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May be edited a bit from published version.
I’m taking excerpts now from RENNYR, my new release and nook two in my scifi romance gladiator series. KYDEN had been in the gladiator system for many years, understood it well and had risen to the top, although he was still enslaved. RENNYR is brand new to it all.
The books can be read as standalones.
The excerpt from the beginning of the book. I’ve skipped ahead from where I stopped last week as now buyers walk through, inspecting the various humans and aliens:
A group of men and women walked along the row of cages, pausing briefly in front of each for quick conversation before continuing their procession. Kyden bared his fangs and held his taloned hands ready to fight as they came to him.
The others looked him over critically.
“Interesting natural weaponry,” said one. “What’s the backstory here?”
The person who appeared to be in charge did a data inquiry on a handheld and shrugged. “Not much. Slavers picked him up on an uncharted planet. A private deal apparently. He’s been sold and resold three times and we bought him on spec.”
“He doesn’t appear too healthy,” a third man said.
“There’s a note he doesn’t tolerate cryo sleep. In fact the unusual reaction is most likely why he was so cheap. Every time he was awakened he was severely disoriented and had to be put under again.”
“He’s awake now,” said a woman in the group. “The issue is moot since he’ll most likely never be leaving this planet.”
“Are you going to put in a bid?” the man in charge asked. Rennyr heard eagerness in his tone. “I hate to sell him to the mines, as many muscles as he has, and with the claws. Waste of good arena material. Surely he could be trained for the death matches.”
“Well I can assure you my team isn’t putting in a bid,” a man on the edge of the crowd said. “Can we move along? There were interesting Gugnasarians my franchise wanted to acquire.”
Seeming deflated, the person who was so eager to sell Rennyr switched topics smoothly. “The ones you want to see are on the next row over, ten cages down. A prime lot for sure and there’s been a lot of interest in them. Moving on.”
VS: So who does decide o acquire Rennyr? Next week…
Rennyr was a genetically engineered senior soldier in his Badari Warrior pack until one day he woke up on a strange planet naked, disoriented and about to be sold into the gladiator arena for the rest of his life. Unscrupulous guards faked his death in the lab where he was created and sold him into slavery in the galaxy’s hinterlands. Kill or be killed is the rule in his new life and a Badari never gives up. He’ll fight to stay alive until the Badari goddess sees fit to decree his death and release him from the wretched existence.
Jaine Mitchel of the Sectors was on her way to an exciting research internship until pirates seized the spaceship on which she was a passenger and took her to feature in a gladiator ‘death match’ in the galactic hinterlands. She has no hope of surviving in the arena until a man she only glimpsed in passing breaks out of his cell and saves her life, declaring her to be his fated mate. Given to Rennyr as his reward for winning the death match, Jaine must share a cell and a bed with the handsome, not human, gladiator and together they have to find a way to survive in this merciless world of violence and death. Their mutual attraction is off the charts. Falling in love is the easy part, finding a way to escape or even to remain together is the challenge. At any time their mutual owner could decide thumbs up or thumbs down on one or both of them, or sell them separately.
Their only hope is a mysterious gladiator master from offworld who may be coming to buy Rennyr. Will he take Jaine as well? Could Rennyr win freedom for them both if he does well enough in the arena? Badari Warriors claim their mates for life and Rennyr has no intention of losing Jaine…RENNYR is an 80K word novel and can be read as a standalone. KYDEN is the first book in the series.