Genre: Sci-fi/fantasy romance
Date of Publication: Oct. 21, 2014
Number of pages:
Word Count: 65K
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
A female yearning for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?
As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty.
But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world.
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She stared at the bloodied body. “Is Grogan dead?”
Urazi knelt and checked for a pulse against the alpha’s neck. “Yes.” He peered up at her. “Who is he to you? Has he used you?”
“Monto, no!” she gasped, not considering the alpha’s intentions pertinent. “Grogan is the leader of the Guerilla Resistance against Qalin and Artom, which I have joined,” she explained. Urazi’s eyes narrowed, and she added, “Grogan was training me and other breeders to fight.” Breeders could approach a sentry without arousing his suspicion then immobilize him, allowing male guerillas to storm the post and secure it. She thrust back her shoulders with defiant pride. She, a female, was capable of supporting the war effort in a productive way.
Urazi rose to his feet to examine the paper target. “You are an excellent sharpshooter, but winning a battle requires more than skill with a crossbow. You would not fare well in hand-to-hand combat.”
Anika shrugged. “If I have a crossbow, I will not need to engage in hand-to-hand combat.”
“Did it help you today?” Urazi strode to Grogan’s body, and yanked up his bloodied uniform shirt. Attached to the alpha’s nipple was an insignia ring. Urazi unclipped it and carried it over to her.
Anika stared. A single star. Province one. Qalin.
“You have joined with the enemy to strike against your own people? You would betray your Alpha? Your sibling?”
Qalin’s insignia lay in Urazi’s palm, damning, but untrue. So untrue. “No! How could you say that? The Resistance plans to strike against Qalin. Against Artom.”
Urazi tucked the star into his uniform pouch.
“But maybe Grogan is an infiltrator acting alone,” she argued, fighting against the insidious memories; the ease with which she’d been accepted into the camp when her comrades learned of her familiarity with both Marlix’s and Dak’s provinces; Grogan’s constant but subtle questions about locations. He’d asked if she’d ever encountered Marlix himself. At the time, she’d feigned ignorance of the latter, fearing they would send her back to him.
Anika clutched her throat. What if Urazi’s accusation was correct?
“If he were an ordinary alpha or beta, I might concede it possible. But he is—by your account—the leader. I do not believe in coincidence. I have been observing the camp. Neither Marlix nor Dak would have sent females into combat.
“The Resistance you are so proud to be a part of is using you as expendable cannon fodder.”
Character Name: Anika, heroine of Warrior
Character Bio: I am a Parseon female. As with all females, when I reached maturity, my sire sent me to a Breeder Containment Facility in hopes that an alpha would purchase me and I could provide him with sons. But instead, a beta male bought me and we moved to the Enclave, where I got used to freedoms I’d never had before. But then Jergan was killed, and my brother Marlix arranged for me to become the breeder of an Alpha Commander. But that is not what I want anymore.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
My worst quality is that I am selfish. Instead of performing my duty to Parseon by producing sons for Commander Ilian, I ran away. My best quality? I’m a good shot with a crossbow.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
It is best that they don’t know anything, otherwise I’ll never be able to kill Qalin.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
I have many secrets. I have joined the Guerilla Resistance Movement against Alpha Qalin, who is trying to become sole Commander of Parseon. And I have great regard for Urazi, my brother’s former aide and partner, but I know he does not share my feelings. His loyalty lies with my brother. Also, people think I am an alpha (a male of status), and not a female.
What are you most afraid of?
On a personal level, being sent to Commander Ilian to become his breeder. For my people, I fear that Commander Qalin will conquer all of Parseon, and then the former will not matter.
What do you want more than anything?
What is your relationship status?
Status? I have no status. I am female.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I dress in accordance with Protocol. I wear a beige shift, like all breeders--except when I am disguised as an alpha male. Then I wear the regulation gray alpha uniform.
How much of a rebel are you?
I have violated Protocol repeatedly, and there is a bounty of $150 gilia on my head. I have also killed a man who threatened me. Does that make me a rebel?
What is your idea of happiness?
To be free and to have the regard of a male.
What is your current state of mind?
What is your most treasured possession?
By Protocol, I am not permitted to own anything. I have my uniform, and a pair of Terran boots I borrowed from a friend.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Veronians. They’re aliens from another planet. They’re scaly, dangerous, and they smell.
Which living person do you most despise?
Qalin. He is the most monstrous Alpha Commander ever born.
What is your greatest regret?
That Urazi will never regard me in the way I regard him.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Their giving nature and attention to duty.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
– Under Protocol, females are not permitted to read. I would be flogged if I was caught with a book.
Which living person do you most admire?
My friend Tara the Terran. She has more liberties than any other female I know. She surprised me, though, when she surrendered some of her freedoms to become my brother’s breeder. She could choose to do anything she wanted, but she chose that.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I would want more courage to face the things I needed to face.
What is your motto?
In Parseon we have only one motto: “Sacrifice of the one for the many.”
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 calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.
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