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

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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 –

Website
Blog
Facebook
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The Vista, available now.
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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.

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5 thoughts on “Weird Science – SFR Brigade’s Summer Cafe – Main Course Needs a Beverage

  1. Being aware of those who are “active”… Called to each other… Interesting. So modern and yet clearly not the world we live in. I’m wondering what these two who aren’t in Montana might be capable of doing now

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