Now taking excerpts from LANDON: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL. (New book coming soon though!)
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. The man is now lying on an antigrav litter and it’s time to get out of there.
Mandy was energized now, grabbing a blanket from a nearby counter and throwing it over him, tucking the edges in securely. She took a second blanket and placed the rectangular piece of gray fabric at his feet, thinking it might come in handy outside, when the sun went down. Hastily, she took his boots and clothes off the stool where she’d parked them and placed them between his legs on the litter. She was dubious about how much more the litter could carry, guessing his immense bulk was probably straining the generators as it was.
Now she was ready to leave the lab. Escorting the litter to the door, she had to struggle a bit to open the panels wide enough and then bracing them open with a pole laid across the opening. The power to the doors was off now, which sent a shiver down her spine and she was glad these could be opened manually. Drawing her pulse gun, because anxiety was creating all kinds of tremors in her gut, she checked both directions before guiding the litter into the corridor and setting off in the direction she’d come. As she went, she began to notice flickering lights and darkened panels. It seemed the building was shutting down in places. The cleaning robo had gone silent and she hurried past it. She kept expecting to run into someone—a human, a Khagrish—and a few of the doors she’d passed were now open which she could have sworn were closed before or vice versa.
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?