I’m taking snippets from my newly released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. We’ve now moved on from GABE.
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!)
Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.
If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:
Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens.
The excerpt, from the very beginning of the book:
Elianna rubbed her arm and leaned against the wall of the crowded group cell. Weeks ago her ship had been taken captive by pirates. The captain had tried to offer the leader of the pirates the ship’s kidnap and ransom insurance to buy their freedom. Poor man had been killed in front of the crew for his efforts. Ever since then things had only been going downhill for Elianna and the others from the ship.
Her fellow crew and the passengers had been brought to an unknown planet, and all of them were in dire trouble now. This wasn’t going to be a ransom and return situation.
The aliens running the facility were arrogant and unpleasant. Ten people had been taken away first thing and put on another flyer before she and her companions were even escorted inside the building to be processed. Maybe they were the lucky ones?
Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.
Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.
Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.
Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.
Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?