by PJ Schnyder
Genre: Sci-Fi / Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
Book two of The Triton Experiment
Intergalactic mercenary Kat Darah has been ordered to keep her shape-shifting ability a secret from everyone but those closest to her, for her own safety. She’s learned how to control the feral rage…for the most part. But when Lieutenant Rygard’s military unit goes missing, she’ll use every skill she has to find her man.
Lt. Christopher Rygard has witnessed his girl shift, and he still wants her. After Kat rescues him from alien clutches, he’d like nothing more than to wrap her in his arms again, but his first duty is to his men. And half of them have been shipped off-planet to be sold as slaves.
Kat and Rygard will need to form a new team to go deep undercover, posing as gladiators and learning to fight together in order to survive. In the arena, it’s all about who is the strongest predator…
See how it all began in Hunting Kat.
“No follow up threat?” Dev’s voice surprised her. The footsteps hadn’t matched her captain’s usual swagger and the air circulation carried scent up and away too quickly for it to reach her. Considering the multitude of aromas her enhanced sense of smell forced upon her when someone appeared in her doorway, usually shot and bleeding or in some stage of infection, the powerful circulation could be a blessing.
Even if it did allow her captain to surprise her. She didn’t turn away from the observation window.
“The only people on board are crew. They all know I won’t hesitate to tear a man apart, even if I do have to put him back together again.”
They’d seen her do it. Course, it hadn’t been a crew member and that particular fugitive had tried to kill her. The bounty on the man required him alive so she’d still had to stitch him up afterward.
“Convenient, you being ship’s medic and all.” Dev stepped into her space anyway. “Course, this is my ship and I am captain, so I could make the point that it’s my medical bay and you are one of my crew.”
“You could.” But it’d be for a reason. Her captain didn’t play territory games without one. With her, territory meant a lot more than the average humanoid. Still, she had human logic, she could use it. “In response to your hypothetical point, I’d say you gave me this position when I became part of your crew and thus ceded this territory. Still my facility and personal space. Besides, you put in this window specifically for me.”
“We had a particularly good haul from before I got that installed, made a fair chunk of cred from almost dying. Made sense to invest it in the ship.”
She raised an eyebrow and watched his reflection in the window.
“Modification to the hull of a spaceship never comes cheap and a window isn’t an upgrade to the ship’s structural integrity unless you invested in extremely high quality materials.”
“Which I did.”
“It’s got a perch perfect for sitting and staring out into whatever.” She turned from the window and let her legs dangle over the edge as she faced him. “Too high for any normal human to get up here and enjoy.”
And she needed this space, needed this window. The view into infinity eased the pent up frustration of the beast within. Lately, she needed peace however she could find it. The panther aspect of her lurked restless and irritable beneath her skin. Ready to break loose.
Planting her hands on the ledge, she hopped off for a drop of several meters, landing on her feet with ease. The distance was farther than a human would willingly jump too. She hadn’t had to worry about that for almost four years now.
Straightening, she looked her captain up and down before locking her gaze with his. The predator aspect rose in a wave as the force of her personality crashed into his. Confidence, charisma, command presence, people defined it in their own way. It wasn’t something limited by words or descriptions. It was something a person experienced, a gut reaction, in any interaction with anyone else.
Her captain had won her respect and her trust years ago, but she still tended to…no, enjoyed butting heads with him on occasion.
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Let's Learn a Little about PJ:
1. What is your writing environment?
Extremely varied. I travel for approximately 90% of my time for the day job. After my day job responsibilities on client site, etc. are complete, you’ll find me writing in my hotel room, at the hotel bar, at the gate waiting for my flight or on the plane.
On the occasions that I’m home, I write in my bedroom at my desk under a cargo net of plushies.
2. Who is your perfect hero/heroine? Why?
My perfect hero/heroine is an imperfect soul. I think I relate better to them that way and honestly, I understand their choices and decisions better. We all have imperfections, faults, things that make us a Work In Progress. I like my hero/heroine to be the same way.
To that end, I try to write all of my heroes and heroines with imperfections, faults, quirks and things they would like to work on within themselves.
3. Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
Anne Bishop. Though she’s a go-to author when it comes to her Black Jewels series, I hadn’t read Written in Red until recently. I very much enjoyed this new world of hers and look forward to reading more.
M.D. Waters. I am lucky enough to have ARCs of both Archetype and Prototype and can’t wait for the official releases so I can by the final, published copies!
4. What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I have a shelf of re-reads. These are well-worn, well-loved, books that help me in those days when I absolutely need to find a certain place in my head. They give me All the Feels and that happy sigh when I close the book at the end of the story.
I’ve always wanted to write that sort of story to provide the same feelings for my readers.
5. What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
Oh gosh. I recently watched the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and very much enjoyed it. It ran slow in a couple of places, but the barrels in the river scene was hilarious and Kili…*sigh* Kili!
6. Top 3 things on your bucket list
Tour Japan based on various onsen (hot spring) to visit.
Tour Ireland based on various Bed & Breakfasts.
Write the kinds of stories that will live in my readers’ hearts long after I’m gone.
7. How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
Fighting Kat is a continuation of Kaitlyn & Rygard’s story, begun in Hunting Kat. Unlike some romance series that focus on a different couple in each book, the Triton Experiment series grows with Kaitlyn & Rygard’s relationship. I chose to do this because Kaitlyn & Rygard are both dynamic characters with a lot of growing and evolving to do, and their relationship will do the same.
8. What is your favorite scene in your new release?
I don’t want to give away spoilers, but the scene begins with Kaitlyn & Rygard snuggled in bed and ends with Kaitlyn realizing she has room in her heart for the most unlikely of friends.
Because lost hearts sometimes find each other.
9. What would you consider a “perfect” date?
There are any number of ways a date could play out. For me, a perfect date includes moments of something new and something wonderful, when you want the moment to draw out for eternity and you close your eyes to fix it in your memory to cherish for always.
10. What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a super sekrit WIP. It’s an experiment in a new genre for me. I hope I’ll be able to share more on it soon!
For the time being though, I do give hints so please do look for me around the internetz.
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About the Author:
Born and raised in the North East, PJ Schnyder spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every fantasy and sci-fi novel she could borrow from the local and school libraries.
She scored fairly high in the verbal portion.
She was introduced to the wonderful world of romance a decade later by her best friend at an anime convention in Seattle.
She now lives somewhere temperate watching the seasons go by with her two dogs and super stealthy ninja kitty, writing her stories and gaming.
PJ recently received the Golden Leaf award for Bite Me, Book 1 of the London Undead Series, and is one of the contributing authors to the Parsec-award winning Tales from the Archives Vol. 2 of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. In the past, she has also won honors from the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal RWA PRISM awards for her novella, Hunting Kat, Book 1 of the Triton Experiment Series.
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