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!)
Sharing from my second scifi romance gladiator novel RENNYR.
The excerpt: Rennyr’s in solitary confinement in “the pit” for refusing to fight again after the death match (where he did manage to save a number of lives, at least temporarily). May be edited from published edition. Follows on directly from where I stopped last week.
Refusing to be so easily consoled, Rennyr said, “But still, the course of action you’re urging me to take requires me to slaughter more innocents to better my own place.”
He heard the man making a tsk-tsk sound, clicking his tongue against his teeth. “There you go again, making assumptions. Not every match is a free-for-all, kill or be killed. Only the lowest levels. Good gladiators cost too much to be killing them off every week. There are death matches of course but not every time you go into the arena. You have to stand out, prove you’re not just fodder for the extravaganzas. Show them you deserve to be granted life each time, make them wonder what feats you’ll bring off in your next arena appearance. Goose the betting.”
“You speak with assurance, as if you’ve done this yourself,” Rennyr said, curious about his benefactor.
“Oh I did. Fought and schemed all the way to the Five Systems. Thought I had it made.” Pride rang through the old man’s voice.
VS: Next week I’ll let Gibbz explain and reveal the reason he’s helping Rennyr.
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.