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What happens, after the end of civilization?
The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
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Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood. Available in paperback now!
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They made you strong, and smart. We kept you safe, and in the shadows. It took them damned near twenty years to find you.
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Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous.
The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.
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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In Print!

Exciting news! Paperback copies of Backlash should be available in a few days! Of course, ebook copies are available now. 😉

 

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood and Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood will also have print editions available.

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New 5 Star Review – An action packed, non-stop, sci-fi, dystopian thrill seeker. Backlash is a short prequel that will give you a great taste of what you’ll get in the Wildblood Series.

Backlash – Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0104VMFI4

 

The paperback cover, and the current ebook cover. Once I have a set date on printing, I’ll be switching it over so they’re all the same.

Just When You Thought It Was Safe

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A few lines from Backlash, the prequel novella to The Wildblood series. Wade and Shannon, discussing their current dilemma.

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“Do I get an RPG?” Shannon asked, more excited about it than she should be.

“Have you ever fired one?” Wade didn’t have to ask if she was qualified; he knew she wasn’t. Neither were a good half of the officers at the depot.

“Never.”

“No, you don’t get one. We can’t afford a miss.”

“So if it gets on our tail, we try to out-run a Blackhawk? Out-maneuver it? I read the specs on those things and it’s not going to happen.”

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Teaser Tuesday

A Teaser Tuesday snippet from my WIP Renegades; Book 2 of The Wildblood.

I’ve never written in great detail how the abilities Team Three posses works. I’ve had it set in my mind, and tiny hints here and there in the books (Backlash & The Vista, prequel and Book 1, respectively). Renegades will get in to a lot more detail. This is a scene with all three attempting to have a conversation while they’re hundreds of miles apart.

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“You knew Wade didn’t have permission from Command to go to Colorado,” Mac said first, a statement rather than a question.

In the back of his thoughts, it was a question. Shannon could sense it. “I never asked,” she confessed. “I’m the most junior member of Command and at this point, it’s better to shut up and observe than accuse.”

“I haven’t, and I won’t until I can talk to him.”

“Good idea. So talk.” Shan was in Estes Park and it was past midnight, again. She was pacing the floor of her quarters, trying to see things that weren’t visible to the other Vistans.

Mac was asleep in his apartment, in Cody. She could taste the Scotch he’d medicated himself with to enhance the effect.

Wade was far from sleep and far from alone, somewhere in central Colorado.

“Ask him,” she repeated, drawing Mac’s focus. That was the difficult thing, getting focus where all three of them could communicate. For a few moments, there was fog and confusion. Wade drew them together, a bright pinpoint of that focus they lacked.

It dissolved, leaving Team Three sitting together in the dayroom of Station Two. “It’s easier to visualize something you’re familiar with,” Wade explained, sipping coffee from a chipped ceramic cup. They sat across from him, sans coffee or any other sort of libation. Just as well, considering. It would be another distraction.

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Renegades is going to explore team members personal lives more intimately as well, along with new places and characters. I’m aiming for a February, 2016 release.

In the meantime, there’s Backlash – on sale for 99¢!

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And The Vista, also on sale this month.

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Both are available in several formats.

A Sneak Peek at Renegades

Book 2 of my current series, The Wildblood, is still very much a Work In Progress. I do have some parts that I love. There are also some parts where there’s not so much love, but I’ll fix that with the rewrite. This is one of the bits I love, so I thought I’d share it and maybe get some anticipation building for Renegades.

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Shannon peered at the facility, trying to imagine the people that might have been there, long ago. Before she was born, before the war. After a few minutes, she sat down on the edge of the pavement, running her fingers through the dirt on the side of the road.

Standing nearby, Green waited for her, while Vance walked up and down the blacktop, never more than a few yards, stopping to check his watch occasionally. Just as he was about to tell Shan her ten minutes was nearly up, she stood, slapping her hands together to dust them off.

“I’ve never crossed a place so empty,” Shan announced. “Not so much empty as barren, void. It’s like the bombs wiped away anything that had ever happened here.” Explaining it wasn’t entirely possible, not to them. Wade would understand; they shared a psychic link and had for as long as she could remember. “Whatever secrets Rafe was hiding, he’s going to keep.”

“Do you still think he had a stockpile of nukes?” Green asked.

“I never thought he did. He said it to scare me. He said a lot of things. I couldn’t read him and he knew it.”

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A few clues there about the past and a few about the future. I’ve set the release date for Feb., 2016, which really isn’t too far away. Want to catch up? The Vista; Book 1 of The Wildblood is available at several outlets.

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Also, fairly new, is Backlash, the prequel novella. I was worried about a debut novel being considerably over 100,000 words and didn’t include flashbacks to this event. It makes a nice introduction to the world of The Vista.

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Back for a Quick Promo

I still plan on releasing Book 2 of The Wildblood series in December. Tentative title is Renegades. With everything going on in real life, that may get pushed back, but it won’t be a lengthy delay.

A promo, because I’ve been slacking. If you want, follow the link for Backlash – it’s free on Amazon even tho I tried to change it back. Ah well. With a little luck, I’ll have a sneak peek at the new stuff soon.

Any good prayers/thoughts/vibes would be appreciated for us on Friday. Test results.

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The Vista (Book 1 of The Wildblood series) – Now priced at $3.99.
On Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W6R8WNM
All other formats – http://www.topaz08.com/vista.html

5 Star Review – “A refreshing change”, “edge-of-the-seat stuff”.

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Team Three is sworn to protect The Vista. The first generation post-war; Allen, MacKenzie and Wade are different, and it’s a secret they struggle to contain. They have failed – someone dangerous is out there, watching them.

FYI – Gun Stuff for Writers

I thought I’d post a few relevant things about guns. No, I didn’t know all of these and a couple I had to check on. The internet is a cool research engine. The characters in my first series (The Wildblood) carry a lot of weaponry. Hell, there’s been the mention of artillery, which I know nothing about other than it’s loud. So, here’s a few things I’ve noticed over the years. I hope this will help if you’re writing characters with guns.

At no time should a real gun be used as a toy or thought of as anything other than a potentially deadly piece of equipment. Now on to fiction.

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The above picture is a Kimber 10mm semi-auto. It is a big gun, reasonably comparable to a .45. (One of my main characters carries this.)

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I learned to shoot when I was 6 (a .22 rifle with blanks), so I’ve been around various weapons always. Note – I don’t pretend to be an expert on any firearm. If you need exacting details, please use the internet and look it up. The NSA won’t visit – or at least, they haven’t dropped by my place, so far. If they do, I’ll offer to send them a copy of my book!

All right, let’s see what’s next.

Guns are loud. Even little guns are very noisy and large guns can literally make you deaf. The person getting shot at gets a louder report than the person shooting. Also, silencers? No. They don’t ‘silence’ a gun, they merely make it a little less loud. (They are also illegal in the US.) In the middle of a shoot-out, or whatever your character is involved in, they may not notice their ears are ringing. Later, they may be temporarily deaf.

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Picture above – This is a revolver, a Ruger .357 to be precise. Revolvers don’t have a safety.

Guns run out of bullets. Revolvers generally carry 6 rounds. Magazines for semi-autos can hold 16 (Glock). No one in their right mind runs out of bullets then throws the empty gun at their target. Why oh why would they? There’s always a chance to reload. An old military saying comes to mind – If you’re not shooting, you should be loading; if you’re not loading you should be moving; if you’re not moving, you’re dead.

Another is – cheat if necessary. Someone that carries a gun doesn’t tell people this fact.

If your semi-automatic pistol runs out of bullets, the slide pops open and stays there. You know it’s empty, you don’t have to guess. So does the person you’re shooting at. Never let someone get close enough to grab you.

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Above picture is a Beretta Police Special 9MM – and it’s empty.

Semi-auto means you can fire quickly by repeatedly pulling the trigger quickly. Auto means if you keep the trigger pulled, it will keep firing. Which brings up . . .

Recoil. The bigger the gun, the more ‘kick’ it will have. A .357 can jump right out of the hands of someone not prepared for that. Same for any firearm. If your character is shooting a sniper rifle, (s)he would use a bipod, a tripod or something to support it and be leaning against something or lying on the ground. Sniper rifles are heavy; ammo for sniper rifles is heavy. The recoil from these is serious. The recoil from an automatic is going to make your aim crap. You see what I’m saying.

If your character has never used a gun before, don’t expect they will be able to hit what they want to the first time they shoot. Guns need calibrated so they are accurate. People need to become familiar with a particular gun in order to shoot it accurately. Pick it up in the heat of whatever, for the first time and your character likely won’t know if it’s loaded, how to reload it, or how to make it go ‘bang’, let lone hit their target.

Never ever ever have a character put a handgun in his/her waistband when they aren’t using it. Guns are heavy, even little ones. It would fall out or down the pants, which makes the character look inept at best. Also, dropping a gun won’t make it go off.

Holding a gun sideways is just for movies. You can’t aim, and let’s just admit it, you look pretty silly.

Walls, tables and car doors don’t stop bullets. There are many types of bullets, but these things don’t stop any of them.

There is no such thing as a gun that can pass through a metal detector, undetected. No plastic guns, no ceramic guns, no paper guns. In a future setting, this may not be true. It’s your world, invent a plastic gun, but explain why it doesn’t explode when a round is fired.

Unless you are firing tracer rounds, you can’t see bullets flying away from guns. Bullets don’t spark when they hit things. Nor can you make their trajectory curve. Again, movie stuff not facts.

No one can tell the caliber of a gun by looking at a bullet wound or a hole in a target. Some different calibers are really close too the same. Forensics can tell, but not standing around on a street corner.

And finally, people that carry guns very seldom have to actually use them, at least in Real Life. People that own guns aren’t anti-social loons, out to do damage. If you’re writing a book, this may or may not be a fact as well.

I’m sure I’ve missed things. Ask me and I’ll tell you what I know.

And now, a plug for my books.

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Backlash is only 99¢ now! All retailers.

Before Team Three became Team Three, there was The Blackout.

Vista Security is used to the feral bands of human wandering the landscape since a brief and devastating war wiped away civilization. Sixteen years later, they’ve adapted to dealing with the challenges facing their safe haven.

That is, until a new threat appears, one they never expected and one they have little defense against. Security throws in everything they can muster; it quickly takes a toll. Their advantage – an untested team of officers barely more than children themselves; officers with dark secrets and a hidden agenda.

In a free-for-all battle to preserve one of the last sanctuaries of man, Team Three discovers their secrets are their strength and that their future will take them far beyond what they’ve ever known.

Action, a bit of romance and a good splash of sci-fi set the scene for Backlash, the prequel novella of The Wildblood series.

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Team Three is The Vista’s top security officers. They are children of the last generation pre-World War 3, and they are different. It’s a secret they struggle to contain.

Problem is – there’s something dangerous out there, just beyond The Vista, watching them.

The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood series takes place in the near-future where the Earth has been mostly emptied of human beings by a short and devastating world war. Venturing beyond the safety of their valley may be the best move Security has ever made; it’s absolutely the most dangerous.

WeWriWa #8Sunday

Ahhhh, the weekend. Time to line up all the things I need to do next week. Right now, I’ve got a brand new WIP, the 2nd book in The Wildblood series. Naturally, it doesn’t have a name yet, but I do have a few lines for you.

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You can stop by WeWriWa and find a plethora of authors with previews. Now, my 8.

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Green tapped on the instrument panel, indicating the radiation monitor and that they were where they’d planned to view the ruins from, a nice, safe distance. “If you want to switch seats with me . . .”

“You’re the pilot,” she said, wary of moving at all. “You stay there.”

“It’s on auto-pilot and for five minutes, we’ll be fine.”

Shannon sat up, queasy. “All right. I want to go crawl back in my bunk. Show me what was so important we decided to fly out here, in the middle of winter, in between storms.”

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That’s it. Not a lot to go on, but the action picks right up, I promise. (PS – go read the previous post!)

Below are links to Backlash, the prequel novella to The Wildblood series, and The Vista, which is Book 1. Comments are always appreciated. Enjoy your weekend!

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Before Team Three was Team Three, there was The Blackout.

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There’s something dangerous, out beyond The Vista, and it’s watching them.

#SFFSat – All New Snippet

Ah! It’s that time again, for a SFFS post. First – the blog that started it all. Go have a peek.

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And now, a few lines from my WIP. It’s the 2nd book in The Wildblood series and I expect to have it out in December, 2015. It doesn’t have a name yet, just Book 2.

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“This is one of three air bursts,” Vance said, pointing to the video monitor. It was aimed east twenty miles and recording. Wade would look at it later. The grouping of buildings was isolated and more than that, destroyed. Melted, irradiated, and nothing remained that looked like it had ever been occupied by a human being.

“Rocky Flats,” Shan said carefully. There were no ghosts, no remnants of the past, crowding into her thoughts. She was glad for that, having firsthand experience with a nuclear detonation. This place was . . . null.

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The prequel novella, Backlash, is available now. Because it’s a new release, I have it listed at Amazon for 99 cents, for a limited time.

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The Vista (Book 1) is also available at Amazon.

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Both are available at other retailers – check out my website for those links.

Comments always welcomed.