The Dare

Perceptive Ones #2

by Susan Kearney

Tor Books

July 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 0765351927

Available in: Paperback

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The Dare
by Susan Kearney

Dora Wants to Make Love to Sexy Zical...

But the change from sentient computer to human is a much more complex process than Dora has ever imagined. With the hope that the intriguing Rystani warrior, Zical, will find her as attractive as she find him, Dora trades her neurotransmitters for a curvaceous human body. But she has much to learn about loving and being loved.

Dora's simpatico relationship with machines both fascinates and alienates Zical. However, after he accidentally summons ancient machines that protect the galaxy form invasion, he needs Dora's expertise. As Zical pilots their spaceship to the galaxy's rim, they face both physical and spiritual challenges, but the biggest threat of all is daring to love Dora.



Susan Kearney's Bio

Susan Kearney used to light herself on fire four times a day. Now she does something really hot — she writes romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue.

While she hasn't performed her signature "fire" dive from a 10-meter platform in years, she started diving at age 10. By age 12, she'd won the New Jersey State Championship, and by college, she was a three-time All-American Diver.

While attending the University of Michigan, she earned a business degree that led to her diverse careers as, variously, a partner in a barter business, a real estate appraiser, a mover and renovator of houses, and a once- owner of three hair salons. Finally, in 1995, she sold her first book and became a full-time writer. She's currently plotting her way through her 30th novel.

Of all her careers, her favorite is wife and mother. She married her teenage sweetheart and lives with her husband, two children, and Boston terrier in sunny Florida. She now beats the heat not by diving into cold water, but with her new hobby — figure skating. Susan also enjoys writing science fiction, screenwriting, boating, and traveling to foreign countries.