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Sharing from my second scifi romance gladiator novel RENNYR.
The excerpt, continuing with Jaine, the heroine:
“Wait,” said one of the women in the group walking by. “Why haven’t these slaves been separated? Why aren’t they naked? You know I have to see the merchandise before I can bid. Although at least the one in front has possibilities.”
The man with a fancy handheld who was leading the group paused and shook his head. “These aren’t for sale. They’re already spoken for. Westklin had a big order for a special arena death match and bought the lot sight unseen. He just needs warm bodies.”
“Surely not the women?” The buyer persisted, eyeing Jaine with narrowed eyes. “I need to replenish my establishment outside the spaceport. I’ll give you a good price right now. Westklin won’t miss one person if he bought them as a lot.”
“Women too,” the other person responded crisply. “Whoever commissioned the special event specified there had to be women included. Westklin’s sending the robo truck now to pick them up so I can’t risk pulling any out for you, Selgea. Sorry. We do have a few females on the next row.”
What in the seven hells kind of place had she been brought to? Jaine felt faint and nauseous as the buyers walked away. And what was a death match? Deep inside she had a good idea. There was muttering around her, as the others on the front row relayed what had been said to their crewmates and former passengers in the rear of the cage.
Sure enough, a cargo hauler entered the huge yard and a swarm of robos came towards the cage.
VS: More with Jaine next week and her first encounter with 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.