Release Day! Tribulations of Tompa Lee

Heard the exciting news?

Heard the exciting news?

If you’re a writer, you know what the release day of The Trial of Tompa Lee (a science fiction novel packed with adventure, romance, and humor) means to Mr. Valentine. 

Whoopee!  The Tribulations of Tompa Lee is now available!

Meee-oooow!!!  The Tribulations of Tompa Lee is now available!

If you aren’t a writer, think opening presents on Christmas. Or slipping the keys of your first car into the ignition for the very first time. Or the birth of your first child.

Heck, even the heavens themselves are shooting off fireworks in honor this book release.

So thanks for stopping by at the birth of my latest child, The Tribulations of Tompa Lee.

Tribulations is the second book in The Trilogy of Tompa Lee, following The Trial of Tompa Lee–but it stands alone, so you don’t need to have read Trial.


Tompa Lee serves as ambassador to the Shons’ planet and is hailed as their goddess … but she has a dead man living in her head, distrusts fellow humans, and fears an imminent attack by Klicks, mankind’s greatest enemy.

Ming Mengliev is posing as a mere musician when Klicks destroy the Terran embassy … buts although he strives to win Tompa’s trust—and her heart—whose side is this secret agent really on?

Lord Keevie, the leader of warlike Klick missionaries, wants to drive humans off Zee Shode … but above all he wants to eviscerate Tompa in person, because killing a goddess will surely make him a god.

Can Tompa survive Keevie’s pursuit, the onset of divine madness, the predators of PallaPellyPark … and conquer her mistrust of humans long enough to shepherd a ragtag group of Shon and human refugees to safety?


Available in trade paperback and e-book on February 26, 2014

Available now!

The Tribulations of Tompa Lee is available wherever fine ebooks are sold. It’s also available in trade paperback from Amazon. 

Buy it now!



  1. Mary Roya · · Reply

    Got it! Love this story. What else are you working on?

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Be sure to check out the acknowledgements inside Tribulations.

    What am I working on? Well, I recently signed a contract for FARFLUNG ANGEL, an SF romance that will be coming out in the Fall. I’m mostly through a second draft of THE TRIUMPH OF TOMPA LEE, and I’ve started another SF romance loosely patterned after the African Queen.

    And, I’m a grandpa now. About time!

  3. Congratulations on your release. This looks like a terrific story!

    1. Thanks very much, Vicky. It’s as good a story as I could possibly make it.

  4. Hey Ed! Can’t wait to read this. I really loved the Trial of Tompa Lee. It made me cry, and that’s not easy!

    Congrats on being a grandpa! That’s awesome!

  5. Congrats on your book release and the new grandchild! Exciting times all around.

    1. Thanks, Shannon. You too, Amber. This books is dedicated to baby Wesley.

  6. Jan Harris · · Reply

    Hi Ed,

    I just skimmed through the opening pages of both Tompa Lee books plus the Midas Rush on Amazon. Your voice is intriguing, so I put all three on my kindle wish list. May you sell many more!

    Your RWA buddy, Jan

    1. Thanks, Jan, for giving my books a chance by looking at the sample pages. I can’t ask for more than a fair shot at convincing a reader my stuff is worth a read!

  7. A big congrats, Ed. Getting the second book in your series launched is a wonderful step.

    Nice cat photo. Shocking how cute animals can be.

    1. My cat NEVER does anything as cute as the cat pics you see on the ‘Net. Does yours?

  8. Hi Mr Valentine! Congrats on finishing book 2 in the series. Great to see your stories continuing.

    1. Book three (The Triumph of Tompa Lee) is well on the way, too. I’ve originally thought that it would be a trilogy, because The Trilogy of Tompa Lee fits so well with the naming scheme and because it sounds so final, but now I don’t know. We’ll see.

  9. Congrats, Ed! So exciting – and a park crammed with carnivores? Irresistible! 🙂

    1. I really enjoyed creating Palla Pelly Park. I got to thinking ‘what would a National Park be like on an alien world?’ The Shon race is cute and friendly, but with a bloodthirsty streak, so I realized they would gather as many dangerous creatures as possible–and the only way to see the beasts (and the pretty scenery) is to hike through the park. Except that Tompa is also being chased by a small army of aliens, doubling her danger.

  10. Diane Burton · · Reply

    Congratulations, Ed, on your new release. Wishing you success.

    1. Thanks, Diane. I’m wishing me success, too.

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