Space Opera With a Twist

Author: Eric Thomson (Page 1 of 32)

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.

May Flowers

April sure went by in a flash, and the weather was the usual mixed bag. We even had snow flurries yesterday, though the sun is shining brightly this morning. Still, the weather will remain rather cool, with temperatures below average, for a while longer. But that’s par for the course. As they say around here, you don’t plant your garden until after Victoria Day, which this year falls on the fourth Monday in May. Mind you, we’re already getting the outdoor living space ready, even if it’s too cold to sit outside and relax. My gas grill and charcoal smoker are ready for action.

I’ve passed the one-third mark on the seventh Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, but progress is coming in fits and starts since I’m world-building again to create the post-war Commonwealth and Fleet. And said world-building, of course, needs to account for things mentioned in Decker’s War when discussing that time in history. But it’s also interesting to create the foundations for the bridge between Dunmoore’s era and that of Decker, Morrow, and Ghost Squadron. I’m aiming for a summer publication date, most likely in July, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, fellow humans. Peace.

April Showers

So far, spring has been pretty good around here. The last few days were more like late May or early June. Yesterday, our air conditioning even came on for the first time, but we’ll be reverting to the mean by the end of the week, or so the meteorologists say. However, their seven day forecasts keep changing wildly. Yesterday, we faced a week of low to mid teen temperatures (in Celsius) with almost constant rain, something we need at this time of the year to wash away the winter’s dust and grime. This morning, the forecast gives us nothing but sunshine and high teen temperatures. I’m sure by tomorrow, the next seven days will look different once again. Sometimes, weather forecasting seems more like voodoo than science.

The latest in the Ashes of Empire saga is garnering good reviews and even queries as to when the next one is coming out (early 2022, in case you’re wondering). If you enjoyed the first three books in the series, I’m pretty sure you’ll be entertained by Imperial Echoes as well, so if you haven’t picked up a copy, what are you waiting for?

Work on a seventh Siobhan Dunmoore adventure is moving along, but at a relatively slow pace, which means I’m still debating certain story line items with myself. It happens almost every time when my initial ideas don’t pan out the way I expected, so no worries. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it should still come out this summer.

And now, I’m off to enjoy a leisurely April Sunday, complete with a brisk hike around the neighborhood later on so we can enjoy the warmth, sunshine, and some good cardio exercise.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Another Step Forward

My editor started work on Ashes of Empire: Imperial Echoes yesterday, which means, barring any unforeseen issues, it should come out later this month, perhaps in synchrony with an eagerly awaited spring. Mind you, this winter hasn’t been exceptionally cold and we didn’t get as much snow as some years, for which most of us are grateful. Temperatures today and tomorrow will remain well below zero, but judging by the weather forecast, we’ll see the annual melt start on Monday. At this rate, the first day of spring might even be green rather than white. In any case, keep your eyes on this space and on the other internet places I frequent for updates on Imperial Echoes.

While my editor’s doing her thing, I’ll take a little break, enjoy my hobbies and let the next book take shape in my mind. At this point, it looks like it’ll be a seventh Siobhan Dunmoore adventure. If so, we can expect it to come out sometime in mid or late summer – again, barring any unforeseen events.

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, fellow humans. Peace.

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