From the first chapter of Dragons of Vkani, upcoming sequel to The Lady is Blue.
The Atrapako living on the planet of Eden were exiled from their home planet of Vkani. The aliens are covered with scales, have sharp claws and a spiky crest rising from their heads. Read the first book, The Lady is Blue, to discover how their cultural conflicts with Terran humans were resolved with a peaceful solution and romance!
In this excerpt, the heroine, Lucy Stannis, and her Atrapako husband, Sa Kamizan Veedak, have been summoned to the Space Traders' ship to meet her brother, Jamie.
Jamie said solemnly, “My sister and my brother, I have stood on Vkani.” Evidently, he shared his sister’s flare for the dramatic line.
Lucy’s face blanched and Sa Kamizan’s crest flared in alarm. He whispered, “Ah! You were right, Lucy!”
“Tell us your story,” Lucy said, cringing with an icy shiver of fear and clutching at her husband’s sturdy arm.
Jamie said, “Three months ago, the Space Voyager Pegasus intercepted a faint signal whispering through real space. Its message will reach Eden in some twelve years’ time. Let me play it for you.” He switched on the com and a woman’s voice spoke in Kavkani, the native language of the Atrapako. The undulating crackle of static added a sinister overtone.
A soft, urgent voice said, “Sa Kamizan Veedak, if your fortunes have led you to a safe haven amongst the stars, we beg for your help. We are besieged and desperate. Your sister, Te Kamizan Veela, Lady of Ravenak.”
Sa Kamizan hissed, “It is the voice of my young sister, Veela.” He gazed wide-eyed at Lucy, announcing with a stubbornly resolute expression on his blue scaled face. “I must travel to Vkani and rescue her!”
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