Across the Universe
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Stars and Stone Books
Date of Publication: August 1 2017
13 Stories of
Science Fiction Romance Set on Intergalactic Shore
Summer love is summer love, no matter the planet. Climb aboard your
spacecraft or time machine and travel across time and space with these
thirteen tales of love on beaches in the future and among the stars.
Includes stories by USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass, Cara
McKinnon, Rhonda Jackson Joseph, A.E. Hayes, Sheri Queen, M.T. DeSantis, L.J.
Longo, K.W. Taylor, Mary Rogers, Elsa M. Carruthers, Emmerite Sundberg, Serena
Jayne, and Oriana Maret.
Cara McKinnon – “The Pirates and the Pacifist”
Kai doesn’t believe in violence. Sam and Dek believe the ends justify the
means. Will passion be enough to bridge the gap between the pacifist sent to
broker galactic peace and the space pirates hired to keep him away at all
Sheri Queen – “Red Sand”
If she can only save one thing, which will it be—the red beaches of Mars
or a love she can’t imagine living without?
L.J. Longo – “Breathless”
The manager of a resort planet and the head of its secret defense unit
team up to save the guests—and discover danger is a potent aphrodisiac.
Mary Rogers – “Breakfast on Pluto”
Doing the right thing isn’t always what’s best—but sometimes it pays
off. A chance meeting of two people unaware of their destiny with each
other results in a bond too difficult to break, but even duty has its
boundaries. Will love help them break free—and will love be enough?
Oriana Maret – “Renewal”
She’ll brave the arms of destruction to shed the arms that betrayed.
After I had Drucilla a few months, she seemed lonely and out-of-sorts. I brought her to the vet, but they couldn’t find anything wrong with her. So I decided that she must need a friend. So I found Beatrice. I must admit I picked her over another chinchilla, closer in age to Drucilla, because she is gorgeous. Seriously, she’s the most beautiful chinbaby in the world.
But I found out pretty fast that she is a crazy, crazy critter. When I first got her, I used fleece liners in her cage. She would look me in the eye and pull the fleece into the corner of her cage and sit on it with an angry look on her face. When you open the door of her cage, she grabs your hand and pushes it out of her way so she can escape. She will only allow me to pet her through the bars of the cage. If you try to pet her and she doesn’t want you to, she will get in her wheel and without breaking eye contact, run furiously toward you.
She’s a weird one. Sadly, she never got along with Drucilla, but I sure love her.
Drucilla is the chinchilla who has been with me the longest. She’s a little love muffin and absorbs all the pets I can give her. She doesn’t like being picked up or eating rosehips. Every time I pick her up, she quivers in terror and emits a “scared” odor. Poor thing. She trusts me enough to squeeze her face during pets but not to pick her up.
Drucilla as a baby before she ever came to me. Photo by the breeder. Can you blame me for choosing this little face?
She came to me at three months old when I finally realized I could fulfill my lifelong dream to own a chinchilla. I was sent a message by a friend about a breeder in a nearby town and originally negotiated to own two other chinchillas before we settled upon Drucilla. Daughter of ribbon-winning show chinchillas, it’s easy to see. She’s a beautiful little fluff.
I had her for two months and she often spent her time sitting on her shelf, staring at me. I decided she was lonely and started looking for another chinchilla to be her best friend.
Drucilla, Dru, Droobs, or most recently, Gerbs.
World Book Day is a fantastic idea, as reading is always a worthwhile pastime. Even chinchillas do it. Just a few examples:
Beatrice enjoys Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.
Drucilla searches through the Serendipity omnibus for her favorite story.
Gwinneth is so absorbed in Harold’s adventures, she thinks she can climb in with him.