Eric Thomson's Starship Stories

Space Opera With a Twist

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.

Time

The ides of August have come and gone, and I just realized it’s been over a month since I last posted something here. As the Alan Parsons Project song says, “Time is flowing like a river” and in this case, a mighty one.

I’m past the halfway mark on the third Ghost Squadron adventure, Die Like the Rest. But it’s slower going than I would like. I was hoping for a late September release date, but October looks more realistic at this point. What can I say? Summer isn’t the most productive time for me. I’d rather be outside, enjoying life, than chained to a desk seeing as how fall will be here all too quickly. Already, the sun is barely up when I get out of bed rather than high in the sky, and it gets cool enough at night that the cars are covered in condensation (this area is humid!) come morning.

Still, as another song says, “Summertime, and the living is easy.”

Stay safe and healthy fellow humans.

A Dark and Dirty War

It’s out!

https://books2read.com/darkdirtywar

Or if you would rather buy from my publisher’s online bookstore (but you’ll have to side load it onto your reading device)

https://bookstore.sanddiverbooks.ca/product/a-dark-and-dirty-war-siobhan-dunmoore-book-7/

As always, some retailers take longer to place it on their virtual shelves, so if your favorite doesn’t have it yet, check back later in the day or tomorrow. The hardcover and paperback versions will also be coming out within the next day or so.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

And now, back to Die Like the Rest (Ghost Squadron #3). I’ve written a quarter of it already.

It’s Back

My editor sent back A Dark and Dirty War (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 7), so we’re one big step closer to publication. Since she didn’t raise any major issues, a July release date is almost certain at this point.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

And Away It Goes

A Dark and Dirty War (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 7) is now with my editor. This means, barring any major issues, it’ll come out before the end of July. Then it’s on with Die Like the Rest (Ghost Squadron #3). No rest for the wicked, not even in the middle of summer!

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

She Rides Again

And will ride into your favorite bookstore late next month. Yes, I just finished writing A Dark and Dirty War (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 7). I still have the revisions to do before my editor sinks her teeth into it. But she’s cleared the decks for early July and will give it all of her available time.

It was an interesting adventure, because I began actually writing the history of the years between the end of the Shrehari War and the first Decker’s War adventure, something I’ve only alluded to in my other series. As those of you who’ve read Decker’s War, Constabulary Casefiles and Ghost Squadron know, a lot happens.

And that’s a wrap, fellow humans. Stay safe and healthy.

June Bugs

I can’t believe we’re four weeks away from 2021’s halfway point already. It seems like we were freezing and surrounded by deep snow only yesterday and here I am, in my daily summer getup of cargo shorts, t shirt and flip-flops, hair and beard trimmed to a warm weather buzz cut.

Progress on A Dark and Dirty War remains reasonably steady. I’m slowly creeping up on the 75% completion mark and during my downtime, I’ve been outlining the third Ghost Squadron adventure, Die Like the Rest.

In other news, my audiobook publisher, Tantor Media, will be issuing a boxed set of the first three Siobhan Dunmoore audiobooks at a considerable savings. If this boxed set sells well, they might even consider producing the remaining Dunmoore adventures in audiobook. Look for it on your favorite retailer’s website beginning June 29. Concurrently with this release and on the same day, I’ll be publishing the ebook version of those first three books as a virtual boxed set which will also sell at a discount compared to the cumulative price of the individual novels. Both audio and ebook boxed sets are up for pre-order on Kobo at the moment, with other retailers to follow. Find the ebook through this link: https://books2read.com/DunmooreBoxSet1

And that’s the buzz around here on this third day of June, 2021. Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Big News

I just signed a contract with Tantor Media for the audiobook rights to my Ashes of Empire series. All four books will be published in audiobook version over the coming months. Some of you might recall that Tantor Media produced the first three Siobhan Dunmoore books in audio in 2017.

As I find out the publication date of each volume, I’ll let you know. Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

The Ides of May

Summer-like weather has finally arrived this mid-May, along with flowers, leaves in the trees and lots of sunshine. And on this 15th day of May, I’ve reached the halfway mark writing the seventh Siobhan Dunmoore adventure. I’m pretty satisfied with progress and with the story to date. One of the things this and potentially further Dunmoore books will do is bridge the gap between the end of the Shrehari War and the Commonwealth of the Decker’s War era, which means less fighting and more intrigue. And that in turn means secondary characters we know from previous Dunmoore books will take on a larger role. Those of you who read Decker’s War, Constabulary Casefiles, and Ghost Squadron may know who I’m talking about, and remember some of what happened in those tumultuous decades.

The way things are going, it’ll likely be a late July publication date. In the meantime, watch this space for further updates.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

A Change for the Better

A few minutes ago, I officially moved the blog to my thomsonfiction.ca domain at the address

https://blog.thomsonfiction.ca/

What this means is that I am now in full control of my blog’s domain and readers of the blog will no longer see advertising. If you follow my blog or are an email subscriber, I have migrated you to the new blog, meaning your transition should be seamless. If you’re a casual reader, please update your bookmark to the new address. All posts, pages, links, images, etc have also migrated to the new blog.

This blog entry is the last that will appear on the old ericthomsonblog.wordpress.com site. All future blog posts will appear on the blog.thomsonfiction.ca site.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

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