Our Favorite Cat Aliens are Back!

Cheryl Brooks PhotoGuest blog by Cheryl Brooks, author of Rebel

I was given these topics to choose from for my guest post here on Love Romance Passion.

  1. Interstellar homelessness
  2. Refugees and the Homeless
  3. Heroines as Bait

Since none of them look easy, I’m going to respond to all three and hope for the best. 😉

These questions undoubtedly stem from themes present in the latest installment in my Cat Star Chronicles series, Rebel. If you’ve never read any of the series, suffice it to say that my Zetithian guys are so hot that an extremely rich and insanely jealous man, Rutger Grekkor, blew up their planet after his wife, Amelyana, took a Zetithian lover. Two, actually. After Grekkor killed the first lover, Amelyana went to Zetith in search of another.

Why would she do that? What makes Zetithians so hot? Some say it’s their feline characteristics. They have fangs, glowing vertical pupils, and they can purr. They also have pointed ears and upswept eyebrows like Star Trek’s Mr. Spock. But it’s really their sexual abilities that make them so irresistible — and addicting.

Rebel’s hero, Onca, was only a baby when Zetith was destroyed by Grekkor’s Nedwut henchmen—a rather nasty, wolf-like race of hunters who will basically do anything for a buck. Amelyana did her best to save some of the children from the holocaust. Onca was one of those she saved, which brings me to the first topic:

  1. Interstellar Homelessness.

It isn’t as simple as it sounds, flying through space with no place to call home. Lots of fictional characters have done it. Case in point, Han Solo in Star Wars. But did he ever mention where he was from? Nope. Not in the movies, anyway. I read a few of the related novels, and one of them mentions that the red stripe on the side of his pants leg is the Corellian Blood Stripe, which “wasn’t given for perfect attendance.” Therefore, one would assume that he was Corellian. But did he ever go there and visit his parents? Hmm…don’t think so. Han’s ship was his home, which is the same kind of homelessness my Zetithian refugees experienced.

Unlike the citizens of Alderaan, who “cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced,” the people of Zetith knew they were about to be obliterated, and there wasn’t a thing they could do about it. After ensuring that the natives had no means of getting off the planet, Grekkor’s minions redirected an asteroid to collide with Zetith. Then Grekkor put a bounty on any offworld survivors in order to rid the galaxy of any remaining members of that species. Yeah. He was pissed at them, and he had the means to retaliate on a massive scale. Any remaining Zetithians were rendered homeless in a way that none of us can even begin to comprehend. Not only were their homes destroyed, but their entire world. And that brings us to the second topic:

  1. Refugees and the Homeless

When I first began writing the Cat Star Chronicles, I based the series on six members of a military unit who were captured near the end of the war in which Zetith was destroyed and sold into slavery. But during the course of writing those six books, I was asked to write three more. I needed more Zetithians, so I came up with the idea that a hundred or so children were rescued from Zetith. At the time, I didn’t give a great deal of thought to the logistics of such an endeavor, but just imagine two adult couples caring for a hundred kids, some of whom were only babies. Granted, many of the children were old enough to help care for the smaller ones, but they flew around in space for twenty-five years!

Where did they find food?  In Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry solved that dilemma with food replicators. But he also thought that living people could be “beamed” from one place to another. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Star Trek, but I can’t quite wrap my head around the idea that a living being could be dissolved to the atomic level in one place and reformed in another, alive and kicking. Not buying it. Food replication might be more feasible, but I’m going to assume that Amelyana had to send someone down to a planet now and then on a resupplying mission. Money wouldn’t have been too much of an issue since she probably relieved her dear husband of a hefty chunk of change when she commandeered one of his starships.

And now, more than twenty-five years have passed. Grekkor’s death has set the Zetithians free and made them rich. Onca has grown up on that starship and has been educated in his own culture as well as others, including Earth’s history and traditions.

Not long before Grekkor’s death, Kimcasha Shrovenach, a Zetithian child living on the planet Rhylos with her family, was orphaned by a band of Nedwut bounty hunters. Since the age of ten, she has been living on the streets of Damenk on the planet Rhylos, hiding from unknown and unseen terrors. Her only friends are other street people, and now, some of her buddies have gone missing, which brings us to the third topic:

  1. Heroines as Bait.

With no other options, Kim uses herself as bait to discover where her friends have gone. But she isn’t captured by the Herpatronian thug who accosts her, she is rescued by Onca—and she isn’t happy about it. Poor Onca. His one and only stab at being a hero, and the damsel in distress nearly bites his head off. But wait! She’s Zetithian, a very rare and unsuspected find. Onca isn’t looking for love, but he is willing to help Kim locate her friends, as well as helping her to receive her share of the trust fund established for any surviving Zetithians. As the attraction between them grows, Onca begins to realize that he is the one who must use himself as bait, perhaps even sacrificing his own life to rescue the homeless friends of an adorably feisty young Zetithian woman he is convinced would be better off without him.

So now, the roles are reversed and the hero is the one at risk. At risk of losing his home, his wealth, his freedom, and certainly his heart.

I know which version I like best. Onca is my hero!

rebelBlurb:

He helped to find her kidnapped friends. Will he let her steal his heart?

Kimcasha has lived by her wits since she lost her family when she was eight years old. So when three of her friends vanish, she has no fear about using herself as kidnapper’s bait, until a stranger foils her plot…

After ten years of selling his services in a brothel, Onca has decided to retire. A refugee of planet Zetith, he has no family, no surname, and no woman—until he rescues a young homeless girl from a kidnapper. Onca helps Kim find her friends, but as their intense attraction deepens, he begins feeling too jaded for someone so innocent. It’s up to Kim to convince him otherwise…

Buy: Rebel (The Cat Star Chronicles)

Author Bio: Cheryl Brooks is a former critical care nurse turned romance writer. Her Cat Star Chronicles series includes Slave, Warrior, Rogue, Outcast, Fugitive, Hero, Virgin, Stud, Wildcat, and the current release, Rebel. She is a member of the RWA and IRWA and lives with her husband and sons near Bloomfield, Indiana.

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Review: Stud (Cat Star Chronicles, Book 8) by Cheryl Brooks

StudReviewed by Sharon S.

This is the 8th book in a series about an alien race from the now destroyed planet Zetith. The surviving Zetithian men have a feline gene that makes them unbelievably good-looking, strong, and when it comes to sex they are unmatched by any other males in the universe (we will get to why in a bit). In true PNR fashion, each book is a stand-alone story about one couple. The author does a great job of catching the reader up on any world building so I never felt lost or like I might have missed something by not reading the previous books.

This story is about Tarq, a Zetithian, and a human named Lucy whose family lives on the planet Talus Five. This story could be called Sci-Fi, but in a very lose sense. It is a romance first and foremost and definitely leans in the erotic direction. The plot is a tried and true one in PNR. Our couple has come to a business agreement and both are using it as an excuse to be around the other… all the while pining over each other but thinking the other is just staying around because of their deal. Normally this type of PNR storyline does nothing for me, but Tarq and Lucy are just so darned likeable! They are both truly good people with real life vulnerabilities that are endearing and do the right thing despite how others treat them.

Tarq travels from world to world offering to impregnate women. Since his race was practically wiped out he is doing his part in helping re-establish it and he is very good at what he does. Unfortunately he thinks this is the only thing is good for because he has a learning disability and can’t read. He comes to Talus Five to look for willing women and instead finds his mate, but feels he is too stupid and “used” for her to ever love him.

Lucy works for her father in his restaurant. Her whole family is ungrateful and takes advantage of her, almost like Cinderella. She wishes nothing more than to run away and be on her own, but she lacks self-confidence and money. Because she has to work so hard she has never had a relationship with a man (yep, virgin alert!). These two had great chemistry and lots of sex! Some of the descriptions were a little over the top for me with lines like this,

“Thick and long, it curved toward her like a snake about to strike, the scalloped head aimed right at her, orgasmic syrup dripping like venom from the points. His meaty balls hung low against…”

You get the picture <G>. Also the use of the word snard to refer to his addictive and tasty semen was kind of odd. I think some of this was meant to be a little campy especially when you take into consideration some of the anatomical differences between a Zetithian male and others. All in all this was an enjoyable read and the thought of hearing a Tarq purr made up for any short comings. I would read more from this author.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Stud (Cat Star Chronicles)

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Top Ten Reasons Why Every Woman Deserves Her Own Zetithian Warrior

Guest Post by Cheryl Brooks, author of Stud (Cat Star Chronicles)

Hello again, and thank you so much for having me as a guest here on Love Romance Passion! For those of you who haven’t met my Zetithians yet, allow me to introduce you to the sexiest men in the galaxy, the heroes of The Cat Star Chronicles. Let’s get started with the reasons why every woman wants—and deserves—a Zetithian of her very own.

10. Exotic features:

Every woman dreams of a handsome lover, but the men of Zetith all fit that description. Their upswept eyebrows and pointed ears mark them as an alien race, and with cat-like eyes that glow with passion and fangs hidden behind sensuous lips, they are every bit as dangerous as they appear.

9. Incredible hair:

A Zetithian man’s waist-length spiral curls are a symbol of his virility. Because they tend to exude sexuality, you will never see one with a shaved head. Nor do they have to shave their faces because the men of Zetith don’t have beards, which means you will never have your face or any other part of your body rubbed raw when one of them kisses you!

8. Prescient visions:

Ever wonder what the future holds in store? Your Zetithian man might have a vision someday. It could be as simple as a change in the weather or as profound as seeing your unborn children reflected in your eyes.

7. Superb fighters:

As sleek and strong as tigers on the prowl, their muscular bodies and cat-like agility give Zetithians the advantage over many foes. However, Zetithians would rather be lovers than fighters, which makes “warrior” something of a misnomer. Still, if the need arises for a sword-wielding, iron-fisted, gun-slinging hero, the normally peaceful forest dwellers of Zetith are definitely the guys you want on your side.

6. Longevity:

Zetithians have a longer life span than humans and are amazingly healthy with astonishing regenerative powers. The only down side to this is that they are practically comatose while they heal, which can be disconcerting to the uninitiated. The up side of mating with one is that bearing his children adds years to the mother’s life.

5. Honesty:

You will not find a dishonest Zetithian. These are men you can trust with your life, your money, and your heart. They will not lie to you. Ever.

4. Sense of humor:

Zetithians have strong emotions and a good sense of humor. Generally friendly and likeable, they are kind, considerate, and they SMILE.

3. They can purr:

A Zetithian man uses his purr to entice females, and very few are unaffected by it. Imagine curling up with a hot, sexy, purring man. You don’t have to love cats to appreciate that!

2. Incredible lovers:

With sexual abilities unsurpassed by any species in the galaxy, it’s no surprise that their homeworld was destroyed by an insanely jealous man. Zetithian semen has powerful euphoric effects, and just a taste of their penile secretions will trigger an orgasm. As long as their mate is willing, they can go all day or all night. BUT they can’t do any of it without the scent of a woman’s desire. A Zetithian man cannot force himself on a woman who doesn’t want him.

Their semen also acts as a fertility drug. Even their human mates will have triplets, but as any woman lucky enough to find a Zetithian man of her very own will tell you, it’s worth it. Plus, you will never experience morning sickness!

1. Best of all…

When a Zetithian man says Come, mate with me, my love, and I will give you joy unlike any you have ever known, he really means it!

And doesn’t every woman deserve that?

Stud

STUD BY CHERYL BROOKS – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2012

They’re galaxies apart…

Even for a Zetithian, Tarq Zulveidinoe’s sexual prowess is legendary. Believing it’s all he’s good for, Tarq sets out to perpetuate his threatened species by offering his services to women across the galaxy…

But one force can bring them together…

Lucinda Force is the sensitive dark horse in a self-absorbed family, repeatedly told that no man will ever want such a plain woman. Lucy longs for romance, but is resigned to her loveless lot in life—until Tarq walks through the door of her father’s restaurant on Talus Five…

Buy: Stud

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cheryl Brooks is a critical care nurse by night and a romance writer by day. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She is the author of The Cat Star Chronicles series and lives with her husband, two sons, five cats, five horses and one dog in Indiana. For more information, please visit http://cherylbrooksonline.com/ or follower her on Twitter: @CherylCatMaster.

GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of Stud graciously given by Sourcebooks. Open to US and Canada only. Enter by saying why you want a Zetithian Warrior! Last day to enter: February 17, 2011.

Review: Virgin by Cheryl Brooks

If you’ve heard of the Cat Star Chronicles before then you know that Zetithians, a feline big cat like alien species, are known for their males’ remarkable sexual prowess. We’ve even gone over some the *ahem* anatomy of these hunky men in The Sexual Prowess of Alien Romance Heroes. Seriously, you should check that out… hot. 😀

So what happens when a male of the species is a virgin? He has no experience with the sexual prowess of the other males. How he was allowed to remain a virgin is a mystery! Dax talks about turning down some persistent women with a certain underhanded trick (that eventually lands him in some hot water with a couple of whores…), but I can’t really see him escaping the demand on him by others in his species to procreate.

The Zetithians were wiped out because of their sexual skill you see, and only now that they’ve found the man responsible and got justice are they able to rebuild in relative peace.

Ava is a half-breed. She’s part fish (Aquerei) and part human. She’s had two boyfriends and her current one, Lars, she wants to ditch something fierce, so she can return to her old boyfriend. A problem for Dax because Ava is the first woman he’s been attracted to and stirred by her scent, but he agrees to take her to where the old boyfriend is and does it scandalously cheap. (He charges everyone by what they can afford, not by how much they have on hand… very noble.)

Meanwhile there’s a subplot where a bunch of Aquerei are looking for Ava, not that she’s aware, in order to prevent a reordering of the Aquerei’s home world, which Ava is a key player (again something unknown to her.) I wonder how that works out?

I love Dax’s fumbling ineptitude in pursuing Ava. If you like virgin heroes, you will too!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Virgin

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The Sexual Prowess of Alien Romance Heroes

by Cheryl Brooks guest blogger and author of Fugitive (The Cat Star Chronicles #5)

Hello! My name is Cheryl Brooks, author of the Cat Star Chronicles series of sci-fi romance. I’ve been asked many times what made me choose a feline gene to give my Zetithian heroes their sexual prowess, but the truth is, though I may have given them feline features and the ability to purr, I based the Zetithian male genitalia on that of a horse.

Let’s face it, when you start talking about a guy who is well-endowed, the horse analogy is one that usually comes up. After all, I’ve never heard a man boast of being hung like a cat (have you?) and if you’ve ever seen an aroused stallion, (and having had one here on my farm for a while, I can speak from experience) you will understand why men would prefer the equine as opposed to the feline comparison. The size has been scaled down to human proportions, but the scalloped edge on the corona came straight from the horse’s… well, you get the idea.

I wanted a hero who had it all; a quiet nature, one that could be as sweet as a pussycat, but at the same time was all male and could be a bit of an animal when it came to sex. The pointed ears and slanted eyebrows originally came from Mr. Spock (one of my favorite characters of all time), and the feline eyes naturally followed that, with the purring not far behind.

The ability to move his equipment in any direction is also more horse-like than cat-like, but the orgasmic and euphoric nature of Zetithian body fluids came about as a result of something I’d once read about the prostaglandins present in human semen causing a sense of well-being in the female. I embellished on this a bit—okay, so it was more than just a bit!—and came up with semen (or snard as the Zetithians call it) that induces euphoria, plus a lubricating fluid that chemically triggers orgasms.

Since cats have multiple births, this led to the next step in Zetithian biology, which was that the offspring would be born in litters of three. I felt that since their world had been destroyed and there were so few of them left, the ability to reproduce at a higher than normal rate was essential to ensure their survival as a species. That being the case, I gave the Zetithians semen that acts like a fertility drug, thus causing the females of any compatible species to have triplets.

In my current release, The Cat Star Chronicles: Fugitive, I made use of another feline trait, that of stealth and concealment. Few animals are better at stalking their prey than cats, and these abilities are very handy for a man on the run. Manx can not only disappear into the jungle to elude his captors, but he can also provide for himself with the ability to catch small animals and birds by hand. His keen eyes make him an excellent archer as well as a crack-shot with a pulse pistol.

As for what made me choose to write about cat-like aliens as opposed to werewolves, I can only say that as one who, at last count, has six cats living in and around her house, I’m surrounded by them. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a cat lover—most of them have adopted me as opposed to the other way around—but few things are more soothing to the soul than having a purring cat in your lap. I took the purring in a different direction with my aliens in that, for a Zetithian, purring is their primary means of enticing females. I believe that a guy who could purr would have an advantage over most men, but what about you? If you could create your ultimate male, what animal characteristics would he have?

FUGITIVE BY CHERYL BROOKS—IN STORES JANUARY 2010

When a Zetithian fugitive meets a beautiful Earth woman, their passion may cost them both their lives…

Manx is a Zetithian fugitive with a feline gene that gives him remarkable sexual powers. He has been in hiding in the remote jungles of Barada Seven ever since being marked for extermination by the violent Nedwuts.

Artist Drusilla arrives on Barada Seven, enticed only by the promise of finding a nature paradise there. But she discovers a wildlife she wasn’t expecting when she encounters Manx. Reckless with desire for the beautiful Earth woman, Manx risks his life to win her as his mate.

It’s only a matter of time until the Nedwuts find them, but it will take all of Manx and Drusilla’s passion, skill, and ingenuity to survive.

Buy: Fugitive (The Cat Star Chronicles #5)

About the Author

Cheryl Brooks is an Intensive Care Unit nurse by night and a romance writer by day. Previous books in The Cat Star Chronicles series include Slave, Warrior, Rogue and Outcast. Hero, book six, will be in stores August 2010. She is a member of the RWA and lives with her husband and sons in Bloomfield, Indiana. For more information, please visit http://cherylbrooksonline.com/