SFR Brigade August Showcase


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As for me – The Wildblood series is finishing up – forever? I don’t know.  I’ve got a Science Fiction Romance on deck! No, it really is. I wasn’t that surprised, but I thought the previous one would go that way. Apparently, the post-apocalypse took over and blotted out the theme, mostly.

The new one doesn’t have a real name yet, I’m using Tau Scorpii: Book 1 until I think of what to call it. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

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When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caeruleum, she knows they won’t be happy that their hunting party was interrupted. She also knows, the male human is as likely to be as angry and unforgiving as his former captors. On Sedna, the desert isn’t safe for aliens. The catch is, most species on the planet are alien, including humans.

Garrett is a warlord of a rival clan, and while they aren’t enemies, they aren’t allies either. That is, until they uncover a scheme that would destroy his home and make them all slaves to the merciless barbarians.

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Great outline, right? No worries, I’ve had the entire plot in my brain for ages. Now I have to flesh it out. It’s more complicated, too. I like giving my readers a surprise, here and there. And I’m really happy, plus a little nervous, about crossing in to romance. I have no idea what heat level this will be. Time will tell. I’m a few thousand words in and still world-building.

It’s exciting, starting a whole new project. The Wildblood has been in the works for nearly 2 decades (that’s for another blog post), and I’m a little sad it’s over. Tau Scorpii promises new worlds, new characters, and new conflicts. I think I’ll have fun! Shooting for an early 2018 release date. Here’s a snippet, subject to editing, of course!

Taryn is about to break Garrett out of a camp of Caeruleum, who are large and barbaric hunters. Garrett is injured and Taryn isn’t a warrior, but she won’t leave him to die, even though they are strangers. He’s still human.

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“Can you travel?” Taryn whispered.

“I damned well have to, because we both know what happens when they wake up,” Garrett answered, an unfamiliar accent to his voice.

“Do we need to head west, or south?” she tried not to sound overly concerned, sawing on the tough, heavy rope. Southern clans were one thing, but the western ones, there might be a concern. Some were aggressive, even with other humans. Rumor had it, they were involved in slave trading, and burning out villages on their borders. As far as she knew, they were just rumors.

“Do you have a crawler?” he countered.

“Near here. If you can’t walk, we can’t get there.”

Even sprawled out in the sand, both wrapped in layers of protective clothing, it was obvious he was taller than her, at least two hand spans. There would be no contest of strength, if he was uninjured. Taryn had survived by knowing her enemy, and outwitting them. Dragging him across the desert might be a problem, however.

“Unless you have a better knife than that piece of bone, we aren’t going anywhere.”

Taryn looked at the blade. Old, dull, bone. She planned on trading for a metal one, when she could afford it. What some traders wanted, she wasn’t willing to offer. For a moment, the choice didn’t seem so wise. Her job, the one she told others about, was to move around the territory, record and observe, to guide travelers. Not sneak into Caerule camps.

“I don’t have another knife.”

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Yep, up a creek. Figuratively. There are no creeks on Sedna. You can keep up on my progress at my website, and find available books there. Thanks for stopping by.


SFR Brigade May 2017 Showcase


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This month, a new book, one that will actually have the ‘R’ in SFR. I don’t know if it will be ‘R’ rated yet or not. All this is in first draft, subject to typos, and revisions.

Tau Scorpii: Book 1

When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caeruleum, she knows they won’t be happy that their hunting party was interrupted. She also knows, the male human is as likely to be as angry and unforgiving as his former captors. On Sedna, the desert isn’t safe for aliens. The catch is, most species on the planet are alien, including humans.

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He might already be dead.

Taryn watched from the relative safety of the standing stones until the riders had moved away, knowing she was invisible, for now, in the stark landscape. The Caeruleum were known in the Near Desert for their love of hunting humans, and one of the group was certainly human. He hadn’t lasted long, in the mid-morning heat. They drug him across the sand, another two or three thousand paces, before the smaller captives began falling, forcing the caravan to stop.

Their solar-powered machines, dune crawlers, were common transportation, for those that could afford them, or steal them. This batch was varied, some three-wheeled, and some with only two, a few with windshields, a couple ready to fall apart in a strong wind, sitting out in the open, batteries charging. By the time Tau Scorpii B set, the marauders would have at least two feedings and one sleep. If they continued to move north, the captives were doomed to a life of slavery. A short life, in most cases. The human, even shorter, as they’d set him off on his own, before they continued on. They’d tracked him, kill him, and be on their way. It was routine, what they lived for. Find prey that could put up a fight, and hunt it.

Sedna had hundreds of non-indigenous species scattered across its massive continents, but no native ones. Humans, as the storytellers claimed, had been placed there a few generations earlier. Long enough to become acclimated, short time enough to remember where they came from. They were the only sentient species to give the Caeruleum a real challenge.

The standing stones marked the boundary of territory they claimed. She’d been looking for migration signs that signaled the start of spring, when the drama unfolded. Being familiar with the area, Taryn thought she had a fair to good chance of being able to sneak into the camp, and at least see if the human lived. After they ate, and well after they started into a sleep cycle. It would be up to him, if he would run or submit to his fate. Some males were particularly stupid, when it came to hiding from dangerous things.


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SFRB Showcase July 2016!


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On to a snippet.  I’ve rewritten this scene a few times, and while I can’t guarantee it’s done being tweaked, I think it is.  So for something completely different, I’m going to post the snippet, with my personal thoughts interjected in parenthesis.  This is really how my brain works.  you’ve been warned.

Hunter and Shannon have a reunion, about halfway through Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood.  Read the bold lines first, that’s the actual snippet.  Reread.  My smarmy comments are in italics.

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You’re not wearing body armor,” Hunter observed.

(Did you really think he wouldn’t notice that??)

She glared at him, dropping her canteen and clamping her mouth shut instead of saying something rude.

(You’re so lucky she didn’t punch you.  She’s twenty, for god’s sake.  Her hormones are running amok.)

He knew that look. “And you’re pissed at me. Because I kissed you?”

(I was right, you really are clueless.)

For a moment, Shan was astonished. “You think that’s why I’m angry?” She put her hands on her hips, only accentuating the fact she was mad, and that she wasn’t wearing body armor.

(No comment.)

Apparently, no. What did I do wrong?” Hunter asked, leery.

(Oh, Hunter, you silly, silly man.)

You could have asked me to come with you, when you left Estes Park.”

(You’re not paying enough attention, Hunter.  You should run now.)

You told me not to.”

(See previous statement.)

I might have alluded to it. The point is, you should have asked.” Shan was frustrated. He wasn’t like the other men she knew, the ones she’d grown up around. She had no trouble expressing herself to the select few of Team Three’s inner circle, or talking them in to things.

(Men.)

There was no winning the argument, he knew from past experience. “What about Mac?” he expressed his own frustration.

(Noooooooooo!!  You did not just say that!)

Mac?” she repeated, puzzled.

(It’s OK, Shan.  He’s clueless.)

Tall guy. Wears a cowboy hat, watches a lot of old movies when he’s off-duty. You two are . . . involved.”

(I’ll bet she knew that.)

She sighed. “I forget, sometimes. You think my relationship with Mac has some bearing on my relationship with you. It doesn’t.”

(TAKE THE HINT.)

Maybe not for you,” Hunter corrected. “And maybe not for him. I have trouble working around that. Once I figure it out, I’ll tell you all about how I feel.” He knew exactly how to push her buttons, or to make her think about it. His choice was the latter, this time.

(~headdesk~)

I don’t even know how to respond,” Shan decided after a moment.

(Me, either.)

What do you need my help for?” he changed the subject none too smoothly.

(YOU EEEDIOTT!)

I’m a Scout, I might as well see what I can about this trade route. Maybe it will keep Command from firing me, later.”

(looks for another cup of coffee)

Hunter folded his arms, never sure if she was joking when it came to Command.

(You know nothing, Hunter.  Nothing!)

There are times I really despise that . . . smug look,” she folded her arms, daring him to respond.

(You’re really not going to let him walk away like that, are you?  ARE YOU??)

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Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood will be release this autumn.  In the meantime, you can catch up with The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood, and Backlash, a prequel novella.  They are available on all e-formats, links on my website.

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SFR Brigade Showcase – May 2016


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Catch up will all the other blog posts for this month!

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Is it Science Fiction Romance?  That seems to be an ongoing question.  The easy part – is it Sci-Fi?  The difficult part is the romance.  In most sci-fi worlds, there are a lot of things happening.  Romance and sex are going to happen, too, that’s just how life is.  I figure, if one or more characters are motivated by love/sex/romantic ideas, the answer is yes.  And it’s not a bad thing.  Anyone that looks down their nose at a ‘romance’ book isn’t paying attention.  Life is motivated by that chance at love.  Without it, what’s the point of merely existing?  So grab a book and enjoy it, whatever labels are tacked on.

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Is my current novella Sci-fi?  And is it romance?  I sit here, laughing.  So many labels could be stuck on this one. Fantasy, Urban Myths, Sci-fi, romance, adult, NSFW? Yes, there is adult content. Is it romance? Considering the characters, I’d have to say yes, but again, no spoilers.

Lyra studies vampires, the minuo, that’s her job.  Figuring out where they came from and if there’s a chance to contain the spread of the infection are her goals.  Yep, Sci-fi.

Romance?  That would be telling.  Hey!  Here’s an excerpt.  Lyra is discussing current events with her brother.  Things are not what they seem.

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“What does ‘Samael’ mean to you?” I hadn’t specifically put that in my written report and I sure as hell hadn’t told Jerry. I don’t know why, but it feels like one of those secrets.

Morgan half-heartedly shrugs. “A lot of ancient text consider ‘Samael’ to be the angelic name of Lucifer; others call him ‘the angel of death’.” He mulled on it a few moments, letting me lead him back to my cozy corner. I motion for another round of drinks. “Is that what your shapeshifter called himself?” he finally asks.

“Yea, it is.”

“He is neither,” Morgan tells me.

“I know,” I say.

He said it to scare you.”

“It worked.”

“If I thought this was all an elaborate trap, do you think I’d be letting you get on that airplane tomorrow?” he asks in all seriousness.

“It is an elaborate trap, Morgan, just not for me.”

“At the end of all this, you need to remember which side you are on.” He knows how easy it is to get lost when you’re working both sides.

“I know.”

“Don’t let Jerry get you in to something you can’t handle.” He’s beginning to sound like my father, or something.

“I won’t.”

“Be careful,” he repeats.

“With every breath I take,” I tell him.

Morgan has to get the last word in. “Stop letting Voitec run your life.”

What in the hell else am I supposed to do?

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is an Urban Mythos Novella.  I plan on a series of these urban myth stories; this is the first, and it’s on sale right now for 99¢. Also available at Kobo.


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Lyra Alexander considers herself an archeologist, a job that normally wouldn’t be very dramatic or dangerous. The problem with her job, however, is that she studies vampires. And they aren’t too thrilled about being studied.

In this world, there are all kinds of creatures prowling in the night . . . Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.

SFR Brigade Showcase – April

Welcome to the Showcase!  Be sure to check out the great authors sharing blogs this month.

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 Shannon and Mac Get Interviewed!

Q.  Each person gets the chance to reply to an answer.  If you refuse a question, we reserve the right to let the other person ask you anything he/she wants.

Q. Mac – What do you know about Shannon that no one else does?

Mac – Well, occasionally others might become aware of this because she’s pretty vocal about it.

Shan – You better be careful what you say next.

Mac – Shannon is afraid of bugs.  The ones that can fly around.

Shan – He’s right. I don’t like things that fly at you and bite.

Q.  What scares you about Mac?

Shan – Sometimes he does things without considering the consequences.  He’ll jump in a fight and take a beating, just so he can say he did it.

Mac – To be fair, when I do  those things, you’re right there with me.

Shan – Someone has to cover your back.

Mac – I can take care of myself.

Shan – That’s not how I remember things.

Q. – Next question.  Mac, what are your goals in life?

Mac – I’d like things in The Vista to be more secure.  We’ve learned a few things recently that make me question how safe we are.  Beyond that, I’d like to find a place to live where I don’t have to worry about things from the past.  I might settle down some day.  I might head out and see what’s in the world.

Q.  Shan – Who is your best friend?

Shan – Wade.

Q.  Would you care to elaborate?

Shan – Not particularly.  That’s just the way it is.  People can speculate on it any way they want.

Q. Mac – What do you think other people think of you?

Mac – That I’m the easy one in Team Three to get along with.  In most cases, that’s true enough.  Rumors make for a lot of speculation, and civilians might have the impression I don’t take my job as serious as I should.  Other Security officers know better.

Q. Shannon – If you could live in another time, where and when would it be?

Shan  – That’s not possible.

Q. It’s a hypothetical question.  If.

Shan – The 1960’s seemed interesting.  There were a lot of changes happening.  A lot of history being made.

Q.  Both of you – Team Three is together, Team Three isn’t together, it’s been hit and miss for a year now.  What do you foresee in the immediate future?

Shan – We have unfinished business, in The Vista, in Estes Park.  It’s time we confront those problems and deal with them.  No one’s going to do it for us, and we certainly don’t want anyone to try.

Mac – Let’s not forget about Cody.  We have that now, and we need to keep it.  It’s easy to forget how vulnerable a place can be, especially a new place.  I agree, that we need to go home, too.  That’s the important thing to remember.  We’ll do what we have to, protecting The Vista.  I think we’ve already proven that.

Q. Any last words of advice?

Shan – Don’t trust anyone that didn’t come out of The Vista with you.

Mac – Out in the badlands, not everyone is who you think they are.  In fact, no one is.

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Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood by S. A. Hoag – Coming in 2016!

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood by S. A. Hoag – available now.


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SFR Brigade December Showcase

December already!  I think I’ll do something fun & different this month.


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I’ve been swearing for more than a year now, there’s romance in Book 2. There is, or there will be. Book 1 (The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood)had a subplot of said future romance. But characters are only human (these, in this series anyway), so I’ve decided to do a teaser post entitled ‘Who is Shan’s Secret Boyfriend?’. Snippets are from The Vista. Here we go!

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“Taylor is certainly tight with you, with Team Three. Wasn’t it his brother you were training as a Scout?”

Shan nodded.

“You are just a talkative one today,” Hunter said. “Are you seeing him?”

“Chris? No. He’s barely sixteen.”

“Kyle. You spend a lot of time with him.”

“He joined Security right after I did.” She smiled to herself.

“So, are you seeing him?”

“He’s married.” She was pretty certain she didn’t want to delve into her family tree with him.

“That makes a difference to you?”

She nodded, a bit indignant. “Of course it does. Doesn’t it matter to you?”

“Yeah,” he confessed. “I’m just making conversation.” He was trying to keep her mind off other things. “What about ‘X’?”

“He’s not married,” she told him, absolutely meaning to sound suggestive.

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Ah-ha!  Shannon being onery to Hunter.  This is an on-going thing between them, from page one.  The catch is, she is already in a serious relationship.  Also, her particular variety of human doesn’t view sex and relationships in a typical way.  Which leads to a lot of interesting possibilities.  Or not!

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“I’m going to catch a couple hours sleep,” she stifled a yawn. “I have to be back at Station Two tomorrow at a reasonable hour.”

“What’s ‘reasonable’?” Taylor went ahead and asked.

“Damned if I know. Whenever Mac or Wade heads in that direction. They keep stealing my car.” She hopped down off the wall and meandered towards the station.

“So I should hide my keys?”

Shannon nodded. “You all better.”

“They have the doors off the rooms on the third floor. You should grab one downstairs before the rest of first shift gets them,” ‘X’ warned.

“I already have one,” she smiled. “One of the advantages of working the com room.”

“You still sleep naked?” ‘X’ asked for the benefit of the rookie, putting on his best innocent face. Hunter on third and Reid at shortstop both lost their attention on whoever was at bat.

“Except during Sweeps,” she didn’t miss a beat.

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Mr. ‘X’, hinting at a relationship that’s ‘friends with benefits’, at least for Book 1.  All bets are off after that, because you know how characters can take off with a simple plot twist and run.

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Yeah, those are just teasers. There are a lot of one-liners, too, but they’d not make any sense out of context. The Vista is less of a romance, with a lot of back story, character history and setting up conflicts to last several books. The relationships, the romance, is a vital part of the storyline. That becomes more evident in Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood.  It’s a WIP and due out in Feb., 2016.  Keep checking here for more snippets, a cover reveal and a giveaway!

Links to get my books –

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood by S. A. Hoag is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.


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Backlash is the prequel novella, and it’s free on all formats.

 


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