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 11/18/18

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Weekend Writing Warriors gives authors the opportunity to share snippets of their work.  So does Snippet Sunday.  Check them out!

This week, new words from Tau Scorpii.  Taryn and Asher are discussing the possibility, that things they cannot control, are happening.  They are both warriors, and facing something like the changing of a season – something that hasn’t happened in their lifetime – is a cause for concern.

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  “You built Argent in a good place, up-slope on a plateau, so any rain should run off, like it does in the terraced fields. I know you’ve fended off wandering bands of Caerule. How prepared are you, if there is a large force of them?” She knew he was a deadly foe, that he carried a wickedly sharp sword, hidden in his garb, and he fought dirty.

We could hold the city, we’re well-supplied, and water isn’t a problem, even now. Are they migrating?”

Not yet, but would they band together, to attack you?”

He considered it, a worry line creasing his forehead, “That’s not how they work.”

What if it was? What if the season really is changing, and it makes all of us have to change with it?”

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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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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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WeWriWa 10/28/18 & 11/04/18

I’m so sorry I’m not going to get a new snippet posted tonight (11/04).  I have a few paragraphs, literally, to finish this draft.  Wooooooo, me!  I got through ‘that scene’, and it was exhausting, but I did it.  I’m off to get this wrapped up so I can sent it off to editors and get some words down on Tau Scorpii.

 

WeWriWa time again!  Check out the blog, check out Snippet Sunday, and leave a few words of encouragement for the authors.  Some days, we really need it.  (PS – I’ve been missing leaving comments, I’m a bad person.  A busy person.  I swear to do better this week.)

I honestly almost missed this one.  I’m writing ‘that scene’.  GRRM makes it look easy.  Not so much for me.  I’ve know these people, errr, characters for a lot of years.  A lot.  Like, 20.  So wrapping up this story arc is bittersweet.  I think next week, we’ll be back to Tau Scorpii on a regular basis, for a few weeks.

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The Wildblood Series

A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure

No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.

Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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This is back towards the beginning of Bloodlines.  For my female MC, one relationship is ending, as another begins.  Their personal problems have become secondary to the problem of survival in the new world they’ve discovered beyond Montana.  Still, nothing is easy.  Mac and Shan are trying to have a few moments of privacy.  It never happens like they’d hoped.

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Come visit me, Shan,” a simple statement, with a lack of complications.

You know I will.”

Mac passed a bottle, and belched loudly. “You’re going to be bored in Dispatch,” he predicted.

Bored isn’t so bad, I have books,” she said, hoping for something profound, and coming up short.

When we have radio duty together, call me up and I’ll play for you.” Mac was good with a guitar. It relaxed him, it relaxed her, too.

It’s a date.”

You two have scintillating f***ing conversations,” Taylor, chimed in, thinking they might have forgotten about their open mics.

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That’s it, thanks for reading.  I expect to be releasing a box set of the 3 novels after the first of the year.  There’s also a good chance I’ll be moving, and writing on a full-time basis rather than this hit and miss schedule I have now.  Here’s a promo for you, in case you thought I’d forgotten that!  Ha!

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WeWriWa 10/21/18

WeWriWa – check it out.  There’s a great group of authors sharing their snippets and insights into the writing process.  Be afraid!  And Snippet Sunday on Facebook is awesome, too, stop on by.

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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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I hate to reuse a snippet, but I’m writing ‘The Scene’ in Bloodlines, and things have been pretty hectic here this week.  Everything is ok, just crazy busy.   So, I leave you with my favorite scene in Tau Scorpii (so far).  It’s on deck now, due out early next year.  Take a peek.

 Taryn and Skye knew each other when she was a child and he was a warrior in her clan, but than was quite a few years ago.  Things have changed, and they’re both coming to terms with that.  It’s not going to be easy, or simple for them, that’s not how my characters go.  Skye feels guilt over events of the past.  Taryn has other feelings, about current events.

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  “Say that again,” he challenged, cutting in front of her to make her stop, leaning close to make it private.

  She didn’t waver,“Let it go, there’s nothing you can do to change it.” Then she fiddled with the collar of his dusty jacket, pretending to brush it off. Neither of them even 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.”

  “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.”

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  Yep, they have issues.  Pretty soon, those are going to multiple, but that’s how it goes, right?  Up next, the weekly batch of promos.

Backlash is currently free!

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You can find the rest of the series here, and other retailers for Backlash as well.

 

 

 

And a preview of Tau Scorpii Book 1.

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WeWriWa 10/14/18

Time again for a sneak peek at a WIP – this week is Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood.  But first – check out the WeWriWa blog for more authors sharing their work, and Snippet Sunday.

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The Wildblood Series

A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure

No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.

Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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Alrighty then.  Getting towards the end of this story arc, things are heating up.  This is an encounter between Shannon and Harlan, who really need to be allies, but have many issues to overcome first.  He knows how different the Altered are; she doesn’t trust anyone beyond her teammates.

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You tell people Kaden is your son, and they naturally think, biological,” she started off thoughtfully.  “That’s what you want because people don’t know the semantics of the Altered, hell, I don’t. You let them think it, though, they don’t associate one with the other; the Altered didn’t come from families, they came from corporate laboratories.  As long as they believe that, you think you can worry a little less about him.”

Easy enough to figure out.”

When you meet new people, the first thought in your mind isn’t one of trust; usually, you wonder if you’ll have to kill any of them, and then you single out who is in charge.  Just in case.”

Harlan didn’t have an immediate answer, she’d read him, like Kaden warned she could. One of his darkest fears, too, and that worried him – their first encounter beyond The Vista had been with Rafe, and it warped their views.

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I’ve had Backlash free for a month now, I hope to see some sales start popping up from it.  And reviews are always welcomed!  Promos, of course.  Next week could be some Tau Scorpii!  Please Stand By

 

WeWriWa 10/07/18

If you enjoy snippets, please check out WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday.  I’ve found a great selection of books to keep me entertained.

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The Wildblood Series

A Post-Apocalyptic Action Adventure

  No one remembers what started the war, the big one. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.

  Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred.

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Something a little lighter this week.  Everyone is taking a day off, trying to relax.  Green is the subject of current gossip, mostly because he’s not there to defend himself.  Depending on how Bloodlines goes, and depending on my muses, of course, there could be standalone books from The Wildblood world.  Green would be the first,

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I’ve seen her beat up Green, and he’s the one that taught her to fight,” Mitch went on.

Maybe he won’t hit a woman,” Cassie offered.

Sure he will,” Shan said. “He’s hit me, hell, he’s knocked me down half a dozen times until I kept my hands up, and stopped giving him a tell when I was about to take a swing.”

“Full-on punches, or this play stuff?” Cassie wondered.

Green has no problem, male or female, if he’s training you.”  She dodged away from Chris – he’d already decided he wasn’t hitting her, no way, no how.

You give as good as you get, if I remember,” Mitch said.

Yeah, now, besides, he likes it when I smack him.”

Chris dropped his hands, “Come on, information I don’t need to hear.”

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Alrighty then.  Remember, Christmas is coming, books are excellent gifts!  Here are mine.  Backlash is free until November.  Click the pic!