Taking excerpts from REEDE, my recent scifi romance release…
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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: Reede and Fallyn meet in the course of a Khagrish experiment, make an escape run but are recaptured and are now in a cell awaiting whatever the Khagrish will do to them next. Reede has been giving Fallyn the background of what’s happening on this planet. In the earlier book JADRIAN several human Special Forces soldiers used a top secret mind tool known as fastlink to send a desperate message to the Sectors. Reede isn’t telling her the whole truth…yet.
“What about the other humans here?” Fallyn asked.
“We try to rescue as many as we can, every time, but we only have so much fire power and so many soldiers. Right now we’re stretched dangerously thin so we’ve prioritized the labs where the experiments are more immediately lethal. Unfortunately, there are a great many labs and many more human prisoners than we believed,” Rubbing one hand over his face, Reede clenched his jaw,“In the beginning we estimated there were only two hundred or so from the Amarcae Seven colony but now we’ve learned there are large numbers of people snatched from cruise ships and other vessels in the Sectors.”
She leaned forward, sitting on the edge of her chair, “Have you thought of trying to get help from the Sectors?”
“Well of course but we have no spaceships and no way of communicating with the Sectors. We don’t even know where we are in relation to the Sectors.”
Fallyn licked her lips and decided to take a gamble, “Fastlink?”
Reede’s eyes opened wide and he shot his hand out to grab her wrist so fast she didn’t have time to be afraid, “You? You’re the Sectors scout whose ship crashed?”
The blurb: Lt. Fallyn Damara was sent by the Sectors to investigate a strange transmission from an isolated planet and determine whether the residents of a vanished colony had been transported there by alien enemies. Fallyn’s ship crashes and she’s taken prisoner by the Khagrish scientists, to await her fate in the slate of horrifying experiments being conducted.
Reede, the second ranking enforcer in the Badari Warrior pack, volunteers to be recaptured by the Khagrish in an effort to locate and rescue Fallyn inside the deadly lab complex.
While a prisoner Reede discovers Fallyn is the woman destined to become his fated mate but the moment is bittersweet because Fallyn will be leaving their world at the first opportunity, to report back to the Sectors. He refuses to complete the mate bond, believing to do so will lead to nothing but lifelong misery for them both, separated by lightyears and interstellar politics.
For her part, Fallyn wants to shake up the rule-bound enforcer and persuade him to take a chance on love.
But first they have to escape the Khagrish.