Because I Can’t Keep to a Schedule

I try, I really do, but my free time is fragmented, and usually sparse.  I sneak in time late at night, when it’s mostly quiet here, getting a few words typed out so I can call myself a writer and an author.  Sometimes, more than one project clamors for my attention, which is exactly the reason my next release has been pushed back to summer.  At this point, it still looks like Tau Scorpii will be it.  In celebration of having that particular story back where it needs to be, an excerpt.  Not yet edited, but it’s one of my favorite scenes.

The setup –

When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caeruleum, she is reunited with clansmen from her past. It puts her at odds with their new chieftan, as well as her own partner, a powerful privateer. They discover there are more imminent problems, ones they cannot control and must unite to survive. Easier said than done, when each of them are strong-willed, intense, and have their own plans to set in motion.

Sedna is home to hundreds predatory alien species. Humans are one of them. They’ve been there long enough to adapt, but not so long that all of them have forgotten, it’s not their world. The weather is changing. Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.

What’s going on here –

Taryn is reunited with a pair of warriors she knew as a child.  They are all taken by surprise, and a few other emotions none of them expect.

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Where is Skye?”

They both looked around. “He was talking to the women with the spit pig, in front of the well-house,” the other spoke up, pointed back the way they’d came.

Thank you,” she offered. Of course he was talking to the women. She remembered, there were always females following him around. As a child, she hadn’t given any thought to it. He and Ianto guarded the Keep for her father, and when the storms came, they’d let her sit in the kitchen with them, playing cards and drinking ale. Sometimes they even let her have a bit of ale. Years later, Taryn was certain her father, or perhaps one of her brothers, had given them permission. She smiled at the memory.

He was leaning against the wall, laughing with a pair of women who weren’t watching the spit, they were watching Skye. In her memory, he was taller. Now, his dark hair was long, he wore leather armor rather than desert garb, and it didn’t seem to her, for a moment, that any time had passed.

Ianto caught her arm. “Come on, then,” he strode forward with her, grinning like he had good sense about him, Garrett on their heels.

Where did you find her?” Skye greeted, smiling upon seeing a stunning young woman with his friend.

Taryn remembered that smile, too. “I found you,” she told him.

Letting go, Ianto shook his head and crossed his arms, “I knew her the moment I saw her.” He paused, waiting for some sign of recognition. Nothing. “I knew her by her eyes, first.”

Their gaze met. “I’m Taryn,” she said quickly.

Taryn,” he repeated, clearly disturbed by the revelation, his face frozen. “They told us you were dead.”

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Yes, I redid the cover.  Summer 2019 release, I hope to have a solid date soon.  I’m also moving sometime this summer, so please bear with me.  In the mean time, the first trilogy of The Wildblood is on sale for 99c each.

The Vista

Renagades

Bloodlines

 

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05/05/19 WeWriWa

Has it really been 3 weeks?  Sorry about that.  I’ll try to be a little more regular about posting.

In the meantime, check out WeWriWa & SnippetSunday for sneak peeks with a lot of amazing authors and their current projects.

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Tau Scorpii

When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caeruleum, she is reunited with clansmen long believed dead. It puts her at odds with their new chieftan, as well as her own partner, a powerful privateer. They discover, they have a more imminent problem, and must unite to survive.

The weather is changing. They’ll have to fight other species for control as migrations begin, food becomes scarce, and border wars erupt across the territories. Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.

Tau Scorpii A, a massive red giant star in a binary cluster with Tau Scorpii B, a yellow dwarf. The solar system is populated by more than thirty planets, at least one habitable. Called Sedna by the SolTerrans that live there, named for a planet in their ancestral system. The desert is a dangerous place for alien species – and on Sedna, they’re all alien species.

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These little villages, places that are there one month and moved after a harvest, they’ve been supplying alien clans with information about the human territories, probably for years. We went there to ask them to stop, and offer them protection,” Skye recited to her.

They weren’t interested.”

They told us, the season was about to change, and it didn’t matter, half the Near Desert would be an ocean of water in a year, so we all better pack up and move to higher ground.”

Taryn sucked in a deep breath, the multiple implications hitting her, “Did you know about the rain?”

No, we didn’t imagine anything like that, we put if off to superstition; rain doesn’t equal oceans of water. It was an open trade village, and word got around who we are, to someone brave or foolish enough to deal with the Caerule. They jumped us right out of town and grabbed Garrett, and you know the rest.”

Great, that means Asher was right,” she huffed, hands on her hips.

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It took me 4 years, after I decided I should finish a very rough draft of this, to get it published. This was one of those thing I had to accomplish in my life, and I did it. The series is now complete. Check it out.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood – No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.

Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

 

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