Afraid to Trust Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

The excerpt – Jadrian is answering the question from last week, “Where did you find her?” as he carries Taura to safety: 

“In the burning cell block, only one there. She’s in pretty bad shape,” His voice was deep, his arms around her comforting.

She leaned her head against his broad chest, clutching his arm, until a spasm of coughing shook her, “I can’t breathe.”

“I’ll get you to the medic, hang on. Take small breaths and hold them, in and then out,” He quickened his pace.

As he ran with her, dodging into cover on occasion as weapons fired, Taura tried not to give into her overwhelming relief at being out of the prison yet. Too soon to allow the tears of joy to fall. For all she knew, these soldiers could be an even worse group to have fallen in with. The men certainly weren’t human and their motives for rescuing her could be just as bad as the Khagrish intentions had been.  She was afraid to trust the hope trying to take root in her mind.

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday June 13

ocean lightSo many new releases this week – wow! I clicked and clicked…

As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).

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OCEAN LIGHT (PSY CHANGELING TRINITY) by Nalini Singh

VS Note: Nalini is an absolute must buy for me, this book was on my kindle on the 12th and I put everything else aside to read it!

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment–taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back–even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy.

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dark fireDARK FIRE (REFUGE BOOK 4) by Cynthia Sax

VS note: Cynthia is another auto buy for me and this book is also on my kindle! I love her Refuge series.

What the Beast wants, the Beast gets.

Dare’s savage nature has made him an outcast among his kind. The silver-scaled Dracheon warrior can’t control his inner beast. It’s too strong. When his primitive instincts told him his destined mate was on Carinae E, he had no choice. He had to travel to the outlaw planet. There, he hoped to meet a female powerful enough to survive his Drache.

He finds Faylee, a delicate little human.

Faylee is the best thief on the planet. Everyone she encounters mistakes her for a young boy…except for a tall, shiny warrior from off-planet. When she gazes into Dare’s flame-filled eyes, he makes her feel, for the first time, like a desirable female. The fire-breathing male has her yearning for hot kisses, fierce embraces, and a future filled with love. She doesn’t realize mating with him might be the last thing she ever does.

Dare’s beast isn’t the only danger on the planet. An enemy from the past has returned and he’s determined to stop Dare and Faylee…permanently. They’ll need luck and the assistance of every warrior in the Refuge to stay alive.

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breakawayBREAKAWAY (VERDANT STRONG BOOK 1) by Michelle Diener

VS note: And another of my autobuy authors with a new book this week!

Sofie lives in the shadow of Felicitos–the tethered way station built to funnel Garmen’s mineral wealth to the top of the atmosphere, where it’s loaded onto space ships. Because Garmen is a breakaway planet, not part of the Verdant String Coalition, the companies that control it are free to run things as they see fit, and Sofie is part of the resistance that wants to end their rule.

Her main goal, though, is to get away from Garmen altogether, and leave the drudgery and violence behind her. That goal is complicated by her involvement with Leo Gaudier, a shadowy crime lord whose ability to cheat the companies that own Garmen is something she admires. And when she stumbles on a terrible new direction the companies are taking, a secret alliance that will endanger everyone she cares about, she sees her chances of escape slipping away.

Leo is all too aware he doesn’t know enough about Sofie, something his own security detail is not slow to point out, but he can’t keep away. When Sofie reveals her links to the resistance, and shows him those in control of Garmen have begun swimming in dangerous waters, he realizes his plan to overthrown them in a careful operation of a thousand cuts is no longer workable.

The time has come for a single, lethal strike–and that will not be without consequences.

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not_fade_away_donna_s_frelickNOT FADE AWAY: INTERSTELLAR RESCUE SERIES BOOK 4 by Donna S Frelick

VS Note: Lovely to see her return to the series. On my TBR.

Rescue agent Rafe Gordon is human, though Earth has never been his home. But when his legendary father Del becomes the target of alien assassins, Rafe must hide the dementia-debilitated hero in the small mountain town where the old man was born—Masey, North Carolina, USA, Earth.
Home care nurse Charlie McIntyre and her therapy dog, Happy, have never had such challenging clients before. Del’s otherworldly “episodes” are not explained by his diagnosis, making Charlie question everything about her mysterious charge and his dangerously attractive son. Rafe has the answers she needs, but Charlie will have to break through his wall of secrets to get them.
As the heat rises between Charlie and Rafe, the deadly alien hunters circle closer. The light they seek to extinguish flickers in the gloom of Del’s fading mind—the memory of a planet-killer that threatens to enslave the galaxy.

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alien capturedALIEN CAPTURED (ZYRGIN WARRIORS BOOK 5)  by Marie Dry

VS Note: On my TBR list, which is now HUGE!

In a bleak future, where government systems are breaking down and poverty and violence reign, on an abandoned farm in Montana, Susannah had a simple plan. She’d capture an alien, sell him to the resistance, and use the money to save her son.

Instead, Susannah had an arrogant alien trapped in a pit who acted as if she was the prisoner. He wanted to kill her dog and insisted she should care for the wound he sustained when he fell into the pit she dug to trap him. On top of that, she had no way to know if the resistance got her message. Every day that passed, she doubted her decision to hand Azagor over to the resistance.

But her son, her baby, was being held by people who considered him unclean because he was conceived out of wedlock—and time was running out.

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antigenANTIGEN (LOVE AND WAR BOOK 2) by R A Steffan

VS Note: I LOVED the first book in the series, ANTIDOTE, so of course I one clicked this book.

Ryder isn’t a stupid woman, and she knows better than to volunteer for things. Volunteering always gets you into trouble. So it’s really no surprise when her undercover operation to retrieve Temple Akenzua from the belly of a Regime prison goes tits-up in fairly short order.

With Ryder stuck on the wrong side of the bars, the rescue mission has now become a mission of survival. Her only hope—and Temple’s—lies with her comrades in the Shadow Wing. Ryder just needs to stay alive until they come up with a plan.

Of course, that would be quite a bit easier if her former bondmate wasn’t dead-set on seeing her, well… dead. And, as a Regime official, he has the clout to make sure she disappears without a trace.

When all hell breaks loose, the human Ryder was supposed to rescue suddenly becomes her only ally as they fight to protect each other and make it to freedom.

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forbittenFORBITTEN by Linda Mooney

Not all who are bitten are turned.

After World War III, better known as the Nuclear War, survivors were forced to move underground, where they had a better chance of survival. Those who were caught above ground in the aftermath inevitably died of exposure. However, the animals and vegetation were not so lucky. Although most species survived, they also mutated. And sometimes those mutations reached the remaining human population.

Shaddoe March lives in one of those subterranean bunkers, called SubForty. Her life is nowhere idyllic. No one’s is. But she’s healthy, and that means she has a future. Until, one day, her nightmare becomes reality, and she’s infected.
She is thrown out of the bunker, above ground, unarmed and alone to face the hideous creatures and other Condemned who’ve been discarded to face their inevitable deaths. As she prepares herself for the worst, she finds redemption.

Chyler Comstock was also infected, but he didn’t turn, and he’s not dead. Yet. Neither are the thirty-two other souls who’ve banded together for the sake of survival. When he meets Shaddoe, he’s more than willing to let her join their group, but not until the critical thirty-seven-hour window is passed. If she remains human after that, then she’ll be welcomed.

But, for now, it’s a waiting game, and the world ran out of patience decades ago.

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skye byrnSKYE BYRN by Drew Avera

VS note: No romance apparently but a strong heroine.

Doing a favor for her mentor Sammy P., Skye Byrn runs in one of the usual suspects on Ter, a small time Crunkhead named Trudy, another one of Sammy’s works in progress. Then a crime lord’s bomb rocks the station and Skye’s world will never be whole again.

Determined to find the bomber and put an end to their takeover attempt—and their existence, Skye enlists an unlikely ally, Trudy. As the station descends into madness, she finds herself in the fight of her life. If she fails to stop the takeover, she’ll be just another victim in their growing body count.

Skye brings the heat and there’s no price she won’t pay for vengeance.

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materfamiliasMATERFAMILIAS (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 7) by Wendie Nordgren

The peaceful reprieve for which Teagan and the Empire have fought ends before it begins. Fear, suspicion, and distrust carry with them dire consequences of universal magnitude as the Parvac Empire and Galaxic Government prepare for war. However, is it some unknown political faction that is attempting to destroy their burgeoning peace, or is it the work of an alien species which threatens them all?
When Teagan accepts a secret spy mission to learn the truth, her participation creates civil unrest among the Empire’s citizens.

Soon, everyone will learn the true power of the Materfamilias Caste.

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unit 77UNIT 77 BROKEN (THE CYBRG FILES BOOK 1) by Mina Carter and Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I’m excited to see these two team up! One clicked, read the book in one sitting and WOW, it was SO good. I can’t wait for the next one.

Unit 77 is a cyborg…but he used to be so much more. Tortured by glimpses of his past, former Captain Andrew Fischer goes through his days in a metallic nightmare, feeling broken inside though he doesn’t know why.

Doctor Claudia Chambers is distraught. After a land mine blew up Drew Fischer and his unit of elite Space Corps Marines, she was forced to implant the CyBRG device in all of them which turned the men into machines. But she keeps catching glimpses of humanity from the supposedly inhuman Captain…could it be that part of Drew is still in there, longing to get out? Claudia is almost afraid to hope–she loved Drew once and thought he might return the feelings. But how can a woman love a machine?
And can the machine ever love her back?

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metal wolfMETAL WOLF by Lauren Esker

Sarah Metzger gave up her dream of becoming an astrophysicist to care for her widowed father after a farming accident. The only stars she’ll ever know are the ones she sees through her telescope from her bedroom window.

Until an injured soldier from outer space crashes into her life … literally.

Wolf shifter Rei was enslaved as a child and forced to fight for the galactic empire who conquered his people. When his stolen spaceship plunged into Earth’s atmosphere, he never dreamed he might find sanctuary, home, and love.

On Sarah’s world, in Sarah’s arms, he can finally began to heal. Perhaps there is a future for him other than fighting.

But the empire that stole him as a child has tracked him across the universe to find his hiding place.

A lush, beautiful world, with no idea that aliens exist … and no defenses against them.

A world called Earth.

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makepeace swordTHE MAKEPEACE SWORD (BARYNA HEIRS BOOK 1) by Anny Cook

VS Note: Author states “…first in a new series, set on a new world. The country of Baryna is partially sci-fi, partially medieval…”

The king’s heir, Romaden, is grown now, but certainly not ready to take his rightful place as king. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t even know he’s the heir! But when his guardians urge him to overthrow the dictator and assume his rightful place, Romaden quickly finds there’s more to it than just showing up. First he has to locate his Heartsinger, the one person in the kingdom who can keep him on the straight and narrow.

From the time she hits puberty, Talinea of Snowshine Pass knows her destiny–Heartsinger to the king. Preparing for the arduous duties, she trains to guard her king against his enemies. Once her training is complete, she has only one more task. Find him.

And then there’s the missing Makepeace sword.

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reverse abductionREVERSE ABDUCTION ( ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 8) by Eve Langlais

It’s not fair that only males get to go out and pillage the universe. Being born a female automatically means staying home and birthing the next generation of warriors.

Azteriya has other plans.

She has a dream of traveling the galaxy and exploring strange new worlds. Fighting fierce foes. Of clubbing a viable male to bring home to her mother so that her transgression is forgiven.

When a chance to escape arises, she takes it, but what will Azteriya do when she not only finds the adventure she’s been seeking but love too?

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iskaISKA (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 4) by Arcadia Shield

When a jaded alien and a nerdy role-playing human find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous alien game, they must put aside their fears and use their skills to stay alive.

Iska Matusa is pissed. At himself, at the world, at everything. His latest bounty is proving hard to pin down and he’s losing his cool. The only thing that calms him is the long hours he spends role-playing with the elusive, gorgeous Warrior Princess. The things he’d do to her if only she was real.

Avril Anwell spends her days keeping her head down and her mouth shut. A life of being abandoned and ignored means she knows that’s the safe thing to do. Only in her kick-ass role of Warrior Princess can she be her true self. She’s fearless, confident, and sexy as hell.

It also helps that she plays alongside a hot, mysterious gamer called Fang. She’d love to know the real Fang but is too afraid to get close. Rejection kicks like a mule.

When the game turns into a real-life nightmare for Avril, Iska puts everything he’s worked for on the line to fight for her life. He won’t stop fighting until she’s in his arms and stroking his tail.

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narchis dragonNARCHIS DRAGON (DRAGONS OF BREVIA SHADOW SQUAD BOOK 1) by Zoey Harper

For Narchis, captain of an elite team of dragons, falling in love is not an option. How could it be, when his entire career has fallen to lows he never imagined it could? But when a deadly mission brings a curvy, sassy woman his way, the restrained dragon will have to reconsider everything he knows about love.

Zara hates shifters. After years of running from them, getting kidnapped for a breeding program pushes her to her limit. But just when things look bleak, she’s rescued by a powerful group of dragons. All she wants to do is go home, but there’s one dragon, with intense gray eyes, who gets under her skin.

Soon, the sexual energy between them grows hotter than a dragon’s fire, but an old enemy’s growing menace will push Narchis and Zara to make life-threatening sacrifices if they want to survive.

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touch of a dragonTOUCH OF A DRAGON by Kim Knox

VS Note: A re-release.

“Do you want to live?”

Half dead and under a heap of rubble, Leona Munro isn’t going to turn down that offer. Yet accepting, spins her life out of control. She is the Chosen and what that means no one will say.

Thrown into the world of magic she secretly craves, Leona must find the strength to survive. Too many people want to use what she is to their own advantage in the war between technology and magic. She can trust no one…least of all the sinfully attractive Samuel Blake.

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damage controlDAMAGE CONTROL (JULIET’S TRILOGY BOOK 1)  by David Bridger

VS note: A re-release

Kath Preston and Jen Stenberg are damage control engineers in the generation starship Romeo,582 years into its 800-year journey from frozen Earth to humanity’s hopeful future on planet Nirvana. When they were schoolgirl best friends, Romeo’s population was doubled to 10,000 by taking on survivors from its stricken sister ship Juliet in the disaster that claimed the life of Kath’s hero father Peter.

On Christmas Eve seventeen years later, in the space of a single 24-hour duty while the people of Romeo are preparing to enjoy the holiday, can Kath and Jen step into Peter’s hero shoes when the actions of a murderous rogue crewman and the lurking ghost of the Juliet conspire to threaten Romeo’s safety and the lives of those they love?

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child thiefTHE CHILD THIEF by Bella Forrest

VS note: I don’t see any mention of a romance in the blurb, but the book is listed in SFR so…

America in 2105 is beset with mass inequality, poverty and increasingly large numbers of the poor. This, combined with the breakdown of families and marriages has led to huge economic and societal burdens. A fractured and divided America ushers in an authoritarian government that promises to solve all these problems in one stroke with a radical solution.

Welcome to the CRAS: the Child Redistribution Adoption System. Also known as the cure for America’s failing economy… and the bane of nineteen-year-old Robin Sylvone’s existence.

Under the System, not all parents can expect to keep the children they bring into the world: families who are not self-sustaining have their children taken and given to the rich.

And as a single teen mother, Robin fell within the scope of the scheme and lost her baby two years ago.

After being forced to drop out of school and become a factory worker in order to support herself, she doesn’t see much light in her future—or hold any hope of seeing her child again.

Until she stumbles upon a group of misfits who share her frustrations and desire for change. An underground movement that operates in some rather clever yet unconventional ways…

By day they still call me Robin Sylvone. Factory worker and upper class reject.

But now, by night, they call me Robin Hood.

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reaper at the gatesA REAPER AT THE GATES (EMBER IN THE ASHES) by Sabaa Tahir

VS note: YA, part of a very popular series.

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power–regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender–even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

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supermoonSUPERMOON by H A Swain

VS note: YA but sounds interesting.

Sol is the month between June and July on the thirteen-month Moon calendar. It’s the only time teenagers have to themselves between rigorous scientific training and their ultimate lab assignments in their colony on the Moon. Their families emigrated from Earth to build better lives; but life on the Moon is far from perfect, as Uma learns on the eve of Sol.

Uma meets an Earthen girl who becomes a fast friend, and much more. What Uma doesn’t know is that the girl is assigned to infect Uma with a plague that a rogue faction of Earthen scientists hope will wipe out Moon soldiers. Will Uma be the cause of a pandemic? Whom can she trust, and moreover, whom does she love?

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venom in the veinsVENOM IN THE VEINS (AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN BOOK) by Jennifer Estep

It was supposed to be a nice, quiet, simple dinner with friends—but nothing is ever nice, quiet, or simple when you’re Gin Blanco, the Spider, notorious assassin and current queen of the Ashland underworld.

This time around, someone seems to be targeting Stuart Mosley, the president of First Trust bank. Lots of people have grudges against Mosley, but the more I investigate, the more Mosley’s problems seem to be connected to some of my own, especially when it comes to the Circle, the evil, shadowy group that is secretly responsible for much of the crime and corruption in Ashland.

But when another blast from my dark and deadly past as the Spider comes to light, I wonder if I’ll be able to survive this dangerous new enemy, who has a burning thirst for revenge that will only be satisfied with one thing: my death.

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betroth to a dragonBETROTHED TO THE DRAGON (LICK OF FIRE) by Kara Lockharte

I like to pretend I’m just another immigrant trying make her way in New York City…but I’m not.You may know of my family from stories of an older age. Across all nations, all cultures, my family was once worshipped as gods, cursed as demons and shunned as otherworldly creatures.

Reality? I am shen, but the worst kind of shen there is.

One who would rather pretend to be human than to rule them. One with no magic. One hunted by the immortal monster that killed my parents.

And now, I just discovered how grandma found us refuge in America, how she thought she could save me.

She betrothed me – to a dragon.

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ruffled feathersRUFFLED FEATHERS (ONCE UPON A HAREM BOOK 5) by Stephanie West

The jungle was lovely. The trees and vining flora had awoken. Their verdant new growth stretching upward to fill in the canopy. Luscious blooms in every shade imaginable seemed to unfurl before her very eyes. It was the season of rebirth, her favorite time of year on Braccio, and yet Cygne felt out of pace with all of nature. She didn’t begrudge nature for her beauty. Cygne just wished it had cast a fraction of its bounty her way. But some things weren’t meant to be, no matter how much you wished for them.

Cygne knew life had more to offer, so she left her lush valley to find it, rather than burden her flock any longer. That’s when she found them, the five vibrant males who looked like her. All her life Cygne thought she was damaged, deformed, only to discover she wasn’t Braccio at all. For a brief moment she knew what it felt like to be normal, only to have it snatched away again, when she realized that even among her own kind she was drab and lifeless.

Yet the winged males insisted she was beautiful. Cygne didn’t know if it was a cruel joke, and she couldn’t figure out what the handsome broodmates wanted with her, as she became wrapped up in their foreign world. But it was so nice to be wanted, even if it was all a pretty dream.

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fixing paytonFIXING PAYTON (PERILAEGIS SERIES BOOK 1) by Amy Prutsman and  Kimi Milliron

VS note: Kind of mixed reviews so decide for yourself. I have not read it.

As a Phoenix Perilaegis, it’s Payton’s job to help the innocent, but she’s determined to deny her destiny. So what happens when sexy and determined Ulysses decides to change her mind?

Centuries ago, Payton tried to do the right thing and she still carries the scars. Since then, she refuses to help innocents lest she repeat the sins of her past. Instead, she flits from one flock to the next, always on the outside with no home to call her own. Turning a blind eye to those she should help, she lives a shadowed life among humans, unable to stand up for herself and haunted by the ghosts of her past.

Her only solace comes in her garden. There, she coaxes plants to bloom and finds comfort in bringing forth new life. She’s happy and determined to remain alone among her flowers. But when the mischievous owner of her favorite nursery sets her sights on setting Payton up for romance, everything falls apart.

Ulysses sweeps into Payton’s life at the worst possible time…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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hunt the moonHUNT THE MOON (MATED BY FATE) by Kari Cole

Who’d think to bring silver bullets to a wedding? When Isabelle “Izzy” Meyers arrives in Montana and discovers her human foster brother is marrying into the local werewolf pack, she wishes she’d brought an arsenal. Werewolves can’t be trusted, and Izzy should know…she is one.

Luke Wyland never planned on becoming an Alpha. He’s still navigating how to protect the pack from the rogue threat that’s been hunting in his territory, claiming his father as one of their victims. Yet the moment Luke lays eyes on Izzy, something primal takes root. Finding a mate who wants nothing to do with him is a complication he doesn’t need, but letting Izzy go isn’t an option.

After a childhood marred by shifter violence, Luke is everything Izzy was raised to hate. So then why does being with him feel so intensely right? With a thinning pack to defend, Luke knows what he has to do: embolden Izzy to unleash her true nature—or risk losing everything.

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wife legacy huxleyTHE WIFE LEGACY: HUXLEY (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 6) by Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

The world, at large, is in crisis but so is the marriage between Tia and her husbands. She thought she could trust them all but when one man betrays her, the cracks in the relationship are revealed.

In a desperate, emotional finale to the Six Men of Alaska saga, Tia is faced with her worst enemy one last time.

A gun is placed in someone’s hands and the trigger is pulled.

No one is safe and time is running out.

When you play the lottery, you enter a deadly game. At least, you do when Christina Thorne is your wife.

Love is a gamble, but this is one legacy worth betting on.

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shadow on the wingSHADOW ON THE WING (ARYSIA BELLMONT BOOK 1)  by Katya Moore

When I was four, someone sold my family out to a cult bent on destroying the world.
They destroyed my childhood instead.
I was torn from my people, torn from who I was meant to be, and tossed from home to home.
After a lifetime of neglect, I’ve found a family of my own at McKinnett’s Pub.
They’re the only ones I let in.

On my twenty-first birthday, my past and my future collide.
I come to my senses in the arms of a handsome stranger, with his equally handsome friends cleaning up one hell of a mess.
The more time I spend with them, the harder it is to keep them at arm’s length.

Will embracing the dragon trapped within me save me from danger, or send me spiraling deeper in?
Will dancing with these four tempting dragons leave me burned?
The fate of the world may hang in the balance.
No pressure.

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witch doctor is inTHE WITCH DOCTOR IS IN (WASHINGTON MEDICAL: VAMPIRE WARD BOOK 1) by Mindy Klasky

Dr. Ashley McDonnell, a witch, always knew running a hospital for paranormal creatures would be a challenge. But then she lost her magical powers. And Empire General’s operating license was put in jeopardy. And the most valuable supernatural drug in all of Washington DC was stolen from the hospital’s impermeable safe.

Now, Ash must work to regain her lost powers, even as she fights to discover who is undermining the hospital’s upcoming inspection. All of which would be a lot easier if she weren’t distracted by Secret Service agent Nick Raines, a newly turned vampire who appeared at Empire General the night everything went wrong.

How can Ash regain her magic when the vampire making her hormones hum may be the man sabotaging her career?

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his wolfs desireHIS WOLF’S DESIRE by Shannon Nydia

VS Note: From May

Bradford Dalton and Jayla Stanton are both shifters. Each has their own reason for not wanting to be in a relationship with their own kind. Suddenly finding out that they are mates is a shock to both of them. There’s no way in hell these work enemies will ever be together. Brad and Jayla are desperate to find a way to coexist with their shifter sides. They just have to contend with the fact they have sexual chemistry that is off the charts. Jayla can turn his body to steel with just one smoldering look. Brad can make Jayla quiver in anticipation with just one touch. You won’t hear either one of them complaining about succumbing to their insatiable need for the other. Sure they can have hot sex which knocks them on their ass, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ever fall for the other. Right?

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stealing the snow leopards heartSTEALING THE SNOW LEOPARD’S HEART (SHIFTER SUSPENSE BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Snow leopard shifter Lance MacInnis never thought he’d meet his mate. But Keeley Smith is everything he never dared to hope for. Brave, kind, and fiercely protective of the adorable baby dragon she rescued from evil shifters.

When everything else in his life seems to be going wrong, she’s the only thing he can be sure of.

He says he loves me. But he doesn’t know the truth. If he did, he’d never look at me again.

Keeley has spent the last ten years running from her past. When she saves a newly-hatched dragon and discovers the secret world of shifters, she thinks she’s finally found her chance to turn over a new leaf. To be a good person, at last.

But she wasn’t expecting to fall in love. Of everything she’s done, that might just be the worst.

Especially since her past has just caught up with her.

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goddesss choiceGODDESS’S CHOICE (A CHILDREN OF THE GODS PREQUEL) by I T Lucas 

Promised to the power-hungry god Mortdh, the young Annani is determined to find a way out of the prearranged political union that would one day put Mortdh on the throne.
Even though Khiann is the son of a merchant and not a member of the leading circle, the handsome young god is a much more appealing choice. Now all she has to do is convince him that she is worth chancing an all-out civil war over succession and possibly his very life.

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queen of the underworldQUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD (CERBERUS BOOK 3) by Helen Scott

Poppy’s to-do list might be short, but it’s not easy.

1. Make it to the Underworld before the insidious human organization that wants to control it
2. Defend the Underworld the Norse goddess of Helheim
3. Claim the throne

A battle for the Underworld is brewing. Taking the throne might be close to impossible between having a goddess and a secretive human organization bent on the domination of all the realms on her tail. How can Poppy, her hellhounds, and her judges defend it?
It doesn’t help when one of her judges goes missing while she sleeps. When they fall under attack Poppy must choose between fighting, staying safe, and searching for her missing man.

After a wild chase through the Underworld, Poppy has three questions. Who can she trust? Who will betray her for power? How many more secrets the Underworld is hiding?

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his rogue bearHIS ROGUE BEAR (WERES AND WITCHES OF SILVERLAKE BOOK 11) by Vella Day

One murder. One lost memory. Two mates trying not to die.

Werebear Blair Murdoch doesn’t think things can get any worse. Boy, is she wrong. While she struggles to find her bear, she has to deal with a super hot werewolf, Ronan Laramie, who insists on sticking around. The problem is that she can’t remember a damn thing about a murder she’s supposed to have committed. Talk about going from bad to worst.

Ronan considers his assignment to protect Blair good fortune until he finds out that he has to battle with his wolf to keep from ravishing her every second of every day. Then catastrophe strikes, and Ronan has no choice but to prepare for battle.

Can these two star-crossed lovers live long enough to fulfill their fantasy life, or will a power great than they’ve ever known rip them apart?

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vesuviusIN THE SHADOW: VESUVIUS EPISODE 1 A ROMAN TIME SLIP ROMANCE by JL Madore

Danika Glass grew up feeling more connected to the past than to real life. With her gift of Psychometry, touching antiques allows her to witness glimpses of history unfolding first hand. A successful relic hunter and thief, when Danika touches a rare Roman coin, she is suddenly not seeing history but living it.

Hurled back in time to Rome, 79 AD, Danika realizes that the coin’s energy is gone and she is trapped. Catapulted into the intrigues of politics, soldiers, and spies, she walks the dangerous line between convincing her captors of the coming danger and making herself a target. With time ticking, these violent men of the past threaten to not only claim her body and her life . . . but also her heart. For here, Quintus Porcius Magnus, the Praetorian guard tasked to discover her truths, shows her a level of loyalty so foreign to her that when faced with a choice, Danika is torn between two vastly different paths—one of safety and the other of desire.

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ice bloodICE BLOOD (STEAM DRAGON SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

Mia has the power to defy gravity and endure the harshest winters. Mia also has the power to kill. Specifically, when it comes to dragons, who have a natural weakness against her gifts. And that’s fine by her. She’ll happily kill any dragon for the right price, since she’s not particularly fond of them. What she doesn’t know, however, is that her new, potential employer happens to be a dragon as well.

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chaos magicCHAOS MAGIC (RUNE WITCH BOOK 5) by Jennifer Willis

Sally is struggling under Loki’s tutelage and suspects he’s again up to no good. She’s trying to make amends in the aftermath of devastating loss, but the Lodge is in upheaval and Odin’s children have scattered—giving an ancient and dreaded enemy the perfect opportunity to stake her own claim.

When the goddess of the underworld and her undead draugar start wreaking havoc in Portland—burning down Sally’s apartment building and even kidnapping her new boyfriend—the members of the Lodge must find a way to band together to protect the city and themselves.

With her friends’ lives in the balance, Sally must confront her own true nature. How deep does her chaos magick really run?

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prisoner of the crownPRISONER OF THE CROWN by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: This book is associated with Jeffe’s Uncharted Realms series and takes place in the same world but she was quite emphatic that this book is not a romance at all and deals with some dark topics. I really enjoy Jeffe’s fantasy romance series – there’s even a minor character named for me in one book! – so I thought I’d list this  related title despite it not being a romance. It’s definitely on my TBR list.

In icy Dasnaria, rival realm to the Twelve Kingdoms, a woman’s role is to give pleasure, produce heirs, and question nothing. But a plot to overthrow the emperor depends on the fate of his eldest daughter. And the treachery at its heart will change more than one carefully limited life . . .
 
THE GILDED CAGE
Princess Jenna has been raised in supreme luxury—and ignorance. Within the sweet-scented, golden confines of the palace seraglio, she’s never seen the sun, or a man, or even learned her numbers. But she’s been schooled enough in the paths to a woman’s power. When her betrothal is announced, she’s ready to begin the machinations that her mother promises will take Jenna from ornament to queen.

But the man named as Jenna’s husband is no innocent to be cozened or prince to charm. He’s a monster in human form, and the horrors of life under his thumb are clear within moments of her wedding vows. If Jenna is to live, she must somehow break free—and for one born to a soft prison, the way to cold, hard freedom will be a dangerous path indeed.

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VS Note: I’ve been giving all my attention to my Badari Warriors series of late, but have you read my Alien Empath series? The books are standalone but related, and set in my Sectors scifi romance universe. Star Cruise: Stowaway (which first appeared in the Pets In Space 1 anthology) is the novella that was written first (with two other non empath SFR short stories included in the book).  Then Danger, followed by Two, and finally Fated. The three full length novels have a somewhat higher heat level than the novella. (I’m generally kind of a 3 on a 5 level scale of hotness, I’d say.)

All 4 books available at all the major ebook sellers!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

June 6

May 30

May 23

May 16

May 9

My standard Notes and Caveats:

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

 

We’ll Get You Out Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

The excerpt: 

Taura curled into the smallest ball she could make of herself, hands over her ears as the sound of the pulse rifles in the corridor outside whined and reverberated. Suddenly, a man stepped into the cell, emerging from the swirling smoke like a hero in an adventure trideo. “I’m sure I heard something,” he said over his shoulder to companions she couldn’t see.

Eyes stinging, tears coursing down her cheeks, she reached out, tugging at his pants leg, “Help me, please.”

Shifting his weapon to leave his hands free, the soldier crouched in front of her. His eyes glowed golden as he said, “We’ll get you out, lady.” He picked her up in a single motion, rising to his full height, and hastened from the cell.

“Where did you find her?” another soldier asked her rescuer as he continued to move rapidly away from the building. The entire structure was alight and she shivered at the sight. But for her mysterious hero, she’d have been a casualty and no one would ever have known.

Much more to come of course!

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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Veronica Takes a New Quiz!

Quiz Red 3D Word Test Exam Assessment

You know me, always on the lookout for fun quizzes to take and compare my answers to some celebrity’s! Found a good one in a recent issue of Marie Claire magazine, so here are a few of my answers. Actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish took their quiz and her answers are much more glamorous than mine (and we obviously live totally different lives, not unexpectedly).

Best career advice I’ve gotten: Write a book, then write the next book and repeat. Also, write a series if you can, which I’m doing now with my Badari Warriors.

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Moment I felt I’d made it: When I started to introduce myself to a famous author at a conference and before I got my name out, she said she knew who *I* was and that she’d enjoyed my books.  I mean, wow! That was a thrill…

How I made my first dollar: Babysitting (but I didn’t belong to a cool club like the Babysitters LOL.) First paid job where they deducted taxes was as the counter girl at a dry cleaner’s. By the way, Ms. Haddish’s first job was babysitting as well, which was about the only similarity between our answers.

Favorite perk of the job: Meeting authors whose books I’ve loved and being able to tell them how much their words have meant to me.

If I weren’t a writer, I’d be: a frustrated writer! With manuscripts galore under the bed…And probably still doing subcontracts and process improvement at NASA/JPL (the former day job).

3 Qualities that got me where I am today: Creativity (for which I credit my mysterious Muse), ability to juggle many tasks and bring them to completion, and networking, which is my sekrit superpower.

Song I want played at my funeral: “Fun Fun Fun” by the Beach Boys and my family knows this! It’s my anthem.

What every woman should try once in her lifetime: Ok, just wow, I’d never be presumptuous enough to try to tell every other woman on Earth what to try or not try. I can only speak to my own experience and I think the times I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone have been the most rewarding. Maybe I never do that particular thing again, whatever it was, but I’m better and more self confident for having tried something that seemed daunting. The times I’ve let an opportunity to push my limits go by me (if I heard that little voice inside telling me to go for it), there are regrets. But I’ll never be jumping out of a plane, ok? Splash Mountain at Disneyland was enough terror and falling for me.

One thing I’m exceptionally good at: Networking

One thing I’m exceptionally bad at (but do anyway): Dancing. Do they need a scifi romance author on Dancing With The Stars yet? Can I have Ardem as my partner?

How I clear my mind after a bad day: Chocolate. I also meditate, pet the cat, take a walk, drive and play loud music, drink tea, read or re-read a favorite book, watch a favorite  movie – whatever seems to fit the moment and the mood. Any or all of this works…I’m also a morning person and things are always better in the morning.

My 1st kiss: That’s for me to know and you to not know. But it was very good…

Matt and me down the aisleCraziest thing I did for love: Fly out here to Southern California to marry my high school sweetie when we were 19 and be a USMC lance corporal’s wife…which worked out VERY well indeed actually.

Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

‘Quiz’ photo from DepositPhoto. Other photos are Author’s own.

 

 

Coming Full Circle Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3.

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

The excerpt: 

As a toughened combat veteran, Jadrian of the Badari wasn’t subject to anxiety, but he had to admit moving through a Khagrish lab, and even worse a Khagrish prison block, brought up bad memories. He’d spent time as a younger man undergoing their tortures, kept in isolation from his pack, and the experience had left its scars on him.

The smoke bothered his eyes and lungs less than it might other beings, but it didn’t make for a pleasant environment. He and his teammates swept hastily through the place. The records indicated no human prisoners were kept here, and the force barrier doors had gone down, so it was a quick step into each cell space, checking the corners for any occupant then moving on. Purely an effort to be thorough.

Two Khagrish guards charged into the corridor from the far end, and Jadrian and his teammates scattered, taking cover where they could, returning fire. A cut off scream from the direction of the enemy indicated Jadrian or his compatriots had hit their targets. He grinned fiercely. The Khagrish bred the Badari to possess uncannily powerful vision, even in obscured environments, and now the aliens’ cleverness was coming full circle to bite them.

Next week Jadrian and Taura will meet…

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

Amazon     B&N    Kobo      Google  iBooks

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

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Breaking Point Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance  Jadrian (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 3, which released this past week. I decided we’d reached a good place to leave Mateer. Sorry!

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. Edited a bit from published version.

Starting off with the first ten sentences of the book:

Taura crouched in the corner of her small cell, fists clenched, ready to attack the next person who came into her space, be it Khagrish scientist, lab tech or security guard. Today was her breaking point – she felt the emotion viscerally. She couldn’t endure another procedure or test. No more physical or psychological pain at the hands of the uncaring aliens. She glanced at the black bracelet affixed to her wrist and snarled in rage, like the penned animal she’d become under their torture. Maybe this time she could force them to kill her, and her awful existence would finally end.

Where were her captors? Why wasn’t anyone coming to drag her off to the next horrific ordeal? Now that she was ready to fight them to the death? To relieve her tension and unkink her muscles as she waited, Taura rose and paced the none too generous length of the cell.

We’ll meet the hero next week…

jadrianThe story: 

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

Amazon     B&N    Kobo      Google  iBooks

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Book 1 of the series is on sale for $.99 at the moment:

Kidnapped by alien scientists, Jill’s only hope is AYDARR, the genetically engineered warrior who’s claimed her as his mate…

Amazon      B&N    Kobo     iBooks

 

Will He Do That? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead. The humans are living in the nature preserve attached to the alien lab. Mateer has recovered and is helping them survive.

(The Khagrish are the evil alien scientists holding kidnapped human prisoners for experimentation. Dr. Lampergg is the head of the lab. Mateer is a bioengineeered warrior created by the Khagrish. Walt is another human prisoner.)

Punctuation wonky to comply with our guidelines here. Edited a bit from published version.

Mateer and Megan had a chat at the end of a long day in their outdoor enclosure, and she was complaining about bug bites. Mateer goes off on patrol and when he returns much later, in the middle of the night, is informed Megan has become very ill. Walt is a fellow prisoner who’s been a friend to Mateer and Megan. Mateer plans to take Megan to the alien scientist in charge of the lab to have her treated.

This snippet follows directly after last week’s.

The excerpt: 

“Will he do that for her?” Walt asked.

“He wants a certain concession from me – I’ll make him cure her,” Mateer paused, “Take care of your people. I may not be coming back any time soon.” He debated how much he could say to Walt but, of all the humans other than Megan, this man was the person he trusted most and had found the most in common with. Lowering his voice further, he said, “Be prepared. Things could change drastically in the next few days.”

Eyes narrowed, Walt displayed no surprise and asked no awkward questions, “Message understood – I’ll be ready.” He looked at Megan, limp in Mateer’s arms, “You better get going.”

Without another word, Mateer broke into a steady, efficient run, heading toward the lab, guided by the moonlight and his own unerring sense of direction. As he sprinted, he prayed to the Great Mother to grant him the chance to obtain help for Megan.

Not many more excerpts from MATEER coming as I got JADRIAN back from the editor and will release it in about ten days…

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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Guest Author Liza O’Connor ARRIVAL: TITAN Excerpt

Arrival Titan bannerVS Note: My guest today is scifi romance author Liza O’Connor, here to share an excerpt from her new release, ARRIVAL: TITAN.

Liza: Sometimes, it doesn’t matter.

Sometimes it does.

Drake wants to land in the dried sea bed, far away from all the lakes. Nix That!

A few of the scientists were leaning towards going to the south pole. While they didn’t know for certain whether the lake there was methane or ethane or something else, it would be warmer, and the sun would make it a bit brighter than the north pole, which was the darkest and coldest place on Titan at -295 degrees.

Fortunately, the majority of the scientist kept their heads screwed on.

Titan has no temperature that will be considered ‘warm’ for humans. That’s why they worked so hard to make their suits so they could survive in  -295 F weather. Going to the warmer south pole so the temp would be -250 makes no sense at all. In either case: with the suit they can survive, without the suit they freeze to death.

Fortunately, the students argued against the south pole since the lake is smaller and they have no idea if it holds methane. Scarlett, the AI, agreed with them.

 arrival titanBlurb

Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space near Titan.

Captain Drake has his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the students being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and students are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.

When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. They also learn that the moon, Pan, is actually a ship called the Death Star, mining minerals in the outer rings of Saturn. Even more shocking—Jupiter is not a planet, but a disguised ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.

Excerpt

“If we are going to land on the north pole, this would be the appropriate action. But would you rather not land where the probe did. That land was very flat.”

Ben spoke up at once. “Beg your pardon, sir, but if you recall, based on the pictures, there were hills and the winds played havoc upon the probe.”

“But more importantly, we need to land very close to a methane lake, so we have the ability to create fuel, water, and oxygen at once. What we brought with us won’t last long. I know the gravity is only one-fourteenth of Earth’s, but that could still consume more fuel than we have if later we need to move for some reason. Landing on the north pole is our best bet to survive.”

Lancaster spoke, “Sounds logical, can I get feedback from my other scientists?”

Victor spoke up. “The majority agrees. Three of us would prefer the South Pole, given there is slightly more sun and it’s slightly warmer. However, that does make the winds stronger, and there is only one lake, which has never been tested. It is probably methane, but it could be some other liquid as well.”

“I like the warmer and more sun part,” Lancaster admitted.

Anthony spoke up. “Honestly, sir. I don’t think you’d be able to tell the difference between warm and cold on Titan. We’d freeze to death in either case within a second. So, in my opinion sunshine, nor temperature should be considered in the matter. Our critical need to survive is methane. We know for a fact that one of the lakes in the north pole is a methane lake.”

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About the Author

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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Only One Thing To Do Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead. The humans are living in the nature preserve attached to the alien lab. Mateer has recovered and is helping them survive.

(The Khagrish are the evil alien scientists holding kidnapped human prisoners for experimentation. Dr. Lampergg is the head of the lab. Mateer is a bioengineeered warrior created by the Khagrish. Walt is another human prisoner.)

Punctuation wonky to comply with our guidelines here. Edited a bit from published version.

Mateer and Megan had a chat at the end of a long day in their outdoor enclosure, and she was complaining about bug bites. Mateer goes off on patrol and when he returns much later, in the middle of the night, is informed Megan has become very ill.

The excerpt: 

Mateer eyed Megan’s arm, where the biggest of the red bumps had been and was appalled to see it swollen twice normal size, with red streaks running under the skin. Walt whistled as he caught sight of the symptoms in the firelight.

“Not good,” The human shook his head, “I’m no medic but that’s blood poisoning maybe. Takes strong meds to combat – you got any home grown remedies for a bug bite gone bad?”

With despair, Mateer knew he didn’t. As he’d told Megan earlier, the Badari weren’t bothered by the insects. “There’s only one thing to do,” he said, gathering Megan into his arms, careful not to put pressure on her swollen extremity. Her breathing sounded labored to him and her whole body was like a living flame, everywhere they touched each other. There isn’t much time.

“And your plan is?” Walt kept pace with him as he headed for the cave opening.

“Take her to the lab and persuade Lampergg to treat her.”

How is Mateer going to persuade the scientist holding them captive to help Megan? Tune in next week! 

Not many more excerpts from MATEER coming as I got JADRIAN back from the editor and will release it in about two weeks…

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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Maybe Tomorrow Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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!)

Sharing now from my newest scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead. The humans are living in the nature preserve attached to the alien lab. Mateer has recovered and is helping them survive.

(The Khagrish are the evil alien scientists holding kidnapped human prisoners for experimentation. Dr. Lampergg is the head of the lab. Mateer is a bioengineeered warrior created by the Khagrish.)

Punctuation wonky to comply with our guidelines here. Edited a bit from published version.

Mateer and Megan have a chat at the end of a long day. Mateer speaks first.

The excerpt: 

“What did you do with your day?”

“Checked on my two patients, which is about all I can do out here in the wilderness. After I did my so-called rounds, I picked berries. And swatted insects. There are a few varieties which regard human blood as a delicious new treat – see?” She extended her arm and he saw a scattering of tiny red bumps, “Know anything local to stop the itching?”

“We Badari don’t have this problem,” He wracked his brain for anything a healer like Timtur might suggest, “There’s a special mud soothing to the skin. One of our warriors had a problem after getting a certain plant’s pollen on his body and now I recall the mud helped him – I can go get you some.”

She put her hand on his arm, “It’s too late in the day now. Don’t worry about it. – I can cope. But thank you for the thought. Maybe tomorrow if the bites are still bothering me, we can go find this mud together.”

VS Note: Things are going to go badly from here…

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

Buy Links: Amazon     iBooks     Kobo      B&N