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.
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 – I jumped ahead a tiny bit. The drunken alien guards dragged Elianna out of the cell into the hall and an officer interrupts their plans:
“And what were you going to do with this one?” He gestured at Elianna. Before anyone could answer, the officer grabbed the flask from the guard holding it, took a sniff and swore, “Who’s been making illicit kiavo?” He glared at the guards, who averted their eyes and shuffled their feet like kids caught in a prank, “Someone better tell me, if you expect me to help solve this mess – otherwise I’m going to designate one of you to take all the blame and that man won’t live long enough to contradict me.”
“It’s one of the lab techs,” said a guard, refusing to meet his superior’s gaze, “The one with the yellow and pink hair. She supplements her pay by brewing the drink in her spare time.”
The officer nodded, raised the bottle and drank deeply. Wiping his lips, he cleared his throat and tucked the now closed container into a loop on his own belt, “And the human?”
The man holding her gave Elianna a shove, “She can go back into the cell,” he said sullenly.
Weak in the knees, Elianna wanted nothing more than to rejoin her fellow humans right now, but the officer hesitated.
“We have more than enough humans for the protocol,” He eyed her.
VS sez: The officer has other ideas that involve another inmate down the hall – we’ll get to that next week!
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?