Mercenary Instinct Now Available — Free Science Fiction Romance Ebook

Posted by on October 12th, 2014 in Excerpts / Freebies | 6 Comments
At long last, the first “Mandrake Company” novel, Mercenary Instinct has been edited, formatted, and is now available in ebook form. You can pick it up for free at Smashwords, Kobo , Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Amazon. Here is the synopsis for the novel: Skulking around in the ruins on a planet swarming with treasure hunters, slavers, and bounty hunters isn’t good for one’s health. But Ankari Markovich needs a few archaeological samples for her latest business venture, a venture that might prove lucrative enough to move her family off the impoverished planet where she grew up. Unfortunately, she has no sooner collected her samples than she’s captured by a band of...Read More

Mercenary Instinct: Chapter 8

Posted by on August 25th, 2014 in Excerpts / Freebies | No Comments
Viktor was changing into his exercise togs when his comm chimed. Just when he thought he was off duty for the day… He didn’t recognize the face that popped into the air above his desk, along with the request to speak. The unshaven man had a nose as pointy as a spearhead, wore a bandana over greasy dark hair, and his eyebrows had been pierced twenty or thirty times, each little ring sporting a small colorful gem. Wryly, Viktor wondered if any of them were made from aliuolite. The man’s scruffiness—and jewelry choices—meant he wasn’t fleet, but didn’t proclaim much else. Viktor called up the communications and intelligence station before answering. “Yes, sir?” Lieutenant...Read More

Mercenary Instinct: Chapter 7

Posted by on August 19th, 2014 in Excerpts / Freebies | No Comments
The morning brought two gifts: the team’s bags of equipment and three egg logs, the latter being the mercenary equivalent of breakfast. Nobody had offered them dinner the night before, so Ankari was hungry enough to rip open the wrapper of her “log” without scrutinizing the ingredients list. Some things were probably better left a mystery anyway. “I don’t understand this,” Lauren said, standing over her open pack, “but I’m tickled to see my collapsible BioEye 973.” She pulled out a compact field unit that was a combination microscope and sensor unit. “My field generator is even in here.” Ankari opened her own pack and immediately noticed that the rope and rappelling...Read More

Mercenary Instinct: Chapter 6

Posted by on August 19th, 2014 in Excerpts / Freebies | No Comments
Viktor yawned but kept his eyes focused on the video feedback from the brig. He wasn’t going back to bed until he figured out how his prisoner had acquired Doctor Zimonjic’s syringe. Viktor had been standing there, watching the women the whole time that medical treatment had been going on. He’d already scoured the footage from the corridor and, even though there weren’t recording devices in the ladders, had gotten the gist of what had happened in there from Strider’s outcries of rage, which a nearby camera had picked up. What had happened after, out in the corridor, had surprised him. Not the fact that Striker had been bested by a woman—Hazel often took him down on the wrestling...Read More

Mercenary Instinct: Chapter 5

Posted by on August 19th, 2014 in Excerpts / Freebies | No Comments
Ankari woke up when the lights, which had been dimmed for the night cycle, powered up to full strength. Striker was back, standing on the other side of the forcefield and staring at her. At Jamie actually. It was creepy. How long had he been there? A pair of boots were visible on the desk at the other end of the hall. Ankari found that reassuring, though she didn’t know if she should. The crew might look the other way as this Striker dragged a prisoner off to his cave for unspeakable torments. “You rethink my offer?” Ankari sat up. She and Jamie had been sleeping on the floor, while Lauren took the bench. Every surface in the cell was equally hard. “Nah,” Striker said, “but the...Read More