Meet Ketsia

Laurie Green is a fellow author in the USA Today bestselling anthology Embrace the Romance:  Pets in Space 2. Here she tells us something about the heroine of the story.  Welcome, Laurie!


When I created the character of Ketsia Tayah in Inherit the Stars, I knew she was going to have a role in the ongoing saga, and I knew who her hero was going to turn out to be—in spite of himself.

Like Taro Shall, the hero of StarDog in the first Pets in Space last year, Ketsia is Tectolian, a subspecies rumored to have descended primarily from Pacific Islanders on a mythical planet called Earth.


Ketsia was introduced in the novel as an innocent—young, wide-eyed, intelligent, compassionate and a consummate charmer. She was a teenager who’d been enslaved by the Ithians after being surrendered by her home planet of Tectol in a tribute. This is where she met Sair, the hero of Inherit the Stars, who appointed himself as her guardian.

Here’s a scene from the novel, Inherit the Stars:

Sair gave her a reassuring smile. “This ship is called the Spirit. It will be your home for a while.”

Ketsia looked up at him. “Will they treat us well here?”

“I’ll see to it.”

“You’ll keep us, won’t you?”

“Admiral Mennelsohn has declared you all free citizens. You’ll be free to live your own lives now, Ket.”

“What does that mean?” Tears formed in her eyes.

Sair traded glances with Lonna then took the young woman’s hands in his. “It means you can make your own choices now, Ket. Lonna and I will be here to help you, but this is how life is meant to be. I promise you.”

“But I’m bonded to you.”

Sair drew a deep breath. “No, Ket, we aren’t bonded. Your sister and I were bondmates. You and I are good friends. Do you understand the difference?”

Tears pooled in her eyes. “No.”

He stroked her hair. “Trust me. When the time comes, you will.”

Later, Ketsia will have another guardian, Ambassador Jaeo Gant. When her transport falls under attack by dangerous renegades, the ambassador arranges for an old comrade to see her safely home.

That friend is Captain Jagger, a man living with past regrets. In Courting Disaster, he again crosses paths with the ever-charming Ketsia, now older, wiser and determined to overcome her heart-breaking history. A history that’s interwoven in painful ways with Jagger’s personal tribulations. When Jagger and Ketsia are thrown together for a perilous mission through a dangerous sector of space…well, it’s a match made in purgatory!

But Jagger and Ketsia aren’t alone. There’s a StarDog along for the ride who might just be the catalyst for a whole ship-load of trouble!

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

Twelve leading Sci-Fi Romance authors, twelve original never released stories in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2… supporting and our veterans.

Courting Disaster: StarDog2

A commander of a spaceship faces the toughest decision of his life when he vows to protect the woman and her StarDog that he is escorting through a dangerous section of space.

About the Author

Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, an award-winning author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now over 1,000 members strong.

She confesses to being an Andromeda Galaxy groupie and would someday love to own a vacation home on Mars or Titan. She’s enthused to be a part of this wonderful anthology mash-up of two of her favorite things–pets and space.


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5 thoughts on “Meet Ketsia”

  1. Thanks so much, EJ. Not sure how many remember her as a minor character in the novel, but she’ll play a role in future books and this story is part of her journey.

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