Doing it Backwards

In the publishing industry, you’ll normally see books come out in hardcover first, then months later in paperback.  As you may have noticed, I’ve not been following that industry practice.  But I’m catching up – slowly.  I’ve now begun the process to get all of my novels published in hardcover format, starting with The Warrior’s Knife, which is, as of today, available for purchase on Amazon, and will become available through other retailers in due course.  You can see it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1775135543

The next to come out in hardcover will be Death Comes But Once, which is going through the pre-production checks right now, with the rest to follow over the coming weeks.

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Winter – Redux

Another Spring, another deep freeze.  The calendar might say April, but the thermometer says January.  What the 90 kilometer per hour wind gusts say is something else altogether, but our neighbourhood survived the last thirty-six hours with no visible damage, unlike others.  I’m sure the migrating Canada geese we’ve seen overhead for the last week or so are mighty confused.  My dog certainly seems to be.

At least the bathroom renos are just about done.  The final fixture came in today, so all that remains is two small finishing touches.  A big shout-out to the folks at Distinctive Bathrooms and Kitchens for a great job.  I can’t recommend them enough.  And since I like hanging around the tradesmen when they’re working so I can watch and I’m not shy about asking questions, I learned a lot of little tricks and techniques I’ll find helpful when I’m doing my own work.  I owe a big thanks to all of them for patiently explaining their work and indulging my enthusiasm.

And when it comes to my own trade, that of storyteller, I’m happy to report Imperial Sunset (Ashes of Empire #1) hit  the one-third, or 33.3% completion mark today.  That’s almost 140 pages or 11 chapters in two and a half weeks.  Not too bad, if I say so myself.

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Choosing Wisely

On this eve of Good Friday, the bathroom renovation is just about completed. A few items on back-order still need to be installed next week, but it’s usable again. And so nice. Modern looking too, compared to its earlier 1974 vintage incarnation. Over the weekend, Mrs. Thomson and I will have the agreeable chore of dusting and scrubbing the rest of the house. I’ve already done my office, which put me a little behind on my daily writing, but progress on my newest project has been excellent.

In the 9 days since I started writing Imperial Sunset (Ashes of Empire #1), I’ve put over 20,000 words to paper, one-fifth of the novel! And this at a time when tradesmen were working downstairs from early in the morning to late afternoon. It goes to show you that when I’m on the right track, my productivity is most satisfying. It also vindicates my decision to shelve Siobhan Dunmoore’s fifth adventure for now and move on to the next idea, since I was getting nowhere. The storyline for Imperial Sunset is already almost entirely formed in my head, and now it’s just a matter of fleshing it out and pounding the keyboard. As this is my twelfth novel, the fleshing out is becoming easier and therefore quicker. I foresee a mid to late June publication date.

And if you haven’t picked up your copy of No Remorse (Decker’s War Book 6) yet, you don’t know what you’re missing!

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The Fickleness of a Writer’s Mind

The downstairs bathroom renovations are in full swing this week, which means very early mornings, plenty of noise and many disruptions. Hardly the most conducive atmosphere for a writer but since it will cost a pretty penny, the stories must flow. And thus, I have new developments to report.

As much as it pains me to say this, I find myself forced to shelve the next Siobhan Dunmoore story. I’ve been struggling with it since last September and simply can’t get into the groove. Something about it isn’t working, and after 15,000 words or about five chapters, I still can’t figure out what. Dunmoore stopped speaking to me, and nothing I’ve tried has helped. Instead, I’ve decided to launch into a fresh project, something that’s been sitting in the back of my mind for a long, long time. It’s a new series (yes, another one—but since the first Quis Custodiet book hasn’t found a big audience yet, I’ll be letting that series grow at a slower rate).

I’ve tentatively called this new project Ashes of Empire. For those of you who’ve read No Remorse (Decker’s War Book 6) already, this might sound familiar. The plotline goes as follows. A thousand years after the Commonwealth is extinguished and replaced by an empire, to avoid another ruinous civil war, the unthinkable finally happens, and human civilization falls into a death spiral from which there is no escape. A battalion of elite Imperial Pathfinders, sent to protect a corrupt imperial governor general on far-off Coraline is facing a horrible death at the hands of blood-maddened rebels. Until, that is, the remains of an Imperial Navy squadron, led by the fast attack cruiser Vanquish, passes through the system as it flees a losing battle and hears their distress signal. So starts a desperate attempt to stave off the long night of barbarism that would see humanity fall back to pre-spaceflight if not pre-industrial levels and confined to its myriad worlds for millennia. That is if entire populations aren’t wiped out first, be it through the civil war raging across the galaxy or at the hands of marauding aliens. I’ve tentatively called the first in this series Imperial Sunset, with Imperial Night and further volumes to follow. Contrary to the Dunmoore, Decker and Morrow series, these will not be standalone adventures, nor will they follow a single set of characters through each installment since the planned story arc will cover lengthy time periods.

 

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I’m excited by this new storyline. Even though it’s set in the same universe as my other series, putting it in the far future, long after history has forgotten Siobhan Dunmoore, Zack Decker, Hera Talyn and Caelin Morrow, will allow me to explore different themes. I’ve already written the first two chapters in the space of two days, in spite of the noise of hammering, sawing and drilling from downstairs, and my fingers can barely keep up with the geyser of ideas.

So, my apologies to Dunmoore fans, but I can’t force something that doesn’t want to come along. Trying to do otherwise makes for poor storytelling. I’m hoping that by delving into the thirty-sixth century, I might regain a connection to our Siobhan’s twenty-fifth. Decker fans need not fear. He’s still speaking to me, so there will be a seventh installment, and I’ve already outlined the second Caelin Morrow murder case.  And if you haven’t read No Remorse (Decker’s War Book 6) yet, you’re in for a treat.

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No Remorse (Decker’s War Book 6)

And it’s live! As of writing this post, the ebook is available on Amazon, Apple, and Kobo, but is still in the process of getting published on Google Play and Barnes & Noble, with more retailers to follow.   The paperback is out on Amazon already.

Click on the image below for the links to the various ebook retailers.

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It’s Starting to Feel Real

Drum roll, please!  I’m thrilled to unveil the paperback cover for the upcoming Decker’s War novel No Remorse.  Not long now before it’s available in stores…

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One Step Closer

My editor has begun her review of No Remorse (Decker’s War Book 6) and I should see the first round of comments within days.  I think it’s safe to say it’ll be published this month, hopefully before the contractor starts work our our downstairs bathroom and I find my environment less conductive to the authorly arts.  I’ve now been instructed to take a day or two of rest, so I can recover from an intense week of 10-12 hour days revising the novel.  We’ll see.  I’m not very skilled at the fine of doing nothing.  Which I suppose is reflected by my decreased time watching the boob tube in favor of reading, although Netflix is being annoying and putting up further shows I want to watch, especially Scandinavian noir cop series, or further seasons of shows I’ve been watching.  But soon enough, I’ll be turning my attention back to the fifth Siobhan Dunmoore installment.  I’d like to see it out by early summer, as do her fans, I daresay.

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Weekend eBook Sale

Once again, I’m pleased to participate in a multiauthor 99c eBook sale this weekend, March 3-4, 2018, with my novel The Warrior’s Knife as one of the featured deals.  Check out great stories at a great price by clicking on the image below:

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And….. Done.

I’m pleased to announce that I just finished writing the last words of No Remorse (Decker’s War Book 6).  Yep, I’m done.  Now for a few weeks worth of editorial massaging and proofreading, but there you have it:  Eric Thomson’s eleventh novel.  It came in at about the same length as the others, meaning a slice above 400 pages, or just short of 110,000 words.  Decker fans will learn a bit more about our fun-loving, hard-fighting Marine’s past, and perhaps even get a hint about his future, or at least a possible future.  The story picks up several months after the fallout from Black Sword, but it is self-contained even though some familiar names and faces from the previous installment make a return visit, because as will become apparent to those who read No Remorse, fighting Decker’s War is growing beyond the ability of one man and his partner, no matter how skilled and determined they may be.  And that’s as much of a teaser as you’ll get for now.

As they say in the ad world – look for it at your favorite retailer in late March.

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Brief Update

Just a quick word to let you know I’m busy finishing No Remorse (Decker’s War Book 6), so there won’t be a regular blog post this week.  I’ve reached the 95% mark, meaning the first draft will be completed within the next two or three days.  Then it goes through the rounds of editing and proofing, but I’m still optimistic for a late March publication date, since my editor has confirmed she will clear full week for me the moment it’s ready.

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