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Author in Winter

This morning, Mrs. Thomson and I finally made it out onto the woodland trails for a bit of cross-country skiing. We’re blessed with many places within an easy drive where we can enjoy nature. And even though I’m probably as little a fan of winter as it gets for a Canadian, I have to admit that the forest, after a fresh dusting of overnight snow, was delightful. As were the other skiers and snowshoers we passed — smiles and friendly hellos at every encounter. We also rediscovered that cross-country skiing uses a set of muscles different from the one we exercise at the gym, but it’s a good ache, especially at our age. And speaking of age, it was interesting that pretty much everyone we saw out there was of our generation or near enough. It made me wonder what the younger folks do for exercise and fresh air on a beautiful February Saturday.

But now I’m back at the keyboard while a new dusting of snow is erasing tracks and footprints. I’ve just passed the three-quarters mark for the first draft of No Remorse (Decker’s War Book 6), and as it always happens when I come to the final act, my writing speeds up so I can stay ahead of characters barreling towards the story’s climax. I don’t want to give anything away, but the story involves people from Decker’s distant past, as well as his more recent adventures, especially the previous two. I figure I’ll be done by the end of the month, and I’ve already warned my editor to clear her calendar for March. Once this one is in her hands, it’s back to Without Mercy (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 5).


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5-6 August 2017 Science Fiction and Fantasy Promotion

I’m pleased to participate once again in this fantastic promotion organized by Australian author Patty Jansen for fans of science fiction and fantasy.  My own “Death Comes But Once” is one of the featured books, but do check out the other 99 great novels on offer, each for 99c.  Click on the image below to find good reading at a great price!

August Promo

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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 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:



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:

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

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I See Creatures

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.

Banded Jawfish

While these tritoniid nudibranchs living on a gorgonian sea fan were the size of rice grains.  The white strands are their eggs.


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Return to Reality

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.

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Embracing Change Part 2 – The Mailing List

I’ve finally been convinced that it’s time to join the year 2017 and offer my readers the option to join a mailing list which will allow me to inform them directly of new book releases, special offers and other things of interest.  That doesn’t mean I’ll stop blogging here and it doesn’t mean I’ll be deluging email in-boxes with frequent newsletters either.  It just means that anyone who wants to receive news about my books once in a while without visiting this blog or my official author website now has another option.  If you’re interested, this link will take you to a sign-up page.

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Embracing Change

The other day, the last of the three Siobhan Dunmoore novels published so far, Like Stars in Heaven, left the Kindle Unlimited (KU) program, which required exclusivity with Amazon under some fairly onerous terms. As a result, starting tomorrow, Monday, February 13, 2017, it will join the first two in being available across a wide range of retailers. I was able to remove it from KU two weeks early after a fruitless discussion with Amazon concerning their interpretation of what was to my eyes a pretty nonsensical restriction.

I mentioned in a blog post last month that I was one of many authors who had become less than enchanted with Amazon’s management the KU program and it has been getting increasingly more arbitrary and often chaotic for authors. That’s over and above the issues surrounding the payment of royalties, the prevalence of scammers abusing the program to rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, etc. Since the first two novels of the Siobhan Dunmoore series have done surprisingly well outside of the Amazon ecosystem up to now, I’ve resolved to reduce my dependence on Amazon’s capriciousness by removing the entire Decker’s War series from KU at the end of this month. It will remain available for purchase on Amazon, but as of early March, it will also be available to readers who get their ebooks from iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and many other ebook retailers around the planet. Hopefully, those who enjoyed Siobhan Dunmoore might want to give Decker’s War a try. Though set in the same universe, but at a later time, Decker’s War features a different kind of protagonist and storyline.  It’s also more lighthearted, if not everyone’s cup of tea.

I think it’s worth noting that Mrs. Thomson and I subscribed to KU as readers until last autumn, when we decided we were wasting both money and time by wading through the increasingly dense pile of unreadable sludge on offer, only to find that what we actually wanted to read wasn’t available in KU. And that’s not even mentioning that we were paying to support a program which wasn’t doing authors justice yet rewarding scammers. I think that if I can’t justify using KU as a reader, it behooves me to stop supporting it as a writer and give my work wider exposure beyond Amazon.

Will I put further Siobhan Dunmoore and Decker’s War novels in KU for a 90 period after their publication, 90 days being the minimum enrollment period? At this point, I don’t know. I intend to keep an eye on how the KU issue develops or degenerates as the case may be, and that includes Amazon’s efforts in defeating the many scams without punishing honest authors. But I suspect that once I’m completely free of the unreasonable restrictions Amazon imposes on writers for the privilege of seeing their books in Kindle Unlimited, I’ll think twice about putting any new work at Amazon’s mercy.

Speaking of new work, the first draft of Victory’s Bright Dawn (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 4) passed the half way mark a few days ago, and I’m really pleased with how it’s shaping up. At this rate, we might be looking for a mid-Spring publication date.

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