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.)
Continuing with Fallyn’s quest to buy a used spaceship…
The excerpt (Damin is the salesperson):
“We can take her up,” Damin offered. “I’ll need a few minutes to get clearance from the spaceport control but you should do a test drive, to satisfy yourself. I assume your pilot’s license is current? I’ll need to see proof.”
Fallyn showed him her credentials as a military pilot and did indeed take the Roxy for a short flight, remaining within the atmosphere. “We don’t allow test drives in space,” Damin said apologetically. “Did I mention we provide a full warranty for the first ten million lightyears at no extra charge?”
Choking on a laugh, Fallyn said, “If anything goes wrong out there it’ll be a challenge to return here to use the warranty but I appreciate the thought.”
Now the salesman acted hurt. “Hey, we have a five star rating with the Mercenary Guild and less than a 1% problem rate. Satisfied customers is what I’m all about. You joined the Guild yet?”
She shook her head. The idea had crossed her mind earlier in the day but she wasn’t ready to jump into another organization yet, not even one as loose as the mercenary association. “I need to be a completely free agent for a while.”
“Too bad. Guild members get a 3% discount.” Damin shrugged, watching her pilot the Roxy effortlessly through the required landing pattern and back to her spot on his part of the spaceport. “Seems like you and this ship were made for each other.”
Keeping her tone noncommittal, Fallyn finished the landing and powered down. “I’ve seen enough.”
Leaving the ship behind was hard but Fallyn made the trip to the sales office in silence, doing mental calculations of what the absolute maximum might be that she could afford today. Damin respected her concentration and forbore to offer any more conversation or sales pitches. He offered her another cold drink when she entered his establishment and fended off a couple of his salespeople who had apparently pressing matters to query him about. He ushered Fallyn into his private office, indicating a chair for her pulled up to the desk and seated himself. Flipping his handheld on, he projected a miniature Roxy and named a price.
VS Note: Negotiations commence…
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.