Taking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).
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 – Gemma and Camron have escaped the crashed, burning flyer, after he does indeed obey the dying Khagrish scientist’s order to kill her (she was hopelessly trapped). Now they’re on the run together and have stopped to pick some berries because they’re starving.
Her stomach growled and she had to admit the idea of even a handful of berries sounded good. “Wait here and I’ll gather enough for both of us,” Gemma moved closer to the thicket of bushes, taking care not to get scratched by the thorns among the berries and flowers.
“The green ones are actually the ripest,” he said.
Gemma reached for a particularly fat berry that practically glowed because it was such an intense green. She popped it in her mouth and was surprised by the flood of sweet juice cooling her throat, “Oh, these are incredible.” She searched for a means to collect more than a few berries and plucked a broad leaf from a nearby sapling, using it as a makeshift basket to collect her harvest.
“They’re good in pie.”
Whatever she’d expected him to say, it wasn’t a remark about baked goods. She grinned at the homey detail, surprising in their current circumstances.
A particularly fat cluster of berries hung a bit further into the thicket so she carefully stepped among the branches.
“Stop,” Camron’s voice was intense, “Don’t move.”
Heart pounding, Gemma stayed frozen in the position she’d taken to reach the berries, “What is it? What’s wrong?”
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!