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.
I can’t believe it’s mid-October already, but the evidence is there. Leaves are no longer green, when they’re not already lying on the ground, dried up and waiting for a rake. Although we had a few good warm days earlier this week, it’s grey and rainy outside today, just the sort of weather to keep you inside.
But we’ve not been idle. On the contrary. Cold Comfort (Decker’s War Book 2) has come out in audiobook format and is slowly appearing on various retailer websites. If yours isn’t on the list give it a week or two.
If you want to help ensure the author rather than the big retailers receives most of the sales revenue from the Decker audiobooks, I encourage you to visit Authors Direct. My publisher has set up a storefront where all of the audiobooks we’re producing will appear. The two first Decker’s War books are already there, and I’m hoping the third, Fatal Blade, will be done before Christmas. And after that, it’s on with the remainder of my books. Have a look.
Finally, I’m at the halfway mark for Fear No Darkness (Ghost Squadron #4) and I’m trying something a little different. Because of the scope and reach of the story, which covers the events that trigger the downfall of the Commonwealth, Zack Decker himself is telling the tale, much like Caelin Morrow narrates her Constabulary Casefiles. So far, I’m enjoying it immensely. I’m also hoping it will be done before Christmas.
And that, my friends, is all the news that’s fit to tell. Stay safe and healthy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Yes, I’m well aware that no plan survives contact with the enemy and that fate laughs at us puny humans planning for the future – nowadays more than ever. But here goes anyway.
The first item on the list is completing and publishing Ashes of Empire: Imperial Echoes. I’m past the one-third mark and progress is steady, but not as quick as I’d hoped, which means it’ll probably come out in February and not January. That always happens when I’m deep into world building and in this case, it’s intensive since the story concerns Lyonesse’s soon to be nemesis, the Wyvern Hegemony, which took a different path over the many generations since the empire’s collapse.
Then, I’m looking at the third Ghost Squadron and the third Constabulary Casefiles. I don’t know in which order I’ll work on them just yet but I have the high-level story concepts, and since I like playing with graphic design, I have the covers done up as well.
Finally, there might be a new Siobhan Dunmoore story fermenting in the back of my mind. I’m not sure yet, but there are stirrings. In any case, I have a cover idea already done up, though the title might change as the ideas take shape.
Four books in 2021? Not impossible, provided life doesn’t throw me any nasty surprises. After all, I managed three in 2020, and the first of those three took almost six months. And since we can’t travel to our usual destination over December and January, I’ll be here, at my desk, putting in productive writing time instead of pleading with underwater critters to pose for artistic photographs.