I hope things are going well wherever you may be located and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy!
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. I’m skipping over some of the details of the medical setup. He’s unconscious and restrained, with machines delivering nutrients and drugs.
“You’re lucky I came, buddy,” she said, resting one hand on his shoulder and surprised how warm his skin felt to her touch, “You were going to run out of nutrients soon.”
He didn’t open his eyes and seemed to be unconscious as she circled the table, deciding how to approach this set of problems. The first order of business was clearly to turn off the inputs, especially the stuff she was sure was a drug. She hoped it was the latter keeping him sedated.
Mandy leaned against the table and closed her eyes as vertigo hit her, “I’m not a nurse or a doctor—what do I know about this kind of thing? I could do more harm than good to this poor man.”
Of course no one answered her. And he couldn’t be left here to die. As a fellow sentient and a prisoner of the Khagrish, she owed him her best effort.
The sensors were growing agitated, beeping and blinking.
“No one’s coming,” she said to them, shaking her head.
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?