Taking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).
Here’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!)
Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.
If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:
Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens.
The excerpt – Gemma and Camron have escaped the crashed, burning flyer, after he does indeed obey the dying Khagrish scientist’s order to kill her (she was hopelessly trapped). Now they’re on the run together and have stopped to pick some berries because they’re starving. Suddenly Camron tells Gemma not to move. He’s still under the influence of the Khagrish drug, requiring a direct order before he can move.
“There’s a gliddern coiled under the bushes,” he said, “A reptile, highly poisonous. If you’re bitten there won’t be anything we can do to save your life, not out here in the forest.”
A chill ran through her body as if he’d poured ice water over her. Snakes were one of her biggest phobias. Voice shaky, she whispered, “What do I do? Will it bite me if I step away from it?”
“Order me to extract you from the thicket as fast as possible,” he said, “Use those exact words.”
She bit her lip as the buzzing continued and grew louder. Sweat popped out on her forehead and she debated the wisdom of what Camron was proposing to do.
“What are you waiting for?” he asked, voice harsh, “The gliddern is growing agitated. Give me the command so I can move.”
“Ex-extract me from the thicket as fast as possible,” she said, struggling to form the words. I can’t stay here.
Next moment a scream was torn from her throat as she was snatched from the center of the berry branches, thorns scraping her skin as Camron lifted her into his arms, pivoted and retreated faster than she’d have thought anyone could possibly move. The buzzing from the gliddern was angry and insistent.
VS: Ah, but did they escape unscathed?
Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.
She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.
The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.
Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.
There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?
Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?
New to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!
There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!