The following snippet is from my debut novel CAPTIVE (book #1 in the Survival Race Series). Click on this link for more SFR Brigade Presents excerpts written by other Science Fiction Romance Brigade members.
CAPTIVE was a recipient of the SFR Galaxy Award and is currently a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award for Excellence.
Set up: Max = tortured gladiator hero, Addy = Heroine, Regan = abusive gladiator villain. Addy has been abducted to the bitter world of Hyborea, where she is to breed warriors for the Survival Race–a blood sport where the last man alive wins. She’s having none of that!
Max inhaled the scent of alcohol.
Damn. Addy poisoned her whisky with wolfsbane.
A twinge of sorrow and guilt stabbed his heart. He hated to see her fiery, passionate spirit this easily broken. But what had he expected? Really, how long could any woman last after being abused and denied help?
He just wished he could explain suicide wasn’t the way out.
Ferly Mor would only reawaken her.
Ah hell, maybe he should tell her. It would save her a pounding headache in the morning.
He tracked her easily, and after a few minutes spotted her up ahead under a big tree checking her watch again. He checked his. It was twenty-five o’clock.
She glanced about as if waiting for someone.
Regan, no doubt. Who else would demand a meeting in the middle of the night?
“Hell, woman,” he whispered to himself. “You’re not committing suicide. You’re committing murder. At a girl.”
Too bad killing Regan would only piss the guy off.
The last thing Addy Dawson remembers is a blazing inferno and freezing river water overtaking her lungs. When she awakens, Addy finds herself on a strange, alien planet, trapped in a cell with no doors, no windows—and to her horror—a naked warrior who claims to be her mate.
AN UNDENIABLE PASSION
An alpha gladiator, Max is forced to breed and produce the finest specimens for the Survival Race, a deadly blood sport created by the alien rulers of Hyborea. To rebel means torture—or worse—yet Max refuses to become the animal his captors want him to be. But their jailors will not be denied, and soon Addy and Max find themselves unwilling players in this cruel game. Pushed to the limit, they will risk everything for the chance at a life free from captivity. And though fate brought them together as adversaries, Max and Addy will discover that when they’re together, there’s nothing in the universe that can stop them.
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