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Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?
First, thank you for hosting me! I used to be a newspaper reporter before I went into corporate public relations, so I’ve always written. But, being an author is a dream come true. I’ve written and published 24 titles now and love it even more than when I finished my first book six years ago. I’ve been married for 22 years. Since my husband I have been married, we’ve lived in four states: California, Idaho, Washington, and now Missouri. He’s a wanderer, and I’m a nester. We move, but I get a nice house at every location. That’s our deal. We both do like to travel out of the country and have been all over the world.
Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?
Yes, thank you. In this scene at the start of Mated with the Cyborg, Mariska, the heroine, has been summoned to her father’s quarters. They’re on a military space station, and he’s the general:
Mariska’s dress dragged along the metal floor as she headed for the general’s receiving room. People glanced at R981, but the android could have been alone for all the notice they paid her. Her veil seemed to render her invisible. If only she could truly disappear. Years had passed since the last summons. Why had her father called her? Perspiration slickened her palms, and she had to concentrate to avoid wiping them and leaving a telltale stain on her clothing. The only thing worse than being afraid was showing it. At least her voluminous skirt hid her wobbling knees. Outside her father’s fortified headquarters, she halted and took a deep breath. I can do this. I can do this.
“You are nervous,” stated R981 in his stilted, but gravelly voice. No other android had vocals like his. His rumbling tone vibrated through her in a most disturbing way.
“No, I’m not,” she quickly refuted. Fear was a flaw. Flaws were punished. Although R981 was assigned to her, he had been programmed to report misbehavior and anomalies to her father.
The solid-black orbs of his robotic eyes blinked once. “I detect pupil constriction, increased perspiration, and respiration, which indicate fear.”
“I believe you are mistaken and require a full diagnostic. How long has it been since your last maintenance overhaul?”
“I am a new model, entered into service five weeks ago. I do not require maintenance for another fifty-five point four days.”
She needed to shore up her courage, but R981 pulled open the door, making it clear he served her father. Just like the other droids.
Where did you come up with the idea for Mated with the Cyborg?
The series tagline is “Saving the girl and galaxy one mission at a time.” My cyborgs are cyberoperatives who fight terrorism in the galaxy. I wanted to challenge my hero in Mated with the Cyborg and put his conscience to the test. Undercover on an enemy space station, Kai falls for the innocent daughter of a notorious terrorist and is forced to choose between completing his mission or saving her life. It’s the one v. the many conundrum.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on Book 3 of the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, Captured by the Cyborg (March 2016 release). Dale Homme, a secondary character in Mated with the Cyborg, is the hero. He left Cy-Ops, but is pulled back into the role of protector when he encounters a woman who is being stalked by her ex-husband who tried to kill her.
Do you have any special routine that you follow when you are writing?
My days are divided between writing and various promotional efforts. When I’m working on a first draft, I write a 1500-2000 words per day, 7 days a week. I only write on one first draft at time, although often while I’m writing book A, I’ll be in editing on book B, and will be promoting Book C. You learn to juggle when you’re an author.
Did you have to do a lot of research for this book or any other? If so do you have a fascinating fact that you have learned you would like to share with us?
I don’t do a lot of pre-research, but as I’m writing I’ll hit roadblocks where I need to know something, so I fact-check quite a bit. For the Cy-Ops series, I’ve had to research such things as: bombs (explosions in outer space), space shuttle sizes and runways, flight acrobatics, types of espionage, what actually makes a cyborg a cyborg, government titles, national monuments, even what someone three hundred years in the future might carry in his pockets. I did learn something interesting from my research. The reason astronauts float in space is not because of a lack of gravity. It’s because they’re in a state of freefall—they’re falling at the same rate as everything else, so they appear to be weightless (source: NASA, Wikipedia).
Who are some of your favorite authors that you like to read?
In SFR, my fave authors are Lisa Medley, Michelle Howard, Cynthia Sax, Sue Lyndon, Veronica Scott, and many others!
Is there a genre you haven't written that you would like to try?
No, I’ve actually tried quite few! I’ve written paranormal (Longing, a vampire story), fantasy (Goddess’s Curse), romantic comedy (Stolen Moments), sci-fi romance (The Cy-Ops series and the Breeder series), and spanking romance/BDSM (the Rod and Cane Society series), even nonfiction (Naughty Words for Nice Writers, a sex scene thesaurus).
Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death.
His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission.
Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?
About the Author:Multi-published, Cara Bristol is the author of more than 23 erotic romance titles. She writes science fiction, contemporary, and paranormal erotic romance. No matter what the subgenre, 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 lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.
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