Nola, the heroine of Jumping Barrel, lives on Vulpeculae 5. The planet’s name is a nod to Vulpeculae, the constellation. This constellation is associated with some playful imagery, which makes it perfect for our light, fun December short story.
Vulpeculae is Latin for ‘little fox.’ Its commonly referred to as the fox. Alpha Vulpeculae, its brightest star, is known as Anser, the goose. Yes, the fox is holding a goose in its jaws. (grins)
Anser is a red giant and an optical binary (a double star). I thought that was appropriate for Jumping Barrel, a romance between a cyborg warrior and a human expert.
Vulpeculae is also noted for HD 189733 b. Water vapor was detected in the atmosphere of that planet. Other highlights of the constellation are the Dumbbell Nebula, a large, bright planetary nebula, NGC 7052, a spiral galaxy, and the Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall, a galaxy filament.
The Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall is the largest structure in the universe. It is 10 billion light-years long, 7.2 billion light-years wide, and almost 1 billion light-years thick. To put that in perspective, the Earth is a mere 0.000016 light-years from the Sun. Yeah, the Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall is HUGE.
He requires an Expert. She needs a hero.
Barrel requires an Expert for the Tau Cetian orphans. He’s looking for a female who is willing to commit to a lifespan-long role, who is comfortable with moving off planet, and who, preferably, has the ability to speak the offsprings’ first language.
Nola wants the role Barrel is offering so badly she bends a few truths. Yes, she was born off planet but she has lived almost all of her lifespan in sheltered Academies. Yes, she has learned Tau Cetian but she has never spoken with a local. Yes, she plans to follow the rules but his deep, sexy voice tempts her to rebel.
When a fact-morphing human academic meets her battle-worn cyborg warrior, deceptions are revealed, passions flare, and circuits sizzle. Wrong seems right. Lies turn into truth. The candidate least qualified for the role becomes the one candidate Barrel can’t let go.
Jumping Barrel is a short companion story in the Cyborg Sizzle series and is meant to be read after Releasing Rage, Breathing Vapor and Crash And Burn.
It is also a BBW Cyborg SciFi Romance.
Coming For FREE In December 2016
Note: Amazon doesn’t allow me to list stories for free. I have to list Jumping Barrel for 99 cents and then ask them to price match it to other booksellers. This story was written as a gift for you. Please wait until the price is reduced to ZERO i.e. FREE before ‘buying’ it. Save your dollar for my next release (in February).