Flaming Hot and Then Cold Weekend Writing Warriors

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.

If you want the full story of what they go through and how they battle to survive and protect each other, and their romance, with all the nuances and details, the book is available wide. I’m probably going to stop posting from this book and switch to another.

The excerpt: Rennyr’s reaction to the sight of Jaine passing by his cell,. Edited from published version.

Rennyr pressed himself as close to the force field across the front of his cell as he dared to go. The proximity was painful but he had to see what happened to the woman. He caught a glimpse of the back of her head as she and the others were herded into a cell down the corridor. His body was flaming hot and then cold and all his senses were on the alert. He staggered to the bunk and fell on his knees, overcome by the force of whatever was wrong with him.  Rennyr shook his head, trying to clear the mental fog.

What in the seven hells is going on here?

A faint memory came to him, of the healer discussing a tale buried deep in the ancestral memory regarding the original Badari. They had mates—women they loved and cherished and who fought beside them. It was said there was a special bond between the pair, mind to mind and heart to heart and a man could only have this bond with one woman. The healer hadn’t given the discussion much time, beyond stating it was his duty to try to pass along as much of the knowledge he possessed as he could before his Generation of Badari was culled by the cruel scientists.

“The Great Mother would decide who belonged together,” the healer had said. “It’s a moot point for us of course.”

There were no Badari women. The scientists hadn’t created any and all the Badari were glad. Their existence as lab animals was not the kind of life a man would wish for anyone else, much less a woman he loved.

But this churning mix of need and desire and longing inside his mind and heart was undeniable, triggered by the glimpse of the particular woman and showing no signs of subsiding.

VS: We’ll see what I decide to post next week. Thanks for visiting and commenting!


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.

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4 comments on “Flaming Hot and Then Cold Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. If she is his soulmate, he’d better do everything he can to protect her. Though I have a feeling he will. And it’s wonderful some of his memories are coming back! Fabulous snippet!

  2. Such a sad line – it was his duty to try to pass along as much of the knowledge he possessed as he could before his Generation of Badari was culled by the cruel scientists.

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