Taking excerpts from CAMRON, my latest scifi romance release…
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 – continuing on from where we left off, inside the crashed flyer, where Gemma goes to help another prisoner who survived the crash:
She climbed on the debris where his litter sat precariously and worked on the clamps restraining him, “Are you okay? No pain anywhere?”
“I think there may be internal injuries but I’ll heal,” He sounded so eerily calm she assumed he was in shock.
She got the clamps to retract and stood back, waiting for him to rise, “Well, come on.”
He grimaced and she noticed his eyes were blazing pools of light in the dim, smoky cabin, “I can’t move.”
She stepped closer and ran her hands over his limbs, assessing the bones. Not unexpectedly his pulse was fast, but strong. “I’m not finding anything obviously wrong. Do you have sensation in your extremities? Are you paralyzed?” Sparks flew from a panel between her and the only way out of the flyer and she cringed but continued her rapid exam, “There’s no blood, reflexes seem in order—”
“Drugged – I can’t do anything unless I’m ordered to do so.”
Gemma pushed her hair out of her eyes, noticing a bad scratch on her lower arm, “I don’t understand.”
“Lady, we don’t have time to chitchat – order me to get to my feet and then tell me to get you out of here.”
But Gemma isn’t ready to leave the flyer yet….
Note: It’s been well established in the series that the Khagrish have an insidious drug which robs the Badari of the power to move independently and can drive them insane if overused. Camron was injected with this drug by the Khagrish scientist earlier in the book to render him compliant.
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!