Gabe Makes a Choice Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is at the editor by the way…)

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 – follows right after last week’s. The goddess said: “Perhaps my daughter and I hold you here temporarily between life and death.”

“To make my choice?” There was no answer to his question and he made an impatient sound, striding away from where Keshara slept on. The closer he came to plunging into the mist between the trees, the stronger the desire to hurry onward became. Gabe thought he saw a bright white light in the distance beyond the fog and was anxious to reach the safety the light seemed to promise. He hesitated, unable to resist a last look at Keshara. His heart skipped a beat and settled into a jangled, thumping rhythm as his gaze lingered – there was a pull here as well, drawing him to her side and away from the beckoning bright light.

He wished the voice would give him guidance or permission or something. Gabe wasn’t used to being less than decisive about any required action or decision but in this moment he felt truly torn. The closer he came to where Keshara lay, the more his heartbeat smoothed out and also the stronger his inclination to remain here in the peaceful grove, sit and watch her sleep, perhaps hold her hand—

The ground rocked underneath him and Gabe awoke with a gasp, as if he’d stopped breathing for a time.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

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Am I Dying? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is at the editor by the way…)

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 – Jumping ahead a little, Gabe is dreaming, after Keshara has exhausted her healing powers to heal him as much as she can. In the dream, he finds himself in the great circle of trees where the Badari worship and Keshara is sleeping on the grass there. The first line is Gabe’s thought as he looks at her.  I like to have some inexplicable-through-science, mystical elements in every SFR I write:

She wore herself out trying to heal me.

“Indeed she did.”

He straightened, searching the open area for the speaker but there was no one else in the glade. The voice had come from close by, he was positive, not from the misty area beyond the guardian trees, “Who’s there?”

“One who watches over her children – you know who I am.”

Oh no, I’m not talking to any goddesses, not even in my dreams. Besides, I need to get going. He must be even worse off than he realized if he was now hallucinating a dialog with the Badari deity. He took a few more steps toward the perimeter but hesitated and pivoted to stare at Keshara – leaving her here alone felt wrong but the urge or craving to leave was growing stronger in his mind, “Am I dying?”

“Perhaps my daughter and I hold you here temporarily between life and death.”

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Will he choose to stay with Keshara or keep walking toward the light outside the grove of trees?

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

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Why do You Ask? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (I’m hard at work on KIERCE by the way…)

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 – directly after last week’s snippet. Gabe had asked “You’re not planning on turning me over to the Khagrish, are you?”

She shook her head, “Nothing so dire. I left the Retreat—our home base—without permission, as I said. There will be repercussions for me.”

He wasn’t entirely satisfied with her answer. There was something off in her manner when she spoke of the Khagrish. But, if she had valid reasons for being on the run, he didn’t want trouble raining down on her head because she chose to help him, “How serious are the consequences for you?”

Head tilted, she studied him, “Why do you ask?”

“I don’t want you getting into big trouble for me. If I hadn’t literally fallen from the sky you could have made your getaway. You could help me to a spot on the trail these people will take, and then head out again on your own –  I can delay them for you,” His head was pounding with pain from the bump he’d taken and maintaining the discussion was taxing his endurance under the circumstances, but he felt honor bound to make the offer.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]And in other news, I just re-released STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER as a standalone. It was in the USA Today Best Selling Pets in Space 3 anthology, which has now gone off sale.

The blurb: Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?

And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.

A science fiction romance take on the Anastasia tale…

Buy Links:  Amazon   Kobo     Nook    GooglePlay and Apple Books coming soon

 

 

You May Be Surprised Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (I’m hard at work on KIERCE by the way…)

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 – follows directly after last week’s where Keshara says not all the Khagrish are the mutual enemy, implying there might be some good ones…

Her answer surprised him, and a small alarm sounded in the back of Gabe’s head. He refuted her remark firmly and with no doubt, “Every single one I ever met.”

“You may be surprised,” she said, stretching and then sitting straight, “Try to sleep now, if you can. The hiking tomorrow will be hard going for a man with your injuries. I’m not sure how far we’ll have to go before we meet those who’ll be tracking me.”

“You’re a fugitive?” He didn’t know why the fact surprised him. Based on his experiences on this planet so far, any Badari not in captivity would have to be on the run. On the other hand, she clearly was from some facility unlike any other known to his allies or himself.

“Of sorts.” She settled more comfortably against the wall of the den and drank from her water bottle, “I committed no crime, except for leaving the Retreat – we’re not allowed to roam.”

His suspicions, ever close to the surface on this hell world, flared anew, “You’re not planning to turn me over to the Khagrish are you?

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

I Have a Duty Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (I’m hard at work on KIERCE by the way…)

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 – I’ve skipped ahead. Keshara mends his broken leg with her powers but can’t do the same for his most serious internal injuries. They agree to hike toward her home in the morning and now they’re talking as neither can sleep.

“Who are you?” she asked.

“I told you, I’m a human, but I run with a pack of Badari,” He gave her a hard look in the gloom of the den, “It’s probably better for both of us if I don’t tell you too much. I have to protect my people and just meeting you tells me there are more secrets about this planet than anyone ever guessed, which could be dangerous. Surprises aren’t good in this environment.”

She sat back on her heels, “You have so many mysteries wrapped about you that I find your talk of surprises ironic.”

Unable to resist touching her, he reached out and took her hand, “I feel like a real louse not satisfying your curiosity, after all you’ve done for me tonight. I’m sorry, believe me, but I have a duty to the people who trust me not to betray them or their secrets.”

“You have honor,” she said grudgingly.

“We can probably both agree the Khagrish are the mutual enemy,” He released her hand and made himself a bit more comfortable on his makeshift pillow.

Keshara tilted her head, gazing at him like a cat, eyes glowing ever so slightly in the gloom, “Maybe not all of them.”

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

Hailed as a Heroine Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (I’m hard at work on KIERCE by the way…)

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 –  I’ve skipped ahead a bit. Keshara gets Gabe to safety inside the abandoned animal den. He’s gravely injured and she does what she can to heal the wounds with her special but limited powers. Now she’s debating her next move. The Great Mother is the Badari goddess.

Perhaps tomorrow when the storm broke he could hobble toward the Retreat with her help. They’d meet the forces sent to capture her and maybe this man’s origin would be intriguing enough to entice her pursuers to take him back for complete healing. Keshara pondered whether this was why she’d been so consumed by the need to escape the Retreat. Was the Great Mother’s will not that she go explore the world and learn truth, but rather to place her here to assist this Gabe?

Gray disappointment moved through her mind. She’d been so excited about undertaking her escape from the Retreat and venturing into the unknown, so hopeful she’d discover untold marvels. Prove the Director wrong in her insistence they must totally avoid exposure to the other residents of the planet – maybe lead her sisters into an unbounded future beyond the Retreat someday. Be hailed as a heroine. Keshara couldn’t hold back a rueful smile at the egotistical thought but it was true. Taking Gabe to be healed and surrendering herself to achieve the goal was a bitter pill to swallow after the glory of independence. She harbored no illusions—punishment would be severe and sustained.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

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The Last Thing He Was Expecting Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (I’m hard at work on KIERCE by the way…)

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 –  follows directly from last week where Keshara watched a man fall from the sky. The Khagrish are the alien enemy in this series. She’s not Khagrish.

Adjusting her rain cape, knife at the ready, she crawled from the tunnel, rose to her feet  and ran to where the man lay. The man lay on his back, one arm flung over his eyes and, as she drew close, she froze in astonishment.

He had no large crest of red and yellow hair and his skin tones were pale – he wasn’t Khagrish.

He was of some species unknown to her, similar to her own perhaps.

Groaning, he attempted to sit up but cut the move short with a jerk as he realized she was nearby. He fumbled at his hip as if searching for a weapon that was no longer there, lost in the turbulent fall perhaps. Then he spoke in a variation on her own language, the secret tongue the Director was unaware the sisters all knew. His accent was odd, some of the words made no sense, but the general meaning was clear.

“Well, you’re the last thing I was expecting.”

He managed a lopsided grin despite obvious injuries, blood welling from a bad cut on one thigh and another on his head and added, “Can we get out of the rain before we do introductions?”

Tongue tied, she stared at him.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

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Falling Too Fast Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next 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 – Keshara heard the flyer crash and went to investigate. I’ve skipped ahead a bit (nothing serious happened, just a minor earthquake LOL). She’s about to meet Gabe, who bailed from the flyer before it crashed:

Deciding not to risk herself in the storm for mere curiosity’s sake, she prepared to return to the cozy den when a flash of lightning illuminated the sky and she caught sight of a new problem. A man was falling, clinging to a strange harness. He seemed to be fighting whatever was slowing his fall, and it was clear to Keshara he was descending much too fast.

Heart pounding, hand on the hilt of her knife, she watched him attempt to blunt the shock of hitting the ground by allowing his body to go limp. As he collided hard with the muddy, rock strewn ground near her den, she winced in unwilling sympathy. Through the driving rain she watched him, but he made no attempt to rise. After a minute, she heard an exclamation of pain and a few words with the force of a curse.

Enemy or not, Keshara didn’t have the heart to leave the poor man to die in the cold rain. She could at least go check out the situation, see if he had any chance to survive his amazing fall.

Next week’s excerpt, I promise they’ll exchange their first words to each other!

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

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My Personal Best of 2018 SciFi Romance List

YourFavoriteHere!!!Assembling any kind of ‘best of’ list is daunting and personal, and my big caveat right up front is that Your Mileage May Vary! In fact, I hope you’ll share some of your personal favorite scifi romances in the comments! What amazing reads have I missed?

(Hmmm, I might do a post on that set of reader recommendations in early 2019…please, no self recommending of your own titles though and 2018 releases only!)

I write about scifi romance for both Love in Panels and the Amazing Stories Magazine’s blog, (plus USA Today’s HEA blog, which sadly is ceasing operation as of December 31st). I compiled my very personal ‘best of 2018’ list the other week. I have to STRESS this is a list of SFR novels that fell into tropes I enjoy and is therefore not meant to be taken as a comprehensive “in all of the thousands of SFR books released in 2018 these are the best” list. I don’t have that much ego! And I don’t read all the books LOL. I have my own books to write so my reading time is limited.

I read a lot of fun, good, thought provoking SFR in 2018 but for this list, since by its nature the number of titles selected is supposed to be Top 10 or Top 5 or some equally arbitrary number, I went with the ones I’m still thinking about, even months after reading them.

It was the same list for both blog platforms obviously, although I got to be a bit more lengthy and inclusive over at Amazing, and also added a science fiction title (The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells). In some cases there was a single title by an author that stood out to me and lingered in my memory (and/or got re-read because I love to read a good book more than once!). In other cases people had more than one book in my list of 2018 memorables.

In no certain order, here’s my list of titles and you can hop over to the Amazing post for more details, or the Love in Panels post for many of the buy links. Originally the editor at LIP had also planned to link to my mini reviews of these books that I wrote during the year but ultimately time pressures prevented that. You can browse her site and see my Best Bets mini review posts if you so desire…

The List:

Undying (Valos of Sonhadra Book 7), Claimed by An Alien Warrior, and Jewel of the Sea (The Kraken Book 2) and Heart of the Deep (The Kraken Book 4)  – all by Tiffany Roberts

Guardian (Galactic Gladiators Book 9) and Cyborg (Galactic Gladiators Book 10) – both by Anna Hackett

Taking Vengeance (Cyborg Sizzle Book 12) and Dark Strength (Refuge Book 3)  – both by Cynthia Sax

Edge of Insanity: The Alliance Book 6 – SE Smith

Barbarian’s Beloved (Ice Planet Barbarians Book 18) – Ruby Dixon

Champion (Prison Planet Book 3) – Emmy Chandler

Breakaway (Verdant String Book 1) – Michelle Diener

Edge of Nowhere  – Felicia Davin

Kirk: Stargazer Alien Mail Order Brides #10 (Intergalactic Dating Agency)  – Tasha Black

Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity Book 2) – Nalini Singh

Cyborg – Miranda Martin

Lost Valyr: Project Enterprise 7 – Pauline Baird Jones

The Rising Tide (Liminal Sky Book 2) – J. Scott Coatsworth

My thanks to all these authors for their hard work and creativity, and the many happy hours of reading I spent with their books. Kudos to everyone who wrote and released books in 2018 – celebrate the tremendous accomplishment!

Looking forward to 2019!

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All Part of the Adventure Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHappy Holidays by the way!!!

I’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next 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 – skipped ahead a little from last week. Keshara has taken shelter from the storm in an abandoned furbana den (like a beaver lodge but bigger):

…a new sound penetrated her hearing: engines running at top speed, unregulated. A moment later, the ground shook as a considerable mass crashed into the earth not far from where she sat. For a few heartbeats she sat frozen, debating which course of action to take. She could stay hidden in the furbana den or she could go investigate. Better to know what’s happening close by than to hide. From her first days of life Keshara had been an independent person, preferring to take challenges head on and today was no different. All part of the adventure. With no more hesitation, Keshara pulled her rain garb over her head and crawled out through the tunnel her unwitting and fortunately absent hosts had dug. Staying within the confines of the well-built, reinforced entrance, she peered through the driving rain, but at first there was nothing to see. Then the downpour cleared for a heartbeat and she glimpsed a broken aircraft lying crumpled in the meadow.

From the outside dwellers.

We’re getting to the point where she and Gabe first meet…

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

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