We’re now within a day or two of Victory’s Bright Dawn (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 4) being distributed to the various retail outlets. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, it will not be available through Kindle Unlimited, but it will be available on iTunes, Kobo, Nook, etc, at the same time as it comes out on Amazon. The paperback version will be published concurrently. I’m probably as anxious for it to go live as anyone, after four months of intense work. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll get an email as soon as the new novel is live, so check your inbox over the next 48 hours. The email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org, and will have links to the ebook on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Nook.
In other news, I realized, 20% into Decker’s War #5 that I wasn’t writing the story I wanted to write, so I returned to square one. Fortunately, about half of what was already written fits the proper story, so not all is lost. I’ve been fleshing out the new outline over the last few days, while my editors were giving Dunmoore #4 a final go-over, and this time, I’m telling the right story, one I’ve been planning for the Zack Decker universe at some point anyway. I’m aiming to have it out by mid to late summer.
And now back to our regularly scheduled Sunday reno work. Can’t spend all my time in front of a computer typing away, can I? Besides, it’s either swinging a hammer or a few hours at the gym, and I’d rather finish some of the work I started last fall.
I thought I’d share with you the pictures of a few of the many wonderful creatures we encountered under the sea last week. This seahorse was barely ten centimetres tall.
This banded jawfish had a head no wider than a five cent coin.
While these tritoniid nudibranchs living on a gorgonian sea fan were the size of rice grains. The white strands are their eggs.
Blogging has been non-existent for the last two weeks because Mrs Thomson and I, joined by a few good friends, have been on our annual springtime scuba diving expedition to warmer climes. I took the picture below a few days ago during the rise of a spectacular full moon over the Caribbean Sea. If I ever write a murder mystery set in the tropics, I have my book cover!
It was, as usual, a splendid outing, with some of the best reef diving in the western hemisphere, great company, plentiful food and a lot of fun. The only fly in the ointment is the local airline in the Caribbean failing to load one of our bags on the flight from our undisclosed paradise to the local hub from which we flew home yesterday. Unfortunately it contained the most vital (and costly) components of my underwater photography rig. I’ve been promised that it would be put on a flight back to Canada today, and so I wait with bated breath for a call from our airport to tell me I have a bag to pick up. Failing that, I’ll no doubt be facing a protracted discussion with two airlines and a few insurance companies, followed by the process of reassembling a rig when some of the parts are no longer in production, something I hope to avoid.
I’ve received comments and corrections from my proofreader for the first third of Victory’s Bright Dawn so far, and it only being mid-April, I’m still confident it will be published by the end of the month. Watch this space, or if you’ve subscribed to my email list, watch your inbox.
UPDATE April 16, 10:00 AM. Just returned from the airport with the missing bag that made a long trip by itself yesterday. All is good. The underwater photography will continue.
Tantor Media now have me listed as one of their authors, which makes our contractual relationship even more official, I suppose. You can find my author page here:
My books aren’t listed under the “Coming Soon” heading yet, but it’s only a matter of time…
I’ll be getting my editor’s comments on Victory’s Bright Dawn (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 4) by tomorrow, but she finds it my best and best written to date. She’s certainly happy with the quality of the manuscript. Once I’ve absorbed her comments and made the appropriate changes, it goes to my beta reader/proofreader (you know who you are) in a week or two, after which, once I’ve finalized everything and through the magic of ebook publication it will be available to all Siobhan Dunmoore fans – paperback version to follow. I’ll apologize in advance to those hoping to read it via Kindle Unlimited, but I shall not be enrolling the novel in that program. I’m still not confident that Amazon is treating authors enrolled in Kindle Unlimited fairly. That means it will be available via iTunes, Kobo, Nook, etc, as well as Amazon (purchase only) on the day of publication, which should cheer those who don’t buy their reading material from the almighty Zon. If you’ve signed up to my mailing list, you’ll get an email telling you it’s live the moment that happens.
Now if only spring could liven up a bit! Yesterday’s dump of snow, hopefully the last one of the winter, did nothing to buoy my spirits.