by Laurel Richards
Not everyone will make it out alive.
Responding to a distress call, Officer Alexander Valerian and the rest of his security team arrive at the human colony on the planet of Jangala to find blood and gore all over the walls.
All the colonists are dead or missing except for Dr. Elisa Everett, a pretty paleontologist he finds injured and nearly suffocated in a ventilation shaft.
Now Alex has to figure out how sixty-nine colonists were wiped out in a single night, but Elisa’s account of killer monsters just raises more questions.
Has the colony really been attacked by bloodthirsty beasts, or did everyone succumb to a powerful hallucinogen that made them turn on one another? He had better find out fast, because Elisa’s life is in his hands.
Genre: SciFi Romance
Content/Theme(s): Paleontologist, Security Officer, Colonists, Space Opera, Action
Release Date: January 15, 2017
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Her palm grew sweaty against Bria’s jacket, but she expelled a breath of relief when the code panel beside the doorframe lit up. She could just make out her sibling’s outline in the eerie green glow of the buttons. Bria punched a few numbers, and the lock opened with a snick.
“Hand lights,” her sister announced as she plucked one from the shelf and clicked it on.
Elisa released her grip. “We’d better grab a couple of extras as backup.”
“Good idea.” Bria took her suggestion. “The sun has already set, and I don’t know how long it’ll take to get the power back on. It could be we tripped a breaker or burned out a generator.”
“There’s more than one generator,” Elisa pointed out, “and they’re zoned.”
Given the pandemonium upstairs, she was sure this was more than a simple electrical short.
Bria didn’t debate the issue. “First priority is to get the lights back on. Things are bad enough without everyone freaking out in the dark. We’ll go to the generator room and see what’s what. Maybe we’ll bump into one of the engineers on the way.”
“Is it safe to go back up there?” Although she had been the one to suggest going to Liddy’s rescue, Elisa didn’t want to wind up bruised and bloodied. The darkness only made the situation more frightening.
“It is with an I-100 Suppression Taser in hand.” Her sister slapped one of the short, bulky stunners into Elisa’s palm. “You’ve just been deputized.”
“Bria! You’ve got to be kidding me. I suck at shooting these things.”
“I taught you well enough,” Bria argued.
“This isn’t the same as stunning an overzealous boyfriend. I’m not trained for this. You’re the warrior woman. I’m the science nerd, remember?”
“Don’t give me that,” her sister hissed. “Look, you probably won’t have to use it, but I want you protected. Panic makes people dangerous. We’ll be in close quarters up there, and we’re still not sure what’s going on.”
“And no,” she added before Elisa could speak. “I’m not leaving you here to bounce off the walls like Liddy Harper. Now come on.”
Elisa huffed as she followed her big sis out the door and down the hall.
“Just try not to frag me,” Bria muttered as they reached the stairs.
Despite the situation, Elisa smiled.
When they reached the top landing, her sister stopped abruptly.
Elisa nearly plowed into her. “What?” she asked, but then she heard it too.
Far ahead of them, dozens of people were screaming.
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