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Done Again

I just finished writing The Final Shore – Siobhan Dunmoore Book 9, the last installment in the series. It took me a bit longer than expected, mainly because we spent four weeks in January on vacation in an undisclosed location where we practiced the fine arts of farniente and scuba diving. Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen a few underwater pictures I posted while we were there.

To say it was difficult wrapping up a series I started so long ago would be an understatement. But it’s done. Now, on to the multiple rounds of revision before it goes to my editor, hopefully before the end of this month. Then, back to Imperial Dawn which I expect to have completed by late May.

Around here, the weather is almost spring-like with temperatures more common in mid-March and only a fraction of the regular amount of snow on the ground. It’s supposed to get colder next week, but not much snowfall. I can’t say that I mind a mild winter. After all, I’m built more for the tropics than the Great White North.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Happy New Year

May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.

As the old year fades away and the new year is upon us, I’m happy to report The Final Shore (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 9) is almost 80% written. I hope to have it completed within the next two weeks or so. A March publication date seems quite possible now. And then, it’s back to Imperial Dawn. Hopefully whatever was blocking me will have lifted by then.

A happy new year to all my readers, wherever they may be. Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

July is the Merriest Month

I just realized it’s been a month since I last posted something. I guess the onset of summer has also triggered a certain amount of laziness. First, the news. When the Guns Roar (Siobhan Dunmoore #6) and A Dark and Dirty War (Siobhan Dunmoore #7) are both out in audiobook. The latter isn’t out on Audible or Amazon yet as of writing this, but it’s only a matter of days. You can find them via the following links:

Our narrator is currently finishing On Stormy Seas (Siobhan Dunmoore #8) so look for it later this month or early next month.

As far as writing the next great novel goes, it’s been slow. I’m struggling a bit with Imperial Dawn, but nothing to worry about. Summer is keeping me from working on it, especially since July is my favorite month. It’s been nice and warm so far, but not too hot. We’ve received a regular amount of rain, so the garden is flourishing and I’m enjoying sitting outside with a book most days, taking advantage of the fact that I can do so easily until late in the evening. And no, I’m not reading science fiction. These days, it’s The Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures which are set during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) two-hundred and forty years in the past rather than seventeen-hundred years in the future. If you enjoy age of sail novels, give the series a try. I highly recommend it.

And that’s it!

Stay safe and healthy fellow humans.

Dunmoore #4 in audiobook is a go!

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve signed a contract to have Victory’s Bright Dawn (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 4) produced in audio, narrated by Stephen Floyd. It’s the first of the Dunmoores we’re producing ourselves — Dunmoore 1-3 were produced by Tantor Media — and you can rest assured that the remainder of the Dunmoore books will come out in audio as well as we go forward. When will it appear? In roughly three months from now, so mid-June.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Happy New Year

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live!

May Your Pockets Be Heavy and Your Heart be Light. May Good Luck Pursue You Each Morning and Night.

May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.

May luck be your friend in whatever you do and may trouble be always a stranger to you.

And may we all be alive at this same time next year.


Happy New Year to all my readers.


Yes, I know. I haven’t posted anything in six weeks, but sometimes, inspiration doesn’t come all that well. In any case, I’m 90 percent done with Fear No Darkness (Ghost Squadron #4), so expect it sometime in early February. And now, to celebrating the new year.

Winter is Here

We woke up to a carpet of white stuff this morning, only a few days after I put our snowman folk art statue we call Mister Winter by the front door. Though this first snowfall of the season is unlikely to remain on a ground that’s not yet frozen, it marks a drastic change from the balmy, September-like weather we’ve had for the first part of November. Oh well. I’m not a winter person. Never have been, never will be. But when you live in the Great White North, you get to be a person experiencing winter whether you want to or not.

On the writing front, Fear No Darkness (Ghost Squadron #4) is slowly inching its way to the three-quarters completion mark but I don’t see a December release as realistic any more. Mid to late January seems to be the newest release date. There’s just so much going on in the story that it’s taking me longer than expected. I also have a high level concept of the next, as of yet untitled, Constabulary Casefiles story, which I’ll start working on once I complete Fear No Darkness.

And that’s about it from here. Stay safe and healthy, my friends.

Decker’s War in audio format

Though it’s been slowly percolating through the online ecosystem for the last 3-4 weeks, the audiobook version of Death Comes But Once has finally reached Amazon and Audible, the biggest retailers in the audiobook game, so consider this the official announcement. The following link will take you to the retailer selection page:

The narrator, Henry Jones, did a great job and he’s now working on the second Decker’s War book, Cold Comfort. Our plan is to have the entire series done by the autumn of 2023 by Henry.  I know some of you are thinking, what about the Siobhan Dunmoore stories that haven’t been produced in audio yet? We’re working on a plan to get those done over the next year or so as well.

It’s Almost Here!

Good news! Ashes of Empire: Imperial Ghosts is done, was blessed by my editor, and has gone through the pre-production process.  We’ve followed a more rigorous release plan this time around — as some of you may have noticed, I announced a July 5, 2022 release date last week. Well, that release date still holds, but the book is now available for pre-order pretty much everywhere ebooks are sold and will be released in a few days. Here’s the link:

The Amazon paperback version can be ordered from Amazon right now as well, although the other print versions (paperback from other than Amazon retailers, hardcover and large print) won’t be made available for order from your favorite book merchants until later this coming week.

And in other good news, I’m past the one-third mark writing the next Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, On Stormy Seas. So that’s something you can look forward to in late summer or early autumn.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

A Change for the Better

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

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 site. All future blog posts will appear on the site.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

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