About Real Life

My husband moved on from this life to whatever is next, on March 10.  The last few weeks were as bad as you can imagine.  He’s free of it, now.

Along with the rest of my family, we emerged from the nightmare of the past two years, into a world spiraling into a pandemic.  We are dazed, still figuring out how to go forward, yet still trapped in the hell his illness has caused, for reasons I can’t legally explain now, and maybe ever.

We will get through this.  Nights are particularly bad.  I will continue to write, as the things I had in progress are slowly beginning to urge me to continue.  It takes time.  Right now, it’s more of a curse than a blessing because I can’t even get out of the house to break up the sadness.

Please be safe, take precautions, wash you hands, say “I love you” more often.

WeWriWa 02/23/2020

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You know what happened in The Wildblood: Trilogy One, but what are the stories you don’t know? Outliers explores parts of The Wildblood world kept hidden, the stories yet to be told.

A generation after World War 3, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know, are the people you do know.

The first book follows former members of Teams Two and Three as they attempt to protect the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineer humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.

This novel is a segue between The Wildblood: Trilogy One and the upcoming stand-alone novels.

For this week, we listen in on a conversation between Capt. Shannon Allen (the Altered one), and Maj. Mick Ballentyne (not his real name!)  They are about to attempt to break into a sealed Security cache that hides an old military facility.  No, they don’t have permission from anyone.

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“You’ll think I’m making it up, if I tell you,” Shan answered, “because I can hear it.”

The idea of synesthesia was nothing new to him, and it was apparently prevalent among the Altered.

“You’ve seen me out at night, watching meteor showers when they have star-gazing parties in the park – I hear them as well as I see them and I can hear Rock Creek as clearly as any of us can see it, especially once we get clear of the ridge.”

“Can you hear other places?”

“Not all, or even most, but when we were staying in Estes Park, we flew in closer to Rocky Flats, and that was a whole new experience.”

“Why would you want to be close to that particular place?” he wondered.

“The point is, a few places have a particular sound and that one is null, like all the sound waves got absorbed by the blast.”

“Not to mention dangerous and possibly radioactive.”

“It was neither.”

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Because you’re this far, a sneak peek at a possible cover for Outliers.  Now I need a tagline, an ending, an editing (or 4), minor stuff like that.  The graphic is a link to my website, where you can find all my books currently available.

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WeWriWa 02/16/2020

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You know what happened in The Wildblood: Trilogy One, but what are the stories you don’t know? Outliers explores parts of The Wildblood world kept hidden, the stories yet to be told.

A generation after World War 3, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know, are the people you do know.

The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Capt. Damon Green’s efforts to protect the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineer humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.

This novel is a segue between The Wildblood: Trilogy One and the upcoming stand-alone novels.

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This snippet is an informal meeting between Shannon and various people in charge.  There are a lot of missing pieces to their history, and members of Team Three have always had a way of knowing things they shouldn’t.

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“Did the Altered cause the war?” Haines put out a question that had been nagging at him for decades.

“I suppose it was natural for people to place the blame, we need to have a solid reason. The truth is, there were hundreds of factors that led to the war, and there were many wars, that day. The Altered were a symptom, not the cause,” Shannon frowned, remembering hearing the gory details the first time. “As it became evident to the various entities participating in Altered experiments that war was imminent, they came to a mutual decision to dispose of the potential threat.”

“What threat?” Dallas asked, having a good idea about it.

“The threat being, some Altered were immune to the flu and they were afraid they might lose control of us. That was one of the first issues that started the downward spiral.”

“What do you mean by dispose?” Haines didn’t want to ask; he did anyway.

“Exactly what you think I mean.”

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Exactly.  It looks like I’m getting close to wrapping this one up, or at least, this draft.  Much rewriting, as usual, but that never takes too much time.

While you’re waiting . . .

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WeWriWa 02/09/2020

I made it back this week!  Got some words written, I hate them as usual, but the rewrite will (mostly) fix that.  If you enjoy these snippets and would like to read more, follow the like to the WeWriWa blog.

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You know what happened in The Wildblood: Trilogy One, but what are the stories you don’t know? Outliers explores parts of The Wildblood world kept hidden, the stories yet to be told.

A generation after World War 3, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know, are the people you do know.

The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Capt. Damon Green’s efforts to protect the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineer humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.

This novel is a segue between The Wildblood: Trilogy One and the upcoming stand-alone novels.

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In this interlude, Mac and Shannon are discussing how their lives have been changed by going out in the world.  One problem fades – the rift between Vista Security and Council has begun to heal; another develops – an offshoot of Security has been digging into past events best left alone, and attempting to keep the two branches of government at odds with each other.  They have a few ideas on how to contain the damage, none of them will be easily accomplished.

Note – Neither are in The Vista.  Mac is in charge of the Cody base, Shan is in hiding.  Rock Creek was a biomedical research facility before the war, and the computer files, which might be inaccessible, also might hold information about the true nature of the Altered, and what caused the war.

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“Rumors are rumors until they figure out what Rock Creek was, and then World War Last will be right at our front door,” Mac said cautiously.

Who are these officers I need to be wary of?”

I’d tell you to guess, but you already know.”

Sonofabitch,” Shan exhaled, not wanting to think what she was already thinking. “My brother started this?”

Because he has no clue where it will end.”

Maybe you should tell him.”

I thought about it, then I thought about it again, because if he’s getting all his information from whatever Warlords are occupying Platte River Center, we’ve lost his objective opinion.”

I plan to clean out Rock Creek the minute the weather lets me, if I can’t get in; I seriously can’t imagine anyone else would be able to.”

You know who else can,” Mac warned.

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As always, Backlash is free.  Follow the link to my website.  Books are available in ebook  formats and individually as paperbacks.

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WeWriWa 02/02/2020

First – check out the blog!  Writers hang out here, and show off snippets to some wonderful books.

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I’ve been out quite a few weeks, trying to get some writing done.  I plan to have 2 and maybe 3 new releases in the 2nd half of the year.  This is from Outliers, which is a working title for the segue into another Wildblood series.  While the first trilogy books aren’t stand-alones, I plan on making future ones exactly that.  It’s a plan, we’ll see how it works out.

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You know what happened in The Wildblood: Trilogy One, but what are the stories you don’t know? Outliers explores parts of The Wildblood world kept hidden, the stories yet to be told.

A generation after World War 3, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know, are the people you do know.

The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Capt. Damon Green’s efforts to protect the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineer humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.

This novel is a segue between The Wildblood: Trilogy One and the upcoming stand-alone novels.

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I met someone, both of his parents were Altered – he might be an ally and despite that, he scares me.  It’s a fairly simple thing for me to sense other Altered, the ability has changed too, but that isn’t the part of this that’s bad. When I ‘see’ him like that, it’s different,” Shan remembered the encounters.

Green knew who she meant, even if he wasn’t supposed to; he also knew very few things scared her. “You can’t sense him.”

It’s almost the opposite, like staring at the sun – he blots out everything else, and when I look away, the afterimage is still there, for a long time. It hurts.”

You?” he said, alarmed.

I get a blazing migraine, it fades, with the afterimage and I’ve only tread that ground twice. Honestly, Damon,” she dropped her voice to a whisper, “I’m afraid, if I tried any extended contact with him, it would kill me, or fry my brain – something painful, and permanent.”

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Excuse the creative punctuation.  First draft also, but at least it’s progress.  The graphic leads to my website, FYI.  You can find the trilogy there, in single books and a box set; the prequel novella, and sneak peeks at other upcoming projects.  Thanks for stopping by.

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A Personal Note

This is a note to let those of you following my books know what’s happening here, in my Real Life.

Bloodlines was released in Jan., 2019, followed by the box set of The Wildblood: Trilogy One in July, 2019.  I’ve been promising new books all this time, and the absolute truth is, I am writing.  I have three books in progress.  One is the lead-in to the next Wildblood series, another isn’t far enough along to have anything other than the working title Cascadia.  The third is Tau Scorpii.  I have grand plans of getting all three out in 2020.

The reason I’m posting, and the reason I may not get to my writing goals is probably not apparent but to one or two of you.

It’s not widely known in the internet world, because of a lot of reasons I can’t discuss.  My husband has terminal cancer.  He might have a year, he might have two.  Odds are against him, but we have to remain hopeful.  Truthfully, he likely has six months.  He has already defied the odds, so maybe we are wrong about it, but he is ill, he will not recover from this.

In the meantime, I write when I can.  We are spending as much time with our family as possible, and taking it day by day.

I’m not going to stop writing, although there will be a break when you don’t hear from me.  If we are very lucky, that will be years from now.

My regular newsletters will resume after the first of the year.  I may trim them back to every other week until I get close to a release date.  I don’t know which book will work it’s way out first.  I’m excited about all three.

Thank you for reading this far.  I thought it was only fair, to let you know why I haven’t really been around much recently.

 

SAH