Winter has finally struck for good and this time, it’ll stick. We woke up this morning to a white blanket over everything, more than the weather forecast led us to expect, and it’ll be followed up by a solid dump of snow tomorrow night, with mostly below average temperatures for the next two weeks. A white Christmas is now a certainty in our part of Canada.
Sadly, it means yesterday’s walk was the last of the season for my dog. He’ll have to wait until late March or early April before chasing squirrels again. Tiny and low to the ground as he is, even a few centimeters of snow make walks unpleasant. And that means more time at the gym on the treadmill for me. But the first true snowfall of the winter, the one that will stay and become the foundation layer, is pretty to behold. A shame that I’ll no doubt be cursing at Mother Nature soon enough when I tire of the cold, of scraping off the truck and of slogging through another dump of white crap. Nope, I’m not a winter person.
The sixth Decker’s War adventure, No Remorse, is coming along nicely. I’m almost at the 20% completion mark for the first draft, so it will likely be published before the fifth Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, sometime in late winter or early spring. And if you haven’t checked out my latest, The Warrior’s Knife, give it a try. I’ve posted the first four chapters to give you a feel for the style and story. It’s available for purchase anywhere ebooks are sold.
This will likely be the last blog post for 2017. Even full-time authors need holidays every so often to recharge the creative batteries, but I’ll be back in January, hopefully well-rested and ready to face a new year of writing.
Season’s greetings to all my readers.
May your Past be a pleasant memory,
Your Future filled with delights and mystery,
Your Now a glorious moment
That fills your life with deep contentment.
And may we be alive this time next year!
We got a foretaste of winter earlier this week, with an inch or so of snow over a layer of freezing rain. I hope it wasn’t an omen of things to come. Scraping ice off the truck isn’t my favorite morning activity. It’s gone now, but the weather people are forecasting “a wild ride” for this winter, whatever that’s supposed to mean. Thankfully, the street rehabilitation work is done, with a few final landscaping touches awaiting next spring.
While I’m finalizing The Warrior’s Knife with the help of my editors, I’ve started on the sixth installment of Decker’s War, after writing myself into a dead end with the fifth Siobhan Dunmoore adventure. Decker #6 is tentatively titled No Remorse and picks up the story a few months after the events in Black Sword, with Decker and Talyn’s enemies actively seeking revenge on them for exposing the conspiracy. Dunmoore fans, fear not. I’ve already started remapping the storyline for Without Mercy and it will come out in the first half of 2018.
For those of you living in the US and Canada who’ve not yet tried Decker’s War, the omnibus edition containing the first three adventures (Death Comes But Once, Cold Comfort and Fatal Blade) will be offered at a substantial discount by Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iTunes as part of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales — all three books for the price of one, from now until next Monday.
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!
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. 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.