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May be edited a bit from published version.
Sharing excerpts from my new release, JAMOKAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL. I’ve jumped ahead in time from last week. Jamokan received permission from the Supreme Alpha to take his pack on a hunting expedition in the far northern mountains. Once there, during the night of the three full moons, he and the pack celebrated. Now it’s the next morning and Jamokan falls asleep, only to have a vision of the Badari goddess. She shows him a woman who could be his mate and says she’s near death.
“Tell me where she is and I’ll go to her immediately, wherever the Khagrish have her held prisoner.” He was on his feet without conscious thought, heart pounding in his chest at the ominous news.
The Great Mother seemed unimpressed, not sharing his urgency. “But do you deserve her? Are you Alpha enough to claim and be claimed, to truly love? To set an example for your pack? Are you what they need now?”
Confused, he was finding it hard to breathe under the merciless assault of her questions. “I—I don’t understand, my lady. I have been open to mating, tried to identify the right woman—”
The goddess leaned forward and shook a finger at him, although he was unable to bring her face into focus no matter how he blinked and strained his eyes. “Not for the right reasons! A mate isn’t a tool to elevate yourself in the dominance hierarchy. I give my Badari the blessing of potential mates to have partners to work toward the future together, to build something lasting and true. To be a foundation for the new life. Aydarr has the vision. Daegan has the vision. You want to take your pack out and run. To enjoy the moment and carouse, when you aren’t fighting the enemy.”
Since he couldn’t deny her accusation about why he’d decided to search for a woman to mate, Jamokan focused on the last comment she made in her scornful tone. “It’s an Alpha’s task to look out for his pack, to make sure the men are healthy and well trained, ready for combat or anything else which may arise. I’m doing my duty as best I know how, my lady, and we—all of us—needed to feed the predator in our souls, to allow our beasts to run, especially under the three moons. We feel our connection to the beast differently than the cats do.”
“Where do you see yourself and your pack in ten years?” she asked after a brief, charged silence. “What will have changed for you?”
VS Note: I’ll keep going with this scene next week…
Badari Alpha Jamokan and his pack are growing discontented in the sanctuary valley, tired of coming in second place to the pushy new South Seas pack when it comes to assignments and everything else. On top of the discord within his pack, Jamokan is distracted by the search for the right woman to be a proper Alpha’s mate to partner with him in combat and in everyday life. Even the Badari goddess is warning him in visions that he and his pack are on the wrong path for a happy future. In desperation, he receives permission to take his entire pack north to the mountains for a two week hunting expedition, where he hopes to use the time and rugged surroundings to settle the soldiers down and restore order and discipline.
And figure out his own future.
When his men unexpectedly locate a hidden Khagrish lab, he goes to investigate and see if there are humans to be rescued. Little does he suspect he’ll be called upon to break one of the highest commandments of the Badari packs and bring a new disaster to those who look to him for leadership.
Before she became a Khagrish prisoner, Rosemari Parcher was a hydroponics technician on a gritty colony world, who unexpectedly won a planetwide contest. Tapped to receive her heart’s desire and move to a totally different life in the luxurious Inner Sectors, her life had become a happy dream. Kidnapped in space by enemy aliens and given to the Khagrish, she and other humans are the unwilling subjects of a bizarre medical experiment where a quick death seems to be her only hope. Rescued by Jamokan and his pack, she finds herself deeply attracted to the Alpha but the devious Khagrish aren’t through with Rosemari or the experiment.