WeWriWa 10/21/18

WeWriWa – check it out.  There’s a great group of authors sharing their snippets and insights into the writing process.  Be afraid!  And Snippet Sunday on Facebook is awesome, too, stop on by.

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Blurb – Tau Scorpii

When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caeruleum, she is reunited with clansmen long believed dead. It puts her at odds with their new chieftan, as well as her own partner, a powerful privateer. They discover, they have a more imminent problem, and must unite to survive.

The weather is changing. They’ll have to fight other species for control as migrations begin, food becomes scarce, and border wars erupt across the territories. Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.

Tau Scorpii A, 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, named for a planet in their ancestral system. The desert is a dangerous place for alien species – and on Sedna, they’re all alien species.

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I hate to reuse a snippet, but I’m writing ‘The Scene’ in Bloodlines, and things have been pretty hectic here this week.  Everything is ok, just crazy busy.   So, I leave you with my favorite scene in Tau Scorpii (so far).  It’s on deck now, due out early next year.  Take a peek.

 Taryn and Skye knew each other when she was a child and he was a warrior in her clan, but than was quite a few years ago.  Things have changed, and they’re both coming to terms with that.  It’s not going to be easy, or simple for them, that’s not how my characters go.  Skye feels guilt over events of the past.  Taryn has other feelings, about current events.

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  “Say that again,” he challenged, cutting in front of her to make her stop, leaning close to make it private.

  She didn’t waver,“Let it go, there’s nothing you can do to change it.” Then she fiddled with the collar of his dusty jacket, pretending to brush it off. Neither of them even blinked. Taryn pulled him forward and kissed him, brushing her lips over his for a few lingering moments. “I know you were a good man, show me who you are now.”

  “You might not like who I am now.”

  “I was going to say the same thing. I’m not your princess,” Taryn used a childhood fairy tale to make her point.

  Skye had been read the same stories when he was young, “I’m not your knight in shining armor.”

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  Yep, they have issues.  Pretty soon, those are going to multiple, but that’s how it goes, right?  Up next, the weekly batch of promos.

Backlash is currently free!

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You can find the rest of the series here, and other retailers for Backlash as well.

 

 

 

And a preview of Tau Scorpii Book 1.

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WeWriWa 10/14/18

Time again for a sneak peek at a WIP – this week is Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood.  But first – check out the WeWriWa blog for more authors sharing their work, and Snippet Sunday.

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The 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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Alrighty then.  Getting towards the end of this story arc, things are heating up.  This is an encounter between Shannon and Harlan, who really need to be allies, but have many issues to overcome first.  He knows how different the Altered are; she doesn’t trust anyone beyond her teammates.

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You tell people Kaden is your son, and they naturally think, biological,” she started off thoughtfully.  “That’s what you want because people don’t know the semantics of the Altered, hell, I don’t. You let them think it, though, they don’t associate one with the other; the Altered didn’t come from families, they came from corporate laboratories.  As long as they believe that, you think you can worry a little less about him.”

Easy enough to figure out.”

When you meet new people, the first thought in your mind isn’t one of trust; usually, you wonder if you’ll have to kill any of them, and then you single out who is in charge.  Just in case.”

Harlan didn’t have an immediate answer, she’d read him, like Kaden warned she could. One of his darkest fears, too, and that worried him – their first encounter beyond The Vista had been with Rafe, and it warped their views.

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I’ve had Backlash free for a month now, I hope to see some sales start popping up from it.  And reviews are always welcomed!  Promos, of course.  Next week could be some Tau Scorpii!  Please Stand By

 

WeWriWa 10/07/18

If you enjoy snippets, please check out WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday.  I’ve found a great selection of books to keep me entertained.

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The 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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Something a little lighter this week.  Everyone is taking a day off, trying to relax.  Green is the subject of current gossip, mostly because he’s not there to defend himself.  Depending on how Bloodlines goes, and depending on my muses, of course, there could be standalone books from The Wildblood world.  Green would be the first,

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I’ve seen her beat up Green, and he’s the one that taught her to fight,” Mitch went on.

Maybe he won’t hit a woman,” Cassie offered.

Sure he will,” Shan said. “He’s hit me, hell, he’s knocked me down half a dozen times until I kept my hands up, and stopped giving him a tell when I was about to take a swing.”

“Full-on punches, or this play stuff?” Cassie wondered.

Green has no problem, male or female, if he’s training you.”  She dodged away from Chris – he’d already decided he wasn’t hitting her, no way, no how.

You give as good as you get, if I remember,” Mitch said.

Yeah, now, besides, he likes it when I smack him.”

Chris dropped his hands, “Come on, information I don’t need to hear.”

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Alrighty then.  Remember, Christmas is coming, books are excellent gifts!  Here are mine.  Backlash is free until November.  Click the pic!

WeWriWa 09/30/18

Yikes!  It’s Saturday night.  An entire day got away from me.

Go check out the WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday pages.  There are snippets from a variety of genres, some great stories being shared.

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The 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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This week, something a little different.  This is Shannon, talking to Green in a rare, quiet moment.  (PS – Green is Siksika, a Blackfoot, FYI.)  Bloodlines; Book 3 of The Wildblood.

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Can I ask you something personal?  I know your brother is a shaman, but I remember your Sun Dance, too, you know spiritual things,” Shan said.

I have opinions, I know traditions.”

Do you think we have souls?”

“You mean the Altered?” Green was caught off-guard.  Of course you do, it doesn’t matter what has been done to your DNA, it has no effect on your soul, it can’t, those things have no connection. You’ve been listening to the old media feeds again, haven’t you?”

They wanted us destroyed, because we were soul-less deviants, created by science, they didn’t even consider us human.”

Don’t do that to yourself, Shan; you know better, I know better, if you had no soul, you wouldn’t worry about having no soul, because it wouldn’t matter. Understand?”

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I really have hopes of wrapping this up in the next week.  You never know, it could happen.  I’d say I’m taking December off, but that’s a big, fat lie.  Too many projects waiting to have me type them out.

You know the drill.  Go buy a book, if you think you’d like it.  Thanks for stopping by.

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WeWriWa 09/23/18

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Check out WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday.  You’ll find amazing authors sharing their writing lives with you.  Plus, books!  Books are always good.

Yep, another week has gone by.  The good news is – I got it.  I wrapped up all the hints and loose ends into the story arc.  I’m fairly pleased about it.  That’s a lie.  I’m thrilled, because this has been an ongoing project for 20 years.  The Wildblood may have another series, standalone books, I never know.  I don’t believe their stories are over.  For now, a few words from Bloodlines.

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The 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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A nightmare, from Shannon’s perspective.  She’s in the hospital, recovering from her car wreck.  But, is it a nightmare, or something else?

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Fire in the Station was spreading upwards, glass breaking, smoke whipping in the air like there was a wind, but there wasn’t. She went back to the scene unfolding, knowing a group of Vistans were about to come out of the bank and confront the Scavengers en mass. Security had re-enacted the scenario with trainees, over the years, showing them how things could go wrong, and things could go right, in the middle of an attack.

I said, get away from the window,” Rafe growled, striding into the room. He grabbed her by the hair, dragging her back towards the blackness beyond the doorway.

It was like she was in water, moving in slow-motion, trying to fight back, to break away. He spun her around, hand on her throat.

A brilliant flash of light from outside drew their attention and he released his grip on her, the light growing until it blotted out everything else. They both stared, watching as it faded; Shan knew what it was, knew it was the warhead on Missouri Breaks. Then the people outside began screaming as the windows shattered inwards.

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Gratuitous Promo Here!  Backlash is free for now, while I get this thing finished and figure out how I’m going to promote it.  Wish me luck.

PS – the free part at Amazon is only in the US.  If you’re somewhere else, you can find my email on my website, drop me a line and I can send the .MOBI file right to your Kindle.

Hey look, a constellation!  But which??  It goes to my website, of course.

 

 

WeWriWa 09/16/18

Long, exhausting week here.  I can’t actually talk about it.  Good vibes/prayers/ thoughts are always appreciated.

Anyway, the fun stuff – check out WeWriWa and Snippet Sunday for lots of fantastic authors, sharing their process.

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The 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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This is the last part of the conversation you all get to read.  Draft, may be edited later.  Shan & Hunter are having issues with Nomads, and their biggest problem is there are a lot of civilians around.  Catch last week.

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Hunter felt the change, when she started the barrage, he felt it again as she took a cleansing breathe to make it stop, whatever ‘it’ actually was. He didn’t know why, if they were about to go to guns with nine Nomads.

Pick your poison,” she said, “Or maybe, ask the guy that runs this place if you can get a real f***ing job – I hear they need some muscle, to keep the riff-raff away.”

Are you calling me riff-raff?” Ryan asked, but the tension was out of his voice.

You were waving a shotgun at a bunch of old men, playing cards on the porch, no, nice people do shit like that, all the time.” She was sarcastic, but the fury, the anger, was gone.

It suddenly occurred to Hunter, he didn’t like this Nomad smiling at her.  “Are we shooting each other, or having supper?”

What’s for supper?” Ryan asked.

Rabbit stew or venison steak, I don’t know what side dishes we have because you damned raiders interrupted,” Harvey called out from the kitchen.

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I think next week will be Tau Scorpii.  I think I’ll get one of these finished in time for Christmas.  Now, the promo.  Go get a book, if you’re so inclined.  I’ve made Backlash free (in the US on Amazon, at Kobo, B&N & iTunes), to get some promos for the series going.  Click on the pic!

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WeWriWa 09/09/18

  Another week, another 50 words.

  Nah, I wrote more than that.  I hope to have the draft of Bloodlines finished next week by this time.  Tau Scorpii is on deck, and yes, there is another one waiting for attention.

  Check out the WeWriWa blog and Snippet Sunday for more excerpts, from some amazing authors.  You won’t be disappointed.

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The 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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  This week, Shan & Hunter are out in the world, and they’ve run across some hostile Nomads.  Outside of The Vista, they are on the defensive, and there are civilians close by.  They want to control the situation before it gets out of hand, but you don’t always get what you want.

  They attempt to reason with the intruders, first.  Things get a little intense.  See the previous post here.

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  “Well, the h*** you do,” Shan said quietly, enough that the men hanging back by the doors couldn’t hear her.

  “Little girl, you have no idea,” Ryan sneered.

  Hunter let her go; if they even breathed wrong, he was going to take it on himself, and start that shootout he’d promised to try and avoid.

  “I’ve seen things, with my own eyes, that happened before I was born,” she said, leaning towards him, stoic. “I watched cities die, I’ve killed my own kind for thinking they could threaten me, Nomads that thought they outsmarted me, and I never thought twice about it. If you make us slaughter the entire bunch of you, I won’t remember your face tomorrow.”

  Ryan blinked, thinking of something to say. He had crossed them, and he knew, if they were what they claimed, he was dead.

One tiny bit of advice,” she finished. “It’s not ‘mutant freak’, it’s ‘altered’.

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  Edited to make it PG, and to keep it at the 8 – 10.  I’m in the process of getting Backlash switched to free, so I can do some promoting.  Of course, Amazon isn’t cooperating.  You can check out my progress through my website, it’s just easier that way.