Slow and Steady – The Velveteen Tortoise

Welcome to my sexy alien RomCom!

Here we go again!

Thank you so much for joining me as I bumble my way through another serial. I’m going to do my best to post consistently and not overthink the story. (Seriously, I’m gonna try really, really hard this time.)

She’s a hands-off kinda girl. He’s an alien warrior who’s all about hugging it out.


Accidents happen. But in my experience, the ‘accidents’ are usually evil experiments gone wrong.

I am such an accident.

As a former H.A.R.E. (Human Alien Research Experiment), my hands have been modified—cursed, actually. Trust me, Midas ain’t got nothing on me.

And now that I’ve accidentally touched Pyxis the Restrained, an Akupara warrior, well…

Things have gotten complicated.

I’m gonna fix it. I will.

But first I gotta heal the sick human settlers, fix my friends’ fertility problems, repair the mining drill, and perfect my candy and bread recipes…

…all while protecting the secrets of my fellow H.A.R.E.s and our new allies, the turtle-like Akupara.

In the meantime, I just gotta be roommates with an Akupara warrior—who wears the most unbelievable skintight armor—yet somehow keep my hands to myself.

No problem. I got this.


I have no idea why I find Luna the Baby Bunny so fascinating.

Believe me, I’ve been trying to figure it out. Because no matter what she’s doing, I find it simply fabulous.

I just don’t know why it’s fabulous. Which is something a real Akupara would never admit.

Nor would a real Akupara submit to the primal urge to claim territory within the human settlement, despite receiving orders to guard Luna as a priceless asset and not as my precious mate.

…I mean, my precious roommate…

But if I must restrain my mating instincts and impulses—as a real Akupara would do, I will.

Even if that means denying us both endless hugs, I’ll gladly do anything for her.

I’d also do anything with her, too.

The Velveteen Tortoise is a science-fiction alien romance retelling of The Tortoise and the Hare. This slow burn story is an opposites-attract romcom with humor, action, tenderness, and heat. It is intended for mature readers only. Guaranteed HEA when their racing hearts cross the finish line together. Enjoy!

Start reading Chapter One now!