Readers, today I have some very special guests for you.
Author Cheryl Brooks has written a fascinating series of books called The Cat Star Chronicles, the latest of which is called Rogue. I have discussed the other books in the series in the past and today…um…well, today…oh, just keep reading…
Hey, all you romance fans and Zetithian lovers, this is Jacinth “Jack” Tshevnoe, captain of the starship Jolly Roger and the heroine of The Cat Star Chronicles: Slave coming to you from the far reaches of the Terran Quadrant. Cheryl Brooks has asked me to do a little interview for Jennifer’s Random Musings with Kyra Aramis, a piano teacher who went to Darconia to teach the Princess Zealon how to play, but wound up with a whole lot more than she bargained for! If you think my story, Slave, was hot, wait until you read The Cat Star Chronicles: Rogue! OMG, this time out, there are TWO of them!
Jack: So, Kyra, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to be on Darconia.
Kyra: First of all, I’m a pianist, and have been nearly all my life. I’ve been teaching for a while now, and not finding any students with remarkable talent, so when I saw the ad for teaching an offworld princess, it sounded like something I should do.
Jack: Um, no offense, Kyra, but you don’t seem like the adventurous type. Darconia is a long way from Upper Sandusky, Ohio!
Kyra: You’re right about that. I’m not a bit brave—quite timid, really—but something told me I should give it a go.
Jack: And as we all know now, you’re very glad you did. Right?
Kyra: Well, you’ve seen Tychar and Trag, so you know. . .
Jack: Yes, I’ve seen them. They’re both gorgeous! One with green eyes and one blue, long black hair like Cat’s and . . . well, (clears throat) enough about that . . . Tychar has a white streak in his hair and the one Trag has is sort of orange.
Kyra: Yeah, they look like tigers. One Siberian, and one Bengal.
Jack (grinning): How do you like the way they purr?
Kyra: Oh, you know I love it! It’s irresistible!
Jack: So the guys were both slaves to Queen Scalia?
Kyra: Yes, she bought them from a trader not long after Zetith was destroyed. Paid a small fortune for them, too.
Jack: I’ll just bet she did. Two handsome young brothers, not a mark on them—it’s a wonder she didn’t hock the whole damn planet to buy them! But Darconians are lizards—look like a bunch of Tyrannosaurus Rex’s if you ask me—so, why would she want two Zetithians?
Kyra: She was a collector of rare and endangered species. She had a whole harem full of slaves.
Jack (archly): Harem, huh? Does that mean she. . . ?
Kyra(smiling thankfully): Not Ty and Trag. They liked Scalia—and she was crazy about them—but, well, like you said, Darconians are reptiles. They weren’t what you’d call physically compatible with Zetithians.
Jack: So, the guys have done without for how long?
Kyra: Twenty years.
Jack (letting out a long whistle): That’s a pretty long dry spell without appropriate female companionship!
Kyra (laughing): You’re really doing your best to keep this PG:13, aren’t you?
Jack: It’s a tough job when you’re talking about two Zetithians, isn’t it?
Kyra: Yes it is, especially when you consider that while on Darconia, they only wore two jeweled collars each.
Jack: Okay, one around their necks and the other around their—
Kyra (patting Jack’s hand): I think our readers can guess where the other one was.
Jack (tugging at the neckline of her shirt): Yeah. I suppose they can. (takes a deep breath) So tell me a little more about the two brothers. Different from each other?
Kyra: Oh, yes. Tychar is a charming rogue while Trag is a bit of a bad boy. (smiling fondly) I fell for Tychar on sight, but Trag, well, he has his good points, too. Like he once said: Tychar is my boyfriend, but Trag is just the bad boy I like to—well, maybe I shouldn’t finish that sentence, but you get the idea.
Jack: Yeah. I do. (runs a hand nervously through her hair)The mental picture alone is making me want to go find Cat and—
Kyra: PG-13, remember?
Jack: Yeah, right. Maybe we should stop the interview here and just recommend that—
Kyra: —they read the book?
Jack (clearly distracted): Huh? Oh, yeah, that’s it. Read the book . . . What was the name of it again?
Kyra: The Cat Star Chronicles: Rogue. Now available in bookstores and online.
Jack: Are we done now, Cheryl? I really need to go find Cat. . . .
Cheryl Brooks: Yes, Jack, you can go now. Thanks for doing the interview for me. Sorry it got you so worked up.
Jack: Well, I know how hot one Zetithian is. I just can’t imagine what it would be like with two of them. . . .
Cheryl Brooks (grinning devilishly): Well, then, it’s a good thing I can, isn’t it? Thanks for the interview, Kyra.
Kyra (blushing): Oh, no, Cheryl, Thank YOU!
Cheryl Brooks: You are quite welcome, Kyra. It was my, um, pleasure. . . . I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jennifer for having us here on her blog, too. As always, it’s been a lot of fun!
Kyra: Psst! Cheryl! Ask them, you know. . .
Cheryl Brooks: What our readers would have done in your situation? Yes, I’d like to know that, too—just to get a little discussion going.
Question One: Would you leave Earth and go halfway across the galaxy to embark upon a new job?
Question Two: Which would you choose? The charmer, the bad boy, or both?
Thank you, Cheryl, Jack and Kyra for that delightful interview.
Readers, don’t forget to look for Rogue and the rest of The Cat Star Chronicles in stores now!
To learn more about Cheryl and her books visit her website: http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/
And go ahead and answer the questions above.
One lucky commenter will receive a copy of The Cat Star Chronicles: Rogue.
I’ll announce the winner tomorrow so be sure to return to see if you won.
Residents of US and Canada only, however.