This August is proving to be a wonderful month indeed. Recently, No Honor in Death found itself in good company on the Kobo retail site. Now, it’s the turn of Black Sword, my most recent novel. What more could I ask for? If you’re a Zack Decker fan and you haven’t read his latest adventure yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!
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It’s finally here. The latest Zack Decker adventure has been published, and it’s the best to date, if I do say so myself.
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Note that Black Sword may take longer to become available at certain retailers. If it has not yet shown up at the retailer where you purchase your ebooks, rest assured that it will soon.
It’s been an extraordinarily wet, rainy and chilly July in our part of the Great White North, but the last few days have brought us weather closer to normal, and today is shaping up as one of those summer Sundays I look forward to all winter. Of course, the drier weather has a downside when your street is being ripped up for water main replacement — dust. Every car that passes raises a big cloud, and those who drive like moronic maniacs raise clouds visible for kilometers, redepositing the dust all over our houses, cars, properties, etc. It reminds me of nothing so much as the dusty dirt roads that crisscross the military reservations I’ve come to know during my younger years. For those who, like me, remember spending their summers eating dust in the Gagetown training area every time a deuce, APC or tank rolled by, you’ll know what I mean. That’s what our quiet residential street feels like these days.
There are moments where I wish I could put a spike belt across the street and teach the ignoramuses a lesson in giving their neighbours some consideration by driving more slowly rather than racing to the next intersection. But their turn will come next year. Right now, the city is doing the first 300 meters of the street, the part on which we live, however I already see the subtle signs that the city is preparing to do another section next year — the same signs I saw last year on our segment.
I wish the work would be over soon, but we’re looking at another 4-6 weeks, if not longer, before the street is repaved and things back to normal. And tomorrow morning, like every weekday, we’ll be woken at precisely 07:00hrs by the beeping of heavy machinery backing up. I can’t fault the guys who are working this project. They routinely put in 10-12 hours a day and it’s not uncommon to hear heavy machinery still hard at it after supper.
What won’t take another 4-6 weeks is the work to publish Black Sword, the latest Zack Decker adventure. It’s in the midst of the second round of editing right now, and should come out of that within a day or two, leaving only proofing and final cover design. I’d say, barring any unforeseen circumstances, we’re looking at publication before mid-August for sure.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Today was a holiday in Canada, the kind where nothing is open and because it rained around here, it reminded me of the dreary Sundays of my childhood. After two days of reno work, I couldn’t motivate myself to do more, nor could I plunge back into the fifth Decker’s War adventure, so I decided to noodle around with Photoshop. After learning a great deal about graphic design from my friend A. Lee Ripley (but still nowhere near as talented as she is, I hasten to add), I decided to spread my wings and try some more difficult compositions. I downloaded a few templates from Covervault and played away for most of the afternoon and evening. The ones I liked best are now on my author website and my Facebook feed. Take a look!
Tomorrow it’s back to Decker’s War #5, which now sits at 30% completed. Give it another month or two, and its cover will join the others in the graphic above!
One of the things I’ve noticed, growing older, is that the passage of time seems to accelerate. In March, we celebrated our twentieth year living in the same house – a record for two people who grew up shifting from place to place as the military moved their fathers to new duty stations, not to mention our moves while I was in the regular army. And this morning, I was reminded by our kind veterinary clinic that our youngest, and sole surviving dog, turns ten today. Funny. I still vividly remember him as a tiny puppy, barely larger than my hand. Where did all that time go? Mind you, at five pounds, he’s still small, smaller than the cat we encountered during our morning walk, but he has the spirit of big dog even if his growls and barks are more endearing than menacing. I get a lot of smiles from passersby as we walk through the neighbourhood ever day, and I know what they see – a big, bearded, fifty-something guy enjoying a stroll with his wee little dog. Now that he’s healed from his knee operation, my guy can put on some speed when he wants to.
Victory’s Bright Dawn has been out for nine days now, and seems to be doing well with Siobhan Dunmoore fans. It’s the sort of encouragement that’ll have me write her next adventure, although inspiration for a storyline hasn’t struck just yet. But I’m steaming ahead with the fifth Decker’s War installment, and as you might have noticed, the cover and synopsis for Black Sword are up both here and on my author website. I’m aiming to have the manuscript in my editor’s hands late June or early July, perhaps even earlier if I can overcome my habitual tendency to procrastinate, which might be a struggle now that the weather is finally showing signs of improvement.
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.