I’ve heard from a few readers that they’re really excited to get to read another Department of Homeworld Security novella so soon after Resident Alien. I’m thrilled to make this happen for them!
We’ve met Khel twice now, both in Gray Card and in Resident Alien. He’s the perfect Sadirian soldier (at least, he tries to be—and he does a great job). Readers have been waiting for his story for a while—and I’ve been waiting to meet his perfect match.
I knew I needed someone who could balance out his stoic, laser-focus on his job, but could also match his passion for protecting others. When Brendan started talking about Paige in Resident Alien, it became obvious that she was Khel’s match. I want to say more, but that would be giving too much away!
Instead, as promised, here is the blurb for Business or Pleasure 😀
He’ll have to do more than guard her body.
Paige Sloan has dedicated her life to protecting Earth’s ecosystems. She always thought that meant addressing and preventing human mistakes. But her latest samples of the swampland she’s studying have returned weird results and put her on the hit list of an invasive species—of aliens. The Tau Ceti are trying to create a base on Earth, and Paige is the only person alive who knows where those samples were taken.
Khel has been sent to protect Paige and bring her to the Coalition spaceship orbiting Earth. He has no idea what he’s in for when he approaches the incredibly independent and intractable Earthling. Her passion for her planet is strong enough to burn down the walls he’s created in himself to be the perfect Sadirian soldier—and it lights a flame of desire in him unlike any he’s ever known.
Together, they must uncover the true Tau Ceti plan and escape the soldiers hunting Paige. And while they’re at it, they’ll discover the attraction they share might be the start of something deeper.
I hope you enjoy their story!