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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. Continuing on from last week, she’s giving him a hard time. “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” she asked at the end of last week’s snippet:
“What will have changed for you?” She didn’t wait for an answer. “The pack takes its lead and signals from the Alpha. Yet you wonder why your men rarely find mates, why the others outside your pack rise in dominance, why you are so often left to guard the valley. You aren’t a simple commander of soldiers merely struggling to stay alive any more, Jamokan. Raise your sights.” Then she shrugged. “Or don’t. The choice is yours. Life holds many possibilities, yet the doors close eventually. I tell you this—in many of the possible futures Aydarr will give you the mountains you crave so much to rule but you run the risk of devolving into a group of disconnected individuals, hermits howling at the moons, rather than growing into a new destiny. Few indeed are the futures where you manage to meet my expectations and hopes.”
Her voice was cold, flat, the warning clear. A tremor ran through Jamokan’s frame and he locked his knees against the force of her clear displeasure.
“Life has purpose beyond simply surviving the lash of the Khagrish but perhaps not for your pack. Creating a vibrant community, ensuring the opportunities for future generations. Leaving a worthy legacy. These take work, dedication, attention to details. Pursue the wrong path too long and your kind die out.”
She rose and Jamokan had only seconds remaining to throw himself on her mercy. The most important matter pounded in his head, pushing aside her grim prediction of possible futures. “I’ll ponder your words, my lady. But what of the woman? My—my mate?”
The Great Mother paused, even as the mists swirled in more closely between them. “We’ll see how well you listened.”
And she was gone.
VS: Leaving Jamokan grappling with a number of challenges to think over…
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.