Just When You Thought It Was Safe

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A few lines from Backlash, the prequel novella to The Wildblood series. Wade and Shannon, discussing their current dilemma.

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“Do I get an RPG?” Shannon asked, more excited about it than she should be.

“Have you ever fired one?” Wade didn’t have to ask if she was qualified; he knew she wasn’t. Neither were a good half of the officers at the depot.

“Never.”

“No, you don’t get one. We can’t afford a miss.”

“So if it gets on our tail, we try to out-run a Blackhawk? Out-maneuver it? I read the specs on those things and it’s not going to happen.”

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Some words from my WIP Renegades; Book 2 of The Wildblood.

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“You didn’t have permission to go to Colorado. That’s why Shannon went after you, that’s why you gave conflicting orders to keep her away,” Mac said, certain of it now.

“That’s not entirely accurate.”

“Accurate enough.”

“No,” Wade disagreed. “Technically, it’s about twenty-five percent accurate, but details are a moot point.”

“If we ever get to be old and gray, tell me what twenty-five percent I was right about.” Mac wasn’t angry, he was confused, and had been since July.

“I’ll do that,” Wade said.

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And this is A link to The Vista; Book 1 of The Wildblood.

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Teaser Tuesday

A Teaser Tuesday snippet from my WIP Renegades; Book 2 of The Wildblood.

I’ve never written in great detail how the abilities Team Three posses works. I’ve had it set in my mind, and tiny hints here and there in the books (Backlash & The Vista, prequel and Book 1, respectively). Renegades will get in to a lot more detail. This is a scene with all three attempting to have a conversation while they’re hundreds of miles apart.

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“You knew Wade didn’t have permission from Command to go to Colorado,” Mac said first, a statement rather than a question.

In the back of his thoughts, it was a question. Shannon could sense it. “I never asked,” she confessed. “I’m the most junior member of Command and at this point, it’s better to shut up and observe than accuse.”

“I haven’t, and I won’t until I can talk to him.”

“Good idea. So talk.” Shan was in Estes Park and it was past midnight, again. She was pacing the floor of her quarters, trying to see things that weren’t visible to the other Vistans.

Mac was asleep in his apartment, in Cody. She could taste the Scotch he’d medicated himself with to enhance the effect.

Wade was far from sleep and far from alone, somewhere in central Colorado.

“Ask him,” she repeated, drawing Mac’s focus. That was the difficult thing, getting focus where all three of them could communicate. For a few moments, there was fog and confusion. Wade drew them together, a bright pinpoint of that focus they lacked.

It dissolved, leaving Team Three sitting together in the dayroom of Station Two. “It’s easier to visualize something you’re familiar with,” Wade explained, sipping coffee from a chipped ceramic cup. They sat across from him, sans coffee or any other sort of libation. Just as well, considering. It would be another distraction.

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Renegades is going to explore team members personal lives more intimately as well, along with new places and characters. I’m aiming for a February, 2016 release.

In the meantime, there’s Backlash – on sale for 99¢!

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And The Vista, also on sale this month.

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Both are available in several formats.

Conundrum

WeWriWa! It’s that time again. And time for something a little different. First, a promo. You can find many interesting and entertaining blogs here to peruse!

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Some thoughts on my WIP

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1: a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun
2a : a question or problem having only a conjectural answer
b : an intricate and difficult problem

I have one of these, probably 2b. An important but not main character is doing things I hadn’t considered until he went there. Now I’m stuck trying to figure out what to do about him. I knew how he felt, and there are hints all over in The Vista. Book 2 is going off in directions I hadn’t considered. That’s all good and well, hell, I actually prefer it. Characters can come up with amazing things.

This one has me concerned, but not to the point of not letting it happen. For one thing, sex happens. A lot. These characters are young and healthy, and ~ta-da~, guess what? My concern, I guess, is that readers might get the impression my female character has too many men. It’s not an orgy, but there are three of them. Or there will be, at some point in book 2. Shannon is actually pretty picky about her men.

Authors – do your characters go off and make their own storylines? Do you let them? This isn’t a first, I’m just curious if it’s a personal quirk or a thing writers deal with.

Here’s a bit I jotted down because it wouldn’t go away.

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“What in the hell are you doing?” [Kyle? To Green]

“You know what I’m doing; I’m just waiting it out.”

“That’s pretty much pointless.”

“Pointless. Someday, Mac is going to burn himself out entirely and become a fucking hermit because that’s what he has to do. Hunter is on the path to alienating everyone, including Shannon if he’s not careful, and when you lose her trust, it’s all over. Who do you think will be waiting patiently for the end result of all this?”

“You will.”

“I will.”

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Book 2 has been dubbed Renegades, and I’m intent on making it true to its name. I’m looking at a February release date. Here’s a link to The Vista; Book 1 of The Wildblood.

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Halfway There

Six months ago, I self-published my first novel, The Vista; Book 1 of The Wildblood. If you’ve been here for more than 15 seconds, you’ve seen promos for it. Today is no different except this is a brand new snippet!

It’s been an interesting six months. In April, I had no clue about marketing, networking or how to promote. I imagine I still don’t, but I’m learning. I love seeing other independent authors getting new books out there, sharing reviews or book covers and telling tales of how their progress is going. It’s exciting most days, but like everything, other days are just ‘meh’. The good ones make up for it.

Snippet –

This is the very first exchange between Hunter and Shannon, the result of a confrontation on the highway.

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Dallas saw her cutting through the crowd and made certain not to be in her way this time. He knew where she was going. When Shan was angry – and she looked angry – it wasn’t time to be in her line of fire. Hunter was about to learn that the hard way.

“Lt. Hunter.” Her tone was ice but her eyes smoldered with some wild emotion. It wasn’t fear. She got right in front of him to make her complaint. “Who taught you to drive?”

“Dallas,” he answered, hitching a thumb at his friend. Hunter was tall, blond and lean, well-aware the southern accent that never completely faded from his voice had an amazing effect on women.

Most women, anyway. “You weren’t paying enough attention,” Shannon told him point-blank. Now he understood the stories he’d heard since joining Security. They’d failed to mention just how easy on the eyes she was. That was the joke, and it was on him. A rookie mistake, Dallas would say.

“Yes ma’am,” he answered.

“When I tell you to move, Lt., you better be doing it so fast I don’t get the sentence finished. Code Calls out here usually have a body count.” Shannon wasn’t shy, never had been. Nearly as tall as Hunter, she wore tactical gear including winter camos, a heavy scarf for head cover, a huge knife on her belt and two fair-sized handguns, one on each hip. She outranked any Guardian under command status when they were beyond The Vista. Scouts roamed the outlands, beyond the perimeter, as recon, the reason many of them went full-on with military gear. Long dark hair, eyes that looked gray in the false light of snow and headlights, she was definitely female and definitely could cause him problems in Security. Guardians were internal security. He was out of his element, in more ways than one.

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That pretty much sets the tone for their relationship in The Vista. It changes in Renegades, but that’s a promo for another day! Here’s one for today, the link to Amazon.

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If you’d prefer a different format, this is a link to my website.

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Because I haven’t in many weeks, here’s the bio I’ve put online.

Bio – S. A. Hoag

I knew before I got to high school that I wanted to write books. I did, too, dozens of short stories I thought someday I’d turn into novels. Oh, how I wish I had those spiral notebooks full of wild ideas and teenage musings.

I still have the ideas of many of those stories – some of them make me cringe. A few will become something more as I add books to my list of those that are published.

For now, I live in the desert and many nights, in between writing and sleep, you can find me out watching the stars. It’s dark, out here in the desert and I can see so many stars that weren’t there before. I make time to write now. The tiny seeds of stories demand that I write them down.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy creating them.

A Sneak Peek at Renegades

Book 2 of my current series, The Wildblood, is still very much a Work In Progress. I do have some parts that I love. There are also some parts where there’s not so much love, but I’ll fix that with the rewrite. This is one of the bits I love, so I thought I’d share it and maybe get some anticipation building for Renegades.

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Shannon peered at the facility, trying to imagine the people that might have been there, long ago. Before she was born, before the war. After a few minutes, she sat down on the edge of the pavement, running her fingers through the dirt on the side of the road.

Standing nearby, Green waited for her, while Vance walked up and down the blacktop, never more than a few yards, stopping to check his watch occasionally. Just as he was about to tell Shan her ten minutes was nearly up, she stood, slapping her hands together to dust them off.

“I’ve never crossed a place so empty,” Shan announced. “Not so much empty as barren, void. It’s like the bombs wiped away anything that had ever happened here.” Explaining it wasn’t entirely possible, not to them. Wade would understand; they shared a psychic link and had for as long as she could remember. “Whatever secrets Rafe was hiding, he’s going to keep.”

“Do you still think he had a stockpile of nukes?” Green asked.

“I never thought he did. He said it to scare me. He said a lot of things. I couldn’t read him and he knew it.”

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A few clues there about the past and a few about the future. I’ve set the release date for Feb., 2016, which really isn’t too far away. Want to catch up? The Vista; Book 1 of The Wildblood is available at several outlets.

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Also, fairly new, is Backlash, the prequel novella. I was worried about a debut novel being considerably over 100,000 words and didn’t include flashbacks to this event. It makes a nice introduction to the world of The Vista.

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Guest Post – Cynthia Sax

Love During Wartime With Cynthia Sax

Part of the magic in S.A.’s The Vista is that, even in the darkest times (a grim post-apocalyptic future), we can find love. We can find hope. Her characters are survivors of a near extinction level world war yet they gravitate toward each other, forging a bond.

In Releasing Rage, my most recent SciFi romance, there’s a war waging between the Humanoid Alliance and the alien, insect-like Mantidae. Rage, the cyborg hero, is one of the warriors in this battle. The human heroine, Joan, is his engineer.

There’s death and violence all around them. Rage spends his working shifts (gleefully) killing the enemy. He could be killed at any time. Any planet rotation could be his last. Both Rage and Joan realize this. They accept it. It is a constant undercurrent, a continual strain, in their relationship.

That’s one of the many reasons I enjoy reading romances set during wartime. There’s built in tension, the realization that every day could be the couple’s last. When they part, they might never see each other again. One of them could lose the other and live her or his life alone. (My stories are romances so we know they won’t but the possibility is there.)

Almost every romance set during wartime deals with loss. Readers get that cathartic cry. Friends or family members die. The couple has to deal with this.

This gives them a sense of urgency. Relationships usually move faster. If they wait for that first kiss, that first sexual encounter, they might never experience it. They’re more likely to take a chance on love. This might be his or her only opportunity.

And when they find love, it is like a miracle, a burst of color in a gray world. Lives are being taken. Friends might be killed. Yet they’ve been given this gift, this wonderful connection with another being. What did they do to deserve it? What will they do to keep it? What would happen if they thought they lost it?

Why do you enjoy romances set during wartime?

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Releasing Rage
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

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Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals–kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.

Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal–survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

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Bio
About Cynthia Sax
USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
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