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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 to introduce the heroine. The goddess told Jamokan previously that the woman is a prisoner of the Khagrish.
The excerpt, continuing on from last week, in Rosemari’s dream:
Several more girls waved goodbye and disappeared into the soft gray mist now beginning to drift from the forest, obscuring part of the meadow and dimming the sun a bit. Alarmed, Rosemari set her drawing aside and slipped from the boulder, realizing she was barefoot as she landed in the soft grass and ran after the last two women remaining.
“Wait, please stay. Things will get better soon—I know they will,” she called out. “We have to hold on and have hope. Someone will come, you’ll see.”
The pair, neither of whom she knew, paused and one spoke harshly over her shoulder to Rosemari. “Don’t kid yourself, no one is coming to rescue us. There’s no hope on this cursed planet. Leave while you can, before the experiment gets worse. Come with us.” She reached out a hand and instinctively Rosemari took a step toward her. The idea of being left completely alone was terrifying.
There was a sound of soft singing, in a language she didn’t recognize, echoing from across the glade and Rosemari turned, to see a woman entering from the fringe of trees in the distance. Another victim of the Khagrish? Will there be more? “We can’t leave her alone,” she said to her companions but received no answer. Pivoting on her heel and nearly falling in the process, Rosemari saw them walking into the forest without a backward glance.
VS: Our heroine is about to have her own encounter with the Badari goddess. Of course she doesn’t know that yet…and has never heard of the Badari…
The story: 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.