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August 1, 2017

After a long period of time spent on family matters, SUPPLY CHAIN is finally ready for publication.  And yes, my spouse's health has improved.  


August 15, 2016

My spouse is diagnosed with breast cancer.  Writing work, out of necessity, will take a back seat for a while.


July 3, 2016

Second draft of RIGHT-SIZED is complete


June 3-17, 2016

Family takes a cruise around the British Isles with stops in England, Scotland, Ireland and France.


April 8, 2016

SUPPLY CHAIN has been sent to the proofreader.


March 17, 2016

BAD BOSS, GREAT BOSS is published!


October 11, 2015

BAD BOSS, GREAT BOSS went off to the editor/proofreader today.  I'm hoping to it might still make it out this year.


September 13, 2015

SYNERGY published today.  It will be available in all the normal forms and sites over the next couple of weeks.


September 1, 2015

The first draft of CHANGE AGENT is completed!


July 9, 2015

The first draft of BAD BOSS, GREAT BOSS is completed!


June 15, 2015

I announce that at the end of June, I will be leaving TEK Services, the firm where I've worked as a part-time treasurer for the last four years.


May 29, 2015

Lost the hard drive to my laptop, putting three books in jeopardy (RIGHT SIZED, CHANGE AGENT, and ANERGY)


May 21, 2015

Signed a contract with California Times Publishing for them to publish and market EMPOWERED for Amazon Kindle.  The book continues to be available for sale through other ebook and print outlets.


April 6, 2015

Design work on AENERGY, sequel to SYNERGY completed today.  Anxious to move onto either SUPPLY CHAIN, OUTSOURCED or SYNERGY (the books targeted for release this year) but neither is ready for further work. 


March 25, 2015

Finished working through the editor's notes for SYNERGY today.  I'm hoping to have my proofreaders begin working on the novel with hopes of publishing in late summer.


February 24, 2015

Finished editing pass number 3 for OUTSOURCED, the third novel in the Carson/Lively/Eichmann series.  Hoping to get this one published later this year.


January 26, 2015

Approved the cover for SYNERGY today.  I'll insert a copy here so you can see it.  This novel needs a bit more work before the editor is finished with it, so publication will likely be closer to mid-year.


November 2 - 6, 2014

My wife and I visit Ethiopia (third time this year for me, fourth for her) and return with our new, adoptive son.  Welcome Carlisle Fitsum Spears!


October 12, 2014

EMPOWERED is released for Kindle and in Paperback.  It can be ordered from Amazon here.


August 29, 2014

EMPOWERED goes into pre-release, with full release expected on October 12th.  You can order it here.


July 21, 2014

PURSUING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES goes into expanded distribution.  As of this date, Smashwords was instructed to distribute to Apple, B&N, Sony, and  other ebook platforms.

June 12, 2014

Finished editor's notes for EMPOWERED.  Off it goes to the Proofreaders next!

May 24 - June 10, 2014

Family travel to Ethiopia for reunion visits for the twins and Feyissa Thomas and their Ethiopian families.  Also visited Lake Tana and Lalibela.  Amazing trip.

May 13, 2014

Finished the first draft of Outsourced, the sequel to PURSUING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES, and the final book in the Carson/Lively/Eichmann series.

April 21, 2014


March 14, 2014

SYNERGY Draft 3 is complete.  This novel is ready for review by my editor.

February 8, 2014

Completed the first draft of SUPPLY CHAIN.

December 12, 2013

PURSUING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES heads off to proofreading.  Hopefully just a few short weeks and it will be published.

September 8, 2013

Cherry Hill Publishing releases the audiobook version of LEVERAGE today.

September 3, 2013

After a relatively slow summer on the writing front, I'm jumping back into my final round of edits on PURSUING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES, with the target of getting the book released before year end. 

May 20, 2013

I put the finishing touches on the audio recording for LEVERAGE today.  Hope to see it published over the next 5-6 weeks. 

April 3, 2013

A new website.  After putting it off for months, I migrated my site to the new version of Squarespace.  If you're reading this, you're looking at the new design. 

March 27, 2013

I gave a podcast interview on HEIR APPARENT.  You can listen to it here on 2012WritersAlive.

March 10, 2013

Finished design work on OUTSOURCED, the third and final novel in the Mark Carson/Cathy Chin trilogy that started with Leverage, and will be followed by PURSUING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.

March 2, 2013

Heir Apparent released, and off to the various publishing sites.

January 23, 2013

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Incentivize Audiobook is released!  Second draft of PURSUING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES is completed.

January 2, 2013

Heir Apparent finished, and off to my proofreaders.  Hoping to have it released by end of February.

October 5, 2012

Leverage gets a new cover!

July 30, 2012

Finished the design work on SUPPLY CHAIN, a new novel set in Honduras, Mexico City and Houston, with a focus on human trafficking.

July 19, 2012

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Navigating Corporate Politics is published on CreateSpace, and Amazon.  It is enrolled in Kindle Select.

June 27, 2012

Draft 2 of "Navigating Corporate Politics" is finished and off for proofreading.

June 15, 2012

Finished the first draft of PURSUING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES.  Began a five day marketing promotion of DELIVERABLES on Kindle Select, where the book is free.

April 16, 2012

INCENTIVIZE launched on B&N and Amazon.

March 31, 2012

Finished the editing of DELIVERABLES, and elected to put it up for sale immediately as part of the Kindle Select program.

March 25, 2012

Finished the 2nd Draft of EMPOWERED.

February 11, 2012

My first book signing at Cheri O's in Ashland.  It was fun, but the sub-zero temperatures held the crowds at bay a bit!

January 25, 2012

The second draft of HEIR APPARENT is complete.  Major improvements to characters and the plot -- this may be my best novel yet!

January 11, 2012

LEVERAGE is now on sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

November 13, 2011

INCENTIVIZE now available for purchase.  Paperback available at CreateSpace:  Incentivize Paperback.  Electronic versions available at Smashwords:  Incentivize Electronic

First Draft of EMPOWERED completed.

October 1, 2011

Lots coming together at the same time.  INCENTIVIZE edits were complete two weeks ago, and (4) copies are now in the hands of my proofcopy/blurb team.

Finished Round 4 of edits on DELIVERABLES.  It appears to be 2-3 months behind INCENTIVIZE.

September 14, 2011

I was able to reformat, and make LEVERAGE available on Smashwords for the eReader community.

September 10, 2011

At long last, LEVERAGE can be purchased in paper form through CreateSpace.  Link here:  Leverage

July 31, 2011

I finished my third draft of DELIVERABLES.

June 24 - July 1, 2011

I traveled again to Ethiopia to complete the adoption of our son -- Feyissa Thomas.  He returned home to Nebraska with us.

May 30, 2011

Completed the second draft of LESSONS LEARNED THE HARD WAY, and passed them along to a friend for review.

May 10, 2011

Completed design work for EMPOWERED - a novel.  The tale of a new and ambitious division President who discovers criminal activity taking place in his factory, and investigates, only to have the company's CEO turn a blind eye.

April 24 - May 4

I traveled to Ethiopia with Doma International, a non-profit focused on providing aid to women and children in poverty stricken regions.  The focal point of our trip is the planned medical clinic in the village of Bora -- a mountainous rural area ten kilometers from the nearest passable road.

March 26, 2011

Completed the First Draft of HEIR APPARENT - a novel.  This novel is about a series of murders of prominent local CEO's by a business person trying to assure their succession, and then covering their tracks.

January 31, 2011

Completed the Second Draft of DELIVERABLES - a novel.  This story is about the abuse of power by private security firms in the United States, and the efforts by one man to expose them.

January 6, 2011

Completed the Proposal for HEIR APPARENT.  Also completed my submission documents for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition using the INCENTIVIZE manuscript.

December 26, 2010

Released the latest draft of my novel INCENTIVIZE, on my blog.

October 28, 2010

I completed the first draft of LESSONS LEARNED THE HARD WAY.  Unlike my other works, there is no way I can post this one.  It needs some serious editing and some serious disguising before anyone reads it.

September 6, 2010

Published Article on this website titled:  "Power and Politics in the Corporation -- Navigating the Minefield", which uses a simple battlefield metaphor to explain the corporate political environment, and defines key skills necessary for political Neutrals, and political Power Players.  It can be found by clicking this link:  Power and Politics

August 26, 2010

Signed representation agreement for literary work with Secret Agent Man agency.

Tom Sporting a beard and no hair.

Tom Sporting a beard and no hair.