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!)
I’m now taking excerpts from my recently published book in the award winning Badari Warriors series, REEDE’S MISSION TO THE SECTORS. It can be read as a standalone (mild spoilers for first book, REEDE.)
I’ve moved on a bit in the novel and Reede and his friend Walt are on the run.
There was a complicated sequence of knocks on the portal to signal the person waiting was indeed Walt and the door slid aside. He stepped into the room, took in Reede’s battle ready stance with approval and said, “We’ll be leaving in five minutes. I found us a way off the planet tonight but you’re not going to like it.”
Holstering his blaster, Reede was a mix of curiosity and dread. “What have you gotten us into now?”
“The much esteemed society of pirates,” Walt said, crossing to the refresher room and closing the door. He could be heard plainly through the thin veneer of the panel. “We’ve signed onto a ship with a job and unless we want to miss our ride, we have to go now. Trust me, they won’t wait, even if their captain was shorthanded enough to take on two unknown freelancers.” Drying his hands he came into the main room. “I used some of the contacts and backstory Gabe provided me as a fake identity in case we ever needed one. Convinced the captain to hire us. Of course it helped he’s in too much of a time crunch to do any reference checking.”
“Pirates?” Reede was attempting to take it in, wondering if Walt had taken leave of his senses and was making a bad joke.
“Sure. I mean, the Sectors already have you pegged as a raider, so why not add piracy?” Walt’s answer was light hearted but the look he gave Reede was dead serious. “Listen, you’re a fugitive, a wanted man with a helluva big bounty on his head—I checked—the fake ID I bought for you is pretty thin—and you’re easy to identify with your trideo star worthy face and being so damn tall. The chance you can get off this planet in any legitimate fashion is nil. Our new ride is parked at the edge of the spaceport, the captain has vouched for you and me to the authorities, and we’ll never be coming back here. We’re working for shares. Actually we’re splitting a share.” Walt grimaced. “I wasn’t in the best negotiating position but our military training impressed him. Ready?”
“A share of what exactly?” Reede asked. “What kind of job is he planning? I won’t be a party to harming innocent civilians, no matter what the Sectors thinks of me. I have to maintain the Great Mother’s commandments so I can face her with honor in the afterlife.”
Reede’s people sent him to the Sectors on a desperate mission to beg for help against overwhelming odds in their battle to destroy the alien scientists who created them centuries ago. He knew the task wasn’t going to be easy but as a Badari Warrior, he vowed to do his best. When he’s arrested by the border patrol and thrown in the brig, things go from bad to worse. He faces difficult choices ahead and unimaginable obstacles to making his case to the authorities for help.
Fallyn is Reede’s human fated mate but also the active duty military scout who guided him to the Sectors from his own planet. Reede’s choices after his arrest put her in a difficult spot and his actions threaten their mate bond. Will she give up her career to help him and the Badari succeed in making a treaty with the Sectors?
The desperate attempt to find new allies takes Reede and Fallyn on a wild set of adventures across the sprawling interstellar Sectors civilization and places them, their friends and their love in harm’s way.