Wishing everyone a peaceful weekend and continued health and safety…
Now taking excerpts from LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL, which was released on Jan 31st.
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, continuing on from where I stopped last week. Mandy is venturing deeper into the lab complex, to check on a person she’s seen on the security console vidscreen, trapped in a medlab.
When she finally found a dead guard deep in the building who had his weapons, she forced herself to take the belt and buckle it around her own waist. She’d figure out the guns later but the force whip was easy to activate and a knife was a knife in any civilization.
I need better clothes.
She paused by an open door, able to see uniforms and boots stacked high on shelves inside. The room appeared to have been a changing space for the guards going on and off duty. Personal items were scattered here and there and visible in open storage compartments.
Deciding the higher priority was to check on the poor person helpless in the medlab, she moved onward. Either she’d have time to do what she needed to do and then escape or else the Khagrish would come and recapture her. Her fate was in the hands of the Lords of Space and so far today they’d treated her well. Mustn’t press my luck though.
Ahead she heard scrabbling sounds and drew the pulse gun from its holster, holding the weapon two handed and advancing slowly.
The blurb: When unexpected circumstances give her a chance to escape from an alien scientist’s lab after she’s been tortured, Mandy Rennegar knew she should run for the hills with the other prisoners. There’s one more special captive who hasn’t been freed, however, and she decides to risk everything to help him. Mandy’s not leaving anyone behind.
Captured by the enemy on a scouting trip, Landon of the Badari has been pushed beyond his limits of sanity and strength by the Khagrish experiments and waits to die…until the human woman sets him free and takes him into the wilderness with her on a desperate trek to freedom. If he could only regain his memory, he’s sure there’s a sanctuary on the planet where his people could help them both.
As Mandy and Landon flee the pursuing Khagrish new challenges arise, including secrets from the past which could destroy the growing attraction between them. Difficult choices have to be made, putting Mandy’s life at risk and Landon discovers the Khagrish have left a lasting mark on his mind.
Will they reach the Badari sanctuary in time? Can their love survive Mandy’s revelations? Will the Alpha of the Badari give them a chance to be together or will he allow her to die when Landon risks everything to save his fated mate?
This was the first published Veronica Scott scifi romance novel!