Who To Trust? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

Sharing now from my newly released scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve jumped ahead again.  Megan and the other humans are taken to a large bunkroom-style cell and left alone. As they all eat, she ponders which people she can trust – some seem too willing to help their captors if it will get them better treatment. Walt, a man unknown to her, seems like a good guy, however. Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry!

The excerpt: 

Megan lingered at the table after dinner, treating raw scrapes one of the women had gotten on her wrists while restrained.

Walt walked up, a box in his hand, “We have first aid type stuff, figured you ought to have it, doc.”

“How can you tell what an alien first aid kit looks like?” The prize was revealed to be a standard—if cheap, low end—Sectors first aid kit, taken from a freighter perhaps. “Better than nothing,” she said with a smile, “I hope I’m not required to remove anyone’s appendix while we’re here.”

Walt sat down, “I wonder how many other humans have been through this place.” He took in the spartan furnishings and the drearily painted walls and floor, “The room appears unused, like most of this facility we saw on the way over here  but the existence of the prisoner we encountered earlier implies there are problems in their system, escapees maybe.” Raising one eyebrow, Walt leaned close, “Did he really speak gibberish to you?”

Megan stammered, “It was—um, he said—”

Walt patted her hand, “Never mind. I like your discretion.”

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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27 comments on “Who To Trust? Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Walt seems nice, but I’d still be wary to trust anyone in that situation. Great snippet! 🙂

  2. Love Walt’s last sentence, but I think she’s right to be ‘discreet’. So glad there’s to be a tihird ‘Pets in Space’ by the way, I’m reading book 2 and it’s just as good as the first one!

  3. I have to admit I was a little suspicious of Walt. It seemed to me he was probing for information. When I didn’t see his name in the book’s blurb, my suspicion increased.

    • Yes, it was tricky because Walt is not the love interest – that’s Mateer, no questions about it. But Walt has a part to play….the fun of being an author, right? Thanks!

    • The Khagrish have a lot of loot and odds and ends from captured human ships and earlier in the narrative (so not in a snippet I’ve shared) it was shown that the cell contains some useful items. Thanks!

  4. Though he seems like he’s a friend, I’d be wary if I were her, see how things play out before trusting him. Good snippet.

  5. I wouldn’t trust him. The name Walt doesn’t inspire confidence in me for some reason (Walt Disney being the only exception! LOL) I think she should be both discrete and suspicious. Great snippet!

  6. I’m not too sure I’d trust Walt. I mean, can you really trust anyone in this kind of situation? I am curious to know what was said to her that has her all flustered though.

  7. She’s right to not let her guard down, even if Walt seems nice. It seems like he’s fishing for information, though he could just be making conversation.

  8. People will do a lot for a little in this kind of situation, so she’s right to be wary. She’s already given it away, though–lost those points from being smooth before!

  9. Don’t the sectors guys have an implant enabling conversation to be understood. Presumably the badari have this or a genetic tweak to do the same. Or a Tardis chameleon loop!

    • But remember what Mateer said was Megan’s sister’s name, so she wants to keep that a secret. And Walt might just be fishing to see if she’ll trust him. It’s too early in the book to know just yet 🙂

  10. To be honest, Walt was rather stupid to ask, but I’m glad he understood her hesitancy. Great snippet, Veronica. 🙂

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