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. She’s now removed the sensors and other tubes.
Pausing for a moment, she shook his shoulder gently, which was like moving a rock and made no impression on him, “Can you hear me? I’m trying to help here.”
With determination she kept her panic at bay. If she let herself think too far ahead, the pending anxiety attack would cascade and neither of them would be functional. I can do this, one step at a time. Her next challenge was to get the cruel metal binders open. Pulling out one of her nutrient drinks, she sipped slowly and studied the table, trying to remember the procedure when she’d been held down for the grisly experiment the Khagrish conducted on her. The details were blurry and she was wary of remembering too much, but she did recall where the controls were located on the side of the table and managed to open the man’s restraints on her second try. Expectantly she watched him, hoping for a response, but he lay as motionless as ever.
She touched his wrist, where he wore a neurocontroller, “I’ll have to get this off at some point. I wish I’d kept the removal device handy. We’ll get the bracelet off before we go out the front door, I promise.”
VS: That’s the ten sentences for Weekend Writing Warriors but here’s the rest of the excerpt below:
Mandy dragged a lab stool away from a nearby desk and sat close to the table. She ate a ration bar and studied her oblivious companion. “I wish you’d wake up because I have no idea how to get you out of here and we are not staying.”
The lab was giving her the creeps. Any small sound made her flinch and she was acutely conscious of all the dead Khagrish in the building. She knew she couldn’t force herself to remain here for the night, even if she barricaded the door and slept with the gun in her hand. She’d reached her limit. “Hell, right now I want to run screaming out the damn door as it is.” And am I crazy for talking to myself? Maybe I can pretend I’m talking to him.
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?