Something Is Amiss Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedIn honor of Father’s Day (USA) I’m taking a break from CAMRON and giving an excerpt from BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY: MEGAN AND MATEER (BADARI WARRIORS). We’ll get back to CAMRON and that burning shuttle next week, I promise.

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 – Megan is close to her due date for giving birth to the first ever Badari child, but things are never simple on this planet – Mateer is in a meeting and she’s seeing patients at the valley’s tiny hospital. Mateer and his unborn child share a telepathic connection.

“If we go forward with this council, I will have veto power over any candidate,” Aydarr said, voice flat, “Certain humans have proven themselves to be untrustworthy. I refuse to deal with such individuals or give them higher status.”

Mateer opened his mouth to chime in on this point, since he had definite opinions about a few names, when he was hit with a wave of green suffusing his mind’s eye and the scent of Spring flowers and new growth filled his nostrils.  Why is the baby reaching out to me? Without realizing he’d done so, he shoved back his chair and was on his feet, talons deployed.  Under the beautiful fragrance there was a sense of unease. Something was wrong in the baby’s perception of her world right now, which meant something amiss with Megan. His daughter was seeking her father as the other source of comfort in her limited awareness.

Everyone was staring at him.

“Megan needs help now,” he said with a snarl in his voice and sprinted from the room, heading for the hospital as fast as he could run.

In his head he heard Aydarr issuing an alert to the entire pack wherever they were in the valley and then the Alpha was right behind him, coming to assist. Mateer tried to send calm reassurance to the child that he was on his way. Frustration over the baby’s inability to communicate in words ate at him, even as he recognized the ridiculousness of his expecting an unborn child to parse sentences.

badari warriors babyThe blurb: Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to the Badari Warrior pack’s senior enforcer Mateer, is perilously close to the due date of their baby when she’s kidnapped by human malcontents in Sanctuary Valley. The kidnappers threaten to harm her and intend to ransom the half human-half Badari child to the evil Khagrish scientists in return for their own lives.

Mateer and his fellow Badari launch a desperate effort to save his mate and child but the situation is made more complicated as Megan goes into labor. Can they rescue her in time to save mother and child?

A 25K word novella…

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STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER #SciFi Take on Anastasia Legend

I was beaming this week when a reader recommended Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer to her followers on BookBub. I’m always thrilled when someone enjoys one of my books and is generous enough to take the time to leave a review or a recommendation. Thank you! It also made me think this week’s Friday post should share more about this particular book!

This was my 2018 story for the third annual Pets In Space anthology (PISA), which Pauline B. Jones and I co-created to benefit the Hero-Dogs, Inc., charity which provides service dogs to veterans in need. After the anthology has run its course, then I always republish my story on its own.

I love going back to revisit my interstellar cruise liner, the Nebula Dream, for these PISA stories, as the ship cruises through the futuristic human civilization known as The Sectors.  I’ve written a number of books and novellas centered on events aboard the ship now and find the whole cruise setup lends itself to telling a good scifi romance adventure tale. Readers new to my world don’t need to know a lot of backstory to enjoy the events, and for those who have read others in the series, it’s a nice return to see some favorite characters (I hope!). I’m writing my story for this year’s PISA right now in fact.

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As usual, for DANCER I started with the concept of the pet because that drives my plot for these PISA adventures. For some reason I kept seeing a mental picture of a Siamese cat, but with a third eye. But I’ve done a cat and a catlike alien before, for PISA1, Star Cruise: Stowaway, although Midorri, the alien pet there actually is kind of a cross between a red panda and a tribble who acts like a cat. So I wanted something very different and I started thinking about what if the cat wasn’t actually a real animal at all? I ended up making F’rrh a ‘jenfellini’, which is something like a genie, living in a beautiful lacquered box. Visualize the gorgeous painted boxes that come from Russia.

Then, the tenuous link to Russia reminded me of the whole tragic story of the last Tsar and his family, and how they were murdered but for years rumors persisted one of the children might have survived. Various individuals claimed to be ‘Anastasia’ or another of the siblings, and of course there have been movies and plays written with that theme. I always flash back to the version with Yul Brynner (such an intense actor) and Ingrid Bergman because that movie was one of my mother’s favorites and also left the answer to the question of “Is she or is she not Anastasia?” somewhat open at the end. My daughters loved the animated fantasy version of the tale, with the voices of Meg Ryan and John Cusack, when they were growing up.

So I had the heroine – a possible princess on the run – but how could she fit into the Nebula Zephyr? Since the hero would be one of the former Special Forces soldiers who make up the ship’s security force, I had to be able to make the two interact and fall in love in a situation fraught with danger and suspicion.

I’ve wanted to do a story about the Comettes dance troupe which performs aboard the cruise liners since I wrote my very first published scifi romance, Wreck of the Nebula Dream (a sister ship of sorts to the one I write about nowadays). Dancing is a skill a maybe princess might have at a high level, right? So let her be a new member of the ship’s dance company. I’m a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and the Rockettes and othe precision dance teams, so I was able to draw upon my years of watching the reality show “Making the Team” and other documentaries and features on dance teams (plus some imagination of course) to write up Tassia’s audition experiences. Tassia brings her own special knowledge, training and interpretations to what the Comettes do and the audiences love it.

Throw in a fabulous jewel and there was the story…

I also made it clear at the end whether my “Anastasia” was or was not the real deal.

Cover by Fiona Jayde.

A 41K word novel.

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The Blurb:  Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it 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. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

The excerpt as Tassia auditions for the Comettes:

Her green leotard looked ludicrously cheap in the sea of elaborate, colorful dance costumes. I can’t do anything about my clothing. Holding her head high, she stretched and danced a few steps of the folk dance she’d learned most recently. She heard a couple of women nearby snicker and, although she was blushing, she finished the sequence then did more stretching.

Soon enough, the applicants were called to line up by the numbers, and Tassia stood on tiptoe to see the judges.

“Good morning, I’m Riall Cartajj, director and choreographer for the Comettes, and I want to welcome you today.” The no-nonsense woman speaking was dressed in a clearly expensive, flowing skirt with a matching top and coordinating jacket, subtly made-up, not a hair out of place, and consummately professional head to toe. “Let me run through the agenda. First, we’ll do two minutes of free style in groups of ten. Then I’ll announce those who need to remain for the next round, which will be a two minute solo routine of your choice. If any candidates from round two appear to be still in the running, then my assistant Syadana will teach you a portion of a Comettes’ routine, and I’ll decide if you’d fit in with my troupe or not. I need five dancers and possibly an alternate or two, but I won’t hire anyone today if the fit isn’t there. Questions?”

There were no questions. Tassia hung onto her backpack tightly, a bit intimidated at the way the women surrounding her seemed so comfortable with the audition process. One probably didn’t start a career as a professional dancer in the Sectors by auditioning for a premiere troupe. She felt her muscles tightening the more she considered the daunting odds of her making it all the way to selection. Taking a deep breath, she reminded herself sternly there were no other options for her so she’d simply have to be good enough to force the Comettes to want her in their ranks.

Tassia wanted to inquire who the other judges were—several women and one man, but she decided it didn’t matter. The director was the one who did the hiring and who had to be impressed.

As the first ten girls lined up on the specified area of the floor, Tassia was suddenly glad her number placed her in the tenth group. She’d have time to see what other people did for their freestyle to attempt to impress Ms. Cartajj. And a solo, if she got that far.

What she realized as she watched the dancers take the floor was people were highlighting what they did best. For some it was leaps or turns. For others apparently it was gymnastic moves, although for many the skill being showcased involved a lot of precise steps accented with shimmying and hip swivels. A number of the women had obviously pre-choreographed sets of steps they repeated as long as the music was on.

By the time her turn came, Tassia decided to do a sequential series of rapid steps, pirouettes and showy poses requiring supremely good balance, which she could fit to the music being provided. It was her observation from watching the judges that dancers who showed technical skills appeared to make more of a favorable impression than the ones who did flashy, sexy moves. She walked confidently to her designated spot on the temporary wooden dance floor, assumed the opening pose and launched into her routine as the first notes sounded. Remembering to smile as if her audience was composed of her best friends, she had no clear memory of the two minutes when she finished with a graceful final pose. As she walked from the space, she believed she’d done well.

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NOTE: Portions of this post were previously published on Pauline B. Jones’s blog

SciFi Romance Reads for the Ripped Bodice Bookstore Summer BINGO

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The Ripped Bodice Bookstore in SoCal is conducting their third annual Summer Romance Bingo. I thought it would be fun to take their bingo card of categories again this year and identify scifi romance titles that would satisfy the requirements for readers. I asked the members of The SciFi Romance Brigade on Facebook to recommend books and definitely allowed authors to recommend their own titles. I said I’d take the first three to five books to be suggested in each category, which I’ve pretty much stuck to, although some categories were hard to fulfill and others were wayyy popular!

As the Ripped Bodice notes on their rules, “You can interpret the categories however you want” so we did take a bit of license on a few to fit scifi romance.

To be clear, we’re NOT playing bingo here, merely providing a list of suggestions! Hope over to the Ripped Bodice site if you want to enter their contest, which runs through August 31, 2019.

And I certainly included a few of my own titles!

Many of the books were suggested for more than one category; however I only listed each title in one category to keep the list as unique as possible.

It makes for a fun reading list. I’ve included the Amazon links (to book 1 if an entire series is involved) but many of the books are also available on other ebook platforms. I only have so much time in my life to chase down links LOL.

Happy Summer Reading to All!

treasure of the abyssBeach on the cover:

DEVI’S DISTRACTION (ICEHOME BOOK 7) by Ruby Dixon     Amazon

STAR CRUISE: MAROONED by Veronica Scott     Amazon

TREASURE OF THE ABYSS (THE KRAKEN BOOK 1) by Tiffany Roberts     Amazon

VS: (Actually all the Kraken Series books pretty much have a beach on the cover)

FANTASY ISLAND: STAR FANTASY by Kioni Hall and Zena Wynn     Amazon

ALL OF ME (A PROPHECY SERIES SHORT STORY) by Lea Kirk     Amazon

REUNION AT KASHA-ASOR (A TRAVELLER’S SIDE STORY BOOK 1 by Pippa Jay     Amazon

CHIMERA’S GIFT (INTO THE DEADFALL BOOK 4) by Susan Trombley     Amazon

drago_tasha_blackNext door neighbor:

THE CYBORG NEXT DOOR: IN THE STARS by Bianca D’Arc     Amazon

ALIEN ADORATION (ALIEN NEXT DOOR BOOK 1) by Jessica E Subject     Amazon

VS: Note: This is a 3 book series so she has two more next door neighbor titles plus this one:

TAKEN BY THE BILLIONAIRE ALIEN NEXT DOOR by Jessica E Subject     Amazon

DRAGO: STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #13 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black.      Amazon  Also BURTON, book #14, and RIGGS, book #15 in the series.

PET TRADE: A CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE NOVELLA by Carol Van Natta     Amazon

VS: The characters were kind of neighbors…

passion seasonOn the page atheist (I totally left this category up to authors to interpret):

TRAPPED ON TALONQUE by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: The heroine is worshipped as a goddess, much to her dismay because she knows she isn’t one!

STRANDED WITH THE CYBORG by Cara Bristol     Amazon

Cara states “…the entire Psy-Ops series is an atheist one.”

BREEDER by Cara Bristol     Amazon

OVEROAD FLUX: GALACTIC CONCORDANCE BOOK 1 by Carol Van Natta, who states “…all the major characters in my space opera series are atheists.”     Amazon

THE PASSION SEASON by Libby Doyle, who states “One of the series concepts is that aliens visited humans when they were primitive, giving rise to world religious mythology.  No gods, only aliens.”     Amazon

star cruise mystery dancerShow Business:

STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD by Veronica Scott     Amazon

STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER by Veronica Scott     Amazon

EVEN VILLAINS GO TO THE MOVIES: HEROES AND VILLAINS  by Liana Brooks     Amazon

MARS HO! (MARS ADVENTURE ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Jennifer Willis      Amazon

CHAMPION (PRISON PLANET BOOK 3) by Emmy Chandler     Amazon

KIRK: STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #10 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black     Amazon

ALIEN ATTRACTION (ALIEN Mate 2) by Cara Bristol     Amazon

STAR’S STORM (LORDS OF KASSIS BOOK 2) by SE Smith     Amazon

STARSHADOW (GREAT SPACE RACE Book 1) by CJ Cade    Amazon

VS: There’s a whole connected series by various authors for the Great Space Race

VORDOL’S VOW (RISING SONS BOOK 2) by Dena Garson     Amazon

rescued alphabitsLGBTQ Paranormal (or SFR):

THE STARK DIVIDE (LIMINAL SKY BOOK 1) and THE RISING TIDE (LIMINAL SKY BOOK 2) by J Scott Coatsworth     Amazon

THE 5TH GENDER by Gail Carriger     Amazon

NO QUARTER (BOUNTY BOOK 1) by Christine d’Abo     Amazon

HERS TO COMMAND (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 8) by Cynthia Sax     Amazon

THE EMPRESS AND THE AMBASSADOR (AEON 14: THE EMPIRE BOOK 1) by M D Cooper     Amazon

STALKER OF SHADOWS (SPECTR SERIES 3 BOOK 1) and WIDDERSHINS (WHYBORNE AND GRIFFIN BOOK 1) by Jordan L Hawk      Amazon

THE MERCENARY’S MATE (BLUE SOLACE BOOK 1) by C W Gray    Amazon

HELL AND HIGH WATER (THIRDS BOOK 1) by Charlie Cochet     Amazon

RESCUED (ALPHABITS BOOK 1) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown      Amazon 

MASTERS OF NO ONE (MASTERS OF THEIR DOMAIN BOOK 1) by Tricia Owens     Amazon

ACES OVER QUEEN (THE DRIFT BOOK 8) by Susan Hayes      Amazon

overload flux new coverAssassins:

SILENT LUCIDITY (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 1) by Tiffany Roberts     Amazon

STAR SURVIVOR by Veronica Scott     Amazon

BLACK STAR RUN (THE LOU ELLA CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Brooke Hodge     Amazon

HUNTED BY THE CYBORG (CY-OPS CYBORG ROMANCE BOOK 6) by Cara Bristol     Amazon

ASSASSIN’S HUNGER: SHEERSPACE BOOK 3 by Jessa Slade     Amazon

TORMENTED (THE CONDEMNED SERIES BOOK 3) by Allison Aimes     Amazon

OVERLOAD FLUX: CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE BOOK 1 by Carol Van Natta     Amazon

INFINITY’S EMBRACE (DARK PLANET WARRIORS BOOK 6) by Anna Carven     Amazon

THE ASSASSIN’S SALVATION (THE MANDRAKE COMPANY SERIES BOOK 3) by Ruby Lionsdrake     Amazon

mission to mahjundarEloping:

MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: Ok, so the hero is escorting her to her arranged marriage but when they arrive, things are not as they were supposed to be, the two of them are in love and they flee…so, kind of elopement! This category was hard for SFR!

darkness within usTakes Place in Multiple Countries (or on multiple planets for SFR):

EDGE OF NOWHERE by Felicia Davin     Amazon

THE DARKNESS WITHIN US (THE DARK DIMENSION SERIES BOOK 1) by Brooke Hodge     Amazon

THE WARRIOR’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 4) by Susan Trombley     Amazon

WANTED BY THE WEREWOLF PRINCE (SPACE SHIFTERS CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Kara Lockharte     Amazon

GRIM (TORNIANS BOOK 1) by M K Eidem     Amazon

THE FATED STARS by Veronica Scott     Amazon

SOUTH SEAS SALVATION (CORPORATE SERVICES BOOK 3) by JC Hay     Amazon

pearls dragonSassy Grandparent (or as close as we could come):

PEARL’S DRAGON (DRAGON LORDS OF VALDIER BOOK 10) by S E Smith     Amazon

BODIES IN MOTION (NEWTON’S LAWS BOOK 1) by Liana Brooks     Amazon

VS : A sassy Aunt!

MINDER RISING: CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE BOOK 2) by Carol Van Natta     Amazon

WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: The elder person here is Lady Damais, who isn’t actually related to any of the other characters but does take a grandmotherly role to two children at risk

THE FELIG CHRONICLES by PJ Dean     Amazon

VS: OK so the character I’m thinking of is actually the heroine’s mother but I LOVED her. Bold and spirited! This is book 1 in a series.

violet soulsHeroine Smells Like a Flower:

CHOOSING CHUCKLES (CYBORG SPACE EXPLORATION BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax     Amazon

VIOLET SOULS: THE EVOXIAN LEGACIES BOOK 1 by Abbey McMunn     Amazon

MATEER: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 2) by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: In this series, the Badari males smell a floral scent when they find their fated mate

DANGER IN THE STARS by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: In this series, the Tulavarran empathic priestesses actually grow tiny purple flowers in their hair (briefly) when they fall into true love

gails familyBoth leads over 50:

GAIL’S FAMILY (ICEHOME BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon     Amazon

DELTA-V intergalactic dating agency (cyborg cowboys of carbon county book 2) by Elsa Jade     Amazon

LAST SHIP OFF POLARIS-G: A CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE NOVELLA by Carol Van Natta     Amazon

aydarrTitle includes character’s name:

VS: In the series listed below, the authors typically use their characters’ names in the titles so I’ve pretty much listed book  #1 in each series .

AYDARR: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 1) by Veronica Scott     Amazon

RELEASING RAGE (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax     Amazon

VREHX (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn     Amazon

RAVEN (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Regine Abel     Amazon

TOREL: STAR CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes     Amazon

MARCUS (HELL SQUAD BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett     Amazon

TOLSTOY: STARGAZER ALIEN BARBARIAN BRIDES BOOK 1 by Tasha Black     Amazon

FURY (NEW SPECIES BOOK 1) by Laurann Dohner     Amazon

RUNNER’S MOON: CHALLA by Linda Mooney    Amazon

VS: The other titles in the RUNNER’s MOON series also contain the characters’ names.

cyborg galactic gladiatorHappily Ever After:

UNDYING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 7) by Tiffany Roberts     Amazon

INTO THE BLACK (TALES FROM THE EDGE BOOK 1) by Sheryl Nantus     Amazon

MAMA AND THE ALIEN WARRIOR: TREASURED BY THE ALIEN by Honey Phillips and Bex McLynn     Amazon

CYBORG (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 10) by Anna Hackett     Amazon

HEARTMATE (CELTA SERIES BOOK 1) by Robin D. Owens Amazon

DARK HORSE (CLASS 5 SERIES BOOK 1) by Michelle Diener     Amazon

MAESTRA RISING by Pauline Baird Jones     Amazon

under fyreDragons:

UNDER FYRE (ALIEN DRAGON SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Cara Bristol     Amazon

THE DRAGON’S QUEEN (SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 4) by Pearl Foxx     Amazon

MATCHED: JENNIFER’S DIARY (XAERD MATES BOOK 1) by L Starfyre     Amazon

DRAGON’S BABY (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 1) by Miranda Martin     Amazon

BETROTHED TO THE DRAGON: LICK OF FIRE (DRAGON LOVERS BOOK 1) by Kara Lockharte     Amazon

ABDUCTING ABBY (DRAGON LORDS OF VALDIER BOOK 1) by SE Smith     Amazon

A TASTE OF DRAGONFIRE by K B Wheelock     Amazon

warlord skyKilts:

GLADIATOR (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett     Amazon

WARLORD SKY (CHAMELE BARBARIAN WARLORDS BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax     Amazon

YA Historical:

specters in the storm pbjVS: For this one we decided to try for steampunk, YA or NA if possible…

HEART OF IRON (LONDON STEAMPUNK BOOK 2) by Bec McMaster     Amazon

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE (AGES OF INVENTION BOOK 2) by S B K Burns     Amazon

SPECTERS IN THE STORM by Pauline Baird Jones     Amazon

ROMANCING THE INVENTOR: A SUPERNATURAL SOCIETY NOVELLA by Gail Carriger     Amazon

RAVEN, FIRE AND ICE: BOOK ONE IN THE TOUCH OF TRUTH SERIES by Nita Round     Amazon

salvation lea kirkWine & Spirits:

VS: We settled on books where drinking of substances took place…

SALVATION (BOOK 2 OF THE PROPHECY SERIES) by Lea Kirk     Amazon

BRIGHT STAR, THE APPRENTICE, VOLUME 2 (THE TWELVE SYSTEMS CHRONICLES) by E G Manetti     Amazon

BLOOD KING: REVAMPING THE MONARCHY (THE HEART NEBULA BOOK 3) by Ava Cuvay    Amazon

LOVE AND THE CORPS (THE HEART NEBULA SERIES BOOK 2) by Ava Cuvay     Amazon

DARK THOUGHTS (REFUGE BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax     Amazon

RELEASING THE DRAGON (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson     Amazon

mach oneCowboys:

MACH ONE: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY (CYBORG COWBOYS OF CARBON COUNTY BOOK 1) by Elsa Jade     Amazon

MINE UNTIL MIDNIGHT by Linda Mooney     Amazon

SPACE COWBOYS AND INDIANS (COSMIC COWBOYS BOOK 1) by Lisa Medley     Amazon

SPACE DEPUTY (INTERSTELLAR SHERIFF BOOK 1) by Jenny Schwartz     Amazon

claimed by an alien warriorRoadtrip:

VS: We tried to go for a roadtrip across a planet…

CLAIMED BY AN ALIEN WARRIOR by Tiffany Roberts     Amazon

HOSTAGE TO THE STARS by Veronica Scott     Amazon

NOBODY’S HERO (THE BURNED LANDS BOOK 1) by Bec McMaster     Amazon

DARK PLANET WARRIORS by Anna Carven     Amazon

EDGE OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett     Amazon

ICE PLANET BARBARIANS by Ruby Dixon     Amazon

VS: In many of the books there are journeys across the planet…

HUNTER (PRISON PLANET BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler     Amazon

TRAPPED ON VKANI (ATRAPAKO ON EDEN BOOK 3)  by Aurora Springer     Amazon

clara dreamingEpistolary:

VS: We decided to do our best to find a book or two where chunks of the plot were told through e mails, texts, letters, etc.

ILLUMINAE (THE ILLUMINAE FILES BOOK 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff     Amazon

JUMPER’S HOPE: CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE BOOK 4 by Carol Van Natta     Amazon

CLARA, DREAMING: A SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE SANDMAN RETELLING: FOXWEPT ARRAY BOOK 2 by A W Cross     Amazon

dignity eva cayeRoyalty:

DIGNITY (TO BE SINCLAIR BOOK 1) by Eva Caye     Amazon

COLLISION (BOOK 3 OF THE PROPHECY SERIES by Lea Kirk     Amazon

STRAVON (DARK STAR PRINCES BOOK 1) by Suki Selborne     Amazon

A SHIFT IN THE SKY: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Suki Selborne     Amazon

STAR PRINCE (STAR SERIES BOOK 2) by Susan Grant     Amazon

SCANDAL: SCIONS OF THE STAR EMPIRE #1 by Aurora Springer     Amazon

TAKEN BY THE TIGER LORD (SPACE SHIFTER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Kara Lockharte     Amazon

star king susan grantTarot (or other fortune telling):

THE STAR KING by Susan Grant     Amazon

THE RULE OF LUCK (A FELICIA SEVIGNY NOVEL BOOK 1) by Catherine Cerveny     Amazon

cyborg pool boySomeone wears a costume:

PICO’S CRUSH: CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE BOOK 3 by Carol Van Natta     Amazon

BLUE CHRISTMAS: A PROPHECY SERIES HOLIDAY NOVELLA by Lea Kirk     Amazon

POLAR TERROR: A HEROES AND VILLAINS STORY by Liana Brooks     Amazon

CYBORG POOL BOY by Naomi Lucas     Amazon

intergalactic dukeProm (or other big elaborate dance/event):

NIGHTINGALE: THE APPRENTICE VOLUME 6 (THE TWELVE SYSTEMS CHRONICLES) by E G Manetti     Amazon

THE INTERGALACTIC DUKE’S INCONVENIENT ENGAGEMENT: BLACK HOLE BRIDES #1 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) (BIG SKY ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES BOOK 5) by Elsa Jade     Amazon

GIRL GONE NOVA: PROJECT ENTERPRISE BOOK 2 by Pauline Baird Jones     Amazon

ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE  by Veronica Scott     Amazon

COLLISION (BOOK 3 OF THE PROPHECY SERIES) by Lea Kirk     Amazon

star pirate mia archerF/F Contemporary (we decided to try for near future SFR if possible or PNR):

MUSES (PARANORMAL GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Andre     Amazon

RULEBREAKER by Cathy Pegau     Amazon

DEPTHS OF BLUE by Lisa MacTague     Amazon

THE LILY AND THE CROWN by Roslyn Sinclair     Amazon

RECOMBINANT LOVE by K’Anne Meinel     Amazon

RESCUE HER HEART by KC Luck     Amazon

STAR PIRATE by Mia Archer     Amazon

A TREASON OF TRUTHS by Ada Harper     Amazon

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My thanks to everyone who participated in suggesting books…

Feel free to tell us in the comments about any we missed!

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We’re on Fire Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my newly released scifi romance CAMRON: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the 8th book in the award winning series.

(Badari Warrior’s Baby – a Megan and Mateer novella just released and is uploading at the ebook sites. See cover, blurb and buy links below.  )

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 and Gemma and the other prisoners, including Camron, are on board a flyer. (She doesn’t know his name as yet, however.)

They’d been flying for perhaps half an hour and Gemma was drowsing, head against the vibrating bulkhead, when the flyer took an abrupt turn to port, before straightening again. Adrenaline coursing through her veins, she sat up and her gaze met an equally alert glance from the prisoner on the litter. Clearly, the maneuver hadn’t been normal. Even as she had the thought, the flyer nosed up dramatically, the engines whining as if pushed beyond their limit, before rolling over and falling into a steep dive.

Gemma heard herself screaming as she hung onto the straps for dear life. The women next to her were having hysterics and the guard had undone his own safety harness and was fighting to make his way up the aisle toward the cockpit. As the violent gyrations continued, a cargo container broke loose, careening through the space, striking the guard and bowling him over in a shower of blood.

“Brace yourself,” the captive shouted to her in Basic.

She did her best to curl into a ball, head down, and prayed to the Lords of Space.

The impact when the flyer plowed into the ground was the most horrifying thing she’d ever experienced. When the violent rolling and all the horrific sounds had stopped she was hanging upside down in the straps, blood dripping from a cut on her forehead.

Coughing from the acrid smoke drifting in the air, she stared at the flyer’s cabin, “We’re on fire,” she said, feeling stupid and slow and incapable of motion.

camronThe blurb:

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?

Amazon     Apple Books     Nook     Kobo     Google

BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew 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!

Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo     Nook

 

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The blurb for Badari Warrior’s Baby: Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to the Badari Warrior pack’s senior enforcer Mateer, is perilously close to the due date of their baby when she’s kidnapped by human malcontents in Sanctuary Valley. The kidnappers threaten to harm her and intend to ransom the half human-half Badari child to the evil Khagrish scientists in return for their own lives.

Mateer and his fellow Badari launch a desperate effort to save his mate and child but the situation is made more complicated as Megan goes into labor. Can they rescue her in time to save mother and child?

A 25K word novella…

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Veronica Takes a Summer Quiz

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Vintage Lunch at the Ritz Summer Sun earrings – author’s own photo

It’s been a long time since I did a quiz but the current issue of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine asks a number of questions about summer and I decided to answer them! (I added a few fun ones of my own.)

It’s not really summer until…I have to turn on the air conditioner? It used to be when blueberries became available but now they’re in the supermarket pretty much year round, coming from South America.

My ideal June day consists of…working on my novels in the morning and curling up with a good book in the afternoon. Of course that’s kind of my year round default setting.

The best summer of my life was…the summer after I graduated from high school because I was in love for the first time. (And we did eventually get married…)

The worst summer of my life was…1988, when I became a widow. I really don’t care for summer, frankly. I’m a cold weather girl all the way!

boat races3My favorite summer tradition is…the rubberband boat races we used to have. We’d have a huge pool party, a potluck and then the races, followed by water volleyball. Just so much fun!

If I could vacation anywhere, I’d go to…Disneyland! But in this fantasy, I’d be able to have it closed for a private party with family and friends and ride all the rides without any waiting in line. Including of course the new Star Wars land.

The soundtrack of my summer is…the Beach Boys!

My beach style is…A one piece swimsuit with a flirty skirt (yup, old fashioned here) and then a gauzy floaty coverup.

My best summer vacation ever…when I was a little girl we’d drive up to Maine every summer, take a ferry and spend a week or two on an island with relatives who lived there. It was so relaxing and so different from my daily life in upstate New York. Lots of good memories there!

My favorite summer beverage… sweet ice tea

Favorite summer-themed movie…”Dirty Dancing”

Favorite Summer Olympics sport… Gymnastics! Although the equestrian events are fun to watch and I like the diving…ooh and the synchronized swimming!

Best snapshot summer moment from my childhood…sitting in a rowboat on a peaceful lake, reading a good book. (Probably Trixie Belden…)

MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700I only have one book on the backlist that’s got a ‘summer vacation’ theme. Of course it’s vacation gone terribly wrong! STAR CRUISE: MAROONED was fun to write and I’ll share a beach excerpt. This is the first moment Meg, the heroine, begins to realize something is seriously wrong:

Finishing the lunch service, she had a bit of free time before the mid afternoon snack. Mingling with the passengers held no appeal for her. She wasn’t working charters to try and snag a generational billionaire or intergalactic businessman. Meg sent as many of her credits as she could to her family, on their home world, to buy more land for the Antille spice farms. Scanning the beach for a moment, she considered the primary guest and the men he’d brought along on this cruise. A mix of businessmen like himself and faded celebrities to fawn over him and impress the men he wanted to do deals with. Shaking her head, she couldn’t wait to see the last of this bunch.

Taking a glass of the refreshing faquilada fruit drink, she wandered toward the TDJ pavilion, hoping she knew a few of the cruise staff or crew. A woman in the other line’s uniform came to meet her, waving cordially. Delighted, Meg recognized Sallira, a casual acquaintance in the Guild. Their circle of mutual friends was wide, so catching up on gossip took a few minutes. Then Meg said, “Hey, what’s the deal with the ranger station? My guy said it was closed. Did you see anyone official when you landed?”

Sallira shook her head. “No, he’s right, the staff is all gone.” Making a funny face of regret, lips scrunched, she sighed. “Too bad, I had a flirtation going with the senior ranger last time I was here.” One eyebrow raised suggestively, she sipped her drink. “I was anticipating more fun and games this trip, if you know what I mean.” She nudged Meg in the ribs with her elbow. “Harmless fun, but he sure was cute.”

Meg stared at the Falls and then the lake. The park gave the appearance of order, serene and beautiful as always. Maybe the Sector Thirty government had decided to cut costs by eliminating the rangers? But then why hadn’t she seen a bulletin to that effect? The captain gave her the permit token before the shuttle left the Far Horizon this morning, so he must not have known the permanent staff was gone either.

There was a shout from the TDJ pavilion. One of the crew was hustling their obviously bewildered passengers toward Meg and Sallira, while a second man ran ahead, sprinting for the landing field as if he had a major predator on his heels. The other cruise staff member was matching him stride for stride, but skidded to a stop in the sand next to Sallira, breathing hard. “We gotta go, right now.”

Eyes wide, the woman’s jaw dropped. “What are you talking about?”

“Captain called, emergency channel, said get our butts up to the ship immediately.”

Sallira twisted her hair into a knot as she prepared to return to work. “I guess gossip time is over, sorry, Meg. I’ll go pack the gear—”

But the other TDJ woman was shaking her head, pulling her by the elbow. “No, the captain said leave everything. Run before the pilot leaves us.”

“Is there something I should know?” Meg asked. No one ever abandoned the expensive robots and gear. Unease stirred in her gut.

“I don’t know, captain didn’t give any details. We’re out of here.” The staffer grabbed a dawdling child who was digging a hole in the sand, and hurried to the incline leading to the shuttles.

“Guess I better go,” Sallira said. “Maybe you should check with your captain, might be a solar flare or something.”

Her crewmates were yelling and gesturing for Sallira to hurry so she didn’t linger for any more chitchat, taking off at a fast pace, leaving Meg alone on the beach. Moments later, the TDJ shuttle lifted straight from the pad and shot into the azure sky. Meg rubbed her elbow, suddenly feeling goose bumps. The beach wasn’t as welcoming anymore, despite the bright sun and the ethereal music from the Falls. The forlorn pavilion and humming equipment bothered her.

The blurb:  Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

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Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

Why I Wrote Badari Warrior’s Baby plus Excerpt

canva mateer and megan and mateer coversWayyyy back in MATEER, book two of my award winning Badari Warriors scifi romance series, I left the heroine Megan happily established as Mateer’s fated mate and pregnant with the first ever Badari child. Since these soldiers of the far future are genetically engineered rather than born and their kind have been held by alien scientists as captives and experimental subjects for over 800 years, there was a lot of emotional investment by the Badari in Megan and Mateer’s child.

From me too! And from my wonderful readers, who have been hinting it was probably getting to be time for Megan’s baby to be born and I certainly agreed. My challenge as an author was to tell a good story that advanced the overall series arc a bit, maintained the elements readers have said they enjoy in each book and do justice to this highly significant event.

I decided to go for the shorter novella format because I felt that worked best for this situation. I didn’t want to draw things out too long and also since the heroine was going to be in the final stages of pregnancy, there weren’t going to be any steamy scenes, so this would be somewhat unusual for the series. And me! I’ve never had a scifi romance character pregnant or giving birth before…(I have written a birth scene in my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance series, which was different to say the least because the customs in 1550 BCE were obviously unusual to us here and now. Starting with the gift of hand painted birthing bricks…but I digress…)

I’d known since writing MATEER that the character of Harker was going to be a Very Bad Guy at some point, so hopefully no one is too surprised at the role he plays in the novella.

As I was writing the book, I felt the need to have a new romantic subplot going on. I love Megan and Mateer as a couple very much but I also wanted to ‘meet’ a new, just falling in love Badari soldier and human woman. The book didn’t feel complete to me without a new romance at least sparking. So Bettira, who we met briefly in KIERCE, finds herself in the wrong place at the right time, acquires vital information and seeks out the one Badari she trusts above all others to help her. It’s a low key romance and at this point I have no idea if I’ll give her and Skyl a book of their own. We’ll have to see how the plots develop!

One of my favorite characters in the series is Yonn, the young alpha-born Badari boy, who first appeared in TIMTUR and keeps finding his way into the books. I’m so fond of him now that I seriously think about writing him his own book, set maybe ten or twenty years in the future after this series arc would have ended. I was happy to find a way for him to take part in the story here. It’s really a delight to an author when a supporting character becomes so strongly realized and just inserts himself into the plot of succeeding books after he first appears. Yonn is an Alpha all right!

When it came to Megan’s actual labor, I didn’t want to get into too much detail on the page. Shall we say I suspected not all my readers would be equally as thrilled about living every moment  of every contraction with Megan. But I wanted Megan’s experience to feel grounded in reality.

The cover is by the amazing Fiona Jayde as always.

And finally, I included my late husband in the book dedication because he was there for me every single moment when I was having each of our daughters – for those who weren’t aware, they were three and five when he died so I was a single Mom on my own working fulltime  at the NASA/JPL day job for many years – and he was also highly supportive of my writing and efforts to become a published author. We first met in the 10th grade and started going steady our senior year, and he was always my rock and my most enthusiastic reader. He’s been gone many years now but our romance and the time we did have together shaped my life in so many wonderful ways that I’ll always be grateful.

I hope you’ll enjoy the story in this novella and the adventure. I sincerely hope I meet as many of your expectations for this event as possible.

I plan to have the next full length Badari novel out in July, which will be REEDE. The next one after that will be DAEGAN (who no one has met yet but I already have the fabulous cover) and Gabe’s teammate Flo will be the kickass heroine in DAEGAN. Not sure when I’ll have that book done but definitely in 2019!

Thanks for all your support and interest in my Badari Warriors! I love my readers! You make it all possible…and fun.

badari warriors babyThe blurb: Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to the Badari Warrior pack’s senior enforcer Mateer, is perilously close to the due date of their baby when she’s kidnapped by human malcontents in Sanctuary Valley. The kidnappers threaten to harm her and intend to ransom the half human-half Badari child to the evil Khagrish scientists in return for their own lives.

Mateer and his fellow Badari launch a desperate effort to save his mate and child but the situation is made more complicated as Megan goes into labor. Can they rescue her in time to save mother and child?

A 25K word novella…

Buy Links:  Amazon     Apple Books     Nook      Kobo  Google

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.

This is the ninth book in the Badari Warriors world (and the eighth book in the numbered series) and each novel has a satisfying Happy for Now ending for the hero and heroine, not a cliffhanger. Some overarching issues do remain unresolved in each book since this is an ongoing series but romance always wins the day in my novels!

BADARI WARRIORS Timeline:

AYDARR

MATEER

TIMTUR

JADRIAN

DARIK

GABE

KIERCE

CAMRON

BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY: MEGAN AND MATEER

Footnote: Usually I share my “Why I Wrote…” posts on my dear friend Pauline B. Jones’s  blog – it’s a tradition with us! – but this time around she’s in the midst of a lot of things herself, from a huge home renovation to a new book and so even though she kindly offered to host the column, I thought I wouldn’t add to her stresses this month! Next time.

Excerpt: 

Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to Mateer, the senior enforcer of the pack, put a hand on her aching lower back and tried to find a more comfortable position in her office chair. At this late stage of pregnancy, there wasn’t one of course. The baby promptly kicked hard at being squished and she winced. “Chip” as she and Mateer referred to the child in utero was a big, active baby. Rubbing her tummy to sooth Chip, she hummed a lullaby her mother had sung to her long ago.

“What are you doing here?” Dr. Gemma Madarian, mate to Camron, stood in the door of their shared office, hands on her hips, head tilted and a feisty gleam in her eye. “This behavior doesn’t strike me like you taking it easy. Go home, elevate your feet, and relax. Tonight could be the night your little one decides to make her debut and I want you well rested.”

“Mateer’s in a meeting with the Alpha, and I have one more patient.” Megan closed the record of her previous patient, an older man with gout of all things, whose stepdaughter had brought him in to discuss possible dietary changes. She smiled—Bettira, one of the valley’s top admin personnel, was devoted to her stepdad and determined to get him to be proactive about improving his health. Megan wished everyone was as health conscious. Of course the Badari didn’t have to be, given their genetically engineered immune systems. “The last person on the schedule for today should be here any minute.”

“The patient might be but you won’t.” Gemma advanced into the office. “I’ll take over. Why are they coming so late in the day anyway? Our clinical office hours are over.”

“He’s an old…acquaintance, from the colony.” Megan couldn’t honestly say Harker was a friend. She’d had a pleasant professional association with him on Amarcae Seven before the pirates kidnapped basically the entire colony and brought them here to this alien world for experimentation. The former deputy sheriff’s behavior since then had bordered on problematic. “He said it was a personal, embarrassing situation and he’d rather talk to me about it than someone he didn’t know. No offense.”

“Probably a rash on his privates,” Gemma said with a frown. “Which I can treat perfectly well. Maybe it’s better I’m not from your colony in fact. I have no history with the man.”

Although tempted to accept the offer, Megan waved a hand. “Please, go ahead and have dinner with your mate. Mateer is coming to pick me up as soon as his meeting is over and we’ll go home together from here. I can see Harker, no problem.”

Gemma hesitated. “Rik is here working the night shift if you need help.”

“I’ll be fine. Honestly.” Megan reached for Gemma’s hand and squeezed her fingers. “I’m so grateful to have you here, not only for my own comfort but you’ve been so wonderful about splitting the patient load and taking the on call duties. I don’t want you overworking yourself either.”

“Which is why I’ve organized the auxiliary,” the other doctor said. “I’m actually off to meet with the volunteers in about half an hour, go over childbirth protocol and a discussion of newborn care, making sure the whole team is fully briefed before your big event occurs.”

“Big is right.” Patting her stomach, Megan laughed. “Such a good idea you had, to see who in the valley had experience giving birth or with childcare.”

“The Alpha scared me to death when I arrived, making it clear you and your baby were the highest priority so I figured I needed more backup than one nurse, efficient as Rik is, plus a few medics and the Badari healers.” Gemma tapped her chest and winked. “I’m no fool. All right, I’m off then but don’t let this guy take too much of your time.”

Shaking her head, Megan arched her spine in another vain attempt to get relief for her aching muscles. “If he’s still here when Mateer arrives, he’ll clear out fast. The two men can’t stand each other, going back to when we were imprisoned in the Khagrish lab together. They basically loathe each other.”

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Waiting for the Same Thing Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my newly released scifi romance CAMRON: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the 8th book in the award winning series.

(Badari Warrior’s Baby – a Megan and Mateer novella just released and is uploading at the ebook sites. See cover, blurb and buy links below.  )

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 – skipping ahead a tiny bit, Gemma and other human prisoners are waiting outside the lab for transport to a new location.

Watching the building behind them, she stiffened as one of the arrogant upper caste scientists swaggered outside. Dr. Yunnivannx had arrived about a week ago and taken quite a few of the humans away to the labs. She was tall for a Khagrish with a mane of bright red hair projecting above her head in their preferred spiky style.

If she’d been selected for something involving Yunnivannx, the future was probably bleak indeed.

The scientist was with another female scientist, who had a more subdued arc of hair on her head, pink dappled with red, and two lab techs, males of low caste. Like a queen with her fawning entourage in tow, the scientist walked over to stand near Gemma’s ragtag assembly.

We must be waiting for the same thing. She shifted uneasily and searched the bright sky, thinking she heard flyer engines.

“Where’s your pet?” the lower ranked scientist asked Yunnivannx, “Isn’t he going with you?”

“Oh yes, indeed, he’s never getting far away from me again,” Laughing, she pulled out a feelgood stick, allowed a lab tech to light it then placed it between her lips, “I like it so much better nowadays, with the program ended and anyone who can get their hands on a rogue is free to do as they please with them.”

camronThe blurb:

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?

Amazon     Apple Books     Nook     Kobo     Google

BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew 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!

Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo     Nook

 

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The blurb for Badari Warrior’s Baby: Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to the Badari Warrior pack’s senior enforcer Mateer, is perilously close to the due date of their baby when she’s kidnapped by human malcontents in Sanctuary Valley. The kidnappers threaten to harm her and intend to ransom the half human-half Badari child to the evil Khagrish scientists in return for their own lives.

Mateer and his fellow Badari launch a desperate effort to save his mate and child but the situation is made more complicated as Megan goes into labor. Can they rescue her in time to save mother and child?

A 25K word novella…

Amazon     Apple Books     Nook      Kobo    Google

How Can It Get Any Worse? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my newly released scifi romance CAMRON: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the 8th book in the award winning series.

If you want to know what happened next in KIERCE, it’s available on all major ebook platforms… Amazon     Apple Books       Nook     Google    Kobo

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 – from fairly early in the novel, as we meet the heroine:

Gemma and the two other human women who’d been culled from the population in the prison cell were herded though the long corridors by the Khagrish guards and emerged into the bright sunshine. She blinked, greedy for the fresh air and the blue sky, after who knew how many weeks kept inside the grim building. The white star which was this planet’s sun was too bright but still an improvement over the artificial light inside their prison.

“Wait here,” said the lead guard in Basic. He walked away, leaving them with two other Khagrish to keep watch.

She was wildly tempted to run straight toward the low hills she saw on the horizon. She was sure the guards would shoot her with the stun guns, or worse bring her down with pain from the wretched neurocontroller bracelet, but she wanted so desperately to be free and away from the Khagrish and their casual cruelty.

One of the guards was eyeing her and, as their gazes met, he laughed, “Go ahead,” he said, gesturing with his pulse rifle, “You won’t get far, but it’ll be fun using you for target practice.”

Gemma squared her shoulders and averted her eyes.

“Don’t aggravate them,” said the woman next to her, keeping her head bowed and her voice low but sharply disapproving, “You’ll make it worse for all of us.”

How can it get any worse?

camronThe blurb:

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?

Amazon     Apple Books     Nook     Kobo     Google

BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew 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!

Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo     Nook

She Must Be Insane Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

(CAMRON is at the formatters so we’ll be switching to snippets from his book soon.)

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 – last sentence from last week: Eventually, the tiger rose as if in response to a signal and went inside the cell.

The sun was beginning its descent for the night, and Elianna shivered, goosebumps pebbling her flesh as the breeze grew stronger. She startled as the tiger reappeared, butt first, half carrying, half dragging in its huge jaws a bowl full of what resembled kibble, which it brought to the base of the tree then backed away from. Making the guttural sound deep in its throat, the cat put one massive paw on the bowl, gazed at her blandly, and then retreated to the wall, sitting with its tail curled over its paws.

“You’re kidding me, right? Trying to lure me out of the tree with cat food?” Despite her dire predicament, Elianna laughed but her mind was racing – could this huge predator be a higher level sentient? Kidnapped from its own planet perhaps and brought here for experimentation? Was it trying to make friends with her?

“I must be insane,” Decision made, Elianna descended and then dropped from the tree, freezing for a moment to see what the tiger’s reaction would be. The beast merely sat, golden eyes watchful although the tip of its tail flicked once or twice. She scooped up a handful of the kibble and took a sniff. Vaguely fishlike but not unpleasant. “Like dried nutrient rations.”

VS: So the ‘signal’ in the previous excerpt was the arrival of the tiger’s dinner inside the cell…

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

Amazon     Apple Books       Nook     Google    Kobo

BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalBADARI WARRIORS: SECTORS NEW ALLIES BOOKS 1-3 by Veronica Scott

Ta Da! 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!

This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo     Nook

As If He’s Guarding Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance KIERCE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

(I just got CAMRON back from the Editor so he’s on track for a late May 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 – the alien predator has Elianna trapped in a tree. (She refers to him as a tiger but of course he’s completely alien…)

In a leisurely fashion, the cat strolled to the tree, sharpened its claws on the wood for a minute, which made the entire trunk shake, eliciting curses from Elianna as she clutched the tree, and then stood on its hind feet, leaning its forepaws on the trunk. The display made it abundantly clear her adversary could pluck her from safety at any second. The cat flicked its pink tongue at her and licked her ankle before going to all fours and pacing away from the tree. It lay on the grass, again facing the building.

As if he’s guarding me.

Could she be so lucky? Was the cat trying to save her for its next meal or was it smart enough to realize the two of them could be allies? The uncertainty tormented her, leaving her in a state of complete indecision about what her next move should be.

She sat in the tree all afternoon, growing tired, hungry, and thirsty. Eventually, one Khagrish guard appeared, staring from the cat to her then running inside, presumably to report.

Eventually, the tiger rose as if response to a signal and went inside the cell.

kierceThe blurb:

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

Amazon     Apple Books       Nook     Google    Kobo

BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalBADARI WARRIORS: SECTORS NEW ALLIES BOOKS 1-3 by Veronica Scott

Ta Da! 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!

This Badari Warriors box set gathers the first three science fiction romance novels from this award winning series into one collection.

Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo     Nook