#8Sunday 07/16/17 WeWriWa

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I missed a week, sorry about that. Writing. You know how that goes.

This is a bit further into the book, where Team Three are meeting people they weren’t even certain were real. Urban legends make the rounds, even after WW3. You’ve heard that saying – Be careful what you wish for. Not a final draft, so subject to revisions. Or, the dreaded ‘Delete’ button, if it really annoys me. So far, so good.

Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood, autumn 2017!

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“Both of my biological parents were Altered,” Kaden told them what they suspected, what they couldn’t prove.

Shannon resisted the urge to look at Mac. He’d been right about offspring, and genetics, all along.

“And that is the single reason some Altered are called The Sixth, but where the name originated is anyone’s guess.” DeTessa gestured gracefully, and Shan wondered if anything she did was uncoordinated, or unsteady. “It eventually came to be associated with the clansmen that keep the status quo along the trade routes, the ones descended from Altered.”

“A Sixth would have Altered parents,” Wade repeated, for clarity.

“The majority of The Sixth, being children of Altered, were also Wildblood, one lending to the other,” DeTessa surmised for them.

Putting a hand up, Shan steadied herself on Kaden’s shoulder, closing her eyes for a moment. For clarity.

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Aha! I see what I did there! It’s taken me one novella, two full novels, and now a third, a quarter million words, to get here. I don’t know how Stephen King and GRRM do it. So, links to books. These are to Amazon but they’re available at all the major publishers & as paperbacks. Go to my website by clicking the first picture.

Thank you all for reading.


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Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood will be available this autumn. Catch up on the series now.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What would you do, to protect your home?

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.

99¢ always
Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood.

All are available in paperback and eBooks – http://www.topaz08.com

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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.

#8Sunday WeWriWa 07/02/17

The WeWriwa page. Check it out. A whole batch of authors, sharing snippets of their work. Visit their blogs, you won’t be disappointed.


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One of my characters, who isn’t quiet or shy by nature, has been being silent and sulking. No, not women problems. Problems about survival and other post-apocalyptic concerns. I finally weaseled 3 pages out of him. 3 whole pages!

Back to the action now. This is Wade and Shannon reuniting after some months apart. Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood, autumn 2017!

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He’d known she was standing behind him before anyone looked up. Angry, certainly. Other than that, it remained to be seen.

Shannon kicked the back leg of his chair, forcing the front legs to the floor, making him sit up and pay attention.

“Where have you been, the past six months,” she glared at him, arms crossed. If he hadn’t shaved off his dark hair, leaving only a shadow, if he wasn’t hiding behind mirrored glasses, smoking a cigar, and drinking a tall glass of whiskey, she’d have found him faster. It was a holiday of some sort, and there was close to a hundred people crowded into the casino, at this ungodly hour. “Geoffrey,” she added. Wade – probably not the name he was using now.

“Geoffrey,” one of the card players snickered, cutting it off as she shot him a look.

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newpromo_v1a

Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood will be available this autumn. Catch up on the series now.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What would you do, to protect your home?

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.

99¢ always.
Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood.

All are available in paperback and eBooks – http://www.topaz08.com

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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.

#8Sunday WeWriWa 06/25/17

The WeWriwa page. Check it out. A whole batch of authors, sharing snippets of their work. Visit their blogs, you won’t be disappointed.


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Hmmm, this week is a terse conversation between Shannon, Hunter, and a marauding Nomad called Ryan. A WIP, Bloodlines will be released in the Autumn, 2017. Book 3 of The Wildblood series. Because my characters have some ideas of their own suddenly appearing on the page, I’m not certain if there will be a Book 4. It’s a possibility now. I’ll let you know, when I know.

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“Are you calling me riff-raff?” Ryan asked, skeptical.

“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. He cleared his throat and stood. Ryan was taller and broader. He didn’t care. “Are we shooting each other, or having supper?”

“What’s for supper?” Ryan asked.

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It’s never boring, when you’re hanging out with the genetically altered. It’s not particularly safe, either. My humans and Altered are living on an Earth, a generation after civilization snuffed itself out. The bad news is – some things never change. The good news is – humans are resilient.

The Wildblood Series

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.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What happens, after the end of civilization?

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.

99¢ always.
Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood

All are available in paperback and eBooks – http://www.topaz08.com


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#8Sunday WeWriWa 06/18/17

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This week, a bit of a conversation between Mac and Ballentyne, his 2nd in command, in Cody. Sometimes, we all need reminded, they survived WW3.

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“The purpose of Cody has always been to protect The Vista. I don’t see that changing, but we can grow here, we can be safe here, we can do this.”

“You had something cooking, when you petitioned Command to get separation from The Vista,” Ballentyne said. “I just didn’t know what.”

“That happened as soon as we got here.”

“Barely five months ago. How long have you known about The Sixth, really?”

“We’ve known for years, someone was watching us – maybe it was them, or Skolkovo. Maybe it’s a group we haven’t crossed paths with, because we’ve been blind until recently. There could be a million people, out in the east.”

“There’s not,” Ballentyne said after a moment.

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Yep, things are about to get interesting for them. With a little luck and some uninterrupted writing time (HA!), this will be off for its first edit in 4 weeks. Wish me luck. I’m sure I’ll have a big promo thing going, too. Check back soon for details.


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#8Sunday WeWriWa 06/11/17

Another Sunday. I’m going to kick the writing in to overdrive because I hate getting behind on my self-imposed schedule. If I disappear for a couple weekend, it’s just a couple weekends. I’ll be back.

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Let’s see. Shan and Hunter were having a deep conversation. You can catch that here. This is a little later in the same conversation.

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“Just because Rafe said there was a Sixth on the team, doesn’t make it true.”

“He only implied it.”

“I know, I was there.” Hunter wanted to grab her, and shake her, and tell her not to let Rafe get in her head, but it was far too late for that. “You never answered my question.”

“Short answer,” she offered. “We can’t do anything about Vance, the way things are.”

“Oh, dear god,” Hunter interjected, knowing what was coming next.

“So we’re going to try and change the way things are. If the opportunity presents itself, Wade wants to attempt contacting Skolkovo.”

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FYI – a tiny bit of a spoiler. Skolkovo is a Russian state where Texas used to be.

I’ve updated my covers to reflect that yes, they are part of a series.


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#8Sunday WeWriWa 06/04/17

I’m baaaaaaaack. I’ve probably said that before, too. My minor characters have taken over. They burned the pitiful outline and are currently running amok. So far, I’m pretty pleased with them.

Check out the WeWriWa blog, you won’t be sorry. It’s a great place to find writers offering snippets of their work.


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My few words. This from the newly-named Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood. Shannon and Hunter are off on their own, in the winter, in the wilds of Nebraska. They have different ideas of why they are there. Conversation ensues.

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He stopped, regarding her carefully. “How long have we known each other, specifically?”

“Specifically, twenty-two months, and four days. We met in the middle of the night, on the road west of Depot North, mostly because you didn’t know how to drive worth a darn on a little bit of ice.” Shan stopped beside him, curious now, “Why?”

“In those twenty-two months . . .”

“And four days,” she added tenaciously.

“Have I ever acted, or reacted in a way that indicated I was actually stupid?” he finished.

“You have not.”

“When are you going to tell me why we’re really out here?”

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Stay tuned next week for a possible answer to that question! I’m aiming for an early autumn release date.

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#8Sunday WeWriWa 05/21/17

A dash through here to get some words posted!  Check out the WeWriWa Blog to find all the amazing authors participating.


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This snippet introduces new characters. It was bound to happen, I suppose, even with the vast amount I already have. The world of The Wildblood is desolate, dangerous, twenty-some years after a biological and nuclear war put an end to civilization. Trying to rebuild is far from simple.

This is a group from Cody (via The Vista)making their way out in the world. Next stop – the Platte River Center, a well-established city on the newly discovered trade route. DeTessa Jardin is an Elder of the city, and in charge of dealing with newcomers. The Many Mothers, from Mad Max: Fury Road, were in the back of my mind as I created her. So now, both versions of that movie have influenced the series.

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“Trading is a good endeavor; humans need to learn to build each other up, not break each other down, not to destroy each other. Do you think we’ve learned that lesson?” she asked Cassie.

“I don’t know, I hope so,” Cassie mulled it over. “What do you think?”

DeTessa patted her handgun. “I think humans are intrinsically violent, war-mongering creatures. I also think they have a vast, and unlimited capacity to learn. It remains to be seen how long it takes, and even then, there will always be those that refuse to evolve, and force the hand of those who try.”

“What can we do?”

“We keep trying.”

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Book 3 is moving along. I’ve stopped setting deadlines for myself, because it’s pointless. When a release date solidifies, I’ll share! The graphic takes you to my newly redesigned website, with many links to my available books.


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