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 a crashed, burning flyer. Now they’re on the run together. I’ve skipped ahead to the day after the snakebite incident:
In the morning, Camron was as good as his word and used his formidable talons to strip bark from several young trees near their informal camp. He filled a leaf bowl with orange-and-brown grubs and brought them to Gemma, “These are good eating.”
Despite her brave words of the night before, she eyed the squiggling creatures with trepidation. Each was as long as her middle finger and fat, “Do you swallow them while they’re alive?”
Laughing, he plucked several long thin branches from the pile of wood they’d gathered, stripped off any remaining leaves and proceeded to spit the grubs. He handed her a stick full for herself and held the two remaining ones over the fire, “Takes just a few minutes. Keep turning them or you’ll have one side burnt to a crisp and the other side raw. I wish we had spice or a sauce, but at least these are protein.”
Gemma heaved a deep sigh and took the first bite of her serving. She was pleasantly surprised to find the skin crispy, the inner consistency a bit like barely scrambled eggs and the flavor slightly nutty. “Not bad at all.” She had to pace herself on consuming the others because once her stomach realized she was eating, she was ravenous. “Are there any more?” Licking her fingers, she tried not to eye the ones Camron had left on his second skewer.
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!