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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Promo

 

 

What happens, after the end of civilization?
The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W6R8WNM
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Before Team Three, there was The Blackout.
Backlash, prequel to The Wildblood. Available in paperback now!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0104VMFI4
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www.topaz08.com
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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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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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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Missed Me

Yes, I missed my regular weekend post. So today, I think I’ll delve into the romance/not romance aspect of my series.

Fact 1 – Shannon loves Mac, and the feeling is mutual. It’s not something that will change, but it will evolve.
Fact 2 – Both are Genetically Engineered humans and if intelligence was still measured in IQs, they’d be high up on that scale. We know very smart people have thought processes that can be . . . unique. Same for the Gen En. Combine those, and it’s chaos!
Fact 3 – The world they’ve grown up in is nothing like the world we know. Monogamy is a thing, mostly that their parents know. The Vista is a small, isolated society, and this limits many things, including the gene pool. This factor comes in to play later, but it’s always there.

So. Mac and Shan. They have each other, and they have other relationships. The Gen En, the Altered humans in particular don’t equate one relationship with another. That is, because they are having sex with a particular person has no bearing on what they are doing with other people. It’s even rare for jealousy to show up, because they just don’t see love and/or sex as a rivalry.

Could that change? Oh, hell yes. I never know where these three (Wade, Mac & Shan) are going to go, that I hadn’t planned.

Do I see future problems between Mac and Hunter? Or either of them and the hinted at ‘other man’? Please see pervious paragraph.

The problem my hero and heroine run across is something they have no control over. This makes it all the more frustrating for them. There is nothing they can do about their genetics. There is nothing they can do to change the fact, that if they would have children, those children would be plagued by the same (or worse) problems that they’ve dealt with their entire lives. Shan and Mac understand, they can’t have a future together, in the traditional sense. Of course, they aren’t ‘traditional’ in any sense of the word!

This leaves her relationship with Hunter even more speculative. Hunter’s father wanted to eliminate human genetic testing, to make it illegal. He still believes he was right. What Shannon is, he doesn’t know yet, other than his long-lost son has more than just a passing interest in her. Their future? Hunter might be the stabilizing force she needs; Shannon is a whirlwind in his life he never expected.

A question I’ve heard from readers – Shan and Wade? No. They are best friends, and there is no sex, never has been, never will be.

Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood is in full edit mode right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a snippet up this weekend. In the meantime, go catch up on the story with The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood, available on all e-formats now!


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Early Promo for Renegades

So I took the time to get a promo blurb finished.  I’m certain it will evolve over the next few months, but here it is.  As I’m editing (shudder!), I’m also thinking a release date in August.  2016.  I’ll set a firm date once I weed my way through it.  Blurb ahead.

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Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood takes up soon after The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood concluded, with Team Three not at all convinced the search for the truth about themselves is over.

Protecting their home, an isolated northern stronghold known as The Vista, has been the first duty of Team Three. They scatter across the Front Range of a post-apocalyptic North America, in an attempt to determine where their enemies are hidden and if they have any true allies.

Out among clans of the Altered, and cities where civilization has held ground, their efforts to establish The Vista’s domain create unique conflicts and unexpected help. The most pressing obstacle turns out to be their own governing councils, a threat as real and dangerous as the nomads of the outlands.

It’s rumored that Team Three has gone renegade. With Wade in Colorado, Shannon in parts unknown, and Mac running Cody outside of The Vista’s jurisdiction, it looks like it’s possible.

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If you’d like to catch up on the series, it’s pretty easy – one novella and one novel.  Links, of course.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

You can find all my books at http://www.topaz08.com  ; available on all e-formats now.

 

 

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