WeWriWa 10/25/2020

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I’m at that stage of a book where I wonder if it’s actually a book, or a train-wreck. I keep reminding myself that it’s a draft and I can fix it all up and make it presentable. Self-doubt must be a constant for authors, because I do this every book. This one seems to be worse, but it’s because I want to make it a stand alone, and it’s not, not yet, not until I do some polishing.

Anyway, some words.

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.

(Shannon and Green discussing the path their lives have taken, and the single reason she questions if she’ll ever have children.)

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“I met someone, both of his parents were Altered, and he has inherited as well as engineered Altered genetics. He might be an ally, and despite that, he scares the hell out of me.”

“Why?”

“It’s a fairly simple thing, for me to sense other Altered; that 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 and 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.”

(And that’s 10! Just to finish the idea, a few more.)

“You?” he said, alarmed.

“I get a blazing migraine. It fades, with the afterimage. 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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Shannon is the Gen En, the Altered, and her secrets run deep. Born weeks after the events they call World War Last, she has never known any other life – the struggle to survive, and the struggle to conceal what she is. Sworn to protect The Vista, she’s been exiled for her efforts. It won’t change her loyalties, it will only make it more difficult to uphold her oaths.

Ballentyne was a teenager during the war and has believed for decades that it was long over. Making sure any resurgence stays clear of Montana has become his main priority, even if it means alienating friends and family.

Green has ambitions to become a doctor, knowing his time in Vista Security is limited. He has watched Security splinter, and his friends die. Only one thing is keeping him there now, and that is Shannon.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineered 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.

WeWriWa 10/18/2020

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Outliers has gone off to some Beta Readers. This should be interesting. Then of course, edits. I won’t even comment on that. I’m curious as to how this will be received. It’s the same world, same characters, different parts of a larger story. We shall see. Here’s some words from it.

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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.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineered 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.

(Harlan and Kaden, and the dilemma of the Wildblood. Shannon is helping them clear out an old biotech facility and doesn’t really know what she’s doing. They are in another state.) Sorry for the creative punctuation.

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Harlan went back to reading the newspaper, the weekly six page edition printed in Black Hills and distributed around the territory; current number of subscribers was four hundred and a few, but many households still held multiple families. The Vista and his city had a number of similarities and the haven was only one of them. No one, even Team Three, had thought to ask, either. When MacKenzie made the trip over, in the summer, he’d give him the tour.

Kaden stopped in mid-stride, rubbing his eyes, “She just set off the security measures on the second level.”

“On purpose – why?”

“On accident, and I have no idea how, luckily, it’s just a sonic blast; when she wakes up, it should take me about an hour, hour and a half, to get the rest of the files moved. She’s going to have one hell of a headache, and that’s going to bleed over to me.”

“Can I do anything for you?”

“Get this alliance set up so I can head south and not have to keep picking up Wildblood strays you send my way.”

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Hopefully the editing isn’t as painful as I imagine. I’ll have a pre-order up ASAP, but I want to get this out there. My Real Life issues have once again been put on hold, and I have no clue how long it’s going to last. So, a promo!

WeWriWa 10/11/2020

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Outliers is in the final stages before I send it off to few Beta Readers. I’ve never done this before, but my editors don’t do that anymore. We’ll see how it works out. If possible, there will be a release date in November; if not, I’m probably going to wait until February. Other authors have said Dec. & Jan. aren’t good months for new releases. I’ll hate waiting that long with a finished book sitting here!

The other good news is that Tau Scorpii is up next, and not too far from being ready to go to the Betas. After that, I’m not really certain which book-to-be will worm its way out next. We shall see.

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(Because someone asked – Wade and everyone else involved, called himself and his team ‘Gen En’, genetically enhanced or genetically engineered, because all the information about the Altered had been purged from the libraries and archives in The Vista in the first years after the war. They didn’t know what else to call it.)

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.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineered 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.

(This is Shannon and Ballentyne discussing the dangers of having a secret biomedical lab practically sitting in their backyard.)

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“Do you understand what Rock Creek was?” Shan stopped as soon as they were clear of the entryway.

“It was a bio warfare lab that, among other things, altered the genetics of human DNA, both before and after conception,” Ballentyne had a quick answer.

“It was a biogenetic facility until it was evacuated sometime in the summer of 2027, weeks or maybe months before the war, we don’t have good information from that particular time. The Altered in hiding were aware and started re-purposing it almost immediately,” Shan headed in to what looked like the main room, lights flickering on. “They set the security devices for their own means, and we aren’t clear on that, either.”

“Good to know,” he said, following her. “Why would they evacuate?”

“Because the area is so remote; good when there’s a lot of people, bad when there is not, for the most part. The fail-safe isn’t something our Security installed -Haven did.”

“Haven – I’ve heard that before,” he remembered, and it wasn’t good things.

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So off they are, in places they shouldn’t go, doing things they were told not to. You wouldn’t read about boring, complacent people, now would you?? Here’s the promo of the week.

WeWriWa 10/04/2020

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Ok. Nothing new or interesting going on here. I’m going to have to find some beta readers, because I don’t have an editor now. It’s a slow process, sorry, there will be books, as soon as I can.

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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.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide 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.

(This is the un-edited and grammatically challenging version of Chapter One of Outliers. I always hate my first paragraph, no matter how much I mess with them. Any helpful suggestions are appreciated.)

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~I see you.~

Shannon had a bird’s eye view of the Junction, near what had been her home; it was a deadly place, when the snow melted and the Nomads began to move. Once, when there had been many people, they traveled these crossroads between cities by the thousands. Now, there were few people, even less civilization, and nothing that could be called cities.

This wasn’t real, it was only similar to a dream, she was in no danger. It wouldn’t make a difference now, the damage had been done; still, she wanted to know what had been hidden from her, two years ago when she nearly died there.

Rafe, certainly; he was an Altered, one of the Genetically Enhanced, created by humans, hated and hunted by humans and other Altered alike. Shan was an Altered, too, and hadn’t know about him, but it wouldn’t have mattered. Before they went out in the world, Team Three, Shannon and her partners Wade and MacKenzie, had thought they were untouchable; they knew they were different, and were too young to realize how naïve they were.

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Get caught up with the first series before the next one arrives!

THE VISTA: BOOK 1 OF THE WILDBLOOD

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World War 3 lasted ten hours.

A handful of nuclear strikes started the chaos, cascading into a worldwide event. The electrical grids were gone, and worse yet, the seasonal flu mutated into something fast and fatal. Planet Earth went dark, that August, and humans teetered on the brink of extinction.

20 years on, in a hidden enclave and guarding a dark secret, these survivors are content with their lives. 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.

Backlash: Prequel to the Wildblood & The Wildblood Sourcebook 1 are FREE always. The trilogy is complete (The Vista, Renegades & Bloodlines). Entire Series 1 available in paperback and eBooks – www.topaz08.com

This is happening, too!

09/27/2020 WeWriWa

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I know I’ve been gone for months again. Sorry. Things are weird, and by ‘things’, I mean the whole wide world. You know, you live here, too. Anyway, I’ve been writing. Two will be finishing up shortly, two more are just bits & pieces at this point. If I can, I’d like to release at least one in November. Because I’ve lost both my editors, it may get pushed past the holiday to late January.

Let me repost all this since WordPress seems to hate me. The entire site has changed since I was here last time.

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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.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide 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.

(These 10 are a middle-of-the-night conversation between Harlan and Kaden, discussing things that may or may not have happened, in places too far away, that will directly effect their lives. Yes, they are important and in fact, may have their own novel next year!)

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“Are you trying to get killed, or start a war?” Harlan asked, frustrated. Sometimes he couldn’t stop himself from lecturing; of all the Altered children he’d help liberate in the years after the war, Kaden was the one who had stayed close, the one who called him father.

“Neither. What have you heard about current events?”

“Literally nothing – I said it, The Vista isn’t on the air or they are ignoring us. I think the former, considering there was an attack there the same time as the one in Platte River. Cody sent an audio message, that they’d be in contact shortly and that was six days ago. Estes Park, nothing, Platte River, nothing, and we don’t plan on letting Angelfire know we’re here, for the time being. It’s been snowing, so no travelers either. You are it.”

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That’s it, 10 sentences. There are a lot more. While you’re waiting, here’s a promo for the first trilogy.

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06/28/2020 WeWriWa

 

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So, I’m back, in the process of writing two books in a series at the same time.  Well, writing one, plotting the other.  It’s interesting.  Unlike The Wildblood series, the books of Tau Scorpii will contain new characters in each.  So far, so good.  Here’s a snippet from the first one, since I don’t have enough of the second to make sense yet.  Draft, subject to revision.  Forgive the creative punctuation.

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Blurb

Sedna is home to hundreds of predatory alien species. Humans are one of them. The weather is changing. It’s about to get more difficult to survive.

Their clan was scattered in a war, years ago. By accident or fate, Taryn and Skye have found each other. What they face now, they have no control over. The weather is changing. Their clans must find a way to adapt, and to make peace with each other. The alternative is extinction.

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Tell me about Freeport,” Skye said, studying the bottle she’d brought to the table; it was water, by far the most expensive drink in the place. The bar was questionable in upkeep, and company, so they’d taken a table in the back.

Farms, mostly, we trade with other cities along the territory,” Taryn sat next to him, relaxed.

You’re a farmer, now?” he teased, but there were so many serious things he wanted to say.

She smiled, “In addition to doing ranger duties now and then, I’m a Captain of the Dawn Watch.”

Once upon a time, he’d been her father’s warlord, a Captain of the Watch. “You’re not joking.”

No, I’m not; I couldn’t do anything about it when we found ourselves homeless and in hiding, but I didn’t grow up being that defenseless.”

You tried talking your brothers into teaching you the bow, all the time.”

I’m not great with a bow,” she confessed, “I can handle a sword pretty well.”

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Both will be out in the world Autumn 2020!

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In the meantime, The Wildblood: Trilogy One is available now in one volume or  as separate books!

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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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