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I’m continuing my new story, Trapped on Vkani, book 3 in my series
Maya and her team had planned to explore the ruins of an ancient civilization in the radioactive Deadlands. But a sandstorm buried their shuttle under a thick layer of sand. Their air supply is low, and they have to dig to the surface to call for help.
Last week’s snippet introduced the hero, who plans to loot the ancient ruins with his crew. You can read it here –
This week, I’m skipping to the next chapter where the two groups collide. Read on for the least romantic meeting of hero and heroine I’ve ever written.
Maya has left the buried shuttle and she is struggling through the sand in Jack’s wake. She has just broken onto the surface.
Glaring sunlight blinded her.
Someone grabbed her arms and yanked her out of the sand.
Lying face down, she blinked in shock. Her restricted view centered on a set of curved claws; large blue claws on the five toes of a scaled blue foot. She stifled a scream.
The alien person rolled her onto her back and bent to examine her.
She stared into deep-set blue eyes peering from under a hood. It must be Atrapako, one of the humanoid inhabitants of the planet. A Blue Atrapako, the dominant, leader caste in their color-stratified society, its scaled body was concealed by a hooded cloak of dark brown leather. It wore a sheathed sword on its belt and a short tube strapped over its shoulder.
Marooned on a desolate planet, joining forces with the enemy is their only hope.
Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. They will die if he leaves them in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as slaves, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. He plans to keep her. Her knowledge of the ancient texts will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house.
An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet.
for release March 22nd
Dr. Lucy Stannis’ quiet life as the chief biologist in the small human colony on Eden is interrupted when an alien spaceship arrives. She is thrilled to meet the captain, the formidable Sa Kamizan. But, arrogant scaled Atrapako plan to subdue the puny humans, and conflict threatens the peaceful populace. Lucy must employ all her skills to discover the aliens’ secret and save the colony.
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