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.

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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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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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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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WeWriWa #8Sunday

First off, here’s the link to more #8Sunday blogs. Check ’em out; I know I love comments.

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Now, my 8. The is from the prequel novella to ‘The Vista’, tentatively called ‘The Blackout’. ‘The Vista’ is due for release this month, the novella sometime this summer. Both are sci-fi post-apocalyptic action-adventures with a dash of romance. Yep, something for everyone!

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‘The Blackout’ excerpt by S. A. Hoag

“Even if you didn’t contribute anything that goes on between us,” Shan tapped her temple, “Here, I’d want you there for the support because we never know what the hell could happen.” She was on the verge of anger. “That’s not the case. When you’re close, it’s easier for me to sense things. Maybe you’re a catalyst, maybe it’s just because I trust you and Wade without questioning why.” Taking a breath, she added, “If you think you’re not important to the team, you’re just wrong.”

He wrapped an arm around her shoulders. It wasn’t easy to cuddle in tactical gear, but Mac made the effort.

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I’m not really certain about the structure of the first sentence. It may need to be two. Thoughts on that are appreciated.

See you next weekend.

WeWriWa #8Sunday

This is 8 sentences from the WIP prequel to ‘The Vista’. It’s leaning much more towards the romance than the action adventure, even if these 8 don’t show it. My thought is, the events of ‘The Vista’ would have happened entirely differently if Shannon didn’t love Mac and visa versa. I’m hoping this prequel gives a little insight to why the main characters are they way they are.

Want to find a whole batch of #8Sunday posts? Here’s your link.

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And now – 8 sentences from ‘The Vista: Blackout’ (working title, I hope I come up with something else).

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He switched over to the station’s com system. “This is Duncan, I need qualified Dispatchers on the floor now.”

“Sir, I’m fine . . . “ Shannon began.

“You’re not being relieved; you’re considered a secondary team. I want you patrolling the boundary of The Vista a minute after your replacement is here. You’re not cleared to leave the city, Officer Allen. Tonight, a whole class of rookies are going to make sure no one sneaks into The Vista. In this case, it is absolutely not better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission – do you understand me?”

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The Evolution of a Book Cover

With my first novel getting close to being online, I had to figure out a few things – the cover being an important issue. Having scrolled through hundreds of books in the same genre I noticed a lot of stock covers in use and knew I didn’t want that. A fabulous internet friend (hi EJ!) who happens to be a couple books ahead of me on the internet learning curve has offer invaluable advice. She said a custom cover was the way to go.

After a bit of research I connected with an artist, Joe Kawano. We emailed, we did some PMs, and things got moving. This is the very first sketch.

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Joe made sure to explain how the process progresses and that this was a mock-up for him to work from. The finished cover would look pretty much nothing like this.

Stage Two!

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After some personal glitches on both ends and getting through the holidays, we got around to some more PMs and polishing the details.

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This Monday, I received an email from Joe with this picture attached. He is taunting me!

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So very close. In the meantime I’ve been lining up the other things I need to get this project finished. If I have any advice to offer as a first-time novelist or to anyone new to publishing online, I’d say do your research. Find out what’s involved. Get ahead of yourself. Do the ‘impossible’. I should have gotten to some of the details sooner, but I didn’t know. You can learn something new every day.

‘The Vista’ is almost a reality now. While I’ve been concentrating on this, I’ve also got the rough draft of a prequel about half finished. It will be a novella and promises a few surprises. So, let me introduce you to the world of ‘The Vista’.

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Team Three has a secret, one they think they’ve kept from all but a select few colleagues. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Allen, MacKenzie and Wade are Vista Security’s top officers, part of the first generation post-WW3. Their secret – they are genetically enhanced and psychically connected. Hidden away in an enclave in the Rocky Mountains, they’re also at the forefront of the movement to see what’s left of the outside world.

As they attempt to learn the truth, their presence makes them targets of a vicious renegade with the means to destroy everything they know. Facing exile or worse, Team Three has short time to figure out who is enemy, who is friend and how to save their home and themselves.

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Excerpt from ‘The Vista’

A storm moved in after nightfall, the rain almost ice as it fell from a black sky. No thunder, sparse lightning and that was the worst part of it – the broken, eerie silence between downpours. Shannon didn’t like being in the city for any reason. Twice a week, four months a year she was anyway. It was her job. They might say ghosts weren’t real, but most of ‘them’ had never spent a night in the long dead place. Sometime after midnight, she gave in and headed for home.

Crossing the Continental Divide, the rain turned to snow, huge white flakes splattering on the windshield and not melting. The road was mostly clear. Static on Shannon’s radio was thick, but moments later, she understood two words. Code Seven. Active aggressive incident outside the outer perimeter, but active aggressive still. She kicked it into overdrive and came down the mountain full tilt, pushing the car and pushing her luck on a road known to devour Scouts.

Then the outer marker merely went ‘blip’ as she passed it. If there was an alert, proximity warnings would have gone off all over Security. Alarms should be sounding in Dispatch and her car. She stared at the radio for a moment, realizing what she had stumbled in to.

Wargames. The call-out wasn’t real.

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BIO

I knew before I got to high school that I wanted to write books. I did, too, dozens of short stories I thought someday I’d turn into novels. Oh, how I wish I had those spiral notebooks full of wild ideas and teenage musings.

I still have the ideas of many of those stories – some of them make me cringe. A few will become something more as I add books to my list of those that are published.

For now, I live in the desert and many nights, in between writing and sleep, you can find me out watching the stars. It’s dark, out here in the desert and I can see so many stars that weren’t there before. I make time to write now. The tiny seeds of stories demand that I write them down.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy creating them.

WeWriWa #8Sunday Snippet Part 3

My next 8!  This is the third and last bit of the snippet.

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“You didn’t drop the warheads,” Wade put an end to the conversation. His father had died trying to get them out of the city.

They fell silent. Shan wondered why he asked, after a year. She let it go.

“The Council, our parents – they want us to believe our lives are so much more dangerous now,” Mac said. “It’s a lie. There are different dangers, not more.”

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‘The Vista’ will be available later this month.

WeWriWa #8Sunday 02/08/15 – Continuation From Last Week!

Hello again! This week’s 8 are a continuation of last week’s 8. Comments are welcomed, of course. This is from ‘The Vista’, a sci-fi thing I whipped up and is due for release this month!

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“Radiation,” she said quietly. “Low levels, really, higher than I wanted to deal with. The place was big too, a lot larger than Butte.”

“Was the radiation higher or lower than Missouri Breaks?”

“Higher.”

“I’m glad you stayed away, good call.” No emotion about it.

“I’m sorry,” she offered.

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It’s not much to go with there, but you can find other excerpt here in my blog. You can find more writers here –

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Excerpt from ‘The Vista’.

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“What do you want me to say, Hunter?” she asked

“Nothing. I want you to listen.” He wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “Later, when this is over, I want you to know if you ever need me, all you have to do is ask. Anything, anytime. I mean that.”

Shan nodded.

“Will I be your second, when we’re finished in Colorado?”

“I don’t know,” she confessed.

“It doesn’t matter. What I said, I meant.”

They watched the empty valley for awhile, until the wind started. Shan hoped it didn’t mean snow. Hunter hoped it did.

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And there’s that. ‘The Vista’ will be released on Amazon later this month. It’s the first book in a series and a prequel is already in the works. You can check back here for updates and a big announcement when.