WeWriWa 09/02/18

I never get as much writing done as I want, but things are moving right along.  Bloodlines is up this week.  Being book 3 in the series, I know a lot of you are probably new to it.  I’m going to list some Character Profiles after the snippet, in case anyone is interested.

Also – check out WeWriWa, where I got the great idea to (attempt) to blog very week, and where a lot of amazing writers hang out.  Snippet Sunday, is another place a recommend.  You can never have too many favorite authors!

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The Wildblood Series

A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure

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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This week, Shan & Hunter are out in the world, and they’ve run across some hostile Nomads.  Outside of The Vista, they are on the defensive, and there are civilians close by.  They want to control the situation before it gets out of hand, but you don’t always get what you want.

They attempt to reason with the intruders, first.

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  “You told him your name,” Shan said quietly.

  “Yeah, I told him my name, so the hell what – Angelfire is five hundred miles away, and to you, it might as well be on the moon.”

  “Never tell someone your name,” she offered cryptically.

  “Is there a particular reason he keeps you close?” Ryan leered.

  As tall as the Nomad, Shan tipped her head up and stared straight at him.

  “Bodyguard, and you can take that any way you want, I’m still alive,” Hunter said.

  “For now.”

  “The thing is, we just work for them, we aren’t from Angelfire, we don’t live there, we can’t, but they’re more than happy to pay us for our services.”  He let that sink in, to whatever ends they might assume.

Trying to make me think you’re one of the mutant freaks the rich folks use for their dirty work doesn’t scare me, I know them when I see them.”

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  PS – never call an Altered a mutant freak.  They won’t take it well.  Tune in next week for the result of this conversation.

  All 3 available books in The Wildblood series are 99c each this weekend, for the Labor Day holiday here in the US, Amazon only.

Backlash, Prequel to The Wildblood

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood

  And those Character Profiles!

Mac – Maj. Alex MacKenzie

Wade – Cmdr. Geoffrey Wade

Hunter – rookie Security officer

Shan – Capt. Shannon Allen

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WeWriWa 08/05/18

Another week, another blog post.  Someday, I hope to double that speed.  If you enjoy blogs & books, check out WeWriWa and Snippet Sunday.  My Kindle loves books, and I’ve found several through these places.

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This week, I have to post a bit from Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood.  Writing 2 books at the same time is interesting, and luckily, they are nothing similar.  I have no idea who will win a blog spot next week, they are both demanding words be written.  So, here’s The Wildblood.

 

The Wildblood Series

A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure

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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Shannon and Kyle are twins, a relationship that’s new to them.  They are cops, in this post-apocalyptic world, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  They are trying to get back to a normal version of their lives, after a year of conflict and discovery.  Today, they are escorting trucks in from the city, with supplies.  Nothing is easy, not even a routine day job.

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“Kind of slick out on the pavement,” Shan commented.

He grunted a response, immersed in a book, an actual paper copy; they had buildings full of them, for posterity.

“Taylor,” she said.

“I know, it’s supposed to snow.”

“Kyle,” she barked, “Black ice.”

His gaze shot up, to the semi in front of them, “Slow down, then.”

“We’re already on it.”

“As long as he doesn’t hit his brakes,” he began, and the tail lights on the truck lit up, indicating that was exactly what was happening.

“Shit,” they both said.

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Then things go ‘ouch!’.  More next week, probably.  Unless Tau Scorpii kicks into the way.

And now, some blurbs from the previous books.

Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood series. Set on a near-future Earth mostly devoid of humans, this reveals some of the harsh realities facing people of The Vista, and how Team Three began. When Security faces an unknown adversary that threatens to wreak havoc across what little civilization is left, they must rely on the unusual abilities of a new team, and hope it’s enough to stop the chaos.

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It’s not a dystopia, it’s not a utopia – it’s their home, and they’d do anything to protect it.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood introduces Team Three – they’re young, ambitious, and at the forefront of a movement to discover what is beyond The Vista. They also believe they are genetically enhanced, a practice outlawed long before they were born. Venturing beyond their valley draws the attention of someone dangerous, someone that shares their past and wants to control their future, or destroy them because of what they might be.

Amazon

Website

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Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood. Now, Team Three know what they are

They made you strong, and smart. We kept you safe, and in the shadows.
It took them damned near twenty years to find you.

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood takes up with Team Three 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 forge unexpected allies. One of the most pressing obstacle turns out to be their own governing council, a threat as real and dangerous as the nomads of the outlands.

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  I don’t have an actual blurb.  Color me shocked!  Here’s some tidbits.

 Bloodlines: Book 3 of The WIldblood – Team Three decide that their next best course of action is to go directly to the source of their conflict. Problem is, they don’t know how.

  Then there is the fact, every Nomad along the Front Range is hunting Wade and Shan. Their own Council has gone into full rebellion against Security. Even close friends seem to be distancing themselves. The team is fraying at the edges.

  Not so easily deterred, they set out on separate paths, looking for answers about their heritage, the war, and if they can truly protect The Vista. It may earn them exile from their home. They know this. Failure is not an option.

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#8Sunday 07/16/17 WeWriWa

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I missed a week, sorry about that. Writing. You know how that goes.

This is a bit further into the book, where Team Three are meeting people they weren’t even certain were real. Urban legends make the rounds, even after WW3. You’ve heard that saying – Be careful what you wish for. Not a final draft, so subject to revisions. Or, the dreaded ‘Delete’ button, if it really annoys me. So far, so good.

Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood, autumn 2017!

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“Both of my biological parents were Altered,” Kaden told them what they suspected, what they couldn’t prove.

Shannon resisted the urge to look at Mac. He’d been right about offspring, and genetics, all along.

“And that is the single reason some Altered are called The Sixth, but where the name originated is anyone’s guess.” DeTessa gestured gracefully, and Shan wondered if anything she did was uncoordinated, or unsteady. “It eventually came to be associated with the clansmen that keep the status quo along the trade routes, the ones descended from Altered.”

“A Sixth would have Altered parents,” Wade repeated, for clarity.

“The majority of The Sixth, being children of Altered, were also Wildblood, one lending to the other,” DeTessa surmised for them.

Putting a hand up, Shan steadied herself on Kaden’s shoulder, closing her eyes for a moment. For clarity.

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Aha! I see what I did there! It’s taken me one novella, two full novels, and now a third, a quarter million words, to get here. I don’t know how Stephen King and GRRM do it. So, links to books. These are to Amazon but they’re available at all the major publishers & as paperbacks. Go to my website by clicking the first picture.

Thank you all for reading.


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Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood will be available this autumn. Catch up on the series now.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What would you do, to protect your home?

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.

99¢ always
Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood.

All are available in paperback and eBooks – http://www.topaz08.com

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The Wildblood Series

Twenty years after civilization stopped, 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 land they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

#8Sunday WeWriWa 06/25/17

The WeWriwa page. Check it out. A whole batch of authors, sharing snippets of their work. Visit their blogs, you won’t be disappointed.


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Hmmm, this week is a terse conversation between Shannon, Hunter, and a marauding Nomad called Ryan. A WIP, Bloodlines will be released in the Autumn, 2017. Book 3 of The Wildblood series. Because my characters have some ideas of their own suddenly appearing on the page, I’m not certain if there will be a Book 4. It’s a possibility now. I’ll let you know, when I know.

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“Are you calling me riff-raff?” Ryan asked, skeptical.

“You were waving a shotgun at a bunch of old men playing cards on the porch. No, nice people do shit like that, all the time.” She was sarcastic but the fury, the anger, was gone.

It suddenly occurred to Hunter, he didn’t like this Nomad smiling at her. He cleared his throat and stood. Ryan was taller and broader. He didn’t care. “Are we shooting each other, or having supper?”

“What’s for supper?” Ryan asked.

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It’s never boring, when you’re hanging out with the genetically altered. It’s not particularly safe, either. My humans and Altered are living on an Earth, a generation after civilization snuffed itself out. The bad news is – some things never change. The good news is – humans are resilient.

The Wildblood Series

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.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What happens, after the end of civilization?

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.

99¢ always.
Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood

All are available in paperback and eBooks – http://www.topaz08.com


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#8Sunday WeWriWa 06/18/17

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This week, a bit of a conversation between Mac and Ballentyne, his 2nd in command, in Cody. Sometimes, we all need reminded, they survived WW3.

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“The purpose of Cody has always been to protect The Vista. I don’t see that changing, but we can grow here, we can be safe here, we can do this.”

“You had something cooking, when you petitioned Command to get separation from The Vista,” Ballentyne said. “I just didn’t know what.”

“That happened as soon as we got here.”

“Barely five months ago. How long have you known about The Sixth, really?”

“We’ve known for years, someone was watching us – maybe it was them, or Skolkovo. Maybe it’s a group we haven’t crossed paths with, because we’ve been blind until recently. There could be a million people, out in the east.”

“There’s not,” Ballentyne said after a moment.

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Yep, things are about to get interesting for them. With a little luck and some uninterrupted writing time (HA!), this will be off for its first edit in 4 weeks. Wish me luck. I’m sure I’ll have a big promo thing going, too. Check back soon for details.


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#8Sunday WeWriWa 06/11/17

Another Sunday. I’m going to kick the writing in to overdrive because I hate getting behind on my self-imposed schedule. If I disappear for a couple weekend, it’s just a couple weekends. I’ll be back.

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Let’s see. Shan and Hunter were having a deep conversation. You can catch that here. This is a little later in the same conversation.

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“Just because Rafe said there was a Sixth on the team, doesn’t make it true.”

“He only implied it.”

“I know, I was there.” Hunter wanted to grab her, and shake her, and tell her not to let Rafe get in her head, but it was far too late for that. “You never answered my question.”

“Short answer,” she offered. “We can’t do anything about Vance, the way things are.”

“Oh, dear god,” Hunter interjected, knowing what was coming next.

“So we’re going to try and change the way things are. If the opportunity presents itself, Wade wants to attempt contacting Skolkovo.”

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FYI – a tiny bit of a spoiler. Skolkovo is a Russian state where Texas used to be.

I’ve updated my covers to reflect that yes, they are part of a series.


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#8Sunday WeWriWa 06/04/17

I’m baaaaaaaack. I’ve probably said that before, too. My minor characters have taken over. They burned the pitiful outline and are currently running amok. So far, I’m pretty pleased with them.

Check out the WeWriWa blog, you won’t be sorry. It’s a great place to find writers offering snippets of their work.


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My few words. This from the newly-named Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood. Shannon and Hunter are off on their own, in the winter, in the wilds of Nebraska. They have different ideas of why they are there. Conversation ensues.

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He stopped, regarding her carefully. “How long have we known each other, specifically?”

“Specifically, twenty-two months, and four days. We met in the middle of the night, on the road west of Depot North, mostly because you didn’t know how to drive worth a darn on a little bit of ice.” Shan stopped beside him, curious now, “Why?”

“In those twenty-two months . . .”

“And four days,” she added tenaciously.

“Have I ever acted, or reacted in a way that indicated I was actually stupid?” he finished.

“You have not.”

“When are you going to tell me why we’re really out here?”

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Stay tuned next week for a possible answer to that question! I’m aiming for an early autumn release date.

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