News - 2016 and earlier
25 December 2016
Merry Christmas! For the first reader review of Prophet and the Fields of Glory, please see the Fields of Glory page above, under Prophet.
21 December 2016
AT LAST! Book Five of the Prophet series, Prophet and the Fields of Glory, is now available for purchase. Please go to the PURCHASE page of this website and click on the Booklocker choice for Fields of Glory, then choose if you want the book or e-book. Other choices will soon be available and I will activate the links as soon as they appear: Amazon, B&N, Kobo etc. Please keep an eye on the PURCHASE page for updates. I have ordered authors copies of the book and if I owe you a book I will mail it to you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Ha! Even as I was writing this I discovered that the book version is now available on Amazon. The e-book version will show up later. Go to PURCHASE and click Amazon for Fields of Glory. Good fortune for the new year!
13 December 2016
Greetings Earthlings! You may be wondering why it is taking so long to publish my latest book. It is entirely my fault, Sir, no excuses! I started writing this book in January 2016 and was finished by early July. I was taking my time to ensure I got everything right. Editing followed and was concluded by mid-October. Then the publishing process began. I thought it was done by late November but a last minute screw-up caused me to stop the presses and begin the publishing process again. It was a silly little screw-up, my fault, but I did not want it to show up in my book. So, once again, Christmas is rushing at us and I am hoping my book will be published in December. My last book was published in December 2015 so I'm averaging a book a year. I'll notify everyone when the book is available!
12 December 2016
I am updating the website to reflect the latest book, Prophet and the Fields of Glory. This book is not quite ready to order yet, but as soon as it is I will complete the links to allow you to order from wherever you like. Meantime please take a look at the book description. I hope you will enjoy this book; I had a lot of fun writing it.
20 November 2016
At last! Publishing is done on my end. Now I just have to wait for word that the book is available for purchase on BookLocker, and later on Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc. I will now be updating the website. When books are available for sale I will notify all. Sorry this process is so lengthy but it can't be avoided. Cheers!
16 October 2016
Editing is over! I have just sent Book Five of the Prophet series to my publisher. It may take another month before Prophet and the Fields of Glory is on sale. When that happens I will announce it on the website.
4 July 2016
As an update, I have recently finished writing Book Five of the Prophet series, and have sent the draft to my editor. Editing normally takes a few months and is a joint process between the author and the editor. Upon completion of editing, the publication process may take another month. Bottom line, the book should be available for purchase later this year. I'll keep the readership informed of developments.
3 March 2016
Reader BrightWord in Florida has produced a brilliant poem after reading Prophet and the Creature from Eternity. I really like this one and I reproduce it below with her permission.
From the Halls of Heaven to the Gates of Hell,
We Shall Serve — and We'll Serve Well
Heed me now, and heed me well;
for how long we have, I cannot tell.
Prophet's last words ring oh so true,
and they apply to me — and perhaps to you.
Multiple "realms" the books portray,
from Heaven to Hell — through circuitous ways.
Non-generals meet — their next course to decide,
seeking spiritual guidance dear Bees can provide.
To some who've never "walked the walk,"
but seem quite adroit at "talking the talk,"
Bee's deepest sentiments contain
a mandate that we who are they cannot constrain.
Like proverbial cowboys
dying with boots still on,
We cannot help but continue —
to strive and to carry on.
Age, we may — and our muscles may fail;
but our hearts and minds will stay on the trail —
Until the last, and perhaps silent, shot is fired —
and we too lie on the Legion's pyre.
On four-oh-nine, it reads "THE END";
but a flip of the page revives the pen, as
The "Oath of Enlistment" in the Confree Legion
is offered for all — in whatever region.
Unspoken is the key requirement —
that will likely not lead to "secure retirement":
A heart that's willing, with pure intent,
and a spirit determined, to pursue until spent.
"Commitment" is trite,
and not nearly complete
To describe the deep loyalty
with which the Oath is replete.
"Death" or "death" may seem to some
to capture the essence of the Legion's beating drum.
But they would all have missed the essence:
it's "Death with honor" or "death by sentence";
The crucial thing is not: "live or die";
but, rather: "fight on to the end", and save lives thereby.
The price for the pledge to the Oath was paid
with my body and blood, ere pen was to it laid.
Hand-to-hand as an option is now —
temporarily — off my court;
But, I've still more "tools,"
that I can use — all for the Realm to thwart.
So on I'll go — and serve my best,
in north, south, east, or even west;
The "me" you "know," you may not always "see";
but my spirit will still 'round my comrades be.
I accepted the likely fate as foretold;
and my choice, it was free-will.
So, face it, I will, and I believe
I'll face it — and face it, bold.
"Please — Bring me in; I want out of the 'cold',"
some have been heard to say;
But, soon their life turns strangely lonely, "out" —
and oft, as night's sweet cover lifts —
They eschew the sun with its rays so bold!
But Bees and Prophet remind me
of my heart's cry, so many days:
"Please — Bring me out — into the 'cold,'
for that's where I need to be —
Nay! Bring me out — into the cold,"
for that's where I need to stay."
13 February 2016
Wolf of the Legion has added more quotes from Soldier of the Legion on his blog http://soldier-of-the-legion.tumblr.com. Thanks so much, Wolf! I had forgotten about many of those quotes but they are wonderful and brought back many happy memories from when I was writing the series. It's great that you found so many memorable quotes! Thanks for your interest in the series.
22 January 2016
My youngest son recently discovered an interesting blog on Tumblr that had quotes from the Soldier of the Legion series. This is a really cool blog, evidently posted by someone called Wolf of the Legion. Thanks, Wolf! I'm glad you like the Legion series. For my readers, the blog is: http://soldier-of-the-legion.tumblr.com.
1 January 2016
Welcome to the first posting of the Legion Tacmap FLASH, a new feature for readers of the Soldier of the Legion and the Prophet of ConFree science fiction series. The Legion Tacmap is an interstellar news site for the people of ConFree, written by veterans of the ConFree Legion. Credentials: Every one of our correspondents and journalists wears the combat cross and the blood badge. We were all forged in battle, and many were seriously wounded. Our editorial philosophy is a result of that experience. We are extremists, who fly the flag of liberty, freedom, and eternal vigilance and oppose tyranny and slavery in all its forms. We print the truth, without apology or compromise. That is why we are hated by slave states throughout the galaxy.
The FLASH is a new effort to reach out to anyone who is interested in the history and future of The ConFree Legion, the Confederation of Free Worlds and the two series that describe recent galactic historical events.
This first issue of the FLASH contains a message from the Director General of ConFree, an updated new Legion Oath of Enlistment document, and a previously unpublished 16-page Character Study from the first book in the Soldier of the Legion series. Please click below to activate these documents. The character study will be filed for the record in the Galactic Primer page under the Soldier of the Legion series in this website.
Polar Lights: Message from the Director General. We hope this will be a continuing feature of the FLASH.
Updated Legion Oath of Enlistment. Enlist in the ConFree Legion!
Character Study, Soldier of the Legion. This document was created as background info for the previous effort to produce a motion picture of Soldier of the Legion, Book One. It was previously unpublished and may be of interest for fans of the Soldier of the Legion series.
30 December 2015
Five of the PDF documents in the Prophet of ConFree Galactic Whispers page have been updated to reflect new information in Prophet and the Creature from Eternity. Please see Oath of Enlistment, Empires, Slave States and Free States, Selected Military Units, Principal Worlds, Species, Subspecies, Aliens and Spirits.
24 December 2015
Good news! Book Four of the Prophet of ConFree series is now in print! Please see the new book page, Prophet and the Creature from Eternity, on this website. At present you can obtain paperback or e-book downloads from the publisher, Booklocker, and Amazon. Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Kobo will soon be featuring book and downloads as well. Prophet and the Creature from Eternity is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure and I'm sure my readers will enjoy it. I had a great time writing it! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!
18 December 2015
I promised Book 4 of the Prophet of ConFree series would be ready for sale by December. We're almost there! The book is at the publisher and the publication process is underway. As soon as the book becomes available from the publisher, I will update this website to add the new pages and info. Meantime time is rushing past and I hope we have something to sell before Christmas is upon us. If you like this series I'm sure you will love Book 4 - Prophet and the Creature from Eternity.
11 November 2015
The entire Soldier of the Legion, Book One, audiobook is now available online at SoundCloud for your listening pleasure. Please go to the Soldier of the Legion, Book One page on this website to listen to the first episode, or go to the Audiobook link above. This is an amazing full cast, unabridged nine hours of audio action and drama produced by Timberwolf Press, my first publisher. They are no longer in business but they sure made one terrific audio presentation. Listen to the whole nine hours for free, and if you decide you want to purchase a download or MP3 CD, please see the Purchase page of this website.
I'd appreciate any comments you may have on the audio. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 September 2015
The author is always appreciative of insightful reader comments that may be of interest to other potential readers trying to decide whether they should purchase a book in the Soldier of the Legion or Prophet of ConFree series. If you are willing to write a short review of any of my books, or on either series, or just comment on the website, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
I am looking for honest reviews, just a few short paragraphs, and constructive criticism will be welcome. Please add that it's OK for me to put your comments on the website. You may specify whatever name, pen name or alias you'd like me to use for you on the website. If I do use your comments on the site I will send you a free autographed copy of whichever book you'd like.
Regards to all - ConFree rules!
1 August 2015
The two websites for the Soldier of the Legion and Prophet of ConFree series have now been combined into one website — and you're looking at it. This makes it easier for everyone who is interested in both series to find what they want without having to switch from website to website. The author welcomes comments from viewers on the new combined website.
1 August 2015
Yes, more stories are coming up. Prophet Book 4 is now written and is in the editing process. It should become available for sale in late 2015. This is a terrific story! Stay tuned!
27 November 2014
Are you unsure about the difference between an Assidic, a Cyrillian and a Mocain? Do you wonder why Legion troopers are always drinking dox, and what it is? Is Legion terminology confusing? Do you understand the difference between a boot and a vachead? Between 'tenners' and 'twelve'? And what in the world is vac run red? Answers to these questions and a lot more can be found in our new Prophet of ConFree site page, Galactic Whispers. Please take a look to learn more.
17 November 2014
At last! After many frustrating delays, Prophet and the Eye is launched, and is now available for purchase. I am overjoyed that we are finally here. I believe my readers will enjoy this new volume, Book 3 of the Prophet of ConFree series. I had a wonderful time writing it, and I hope you have a good time reading it. Please see the menu above, under 'The Eye' for a quick look at the book, and see 'Purchase' for many different choices on buying the book.
My thanks to all my readers. You are the reason I continue writing this series. I appreciate all your kind comments on the series.
29 January 2014 — Thanks to my Readers
I wish to thank my readers for their continued interest in the Soldier series. Sales on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and Kobo are steady, and I continue to get e-mail compliments from new readers who have discovered the series and enjoy it. Those comments keep me motivated. If you have read through the Soldier series and are looking for new reading, please look over the Prophet of ConFree series in this website.
29 January 2014 — News from Hollywood
After quite an effort, unexpected developments have forced my movie producer to cease his efforts to make a movie based on my first novel Soldier of the Legion. He said he remains interested, but until the situation changes for the better he cannot continue the project at this time. Should the situation improve, we may be able to resume our efforts to make the movie. I'll post any new developments on the website.
22 November 2013 — Bundled by AudiobookBundle.com
I'm excited to announce that my book Soldier of the Legion will be offered for a limited time as part of the Audio Book Bundle. Download a hand-picked collection of 8 absorbing sci-fi audiobooks for only $19.99 from now until December 4: audiobookbundle.com.
The Kinglsayer by L. Ron Hubbard
Battletech: Wolves on the Border by Robert N. Charrette
Navy Seals by Mike Murray
The Thing On the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft
Chronology Protection Case by Paul Levinson
Battletch: Lethal Heritage by Michael A. Stackpole
John Carter in A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Soldier of the Legion by Marshall S. Thomas
20 June 2013 — Softcover Books Available
As of today, all six books of the Soldier series are now available for ordering on-line as paperback books under the author's imprint. This means that when you order a hard copy (trade paperback) from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or other source what you will get is the latest 'indie' version of the book.
20 January 2013 — MarsCon
I attended Marscon from 18 to 20 January at the Crowne Plaze Hotel Williamsburg. Marscon is a very fun sci-fi and fantasy and gamers convention that happens yearly in my adopted home town of Williamsburg, VA. This time it was very crowded and very fun! It seemed like everyone was happy and excited and having a great time with old friends and everybody was smiling. I hadn't seen so many smiles in a long time. I had my Soldier of the Legion series on display as usual but this was also the launching of my new Prophet of ConFree series and the first book was being snapped up mostly by people who had read the Soldier series and liked it. Thanks to all who bought books.
Highlights From 2012
Probably the hottest news item from from 2012 was the plan to make a movie based on Soldier of the Legion, the first book of the series. Unfortunately these plans fell through in 2014 (see the article above). Just for historical interest, here is an article that appeared in 2012 in Williamsburg's hometown newspaper the Virginia Gazette.