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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Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood – Autumn 2016

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Here Again

I’ve been horrible at keeping up on social media the past few weeks.  Editing is occupying all my waking moments.  The good news is, Renegades will be released soon.  Autumn, this year.  The other good news is – The Wildblood series is going to print!

Wooo!  I actually have a copy – a real, live paperback – of Backlash.  It’s so cool.  It’s also available through Amazon.  The Vista will be following along shortly, and of course, Renegades.

As for other projects, there is a SFR creeping around the corner, demanding I let it out.  More on that, as it moves along.

I’ve also been playing with the idea of novellas in The Wildblood universe.  There are so many stories.  We’ll see.

That’s it.  I have to hit the books again.  Plus, go pet my shiny new paperback.

 


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SFR Brigade Showcase – Aug. 2016


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August already!  I know this is supposed to be about Romance, but – have you seen all the science headlines about genetic engineering and genetic memory??  I’m not a geneticist or anything close, but I just have to say, the outline for The Wildblood series was written in 1998.  FYI.  Now, on to other things.
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How about a Cover Reveal! And a snippet, of course. Here we find Shannon and Hunter wandering around Kansas, seeing the sights while they wait for the rest of the caravan. You never know what you’ll find, in the middle of Nowhere.

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“I’m sure there’s a collapsed barn, or something exciting, over here,” he teased. There were a group of buildings, probably a farm, and mostly overgrown. They rode on. “This far enough away from a city of any real size, I’d think it was the plague that got them,” Hunter said quietly.

“Or marauders. I remember, more than once or twice, in The Vista. One of my earliest memories was hiding at the hospital. One of the inner rooms, with no windows. We’d sit and wait and it seemed like forever.”

“Or they went some place safer.”

Dismounting, she walked a bit, getting a feel for the place. “I hope so.”

“I know what you’re doing.”

“Good. I don’t expect anything spectacular, or complicated. You know the routine.” Mostly, to watch her back, in case she got distracted by the tiniest details she would pick up, details that would go unnoticed by others.

“There’s a lot of old farm equipment sitting here,” he indicated along what had been the driveway, half-concealed by underbrush and time.

Shan walked farther out, pulling away the weeds, wandering around it to get a better look.

“Do you plan on dragging it back to Montana?” Hunter asked. “For a souvenir?”

“I don’t think this is farm equipment.”

“So what? We need to head back soon.” He followed her anyway.

Stripping as much debris away as she could, Shan stepped back and stared.

“Oh, Capt. Allen, now you’ve done it,” he said, with a sudden and growing concern.

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Now, I never said I was going to tell you what they found! Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood will be available this autumn. The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood and Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood series are both available now.

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WeWriWa 07/17/16


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My 8 -10 from Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood.  Sometimes, you really can’t avoid trouble, as my MCs are about to find out.  They have to answer for their escapades of the past year.

Renegades will be available in Sept./Oct., 2016, so this is the last snippet of this book.  Book 3 is looming, plus an entirely new project.  More on that later.

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Maybe it would be better to excuse the rest of the team,” Duncan suggested.

Exactly – we’re a team,” Shan protested. “We want to stay, we have a right to know what Command is doing.”

It wasn’t a request,” Duncan came right back.

I don’t care. This isn’t right.”

One minute,” Wade told them, grabbing her by the forearm and leading her to the back of the room. Mac stood there, coolly regarding the Command officers.

This is bullshit. It’s as much of an ambush as what happened at The Junction in July,” she whispered to him vehemently.

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SFRB Showcase July 2016!


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The banner takes you right to the place to find all kinds of amazing authors and their offerings for July.  Check it out.  Not only are they talented writers, they’ve gotten me through a lots of bumps in the road to publishing, and surviving after publishing.

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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#8Sunday WeWriWa 05/08/16

Follow the graphic to the blog you want to visit to find the WeWriWa blog. There’s always great snippets there.


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Now, a few words from my WIP Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood. This is a continuation from last week. It’s skipping ahead, but just a little, same scene, same characters. Swear words ahead.

Also, I should have some cover sneak peeks soon! I’m excited. Getting close to another novel finished.

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He took her pulse on the side of her throat, worried.

“I’m okay, I just feel like throwing up,” she told him. The metallic ringing in her ears was subsiding a little, at any rate.

“That usually happens when someone tries to blow you up,” he attempted a joke. The response was her, putting her hands over her face and he didn’t know if she was laughing or crying. “Shan?”

“I fucking hate airplanes,” she announced, sniffing. “It’s fucking ugly to cry, too.”

“Someone just tried to kill you,” he said, serious this time. “You cry if you fucking want to.”

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The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood is available on all formats, just click on the picture!

 

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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.

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I’ve been sadly neglecting my blog this week.  Bad me.  To make up for it, some brand new words from the almost-book.  First, go check out the WeWriWa blog, because there’s an entire gang of amazing authors that hang out there.


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And now, some words, arranged aesthetically to please me.  Hopefully some future readers, too.  This is from Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood, and Team Three, having a bit of a bad day.  Renegades will be released later this year.

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Stopping, Shan asked, “What is that noise?” It was a high-pitched whine, and since Green was shaking his head, she understood he didn’t hear it. A moment later, there was loud popping sounds, nothing like gunfire. He grabbed her.

Then the world lit up as bright as the sun. Like an . . .

Explosion, Shan thought. She was suddenly on the ground, trying to cover her head, Green shielding her. There was blue sky where the roof had been, and heavy black smoke billowing up. It was odd, there was no noise with it. She thought there should be noise.

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The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood is available now & I’d love it if you’d read it!

 

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I missed my usual weekend blog posting this week. I’ve been getting some lapidary work done this week, something I can’t in the summer because it’s too hot. Now that I’ve ground up some rocks, figured out suppers for the rest of the weekend, and ironed out a sticky plot point, I’m ready to go.

In celebration, a snippet! I’m not giving out any spoilers today. This is from the WIP Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood. The bad news is – they’re in a teeny tiny airplane, not a car. The really bad news is – they’re lost, running out of fuel, ect. You get the idea.

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“Do we have enough fuel to make it to Lyons, straight-shot?” Shan asked, not worried yet. She might be, soon enough.

Green read the gauge and did some quick calculating. “It’ll be close.”

“I keep trying to raise someone on the radio. If there’s a reply, problem solved. If not, we make for Estes Park. You find a road on your computer. We get as close as we can, and call an emergency at the Lyons airstrip.”

“I’m glad you have that much confidence in my flying skills. My landing skills,” Green corrected. “In deteriorating weather, the dark.”

“I do,” Shan said.

“You, Capt. Allen, are bat-shit crazy, then.”

“Because I trust you?”

“Because you trust the mountains and the storm not to kill us tonight.”

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And there’s that. Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildbood has a release date of Feb., 2016.

Available on KU now.

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Backlash is free in all markets right now.

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