I’m Aydarr, the alpha or leader of my pack of Badari genetically engineered warriors. We were created by a race of alien scientists to be deployed as super soldiers against the humans in the Sectors. I’m in the eighth generation of Badari and I never had any hope of being able to save my people and escape the labs until I met human Jill Garrison. The new book from Veronica Scott tells our story and is the first in the series describing our tale of battle against our mutual enemies.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Time spent with Jill – we have so few chances to be together without the pressure of decisions to be made for my pack and the other kidnapped human colonists. We’re engaged in a war against the alien enemies and there’s very little downtime.
What is your greatest fear?
I have no fears for myself, but I’d be terrified of Jill falling into the Khagrish hands again. As you’ll find out in the book, she commits acts that make her someone they’d very much like to have revenge on.
What is your current state of mind?
As I mentioned above, thanks to Jill, I’m hopeful my people can defeat the Khagrish, our enemies, and live freely someday as other beings do. I’m determined to gain the ultimate victory.
On what occasion do you lie?
I lie to the Khagrish scientists on any occasion where I can get away with it. They’re cruel and believe my people are less than human because we were engineered in the Khagrish labs, so I owe them nothing, much less the truth. I have to protect my Badari packmates.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I have talons and fangs I can deploy, which are a result of the Khagrish experiments with combining DNA from many species. They’re useful weapons of course but also visible reminders that neither I nor any of my people are ‘natural’. Jill says they fascinate her – she’s not the least bit scared of me or my men.
Which living person do you most despise?
Dr. Gahzhing, the chief Khagrish scientist. He had power of life or death over me, my pack and Jill, as well as all the rest of the kidnapped humans. He had no mercy and no sense of right and wrong.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Jill Garrison, the human woman that the Khagrish kidnapped from her colony and brought to their laboratory planet. We met purely by accident and I bless the day she was placed in the vicinity of my pack. She’s brave, smart and loyal. And not afraid to go toe to toe with me if she disagrees about something!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish we Badari weren’t Khagrish creations but as Jill constantly tells me, we’re as ‘human’ as she is in all the ways that matter. We’re men, we have honor and souls and we deserve to live in peace. Someday!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Keeping as many of my Badari packmates alive as I could, despite the never ending Khagrish experiments.
What is your most marked characteristic?
As the Badari alpha, I’m dominant to all the others and must be obeyed when I give an order. There is no one who can challenge me successfully, although some have thought about trying it.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and honesty.
Title AYDARR (A BADARI WARRIOR SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL): SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK ONE
Author Veronica Scott
Genre SciFi Romance
Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.
Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.
Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?
As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.
The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?
Excerpt – (Jill meets the Khagrish scientists for the first time)
“Are those the Khagrish?” she asked Aydarr as she walked next to him, away from the hill and toward the waiting group.
“Yes. Don’t be fooled by their pretty appearance,” he said. “A more cruel and unprincipled race of beings never existed, as my people know to their cost. Stay close to me.”
“I consider myself duly warned.” Heart beating faster, she walked next to Aydarr.
The Badari came to a stop ten feet away from the waiting Khagrish, taking a position on a black line painted on the surface of the patio extending from the building. Aydarr took his place at the head of the formation, drawing Jill to stand between him and Mateer.
The woman appeared to be in charge. “You idiots,” she said to her two underlings, while the guards stood unmoving, their weapons now aimed at the line of Badari.
Jill blinked. The Khagrish scientist wasn’t speaking Basic, but her language was apparently close enough to something Jill had been hypno implanted with during her military days that the translator implant was able to make sense of the words. Lots of weird things rattling around in my brain, thanks to the Special Forces. The Sectors military liked to implant enhancements into their soldiers and nothing ever got removed. She wondered if Aydarr and his men understood Khagrish, but now wasn’t the time to ask.
Gesturing at Jill, the woman said, “The Sectors humans are not for this experiment. They weren’t brought here to be mixed into other, already established protocols. What the untranslatable is she doing in the Preserve? Mingling with the animals?”
One of the two men fidgeted. “We were bored. The animals don’t do anything new. We thought it would be amusing… um, scientifically enlightening to introduce a new factor into their playtime.”
“And there were so many humans delivered, we figured no one would miss one.” The other glared at Jill. She fought off the desire to take a defensive stand, keeping herself loosely at attention the way her companions stood. Was the entire population of my colony kidnapped? Her heart beat faster with dread, realizing her sisters, her friends and colleagues were held captive in the massive building, maybe already being experimented on.
“And you expected the Badari to do…what with her?” The female was contemptuous. And pissed, Jill concluded. “Fight over her? Tear her to bits? Assault her?”
The man evidently didn’t read emotions as well as Jill did. He nodded eagerly as if expecting praise for his enterprise, his ridiculous crest of hair bobbing. “Exactly. Any or all of those possibilities.”
“We were ready to take notes,” the other added. “We had the recorders running.”
Without warning the woman slapped him hard. “So you were hoping to make credits on the black market.”
Holding his cheek, on his knees, the tech cringed. “We’d have cut you in on the deal.”
“We made a huge balance on the vid of two of the animals fighting to the death, after we jacked them up on the right drugs,” the female scientist said thoughtfully. “The question is timing, you fools. Anything like this has to be done while the boss is away so the traces can be sufficiently covered up.”
Jill calculated her odds of reaching one of the guards and grabbing a weapon. The situation was getting worse and worse. She barely controlled her involuntary startle when Aydarr touched her hand ever so lightly with his fingers. She wished she could look at him as he linked his fingers with hers. Was he telling her to wait? To go for it? Trying to reassure her?
The woman paced from one side of the pavement to the other. “You’re lucky the director of the lab isn’t here right now. We can probably get away with destroying the human, as you said, there were so many delivered, losing one shouldn’t matter. We can’t put her back, since she has to be considered contaminated now for any new experiment. But we’ll have to delete all evidence of her presence. We can think about how to do this safely at a later date.”
“Won’t the animals talk about it?” The tech gestured at the Badari as he rose to his feet.
The scientist strutted right up to Aydarr, staring him in the face. Although the alpha towered over her, he lowered his gaze to meet her challenge. “Not if they’re properly incentivized.” She tapped him on the chest with one long finger. “801 here cares more about keeping his pack alive than he does about one random human.”
USA Today Best Selling Author
“SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog
Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!
She was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
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