Happy Wednesday! Thank you for visiting me for another Mid Week Tease! I’m sharing another excerpt from BRYCE, the first book in my Galactic Defenders scifi adventure romance series. **BRYCE is on sale for 99¢ until April 19, 2017**
Setup: Last week Bryce was on Niesgoo killing Erebus there, but another colony of Erebus were on Hemera. Lalia and Katrina had escaped from the castle and were on the run. In today’s excerpt, Bryce learned about the attack on Hemera, but doesn’t believe anyone survived…
Bryce shuffled off the ship and onto the carrier, sorrow threatening to tear him into a million pieces. Early reports cited Hemera as completely destroyed, nothing left but decomposing bodies covered in black tar. No survivors.
When the Defenders had returned, they’d shot dead any Erebus they’d found still on the planet, though many had likely already sailed on to another. Defenders searched the palace, the commoner village, and the old barracks. Every Hemera had perished. And all the bodies disintegrated into puddles of black goo.
Yet, he refused to believe Lalia and Katrina dead. Fate could not be so cruel as to reunite him with the love of his life and the daughter he’d never known, then to steal them away again.
Stepping onto the lift, Bryce re-examined the reports Pollux had forwarded to him. Over one hundred bodies found in the palace, the number half of what should have been there. And no one had been found in Lalia or Katrina’s rooms, but a body puddle outside them, in the hallway. One assumed to be male from the clothing left behind.
With those facts, he held onto the hope they’d escaped, found a place to hide with others, and hadn’t raced to the old barracks.
Bryce swallowed the lump in his throat. He’d made love to Lalia there, promised to cherish her forever. Now the place sat tarnished with the blood of innocent Hemera. Dozens of Hemera had fled to the place they’d believed safe, only to be struck down. Did Lalia and Katrina lay among them?
Cosmos, the Alliance needed to make WHM technology more widely available. So many more could have escaped, jumped to safety at the first sign of the Erebus.
A tear slipped down his cheek. He slammed his fist against the wall. The pain in his hand didn’t compare to the shredding of his heart.
The lift door opened. Instead of the empty hall he’d hoped for, Bryce stared at a page with a wide grin stretching his face.
“Major, I have good news.”
“A planet has just been destroyed.” The thought of growling at the young Vella crossed his mind. Instead, he sidestepped him and headed to the control room to meet the leader of the Galactic Alliance. “There is no good news today.”
“But they’ve found some.” The page rushed in front of him. “Alive! They’re coming out of the trees. Kimba told me to tell you right away.”
The news came like a solar flare on the ice planet, Ramos. Did the survivors include his loved ones? “Thank you.” He raced to the control room with renewed hope.
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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