Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My Travels On Earth: Feeling Like a Stranger in a Strange Land by Cara Bristol

By Cara Bristol

(My opinions are my own and not the SFR Brigade’s).

In 2007, my family went to China. Previously, I had little interest in visiting China, but the year before the Beijing Olympics we got such a great travel deal, I couldn’t afford not to go.

China changed my attitude toward travel. I’d been to Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada & Mexico, of course. Before China, I traveled for vacation, to go someplace familiar and comfortable so I could rest & recreate. Until 2007, the places I’d visited were westernized. But while Europe is pretty impressive, it’s not that different from the US.

However, China was like a different planet. Oriental culture is so foreign, so unlike anything we have or know in the West, it felt alien to me. I felt like a “stranger in a strange land.”  China made me want to travel for adventure, to see what the world had to offer.

That sense of foreignness and the quest for adventure is what I try to bring to my science fiction romance settings. I want to take readers to places they’ve never been,—but that are not so different that they feel at a loss to understand. So I try to make my alien locales relatable to something they do know.

Planet Xenia, created in an earlier Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance, is the main setting in Claimed by the Cyborg. It’s a vibrant, colorful planet with fields of purple grasses, unusual flowers, and squat trees. The animals are unusual: fish have legs and land mammals have feathers and wings, the sky is pink, not blue, and it colors the planets streams and other waterways.

If the planet’s flora and fauna are strange, the people’s mating customs are even stranger, which the hero soon finds out.

Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

Claimed by the Cyborg is available in ebook and paperback

Author Bio
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

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