Happy Wednesday! Thank you for visiting me for Mid Week Tease! My second Galactic Defenders story, JAGER, released on Monday. Today, I’m sharing another excerpt from BRYCE, the first book in the series. **BRYCE is on sale for 99¢ until April 19, 2017**
Setup: Last week Bryce was on Niesgoo, saving Jager so he could be the hero in the next book. But while he was away killing Erebus there, this is what happened on Hemera, where Lalia and Katrina went.
Katrina tapped Lalia’s arm. “Mom?”
The panic in her daughter’s voice echoed her own as the tentacles of an Erebus reached out from a room up the hall. Lalia shoved her daughter into the emergency exit, the door opening from the force. “Get to the bottom of the stairs and wait for me.” The other floors had their own escape routes, though none of them connected to prevent access to intruders from lower levels.
She cringed at having to say anything at all, not one Erebus noticed, none of them lumbering out after her.
Not daring to say anything more, Lalia gestured for Fortinimus to follow her. She might hate him, but couldn’t bear to witness anyone else die at the tentacles of an Erebus. So many already had, their screams of torture and death having hauntingly ended.
The man meant to guard her shook his head. “You are going the wrong way, Princess. Only I can save you from the Erebus.”
Was he intoxicated, high on nehbred? She didn’t care to fight with him. Or have time. An Erebus thundered from the room it had terrorized, and trundled toward her and Fortinimus. Her bodyguard could save himself. She had her daughter to look out for.
Shoulder to the emergency exit, Lalia burst into the stairwell. With no way to lock it from this side, she ran, ignoring the screams of those she couldn’t save.
Katrina waited for her at the bottom of the stairs, the door to the outside already open. They tumbled out into the fresh air together, and Lalia sprinted ahead, leading her daughter toward the woods. The Erebus resembled vegetation, but their bulk kept them from following anyone between the trees. It was the way she’d escaped so many years before. With any luck, she’d find more Hemera scattered along the narrow trails.
A stitch pierced the muscles of her stomach, but she couldn’t stop, couldn’t even slow down. Not until she got Katrina safely away from the palace, somewhere they could wait for the Defenders to stop the annihilation of her people. No spaceship waited for her this time.
She weaved among the tree trunks, avoided prickly bushes, and leaped over logs. The clear path she used to travel had grown over, but nothing could make her forget where to go, not even eighteen years on another planet.
BRYCE: Galactic Defenders book one
A dedicated Defender…
Bryce fell in love once, but after Lalia was ripped away from him, he locked his heart from feeling anything for anyone else. Instead, he devotes his life to the Galactic Alliance, killing every bloodthirsty Erebus he comes across.
A shunned princess…
Lalia Comosova fell in love with the wrong man. When her parents learned of her transgressions, they sent her to Earth to hide her error in judgment from the rest of the kingdom.
A second chance?
When these lovers are reunited after many years apart, they have a chance to find happiness together. But fate steps in and threatens to rip them apart as it did years ago.
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