I’m taking snippets from my newly released scifi romance CAMRON: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the 8th 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 – from fairly early in the novel, as we meet the heroine:
Gemma and the two other human women who’d been culled from the population in the prison cell were herded though the long corridors by the Khagrish guards and emerged into the bright sunshine. She blinked, greedy for the fresh air and the blue sky, after who knew how many weeks kept inside the grim building. The white star which was this planet’s sun was too bright but still an improvement over the artificial light inside their prison.
“Wait here,” said the lead guard in Basic. He walked away, leaving them with two other Khagrish to keep watch.
She was wildly tempted to run straight toward the low hills she saw on the horizon. She was sure the guards would shoot her with the stun guns, or worse bring her down with pain from the wretched neurocontroller bracelet, but she wanted so desperately to be free and away from the Khagrish and their casual cruelty.
One of the guards was eyeing her and, as their gazes met, he laughed, “Go ahead,” he said, gesturing with his pulse rifle, “You won’t get far, but it’ll be fun using you for target practice.”
Gemma squared her shoulders and averted her eyes.
“Don’t aggravate them,” said the woman next to her, keeping her head bowed and her voice low but sharply disapproving, “You’ll make it worse for all of us.”
How can it get any worse?
Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.
She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.
The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.
Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.
There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?
Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?
New to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!
There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!