WeWriWa 12/27/15

Last WeWriWa of the year!  Check out their blog to find out who is posting teasers.


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And my 10, a continuation from 2 weeks ago.  From my WIP Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood. (Edited to add a bit of context.) Shannon, aka Capt. Allen of Team Three, is having a tense discussion with J.T., a member of another city’s security squad. They don’t trust each other, but they do have a common enemy – Rafe. Rafe was an Altered, a genetically engineered human, a sociopath, and had been stalking her for years.

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Over the time since then, Caulder has gotten several versions of the events from people involved. Altered and not. Rafe set off the ICBM on The Vista’s doorstep to see if there was a response. An Altered response.”

And there was.” She took a deep breath, wondering if she could get Green and evac the Vistans out of Estes Park. What Vance’s game was, she didn’t know. He was beginning to scare her, with what his true motive might be. “Two of us.”

No, Capt. Allen, there were dozens.”

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Ah-ha!  More secrets.  You can get The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood  and try to figure out why.

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Prelude – Backlash

In anticipation of a new book in the series early next year, I’m doing a teaser with the prequel, Backlash.  I’ve neglected promoting it as much as The Vista, but I think it holds its own.  Reviews are always welcome, as are comments.  Here’s a teaser.  Read on, for a snippet from the WIP as well!

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She was quiet again, head against the seat, a faint static buzz in the back of her mind. Neither were attempting contact, but the connection was there. Sometimes it lingered; sometimes it was a whisper they couldn’t quite hear. All three of them felt it on occasion. Simply put, Mac hadn’t figured out how to respond.

Then she was fully awake, feeling like she’d had cold water thrown on her. Taylor had gone into the depot and she was sitting in the car, alone, in the dark. Scooting to the driver’s side she flung the door open. “Kyle, move it!”

He did, sprinting out and throwing himself into the seat as she gunned the engine, sending gravel flying across the empty lot. Taylor snapped on his safety belt, swearing under his breath. “Code call?” he asked, not hearing any radio traffic.

Not yet,” she said. “Give it a few seconds.”

A cold chill ran up his spine. “Should you be driving?”

Yes I should. Knowing what’s happening twenty miles away doesn’t affect my driving abilities.”

What’s happening?”

Code Eight, Glen cutoff,” someone called, out-of-breath, answering Taylor’s question.

Code Eight, we’re under fire at Glen,” another officer radioed in, shouting. “There’s at least a dozen Nomads, north and south of my position.”

Shit,” Taylor exhaled.

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Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood will be available in Feb., 2016.

 Backlash is free in all formats.

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And, of course, The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood.

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That promised teaser from Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood.  It’s a WIP, release date tentatively set for early 2016.

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If they order us back, we don’t have a big damned choice in the matter,” Mac pointed out. “Avoiding this isn’t going to make it go away.”

For this summer, it will,” Wade disagreed. “Because they can call everyone back and we’ll never know why they didn’t tell us about Estes Park. Vance claims he’s never had contact with us before but when he says it, I’ve got alarms sounding in my brain that says otherwise. We’re being lied to from both ends and you’re letting them get away with it.”

I’m saying, let’s go find out why from the source, from Council,” Mac countered. “Hiding isn’t going to get us answers, just more double-talk and denial.”

Shannon shook her head, not liking the sound of them fighting. It knotted her stomach and gave her a headache. “We’re not hiding anywhere. We’re going to go see what’s out here, if it’s safe or not.”

Safe isn’t you, Shannon,” Mac said. “You know it’s not.”

Things are different now. I nearly lost both of you in the last few month,” Shan reminded them.

So you’re going to go wander the Front Range for Wade and see if you can stir up more trouble?” Mac challenged.

That’s not the plan.” Shan was only aware of small parts of the plan and wouldn’t freely admit it.

We need to get our people out of The Vista and out of Estes Park, move them here, and dig in.” Mac shook his head, out of words. “Then the three of us go see Council for answers.”

The Council isn’t going to give us those answers,” Wade said, calmer than Mac.

They knew all along,” Mac said. “They could have warned us.”

A programmed military assassin could be waiting in the next town we explore too, but what’s the chance of that happening twice?” Wade asked him.

What was the chance of it happening once?” Mac came back.

You want to stay in Cody, you go ahead and do that. I’m not waiting around here.” Wade was finished arguing the point.

Stop influencing what she does,” Mac emphasized.

I have no control over that,” Wade said.

You tell her what you think is out there and then she wants to go look for herself. I’ve seen you do it,” Mac accused.

Shannon, am I ever that subtle when I want you to do Scout work?”

Shan straightened up, hands on her hips. “You’re not subtle,” she told Wade. “And you’re not subtle,” she directed at Mac. “I’m not subtle. Case closed. I’m not getting in the middle of a pissing contest between the two of you either. I just, no.” She stalked out of the room, without saying another word.

Mac rubbed his eyes. “We accomplished a hell of a lot today.”

Wade gave it a few moments. “We’ll check in again on our regular schedule. I have rookies to get through orientation, because I think my logistics officer is out for the rest of the day.”

You think?” Mac asked, clearly angry.

Don’t report any of our squabbles to The Vista, to Command. It’s trivial,” Wade said, wise enough not to make it an order. They were both Commanders.

I hadn’t planned on it. You know how to contact us if you need anything. Cody Base, out.” A moment later, the screen went to gray.

The rookies had sense enough to keep quiet. Green didn’t have to, he didn’t have that luxury. “You managed to piss them both off.”

It’s easier than it looks,” Wade offered, unhappy about it and having no snap cure for their current disagreement. “Go shadow her, make sure she doesn’t get herself in to trouble with Vance. I want to start running flights and we need his cooperation.”

Green shrugged, taking a hand-held radio off the table as he left.

And that happens when you work closely with the same people over long periods of time with no break,” Wade said to the rookies. “No, it’s nothing to worry about. Team Three is Team Three and we have a plan. Several parts to a plan, actually, to get scouting done south and east of here. I hope none of you have an aversion to flying.”

None of them did

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WeWriWa 12/13/15

Before you get to my words, check out the WeWriWa blog. Lots of blogs with snippets to entertain you.


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My sentences, a continuation of the conversation from last week. This is from Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood, by S. A. Hoag, due to be released in Feb., 2016.

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He said Rafe launched the ICBM and he detonated it seconds later,” Shan argued

Has it occurred to you, Vance might have lied?”

Every moment of the day. Why would Rafe go to the trouble of launching a dead missile, then detonate it before it reached a target?”

Did you and Wade see it?”

Shannon blinked.

Vance is a fifth generation,” JT pointed out the error in her thinking.

Rafe detonated it; he knew we’d see it.” The realization surprised her. Of all the scenarios she’d played in her mind, that wasn’t one of them.

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More next week!  You can check out book one in the series.

 

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WeWriWa #8Sunday, Dec 6 2015

Another week, another batch of words.  Check out the blog.  There are all kinds of snippets from a wonderful group of writers.


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My 8 to 10 sentences, a continuation of the conversation from last week.  This is from Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood, by S. A. Hoag, due to be released in Feb., 2016.

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You’re hiding from the past, from what you are.”

  “We’re trying to do better. We’ve kept to The Vista too long and stepped into the middle of another war. We don’t want a war, but you know what we did in Manitou. That was self-defense. Do you know what Rafe did, twelve years ago?”

  “All we’ve ever known was rumors. Vance wouldn’t confirm or deny.”

  “Vance was there,” Shan said, shivering from the image in the back of her mind. The radiation cloud, to the east, burning in the evening sky.

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Ah, ah, ahh!  That’s 10.  More next week.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood is available on Kindle and KU.  Backlash (the prequel) is free on all formats.

 

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SFR Brigade December Showcase

December already!  I think I’ll do something fun & different this month.


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I’ve been swearing for more than a year now, there’s romance in Book 2. There is, or there will be. Book 1 (The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood)had a subplot of said future romance. But characters are only human (these, in this series anyway), so I’ve decided to do a teaser post entitled ‘Who is Shan’s Secret Boyfriend?’. Snippets are from The Vista. Here we go!

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“Taylor is certainly tight with you, with Team Three. Wasn’t it his brother you were training as a Scout?”

Shan nodded.

“You are just a talkative one today,” Hunter said. “Are you seeing him?”

“Chris? No. He’s barely sixteen.”

“Kyle. You spend a lot of time with him.”

“He joined Security right after I did.” She smiled to herself.

“So, are you seeing him?”

“He’s married.” She was pretty certain she didn’t want to delve into her family tree with him.

“That makes a difference to you?”

She nodded, a bit indignant. “Of course it does. Doesn’t it matter to you?”

“Yeah,” he confessed. “I’m just making conversation.” He was trying to keep her mind off other things. “What about ‘X’?”

“He’s not married,” she told him, absolutely meaning to sound suggestive.

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Ah-ha!  Shannon being onery to Hunter.  This is an on-going thing between them, from page one.  The catch is, she is already in a serious relationship.  Also, her particular variety of human doesn’t view sex and relationships in a typical way.  Which leads to a lot of interesting possibilities.  Or not!

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“I’m going to catch a couple hours sleep,” she stifled a yawn. “I have to be back at Station Two tomorrow at a reasonable hour.”

“What’s ‘reasonable’?” Taylor went ahead and asked.

“Damned if I know. Whenever Mac or Wade heads in that direction. They keep stealing my car.” She hopped down off the wall and meandered towards the station.

“So I should hide my keys?”

Shannon nodded. “You all better.”

“They have the doors off the rooms on the third floor. You should grab one downstairs before the rest of first shift gets them,” ‘X’ warned.

“I already have one,” she smiled. “One of the advantages of working the com room.”

“You still sleep naked?” ‘X’ asked for the benefit of the rookie, putting on his best innocent face. Hunter on third and Reid at shortstop both lost their attention on whoever was at bat.

“Except during Sweeps,” she didn’t miss a beat.

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Mr. ‘X’, hinting at a relationship that’s ‘friends with benefits’, at least for Book 1.  All bets are off after that, because you know how characters can take off with a simple plot twist and run.

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Yeah, those are just teasers. There are a lot of one-liners, too, but they’d not make any sense out of context. The Vista is less of a romance, with a lot of back story, character history and setting up conflicts to last several books. The relationships, the romance, is a vital part of the storyline. That becomes more evident in Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood.  It’s a WIP and due out in Feb., 2016.  Keep checking here for more snippets, a cover reveal and a giveaway!

Links to get my books –

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood by S. A. Hoag is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.


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Backlash is the prequel novella, and it’s free on all formats.

 


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