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What Has Been (and Will Be) Happening…

Greetings and welcome back.  It’s been kind of a whirlwind last few months and I just wanted to take a moment share what’s been happening and what’s on the near horizon.

First, as always, thanks to all of you who have either purchased or borrowed FOOL’S GOLD and THE JACK FOEHAMMER OMNIBUS.  I really, really appreciate your support.  Hopefully, you’ve been looking forward to CARSON LYLE’S WAR:  PART TWO.  If circumstances permit, it will come to you soon.

Work on Part Two (and other projects) has been sidetracked many times since October.  Early on, it was a story problem.  Things were not planned out as well as I had thought and I wrote myself into a corner.  It’s not an excuse, just a statement of fact.  There were somethings that HAD to be worked out, or this would have been a broken part two on release, and you deserve better than that.

Naturally, of course, other things inserted themselves to impede progress.  Some things welcomed (birth of a another grandchild), others were not (best if don’t elaborate on this).  But all of those things intruded on my writing time and just made extremely difficult next to impossible to get into a writing state of mind.  So on the rare occasion I had a chance to write…well…nothing happened.

Thankfully, though, things are settling down and I’m getting ramped up to get back to dedicated work on writing these stories, setting a release schedule for the remainder of the year…and sticking to it.

The schedule is still being worked out, but I expect CARSON LYLE’S WAR:  PART TWO to be released on Amazon by June 30, with subsequent parts coming every 30 days after that.  I expect there to be three more parts to this story in total.

If you’ve read FOOL’S GOLD, then you know Carson already has a price on his head on the planet Rygel above and beyond the charges the Authority already has against him.   My mailing list subscribers will be receiving the prequel short story about that incident tentatively titled:  CARSON LYLE AND THE KING OF RYGEL somewhere around the end of May.

And on top of all that, I have some story ideas in the hard science fiction and cyberpunk genres incubating in the idea tank right now, that could see the light of day between releases of Carson Lyle stories.  At this point, I would expect those to be released under the Jack Foehammer pen name.

That’s all for now.  I’ve got to get back to work.

Till next time…

The Disappointment of Azkaban

So, we were watching one of the Harry Potter film marathons recently and it got me to thinking about something:  Azkaban Prison.

In the movies, when Azkaban is mentioned, characters get wide-eyed and scared at the thought of having to go there.  You get the sense that it is something to be feared in their world and you’re meant be fearful of it, as well.  It’s a BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD place.  If you get sent there, you’re not coming back.  A foul pit of hell, that place is, right?  NO ONE ever escapes.


Someone escaped the inescapable prison and he’s a BAAAAAD man out to get Harry.  I get it.  That was a big deal.  So in light of that escape, Azkaban was going to tighten up.  No one’s getting out ever again, right?

…Until Barty Crouch Jr. escaped.

Wait…this wizarding prison, that has “No escapes in 300 years” on its brochures, loses another prisoner within a year or two of the last one.  And this time, no one knew about it.  Then there’s the mass breakout that let loose a bunch of death eaters.

Anyway, the point is Azkaban didn’t live up to the hype.  Prisoners came and went as they pleased.  It was almost a casual affair.  And it had to be “casual” because when they finally did discover Barty Crouch Jr., Dumbledore’s almost “casual” comment was something like:  “Sent an owl to Azkaban, I think they’ll find they’re missing a prisoner.”  It came across like it wasn’t something that was out of the ordinary.  It’s okay, just another Azkaban escapee in the house.

If I was sent to Azkaban, I might feel pretty good about my chances of escaping, IN SPITE of the Dementors.  Since they feed on things like depression, I’m sure they could easily be bought off by telling them where to find a bunch of emo kids.  This fear of Azkaban was just smoke and mirrors propaganda from the Ministry of Magic.

Do you have any movie set piece disappoints? Anything that was built up to be fear and revered by the characters of a movie, only to have it let you down?

Let me know in a comment below.

FOOL’S GOLD: CARON LYLE’S WAR – Part One goes live TOMORROW but you can still reserve a copy and the special pre-order price.  Click the link below to learn more.  And, as always, stay up to date on what’s happening in the Twin Suns Territory by joining the mailing list by clicking the button on the top right of the page.  THANKS!





It’s finally here!  The pre-order for FOOL’S GOLD is live with the special pre-order price of $0.99!!!

Experience Carson Lyle’s War from the beginning and take advantage of the special introductory price.  FOOL’S GOLD launches on 8/28 and the special price returns to regular price of $2.99 on 8/29!!!  

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FOOL’S GOLD Cover reveal!

Coming August 28 to your Kindle:


Twenty-Two light years from Earth, a devastating civil war has cut off the Twin Suns territory, leaving it barely able to sustain itself.  The keys to its survival are the former smugglers that move goods from planet to planet quickly.

Carson Lyle is among the best.

 But even the best can get in over their heads.

Charged with treason by the same government that fueled the conflict and stole his life during the war, they offer him an opportunity he can’t refuse.  Just deliver a simple cargo to the breakaway Outer Rim colonies and all will be forgiven.  Simple?  Not hardly. Especially when it would mean he would be forgiving that same government, himself.  Then he finds out someone he’s been searching for is neck deep in the group he needs to deliver to.

Someone he’s wanted to kill for a very long time.

To do so, Carson Lyle will have to risk everything, deep in hostile territory, and climb into the cockpit of a combat mech for the first time in years.  If he can still hack it, he might even get out alive.

FOOL’S GOLD is the first part of Thomas J. Rock’s military science fiction series, CARSON LYLE’S WAR – In an adventure to right the injustice done to him by a self-serving government that cost him everything he loved, Carson Lyle will race to prevent another war.  Old wounds will be torn open and a secret will be revealed that will send shockwaves all the way back to Earth.

Pre-Order for FOOL’S GOLD opens soon with SPECIAL PRICING ahead of the official launch on August 28.

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FOOL’S GOLD – It’s almost here.

I am pleased to announce the FOOL’S GOLD has gone to beta readers and I’m working on building the ebook file.  My mailing list has already seen it, but soon I will be bringing you the cover reveal and product description that I will be launching with.  I’m planning to open the pre-order by 8/22  *SPECIAL PRICING ALERT*

You may notice a new progress bar on the right.  That means I’m getting neck-deep into writing Part Two, targeting an October release.

Now, if you were on the mailing list, you’d be up to speed on everything that’s going on.  Don’t miss out on CARON LYLE’S WAR Exclusives!  Things are happening in the Twin Suns Territory, that you need to know about!  Don’t wait around on a blog post.  Click the link on the right to JOIN THE MAILING LIST today!

Till next time…

FOOLS GOLD – Coming in July

Here’s something to wet your whistle.  Coming next month, CARSON LYLE’S WAR- BOOK ONE:  FOOLS GOLD.  Now this is NOT the actual cover, but I thought I’d throw something  together to give you something to look at.

You can read a preview chapter in The Jack Foehammer Omnibus, available now for pre-order at a special price of $1.99 and will be released on 6/26. Click the link below to check it out and for exclusive updates and content from CARSON LYLE’S WAR, you can always sign up for my mailing list with the link on the RIGHT side of the page.

Till next time!

Buy The Jack Foehammer Omnibus HERE

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Pre-Order is LIVE!

I’m please to announce the Pre-Order for the Jack Foehammer Omnibus is live!  This week, my collections of work under the Jack Foehammer pen name is available $1.99.  This includes 3 previously published novelettes, plus an all new story, FIFTEEN DAYS, in this collection.  This collection also includes a preview chapter for my forthcoming military scifi series:  CARSON LYLE’S WAR.

You can check out the product page HERE


**Returns to regular price of $2.99 on 6/26/16. Take advantage of Pre-Order Savings**

Advancements in science and discovery are only half of the puzzle. The other half is the effect of these things on people and society. Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? What if we find something greater than ourselves? What about the things we haven’t been told about?

These four stories (written by Thomas J. Rock, under the pen name Jack Foehammer) have been written with questions like these in mind. Four stories that strive for a strong speculative element and the affect of that element on characters in the grand tradition of golden age science fiction. brought together in a single collection.

ROBBIE VS. SCOTCH – The story of an alcoholic telepath living as a recluse that adopts an artificial intelligence because its the one mind he can’t read and gets more than he ever expected.

PING TEST – Anyone that’s worked a solitary night shift job has probably experienced strange things during work that the day shift doesn’t understand. Andy is a night shift data center operator that’s been going through this for months. No believes him about the strange things happening in the server farm and its been getting worse. Tonight will test his sanity.

TULLY – Gordon Burke has been hired by a Fortune 500 company to investigate the happenings on their moon-based laboratory after disturbing photos of the treatment of test subjects reach the CEO. The work at the lab has been yielding wondrous hope for human brain disorders, but Gordon stumbles on a perversion of that work that does more than just challenge moral boundaries. Is there anything he can do about it 240,000 miles away from any help?

FIFTEEN DAYS (New Story for this collection) – Asteroid ore miners find a mysterious pulsing orb in a carved hollow within an asteroid. Once its concluded that it’s alien, in nature, the world unites to devote resources to studying the Orb. During this time, the human race has its greatest period of sustained piece in hundred years. For years, the Orb is studied but very little is learned about it. Then during routine testing, its discovered the pulse is slowing down, and thought to be a countdown. The world is faced with the question: In fifteen days, what will happen when the pulse stops?

Also included is a special preview excerpt from the forthcoming military Sci-Fi series by Thomas J. Rock, CARSON LYLE’S WAR PART ONE: FOOLS GOLD.
CARSON LYLE’S WAR is set many light-years from Earth, in a binary star system that supports several habitable worlds about twelve years after adevastating civil war between the inner colonies and the Outer rim asteroid colonies. It was a war that divided the military, the government, and the population. During this war, the FTL jump-gate to Earth was irreparably disabled and the colonies have been cut off from Earth for nearly a decade. Though the colonies are established and largely self-sufficient, The economy stagnant and quality of life has suffered greatly in this isolation from Earth.

Just like the railroad, in the old west, the ability to move goods from planet to planet quickly became one of the chief things that keeps the colonies afloat. Anyone with a ship and space for cargo can make a living…if they know what they’re doing. Carson Lyle is one such hauler. He’s smart, clever, and loyal to his fellow haulers, and is waiting for the right time and the right opportunity to resolve a terrible injustice that was done to him by both sides during the war. In FOOLS GOLD, he shows up to bid for contract work and ends up with a job that was meant for someone else that turns his life upside down.

In CARSON LYLE’S WAR, Old war wounds are ripped open. And a secret will be discovered that will send shockwaves all the way back to the Earth.

FOOLS GOLD is coming in July, 2016.