Pride Banishes Butterflies Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 in which Sectors mercenary and former prisoner Flo Michetti learns  more from the leader of the rebels what her next assignment might be – MARL is a 10,000 year old alien Artificial Intelligence:

“So let me get the mission parameters straight,” Flo said,  “We fly to this other lab tonight, yank one woman out, substitute me, I get taken to the island, which you’ll then have the location of since I’ll be wearing a tracker—”

“I’ll insert a manifestation of myself into your spine,” MARL said, from where he floated in the air, his surface dappled with shades of green today, like algae clouds in constant motion.

Ok, Flo didn’t like the sound of that but leave the detail for later, “Riiight – I find the Alpha who’ll be incognito, tell him about us and…what?”

“MARL says he can contact you via the device he plans to implant,” Jill said, entering the conversation. Anything to do with MARL was her department since the AI only answered to her. “Depending on your evaluation of the situation, we’ll decide on the next course of action.”

“She’ll be going in pretty blind,” Gabe didn’t sound happy, “I know Kierce can brief her to some extent but conditions may have changed there since he was sent to this continent.”

Flo appreciated her old captain watching out for her. She also had to admit the assignment was important and had intriguing aspects. And I love the fact no one else can carry this job out as well as I can. Professional pride banished the butterflies in her gut.


Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

Please note each novel has been previously published on its own and all are standalone tales. No new material has been added, aside from a brief Author’s Note about why I wrote each novel.

AYDARR: Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

MATEER: 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.

TIMTUR: Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.


18 comments on “Pride Banishes Butterflies Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Intricate and intense! I wouldn’t much like having someone implant a manifestation of themselves in my spine either.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~

  2. She’s brave, or an adrenaline junkie. I suspect she’s about to get in over her head, and it will take a Badari warrior to save her. 🙂 Then again, maybe not, Perhaps she’ll save him?? Great snippet. Love the premise of this story!

  3. Yeah, I’m not sure I’d like the sound of something being inserted into my spine. There seems to be lots of room for things to go wrong on this mission.

  4. “I’ll insert a manifestation of myself into your spine,” MARL said, from where he floated in the air, his surface dappled with shades of green today, like algae clouds in constant motion. – I’m intrigued, impressed, and disturbed by everything in this paragraph lol. In other words, I’m hooked! 😀

  5. I can’t get past the idea of someone inserting ANYTHING into my spine (except an epidural). She’s a whole lot stronger than me! Great adventure ahead, I can tell!

    Just picked up your box set! Now my deadline is past, I have time to read!

  6. Something in her spine sounds dreadful. I don’t think I’d have enough professional pride to override the butterflies in my stomach.

  7. You can tell her motivation from that last line, professional pride. I’m not so sure I’d like a device like MARL embedded in me. I can see the necessity but…

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