Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mated With the Cyborg (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Mated With the Cyborg
Author: Cara Bristol 
Date Published: 2015
Format: Kindle
Genre: Sci-fi Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

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?
~Cyborgs: The Newest Hits in Romance~
If you read sci-fi romance, aliens are the heroes du jour, but cyborgs as romantic leading men have been around for several years. The term “cyborg” was first coined back in 1960 by Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline in Astronautics Magazine, talking about the enhancement that might be needed to mankind to survive in space. Since robots and androids are also popular in sci-fi, I thought I’d help to define “what’s what.”

A machine is a mechanical device that performs a function(s). A cotton gin, an automobile, and a typewriter are machines.

A robot is a computerized machine that can react to the environment, but it doesn’t “think” beyond its programming or feel emotion. Example: the Roomba vacuum cleaner. Roomba reacts to its environment. If it hits an obstacle, it goes round it. It avoids stairs, and when it’s done cleaning, it returns to its base. A regular vacuum (a machine) can’t do that.

An android is a robot with a human appearance. Example: The Terminator. I’ve read that the terminator was a cyborg, but I consider him to be an android, it was never mentioned that he’d been human.

A cyborg, short for cybernetic organism, is a biomechatronic (biologic, mechanical, electronic) being. Cyborgs are human, but have been altered with mechanical and computer parts. They think and feel, but have enhanced abilities.

In most sci-fi romances, cyborgs are created by an evil government who use them as soldiers and force them to fight. I wanted to offer something unique. My cyborgs are rough, tough undercover spies. They’re cyber operatives with a covert paramilitary force whose mission is to fight terrorism in the galaxy, which was inspired by present day threats.

In Mated with the Cyborg, cyborg Kai Andros goes undercover as android on a terrorist’s space station and meets the heroine, the enemy general’s innocent daughter. When he learns her life in danger, he’s forced to choose between completing his mission and saving her life.

~Try an 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.
~Meet Cara!~ 
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 will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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  1. thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. Thank you for hosting me today. Thanks, Lisa, for visiting.

  3. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  4. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a fantastic read, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, I hope you decide to check out the book.

  5. "... character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine...." Perfect! That's what *I* like to read, LOL!

  6. This sounds like a book I'll really like! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. You're welcome. Hope you decide to give it a try.

  7. I never knew that cyborgs are actually human.

  8. Being an author of more than 23 erotic romance titles is quite impressive. I wish the author much success.

  9. What was your favorite childhood book?

  10. Well that cybor catched a love bug :D , no need to fix it. But mated is such ugly word, still this seems like interesting story so good luck selling it and thank you for this chance. Have a nice day.

  11. Well that cybor catched a love bug :D , no need to fix it. But mated is such ugly word, still this seems like interesting story so good luck selling it and thank you for this chance. Have a nice day.

  12. Thanks for the chance. I love sci-fi romance.

  13. I like how you went for a sci-fi setting as far too many romance books seem to be historical or fantasy these days - and yes, I love science fiction!

  14. Thank you for the explanations as to the differences and similarities amongst the terminology.