8/8/2021 WeWriWa

Check it out! Books. You know I like books. The blog has a group of authors willing to share their snippets.

So the kittens are visiting at least one of the neighbors. I hope someone catches them and takes them in. I’m really not set up for felines. They’re both big enough now to get out in that 7 acre field behind me and get food. I’m keeping an eye on them, just in case.

Writing. Interesting thing I’ve decided to do. Tau Scorpii is going great, at 70k now and I still have plenty of things for my characters to do. I don’t think they’re happy with me right now. Most of them will get over it. Okay, some of them will.

My snippet this week, however, is from Outliers: Team Two. I’m pushing some promos this week because the book up next is the next one in the series. Here’s a look at Team Two. They don’t always agree.

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“What’s so earth shattering, so traumatizing, that you think it would change our entire way of life? What secrets do you think you still have?”

“I can’t say,” Shan repeated.

“Why not?”

“Because I don’t want to change the way you see me. Either of you.”

“That can’t happen.”

“What if you’re wrong?” her voice ratched up a notch.

“Let her blow up the damned place and be done with it,” Ballentyne interrupted.

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(A few more if you’d like to go on!)

“Is that what you need to do?” Green asked her.

“I’m not sure. If I wasn’t being interrogated, I could go do this.”

“Great. Who do you want to watch our perimeter?” Ballentyne interrupted before their quarrel could fire back up.

“I don’t care,” she dismounted, taking her field glasses to have a closer look. “Figure it out.”

“Your choice,” Ballentyne offered his partner, knowing their brewing conflict was far beyond mere Security matters.

“The perimeter is mine,” Green said, turning his horse and heading back to the crest of the hill that ran east to west along the dirt road. “I’ll let you know if I see anything.”

Ballentyne followed her, dismounting. “Can I ask you something unrelated to all this confusion and subterfuge?”

“Always,” she answered, squinting off towards the east.

“How did you find it in the dark, in the snow, like you had a map?”

“You’ll think I’m making it up, if I tell you,” Shan offered. “I can hear it.”

He said nothing. The idea of synesthesia was nothing new to him, and it was prevalent among the Altered.

“You’ve seen me out at night, watching meteor showers when they have star-gazing parties in the park. I hear them as well as I see them. I can hear Rock Creek as clearly as any of us can see it, even more once we get clear of the ridge.”

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There they go, blowing stuff up again. You can check out why – Outliers is on sale this week for 99c.

PPS- I have all 5 paper backs available, US shipping only at this time. Email me if you’re interested ( topaz08 at gmail.com ). Without the spaces, of course.

WeWriWa 08/01/2021

Check it out. Authors sharing their process and some fantastic books!

Apparently, I’ve adopted a Siamese kitten living under my house. There’s a full grown black & white cat (mom?), a much larger gray and white kitten, and this teeny fluffball Siamese kitten. Maybe he’s the runt. I don’t know. I put food and water out for him every night after dark. The two bigger ones try to crowd him out, but all I have to do is tap on the window and they run. The little guy doesn’t and I make sure he eats and drinks, and when he’s finished, the other two are free to eat. I don’t know if I can catch him, or even if I should try. But, I sort of have a house guest now.

  So, back to writing. Tau Scorpii is screaming along towards ‘the end’, and I’m really pleased with it. All that plotting and planning has paid off. Of course, I have a bit of research to do, when I get to the rewriting. It shouldn’t take long. I’m aiming for Autumn 2021, so September? October? You’ll know as soon as I have a set date. There will be giveaways, signed books, all kinds of promo stuff. 

  Outliers: Texas is taking shape as well. It’s going to fill in a lot of things the first trilogy brought up. I think fans of the series will love it.

Something from Tau Scorpii. This snippet is Taryn and Aiden about to confront the alien Caerule following their caravan.

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“Are we going to die today?” Aiden asked, not normally being one to contemplate his mortality.

“If I can manage to talk to them, we’ll be fine,” Taryn had her horse moving at a brisk trot, and it was an uncomfortable gait in the sand, plus it was getting hot. “On Flatrock, they were afraid of the rain.”

“So were we.”

She nodded, “Whatever happens, do not draw your sword – I mean it.”

“You said that, on Flatrock.”

“And they didn’t draw so let me at least try to talk to them, or you can go back to the caravan and help wrangle the horses.”

“There’s nothing you could say to make me let you go out there alone.”

(My 8!)

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(And a few more lines.)

“This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to communicate with a band of them,” she said. “Alone.”

“I know.”

“It’s not the second time, either. I haven’t gotten killed trying.”

He was certain he’d rather be anywhere else, and that he had to be there despite all of it.

“Don’t smile, either.”

“Why in all the hells ever created would I smile?”

“Showing them your teeth is a sign of aggression.”

“We’re in so much trouble,” he noted.

Well, that reminds me I need to make some new promos and write an updated blurb. Yay me!

WeWriWa 06/27/2021

That’s the place you want to go, to find authors sharing their works in progress. Mine is below, it’s Tau Scorpii. I’m close to finishing this draft, and there’s some research I have to do before I polish it up and send it out. Autumn 2021 is my target date. I know, not very specific. Sorry. On to the teaser – please keep in mind it’s unedited and possibly has creative punctuation to fit the 10.

If you want to read a teaser from the same scene, it’s here.

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BLURB – Tau Scorpii

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.

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(This is the bunch of people that don’t like or trust each other, trying to figure out how they are going to get along long enough to save themselves.)

“Question,” Skye said, “Do you communicate with the Caerule?”

“We’ve attempted to,” Asher admitted, “The results are mixed.”

How? They don’t have the vocal capacity we do.”

They have a language,” Taryn answered. “It’s less complex than our dialects, as far as I can tell, but they respond well to sign language.”

“Is that what you were doing out at Highmarch?” Garrett asked; when Taryn responded by pursing her lips and remaining silent, his gaze snapped to Asher.

Aiden became alert, Skye and Ianto both aware of the tension in the room.

Why was she at Highmarch?” Garrett repeated to Asher.

“On my orders.”

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And that’s 10. If you want to read a bit more, I’ve included it for more context.

I can’t let you go to this Pike’s Pass when his motives are unknown,” Skye pointed out to Garrett. “That’s my job, to keep you safe. This isn’t safe, I don’t think it ever was.”

Taryn groaned. “Men have to go out of their way to complicate everything. This wasn’t complicated, and now it is.”

It was complicated from the beginning,” Asher disputed her.

Because you made it that way,” she accused, her voice rising. “I go out, I do things for you, I get them done, I come home.”

Asher chuckled. “Nothing you’ve done, alone, has ever gotten complicated. Like finding stray chieftans and bringing a band of mercenaries to my city.”

Garrett cleared his throat.

Tell him about your uncomplicated life,” she told Asher. “Because you announced you’re Earthborn. After that, everything else is less complicated.”

She was out at Highmarch because I sent her to see where you and your little band were. I knew when you left your territory, I knew when your crossed into the High Desert. Taryn didn’t know who you were or why I cared. She rescued you on her own. I had her following you for my own political purposes.” Asher was as interested in her reaction as theirs.

As a warlord?” Skye asked. “Because Warlords, they’re assassins as often as they aren’t.”

She’s a ranger first, my warlord when she needs to be. If I had wanted Garrett, or any of you dead, I’d have sent Aiden, not Taryn.”

Aiden merely smiled as the Alles Aran glanced at him.

“Complicating things,” Taryn announced.

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Complicated – my books develop a lot of plot as they go along, and I like it that way. I don’t want the reader to get bored. You can find my other books currently in print at my website (links to all the retailers) and get up-to-date info there as well.

PS- I have all the books in The Wildblood series available in signed paperbacks now, despite what the graphic says. US shipping only, I’m getting bookplates printed for fans overseas!

Another Week, Another Month – Another Book!

A snippet, then promos! This is from Bloodlines. I’ve been busy co-ordinating covers for the trilogy so I can move on to Tau Scorpii and get that finished before autumn. After that, the follow-up of Outliers: Team Two, working title Outliers: Texas. Yes, I’m going there!

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It was a nightmare; she knew it, and there was nothing she could do to stop it. The fear was already there. Shan could hear voices outside, somewhere. They were angry voices, arguing and shouting. She moved to the window, recognizing the room as one of the private chambers for Council on the second floor of City Hall. The view west revealed Station Two, burning, and a bonfire in the street out front. People were fighting, baseball bats, 2×4s, anything they could find. Someone was shooting randomly from the rooftop of the old bank.

“Get away from the window,” a disembodied voice warned.

There was no one else in the room. Shan turned to look. It was pitch black and empty, creaking like old buildings do.

Fire in the Station was spreading upwards, glass breaking, smoke whipping in the air like there was a wind, but there wasn’t. She went back to the scene unfolding, knowing a group of Vistans were about to come out of the bank and confront the Scavengers en masse. Security had re-enacted the scenario with trainees over the years, showing them how things could go wrong, and how things could go right, in the middle of an attack.

“I said, get away from the window,” Rafe growled, striding into the room. He grabbed her by the hair, dragging her back towards the blackness beyond the doorway.

It was like she was in water, moving in slow motion, trying to fight back, to break away. He spun her around, hand on her throat.

A brilliant flash of light from outside drew their attention, and he released his grip on her. The light grew until it blotted out everything else. They both stared, watching as it faded. Shan knew what it was, knew it was the warhead on Missouri Breaks. Then the people outside began screaming. The windows shattered inwards.

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09/27/2020 WeWriWa

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So, go visit the WeWriWa blog. There are authors there, sharing their process PLUS juicy tidbits of writings. It’s fun. Share with your friends!

I know I’ve been gone for months again. Sorry. Things are weird, and by ‘things’, I mean the whole wide world. You know, you live here, too. Anyway, I’ve been writing. Two will be finishing up shortly, two more are just bits & pieces at this point. If I can, I’d like to release at least one in November. Because I’ve lost both my editors, it may get pushed past the holiday to late January.

Let me repost all this since WordPress seems to hate me. The entire site has changed since I was here last time.

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You know what happened in The Wildblood: Trilogy One, but what are the stories you don’t know? Outliers explores parts of The Wildblood world kept hidden, the stories yet to be told.

A generation after World War 3, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know, are the people you do know.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineer humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.

This novel is a segue between The Wildblood: Trilogy One and the upcoming stand-alone novels.

(These 10 are a middle-of-the-night conversation between Harlan and Kaden, discussing things that may or may not have happened, in places too far away, that will directly effect their lives. Yes, they are important and in fact, may have their own novel next year!)

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“Are you trying to get killed, or start a war?” Harlan asked, frustrated. Sometimes he couldn’t stop himself from lecturing; of all the Altered children he’d help liberate in the years after the war, Kaden was the one who had stayed close, the one who called him father.

“Neither. What have you heard about current events?”

“Literally nothing – I said it, The Vista isn’t on the air or they are ignoring us. I think the former, considering there was an attack there the same time as the one in Platte River. Cody sent an audio message, that they’d be in contact shortly and that was six days ago. Estes Park, nothing, Platte River, nothing, and we don’t plan on letting Angelfire know we’re here, for the time being. It’s been snowing, so no travelers either. You are it.”

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That’s it, 10 sentences. There are a lot more. While you’re waiting, here’s a promo for the first trilogy.

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About Real Life

My husband moved on from this life to whatever is next, on March 10.  The last few weeks were as bad as you can imagine.  He’s free of it, now.

Along with the rest of my family, we emerged from the nightmare of the past two years, into a world spiraling into a pandemic.  We are dazed, still figuring out how to go forward, yet still trapped in the hell his illness has caused, for reasons I can’t legally explain now, and maybe ever.

We will get through this.  Nights are particularly bad.  I will continue to write, as the things I had in progress are slowly beginning to urge me to continue.  It takes time.  Right now, it’s more of a curse than a blessing because I can’t even get out of the house to break up the sadness.

Please be safe, take precautions, wash you hands, say “I love you” more often.

A Personal Note

This is a note to let those of you following my books know what’s happening here, in my Real Life.

Bloodlines was released in Jan., 2019, followed by the box set of The Wildblood: Trilogy One in July, 2019.  I’ve been promising new books all this time, and the absolute truth is, I am writing.  I have three books in progress.  One is the lead-in to the next Wildblood series, another isn’t far enough along to have anything other than the working title Cascadia.  The third is Tau Scorpii.  I have grand plans of getting all three out in 2020.

The reason I’m posting, and the reason I may not get to my writing goals is probably not apparent but to one or two of you.

It’s not widely known in the internet world, because of a lot of reasons I can’t discuss.  My husband has terminal cancer.  He might have a year, he might have two.  Odds are against him, but we have to remain hopeful.  Truthfully, he likely has six months.  He has already defied the odds, so maybe we are wrong about it, but he is ill, he will not recover from this.

In the meantime, I write when I can.  We are spending as much time with our family as possible, and taking it day by day.

I’m not going to stop writing, although there will be a break when you don’t hear from me.  If we are very lucky, that will be years from now.

My regular newsletters will resume after the first of the year.  I may trim them back to every other week until I get close to a release date.  I don’t know which book will work it’s way out first.  I’m excited about all three.

Thank you for reading this far.  I thought it was only fair, to let you know why I haven’t really been around much recently.

 

SAH

WeWriWa 05/05/18

First off, I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaack.  I hope to be here weekly, but it’s incredibly difficult to ration my time.  I can only try.

Go visit WeWriWa for sneak peeks from some amazing authors.


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OK, there’s that.  I’ve pitched out the first draft of Bloodlines, calling redo.  This is a few lines.  Just when you think things are safe, stuff happens.  This is Shannon, one of the Genetically Enhanced, talking to another officer.  Green is her backup, and she confides in him, probably more than she should.  They know, the problems they are facing, started at home.  There are a lot of plotlines in play, in this tiny snippet.

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Can we protect The Vista?” Green asked, honestly worried.

I don’t know.  That’s what we’re going to figure out. If we don’t think we can, we decide what comes next. It might mean we have to get away from here, it might mean we have to do things that Council will absolutely consider illegal, and Command might have to agree with.”

Those are a lot of ‘mights’. I hope the comm room isn’t bugged.”

It’s not. You know why I’m telling you.”

Because Hunter isn’t here, and Mac has changed.”

Ouch,” she grimaced.

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I’m really aiming for an autumn release date.  At least I’m getting it written.  In the meantime, you can catch up on the series.  The Vista is on sale right now, FYI.   See you next week!