Sunday, March 01, 2009
The Cat Star Chronicles: Rogue by Cheryl Brooks
Thanks so much for allowing me to guest blog again on Yankee Romance Reviewers! We had a blast with Warrior when I visited before, and now I’m promoting my newest release, The Cat Star Chronicles: Rogue.
When writing a series, coming up with new ideas isn’t always easy. I had already begun thinking about the third book in the series when my editor said: “They can still be slaves, but try not to have the guys so beat up this time—and how about two of them—maybe have them be brothers?”
So I that’s what I did. Tychar and Trag are two Zetithian brothers who have been the pampered pets of a Darconian queen for the past twenty years. Darconia is a desert planet with inhabitants that not only look like down-sized versions of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, but have a similar temperament. The two Zetithians are the only humanoids on the entire planet, and though they haven’t been mistreated, when it comes to finding a mate, without the scent of feminine desire, it’s no go. Needless to say, the dinosaurs just don’t smell right.
Enter Kyra Aramis; a young and slightly timid Terran pianist who has been hired to teach piano to Queen Scalia’s daughter, Zealon. Scalia introduces her ‘cats’ to Kyra, and though sparks of attraction fly between the piano teacher and Tychar, Trag is aroused by her scent as well. Scalia, whom Kyra suspects of having an ulterior motive for bringing her to Darconia, assigns Tychar to be Kyra’s personal attendant during her stay.
Two brothers and one woman. Imagine her dilemma when Kyra falls in love with the charming Tychar, but Trag, who is every bit as irresistible as his brother, wants her, too. If she refuses him, Trag may never have sex again as long as he lives, but if she gives in, she may jeopardize her relationship with the one she loves. With free men, this choice would be difficult enough, but the men are slaves, which makes their situation unique. What’s a girl to do?
In addition to having two sexy Zetithians for my heroine to choose from, I had great fun with the secondary characters and the setting. On a desert planet with little in the way of modern technology, the Darconians have a different type of stone to fill almost every need from time-keeping to dusting the palace. I also incorporated my love of music and humor—just imagine a T-Rex playing the piano and you’ll get some idea of what I mean by that. Add political upheaval, a group of bizarre alien slaves, some super-hot romance, gun runners, a few old friends, and a tense desert conflict, and you’ve got The Cat Star Chronicles: Rogue.
By the end of the story, the meek little piano teacher isn’t meek anymore! *evil grin* Get ready to blow that fuse, Terra!