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Pet Trade

(Book 4.5 in the Central Galactic Concordance series)
A Novella by

An injured veterinarian and a cyborg with unusual pets must join forces to save their town. The vast Central Galactic Concordance strictly prohibits genetic experimentation and alteration of humans on any of its 500 member planets. Animals aren't so lucky.

On a frontier planet, veterinarian Bethnee Bakonin made a home for herself in the frozen north. Her minder talent for healing all kinds of animals would ordinarily assure her success, but her unwilling stint in the shady pet trade industry left her damaged and scared. She works around her limitations as best she can, and rescues pet trade castoffs.

"Volunteered" for a black-box research project, elite forces Jumper Axur Tragon now has dangerous experimental tech in his cybernetic limbs. He escaped and crash-landed a stolen freighter in the northern mountains of a frontier planet, only to discover a secret shipment of designer pets was part of the cargo. Determined to do right by them, he enlists reluctant Bethnee's aid in caring for them - a definite challenge, considering Bethnee is terrified of him.

When greedy mercenaries come raiding, can Axur and Bethnee work together to overcome their limitations, with help from their unusual pets, and save the day?

It's a deadly adventure - with pets - in the fringes of space. Grab your copy of Pet Trade today!

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Series note: Pet Trade takes place between Pico's Crush and Jumper's Hope in the Central Galactic Concordance series, but is a standalone story. Originally appeared in the USA TODAY bestselling anthology Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

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"...a poignant romance... I loved watching as these two individuals start to heal, and find love together."
-- Kathy Andrico -

Genre: Science Fiction

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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: Pet Trade: A Central Galactic Concordance Novella
Author(s): Carol Van Natta
ISBN: 1-946165-06-9 / 978-1-946165-06-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chavanch Press, LLC
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Pet Trade: A Central Galactic Concordance Novella
Author(s): Carol Van Natta
Publisher: Chavanch Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU