A First

I got my first royalty check this weekend. Actually, it was a notice in my email. It wasn’t a lot, but it was a royalty for a book I’d written and published. How cool is that? Summer is the slow month for my other business, the one that helps pay the bills (lapidary), so there won’t be any celebrating by blowing the check on something trivial, not until sometime around my birthday. I can kill two birds with one stone then.

I got a royalty check!

Also, I must put up a link to my website. Both books are there and all the places they are for sale. Have a look around, buy one if you’re so inclined. Let me know what you think of the website. Comments are always welcomed.

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WeWriWa #8Sunday

Ahhhh, the weekend. Time to line up all the things I need to do next week. Right now, I’ve got a brand new WIP, the 2nd book in The Wildblood series. Naturally, it doesn’t have a name yet, but I do have a few lines for you.

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You can stop by WeWriWa and find a plethora of authors with previews. Now, my 8.

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Green tapped on the instrument panel, indicating the radiation monitor and that they were where they’d planned to view the ruins from, a nice, safe distance. “If you want to switch seats with me . . .”

“You’re the pilot,” she said, wary of moving at all. “You stay there.”

“It’s on auto-pilot and for five minutes, we’ll be fine.”

Shannon sat up, queasy. “All right. I want to go crawl back in my bunk. Show me what was so important we decided to fly out here, in the middle of winter, in between storms.”

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That’s it. Not a lot to go on, but the action picks right up, I promise. (PS – go read the previous post!)

Below are links to Backlash, the prequel novella to The Wildblood series, and The Vista, which is Book 1. Comments are always appreciated. Enjoy your weekend!

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Before Team Three was Team Three, there was The Blackout.

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There’s something dangerous, out beyond The Vista, and it’s watching them.

#SFFSat – All New Snippet

Ah! It’s that time again, for a SFFS post. First – the blog that started it all. Go have a peek.

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And now, a few lines from my WIP. It’s the 2nd book in The Wildblood series and I expect to have it out in December, 2015. It doesn’t have a name yet, just Book 2.

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“This is one of three air bursts,” Vance said, pointing to the video monitor. It was aimed east twenty miles and recording. Wade would look at it later. The grouping of buildings was isolated and more than that, destroyed. Melted, irradiated, and nothing remained that looked like it had ever been occupied by a human being.

“Rocky Flats,” Shan said carefully. There were no ghosts, no remnants of the past, crowding into her thoughts. She was glad for that, having firsthand experience with a nuclear detonation. This place was . . . null.

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The prequel novella, Backlash, is available now. Because it’s a new release, I have it listed at Amazon for 99 cents, for a limited time.

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The Vista (Book 1) is also available at Amazon.

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Both are available at other retailers – check out my website for those links.

Comments always welcomed.

In Search of a Perfect Picture

Promotion is the word in self-publishing, and if you want to catch the reader’s eye, in addition to a great story, brilliant blurbs, and an amazing cover, you need some spiffy promo material.

I spend a lot of hours on stock photo sites, seeking out possible cover material, and that spiffiness for promos that just begs “Read Me”. Of course, it has to be tied in to the story somehow, and not cost half my publishing budget.

When I finally get something, I’m happy. It’s not the same rush as finishing a book, but it’s a pleasant thing, to get something accomplished. Especially when a novel takes months. So today I’m going to share my two newest promos, all linked up to Amazon, because I’m rather proud of the progress my photoshopping skills have come in the past year. So, here they are.

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Long country road with white lines down the centre stretching off past a lone tree to the distant horizon

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It’s Here – 12 Hours Early! Backlash!

Available Now!

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Before Team Three became Team Three, there was The Blackout.

Vista Security is used to the feral bands of human wandering the landscape since a brief and devastating war wiped away civilization. Sixteen years later, they’ve adapted to dealing with the challenges facing their safe haven.

That is, until a new threat appears, one they never expected and one they have little defense against. Security throws in everything they can muster; it quickly takes a toll. Their advantage – an untested team of officers barely more than children themselves; officers with dark secrets and a hidden agenda.

In a free-for-all battle to preserve one of the last sanctuaries of man, Team Three discovers their secrets are their strength and that their future will take them far beyond what they’ve ever known.

Action, a bit of romance and a good splash of sci-fi set the scene for Backlash, the prequel novella of The Wildblood series.

WeWriWa! #8Sunday Hello There!

Ah it’s that time again! Check out the WeWriWa blog for lots of fun snippets.

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And now, my 8. A bit from Backlash, to be released June 22.

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Wade paced the asphalt, trying to sense what happened a day earlier. He was aware exactly what had taken place; seeing it for himself would help him to pick it apart and analyze it as he could. Even with the entire team there, he was drawing a blank. Ghosts more often happened at random and only rarely they’d been able to sense events deliberately.

Taylor shadowed him. It was his job – not regular Security, but the one he’d taken up with being Wade’s right-hand-man. He provided back up and occasionally an alibi to cover covert things that others might stumble upon. Gen En things and civilians didn’t mix.

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You can find all my books and WIP snippets at my website or go right to Amazon link for The Vista. Just click on the cover.

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Backlash is Here!

I just got the formatted version of Backlash! I’m in awed silence that my timetable for getting this online is actually working out. So, overnight Sunday, it will go live on Amazon for its Monday release date.

Wow.

It’s only been a little more than two months since The Vista went online, after years of procrastinating, messing with publishing houses, and wondering if I knew what I was doing. What a year this has been. I’m also certain I know about 1% of the things there are to know about epublishing. But I did it, and will continue to as long as I have a story to tell.

#SFFSAT – A Drive-By Snippet

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Be sure to check out all the authors offering up some weekend reading.

Backlash, the prequel novella to The Vista, will be available June 22, so naturally I’m going with a scene from that. This one is where they discover exactly what they’re up against. Sorry, no spoilers!

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“Did you see it?” Wade asked quietly, but not so quietly the others couldn’t hear him.

“Yeah,” Shan frowned, too stunned to even swear. “What do we do now?”

“What did you see?” Taylor interrupted, impatient.

Wade stood up, still figuring it all out as well. He looked at Shan and she nodded in a silent agreement. “One, or was there two?”

Mac offered her a hand up and she took it, dusting her backside off while she thought about it. “Two,” she finally answered. “There are two of them. We need to get to The Vista and get in the armory, now.”

“For what?” Mac spoke up.

“RPGs,” Shan answered. “We need RPGs.”

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The Vista is available now at Amazon and Kobo.
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WeWriWa #8Sunday – New Release Time

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Check out the Weekend Writing Warriors blog for many authors and their snippet awesomeness!

Let’s see what I have this week. It’s just more than a week until the release of my novella Backlash, which is a prequel to The Wildblood series. I’m sure I’ll be giving some copies away. For now, a snippet and some promo stuff. The snippet is a discussion about how ready Team Three is to have a Scout.

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“So are you taking your Scout out tomorrow?” Ballentyne, Mick in his off-duty time, peered down from the second floor loft, in civilian clothes, jeans and a tee-shirt.

“Is she ready to drive around by herself?” Wade asked.

“She’s been ready all summer.”

“We haven’t been ready,” Mac said, not joking.

“Give her the keys, tell her she’s on regular rotation with us,” Wade told Ballentyne.

“Are you sure?” Mac asked quietly, keeping the conversation private.

“I should’ve put her on the road the week she turned sixteen, but I’d have had her parents and you to deal with,” Wade commented.

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Thunder-storm above Montana. Fields after harvest and road

Before Team Three became Team Three, there was The Blackout.

Vista Security is used to the feral bands of human wandering the landscape since a brief and devastating war wiped away civilization. Sixteen years later, they’ve adapted to dealing with the challenges facing their safe haven.

That is, until a new threat appears, one they never expected and one they have little defense against. Security throws in everything they can muster; it quickly takes a toll. Their advantage – an untested team of officers barely more than children themselves; officers with dark secrets and a hidden agenda.

In a free-for-all battle to preserve one of the last sanctuaries of man, Team Three discovers their secrets are their strength and that their future will take them far beyond what they’ve ever known.

Action, a bit of romance and a good splash of sci-fi set the scene for Backlash, the prequel novella of The Wildblood series.

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The Vista by S. A. Hoag
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is available now.

Weird Science – SFR Brigade’s Summer Cafe – Main Course Needs a Beverage

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And there’s the links I need. Please check out all the other awesome authors, you’ll love them. I’ll be giving away at least two Kindle copies of my current novel The Vista.

All you have to do is leave a comment here and you’re in!

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Many of us are familiar with the fact cops live on coffee. So what if coffee as we know it simply didn’t exist? Here’s a great recipe for campfire coffee or a tasty treat right in your home.

Strong Campfire Coffee
(adjust to your taste)

1 cup water
2 tbsp ground Chicory
2 tbsp ground coffee beans
1/4 cup clean egg shell
1/4 cup woodchips (hickory, apple, your choice)
optional – a pinch of cinnamon
optional – ground vanilla bean
optional – cream
optional – honey

Step 1 – combine Chicory, coffee, cinnamon, and water in a pot. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Step 2 – in a cloth bag , add egg shell, vanilla, and woodchips. Steep in the hot liquid for a few minutes (to taste; the longer it steeps, the richer the coffee). Remove bag.
Step 3 – filter coffee through a clean cloth. Add cream and honey if desired. Enjoy hot.

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The Vista, available now.
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The Vista

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood series takes place in the near-future where the Earth has been nearly emptied of human beings by a short and devastating world war. Venturing beyond the safety of their valley may be the best move Security has ever made; it’s absolutely the most dangerous.

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Excerpt from The Vista

Something worked around the edges of his thoughts, distracting him already and it was before breakfast. The sensation became a little clearer, then it was gone. There was no point trying to ignore it. Vance gave in, heading to the City Center on a day he’d hoped to get away from it.

“Get Caulder and Cooper in here to see me as soon as you hear from them,” he told his sentry. Then he sat down for a cup of tea. Chamomile, fairly appropriate, considering. He’d need more than tea to calm things down if what he believed he’d sensed had actually happened.

There was a soft rap on the door shortly and both men appeared. “What’s today’s objective?” Caulder, JT, wondered for both of them.

“No, nothing so organized as that,” Vance said. “It’s my day off.”

Cooper knew better. “That means something unexpected has reared its ugly head and we get to go clean it up.”

They were damned near half his age. Going out for weeks at a time didn’t bother them. Getting into a fight didn’t either. “JT, do you remember that recurring problem we had up north?”

“Up north,” he repeated, crossing his arms and thinking about it.

“Up north,” Vance agreed.

“Do you mean that little enclave with a batch of active Altereds?”

“I do.”

“How many are a ‘batch’?” Cooper wondered. He barely remembered the big war, but the smaller ones, hell, he’d been involved in a lot of those. This didn’t sound good on any front.

“I don’t know. We tend to be drawn to each other, or at least, after civilization left us. The part that concerns me is the active part.” Vance had no illusions that this wouldn’t become a problem. “At the very least there are two.”

“Two?” Cooper repeated. “Are two a concern?”

“These two are,” JT said.

Cooper put together conversations he’d heard. “Are these the ones in Montana?”

JT and Vance nodded. “Except sometimes they aren’t in Montana,” Vance continued. “Sometimes they wander about to see the sights. We try to keep tabs on them, but clearly it’s not an easy thing to do because of a lot of reasons, not the least being distance, weather and the fact they are active.”

“And that’s why we’re here,” JT said.

“Where are they now?” Cooper asked.

“If the weather stays good, you could probably have lunch with them tomorrow,” Vance said.

“Ah, Christ, tell me they aren’t snooping around NORAD,” JT groaned.

“I could tell you that,” Vance said. “Or I could tell you they were there yesterday.”

“What do we do about it?” Cooper wondered.

“Nothing,” Vance said. “For now. Nothing may come of this. It all depends on Rafe.”

“He took up residence damned close to NORAD a few years ago,” Cooper remembered.

“A few,” JT agreed. “He won’t react well to this.”

“If he even knows,” Cooper said.

“He knows,” Vance said. “He has eyes everywhere.”

“So we wait for Rafe to make a move?” Cooper asked.

“We stay the hell out of his way,” JT said. “We’ll live longer.”

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S. A. Hoag is an author, lapidary artist, very amateur astronomer (“I just look at the stars, I can’t name ’em.”), and accidental desert-dweller. Born in the middle of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, more specifically Salida, she has lived in a number of cities in a number of states before crash-landing in the New Mexico desert. Not Roswell, however. Science Fiction has always been her first interest in reading and writing; many other genres sneak into the novels and that’s alright with her.

Where to find her –

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Just added! Release date set, here’s some promo for the new one.

Backlash is the prequel novella to The Wildblood series by S. A. Hoag. Set on a near-future Earth mostly devoid of humans, this reveals some of the harsh realities facing people of The Vista, and how Team Three began.

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Blurb – Backlash

Before Team Three became Team Three, there was The Blackout.

Vista Security is used to the feral bands of human wandering the landscape since a brief and devastating war wiped away civilization. Sixteen years later, they’ve adapted to dealing with the challenges facing their safe haven.

That is, until a new threat appears, one they never expected and one they have little defense against. Security throws in everything they can muster; it quickly takes a toll. Their advantage – an untested team of officers barely more than children themselves; officers with dark secrets and a hidden agenda.

In a free-for-all battle to preserve one of the last sanctuaries of man, Team Three discovers their secrets are their strength and that their future will take them far beyond what they’ve ever known.

Action, a bit of romance and a good splash of sci-fi set the scene for Backlash, the prequel novella of The Wildblood series.

Backlash has a release date of June 22, 2015.