Taking excerpts from REEDE, my recent scifi romance release…this is the final one as next week I’m going to switch to excerpts from STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE, my novel in the soon-to-be-released PETS IN SPACE® 4 anthology.
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 (follows right after last week’s excerpt. Reede allowed the tech to live earlier in the book, when he could have easily killed her but she still hates him.)
The technician glared at him and it was clear if she had her way, he’d be dying in agony at her feet. Reede resolved to kill her next time they met when he was trying to escape and be done with it. “The animal obviously wants to go outside and it’s not in their nature to proactively work with us – what’s his motive?”
Eyes wide, Enishiggama turned on the lower caste Khagrish woman, “What’s his motive? We’ve supplied him with a nubile female—it doesn’t require my level of intelligence to figure this out. It’s quite natural he’d want to mate in a more secluded spot than one of our cells,” Enishiggama said, looking down her nose at her employee, “I’m not blind to his clumsy attempt at manipulation of the parameters.” Now she resumed her contemplation of Reede and studying her in turn he thought he’d never seen a Khagrishi so wan and drawn.
She’s sicker than she wants to admit.
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.