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Why Veronica Scott Wrote JADRIAN

SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 3

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Thanks for having me as your guest today! I love to talk about the story behind the story of my new releases here on your blog.

One of my challenges with the Badari Warriors series has been to not tell the same story twice. I realized early on it’d be easy to fall into making each book about a warrior held captive in an alien lab and what he undergoes and how he escapes, along with the human woman who is proven to be his fated mate. I try to advance the overall series arc with each book while also finding a new angle for the Badari hero and his heroine. For JADRIAN, I found myself writing about a man and a woman who do think they’re potential mates pretty much early on but for various reasons they fight the situation (not in an adversarial manner – not fighting the attraction to each other so much as certain issues regarding her amnesia actually). I also set the story in the sanctuary valley, where the humans and Badari are hiding out from the evil scientists, in between conducting raids to free more kidnapped humans.

I say “I found myself writing” because JADRIAN wasn’t on my radar anywhere when I first started the series. I was actually busy writing DARIK to be book three when one morning I woke up with the entire plot for JADRIAN in my head! Books like this are a gift from the Muse, in my opinion, because when they hit me like that, I know it’ll basically write itself and I’ll enjoy the flow and the process. So DARIK got set aside temporarily and off I went to tell this story instead. Luckily the book plot also came complete with the details on how it tied in to the overall series arc.

I had fun revisiting various characters from the first two books and having the chance to share some of the life the Badari and their human allies are working out together in the valley.

DARIK has already gone to the editor and now I’m writing GABE. I’m not sure any more how many books the series might encompass, although I know how it will end when I decide it’s time to write the concluding book. Hopefully, it’s not giving away too much to say of course there’ll be a Happy Ever After. (Each book has a Happy for Now ending and is standalone.) I think as long as the readers are enjoying the series, I should keep writing! 

And I will probably write some ‘sidequels’, which to me are related stories that fall outside the series arc. 

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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?

This is the third book in a new scifi romance 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!

Here’s an excerpt (Taura’s been rescued and awakens in the small hospital in the rebels’ valley hideout. Taura is speaking.) 

“Can I go outside? Make sure we’re not at the Khagrish lab?”

Jadrian looked at the doctor. “Doc?”

To Taura’s surprise, the doctor nodded. “A short field trip might be a good idea, but only for a few minutes. She’s very weak, obviously disoriented and having flashbacks, whether she remembers them or not.”

“May I?” he asked, holding his hands out to Taura. “I question your ability to walk too far but I’d be pleased to assist.”

Reassured yet again by his understanding of how she might be feeling, she managed to whisper her consent.

He swept Taura into his arms, exactly as he had in the burning lab, and carried her from the hospital room.

She nestled closer to his reassuring bulk. “I just—the Khagrish screwed with my mind—I have to be sure—” Biting her lip, frustrated at being unable to string together a coherent sentence, she closed her eyes. “I’m not crazy.”

Jadrian hugged her. “Of course you’re not. I understand. We all do. For starters, if you’re doubting us, you might notice we took off the Khagrish neurocontroller before we loaded you onto the flyer at the lab.”

She stared at her right arm, rubbing the slightly discolored skin where the black bracelet had been. “Thank you.”

Her gallant rescuer moved past other people who stepped aside, gawking. She kept her focus on Jadrian, refusing to be embarrassed. The plain blue hospital gown was a boxy one piece garment keeping her modest. Her current physical and mental condition was not her fault. I need to know I’m truly out of that hellhole of a lab. If she could verify she’d been taken to a new location, she could let down her guard a little bit. Maybe unwind a turn or two of the intense anxiety tying her in knots. Her hope grew the further Jadrian carried her.

A door whooshed open at his approach and a cool night breeze brushed against her as Jadrian carried her away from the building.

“I’m going to set you on your feet now,” he said. “I imagine you’d prefer to stand, tough little human you’ve shown yourself to be. But I’ll stay right here.”

As he loosened his grip she slid from his embrace. He had to steady her because the vertigo was overwhelming, but she stared hungrily around. It was pitch dark, save for the lights of the medical building behind her and a few softly glowing pools of illumination in the distance. Moss-like growth cushioned her bare feet, and she scrunched her toes into the velvet texture, so different from the cold bare floor of the prison. A breeze ruffled her hair, and she sniffed greedily at the scent of forest trees and night blooming flowers. 

“Sanctuary valley,” he said, making a sweeping gesture. His voice held a note of pride. “The Khagrish can’t get you here.”

“So you and the doctor keep telling me.” She threw her head back to contemplate the stars blanketing the night sky with points of brilliance. She didn’t recognize any of the constellations, but the fact didn’t upset her. She knew she was on an alien world, kidnapped from the Sectors, so of course she wouldn’t be able to read the stars. “I’m free.”

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Veronica ScottAbout Veronica:

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

You can find Veronica here: Blog  Twitter  Facebook

I’d like to thank Veronica for stopping by to share her story! I love it when she visits (also love her books and that cover is to die for!)!

Perilously yours,

Pauline

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