WeWriWa 12/16/18

While I’ve got you here – check out the WeWriWa blog & Snippet Sunday page for a whole batch of amazing authors, willing to share stories with you.

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Great!  With the upcoming release of Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood, I’m rolling it back to grab a snippet from Backlash, the prequel novella.  In this scene, Shannon’s training officer has just asked her what she thinks about the world outside The Vista, knowing full-well, it’s a loaded question.

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  “I think there’s more to the world than just us. I think our parents have forgotten that.” Barely seventeen, she had a lot of opinions. Being very smart as well, Shannon was aware not all of those opinions would pan out to be correct. “Someday,” she said, throwing her pack in the back seat and taking the opportunity to stretch. “Some of us should go find out. Unofficially, if we have to.” Tall for a girl, she was lithe and more than pretty; dark hair, fair-skinned with eyes that looked green and occasionally gray. Any day she was on-duty, she carried a pair of Sig Sauer 9mms, left hip and right shoulder.

Are you going to bring that up to Security Command?” Ballentyne wondered, amused.

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Of course, things get more and more complicated from there.  I’m expecting a release date the first half of January, unless all my editors & readers get back with me, like tomorrow.  Anyway.  Backlash is free, The Vista & Renegades are 99c each, through the end of the year.  Naturally, I’d love reviews if you’ve read them.  Promo below.

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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.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What would you do, to protect your home?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W6R8WNM
Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNY774
Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0104VMFI4
Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood coming soon! Catch up on the series now.
Learning the truth about the Altered, and the legacy of The Vista, is the first priority of Team Three. It may earn them exile from their home. They know this. Failure is not an option.

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

WeWriWa 12/02/18

WeWriWa and Snippet Sunday – check them out if you like books.  You won’t be sorry.

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Holy cow, Batman, did that week fly by.  The bad news is – there are parts of Tau Scorpii I won’t share on the blog, and that’s where I am right now.  The good news – it’s moving right along.  So, this week is a snippet from Bloodlines, currently out with an editor.

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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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This is Hunter and Shannon, having a conversation.  All hell is about to break loose.  He’s always suspected the secrets of Team Three and the Altered were darker than anyone cared to admit.  The team has gotten themselves exiled from The Vista because of their refusal to cooperate with Council.  Things are about to get even more complicated than they were.

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Everyone has goals, it’s not a bad thing,” Hunter said.

I agree, as long as the Altered status in The Vista isn’t at risk.”

Do you think it is?”

You saw how Council was. I wanted to tell them, but I won’t, I can’t. They need to go on thinking . . .” Shan trailed off, never having said it, to anyone.

“Thinking what, tell them what?” Hunter asked.

She shook her head.

You said that you wished everyone knew they were like you – is it true?”

Torn, Shan didn’t want to answer, knowing he wouldn’t give up without one. “Not in the way you think.” 

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Yikes!  I really hope I wrap this up as well as I want.  Its been interesting.  I can’t swear I won’t wander back to this world at some point.  For now, Tau Scorpii is next.  Then, who knows?  Gratuitous promo next.  The books are mostly on sale for now.  They won’t be, when I release Bloodlines, FYI.

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

Free in most areas (sorry, Amazon does what it wants).
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The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What would you do, to protect your home?

99¢ !!
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Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood. Now, Team Three know what they are.

99¢ !!
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Bloodlines:Book 3 of The Wildblood
Failure is not an option.
Coming Soon!
http://www.topaz08.com/Bloodlines.html

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Other eBook and paperback retailers – 
http://www.topaz08.com

WeWriWa 11/25/18

Holidays make me forget what day of the week it is.  Luckily, the tv was on, and the wrong programs were showing up for a Friday night.  It’s Saturday, duuuh.

So, check out Snippet Sunday & WeWriWa for entertaining blog posts and fantastic snippets from some amazing authors.

Let’s see, I need an entertaining and fantastic snippet now . . .

 

Blurb – Tau Scorpii

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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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Our heroes are going out in the wilds, to see if there is anything to see.  Of course, it’s not that simple.  Sometimes, they don’t know who is the more dangerous enemy – the other species on Sedna, or the planet itself.

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Fine,” Taryn announced, getting annoyed quickly. “Flatrock goes north over four hundred miles, and east, over a hundred and eighty, or so we’ve been told. No one from Freeport has gone across it since we’ve been a village, so maybe it goes on for a thousand miles, or ten thousand. Find your way back without me.” It was a challenge, not a threat, and they looked around for a few moments, pointing in different directions, Taryn shaking her head. “You’re both wrong, I told you, it’s easy to get lost up here.”

Is that how you ended up at Highmarch?” Garrett asked smugly.

Yes, it is, and I’ve ridden the paths here for years. It’s not exactly flat, but it has few landmarks.

Great,” Skye muttered, as the wind started again.

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Naturally, the plot thickens.  I have no idea when this will be an actual book, springtime is looking good for it.  While you’re waiting, I have a post-apocalyptic series that will be wrapping up with book 3, in a few weeks.  They are on sale at Amazon right now, FYI.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What happens, after the end of civilization?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W6R8WNM
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-vista
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1012282167
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-vista-s-a-h…/1126903613
https://www.books2read.com/u/3nkaPm
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/686260
http://www.topaz08.com/TheVista.html

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood. 
Now, Team Three know what they are.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNY774
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/renegades-15
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1162143226
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renegades-s-a-h…/1126903604
https://www.books2read.com/u/bzpepn
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/686275
http://www.topaz08.com/Renegades.html

Bloodlines:Book 3 of The Wildblood
Failure is not an option.
Coming Soon!
http://www.topaz08.com/Bloodlines.html

Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0104VMFI4
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/backlash-39
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1012444527
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/backlash-s-a-ho…/1127070486
https://www.books2read.com/u/3JBdB3
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/686270
http://www.topaz08.com/Backlash.html

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.

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

Holiday Promo – The Wildblood

Happy Holidays to anyone celebrating this week, and to everyone else, have a safe & enjoyable time!  Tau Scorpii is in progress, Bloodlines is in edits.  Wish me luck.  While the covers are done, blurbs and such are not.  Fun times!  

 

The WildbloodNo 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?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W6R8WNM

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-vista

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1012282167

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-vista-s-a-hoag/1126903613

https://www.books2read.com/u/3nkaPm

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/686260

http://www.topaz08.com/TheVista.html

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNY774

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/renegades-15

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1162143226

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/renegades-s-a-hoag/1126903604

https://www.books2read.com/u/bzpepn

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/686275

http://www.topaz08.com/Renegades.html

Bloodlines:Book 3 of The Wildblood

Failure is not an option.

Coming Soon!

http://www.topaz08.com/Bloodlines.html

Asphalt road and dark storm clouds over it

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

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0104VMFI4

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/backlash-39

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1012444527

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/backlash-s-a-hoag/1127070486

https://www.books2read.com/u/3JBdB3

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/686270

http://www.topaz08.com/Backlash.html


All are available in paperback and eBooks www.topaz08.com

Excerpt (Backlash: Prequel to The WIldblood)

“Shannon,” her radio crackled static, snapping her out of a restless sleep. It was Wade on his private channel.

“Go ahead,” she answered groggily. Her watch read 9:30 pm and she was supposed to go on duty at 2:00 am. An hour – she’d been asleep an hour.

“Gear up. I’ll be there in five minutes to get you.”

“What’s going on?” she wondered, rubbing her eyes.

“Don’t ask, just do.”

He didn’t sound like they might be playing wargames. Shan moved.

Her mother was in the kitchen. Deirdre Allen was five foot three, with pale blond hair, hazel eyes, and was one of The Vista’s actual doctors. She’d been twenty-nine when civilization ended. “The hospital just called me in,” she announced. “Are you on-call?”

“I am now. Wade didn’t tell me why.”

“War games?”

“No,” Shan told her. “Not this time. I know you don’t like carrying, but I think this is serious. Take a sidearm, Mom, please.”

Deirdre nodded. “For your peace of mind I will.” She knew how to use it; she’d been forced to in the past and hoped she never would again. “Whatever it is, be careful.”

“I am, and Wade wouldn’t let me get away with anything else.”

She hugged her. “I mean it.”

“I’ll see you in the morning,” Shan said, hearing a car. “That’s Wade. If he tells me it’s practice, I’ll let you know.” She didn’t think it was likely, but he’d fooled her before.

The moment she dropped into the passenger seat, she knew it was real. “Can you tell me now?” She’d dressed in winter camos with body armor, both Sigs and a boot gun, clips in all her pockets, plus an array of knives. Her pack held spare ammo, food rations and various bits of survival equipment.

He glanced sideways at her, heading towards Station Two with a purpose. “We lost a Scout at Wisdom about an hour ago.”

“Lost?” she repeated, not expecting it.

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WeWriWa 11/11/18

At least WeWriWa keeps me writing – even if it’s only 10 sentences a week!  That’s a joke.  Want to catch more snippets?  Check out the WeWriWa page, there are some awesome authors hanging out there.  Sunday Snippet too!

 

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Ok, let’s do this all over again!  I’m writing a book.  Nifty, huh.  This one, The Myth of SolTerra, (possibly Tau Scorpii Book One) is a Sci-Fi Romance.  Please forgive my creative punctuation.  I’m keeping it to 10 sentences, and I won’t lie, this is a first draft and my punctuation is pretty questionable at this point anyway. 

 

Blurb – 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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He circled the pair, taking into account everything, stopping in front of Taryn, “Have you changed your name again?”

Not yet,” she said quietly, “I might have to. There’s a migration happening.”

I am aware, no thanks to you.”

The Caerule are south of the Highmarch.”

Now that, I didn’t know,” he peered at her, expecting her to have more to say. “I leave for a few days break, and I come back to find you, moving mercenaries into the city.”

An enemy of an enemy.”

If you believe that makes him our friend, I’m sending you home to go back to school. I don’t want to bury what’s left of your family, stop being impulsive, you know where it leads.”

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Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood is at the editor/beta readers, although I’m missing my actual editor now.  I’m not certain how this will effect my release date, but I promise to let you know when it’s happening.  If you’d like to catch up on the series, follow the graphic right to my website.  PS – yes, The Vista has a new cover.  Apparently, the previous one offended a big retailer who shall remain un-named.

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#8Sunday 07/16/17 WeWriWa

The WeWriwa page. Check it out. I find a lot of new books here!


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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 06/11/17

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.

The WeWriwa page. Check it out.


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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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Promo!

Specially priced during pre-order!
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.
Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood – Oct. 20, 2016
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNY774

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What happens, after the end of civilization?
The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W6R8WNM

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99¢ always!
Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood. Available in paperback also.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0104VMFI4

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The Wildblood Series

No one remembers what started the war, the big one. It happened too fast, and there were too many lies, for the truth to be known. 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 war may not be over.

All my books are available in ebook and paperback formats – http://www.topaz08.com

10/02/16 WeWriWa


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Find the entire crew of Weekend Writing Warriors here.

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OK, my stuff.  My characters don’t get much private time, and when they do, things can get interesting.  Shannon and Hunter get a brief respite from their routine.  They’ve been contemplating a change in their relationship for months.  Of course, nothing is ever simple.

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“You don’t owe me an explanation, Hunter. We’re different, we’re always going to be different, and the choices we make sometimes hurt.”

I was going to say, I’ve thought about it, and I don’t just give up and walk away.”

She didn’t understand, a brief shrug indicating he’d lost her. “You didn’t have to stay here with me, you know, the other side of the duplex is ten feet away.”

When we were all back in Cody, I told Mac I wouldn’t add complications to your life, until we’d taken care of the problem. It surprised me when you showed up here unannounced. The point is, if you’re willing, I’m willing – let’s see where this goes.”

Are we talking about sex?”

I am.”

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The good news is – Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood is available for pre-order at Amazon, and will be released on Oct. 20.  Of this year!  Other ebook formats will be available the same day, and a paperback edition as soon as I can manage to deal with the formatting.  Reserve one now, if you’d like.

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Other books in the series can be found at my website – http://www.topaz08.com

And It’s Sunday

I missed my weekend post, having gotten my hands on the next-to-the-last edit of Renegades.  So, if anyone is interested in helping me launch this baby, email me. Blog posts, Twitter posts, FB, you know what I mean. If you’d be interested in reviewing either The Vista or Renegades, let me know and I can send you an eArc. They are books 1 & 2 of a post-apocalyptic, action-adventure series.

Marketing is still a mystery to me. Helpful suggestions are always appreciated!

I’m also kicking my newsletter into gear. If you’re interested. I won’t resort to bribery, not yet. 😉

Have a peaceful, productive weekend. I should be back next week with a snippet. From which book, that remains to be seen.


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