Interview with Cara Bristol

Posted on Jul 6 2016 - 12:52am by Renee Rose

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In a battle to save the galaxy, falling in love isn’t part of the mission plan…
By Renee Rose

USA Today Bestselling Author Cara Bristol has been hitting it out of the park with her new Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series. Her latest release, Trapped with the Cyborg is the fourth book in the popular erotic romance series.

Renee Rose: Cara, you always write hot, but there is something especially sizzling about a cyborg, isn’t there? What is it that appeal to you?

Cara Bristol: To me, they are the ultimate alpha males. The are the complete package of brawn, brains, and toughness, yet who have a soft spot for their heroine. These guys are out to save the world (or the galaxy!), but need that special woman by their side. In this series, I wanted to create male main characters who were true heroes and not just heroes in the literature sense. These are men who risk their lives to save others, to make their world a better place. The Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series tagline is “Saving the girl and the galaxy one mission at a time.”

Renee Rose: Sci-Fi Romance is quite popular these days. What do you think appeals to readers so much?

Cara Bristol: It’s a chance to look at the future and consider, what next, what if? For an author, writing sci-fi romance is liberating because you’re not bound by conventional expectations. You’re freer to explore a story. The genre is incredibly broad and diverse. People who say they don’t like sci-fi, just haven’t found the right subgenre of sci-fi. The Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series blends humor, suspense and erotic romance in a futuristic setting.

Renee Rose: Do people need to read books 1-3 to understand what’s going on in book 4?

Cara Bristol: No, not at all. I deliberately wrote each book to be read as a stand-alone. Each Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance features a new hero and heroine–although characters reappear as secondary characters in the different books.

Renee Rose: Do you have a favorite in this series or is that like asking a mother which child she loves best?

Cara Bristol: I think every last book I write becomes my new favorite. That said, I have favorite parts or moments of the various books. I love, love, love the way Amanda and Sonny meet and then find out each other’s real identities in Trapped with the Cyborg. I wrote the first two chapters with a big grin on my face. Illumina, the heroine of Captured by the Cyborg, will always be one of my favorite heroines. Millions and millions of romances have been written and published. It’s almost impossible for an author to come up with something that hasn’t been done before by somebody. However, Illumina is unique. She has a specific character trait that no other author has created before (that I’ve read or heard about, anyway). In Mated with the Cyborg, hero Kai Andros is forced to choose between his duty and doing the right thing by rescuing Mariska. Life doesn’t give us easy choices sometimes, and fortunately, he makes the right one. And of course, Stranded with the Cyborg is one of my favorites because it’s the first book, the one that started the series.

Renee Rose: What other genres have you written in? Do you have a particular favorite?

Cara Bristol: I’ve written contemporary spanking romance/BDSM light, paranormal, and romantic comedy in addition to science fiction romance. I think I like the lightness of romantic comedy and when I can add humor to my books, I do. It has to happen organically though and can’t be forced. Reviewers have pointed out they have enjoyed the humor in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series.

Renee Rose: How many books have you published? Are they all Indie?

Cara Bristol: To date, I’ve published 28 titles, which includes 22 standalone novels/novellas and six anthologies. I did not start out Indie. My first fifteen books were published by publishers, primarily Loose Id, but also Decadent Publishing, Blushing Books, and Black Velvet Seductions. I just finished writing my 29th title, a science fiction romance to be released in the fall in an anthology. This summer I plan to re-release some of my older, backlisted titles.

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In a battle to save the galaxy, falling in love isn’t part of the mission plan…

Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) blurb:
The only thing more dangerous than a suicide mission is falling in love…
Amanda Mansfield has faced challenges in her life: the disapproval of her critical father and the near-fatal accident that ended a promising military career and resulted in her transformation to cyborg. Now a Cyber Operations field agent, she volunteers to lead the most dangerous Cy-Ops mission ever: infiltrating enemy territory to find the secret hideaway of a terrorist mastermind. The last thing she needs is an added complication.

Like him. Sonny Masters. Her partner. A streetwise former thug turned cyber operative with a lethal grin. He can’t seem to understand she’s in charge and does not require his protection. He’s everything she dislikes—and everything her body wants.

If they can keep their hands off each other long enough to complete the mission, they might just get out alive…

Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 4) is a standalone read.

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Excerpt
In this opening scene, Sonny Masters is in a bar waiting to meet up with his Cyber Operations partner when he observes an alien hitting on a blonde.

The Malodonian leaned in close to the blonde. “What’s a pretty little thing like you doing in a place like this?”
Sonny snorted into his drink. Did pickup lines like that ever work? He watched out of the corner of his eye and shamelessly eavesdropped. In the Nebula Lounge of the freewheeling Darius 4 Pleasure Resort, one could not expect privacy.
“Minding my own business.” The woman’s glare suggested the Malodonian do the same.
“How about I buy you a drink?” he persisted, unfazed by the rejection. His skin was as thick as it was blue.
“Already have one.” She raised a double shot of Cerinian brandy. Her second. Sonny’s cyborg brain had kept track—not that counting to two proved a challenge. However, one single shot of the potent alien liqueur had been known to put many a stout man under the table. This woman could hold her liquor.
She’d caught his attention the moment he’d entered the lounge. Like the Malodonian had noted, she was pretty—very pretty, but not so little. She was long limbed and toned in a way that he liked.
He might have been tempted to try his luck himself—with a better line, of course—except he had little time for R&R. He needed to meet up with Manny, his Cyber Operations partner who would debrief him on the details of the next mission.
Hover lights floating around the bar flattered the woman, turning her hair to pure gold, but the warm-toned illumination wasn’t kind to the Malodonian, whose blue skin acquired an unattractive green cast. “Why don’t I join you, then?” He planted himself next to her.
“Why don’t you not?” Without wince or wobble, she knocked back the brandy and slid off the barstool. Tall, like he’d guessed. Sonny stood six foot six. Most females barely reached his shoulders. The blonde’s head would graze his chin. A nice fit for dancing, vertical and horizontal.
“What’s the rush? Don’t run off.” The Malodonian grabbed her arm, his fingers biting into her skin.
Amusement vanished. Sonny leaped to his feet. “I believe the lady said—”
Before he could finish his sentence, she had the Malodonian on his knees, his arm wrenched at such an awkward angle Sonny almost felt sorry for the poor bastard.
“What part of leave me alone didn’t you understand?” she said in the Malodonian language.
The man’s guttural insult ended on a high note when she twisted his arm. “Get out of here.” She shoved him, sending him sprawling into a table. He swore again, his epithet translating to the C-word, and scrambled for the door.
“Impressive.” Sonny applauded—from a safe distance.
“The way I took him down?”
“That, and the way you hold your liquor.”
She scowled, but then her lips twitched in a reluctant smile that lit up her face. So she did have a sense of humor. If he had the time…well, maybe he could make some. Once he departed Darius 4, it would be a long while before he could avail himself of feminine companionship. Manny wouldn’t arrive until morning. Perhaps he and the blonde could work something out for tonight?
Tread carefully, though. He’d hate to end up on his knees the way the Malodonian had. Not that the blonde could get him there. Despite being well-toned, she couldn’t beat a cyborg’s nanocyte-enhanced brawn. The image of them naked and wrestling, vying for dominance, brought a smile to his face. He’d win, of course. But he’d allow her to think she had a chance.
“Something amuses you?” she asked.

Author bio and links:
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes contemporary and science fiction romance and has topped the Amazon sales charts in science fiction and fantasy romance and erotica. No matter what the romance 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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About the Author

#1 BEST SELLING AUTHOR IN PARANORMAL and SCI-FI EROTICA! Named Eroticon USA's Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, Renee Rose is a naughty wordsmith who writes romance novels centered around her favorite kink: spanking. She has won The Romance Reviews and Spanking Romance Reviews' Best Historical Romance, is often found on the list of Amazon's Top 100 Erotic Authors and is a regular columnist for Write Sex Right. She also pens BDSM stories under the name Darling Adams.

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