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Christine Presents ~ Mated with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Please welcome Cara Bristol author of Mated with the Cyborg.

Cara will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Mated with the Cyborg

by Cara Bristol

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GENRE: Sci-fi Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

 

Most of my ideas come to me out of the ether, when I’m “zoning out,” either walking or showering or daydreaming.

 

I love cyborgs. They are human beings with computer enhancements. Cyborgs are the ultimate alpha males who discover their vulnerability when they meet and fall for the heroine. Most of the cyborgs sci-fi romances I’ve read involve conspiracies in which the cyborgs were created against their will to serve the government. I wanted to do offer something different. My cyborgs are spies; they’re covert Cyber Operatives whose mission is to defeat terrorism in the galaxy, which was inspired by present day threats.

  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I bring a lifetime of experiences, a varied background as a news reporter, and the ability to Google what I don’t know.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

Like most writers, I’m shy and quiet, but I have a dry sense of humor that comes out after I get to know people—and it’s sometimes expressed in my writing.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

First, to continue to develop the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series. Dale Homme and Carter Aymes, both secondary characters in the first two books, are calling out for their own books. I want to continue to develop that series, and then I’d like to start another sci-fi romance series. I’m hoping to make 2016 the Year of the Cyborg.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I would want to be Penelope from Stranded with the Cyborg, Cy-Ops book 1. She’s the daughter of the (woman) president of Terra and is an interplanetary ambassador. She has a great future ahead of her. J

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I’ve been writing and submitting fiction a long time. I used to write mainstream women’s fiction. In 2009, I sold my first erotic romance to the first publisher I submitted it to and every book since then. I’ve released 15 books with publishers, and then last year, I went Indie. Mated with the Cyborg is my 23rd book, and my seventh Indie publication.

 

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing) The best advice is to be persistent, but don’t keep doing what isn’t working. If you’re not getting the success you desire, shake it up. Write something a little different. The worst advice I’ve received, and it’s not bad, it just needs to be put into context, is to “write what you know.” If you have an area of expertise, i.e. a law or medical background, police procedure, etc., you have a great base from which to write realistic fiction, but you shouldn’t feel limited to your background or by a lack of one. I write sci-fi romance. Have I ever traveled to alien planet? No. Have I ever encountered a cyborg? No, again.
  2. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

When story idea comes to me, I’ll think about it for a while. When I know enough about the characters and story for the first three to four chapters, I begin writing. I usually know the ending at the start, so I know where I’m headed, I just have to figure out how to get there. As I write, the characters continue to talk to me and shape the story.

 

When I started Mated with the Cyborg, I knew that I wanted to match up two opposites: the good guy cyborg hero with the “enemy” he’s trying to defeat. He goes “undercover” as an android on the enemy’s space station, and meets the general’s (innocent) daughter and is forced to choose between her and his mission. Why he had to save her and how he saves her was a mystery until I got into book.

 

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book? My characters in Mated with the Cyborg face more danger than any other characters in any other novel, other than Anika and Urazi in Warrior, who confront the arch villain of all time. In Mated, after a series of perils, the black moment comes just when the Kai and Mariska think they might be safe. Muwhaha….

 

Seriously, cyborgs, almost by definition are alpha males. So the hero is a strong, macho guy. In Mated, the dark moment gives the heroine a chance to show her mettle. She’s made of stronger stuff than people believe.

  1. What is your favorite reality show? Survivor! I don’t think I’ve missed an episode in 15 years. I think I love it so much because as a kid I was always a fan of Swiss Family Robinson and Island of the Blue Dolphins, of being stranded and surviving against the elements. In fact, the first Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance, Stranded with the Cyborg, presents that scenario. The hero and heroine crash land on an alien planet that has some dangerous secrets.
  2. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

 

Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance is my third series. My others are the Rod and Cane Society spanking romance series and the Breeder sci-fi romance trilogy. In all my series, each book has a new hero and heroine and their own complete story/romance (no cliffhangers). But, characters appear and reappear in different books. A main character in one will be a secondary character in another. While each individual book has its own story and can be read as a stand-alone, there is an underlying thread or theme that unites them.

 

A series allows an author to get to know the world the characters live in, so you don’t have to keep “recreating the wheel” with each book. It can be problematic sometimes because in an early book you might create something that creates an obstacle to what you want to do in a later book. But those challenges can make a story even stronger.

 

  1. Anything else you might want to add?First, thank you for having me today!

Second, while I’ve talked a lot of action and peril and plotting, I’d like to emphasize that I write romance. My sci-fi characters might face danger, but my books are about a hero and heroine who find their perfect mates in an imperfect world—or galaxy, as the case may be. The characters and their love relationship are central to the story. Romance comes first, action comes second. My goal is to entertain my readers, surprise them a little, and leave them feeling warm and fuzzy after finishing one of my books.

BLURB:

 

Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out.

 

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?

 

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EXCERPT:

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.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

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.

 

Cara Bristol web site/blog -http://carabristol.com/

 

Author Newsletter – http://eepurl.com/9aRJj

 

Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cara-Bristol-Erotic-Romance-Author/178661122147994.

 

Amazon Author page – http://www.amazon.com/Cara-Bristol/e/B004D8KZTQ/

 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/CaraBristol

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4136271.Cara_Bristol
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A62XIEG?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01A62XIEG?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
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Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mated-with-the-cyborg-cara-bristol/1123191554?ean=2940157647988

All Romance – https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-matedwiththecyborg-1958978-143.html

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Cara will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1409

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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38 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Mated with the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    January 11, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Cara Bristol
    January 11, 2016

    Thank you for hosting!

    I have a question for readers: which do you think is the more important quality in a cyborg: the extra brainpower or the extra brawn>

  3. achristay
    January 11, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  4. helly01
    January 11, 2016

    Can’t wait to find out more about Mated with the Cyborg, thank you for the excerpt! Sounds like a really different type of book (refreshing)

    • Cara Bristol
      January 11, 2016

      I think it is different. If you want to try it before you buy, please download the Kindle sample from Amazon. You get 2+ chapters in the sample.

      • Helen Moulden
        January 12, 2016

        Thank you for the advice :). I have a question – was it difficult becoming a published author?

  5. Rita Wray
    January 11, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview.

  6. Danielle
    January 11, 2016

    looking forward to reading this, thanks for the excerpt

  7. Mai Tran
    January 11, 2016

    How many physical books do you own?

    • Cara Bristol
      January 11, 2016

      I assume you mean other authors’ books? Probably several hundred. I rarely busy print books anymore. I’m pretty much Kindle all the way. It’s so much more convenient. I love the instant gratification of one-click buying.

  8. elaing8
    January 11, 2016

    Enjoyed reading the interview. Book sounds good.

  9. Eva Millien
    January 11, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt, Cara, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

  10. momjane
    January 11, 2016

    I love the sound of your Cyborg. Unique story. Loved the excerpt.

  11. Betty W
    January 11, 2016

    Cara, great interview, thank you for sharing!

  12. Corinne Alexander
    January 11, 2016

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! While both are more or less equally important I definitely think the extra brain power is more important!

    • Cara Bristol
      January 12, 2016

      Yeah, I’d have to go brain, myself. But I do love a brawny guy!

  13. Victoria
    January 11, 2016

    Really great post!! I enjoyed reading the interview and I freakin’ love the cover 😀

    • Cara Bristol
      January 12, 2016

      Thank you. It’s one of my favorite book covers.

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  15. Celestine
    January 12, 2016

    Great interview!

  16. Helen Moulden
    January 13, 2016

    Do you think eventually we’ll have cyborgs in our homes?

    • Cara Bristol
      January 14, 2016

      No. Androids perhaps. A cyborg is a human with some computer mods. An android is a robot who looks human.

  17. Helen Moulden
    January 14, 2016

    If you weren’t an author, what would you be?

    • Cara Bristol
      January 14, 2016

      Unemployed! I’ve always written. I used to be a newspaper reporter and then a corporate PR executive, but writing romance is the best gig in the world. There is nothing else I would want to do.

      • Helen Moulden
        January 15, 2016

        That’s fantastic, so great that you found your calling. I’ve yet to find mine. Thank you for your reply 🙂

  18. Helen Moulden
    January 16, 2016

    What’s your favourite film?

  19. Helen Moulden
    January 17, 2016

    Did you come up with the title for your book first, or at the end, once you’d finished writing it?

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  21. Helen Moulden
    January 18, 2016

    Bit random this time, but are you a dog person, or a cat person? (or neither!)

  22. Pingback: #Week3: Win A $25 Amazon gift card in the Mated with the Cyborg tour #giveaway | Cara Bristol

  23. Ree Dee
    January 25, 2016

    I really enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. I can’t wait to read more. Thank you.

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