WeWriWa 07/07/19

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This week I’ve put The Wildblood: Trilogy One in a box set, and it’s on preorder, release date on July 10.  This snippet is an early exchange between Shannon & Hunter.  Their relationship is a pivotal point of the series, but here, they are just getting acquainted, cautiously.

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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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“Capt. Allen,” Hunter greeted, having checked the roster posted in the foyer to find out where she was.

“Lt. Hunter,” she acknowledged, feet propped up on the table and leaning back in the chair.

“Are you on duty?” he wondered, taking notice she wasn’t wearing boots but she was wearing a sidearm.

“No, I’m sleeping,” Shan told him.

“You don’t look asleep.”

“I would trade three overnight shifts of watch if I could get some sleep.”

“When was the last time you slept?” he asked, turning on one of the lights and taking a seat across the table from her.

“July,” she offered, making it a jest, when, in fact, it was close to the truth.

He produced a worn deck of cards, “Want to play strip poker?”

“No, I don’t- deal.” Shan sat up to get her cards.

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Pre-order available at Amazon.  Everywhere else on July 10!

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WeWriWa 06/30/19

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OK, I’m here.  Things are still as unsettled as before.  It’s neither good news or bad, it just is.  Two notes about that – 1.) Now I remember why I don’t eat breakfast.  It messes my system up for days.  2.)  I-25 south of Albuquerque?  You go up the hill, you go down the hill.  You go up the hill, you go down the hill.  Repeat about 90 times until you get to Las Cruces.  Also, it’s 100 degrees out.

This is a new snippet, something I’m playing with right now.  When the next (yes, next) Wildblood book comes out, I want it to be a standalone.  It will take a bit more planning on my part, but I don’t mind.

Here, Shannon is waking from a self-induced coma.  I won’t spoil the trilogy, but this book will examine relationships hinted at and skimmed over previously, personal ones and public things.  Please forgive my interesting punctuation.

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Being exhausted and weak, she couldn’t hold on to the memory. As it faded, she remembered the gunfire, and felt wounds; some hers, some not, some old, some fresh; it was a relief, to wake from it.

Faint light from an oil lamp illuminated part of the room and a lone figure sat waiting, immersed in the pages of an old book. “Awake now?” he inquired quietly. Damon Green, colleague, friend, and more, he was one of the few people she trusted.

Yeah, now,” Shan agreed, not recognizing the room, “What day is it?”

Tuesday.”

She considered it, knowing Saturday afternoon was the last clear memory she had, “Ranchlands?”

You don’t think I’d let them keep you in The Vista unless it was an absolute emergency, do you?” he asked, setting the book aside. The Ranchlands was his home, a centuries-old sovereign Siksika Nation, the Blackfoot nation that had existed long before, and now after, what had been the United States.

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The Wildblood Trilogy is complete, and you can find it by clicking on the graphic, or at other retailers by following the links on my website.

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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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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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WeWriWa 03/17/19

Quick post tonight.  Please stop by & visit WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday for amazing authors sharing book bits as we work.

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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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All my MCs are gathered, talking about why they shouldn’t go out into the desert.  Asher tells them why they should.  Please keep in mind, this is a first draft.  I’ll make it pretty & shiny, later on.

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Our city wasn’t the first one there. There were others, ancient ones, alien ones. There is the chance, whoever they were knew many things about Sedna, about the way the seasons change,” Asher revealed.  “The adults even considered, that they were native to the planet, and it was dying. They brought other species here to reseed it. Pure speculation, but if there’s a chance, we need to know. If the desert becomes an ocean, a real ocean, we have to deal with it while we still can. That means I have a city to move, through hostile places.”

All while avoiding the Caerule,” Garrett said.

And a dozen other vicious species that would hunt us to extinction, if we were that vulnerable,” Taryn added.

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You can find my Wildblood series on my webpage, available in all eBook formats and paperback.  

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WeWriWa 03/03/19

WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday are a couple nice places to find authors sharing snippets & other interesting bits about writing.

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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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This is a bit later on during the conversation I posted last week.  Taryn doesn’t have to get the last word in, but she certainly has some words.

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I’m not stupid, of course I don’t want to be in charge,” Taryn said. “You both have years more experience, in the desert, in wars, in dealing with other clans. I’m going because I’m the fresh eyes and ideas you need, to figure out all the new things happening here. If you want my opinion, I’ll be out watching the star-rise; let me know what you decide to do.” With a cocky nod of her head, she strode out of the library.

She just called us old,” Garrett said after a few moments. “But she does have a point.”

Always,” Asher said. “You need to take her south, you need to listen to her. To clarify, do not let her provoke you into something you know you shouldn’t be doing – remind her how old and wise you are.”

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My move is getting closer, maybe as soon as 4 weeks.  Maybe not.  For now, I’m doing promos for Bloodlines, and The Wildblood series.  If you’re interested in the post-apocalyptic type,  this story arc is complete.  I’m pretty excited about it.

I’ll start in on Tau Scorpii promos as soon as my plans are a little more set, and I get a better idea when a release date is.

WeWriWa 02/24/19

Another week, seeing some progress this time.  I’m certain the other authors you can catch snippets from at WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday are posting some fantastic sneak peeks at their work – go check it out!

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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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Let’s rejoin Taryn, Garrett & Asher as they discuss the finer points of venturing out into the desert.  Each has a different motive, and is aware it’s not a secret.  Finding that middle ground to stand on isn’t a simple thing to accomplish.  The bad news – this is the easy part.

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I’m standing right here, and if you can’t discuss this with me, now, I’m not going to venture out into the desert, to be ignored.  Is it because I’m female, or because I’m clan Tycho Alles?” She had her hands on her hips, to the amusement of both men, even if neither would admit to it.

Asher waited a moment, then added, “Two of his warlords are Tycho Alles.”

I know,” she snapped at him.

Asher shrugged, leaving Garrett on his own.

Garrett considered it, being out in the Far Desert with her, and a rowdy band of warriors; some would be Asher’s men, others were his. She’d be in no danger from any of them, due in part to the fact Skye would kill anyone that looked sideways at her, clan affiliations or not. He suspected she could handle most situations, even without Skye, and their dual run-ins with the Caerule enforced that thought.

Because you’re female,” he told her.

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Well, then.  Garrett certainly knows how to get on her good side.  Since this is a love story folded into a sci-fi, next week might be some mushy stuff, but that’s been my plan all along!

The Wildblood series – or at least this story arc – is finally complete.  Naturally, I’ll be releasing a box set this summer, after I get moved.  (No one mentioned how difficult it is to find the house you really want!)  All three novels and the novella are available in eBook and paperback.  If you’d like to join my newsletter, I will be having a contest for signed books, after The Move.  Follow the graphic to my site.

WeWriWa 01/27/19

Missed last week, sorry about that.  Things are weird and unsettled here.  I’ll be moving in the next 3 – 6 months, so if I disappear again, it’s that.  It should be interesting, getting internet out in the literal middle of nowhere.

So, you’re reading snippets.  Here’s a couple places you can find some amazing authors – WeWriWa & Snippet Sunday!  I’m sure I had something hilarious to say, but it’s been a long week.  I’ll try again next time.

PS – they are updating at WordPress, it seems.  My links are all pinks!

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When I say my life is bizarre right now, trust me.  I’ve gotten very little written on Tau Scorpii, but I have planned some promotions for Bloodlines.  So, this week, you’re getting a peek at Bloodlines.  The upcoming week may be hectic, I can’t tell from here.  There will be new words soon, I swear.  

 

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.

In this snippet, the conflict between Council and Command has come to the breaking point.  It’s time for Security to regroup and reassess their priorities.

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While you were in the air, Council continued their meeting, or called a new one, depending on your perspective,” Mac warned the group of officers.

Did they have Security issue warrants for us?” Shan got right to the point.

They did not, however, they have demanded the files from Manitou. Command will surrender them, but we considered this, when we wrote the reports.”

So there’s nothing to worry about?” Taylor asked.

The only people now who might have issues are Wade, and Capt. Allen.”  The irony didn’t escape Mac – he’d been the one to fire anti-tank missiles into the bunker, killing Rafe and an unknown number of his people. None of that information existed, on paper, and in fact, a significant percentage of the reports were fabricated.

Wade’s in the wind,” Green verified.

Maybe they’ll send someone to arrest me,” Shan scoffed.

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That’s it.  With this book, the story arc is complete.  I can’t say I won’t revisit this world again, but Tau Scorpii is next.  Promos follow.

Bloodlines: Book 3 of The Wildblood
Learning the truth about the Altered, and the legacy of The Vista, is the first priority of Team Three. It may earn them exile from their home. They know this. Failure is not an option.  Loyalty has its price. So does revenge. Someone has to pay.

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MGXM8NZ
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MGXM8NZ
Amazon Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07MGXM8NZ
Amazon Australia – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07MGXM8NZ
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1447894648
B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloodlines-s-a-hoag/1130046148
Books2Read – https://www.books2read.com/u/bP5q2z

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The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
What would you do, to protect your home?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W6R8WNM
Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood
Uncontrollable. Unpredictable. Dangerous. The Wildblood.
Now, Team Three know what they are.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYNY774
Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0104VMFI4

The series can be found at www.topaz08.com