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. She’s removed all the sensors and tubes but now is debating how to move him – he’s seven feet tall and easily 300 lbs.
Taking a deep breath, she positioned the antigrav litter right next to the table and locked it in place. Going to the other side, she tried to push her newly named fellow prisoner off the table onto the waiting litter. As expected, he weighed a ton, metaphorically speaking, and since he was essentially dead weight, Mandy wasn’t able to make much progress.
“I need you to slide off the table and onto the litter, damn it,” she said, hands on her hips.
Slowly his eyes flickered open and she was astounded to see they were amber colored, glowing slightly. He didn’t speak but he obediently shifted his body from the table to the litter and lay unmoving again, eyes closing as the task was accomplished.
Mouth wide open, she rushed to the other side of the now empty table to lean over him. “You’re awake? What’s your name? Who are you?” There was no response and she shook his shoulder again, but the man lay there as apparently unconscious as ever.
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?