Outliers Pre Order & WeWriWa

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There’s so much new stuff in WordPress, please forgive the mess this post will be. This is the opening of Outliers, which I’m sure you’ve noticed is on pre-order now.

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~I see you.~

Shannon had a bird’s-eye view of the Junction, a deadly place when the snow melted and nomads moved. Once, when there were many people, they traveled these crossroads by the thousands, to cities that held millions. Before she was born, when a World War changed everything.

Even humans.

The memory was like a nightmare, but this one was something she could manipulate and control. There was no danger. She needed to learn what they had concealed from her when she nearly died there, two years ago.

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That’s it. This one if full of head games and hints of future novels and the previous trilogy. I hope it’s entertaining. It certainly kept me up many hours. On to the promo!

 

 

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Pre-Order now for 99¢!
Outliers: Team Two A Wildblood Novella
 
Welcome to the world of The Wildblood.
Trust is dangerous; ignorance is deadly.
 
A generation after World War Last, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know are the people you know.
Outliers: Team Two – the newly formed Team Two attempt to hide the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically enhanced humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.
 
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The Wildblood Trilogy Onewww.topaz08.com
The Vista, Renegades & Bloodlines
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.
 
All are available in paperback and eBookswww.topaz08.com

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If you enjoy these snippets, head on over to the WrWriWa blog and find a bunch more. It’s fun!

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I’m at that stage of a book where I wonder if it’s actually a book, or a train-wreck. I keep reminding myself that it’s a draft and I can fix it all up and make it presentable. Self-doubt must be a constant for authors, because I do this every book. This one seems to be worse, but it’s because I want to make it a stand alone, and it’s not, not yet, not until I do some polishing.

Anyway, some words.

You know what happened in The Wildblood: Trilogy One, but what are the stories you don’t know? Outliers explores parts of The Wildblood world kept hidden, the stories yet to be told.

A generation after World War 3, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know, are the people you do know.

(Shannon and Green discussing the path their lives have taken, and the single reason she questions if she’ll ever have children.)

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“I met someone, both of his parents were Altered, and he has inherited as well as engineered Altered genetics. He might be an ally, and despite that, he scares the hell out of me.”

“Why?”

“It’s a fairly simple thing, for me to sense other Altered; that ability has changed, too, but that isn’t the part of this that’s bad. When I ‘see’ him like that, it’s different,” Shan remembered the encounters.

Green knew who she meant, even if he wasn’t supposed to and he also knew very few things scared her. “You can’t sense him.”

“It’s almost the opposite, like staring at the sun – he blots out everything else, and when I look away, the afterimage is still there, for a long time. It hurts.”

(And that’s 10! Just to finish the idea, a few more.)

“You?” he said, alarmed.

“I get a blazing migraine. It fades, with the afterimage. I’ve only tread that ground twice. Honestly, Damon,” she dropped her voice to a whisper. “I’m afraid, if I tried any extended contact with him, it would kill me, or fry my brain. Something painful, and permanent.”

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Shannon is the Gen En, the Altered, and her secrets run deep. Born weeks after the events they call World War Last, she has never known any other life – the struggle to survive, and the struggle to conceal what she is. Sworn to protect The Vista, she’s been exiled for her efforts. It won’t change her loyalties, it will only make it more difficult to uphold her oaths.

Ballentyne was a teenager during the war and has believed for decades that it was long over. Making sure any resurgence stays clear of Montana has become his main priority, even if it means alienating friends and family.

Green has ambitions to become a doctor, knowing his time in Vista Security is limited. He has watched Security splinter, and his friends die. Only one thing is keeping him there now, and that is Shannon.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineered humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.

This novel is a segue between The Wildblood: Trilogy One and the upcoming stand-alone novels.

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Check out the WeWriWa blog! You won’t be disappointed. I mean, authors willing to share their Works-In-Progress. Also stop by Snippet Sunday for even more books.

Outliers has gone off to some Beta Readers. This should be interesting. Then of course, edits. I won’t even comment on that. I’m curious as to how this will be received. It’s the same world, same characters, different parts of a larger story. We shall see. Here’s some words from it.

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You know what happened in The Wildblood: Trilogy One, but what are the stories you don’t know? Outliers explores parts of The Wildblood world kept hidden, the stories yet to be told.

A generation after World War 3, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know, are the people you do know.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineered humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.

This novel is a segue between The Wildblood: Trilogy One and the upcoming stand-alone novels.

(Harlan and Kaden, and the dilemma of the Wildblood. Shannon is helping them clear out an old biotech facility and doesn’t really know what she’s doing. They are in another state.) Sorry for the creative punctuation.

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Harlan went back to reading the newspaper, the weekly six page edition printed in Black Hills and distributed around the territory; current number of subscribers was four hundred and a few, but many households still held multiple families. The Vista and his city had a number of similarities and the haven was only one of them. No one, even Team Three, had thought to ask, either. When MacKenzie made the trip over, in the summer, he’d give him the tour.

Kaden stopped in mid-stride, rubbing his eyes, “She just set off the security measures on the second level.”

“On purpose – why?”

“On accident, and I have no idea how, luckily, it’s just a sonic blast; when she wakes up, it should take me about an hour, hour and a half, to get the rest of the files moved. She’s going to have one hell of a headache, and that’s going to bleed over to me.”

“Can I do anything for you?”

“Get this alliance set up so I can head south and not have to keep picking up Wildblood strays you send my way.”

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Hopefully the editing isn’t as painful as I imagine. I’ll have a pre-order up ASAP, but I want to get this out there. My Real Life issues have once again been put on hold, and I have no clue how long it’s going to last. So, a promo!

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You know the drill – read my blog (leave a comment if you’d like!), check out the WeWriWa blog for more authors sharing their books. It’s pretty cool.

Ok. Nothing new or interesting going on here. I’m going to have to find some beta readers, because I don’t have an editor now. It’s a slow process, sorry, there will be books, as soon as I can.

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You know what happened in The Wildblood: Trilogy One, but what are the stories you don’t know? Outliers explores parts of The Wildblood world kept hidden, the stories yet to be told.

A generation after World War 3, children of the survivors struggle to overcome the all-too-human penchant to fight with each other. The only thing more dangerous than the people you don’t know, are the people you do know.

Team Two – The first book explores Capt. Shannon Allen and Team Two, Capt. Damon Green and Maj. Mick Ballentyne; their efforts to hide the secrets of The Vista and its Altered, the genetically engineer humans, while remaining loyal to the oaths they swore to protect their home. The Vista is no longer alone in the world, and the world is a complicated place.

This novel is a segue between The Wildblood: Trilogy One and the upcoming stand-alone novels.

(This is the un-edited and grammatically challenging version of Chapter One of Outliers. I always hate my first paragraph, no matter how much I mess with them. Any helpful suggestions are appreciated.)

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~I see you.~

Shannon had a bird’s eye view of the Junction, near what had been her home; it was a deadly place, when the snow melted and the Nomads began to move. Once, when there had been many people, they traveled these crossroads between cities by the thousands. Now, there were few people, even less civilization, and nothing that could be called cities.

This wasn’t real, it was only similar to a dream, she was in no danger. It wouldn’t make a difference now, the damage had been done; still, she wanted to know what had been hidden from her, two years ago when she nearly died there.

Rafe, certainly; he was an Altered, one of the Genetically Enhanced, created by humans, hated and hunted by humans and other Altered alike. Shan was an Altered, too, and hadn’t know about him, but it wouldn’t have mattered. Before they went out in the world, Team Three, Shannon and her partners Wade and MacKenzie, had thought they were untouchable; they knew they were different, and were too young to realize how naïve they were.

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Get caught up with the first series before the next one arrives!

THE VISTA: BOOK 1 OF THE WILDBLOOD

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World War 3 lasted ten hours.

A handful of nuclear strikes started the chaos, cascading into a worldwide event. The electrical grids were gone, and worse yet, the seasonal flu mutated into something fast and fatal. Planet Earth went dark, that August, and humans teetered on the brink of extinction.

20 years on, in a hidden enclave and guarding a dark secret, these survivors are content with their lives. 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.

Backlash: Prequel to the Wildblood & The Wildblood Sourcebook 1 are FREE always. The trilogy is complete (The Vista, Renegades & Bloodlines). Entire Series 1 available in paperback and eBooks – www.topaz08.com

This is happening, too!

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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#8Sunday WeWriWa 09/18/16!


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Aha! I made it!  You know what to do – click the pic to find more blogs with teaser snippets!

This week I thought I’d take a peek at the actual romance part of the book.  It’s in there, I swear.  Not in a typical sense, but that’s the way it is.  This bit is a reunion of all three characters, and a little history.

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Is that how you two met, with the caravans?” JT asked.

He hasn’t told you?”

Capt. Allen, you’re a mystery to me. I asked my brother how many women he was involved with and he said, just one, when she’s ready to be serious.”

Shan raised her eyebrows, savoring the beer, dark, rich, and cold. “Really – and you think he meant me?”

He has spoken your name; I recognize that look of someone infatuated.”

You were worried about me embellishing stories,” Hunter said, settling back.

Did you say that?” Shan asked.

Yes, I did,” Hunter drank too, thinking if there was going to be drunk confessions, he intended to fully participate.

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Renegades: Book 2 of The Wildblood is in its final edits and I should have a release date next week at this time.  All my books are available in eBook format and paperback.  If you want to catch up on the series so far, Backlash is the prequel and The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood.

Follow the graphic to my website for links to everything that’s available.

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

Garden of the gods

 

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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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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