A lesson in genetics–SFFS for May 11

asmalldegreeofhope3More this week from A SMALL DEGREE OF HOPE, the science fiction romance coming out from Lyrical Press June 3– I’ll be looking for guest blog spots all month long, so if anyone is looking for a guest, please let me know!!

This snippet takes place after Kylie’s been captured by the alien reptiles:

The reptile with the healed wounds stepped closer, and in a raw croak, replied, “You humans assume you are superior.”

 It gestured at the other cage, where one of the women picked at the bloody food in the bowl and the other squatted in the corner of the cage, keening in a low pitch. “If you were truly evolved, your genetic material and ours should bond well. The toxins that fill your environment prevent evolution to our level.”

 Device in hand, it reached for the lock. Kylie kept talking, hoping to distract it.

“So it’s true that defects in our genes keep you from succeeding. Your virus isn’t strong enough to make the bond.”

 “We now modify human viruses in our effort, but even your viruses are substandard.”

“Well, screw you, friend.”


I’m not sure it’s going to like that. Danged uppity women.

Here’s the teaser for the book:

Even the smallest degree of hope can spark love.
Against her wealthy father’s demands, and the usual blockades of a male dominated profession, Kylie Sanderson proves worthy of her position as lead investigator of planet Andan’s Scientific and Investigative Research Taskforce. Someone is killing Andan’s women in an attempt to mutate them into reptiles. Kylie makes it her mission to discover who’s behind the murders and prevent more grotesque deaths.

Shapeshifting lizard Griff comes to Andan to stop his brethren from mutating other planets’ women into mindless breeding stock. Overcoming Kylie’s suspicious and defensive nature proves difficult, but he must in order to help the SIRT team thwart his planet’s scientists.

When Kylie is abducted and becomes the first human to survive the transformation, it’s up to Griff to rescue her so SIRT can restore her human form. On the run and desperate to unravel the mysteries of Kylie’s past to solve the crimes of their present, can she and Griff forge a future for themselves?

SFFSat logoThere are several other snippets listed at the SMALL DEGREE OF HOPE tab above, and an interview here at the blog home of Calisa Rhose. For more great science fiction and fantasy snippets from around the world, check out the SFFS site here.

Posted on May 10, 2013, in fiction, science fiction, science fiction romance, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Well, isn’t he nice! I think this lizard guy needs to be knocked down a peg or two. Our viruses are substandard? This guy’s going down.

  2. Sir, you may attack our country, enslave our woman, but by God – you’ll not insult our viruses. There are simply lines one does not cross. Great scene and loving the whole premise. I’m looking forward to checking out the book.

  3. Y’all are hi–larious. Like sick people. 🙂 (Thank you, Jayne Cobb)

  4. I love the premise. It’s so completely gruesome! Nice snippet!

  5. Whoa, whoa—I’ve been remiss. I didn’t read the premise last time. That teaser is fantastic. This snippet was great, though I don’t know how much that last line will work in her favor.

  6. Interesting! Looking forward to seeing more of this 🙂

  7. Such an interesting story! I’m facinated and kind of creeped out by lizardmen mutating women. *shudder* Interested to see where it goes.

    And that’s a great last line!

  8. Looking forward to reading this! I have a race of space humans with lizard characteristics in
    my Diaspora Worlds series.

    Be happy to host you on my blog in June. email me at melisseaires…gmail

  9. Interesting premise, though mutations generally show up in the descendants. I just signed up for the blogathon, so I’ll probably have spots open in June–Tuesdays and Thursdays the best bets. email sbowling at mosquitonet dot com.

  10. Wow, those are some uppity reptiles. I love the last line!

  11. Hmm, lizards and humans, never thought they would mutate well, and I bet Kylie is going to give Griff a ton of grief before he’ll be able to convince her he’s one of the good guys. Fascinating premise, Lyndi. I look forward to reading more.

  12. I find the second to last line even funnier. Not only are the humans unworthy, but even their viruses don’t meed the required qualifications.

    Love it!

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