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One Last Time this Year

In my last post, I said I expected to be done writing The Dirty and the Dead (Constabulary Casefiles #3) before New Year’s Eve and I’ve done so. I just wrote the final sentence of the final chapter with two days to spare before the end of 2021. As a result I’m giving myself the rest of the year off. I’ll plunge into the inevitable revision and edits next year.

Now off to enjoy a cup of tea and put my feet up with a good murder mystery novel written by one of my latest favorites.

Happy Solstice

Time has flown by at hyperspeed once again since my last post. In my defense, I’ve been busy writing The Dirty and the Dead (Constabulary Casefiles #3) and as of today, I’m at the 85% completion mark. Barring unforeseen events, I’ll be done before New Year’s Eve. Whenever I reach this place in a story, I tend to get the words out faster and faster (and more importantly, in the right order!)

Here in the Great White North, it’s winter, not just by the calendar but by the weather. We had a few snowfalls already, but the last one the other day seems likely to have laid down this winter’s base coat of snow and ice. Unless the weather forecasters are completely out to lunch, it’ll be a White Christmas in these parts, which is always nicer than a slushy or green one. It’ll be time to moan and groan about winter come January. And we will. It’s a Canadian thing.

What will 2022 look like for this writer? First on the menu, after publishing The Dirty and the Dead, will be the fifth Ashes of Empire story, Imperial Ghosts. Then, another Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, perhaps? And, of course, a fourth Ghost Squadron novel. No slowing down here!

That being said, since this is likely my last post of 2021, I wish you all a Happy Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. May you and yours be blessed with peace and joy.

Stay safe, fellow humans.

Imperial Night in Audiobook

As promised, Ashes of Empire: Imperial Night came out in audiobook format today. Get it from your favorite retailer:

In other news, I passed the halfway mark on the third Constabulary Casefile, The Dirty and the Dead. It’s going well and I’m enjoying my time with Caelin Morrow and her crack team of anti-corruption investigators.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Die Like the Rest

It’s out! Get it from your favorite retailer. As always, paperback and hardcover versions will appear in the next day or so. I hope you enjoy it.

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Imperial Twilight Audiobook

My audiobook publisher, Tantor Media, just told me the audiobook version of Imperial Twilight (Ashes of Empire 2) will come out on November 9th. It is already available for preorder from most retailers, including Amazon, Audible, Kobo, and more. Of course, Imperial Sunset in audiobook has been out since last September.

And in other news… Die Like the Rest (Ghost Squadron #3) is coming out this week, perhaps as early as tomorrow. Watch this space.

Finally, I’m fast approaching the one-third mark writing The Dirty and the Dead, Caelin Morrow’s third casefile, so there’s a lot going on around here. Barring unforeseens, this one should come out early in the new year.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

One Step Closer

I just sent Die Like the Rest (Ghost Squadron #3) to my editor at long last. Barring any unforeseen events, it should release around mid-November. And now, to the next project, Assistant Commissioner Caelin Morrow’s latest anti-corruption investigation in The Dirty and the Dead. I’m rather excited to be starting this one because I really like the outline I’m developing. It should hit the bookshelves around March 2022.

Stay safe and healthy fellow humans.

Better Late than Never

I just finished writing Die Like the Rest (Ghost Squadron #3). It’s a little later than I’d hoped and the release date will most likely be early November, but it’s done and I’m pretty happy with the story. Now for the standard revisions before the manuscript goes to my editor.

Next on my to-do list is the third Caelin Morrow case, The Dirty and the Dead, and I’ll start on it while my editor goes through Die Like the Rest. With autumn here and the days getting both shorter and colder, I won’t have too many excuses for idleness. While it’s still balmy enough to enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda after supper, albeit wearing a sweater instead of a tshirt, that won’t last. Already, the leaves in the trees are turning, the geese are flying overhead in huge V formations, getting ready for the migration south and the chipmunks are scurrying about, their cheeks filled with acorns and nuts for their winter larders. And before we know it, we’ll have our lovely Canadian winter, with all the trimmings. The forecasters are telling us it’ll be a tad harsher than the last one. But that’s life.

In other news, the audiobook version of Imperial Sunset has been published and is available from your favorite audiobook retailer. The link below will take you to the relevant page on my publisher’s website: https://tantor.com/imperial-sunset-eric-thomson.html

And finally, while the cover for Die Like the Rest isn’t finalized yet, the image below is pretty close to what you’ll see on the bookshelves. Stay safe and healthy fellow humans.

And on the First Monday

In September, we celebrate work by being idle. Yes, it’s Labour Day once again in Canada and the US. Around here, that means summer is unofficially over, although the weather will remain nice and balmy for a bit yet. Considering how fast summer went by, I can only conclude that time passes more rapidly as one gets older. But it’s been a pleasant season nonetheless. On muggy days, our backyard oasis reminded us intensely of our favorite scuba diving destinations, and we made the illusion complete with a daily gin & tonic on the veranda before supper. But as with the passing of the seasons, the gin is now gone and what’s left of the tonic water will remain in the cupboard until next year.

Work on the next Ghost Squadron story has been progressing in fits and starts, but I’m past the two-thirds mark, so a late October publication date is achievable, especially now that summer is winding down.

And now, back to officially endorsed idleness. Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

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