Tomorrow’s the Day

My second audiobook, The Path of Duty (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 2) will be released tomorrow, joining the audiobook of Dunmoore’s inaugural adventure on the shelves of Amazon, Audible, iTunes and more.  And that means the audiobook of Like Stars in Heaven (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 3) will soon be available for pre-order, as I expect an August 20th release for it.

In the meantime, my editor has indicated I might get her comments on Black Sword (Decker’s War Book 5) by early next week.  Figure on a mid-August release for it.  Finally, I’ve managed to return to my sci-fi cop story, A Splash of Blood (Quis Custodiet #1) and it may see the light by September.  All in all, 2017 is turning out to be a good year for this author.  And yes, I’m also working on the plot for the fifth Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, tentatively titled Without Mercy, though it might not be published before 2018.

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Scammers Break The Kindle Store

For those of you who wondered why I pulled all of my books out of Kindle Unlimited earlier this year, and didn’t put the latest Siobhan Dunmoore in Kindle Unlimited when it came out on April 30, author David Gaughran gives the best summation of Amazon’s broken system that I’ve seen.

David Gaughran

On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts.

The Kindle Store is officially broken.

This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed title also hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action.

Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever. There are many such examples.

I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.

Repeated assurances were given that the entire leadership team at Amazon was taking the scammer problem very seriously indeed. But it was also stressed that the…

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There’s No Escape

Since leaving the dank underbelly of the demented bureaucracy, my home office has been an oasis of calm.  Not since last week.  The city is replacing the water main on our street and today, the work is happening right outside my home.  It makes writing a challenge, but fortunately, I’m done with Black Sword (Decker’s War Book 5).  The manuscript now sits in my editor’s inbox, so you Decker fans can expect an August release.  Here’s what it looks like from my office window today.  I bet it’s a lot calmer outside my old, downtown office, but such is life.

Road work

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More Musical Inspiration

As I mentioned before, music is an important part of my inspiration to write, my muse if you like, and a great motivator when I’m procrastinating. I try to give each of my books a theme song, sometimes more than one, when I stumble across pieces appropriate for various parts of the story. It’s hard to predict what will trigger the muse, or what will crop up that meshes well with my writing. Case in point, the theme song for Black Sword (Decker’s War Book 5) has turned out to be a 1982 hit by the band Golden Earring, called Twilight Zone. Once you read the book (it will be out later this summer), you’ll see why I chose it. As far as musical pairings go, this one is the best so far.

I’m currently more than halfway through the revision of Black Sword.  With the greater part of this year’s home reno project done, I’ll be able to give it a sprint, so I figure my editor might see it in a week or so.

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More Sounds of Summer

The audiobook version of The Path of Duty (Siobhan Dunmoore #2) is now available for pre-order and will be released on July 20th.  You can find it at the links below:

Audible

Amazon

It will eventually show up on iTunes, OverDrive, Hoopla and Recorded Books

SD2 Audio

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Happy 150th Birthday, Canada

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July 1, 2017 · 9:23 am

Back to the Future

More procrastination with graphic art has resulted in a 1930s pulp fiction style cover for the first Decker’s War adventure.  Here it is, side by side with the actual book cover.

And the upcoming fifth adventure

Decker Pulp 3 Decker 5 ebook

You can check out the website I used to produce the retro cover here: http://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/derange-o-lab/pulp-o-mizer/pulp-o-mizer.html

By the way – the first draft of Black Sword is done… It’s headed for my editor later in July.

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The Sounds of Summer

Summer in the northern hemisphere will officially arrive twenty-four minutes past midnight on June 21st, but my first sounds of summer have officially been released.  I’m talking about No Honor in Death (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 1) in audiobook format.  It’s available as of today on

Amazon

Audible

iTunes

Hoopla

Recorded Books

The next two installments of Dunmoore’s adventures, The Path of Duty and Like Stars in Heaven will come out in audiobook format later this summer.  Stay tuned – I’ll let you know when that happens.

In other good news, Black Sword (Decker’s War Book 5) is 80% done, so that’s another summer release coming at you.  So far, I’m liking my 2017!

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It’s For Real!

The first Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, No Honor in Death will be released in audiobook format on June 20th, 2017, in ten short days!  What a nice way to celebrate the start of summer.

https://tantor.com/author/eric-thomson.html

So far, only the link to Audible is up, but it’s as real as you can get.

https://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/No-Honor-in-Death-Audiobook/B071WT8ZRH

 

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Half-Way There

After the wettest and most miserable spring in living memory around here, we’ve had our first true day of warm sunshine. Summer seems to have finally arrived. Of course, the warm weather means little for my routine, if truth be told. I’ll still be walking the dog if it isn’t raining, only earlier in the day, because he doesn’t like walking on asphalt when it gets too hot, and I’ll still get my time at the gym. This year’s renos have been moving apace, and so far I’m keeping faith with my pledge to renew one room a year. I’m actually quite pleased now that I’ve done the workshop and the laundry room, and have made good progress on turning the basement rec room back into a livable space. The amount of junk that’s been trickling out of the house over the last 2-3 weeks is nothing short of miraculous. This coming weekend, our city is holding its semi-annual weekend of ‘put your unwanted stuff on the curb for others to take’. I’ll be filling the end of our driveway, judging by the amount of old furniture and light fixtures I’ve extracted from the basement. I know both Mrs Thomson and my dog are happy with the progress on decluttering Thomson Manor.

And yes, I have been working on Black Sword (Decker’s War Book 5) every day. In fact, the first draft is over 50% done and speed has been ramping up, as it usually does once I reach the half-way mark. I’ve also been giving further thought to the plot of the fifth Dunmoore adventure, tentatively titled Without Mercy. You may have noticed the book cover mockup.

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