Missed Me

Yes, I missed my regular weekend post. So today, I think I’ll delve into the romance/not romance aspect of my series.

Fact 1 – Shannon loves Mac, and the feeling is mutual. It’s not something that will change, but it will evolve.
Fact 2 – Both are Genetically Engineered humans and if intelligence was still measured in IQs, they’d be high up on that scale. We know very smart people have thought processes that can be . . . unique. Same for the Gen En. Combine those, and it’s chaos!
Fact 3 – The world they’ve grown up in is nothing like the world we know. Monogamy is a thing, mostly that their parents know. The Vista is a small, isolated society, and this limits many things, including the gene pool. This factor comes in to play later, but it’s always there.

So. Mac and Shan. They have each other, and they have other relationships. The Gen En, the Altered humans in particular don’t equate one relationship with another. That is, because they are having sex with a particular person has no bearing on what they are doing with other people. It’s even rare for jealousy to show up, because they just don’t see love and/or sex as a rivalry.

Could that change? Oh, hell yes. I never know where these three (Wade, Mac & Shan) are going to go, that I hadn’t planned.

Do I see future problems between Mac and Hunter? Or either of them and the hinted at ‘other man’? Please see pervious paragraph.

The problem my hero and heroine run across is something they have no control over. This makes it all the more frustrating for them. There is nothing they can do about their genetics. There is nothing they can do to change the fact, that if they would have children, those children would be plagued by the same (or worse) problems that they’ve dealt with their entire lives. Shan and Mac understand, they can’t have a future together, in the traditional sense. Of course, they aren’t ‘traditional’ in any sense of the word!

This leaves her relationship with Hunter even more speculative. Hunter’s father wanted to eliminate human genetic testing, to make it illegal. He still believes he was right. What Shannon is, he doesn’t know yet, other than his long-lost son has more than just a passing interest in her. Their future? Hunter might be the stabilizing force she needs; Shannon is a whirlwind in his life he never expected.

A question I’ve heard from readers – Shan and Wade? No. They are best friends, and there is no sex, never has been, never will be.

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood is in full edit mode right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a snippet up this weekend. In the meantime, go catch up on the story with The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood, available on all e-formats now!


Early Promo for Renegades

So I took the time to get a promo blurb finished.  I’m certain it will evolve over the next few months, but here it is.  As I’m editing (shudder!), I’m also thinking a release date in August.  2016.  I’ll set a firm date once I weed my way through it.  Blurb ahead.

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Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood takes up soon after The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood concluded, with Team Three not at all convinced the search for the truth about themselves is over.

Protecting their home, an isolated northern stronghold known as The Vista, has been the first duty of Team Three. They scatter across the Front Range of a post-apocalyptic North America, in an attempt to determine where their enemies are hidden and if they have any true allies.

Out among clans of the Altered, and cities where civilization has held ground, their efforts to establish The Vista’s domain create unique conflicts and unexpected help. The most pressing obstacle turns out to be their own governing councils, a threat as real and dangerous as the nomads of the outlands.

It’s rumored that Team Three has gone renegade. With Wade in Colorado, Shannon in parts unknown, and Mac running Cody outside of The Vista’s jurisdiction, it looks like it’s possible.

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If you’d like to catch up on the series, it’s pretty easy – one novella and one novel.  Links, of course.  Thanks for stopping by.


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