Taking excerpts from REEDE, my recent 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 (Fallyn is speaking – follows right after last week’s excerpt):
“We came out of hyperspace right in the middle of several enemy ships exiting this solar system. Scout ships have minimal weaponry and next to no shields. Captain Brandon did his best to evade and get us into a safer position close to the star but obviously he failed,” Fallyn blinked hard and straightened her spine, unwilling to give in to her grief over her fellow officer, “We were sent to check out a mysterious fastlink transmission apparently emanating from this star system, using identifiers from Amarcae Seven and others.”
“Three of our people sent it, using cobbled together tech,” Reede confirmed, “We had no idea if we’d succeeded or failed and then we picked up intel on a Khagrish transmission loop about a crashed Sectors ship and a captured scout. What happened to the other guy? Is he out there still?”
“He’s dead. Died after the crash from his injuries the Khagrish told me. I was thrown clear or else he carried me—I was injured in the initial attack, out in space. I—I don’t remember much. When I came to, I was already here in the lab, getting medical treatment. Then I was put in the other cell and that’s been my story until today, when I met you.”
The blurb: Lt. Fallyn Damara was sent by the Sectors to investigate a strange transmission from an isolated planet and determine whether the residents of a vanished colony had been transported there by alien enemies. Fallyn’s ship crashes and she’s taken prisoner by the Khagrish scientists, to await her fate in the slate of horrifying experiments being conducted.
Reede, the second ranking enforcer in the Badari Warrior pack, volunteers to be recaptured by the Khagrish in an effort to locate and rescue Fallyn inside the deadly lab complex.
While a prisoner Reede discovers Fallyn is the woman destined to become his fated mate but the moment is bittersweet because Fallyn will be leaving their world at the first opportunity, to report back to the Sectors. He refuses to complete the mate bond, believing to do so will lead to nothing but lifelong misery for them both, separated by lightyears and interstellar politics.
For her part, Fallyn wants to shake up the rule-bound enforcer and persuade him to take a chance on love.
But first they have to escape the Khagrish.