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Why Veronica Scott Wrote CAMRON

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I’m so glad I haven’t worn out the welcome mat over here on your blog, when it comes to talking about the story behind the story on my new releases! Thanks for having me yet again, to share a little about my latest scifi romance release, CAMRON.

He’s the eighth book in the Badari Warriors world (the seventh numbered book) and as always I wanted to tell a different story than the readers have seen before, within the general framework. I mean, obviously each novel contains a genetically engineered soldier of the far future, the evil alien scientists known as the Khagrish and a human heroine (or hero, as was the case in one book where I had a Badari woman). And the combat against the Khagrish is ongoing. But I try to provide a new adventure each outing.

When I sat down to write Camron, I had a couple of concepts in mind. For one thing: the way the book opens, with a dramatic crash landing and the need for Gemma, the heroine, to save his life, instead of the big, strong Badari being the rescuer as one might expect. Many books ago I introduced the mind control drug the Khagrish have developed and inflict on the Badari at times to render these amazingly capable men helpless and totally at their mercy. My question to myself was, what if Camron was literally unable to take action to save his own life, even in a dire crisis? And how would the human heroine help him?

I thought it started the book off with a good twist.

Another aspect of plot I’d been wanting to use for quite a long time was the idea of the bad guy hunting the hero and heroine. The new Khagrish security commander regarded the two as ‘big game’ and wanted the excitement of pursuing them in a deliberately staged hunt. Which of course he’d film because as we’ve seen in previous novels, like KIERCE, the Khagrish are all about their videos. The hunt is a trope that has been used successfully in movies like 2010’s ‘Predators’, one of my favorites, and a classic TV movie about a big game hunter turning on his guide while they were out in the desert, and hunting him. I think that one’s been remade two or three times! The Khagrish in my novels are of course extremely arrogant and so the villain gives them a three hour head start. Very bad idea!

Having Camron and Gemma on the run, trying to escape and get back to the sanctuary valley allowed me to bring forward two other plot elements from earlier books (no spoilers) that I hope the readers will appreciate seeing resurface and/or explored a bit more.

I really enjoyed writing this book and I hope the readers will find Camron’s journey with Gemma too!

About CAMRON: 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?

This is the eighth book in the Badari Warriors world (and the seventh 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

 

JADRIAN

DARIK

GABE

KIERCE

CAMRON

And Books 1-3 are available as a boxed set

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Read an excerpt! 

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. Gemma heard Yunnivannx cursing as the door swung open but the words were lost in the general noise. 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. Later she could only remember fragments of what happened, as if she’d had her eyes closed intermittently. 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.

“Not yet,” the man in the litter said. “But soon. Get yourself loose or die, lady.”

Gemma stared at him, trying to process the words. Her mind was fuzzy. He was still strapped into the antigrav litter, which must have saved his life by countering the effects of the crash to some extent. Wondering why he wasn’t fighting to get himself loose, she fumbled with the buckles, too woozy to remember how the mechanism worked until by sheer accident she hit the right place on the latch and fell with a jarring thud to the floor, which had been the ceiling. Checking on the women who’d been seated next to her, she saw at a glance the first was dead, eyes wide and staring, her neck at an impossible angle. The second woman was moaning. She’d been impaled by a piece of loose metal from the shuttle’s structure and Emma’s educated guess was she’d also soon be dead. Removing the spike would only kill her sooner. The lab tech was lying underneath a large section of the bulkhead. Gemma ‘s assessment was he’d been crushed. There was no sign of the guard but the back end of the shuttle was missing, the remainder a contorted  tangle of metal and wires. 

Moaning sounded from the front of the shuttle, where the cockpit had been, and she took a step toward the flyer’s bow.

“Save yourself,” the man in the litter said. “The Khagrish wouldn’t help you if the situation was reversed.”

He was her priority before considering anyone else. She climbed on the debris where his litter sat precariously and worked on the clamps restraining him. “Are you okay? No pain anywhere?”

“I think there may be internal injuries but I’ll heal.” He sounded so eerily calm she assumed he was in shock.

She got the clamps to retract and stood back, waiting for him to rise. “Well, come on.”

He grimaced and she noticed his eyes were blazing pools of light in the dim, smoky cabin. “I can’t move.”

She stepped closer and ran her hands over his limbs, assessing the bones. Not unexpectedly his pulse was fast, but strong.  “I’m not finding anything obviously wrong. Do you have sensation in your extremities? Are you paralyzed?” Sparks flew from a panel between her and the only way out of the flyer and she cringed but continued her rapid exam. “There’s no blood, reflexes seem in order—”

“Drugged. Khagrish med. I can’t do anything unless I’m ordered to do so.”

Gemma pushed her hair out of her eyes, noticing a bad scratch on her lower arm with a piece of shrapnel protruding. Feeling eerily detached, she pulled the shard out and threw it to the deck. “I don’t understand.”

“Lady, we don’t have time to chitchat. Order me to get to my feet and then tell me to get you out of here.” His voice was harsh.

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Veronica: But of course it won’t be that simple!

About Veronica Scott:

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 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 read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the official audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

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Many thanks for stopping by! We always love having you visit and it sounds like another great adventure in reading! Hopping over to get my copy now!

Perilously yours,

Pauline

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