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Today, I am pleased to welcome Pauline Baird Jones! She is here to introduce her latest release – Claws & Effect. Be sure to come back tomorrow when I will be sharing my review of the stories in this anthology.

A parrot, a caticorn, a snake, a frog, and a dragon walk into an author’s head…

And changed her life in some interesting ways. 

Writing alien animals for five years for the ®Pets in Space anthologies was a total rush. It was so easy to make up strange creatures—but then I had to figure out how to weave them into an actual story. 

And the pets needed to be key to the plot. Suddenly the weird and wonderful wasn’t that easy. 

But just like our real live pets, mine tried to help me solve my plot problems. They steered me toward their humans (and cyborgs), and we all had fun, exciting, and wonderful adventures—my favorite kind: fictional!

Real life adventures are too uncomfortable for this hermit. Lol

And the pets and their humans were happy to be bundled together for this special release: Claws & Effect: The Otherworldly Pets of Project Enterprise

There are four Project Enterprise stories and then there is the dragon—a bearded dragon named Penddreth. Because Penddreth is a “pet in space,” he has some unusual abilities for a bearded dragon. 

So there you have it, the story behind Claws & Effect! Here’s the blurb:

About Claw & Effect

Love Space opera? Romance? Adventure? Out of this world pets? Grab Claws & Effect today! 

What’s in the collection?

In Time Trap, Sergeant Briggs’s world collides with the very unusual Madison and her pet parrot. With a Time Service Interdiction Force on their heels, can the three craft a plan that will save a base full of geniuses and technology and get them the happy ending they deserve?

Operation Ark’s Caro, her caticorn, and Kraye are tasked with returning some unusual aliens to their home planets. Together they must face a dangerous journey, a lethal enemy with a score to settle, their unexpected desire, and an uncertain future if they make it out alive.

Cyborg’s Revenge asks the question, can the shy guy and the lovesick gal defeat their greatest enemy and find a happy ending? Only the chatty Snake knows for sure. 

General’s Holiday brings us a lady with a crazy story and a frog for a side-kick. And then there is the general who has been waiting for his Picard moment for a long time. Be careful what you ask for! But…if he can survive he might just get to kiss the lady.

And in the bonus short story, The Real Dragon, Emma Standish didn’t think her day could get any worse. Her dad is marrying his boss, her dragon suddenly came back talking and typing, and it’s her fault the Earth, or at least ten square miles of Texas, is going to be destroyed. 

Dive into four Project Enterprise stories and one quirky Earth-based romp! All five originally appeared in the ®Pets in Space anthologies.



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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Pauline Baird Jones never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance. Loves chocolate, bacon, flamingoes, and mid-century modern anything. You can find her on the following social media:

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