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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: 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. :D

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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Are Zetithian Women Just as Sexy as the Men from Zetith?

by Cheryl Brooks guest blogger and author of Hero

I always enjoy being a guest here on Love Romance Passion, because that’s pretty much what my books are about! My name is Cheryl Brooks, and I write a sexy sci-fi romance series called The Cat Star Chronicles. My heroes are all natives of the planet Zetith, and if you’re familiar with the series, you’ll know that Zetithian men are the hottest lovers in the galaxy—so hot, in fact, that a jealous man set out to destroy their race entirely. He’s succeeded in blowing up their planet and has placed a bounty on any survivors, but has been unable to stop the determined few who are intent on saving their species and bringing him to justice.

The first five books of the series feature a group of soldiers who were captured near the end of the war and sold into slavery. Zetithians are humanoids with feline characteristics, and though the males are able to crossbreed with other species, Zetithian females are a different story.

Ever since the third book, Rogue, came out, readers have been asking me if Trag, the brother who doesn’t get the girl, would ever be featured in his own book. Yes, I would reply, he does, but not until book six. I fell for Trag just as hard as those readers did, and I was saving something very special for him: Out of all the men in the series, he was going to be the one to find a Zetithian girl.

When I first pitched the idea for Hero to my editor, she was excited to have a Zetithian female in the series, knowing how sensuous and sexy a Zetithian woman would be. With her feline features and sleek, cat-like grace, Micayla is all of that and more, but the reason the Zetithian guys are so hot is because the gals just aren’t interested. Orphaned at a young age, Micayla has grown up on Earth ignorant of her origins, but has been unable to find love because Earth guys don’t do a thing for her. She’s taken a job on a remote space station hoping to find answers to her questions, only to discover that such knowledge can be dangerous.

When Hero opens, Trag is still secretly carrying a torch for his brother’s mate, but tells everyone he’s holding out for a Zetithian girl, mainly because he knows he’ll never find one. His job as the pilot for an arms dealer has taken him to the far reaches of the galaxy, and though he’s seen plenty of strange and wondrous things, he is totally unprepared for what happens when he and Micayla meet.

Micayla has stumbled onto the truth behind Zetith’s destruction and is running for her life when she lands aboard Trag’s ship. Unfortunately, the first thing she does is hiss at him! With no experience wooing a Zetithian female, Trag is at a loss to understand why the two of them mix like oil and water when everyone else is expecting them to be lovers.

Trag is definitely one of my all-time favorite heroes. Sexy, funny, tough, and opinionated, he kept me entertained throughout the writing process. Micayla is just as tough as Trag and as intelligent as she is beautiful. I had a blast pitting these two strong personalities against each other, and I hope my readers will enjoy their verbal sparring as much as I did. So, if you’re looking for love, romance, and passion, hop aboard my starship and discover what Zetithian men mean when they promise to give you joy unlike any you have ever known. Trust me, once you go “cat,” you’ll never go back!

HERO BY CHERYL BROOKS – IN STORES AUGUST 2010
The Cat Star Chronicles #6

He is the sexiest, most irksome man she’s ever encountered…

Micayla is the last Zetithian female left in the universe. She doesn’t know what’s normal for her species, but she knows when she sees Trag that all she wants to do is bite him…

He has searched all over the galaxy for a woman like her…

Trag has sworn he’ll never marry unless he can find a Zetithian female. But now that he’s finally found Micayla, she may be more of a challenge than even he’s able to take on…

Buy: Hero: The Cat Star Chronicles #6

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. 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/

Buy: Hero: The Cat Star Chronicles #6

Review: Hero by Cheryl Brooks


Hero is book six in The Cat Star Chronicles.

I’ve totally read this series out of order. My only background prior to Hero was the first in the series, Slave. That didn’t stop me from getting what was going on real quick and honestly, you can pick this book up without having read even Slave. Brooks does a good job at explaining without telling and hooking you into the story.

Trag is the last known Zetithian male unmated and unbonded. If he had his choice, he knows who he’d want to be with for the rest of his life, but considering she’s his brother’s, Tychar’s soul mate [Rogue], it won’t ever happen. Terran women remind him of Kyra so he gets by with prostitutes, but since none of them are Kyra he’s kept everyone (by that he really means Jack [Slave]) off his back by saying he wants a Zetithian woman. He figures it’s a safe bet, because there are no surviving Zetithian women.

Or so he thought…

Micayla doesn’t yet know she’s Zetithian. All she knows is that she’s not Terran and that her sex drive seems to be nonexistent. A sore point if there ever was one, but there was nothing she could do to change that. Until she meets Trag, she’s never had an emotional response to a guy… but why oh why did she have to hiss at him? Why was she more tempted to bite him than to kiss him? The only unattached male of her species and the first thing she does is alienate him! Figures.

Trag is the hot desponded and depressed hero. It gets a little tiring toward the middle but that quickly snaps as both Trag and Micayla figure out how Zetithians attract each other and pair up. Good thing Cat [Slave] was around to help out or they’d still be clueless (which makes sense because they didn’t grow up on their planet and most of their species was murdered when their home planet was destroyed.) Speaking of which the Zetithians find out who did it and make plans to go after the guy… do they succeed? Read Hero to find out!

Who are the hottest men in the universe? Zetithians! Once you go kitty-cat you’ll never go back.

Rating: 3 Stars

Buy: Hero

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