Garat, leader of the Lahon, hates the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to exact revenge by driving the Sharona from their homeland and taking what the Lahon need. When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lives in the palace in time to save her life?

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Author bio:

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 resides in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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Guest Post: Breeder by Cara Bristol

Breeder: Can an Alpha Commander find love with a female slave?

By Cara Bristol

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Dak

Age: In Terran years, about 35.

Species: Parseon

Position: Alpha. One of only five ruling Commanders on the planet. The highest of the high.

Goal: Maintain peace and stability in his province during a time of growing unrest over the existence of a deviant male/female Enclave.

Closest ally: His anointed beta partner, Corren.

His foes: Too many to count. But topping the list are the other Alphas of Parseon and his own brother who’d tried to have him killed.

Why he decided to purchase a breeder: He needs a son to carry on his legacy, and Omra has never been bred, which guarantees offspring produced will be his. When he’s done with her, he’ll hand her off to Corren. Her purchase had nothing to do with her soothing presence, the curviness of her body, that her eyes are violet like the Parseon moon…

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Omra

Age: 20

Species: Parseon

Position: Breeder. As a slave, she has no status in Parseon society.

Goal: Fulfill her function and produce a son. To be purchased by Alpha is only a dream for most females. She didn’t think she’d ever get out of the BCF since the director of the Breeder Containment Center thwarted her purchase because he wanted to continue to “use” her and then sell her to intergalactic slave traders.

Closest ally: Anika, her BCF cellmate, who sneaked her food after the director curtailed it.

Her foes: The director who has vowed retribution after he was disciplined for dereliction of duty. But her worst enemy? Corren, Alpha’s beta. For reasons she can’t determine, he hates her.

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Corren

Age:  30

Species: Parseon

Position: beta, a male of secondary rank, and the anointed domestic partner of Alpha Commander Dak.

Goal: Have himself rightfully re-assigned as alpha. But for a single point on the assessment exam he would have been alpha and would not be forced to bow and scrape to an Alpha unworthy of the title.

Closest allies: The Director of the BCF and Enyi, his secret lover.

His foes:  Only one. The breeder drakor (English translation: filthy vermin) that Dak brought home from the BCF. Dak seems uncommonly and perversely attracted to her. She will spoil his plans if he doesn’t do something.

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Breeder Excerpt

If not for the sneeze, Dak would have exited the musty, dank corridor. But the muffled sound caught his attention. When he squinted into the darkened cell, he spotted a female crouched on a straw mat in the corner. He hadn’t noticed her on his way into the Breeder Containment Facility; the habitation unit had appeared empty.

Dak turned to the BCF director and sighed. “What about her?”

The beta’s already crooked mouth drooped farther in distaste. “My apologies, Commander. You don’t want that one.”

Sival’s disparagement piqued Dak’s interest. The director’s opinion had proven worthless; none of the breeders he’d preselected for inspection had rated close to satisfactory.

“I would like to see her,” Dak insisted.

“Very well, Commander.” Sival saluted and opened the habitation cell with a master entry card. Dak stepped into the small enclosure. The director followed, and the metal gate clanked shut.

The naked female drew into a tighter ball and tucked her face deeper into the crook of her arm. Other breeders had preened as soon as they’d noticed him and his chest-insignia identification. He wasn’t just an alpha. He was the Alpha.

This breeder’s lack of respect and failure to adhere to Protocol by acknowledging his presence struck him as odd. Dak frowned. “Is she mentally deficient?”

Sival tightened his lips. “No, stubborn, ill behaved. She would not befit an Alpha Commander.” He nudged the female’s hip with the toe of his boot. “Rise to your feet.” She did not respond, and he moved to prod her again. Dak forestalled him with a wave and grasped the female’s arm.

“You will stand.” He hauled her upright. She averted her face, so he grabbed her chin and forced her to look at him. Tangled hair the color of black heating stones fell back from an oval face to reveal eyes like the Parseon moon. The glimmer of intelligence that sparked within the violet depths aroused his interest more than anything else he’d seen so far. Nature had bestowed the Parseon people with an exceptionally strong immune system so that they rarely required medical intervention, but breeders by nature were weak, and so many of the ones he’d seen had seemed dull or ill or both. This one’s skin, when unsmudged by grime and dirt, probably glowed like the pale sands of the Ospian Sea. He supposed, as breeders went, she wasn’t unattractive, although the stench emanating from her was. His beta would throw a fit if he dragged such a creature into their domicile.

“Why is she so filthy?” he asked.

“She refuses to bathe.”

As Dak scrutinized her facial features for shape and symmetry, he noted little imperfection or dysgenics other than her lack of hygiene and her gender. When cleaned up, she would please the eye, but to bear his sons, it mattered more that she be healthy and strong.

He released her face, stepped back, and assessed her from head to toe. He exceeded the height of most males, alphas included, while she stood smaller than the average female. The top of her head failed to even meet his shoulder. She was thinner than other breeders too, although her chest bore an abundance of fatty breast tissue. In the chill of the cell, her nipples had puckered to hard points. Despite the coolness, he was experiencing a rise in temperature. A dormant lust chose that moment to kindle, causing heat to coil in his abdomen and groin. He could not remember the last time he’d experienced such a spontaneous reaction—if he ever had. With the pads of his fingers, he probed the sides of her neck for swollen areas. The way she trembled under his touch aroused a sliver of sympathy. Breeders lacked courage, and uncertainty frightened them. Not all alphas and their betas treated breeders well. If he chose her, she would be adequately fed and housed. His command consumed his time and energy, which left his beta alone for long stretches. A breeder would relieve Corren of household chores and provide him with a physical outlet as well.

“What is she called?” Dak asked.

“Her sire named her Omra.”

Peace, it meant.

He parted Omra’s lips with his fingers and slipped a digit into her mouth, running it along her upper gum line to check the solidness of her teeth. At a flash in her eyes, he jerked his hand away a centisecond before she snapped her jaws together, so that her incisor only grazed the tip of his finger.

Sival’s face reddened. “Commander, I apologize. I will have her flogged.”

“Unnecessary. I will take care of it.” He unclipped the sudon from his belt.

Character Profiles: False Pretenses by Cara Bristol

Freelance journalist Emma Dupree needs a sensational story to boost her career and free her from the corporate hell of her day job. She finds her blockbuster in the Rod and Cane Society, an organization that encourages men to spank their spouses and goes undercover to expose the kinky perversions. Fearing she could be scooped by a rival reporter, she keeps a tight lid on her story, not even telling her new boyfriend.

Dan Tanner knows all about keeping secrets. He’s a member of the kinky perv organization Emma is striving to expose. This real estate agent has a major spanking fetish and would like nothing more than to get his hands on Emma’s ass, but fears rejection from his sexy new lady who insists she’s 100 percent pure vanilla.

They’re both operating under False Pretenses. Who will be the first to lose their cover and when Emma loses hers, will she let Dan discipline her for it?

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Spanking hot author Cara Bristol is here to share profiles on the hero and heroine of False Pretenses, Book 2 in her Rod and Cane Society series. Keep your derrieres in your seats, everybody. This should be good.

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Emma Dupree

Quote:  “I’ve always thought of myself as an independent woman in charge of my destiny.”

Description from Book: Silken hair the color of honey flipped up on her shoulders, freckles dusted her nose, and her pink mouth looked sweeter than cotton candy. Some might have called her cute rather than pretty, but to Dan, she was 100 percent wow. She flashed a dismissive glance in his direction, and Dan drank in stormy gray eyes framed by dark glasses.

Dan Tanner

Quote: “The truth is, Emma…I like to spank my sexual partners.”

Description from Book: He wasn’t overly tall, perhaps a hair under six feet, but he towered over her, and while Emma normally dated shorter men closer to her height, she found, to her amazement, that she enjoyed looking up at Dan. Summer, her mother, would be horrified to contemplate her daughter relishing such an archaic thought, but that wouldn’t be the first secret Emma had kept from her.

She enjoyed the flex of muscles in Dan’s strong forearms as he carried Jinx as if he was no bigger than a kitten. His blond hair, a shade darker than her own, was thick and mussed, and she itched to smooth it into place—then mess it up again.

And what a sexy voice he had.

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False Pretenses Excerpt

“What did you say?” Dan dropped his folded arms to his sides.

“I said yes, I’d like you to spank me,” Emma repeated, spelling it out with perfect clarity. Through interviews and discussions with spanked wives, Emma had learned that ambiguity had no place when it came to discipline. One needed to be very precise in expressing one’s needs and limits.

But while her voice sounded strong, her stomach churned like the heavy-duty cycle on her washing machine. Nerves, she decided, even though her pussy flooded with enough moisture to soak her panties. The prospect of a spanking did not excite her. Absolutely not.

She would participate for her story. Period. During the silent drive home, she’d mulled over their earlier conversation about spanking. She couldn’t help but wonder what it would feel like to have Dan strike her ass with his strong hands. The idea didn’t turn her off as much as she had expected it would, and realizing that, she decided she would be remiss if she didn’t experience a spanking for the Rod and Cane column. Even though she’d done the research, her knowledge was all on paper—she didn’t know. She could only surmise from what other women had told her. She had secondhand facts.

Hadn’t she gotten down and dirty and climbed into garbage Dumpsters? Spent a night on the street with the homeless lady she’d written about? Stomped grapes for her column on winemaking? How could she in good conscience write about domestic discipline without ever having been spanked?

Personal experience would build credibility, enrich her story, make it more visceral for the reader, and who better to do it with than a superhot guy she liked and trusted? Dan wouldn’t hurt her. Well, no more than what a spanking would entail.

She wet her dry lips. “That is, if you’re okay with it,” she said with faux calm, as if the invitation had been her idea and not his.

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A Pageant of Authors – Q9 & Q10

“The interview is the single most important part of the pageant. It counts for 30 percent of your total score.”

“What’s the other 70 percent? Cleavage?”

– Miss Congeniality

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It’s the final round. Time to focus on some really serious topics: cartoons and birthdays.

Question #9: Which cartoon character would you like to be and why?Although this question was free-response, three characters got multiple votes. All the choices were interesting for different reasons.

“Wonder Woman. She’s smart, strong, has a rocking bod and an invisible plane. What is not to like?”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog
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“Wonder Woman. She was strong and caring.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com
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“I’d like to be Wonder Woman, but I fear I’m more like Lucy from Peanuts.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
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“The Road Runner. He has fun and gets to screw with Wile E Coyote’s head all day long.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
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“The Roadrunner. Speed and snark without words.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com
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“Jessica Rabbit….duh…have you SEEN Jessica Rabbit???”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com
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“Jessica Rabbit. Heh heh. Yeah, she’s gorgeous, and she’s got that voice to die for. (What woman wouldn’t want Kathleen Turner’s voice?) But those reasons are only the symptoms behind why I would like to be Jessica Rabbit. Jessica said ‘I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.’ Gotta love a woman who knows her faults and deals with them.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/
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“Are we counting Miyazaki films as cartoons? If so, I’m torn between Ponyo and Chihiro. The first because I love the water and think it would be great fun to be a magical fish, and the second because I love how Chihiro’s character overcomes her fear and grows throughout the movie.”

– Allie Ritch
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“The Pink Panther—he is too cool for words.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com
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“In the mid 1970’s there was a cartoon called Battle of the Planets. Along with Speed Racer, it was one of the first Japanimation cartoons that came over to the States that I know of. I used to play Princess from BOTP on the playground with a bunch of boys in third grade and still have a certain fondness of those memories. I was the only girl allowed to play with a group of cute boys. What wasn’t to like?”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com
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“I would want to be a female Dark Schneider! If anyone is familiar with anime, they might know of Dark Schneider, the chaotic wizard who wanted to take over the world because he could. And he is the good guy! He has weaknesses that he is not ashamed of, power beyond all belief, and a sense of humor that is dark and outrageous. I would love to hold that much power and be aware that my actions could have a catastrophic effect on the world yet still choose to do the right thing. The anime is called Bastard!! and he can be one. But he can also be tender and loving. He is a complex character and is very self aware. I love that.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/
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“I’d like to be Cinderella because she gets her prince and does it with a killer pair of shoes.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com
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“Oh boy, I read DC comics, and I always thought it’d be so cool to be Batgirl.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com
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“LOL, depends which day. I can be either The Tasmanian Devil, or The Brain (with just as little success in conquering the world).”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/
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“Betty Boop. She always had the coolest shoes!”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com
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“Egon Spangler from the Real Ghostbusters (definitely the cartoon, not the movie): he was brilliant about science, endearing, and utterly clueless about relationships… but he loved life.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com
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“Which cartoon character would I like to be? That’s a no brainer! Alice in Wonderland, of course. Life is like the rabbit hole and I live each day finding new things along the journey.”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com
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“Superman. I could disown all of humanity because I’d be an alien. I’d have a fortress of solitude. I could fly. I could repel bullets. Unless Superman, as an alien, also menstruates. Because if he does, the deal’s off.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20
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“I watch a lot of anime, so Motoko Kusinagi from Ghost in the Shell. She is just plain awesome. Strong and smart, she’s a kick butt heroine.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net
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Question #10: What do you want for your birthday this year?

“I want to sell a million books!  :-)”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog
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“Gift Cards to B&N, Yankee Candle, LL Bean, Godiva, an ice cream cake and oh, yes, World Peace. Had to add in that last one. Couldn’t resist.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K
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“To cook dinner for the whole family.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com
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“Amazon.com gift cards so I can put yet more books on my Kindle.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
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“I’d love to go on a movie set for a day, just to observe. Film fascinates me from behind the scenes in all its aspects.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com
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“I want a week in Aruba! I want hot pink sands and crystal clear blue water! I want to bask on a beach and drink something made with rum out of a pineapple or a coconut shell! I want to be able to totally relax and let the worries and cares of the world drift away. And barring that, A TOR or Kensington contract would be great.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/
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“A coconut lemon birthday cake from Wildflower.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com
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“That would be next year. My birthday was in January. By then, I’ll want the most up to date Kindle. I’m amassing quite a collection of books and I plan to read every last one of them. They’ll probably bury me with the darn thing.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/
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“What I want every birthday, Pinky…giftcards to my bookstore and Amazon.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/
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“Another tattoo.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay
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“You know, I love simple things. Basic, practical things that I can use and re-use until it’s worn and old. This year, I’m dropping hints about a new monitor. I think this one is about to pack it in.”

– T. K. Toppin
Website/Blog: http://www.tktoppin.blogspot.com
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“A real working Millennium Falcon, complete with Wookie co-pilot.”

– Jaleta Clegg
Website: www.jaletac.com
Blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com
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“The knowledge that I’ve released at least one (hopefully) two new books.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com
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“Last year, I had a quilt made for me—picked out the fabrics/block design/quilting design—for a bed warmer and matching bolster pillow (a narrow throw that goes across the foot of the bed.) This year, I want to do something else quilted—but I’m not sure.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com
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“I want the person I love to propose to me. (Is that asking too much? My birthday’s near Yule/Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice: the season of miracles and everything!)”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com
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“I want sales for my birthday this year! I’m preparing to submit book two and want the readers to enjoy my characters as much as I do. So, yeah…I want sales!”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com
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“Ten million dollars.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20
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“I’d like the house my husband I and I are having built to be finished EARLY.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com
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“World peace (these are questions for beauty contests, right?). LOL. Okay, if I can’t have that, I’d like a trip to Washington State’s San Juan Islands because it’s my favorite place on earth.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
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Oh, Jaleta, now I want a Millennium Falcon too! Think they go for more than $10 million, Clancy? Hopefully everybody will get their birthday wishes.

A final big thank you to all the authors who participated. You gals are terrific. I know my approach to interviewing guest authors was unique (Oddball? Who said oddball? I heard that!), but you really came through. I hope you had as much fun as I did. You’re all winners!

A Pageant of Authors – Q7 & Q8

“Just imagine that she’s me and there’s something you wanna know, but I don’t wanna talk about it. What would you do?”

“You want me to beat it out of her?”

– Miss Congeniality

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Question #7: Which word do you not like to hear at all? Why?  The responses to this one were really interesting. Overall, the verdict is that writers don’t like C-words. There’s more than one C-word we hate, though.

“That four-letter C-word applied to women and their genitals. I know it’s frequently used in erotic romance today, but I’ve heard it more often as an insult to women, so it has a bad connotation for me. That’s why you’ll never see it in my work. I don’t judge others for using it, but that’s my bugaboo.”

– Allie Ritch

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“C*nt is the most derogatory word I can think of. I hate hearing it and seeing it in a book, makes me throw the book at the wall. I HATE it.”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

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“There is one bad ‘c’ word that I just hate, hate, hate. It’s demeaning and distasteful.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: http://www.pamlabud.net

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“Um, I can’t even TYPE it, I find it so offensive. It’s a nasty, slang term for a female body part.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“‘Can’t’ is such a nasty word. Think positive and ‘TRY’!”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“‘Can’t’  I hate it when people say can’t, because if you think you can’t, you’re right. So much of what we do is mental. If you think you can, then you’ll most likely find a way.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/

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“Can’t. It limits you.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“Can’t, ‘cause you usually can.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“‘Try’ or any version (tried, trying).”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“Should…oh boy, I say it enough in my head, but really, should I take that word seriously?”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“I hate the word no. When I hear it, I black out and wake up in a pile of drool and chocolate wrappers. LOL I really hate the word no. It is so final. And in my philosophy there are only two sure things—death and taxes. No means that there are no other options. That goes against my dogmatic nature. But I believe in that finality, it would make me not want to try. No is a bad word… unless it is used in some situations when someone is impugning your personal rights. Then scream no to the rafters.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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“‘No.’ Because usually that means I’m not going to get something I want.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“Sorry (we’re out of ice cream.) Oops, that’s more than one word.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“‘Discoverability.’ I hear it all the time. It’s awkward, jargon-y—and important.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“Can I have words instead? I hate the phrase, ‘You need to understand that…’ They use it all the time on TV shows and it drives me insane. It’s such a controlling phrase. Why don’t they just say what it is they want the character to know?”

– Jaleta Clegg
Website: www.jaletac.com
Blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com

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“Gay, but only in a negative context, such as ‘That’s so gay.’ It’s the equivalent of the ‘n’ word or disparaging someone’s intelligence. All names that name one group lower than others remind me strongly of the Holocaust.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“Faggot, because most of the time you hear it said by a homophobe, and someone who condemns another for loving who they love is not a person I want to know.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“Words are meant to communicate. Almost any word is acceptable if it’s used to convey something that’s not hateful or threatening. The words I object to, however, are ones I can barely manage to type here because they epitomize hatred to me on such a dark and dangerous level. The ‘n’ word, for one, and anything having to do with Nazism makes me sick to my stomach.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“Besides words used as racial slurs, I like pretty much all words.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Not sure. If I don’t like something I either turn away from it, take steps to change it, or investigate the reason why I don’t like it so I understand and can change it.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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Question #8: According to you, what is femininity?

“Hey, we all know from Kindergarten on that boys and girls are different. To me, femininity is not a stereotype or a constrained way of being, but it is that indefinable quality that unites our gender. Femininity can be soft or strong, nurturing or tough, dominant or submissive, but it will always have a different energy and flavor to it than masculinity.”

– Allie Ritch

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“Femininity is caring enough about yourself to be proud to be a woman and not want to be a man. I may want to be as physically strong as a man but that’s all. I like being a woman. I have the mental and emotional strength that men don’t have.”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

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“Strength, Intelligence, sensuality, courage, cleverness, creativity and emotion.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“Passion.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“Femininity is the rendering of your gender or sexuality in your actions and words. It’s different for everybody because each person sees their gender/sexuality as something different.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“Femininity is a way of relating to the world that rounds off the hard edges. It softens even as it strengthens. A woman can be tough, but if after she’s done kicking ass and taking names she enjoys reading a romance novel in the bath? She’s as feminine as they come!”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“Ack! That is a hard one to define. But for me, I guess femininity is the ability to accept and understand the part of me that is not the aggressor. Not to say femininity is weak or meek—I am a mother who has had to defend her children before and there is nothing weak about the way I went about it. More like the part of me that desires the calm and peace, the part that wants to be protected until I am ready to fight again, the part that knows and accepts my weaknesses and accepts they make up the facets of my femininity.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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“I believe femininity is when a woman has the self-confidence to feel sexy. No matter her age, size, or what she’s wearing, nothing is hotter or more feminine than when she gives her man a saucy smile.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“Being independent, strong and compassionate.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“Femininity is not working to prove you’re not feminine for fear of being perceived as weak if you show a softer side.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“Long answer: Quiet strength, strong touch with the inner female (compassionate, loving, understanding, patient, etc). Short answer: the opposite of me.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“It should mean being happy and confident in yourself as a woman and not being defined by your body size, shape, or someone’s unrealistic idea of beauty or behaviour.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“Ah, this is a good one. I didn’t realize what a big struggle I had with this until I wrote my SF series. The main character, Dace, grew up in a society where womanhood and anything associated with it meant second-class status, if that. Women were for creating the next generation of workers. When Dace escapes that world, she refutes anything that has to do with being female—she chops her hair short, wears baggy coveralls, and doesn’t have a clue how to handle a man being interested in her. Book 2, which will be coming out—I just got the contract signed, deals partly with her learning to be a little more feminine. I’ve had similar struggles, at least in my head. I love science and math and taking things apart. I’m a geek. I was voted an honorary guy by a group of male friends once and was very flattered by it. But as I grow older, I’ve come to terms with my female side. I’m still not big into makeup, hair, and shoes, but I’m happy with who I am these days.”

– Jaleta Clegg
Website: www.jaletac.com
Blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com

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“Whatever it wants to be. Often there’s an XX chromosome involved, but not always.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“A confidence in yourself and sticking to what you want out of life. It includes knowing your strengths and weaknesses and being willing to ask for help when you need it.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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“Inner beauty, inner strength, a sense of humor, and the good grace to make everyone welcome.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Anything pink? Just kidding. I’m with Leslie Feinberg on this one: it’s like masculinity: a narrow term which needs to be expanded. Or, failing that, it needs to be one term among dozens that women and men can use to describe themselves without fear.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“Oh, I love this question! Femininity is power! It’s the soft curve of a round hip, the smell of honeysuckle in a strand of hair, the way a woman looks down and to the left when she asks her hero to kiss her because he’s too nervous to offend her sensibilities. It’s the way crimson lipstick is left on the rim of a white coffee mug, the way direct eye contact tells him more than words ever could. It’s that precious moment when her ass sinks against the mattress and the gorgeous man presses his hips against her to enter her for the first time. Yeah, femininity kicks ass!”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com

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“An arcane concept meant for a binary world. Horribly outdated, often used for repression. The yoke of the man. Maybe I should change my answer to number 7, because this word is really pissing me off.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“Femininity is the expression of the softer, more giving side of humanity.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com

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“I think it’s embracing what it is to be female. It’s certainly the challenge we face in a gender separated world. We are equal to men, but we are still different. Our brains work different, we have more complicated thought processes. I think you can be a strong and smart woman and still be feminine. It’s also motherhood and sisterhood. It’s the ability to express one’s emotions and not being afraid to speak and listen. We are so much more than just the estrogen brigade.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net
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Fantastic answers, everybody. I think Pauline had one of the best definitions of femininity I’ve ever read, and Jaleta now has me super curious about her work.

Be sure to return for the last installment of interview questions. Whom do these authors identify with, and what are they looking forward to in the future? Find out next time.