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Undertake an adventure of epic, global, and dire proportions.

Agent #524 – Devon Bertrand

Once a normal civilian, Agent Bertrand has been recruited by the Ultimate Agency—a secret organization of the world’s best spies. Now, after undergoing genetic upgrades, he has become a superhuman agent dedicated to fighting against all threats against the nation he now calls home.

Agent #146 – Brett Gallagher

A brilliant scientist, Dr. Gallagher invents and utilizes technologically advanced gadgets and weapons to fight against national security threats like a modern day superhero.

The Target – Maximus Romanov

Employed by a mysterious Russian terrorist group, Romanov is a superhuman operative wreaking havoc in the United States.

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Join Agent Devon Bertrand and Agent Brett Gallagher on a mission to stop Romanov from destroying the United States. As Bertrand and Gallagher work to discover why Maximus harbors a deep hatred toward America, they uncover a conspiracy brewing against the Ultimate Agency, and one man will make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Release Date: April 15, 2017

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Claimed by The Cyborg

Claimed by the Cyborg: a little problem with an arranged marriage…

By Cara Bristol

Arranged marriages are popular in historical fiction, especially in Regency romance, but it makes for an interesting trope in science fiction romance as well.

An arranged marriage is one in which a third party, often the parents or grandparents, match the bride and groom. The couple may or may not have veto rights. A marriage in which they have no say is called a forced marriage. In some cultures, the bride and groom didn’t even meet until their wedding day. Arranged marriages were common around the world until the middle of the 18th century, and among some countries/cultures they continued to the middle of the 20th century.

Marriages are arranged for a variety of reasons: out of religious conviction, to merge family empires/businesses, as a result of limited availability of partners, to ensure homogamy (marriage between individuals who are socially, ethnically or culturally similar), to provide financial security for the bride, to provide financial income for the family (“bride price”).

The Xenians in Claimed by the Cyborg practice arranged marriage because they believe it ensures a compatible and harmonious union, which fosters social stability for their planet. Couples are matched not by relatives, but by a seer, who gets a vision of who should be mated. They don’t find out who they are supposed to be bonded with until the actual ceremony. Love does not factor into their unions.

In this scene, cyborg March speaks with two twin brothers, who have been practicing for an exhibition of sorts (no spoilers!) to be staged for Princess Julietta, the emperor’s daughter. Naimo is betrothed to Julietta. March has been searching for “Jules,” a woman from his past. He doesn’t know that Jules and Julietta are the same. In this excerpt, March is the POV character, and the first line of dialogue is his.

“I think the princess will be impressed.”

“That is my purpose—to please her and prove I am worthy to be her consort,” Naimo said.

“You’ve never met her, though.”

“I’ll see her officially for the first time at the pre-bonding ceremony dinner. We still won’t be allowed to speak to one another. I was informed of my mate’s identity so I could prepare for the duties required of me. Other than Emperor Dusan himself, she’s the most well-known person on our planet. Next year, she shall rule, and I shall assist. It is a big responsibility.”

“And a seer matched you?” March asked.

Naimo nodded. “We were paired soon after birth—before our first year.”
Right after birth? Did that mean Jules had had a mate waiting for her when she’d been on Terra? He’d known bondings were arranged, but he’d assumed that occurred when the individuals were ready to make the commitment. “Does everyone get matched when they’re infants?”

“Usually, but not always. Kur, for instance, still waits to hear.”

“One cannot question or rush the wisdom of the seer,” Kur said. “I am sure my future mate will be very special.”

Naimo shoved his brother. “I think you are so ugly the seer cannot find a mate who would accept you.”

“Who are you calling ugly? Have you ever checked in a mirror?” Kur pushed back.

March laughed. They were identical. “Neither of you has concerns about bonding with a stranger?”

“Why would we?” Kur shrugged. “The seer would not choose someone with whom we would not be compatible. Everyone has one true mate. What is the probability we would find her among all the people of our planet? Perhaps our mate lives on the night side of the great mountain. How would we find her?”

“How does the seer?”

“She is a seer.”

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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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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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#8Sunday 01/15/17

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Great, got that taken care of.  Now, my words to entertain you.  This is from Book 3 of The Wildblood.  No name yet, and not as much progress as I’d like, but that’s the way it goes.

This is Wade, lecturing Shannon about the way things are in their world.  Things could be better, things could be worse.  (We all know the calm won’t last more than a few pages!)

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If you need me, you’ll figure it out. We’re talking right now, aren’t we? I’m asleep in Cody, and you’re awake in Angelfire. Just remember, we wanted this, to be out in the world. Not the way it happened, but it’s our responsibility. We could have put a stop to it, even before what we did in January. All of us, Shan. Command let us go, knowing what we were capable of. They’re doing the exact same thing now.”

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I expect to be causing problems for my characters at a more productive rate this week.  In the meantime, you can pick up previous books in the series on my website.

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Character Profile – Mac

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Full Name – Alex MacKenzie, nickname Mac

Position – sniper of Team Three

DOB – 12/29/23

Place of Birth – Phoenix, AZ, Southwest Allied States of America

Natural parents -David (b. 08/02), A Ranch supervisor and Maggie (b. 04/05), a radio operator.

Siblings – Twins Colin (m) and Carri (f) (b. 11/31) both work at the ranches; Tanya (b. 04/40) is still in school.

Professional – the first member of Team Three to join Security.  A Guardian since 11/40, he talked Wade into joining Security with him and they have always been partners.  He joined Security Command in 4/45.

  Photos by Shannon S. Allen, Dec. 2044, Station Two, The Vista

Personal –  by far the most impulsive member of Team Three, Mac has share of secrets.  The ‘hidden’ Gen En, his abilities have been slower to develop and it has lead to his drinking problem.  He has lost rank twice because of…

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Character Profile – Shannon

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Full Name – Shannon S. Allen

Position – Scout of Team Three

DOB – 12/02/27

Place of Birth – The Vista, Montana

Natural parents – biological mother Summer Fiore, adopted mother, Deirdre McCann; father Michael Allen

Siblings – none (?)

Professional – Shan qualified as a close quarters shooter and Dispatch officer in Jan., 2044; and a Scout as of Sept. 2044 during the Blackout.  She has only been assigned to Team Three.  The newest member of Security Command, as of March, 2046.  She has traveled extensively across the Idaho, Washington, Oregon area at their request, without the knowledge of City Council.

Personal –  Involved in a relationship with Alex MacKenzie since she was sixteen, she also has close connections with Cmdr. Wade, Capt. Green, Lt. Taylor and most recently, Lt. Hunter.  She is very private, leading to rumors and gossip throughout Security.  (Team Three, and the younger generation of Vistans in general, are not…

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