WeWriWa 05/20/18

This week, a new project!  Tau Scorpii is in first draft, and I’m not certain if it’s a standalone or a series, novel or novella.  Or, whatever.  I like the story I’ve got.  We’ll see what happens during that second draft.  For now, a snippet.  But first – the WeWriWa blog.  A fantastic place to catch authors while they’re writing.  It’s a fascinating process.  Click the graphic!

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Tau Scorpii A is a massive red giant star in a binary cluster with Tau Scorpii B, a yellow dwarf. The solar system is populated by more than thirty planets, at least one habitable. Called Sedna by the SolTerrans that live there, so named for a planet in their ancestral system.

When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caeruleum, she knows they won’t be happy their hunting party was interrupted. She also knows, the male human is as likely to be as angry and unforgiving as his former captors. On Sedna, the desert isn’t safe for aliens. The catch is, most species on the planet are alien, and fighting for survival.

Garrett is a warlord of a rival clan, and while they aren’t enemies, they aren’t allies either. That is, until they uncover a scheme that would destroy his home and make them all slaves to the merciless barbarians.

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So, Tau Scorpii.  This is Taryn and Garrett, crossing the desert.  (Not the romantic couple that will happen, FYI.)  He’s hurt and she’s leery.  The oasis they’re travelling to isn’t particularly hospitable, but it’s their only choice.

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Asher’s reputation crosses territories, and wealthy merchants will travel days out of their way to make a stop there.” Taryn combed her dark hair out as well as she could with her fingers, then tied it up, letting it flow down to her shoulders. “You’re injured, you get a break. I can’t go wandering in there looking like a grubber and expect to make a deal with him.”

Let’s go find this oasis,” Garrett said. “Spending a few days there doesn’t sound like such a waste of time, after months in the desert.”

I have to tell him you have warriors wandering nearby. We don’t want an incident between them and the sentries.”

Will there be trouble?” he wondered, carefully easing himself into the seat of the crawler, and waiting for her to join him.

There shouldn’t be, as long as your men don’t start a fight.  “They won’t start a fight, will they?”

Garrett chuckled at her.

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This is a WIP, so just teasing you right now.  I expect it to move fairly fast.  I actually need to start thinking about a cover and something other than the working title.  

Graphic is linked to my website.  You can find The Wildblood series there (all eBook formats and paperback available now), plus updates on other projects As Yet Unnamed!  Also, I need to update my website.  It would be so much easier if all I had to do was write.

Hope you have a wonderful week.

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WeWriWa 05/13/18

Ah!  I made it two weeks in a row.  I deserve cupcakes, or cookies.  Something.  Anyway, check out the WeWriWa blog for more authors offering snippets.


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The Wildblood Series

Twenty years after civilization stopped, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a land they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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This week, members of Team Three have gotten over their initial anger at each other, and are ready to discuss future plans.  Naturally, things are complicated.  They want to protect The Vista.  Now, they aren’t certain if they can.  The newest danger they face is from their home, from people they’ve known all their lives.  Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood will be released later this year.

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  “At any given time, the lead dispatcher controls the station. Someone in this room has been a qualified dispatch officer for five years, and even was involved in a Blackout,” Wade said, having a point.

  “You think I should move exclusively to Dispatch?” Shan asked.

  “Too conspicuous. Keep doing Security runs, but start leaning towards preferring it, drop subtle hints.”

  No one on Team Three understood subtle.

  “You’ll be on the inside, watching them, watching us.”

  “Oh, joy,” she said flatly.

  “It’s actually a good idea,” Mac offered.

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This is the last book in the first story arc of the series.  There will be more, although I’m aiming for standalone novels.  I also have a new series (think Space Opera) that I hope to be debuting this autumn.   Promo stuff below.

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WeWriWa 05/05/18

First off, I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaack.  I hope to be here weekly, but it’s incredibly difficult to ration my time.  I can only try.

Go visit WeWriWa for sneak peeks from some amazing authors.


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OK, there’s that.  I’ve pitched out the first draft of Bloodlines, calling redo.  This is a few lines.  Just when you think things are safe, stuff happens.  This is Shannon, one of the Genetically Enhanced, talking to another officer.  Green is her backup, and she confides in him, probably more than she should.  They know, the problems they are facing, started at home.  There are a lot of plotlines in play, in this tiny snippet.

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Can we protect The Vista?” Green asked, honestly worried.

I don’t know.  That’s what we’re going to figure out. If we don’t think we can, we decide what comes next. It might mean we have to get away from here, it might mean we have to do things that Council will absolutely consider illegal, and Command might have to agree with.”

Those are a lot of ‘mights’. I hope the comm room isn’t bugged.”

It’s not. You know why I’m telling you.”

Because Hunter isn’t here, and Mac has changed.”

Ouch,” she grimaced.

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I’m really aiming for an autumn release date.  At least I’m getting it written.  In the meantime, you can catch up on the series.  The Vista is on sale right now, FYI.   See you next week!

Book Highlight – The Vista

S. A. Hoag, Writer

Vista_blankThe Wildblood Series

A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure

No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.

Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood introduces Team Three – they’re young, ambitious, and at the forefront of a movement to discover what is beyond The Vista. They also believe they are genetically enhanced, a practice outlawed long before they were born. Venturing beyond their valley…

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Character Profile – Wade

S. A. Hoag, Writer

NOTE – Notes are added info for the 3rd book in the series.  In case you were worried about spoilers.

Full Name – Geoffrey Thomas Wade

Position – lead officer of Team Three

DOB – 02/26/2024

Place of Birth – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Natural parents – Lydia Jordan Halley, Thomas Rylin Wade

Siblings (both are half-sisters, shared mother) – Angel (Annie), b. 02/02/30;  Nina, b. 04/23/33.  Their father is Richard Clarke Cameron, a Vista Council member.

Professional – The youngest Commander ever appointed by Security Command in The Vista.  Joining Security in Jan., 2041, Wade quickly gained rank.  Security Command, the governing body of Vista Security, elected Wade as a member shortly after his 20th birthday.  He was awarded the status of Commander in Oct., 2044, a week after the Blackout was lifted, having lead the teams that tracked and destroyed two military helicopters searching for The Vista.  Designated sniper.

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Personal – Currently has two offspring.  Bryan Thomas…

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Book Highlight – The Vista

Vista_blankThe Wildblood Series

A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure

No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.

Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood introduces Team Three – they’re young, ambitious, and at the forefront of a movement to discover what is beyond The Vista. They also believe they are genetically enhanced, a practice outlawed long before they were born. Venturing beyond their valley draws the attention of someone dangerous, someone that shares their past and wants to control their future, or destroy them because of what they might be.

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What Readers Are Saying

“As a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, I was curious to see what new ground this story would cover. Not disappointed! The post-nuclear world is a bit different from the stories Generation X was told.”

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“There are only a few books that make me want to immediately re-read the second I finish reading. This is one of those books.”

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“I really enjoyed this book, especially once I started to understand what made Team Three tick and how their special connection drove the plot forward to a very satisfying, action-packed ending.”

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“There are many undercurrents and betrayals going on. The Vista is well paced, and intriguing. I read it in one setting, determined to get to the truth … and while I got many truths sorted out, others will have to be sussed out in book 2.”

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“As a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, I was curious to see what new ground this story would cover. Not disappointed! The post-nuclear world is a bit different from the stories Generation X was told.”

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“As a huge fan of the Fallout franchise and post-apocalyptic fiction and media in general, the Vista series feels like it has fallen from the sky into my grasp!”

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“This is dystopian fiction at its best. Looking forward to the sequel.”

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(Reviews taken from Amazon.)

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#8Sunday WeWriWa 10/15/17

Check out the WeWriWa blog for more authors offering to share a snippet of their work.  I’ve found many amazing books there.

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  A few things have happened, writing-wise.  First, I’ve put Bloodlines on hold.  The storyline simply wasn’t going anywhere, and those characters have a lot to do, in that last book of the trilogy.  I can’t even guarantee there won’t be future books in that particular world.  So, later, after I have a chance to figure out where it went off.

Next, Tau Scorpii is on deck.  Descendants of humans, on another world, far, far away.  It’s a barbaric place, and the seasons are about to change.  No one alive has seen the springtime, and they don’t know what to expect.  Neither do the other transplanted species, some of those being not-so-friendly types.  In first draft, so, there’s that.

Taryn is a female ranger, her job consisting mostly of boring things that keep her village working smoothly.  Animal husbandry, botany, farming, the list of necessities she keeps herself busy with.  Not to mention hidden.  Some of her enemies are human.

On a venture beyond her territory, she stumbles upon a band of Caerule, the massive, fanged, and ruthless predators that rule the High Desert.  Indications are, they’re about to invade the human territories.  They take no prisoners, unless it’s for a short game of hunter and hunted.  If the human clans can’t agree on how to stop the threat, they’ll all become the hunted.

I swear, this is an actual Science Fiction Romance.  Really.  This is Taryn and Garrett, as they attempt to play hide and seek with his captors.  He is not, not, not the ‘R’ in this, but he is certainly a main character.

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I didn’t say I was a Ranger.”

But you are, or you wouldn’t be out here, by yourself, worrying about the Minets. Or me.” They reached the edge of the ridge, and easily slid to the bottom. He stood to brush the sand away. It was an educated guess. She was carefully disguised in heavy desert garb, certainly female, with dark hair tied back tightly, and pretty, pale eyes somewhere between blue and green.

Taryn had judged right, he was a full head-span taller than her, older, too, by half her age or close to it. Not old, by any account. One of those predators he warned her about, she suspected.

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More next week, as I get into some secrets and some surprises.  You can find The Wildblood books at my website.