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.

 

 

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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.   

WeWriWa 09/02/18

I never get as much writing done as I want, but things are moving right along.  Bloodlines is up this week.  Being book 3 in the series, I know a lot of you are probably new to it.  I’m going to list some Character Profiles after the snippet, in case anyone is interested.

Also – check out WeWriWa, where I got the great idea to (attempt) to blog very week, and where a lot of amazing writers hang out.  Snippet Sunday, is another place a recommend.  You can never have too many favorite authors!

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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.

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  “You told him your name,” Shan said quietly.

  “Yeah, I told him my name, so the hell what – Angelfire is five hundred miles away, and to you, it might as well be on the moon.”

  “Never tell someone your name,” she offered cryptically.

  “Is there a particular reason he keeps you close?” Ryan leered.

  As tall as the Nomad, Shan tipped her head up and stared straight at him.

  “Bodyguard, and you can take that any way you want, I’m still alive,” Hunter said.

  “For now.”

  “The thing is, we just work for them, we aren’t from Angelfire, we don’t live there, we can’t, but they’re more than happy to pay us for our services.”  He let that sink in, to whatever ends they might assume.

Trying to make me think you’re one of the mutant freaks the rich folks use for their dirty work doesn’t scare me, I know them when I see them.”

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  PS – never call an Altered a mutant freak.  They won’t take it well.  Tune in next week for the result of this conversation.

  All 3 available books in The Wildblood series are 99c each this weekend, for the Labor Day holiday here in the US, Amazon only.

Backlash, Prequel to The Wildblood

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood

  And those Character Profiles!

Mac – Maj. Alex MacKenzie

Wade – Cmdr. Geoffrey Wade

Hunter – rookie Security officer

Shan – Capt. Shannon Allen

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WeWriWa 08/26/18

Running late tonight!  Want to catch other authors in the process of creating a book?  Check out the WeWriWa page.  For even more – Snippet Sunday.  They’re both great places to find new books.

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Great.  Bloodlines has grabbed my attention this week but I’m not ready to share quite yet.  It’s a train-wreck.  Thankfully, there’s this lovely thing called a second draft!  So, this week, an early scene from Tau Scorpii.  Taryn has recently met Garrett, and they are alone, in the desert, running from some nasty aliens, and he’s hurt.  They’re both leery of each other.  Things are a bit tense.  Also a WIP, with some funky punctuation for the blog.

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 can tell you some things that are true, that you might not want to hear. You said it yourself, the season is changing, and the Caeruleum know it too. You know what that means for us, and every species they cross. They use up a place, and move on, they follow the easiest food source, and it could be right to where you live.” He’d said the word – extinct. Garrett fidgeted, uncomfortable, sore, and uneasy.  “They’ve been on this world hundreds, maybe thousands of years. They could know the all about the weather change, and that’s even more bad news.”

We’re smarter than they are.”

We better be.”

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Next weekend is Labor Day weekend here in the US.  I should have a snippet, but if not, everyone everywhere have a safe time.

The graphic takes you to my website, where you can find Backlash, The Vista, & Renegades, the books available in The Wildblood series.

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WeWriWa 08/19/18

Another weekend, another snippet.  Check out even more at WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday.  I know I will.

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So.  Taryn & Skye have found each other.  You have to know, this is just the beginning of the complications to their lives.  DeTessa is a Patron of Freeport, and Taryn’s adopted mother, FYI.  They have gotten there in one piece.  So far, so good!  (Insert maniacal Mad Scientist laughter here.)

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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  She smiled, pushing the door open and leading him inside. Woven tapestries covered the walls, depicting scenes he could guess were what the weavers thought SolTerra might look like – tall trees with green leaves, a blue ocean with white waves crashing on rocks, many smaller ones around the hall. 

  “I’m going to sleep, because if the caravan doesn’t come in, I’ll be going out, and even if they do show up, I have Dawn Watch soon, until TauB is back in the sky.”  The smaller yellow star was gone for three days, and TauA had an eerie glow, without the countering light. DeTessa was correct, people tended to act up when the star was set.  “Don’t let Garrett send you back, without letting me know.”

I’m not going to disappear again, Taryn. I mean that.”

Find me after star rise,” she needed to talk to DeTessa, alone, about the weather, and Skye. Having been married twice, DeTessa would have good advice about one of those subject. The other, no one would, because it hadn’t rained on Sedna, in the time humans had been there, until a month ago.

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  Sorry about the punctuation, I needed to get all that in there.  I’m having fun with this one, being my first book with a romance that is right out there and obvious.  I’m off to go write, it’s dark out, that’s what I do.

You can check out my websiteThe Wildblood series books are listed there, in eBook & print formats.  Pretty soon, a cover reveal!

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WeWriWa 08/12/18

Hey, check out the WeWriWa blog for authors sharing their snippets.  It’s fun!  So is Snippet Sunday.

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Ok, back to me.  Last week I had a post with a snippet from Bloodlines.  From the page stats, Tau Scorpii is more popular.  So, for now, another snippet from that.  This is Skye and Taryn, a little farther along in the conversation.  This is the previous bits.

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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 was married,” Skye said, straightforward.  

  That surprised her, and it showed.

  “Right after we got to Seafront, and it last a few months. She was too young, I was a mercenary; she couldn’t deal any aspect of that. I wasn’t in it to argue every time we spoke and have no real idea who the person was I was living with. It was a bad idea from the start, and it was because we went too fast. It would have been clear we weren’t compatible, if we had taken a little time to get to know each other.”

  “Children?”

  He shook his head, “She moved to one of the villages in the eastern part of the territory, and I’ve heard she married a clan chieftan. I don’t care to know the details of her life, she was never really part of mine.” 

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  Their problems are about to become substantially larger than dealing with past relationships, but this, first and foremost, a love story. 

That’s it for this week.  Visit my website, all my books are listed there.  I’m looking at an autumn release date.  

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