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.
Time has flown by at hyperspeed once again since my last post. In my defense, I’ve been busy writing The Dirty and the Dead (Constabulary Casefiles #3) and as of today, I’m at the 85% completion mark. Barring unforeseen events, I’ll be done before New Year’s Eve. Whenever I reach this place in a story, I tend to get the words out faster and faster (and more importantly, in the right order!)
Here in the Great White North, it’s winter, not just by the calendar but by the weather. We had a few snowfalls already, but the last one the other day seems likely to have laid down this winter’s base coat of snow and ice. Unless the weather forecasters are completely out to lunch, it’ll be a White Christmas in these parts, which is always nicer than a slushy or green one. It’ll be time to moan and groan about winter come January. And we will. It’s a Canadian thing.
What will 2022 look like for this writer? First on the menu, after publishing The Dirty and the Dead, will be the fifth Ashes of Empire story, Imperial Ghosts. Then, another Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, perhaps? And, of course, a fourth Ghost Squadron novel. No slowing down here!
That being said, since this is likely my last post of 2021, I wish you all a Happy Solstice, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. May you and yours be blessed with peace and joy.
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.
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.”
There’s nothing quite like a sunny summer Sunday to lift one’s spirits. Cold, gray winter is about as far away in the past and future as it will ever be during the course of a year. Since both our spring and summer trips to dive coral reefs have been cancelled, this is about as close as we’ll get to our favorite climate. The odd BBQ meal prepared with spices from the islands also helps. But the money we’re not spending traveling will be spent carrying out a lot of maintenance on our almost fifty year old house, so there’s practical good coming out of the suspension of international travel. Still…
In other good news, I’m two-thirds done writing the second Chief Superintendent Morrow investigation, A Colonial Murder. As things progress in my twenty-sixth century interstellar Commonwealth racing headlong to ruin and the birth of empire, Morrow’s current story line is intersecting with that of Ghost Squadron, something which will likely happen more often than not. It’s one of the reasons why I rebranded the Morrow series as Constabulary Casefiles, since I’m writing about more than just internal affairs investigations at this point. The rebranding also allows me to explore the broader Constabulary role in the collapse of the Commonwealth. I’ve told my editor she can expect A Colonial Murder sometime in early August, which could mean an early September publication date. Then, it’s on with Deadly Intent (Ghost Squadron #2) which takes place, chronologically speaking, immediately after A Colonial Murder. I’m hoping to get that one out by December.