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 a crashed, burning flyer. Now they’re on the run together and stopped to pick some berries because they’re starving. He’s still under the influence of the Khagrish drug, requiring a direct order before he can move. Last week he rescued her from a poisonous reptile but was bitten.
The bite was ugly, swollen, with red and black lines climbing his veins but, even as she watched, the colors receded and his skin blurred in front of her eyes as the deep wounds from the fangs closed. “That’s one hell of a physiology you’ve got, buddy.”
Camron laughed, although the sound was choked, “My people paid a high price for the gifts. I should be able to stand and walk in a few more minutes and we can keep going.”
“I think we both need shelter and rest but you’re right, this spot is too open,” She glanced at the berry thicket and shuddered, her stomach threatening to heave up its contents remembering the gliddern.
“I’m sorry,” he said softly, “For placing you in danger. I should have checked the thicket myself, first. It’s late in the season for gliddern to be nesting but there’s always a risk—I didn’t think.”
She rested her hand on his arm, “No apologies necessary. You saved my life just now. Seeing the bite wound and what it did to you, with your magic metabolism, I’m sure I would have died, probably a genuinely nasty death. Thank you.”
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!