Subtle, Aren’t I?

I’ve asked myself a few times, “Is it a romance?”  ‘It’ being The Vista, the first book in my sci-fi, post-apocalyptic action-adventure.  The answer is – it doesn’t matter.  Yes, there is some romance happening, along with many other things, as you can probably tell.  Labeling an entire 80,000+ word novel as a ‘romance’ or a ‘mystery’ or any other single word isn’t being fair to the book, the author, or the potential reader.  Just read it and call it what you want.


Ah!  A snippet.  This is from The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood.

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You wanted me?” Shan asked Hunter, finding him in the back of the store they’d been calling home. He was cleaning a rifle, the big one he always carried slung in a scabbard on the left side of his saddle. A Barrett 50 caliber, if she remembered correctly, and she did.

He raised an eyebrow, wondering if it was a loaded question.

Shan glared at him a moment. “Oh, honestly.”

Putting the rifle aside, he closed the door. “I’ve given the ‘all clear’ for everyone. I think we’re going to be on the road in thirty-six hours.”

She didn’t have to answer, she was ready. “And?”

And this may be the last chance I can get you alone before we’re back home in

The Vista.” He caught her up, kissing her. “We need to talk,” Hunter’s voice was low. Dangerous.

Shan took half a step back. “Wait, just two seconds.” She got her radio and waited a few moments. “Hey, K.”

Go ahead.”

If you need me, call me on the radio. I’m going to be out for a few.”

Anything I should know about?” Taylor asked.

Just having a look from the sky-walk.”

Got it,” he said.

Sky-walk?” Hunter asked.

It’s the only place in the building where we can expect there are no eyes or ears.”

A few minutes later they emerged on the deck. It had been a restaurant once upon a time. Hunter and Quinlen had determined the east facing section was sound the third day they occupied the building.

So talk,” Shan said.

He peered off across the valley, thinking about it first. “I should’ve done something about it a long time ago.”

About what?”

About you, about us,” Hunter told her, nodding. “I wish,” he corrected. “I wish I had taken the hint when we were in Colorado.”

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And that’s all.  Things pick up again in Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood, due out in a couple of months.  Follow the links to The Vista & Backlash, if you’d like to see what’s going on in my world, post-WW3.

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Since my second book in The Wildblood series will be out in a few short months, I’m looking for people to read and review the first one.  The series is a post-apocalyptic action adventure.  If you’d be interested or know someone that would, leave a comment here.


What happens, after the end of civilization?

 The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood – Available now.

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Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.

Now, Team Three know what they are.

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood – 2016

#8Sunday 01/17/16!

Hello there, 2016!  I’ve missed a couple weeks (again), but now I’m back.  Please check out the WeWriWa blog for tons of links to writers with fantastic WIPs.


And now, my 10. This is from Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood, which is back on track. Yay me! Here are some words.

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“One question, of all of them, I want you to be honest about. Between you and me – did someone kill Rafe?” Harlan asked, point blank.

“Like I said, I can’t divulge details,” Mac told him.

“I know.”

“He didn’t get away.”

Harlan looked relieved. “After we’ve known each other a few years, I might explain the significance of that.”

“I have an idea.”

“Exactly. You have a sliver of the truth about him.”

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You never know what Team Three is up to. Neither do I, occasionally. Links to The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood.


Character Profile – Wade

NOTE – Notes are added info for the 3rd book in the series.  In case you were worried about spoilers.

Full Name – Geoffrey Thomas Wade

Position – lead officer of Team Three

DOB – 02/26/2024

Place of Birth – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Natural parents – Lydia Jordan Halley, Thomas Rylin Wade

Siblings (both are half-sisters, shared mother) – Angel (Annie), b. 02/02/30;  Nina, b. 04/23/33.  Their father is Richard Clarke Cameron, a Vista Council member.

Professional – The youngest Commander ever appointed by Security Command in The Vista.  Joining Security in Jan., 2041, Wade quickly gained rank.  Security Command, the governing body of Vista Security, elected Wade as a member shortly after his 20th birthday.  He was awarded the status of Commander in Oct., 2044, a week after the Blackout was lifted, having lead the teams that tracked and destroyed two military helicopters searching for The Vista.  Designated sniper.

American Soldier aiming his rifle

Personal – Currently has two offspring.  Bryan Thomas Wade (b. 11/15/44  to Tina  Roberts) and Jessica Noel Wade (b. 01/11/46 to Courtney Noel).  Wade has never been married and expresses that the idea is outdated and unnecessary.  Edit, third child, Jason Noel Wade, born 03/04/48 to Courtney Noel.

Wade maintains his own home in the north sector of The Vista but spends most of his time at Station Two, downtown.  In his free time, he plays chess, swims and skis, and tinkers with his motorcycle.

During his formal schooling, up until the age of sixteen, numerous intelligence tests were given, although his IQ has never been established.  It has been considered that he possesses an eidetic memory and an IQ of an estimated 160 – 170.  (Notation – all three members of Team Three are considered to have very high IQs.  This is not common knowledge.)


Wade tends to be a perfectionist, critical and over-protective of his teams.  He is obsessive when it comes planning details of Security operations.  A natural leader, he is confident and self-assured; socially he has a handful of close friends.  He is an expert at disguising his true emotions.

One of his biggest fears is that he suffers from what they call meltdown; the long-lasting trauma of witnessing events during the war.  He wasn’t 4 yet, but he remembers things and is afraid it will cause him to make mistakes in judgment at some point.  The other thing he fears is that he could be like Rafe, a sociopath in the making.

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These are notes mostly for me, but maybe interesting to others.  Making a blog post so they are easier to find.  Yes, I have that many notes.  Call me crazy.

Shannon’s Profile

Mac’s Profile

Hunter’s Profile

A link to The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood.


2016 Plans

I see so many of my author friends posting lists of books they’ll publish this year.  Don’t get me wrong, this is awesome.  My problem is – I have one book on my plate.  Sure, there are ideas everywhere and some of them will get to a book, eventually.  I’m not certain why I write slow, or if it’s just because of the mess Real Life dumped on me last year, but thinking I could get two books out this year doesn’t seem plausible.  I hope I can, but I won’t cry in my coffee if I don’t.

The first draft of Renegades isn’t even finished.  It is a lot closer this week, now that I figured out that plot point that has been eluding me.  I think, four more weeks before it’s off to a couple beta readers.  I’m trying not to set a deadline now, because it didn’t work out so well last time.

Book 3 has begun to swirl around in the back of my brain as well.  I think there may be a fantasy novel before it, but I’m never certain what’s going to be written until I’m typing it.  More about these two projects later.

Getting The Vista finished and published was the best thing I’ve ever done, just as myself rather than the collective that is my family.  Oh, they’ve helped me immeasurably, don’t get me wrong.  I wanted to be a writer for as long as I could remember.  As of April 15, that dream will be a year old.  I don’t plan on quitting, ever.  I hope, some year, I can send my readers two or three, or even four books.  Right now, I’m happy the internet world has allowed me to get this far.

Go buy my book, if you’re so inclined.  It’s a sci-fi adventure through a post-apocalyptic world.



Happy New Year

Congratulations on surviving another trip around the sun!

These are my New Year’s Resolutions. Usually I’ve discarded most of them within a week, so I’ve decided to try something a little different.

Write more.
Listen to music.
Go for walks after dark.
Sing to the grandbaby.
Cook real dinners.

Seems easy enough, right?

2015 was a rough year, and when things go bad, people tend to forget the little joys in life.  I’m trying to remind myself of those.

No promos today other than a link to my website. Enjoy your day.