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More Audiobook News!

Without Mercy (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 5) is now out in audio format. As of writing this, it’s available pretty much everywhere except Amazon and Audible, which usually take 2-3 times as long to publish audiobooks as the rest of the retailers. Get it here:

https://books2read.com/withoutmercy?format=audiobook

If you get your audiobooks via Amazon or Audible, check regularly. It’ll eventually show up there as well.

In other news, my editor has been busily working on A Peril So Dire, the fourth Constabulary Casefiles adventure. And we’ve officially entered summer in our part of the Great White North.  We were off diving the St. Lawrence River last Thursday, did a short nature hike today and will do a longer hike in the Gatineau Park tomorrow.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Spring is Almost Sprung

The weather in our part of the Great White North is looking up these days. The sun is higher in the sky and feels so good on one’s face, the snow is slowly melting and daytime temperatures are now almost consistently hovering a degree or two above freezing. All in all, it looks like winter’s back is almost broken. But this being Canada, we can still get a snowstorm or two before it truly ends. Still, the trend is towards warmer days and that’s what counts.

In other news, I’m fast approaching the halfway mark on the fourth Constabulary Casefiles adventure, which sees Caelin Morrow go up against her most perilous adversary to date. It still doesn’t have  a title, strangely enough, let alone a cover design, yet those will come to me eventually.

And that’s about it. Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

It’s A Wrap

I finished writing Ashes of Empire: Imperial Ghosts earlier this afternoon, and I’m quite satisfied with the story — it comes out to around 400 print pages and there’s a lot going on. Of course, now comes the hard part: revising and cleaning it up for my editor. I figure we’re looking at a mid to late July release date. Below is what I figure will be the final cover. There may be a few tweaks, but I quite like the image.

In other news, all three Constabulary Casefiles are now available in audiobook format from Google Play and will be available in audiobook from Kobo within the next week or so. I’m rather satisfied with the results. And for those who are waiting for the next Dunmoore, I’ll be starting when Imperial Ghosts is off to my editor. I already have the high level outline ready to go, but no title as yet, let alone a book cover design.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

May Flowers

Things have been busy around here in the last two weeks or so. First, my publishing company, Sanddiver Books Inc. is entering the world of audiobook production. We’ve just signed a contract with Findaway Voices to engage a narrator who’ll turn Death Comes But Once (Decker’s War Book 1) into an audiobook, with a projected release date sometime around August. If all goes well, the rest of the series will be turned into audiobooks over the coming year or so, followed by the Ghost Squadron series. But what about the remaining Siobhan Dunmoore books you’re no doubt asking. That’s a little trickier. As you might recall, the first three, along with the four Ashes of Empire books were produced by one of the leading audiobook publishers, Tantor Media, and I still hope they’ll pick up the remaining Dunmoore novels. If it becomes clear they won’t, then we’ll go ahead and do them ourselves.

In the meantime, we’re conducting an experiment with the Constabulary Casefiles books in the audio realm. Google, never a company to let innovation escape them, has created a means of auto-generating audiobooks based on ebooks in the Google Play inventory. In other words, the audiobooks thus created are narrated by an Artificial Intelligence. And they’re remarkably good, all things considered, though in my opinion AI narration is best for novels told in the first person, because the AI cannot do different voices in a single recording, unlike a human narrator. As a result, we’re putting out all three Constabulary Casefiles in audio on Google Play and Kobo (the only places that’ll accept AI narrators). The Warrior’s Knife is already available, with A Colonial Murder to follow later this week. The price is less than half that of a human narrated audiobook. Mind you, my editor is spending at least a week per book to make sure all of the AI’s mispronunciations are corrected, so it’s not just a push the button and done deal. If you’re curious, both retailers allow you to listen to a decent sample for free so go see for yourself what this is all about. We may well have them re-done with a human narrator at a later date, now that we’re serious getting into the audiobook business.

Next, I’ve take down the forum. It wasn’t being used as I hoped and instead has been the target for bots and scammers (I’ll let you guess from which part of the world predominantly at the moment). It might return at some later date if I see a better way of using it, or it might be gone for good. Same with the Sanddiver Bookstore. We dealt with a bot-generated credit card scam in February. Fortunately, our credit card processor, Stripe, caught on quickly and the only one out of pocket, by under $20, was me. Since sales were never really phenomenal, we haven’t put it back up, though it’s still there.

Finally, I’m at the 70% completion mark for Ashes of Empire: Imperial Ghosts.

And that is all the news fit to print. Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

It’s Here!

My latest novel, “The Dirty and the Dead” is now out. But as so many things these days, publication hasn’t been smooth. At the present time, all the major ebook retailers have it available, except for Apple, which is uncharacteristically lagging. I know a lot of you buy your books via iTunes, so I’ll ask for your patience. Check once in a while. It’ll get there. If you prefer printed books, the paperback version is available on Amazon, but nowhere else for now. The printer who produces our paperback books for retailers other than Amazon and our hardcover versions (regular and large print) is badly backlogged. I figure two to three weeks at least before they get to this one. That being said, I hope you enjoy it!

As of 10AM EST, Monday February 14th, it is available on iTunes

Getting Close!

We’re in the home stretch with The Dirty and the Dead (Constabulary Casefiles #3). It’s with my proofreader at the moment so a few more days and then look for it on your favorite retailer’s virtual shelves. In the meantime, here’s the dust jacket for the hardcover version.

Moving Right Along

I sent The Dirty and the Dead (Constabulary Casefiles #3) to my editor yesterday afternoon. And that means I’m going to start working on Ashes of Empire: Imperial Ghosts. Speaking of Ashes of Empire, the audiobook of Imperial Echoes will come out next Tuesday, January 25th. It’s already available for pre-order from your favorite retailer.

When do I expect The Dirty and the Dead to hit the bookshelves? Hopefully by mid-February, barring any unforeseen events or my editor finding major issues.

Around here, winter’s bite is making itself felt in earnest. Our days are bone-chillingly cold, just like the planet on which Caelin Morrow is conducting her latest investigation, as you’ll see next month. From Sunday night to yesterday, we got almost half a meter of snow (about eighteen inches), which made up for the paltry snowfalls since early December. At least the sun is now out for a few days after almost a month of dreary, cloudy, gray days.

Here in the writer’s den, things are also cheerier with a new nine gallon freshwater aquarium replacing a tired old bookcase filled with books that haven’t been opened in decades. Yesterday afternoon, it received its first tenants, a school of neon tetras and four small, delicate and fun to watch golden shrimp. All seem in fine fettle this morning, and it’s fun watching them variously swim and scamper around the plants, rocks and driftwood. We’ve had aquariums before, but got rid of our last one more than a decade ago, when we shared our home with three dogs. Now that we no longer have any dogs, I figured since I spend most of my day in the writer’s den, I might as well add some undemanding life I can watch while my brain dredges up the next plot twist.

And that’s all the news I have. Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

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.

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