Tau Scorpii Snippet

This is an unedited first draft – yes, I know about the typos, ect.

Asher, telling his potential allies/enemies a little bit about his background. He needs their cooperation and none of them are particularly cooperative. There will be chaos.

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Summary

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 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.

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“I was seven when we were taken. Planetfall, the adults called it, but no one remembered what actually happened. There was a flash of light. It felt like I was floating, then I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move, couldn’t see.” Asher stood away from them, glancing back to see where Aiden was. “Then I woke up on another world, with twin stars, the sky almost orange, and alien beings we couldn’t understand and were terrified of.”

How long is this story going to be?” Ianto finally had something to say.

I could tell you about everything I’ve seen and everything I’ve done, and you’d still chose to not believe it,” Asher said. “I spent nearly twenty years in the Terran complex before I ventured out.”

Why?” Garrett asked.

Because I could.”

Taryn had a sick feeling, understanding some of the cryptic things he’d said over the years. “Why haven’t you gone back?”

Because I can’t,” he told her.

Who did you kill?” Skye asked, voice dripping sarcasm.

Asher let it go. “The expeditions I sent north were fully aware of the consequences. It’s possible to view the cities safely from a distance, but there’s a barrier around them. It doesn’t harm living things. You can only cross it once. That’s why you can’t let expeditions head south of Pike’s Pass. If they cross, they are there forever.”

The warlords fell silent.

Suppose we wanted to see this for ourselves?” Aiden asked first.

“You are free to go. The humans in the various cities set up borders and warnings. You can communicate, if you happen to speak the same dialect. Some are friendly, others will simply ignore you. That’s up to you.” he indicated all of them. “After you get the pass blockaded.

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Autumn, 2021

Snippet – Tau Scorpii

I’m getting to the uphill climb with Tau Scorpii. As usual, the plot has been much more complicated than I originally thought, but I guess that’s how I write. This book is exciting for me because it’s not the series. I love ‘the series’, but it’s good to know I can write something else! I’m hoping to have a release date in the early autumn. When I know, you’ll know.

In the meantime, I’m playing with learning how to make book trailers. I did a quick one for The Vista. Plans for Tau Scorpii include a much-improved book trailer and some real advertising. Grand plans, I know.

So this is a snippet from one of my favorite scenes. Taryn and Skye aren’t quite certain how to act around one and other. Things are about to heat up, in more ways than one.

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“Walk with me,” Skye beckoned to Taryn, moving to the side of the road.

Garrett nodded and headed for the caravan, knowing where he wasn’t wanted.

“I’ve been told,” he began as she dismounted and moved next to him. “I’m over-reacting to this situation.”

“Getting stuck with a caravan, or about you and I?”

Another thing he liked about her, that she was so straightforward. “Pick one.”

“Us,” she said without hesitation.

“I don’t see you as Shaye. I know that’s who you were, but not for me,” Skye explained.

“That was a log time ago. You never changed your name.”

“No one was looking for stray warriors from Tycho Alles. Ianto had distant blood kin in a ruling family, and as far as we know, you two were the only survivors related to the Patrons.”

“It doesn’t matter now.” She was walking close enough beside him, her hand brushed his every few steps.

“It does.”

“Skye, let it go.”

He cut in front of her, making her stop. “Say that again,” he leaned close, challenging her.

She didn’t waver. “There’s nothing you can do to change it.” Then she fiddled with the collar of his dusty vest, pretending to straighten it. “The past is gone. Let it go.” Neither of them blinked. Taryn pulled him forward and kissed him, brushing her lips over his for a few lingering moments. “I know you were a good man. Show me who you are now,” she whispered.

“You might not like who I am now.”

“I was going to say the same thing. I’m not your princess,” Taryn used a childhood fairy tale to make her point.

Skye had been read the same stories when he was young. “I’m not your knight in shining armor.” It was a stare-down, and for a few moments, and he didn’t know if she was going to kiss him again or slap him. Both would have the same effect. “This isn’t over, it’s not even started yet.”

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Subject to editing, of course, but I love this scene. It’s indicative of their relationship.And now, for the promo part of this post!

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Tau Scorpii: The Myth of SolTerra

Sedna is home to hundreds of predatory alien species. Humans are one of them. It’s about to get more difficult to survive.

Their clan was scattered in a war, years ago. By accident or fate, Taryn and Skye have found each other. What they face now, they have no control over. The weather is changing. Their clans must find a way to adapt, and to make peace with with themselves and other species. The alternative is extinction.

And of course, all The Wildblood books are available on my website. I have signed paperbacks, too, for readers in the US. Email me if you’re interested.

WeWriWa 12/20/2020 Part 2

Ok, trying this again. Check out the WeWriWa blog for authors sharing their books, bit by bit. It’s fun.

I’ve been AWOL this year, mostly, but I’m writing. This snippet is from Tau Scorpii, the book 2nd in queue to be released in 2021.

Summary

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 for the future 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.

(Garrett is injured, Taryn is bossy. They have just met. No, they are not the romance sort of thing that happens later.)

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Garrett flexed his limbs, his leg, carefully, flinching, “It’s not deep, but out here,” he shrugged, “Bad enough.”

“Or you could drop your pants and let me stitch it,” Taryn offered.

“Have you ever worked on a human patient?”

Folding her arms, she nodded towards the eastern horizon, “Do you see that tiny cloud, way out there – that might be a puff of smoke, a Denzik herd stampeding, a crawler kicking up dust. My opinion, that is a haboob about to start up and roll this way and we’re going to have to dig in right here,” she indicated the dune they stopped beside. “You can sit here and bleed, or you can let me fix it, because I’ve sewn up dozens of wounded animals, humans included.”

Pushing himself up and out of the crawler, he balanced carefully, towering over her, then moved aside. “Dig your hole and we’ll get on with this, I’m no good to you crippled.”

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And that’s my 8. Sorry for the creative punctuation!

I have a number of books in the works. Outliers: Team Two will be the first one out next year, followed by this one. With some luck and some persistence, a third book will happen although I’m not entirely certain which.

The Wildblood: Trilogy One books have all been reduced in price, in anticipation of a new one. The box set is also on sale until Christmas.

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So, I’m back, in the process of writing two books in a series at the same time.  Well, writing one, plotting the other.  It’s interesting.  Unlike The Wildblood series, the books of Tau Scorpii will contain new characters in each.  So far, so good.  Here’s a snippet from the first one, since I don’t have enough of the second to make sense yet.  Draft, subject to revision.  Forgive the creative punctuation.

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Blurb

Sedna is home to hundreds of predatory alien species. Humans are one of them. The weather is changing. It’s about to get more difficult to survive.

Their clan was scattered in a war, years ago. By accident or fate, Taryn and Skye have found each other. What they face now, they have no control over. The weather is changing. Their clans must find a way to adapt, and to make peace with each other. The alternative is extinction.

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Tell me about Freeport,” Skye said, studying the bottle she’d brought to the table; it was water, by far the most expensive drink in the place. The bar was questionable in upkeep, and company, so they’d taken a table in the back.

Farms, mostly, we trade with other cities along the territory,” Taryn sat next to him, relaxed.

You’re a farmer, now?” he teased, but there were so many serious things he wanted to say.

She smiled, “In addition to doing ranger duties now and then, I’m a Captain of the Dawn Watch.”

Once upon a time, he’d been her father’s warlord, a Captain of the Watch. “You’re not joking.”

No, I’m not; I couldn’t do anything about it when we found ourselves homeless and in hiding, but I didn’t grow up being that defenseless.”

You tried talking your brothers into teaching you the bow, all the time.”

I’m not great with a bow,” she confessed, “I can handle a sword pretty well.”

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Both will be out in the world Autumn 2020!

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In the meantime, The Wildblood: Trilogy One is available now in one volume or  as separate books!

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WeWriWa 07/21/19

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It’s late, I must get this online.

Summary – Tau Scorpii

  When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caerule, 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.

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This snippet is Taryn and Skye, about to have a fight.  He wants to scare her in to going home, fearing she’ll get caught in the middle of a fight she knows nothing about.  Problem is, Taryn does scare easily.

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Out here, it’s different than following Asher around his Keep, watching for trouble.”

It is,” Skye agreed, not wanting to get confrontational. It was the only way to make her stay away – from Garrett, and from him. “Playing in the Keep is nothing like a real battle, with swords, and blood, and death, don’t pretend to think it is.”

Taryn blinked, surprised.

You draw pretty pictures and study books that might not mean a thing. You cross the Carule and say ‘don’t draw weapons’,” he went on, a knot in the pit of his stomach. “You don’t belong out here, looking for lost cities, or facing warriors that aren’t afraid of you because of who Asher is. Go back to Argent with the stewards, before you get hurt, or before you get someone else hurt.”

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I’m hoping to have a release date figured out soon for Tau Scorpii.

I have a stand-alone Wildblood novel happening, and the box set from the first trilogy is available now as an ebook.  Individual ones as ebook, and paperback.  Just click the pic to go to my webpage!

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WeWriWa 06/09/19

Another Saturday night, another post.  Writing is progressing, although there are three projects bouncing around.  I’m still pushing for Tau Scorpii to be the next release, and currently, it’s in the lead.

Check out WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday if you like reading these intriguing bits of works in progress.  I’ve discovered so fantastic authors here.  My Kindle is happy.

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It’s already crazy hot here in the desert, and we’ve had two haboobs in two weeks.  I hope that’s not a pattern.  I like to be able to breathe.  “Move to the desert”, they said.  “It’ll be soooo nice in the winter.”  Right.  We will not discuss June, July & August.

No wonder I’m writing a book about being trapped in the desert, and trying to find a way out.  Luckily for me, the Rocky Mountains are 30 minutes away.  I need a vacation.  Maybe I’ll get one this year.  Wish me luck, good luck,  I’m going to need it the next few weeks.

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Summary – Tau Scorpii

  When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caerule, 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.

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Garrett and Ianto are discussing their current dilemma, that the hierarchy of their clan is splintering and a newcomer is making the division happen faster, intentionally or not.  While they are concerned, they also find it amusing, that Skye, a devout bachelor, is firmly confused, frustrated, and intimidated by the situation.

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You aren’t worried about Taryn?” Garrett had to ask, he’d been wanting to for days.

I’m worried because it’s Taryn,” Ianto said.

She’s as capable as any of my warriors, including you, and including him.”

I have no doubt, I’m still surprised by the fact of who she is. Skye has always blamed himself for what happened, even if it’s baseless.”

Guilt has no reason to it.”

He might overcompensate for it, now – infatuated, interested, it’s there, we’ve both seen it, and it looks mutual.”

It does, and if it is, they’ll figure it out, so what’s your worry?”

You, and him, are plotting to replace me, with her,” Ianto kept a straight face a few moments, before riding off towards the caravan.

She’s a damned sight better to stare at all day, it can be arranged,” Garrett called after him.

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Alrighty then.  The books in The Wildblood trilogy are on sale for 99c each until sometime Monday, Amazon only, sorry.

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06/02/19 WeWriWa

So this week, something completely different!  No, no, that’s Monty Python.  I wish I could write comedy, but here I am, jotting down Notes About the End of the World.  That would actually be a great title.  I bet someone else has already used it.  Anyway.  Check out the fabulous authors sharing their snippets at WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday.

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Summary – Tau Scorpii

  When Taryn rescues another human from a marauding band of Caerule, 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. 

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Here we have Garrett and Skye in yet another argument.  It seems to be a pattern, and now their clash of wills has intensified because of Taryn, and what she claims to know.  Things aren’t going to get easier.  Asher has a plan, and every person involved is independent, stubborn, and smart.  Working together won’t be easy.  It could be deadly.

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If you think you can do better on your own, you’re free to try,” Garrett challenged, as soon as they were a distance down the road from the inn, out of earshot, next to an open field where a few cattle grazed, unconcerned. “Or take charge, and go look at the damned plateau. Either way, figure it out because someone is going out there after star-rise.”

You know what happens, when I lead a war party.”

This isn’t a war party. One time, Skye, you lost one battle – how many have you had, since then?

It was enough.” He paced the dirt road, wondering briefly if he should go to Argent, to Seafront, to any of the tiny villages where he could make a decent living keeping wild animals out of the livestock pens, or scaring off the dirt poor bandits that lived on the edge of the desert.

You’re not going to find anything up there.”

I think you’re wrong. I think you don’t want me to find anything out-of-the-ordinary.”

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And they’re off.  Way off, but that’s just a teaser.

The Wildblood Trilogy One will be available as a boxset, sometimes this summer.  Right now, each book is only 99c at Amazon.  If you enjoy post-apocalyptic, action-adventure, that’s what they are.   Follow the links!  Have a beautiful week.

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Bloodlines

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.

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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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4/14/19 WeWriWa

I’m still here!  I’m not alone either.  You can check out other authors will to share their snippets at WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday.

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In Real World News – Did you catch that amazing first photo of an actual Black Hole?  I won’t post it because I’m not certain about NASA & copyright infringement, but a search on the interweb will get you a million places to see the same picture.  The Falcon 9 launch Thursday (Apr 11) was also a sight to see.  All three booster rockets returned in a perfect sequence.  It was beautiful.  I love live tv feeds.

Meanwhile, in the world of Tau Scorpii, my intrepid characters are making progress of their own.  They’ve put aside their problems and ventured from the Near Desert to . . .  well, the uncharted desert.  It’s progress, I swear.  They aren’t trying to kill each other, right now, either.  I told you, progress.

Except I never make things easy on my characters.  Big things are about to happen, but they have time for a break in their routine, a little relaxation, a little fun.

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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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“If the time comes when there is trouble out here, you should know, Skye will try to protect you; personally, I think he’s crazy, but he will try,” Garrett told her.

“Would it do any good for me to talk to him?” Taryn wondered.

He chuckled, “No, like I said, he’s not big on talking.”

“What can I do?”

“Be careful.”

“I thought I’d race across the desert, waving a Tycho Alles banner, shouting my name, just to see if anyone noticed.”

“Naked,” Garrett said, “to be sure.”

Taryn blinked, speechless, usually having the upper hand, when dealing with warriors.

“That would make things more interesting, and I have a plan, to make things more interesting.”

“I’m not driving naked, anywhere,” Taryn pointed out quickly, getting a raucous laugh from him; she wasn’t amused.

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I apologize for the interesting punctuation there.  My release date timetable is still a mystery.  I will hopefully have a better idea what my plans are for the next few month, by the first week of May.  It’s a bit scary, moving now.  Its been 15 years since the last one.  I’m sure I have a lot of stuff to throw out, and I’m just as sure, this is going to kick me hard.  It will be a good thing, tho.  The countdown is on.

Bloodlines is on 99c sale for a few weeks.  It’s third 3rd and final installation in this story arc of The Wildblood.  Yes, that means there will be more, standalone novels if I have my way with these characters.  You can find all the current books on my website.

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