Monday, November 18, 2013

Welcome Rob Colton and a giveaway for The Cassini Mission.

Thanks for having me today, Michelle! I’m here today to talk about my new release, The Cassini Mission.

This is the second book in the Galactic Conspiracies series, following The Degan Incident. Not strictly a sequel, the book builds upon the plot of the first book. Featuring a new set of characters, it dives deeper into what those nasty researchers were trying to do in the first book.

Readers of The Degan Incident may remember Dr. Aron Adler, the biologist that clinic doctor Flynn calls for his expert opinion on Devin’s little “problem.” This book is told from Aron’s perspective, just as he is ordered to take part in a rescue mission on a distant research outpost.

To celebrate the release, I am giving away a copy of The Cassini Mission to one of the commenters. Just leave a comment on this post with your email address. The contest ends on Tuesday at 11:59 midnight EST. The winner will be notified by email address.

In the meantime, please enjoy this excerpt from the first chapter of The Cassini Mission.

The adventure continues in this action-packed follow up to The Degan Incident!

Dr. Aron Adler is ordered to take part in a rescue mission to a research colony located on an uninhabited planet in the outer rim. He is to immediately report to the U.S.C. Cassini, which will take Aron, two other scientists, and a unit of Union Marines to the colony. Once there, they are to assess the situation and retrieve any data or specimens.

Formerly a scientist in the Union Navy, Aron was dishonorably discharged following a court-martial for failing to obey orders. Stepping foot on the Cassini brings up old feelings he would rather forget. Shunned by the crew of the Cassini, Aron finds comfort in the arms—and bed—of Marine corporal Kane Robertson.

Upon reaching the colony, it becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems. Once again, Aron is faced with a difficult decision: follow orders or follow his heart.

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Doctor Aron Adler; access granted.

At the computer’s pleasant announcement, the security lock disengaged and the door opened with a swoosh.

Not looking up from my comPad, I made my way to my lab’s main workstation. Once seated, I transferred control from the pad to my workstation and activated the scanner. I had just gotten the electron scanner calibrated and it was now streaming bio-chemical data to the large computer screens mounted on my lab wall.

“Yes,” I said in triumph as I skimmed over the new data. Everything looked to be in order.

With my eyes locked onto my screens, I called out to our lab’s resident research assistant. “Thomas, please start a DNA profile analysis on the specimen that’s being scanned.”

When I didn’t get a response, I lifted my head up and swiveled my stool around, annoyed that he wasn’t answering me. “Thomas—”

Thomas wasn’t sitting at his station. I scratched my head, thinking back to when I walked into the room. Was Thomas even in his seat when I arrived? He must have gone to the break room. He was never without a doughnut it seemed. I shrugged and turned back to my work. I was better off without him anyway.

A flashing icon on my screen caught my eye. I tapped the icon to bring up my comm panel. Apparently, I had missed a call from Devin Drago. Not expecting to hear from the young man, I was pleasantly surprised.

I had come across his case when an old friend contacted me with bioscans of a pregnant human male. I had heard of spontaneous womb generation in other species, but had never come across a human male with the condition, so of course I was fascinated. When Devin said the Degan male who impregnated him claimed to be his true bondmate and had gone missing, I had used my connections with a colleague who worked for the Degan Science Institute to inquire about the missing bondmate.

It was through my colleague that they tracked down the Degan’s father. Imagine my horror when I found out that Devin had been taken prisoner by a rogue group of scientists. Thankfully he was rescued by the Degans and the couple was reunited. Last I heard, he was living happily on Dega with his bondmate.

Pressing play on the message, I was greeted by a smiling Devin. He held a squirming toddler on his lap. The boy’s half-Human/half-Degan heritage was apparent in his ears and eyes, not to mention the horn nubs on the top of his head.

“Hi, Doctor Adler. It’s me, Devin Drago. I bet you didn’t expect to hear from me, but I wanted to again thank you for your help. This our son, Callan. We wouldn’t be here without you. And well…” With a grunt, Devin pushed up from his chair and stood slightly, revealing the swell of his belly. A very pregnant belly. “Surprise. Well, I’d better go before Bastian drags me back to bed. I’m supposed to be resting. Say ‘bye’ to the doc, sweetie.”

Devin and his son waved to the screen as the message ended. I returned to my work with a smile on my face.

I wasn’t sure how long I had been caught up in my work when the door opened unexpectedly.

“Doctor Adler,” Thomas panted.

I looked up from my computer screen and frowned at the research assistant for interrupting me. The portly man leaned against the door frame, his hand clutching his chest as he tried to pull in lungfuls of air.

I reached over and tapped the computer controls to begin the chemical analysis process. “Thomas. You really are in bad shape. All that crap you eat. You should come running with me sometime. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m in the middle of something.” I tapped again to queue up the DNA profile process.

He shook his head forcefully while waving his hand back and forth in front of him. He managed to sputter between breaths, “No. Navy. Here.”

Well, that certainly got my attention. The Navy was here? Was that what he was trying to tell me?

A barrage of unpleasant memories flooded my mind. Feeling sick to my stomach, I felt an overwhelming need to get the hell out of here. As I stood up from my stool, two men dressed in standard Union Navy security uniforms pushed into my lab, practically knocking Thomas down in the process.

My eyes darted around the room, looking for a quick exit.

“Doctor Aron Adler?” the officer intoned. “Your presence is required at Union Military Headquarters.” His hand not-so-subtly moved on top of the phase pistol holstered to his belt. “Immediately.”



  1. I really enjoyed The Degan Incident, and remember how compassionate and helpful Aron was to Devin. What a wonderful scene with Devin and the baby. Thanks for a chance to win this book!
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  2. Is this story already finish? I really love the first book and planning to ask a favor from my sis to buy it. Thanks for giving me a chance to join the free giveaways...

  3. Ooooo! I'm self-claimed huge fan of Rob's works. Sign me up for free-bees! XD

  4. I'm a huge fan, Rob. I was waiting for my next payday to buy this book, but I'd LOVE to be able to win it. Dr Adler was a true dear and deserves a chance at happiness.

  5. You are one of my favorite authors. Loved the first book and was waiting for this one.

  6. Can't wait for this book! Love all of his stories.

  7. My name is Shorty Chelle and I absolutely love Rob's stories. Would love a copy of The Cassini Mission. Please enter me in the contest. Thank you.


  8. Great excerpt! Please count me in! Thanks!!!

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  9. I loved the Degan Incident and would be thrilled to win the next book! Dr. Adler is a gerat character!

  10. When it comes to Rob Colton, anything he writes is great. To get a chance at winning the sequel to The Degan Incident? I'm all over that with smiles and happy dances. I've have followed Rob from site to site always looking for new story postings while rereading all his older stories many, many times. Thank you for the chance at another Rob Colton original.

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    1. Sorry, made a mistake on my comment. But I really hope there is a third installment of this series. I want to find out about Peri and his happily ever after. I had a picture in my mind of Uncle Besh and Peri hooking up when he kept going back to Peri's even though he acted rude!


  12. OMG so love Robs work I so need to add it to his stuff. I cannot wait to read it

  13. I cant wait to read this one. I love everything Rob has put out. Fingers crossed, hoping I get picked.

  14. Wow. I love Rob's work and I enjoyed the first book. I am always interested to learn more about the universese other people create. Thanks for this chance!

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  15. I loved The Degan Incident (as well as Rob's other stuff) so I'm sure this will be good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  16. Squeeee!! 2 of my faves together :) happy day.
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  17. I just love finding a new author! Count me in please!


  18. Omg I so want to read this story!! I know many people think like me but I consider myself rob colton's number 1 fan :) I love all his stories. Thank uu

  19. I can't wait to read more stories in this series. I loved the first story.
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  20. rob Colton is one of my favorite authors I'm so excited for this book.

  21. love colton's stories! if i win The Cassini Mission it would be awesome but if i don't i'll be buying it on amazon wensday :)

  22. It is so wonderful to see Rob Colton's name and the words release date in the same sentence. His stories are wonderful, full of great characters and engaging plots. I'm glad he is finally getting the recognition he so deserves. I can't wait to read the Cassini Mission.

  23. I love reading the Degan Incident and all of your stories. Keep writing.

  24. I am dying to read this! You are such a fantastic storyteller :-) Keep up the good work!

    P.S.-(Insert obligatory I WANT MORE TIMBER PACK! comment) Seriously, though, I love your writing! Please please never stop!

  25. Rob-You've done it again and I am so proud of you. So much more to come and I'm strapping in for the ride....hahahaha. I can't wait for the next book in the Galactic Conspiracies series! I also want more Timber Pack. I keep howling for that series too!


  26. I hope we get a story about devin's kids that would be awesome and I'm so can't wait for more timber pack

  27. Thanks everyone for your support and for taking the time to read my post and enter the contest!

    Rob Colton