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Keith Robinson is the author of the Island of Fog fantasy series containing magic and creatures from myth and legend. The author also has other sci-fi and fantasy work in the pipeline. Be sure to subscribe to his blog, 'like' him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter to keep up to date with forthcoming releases.

Sinister Roots is finished!

Posted on July 19, 2016 (Subscribe to Blog)

Last night I wrote the final chapter of Sinister Roots. And this morning I wrote a short epilogue. So the book is now finished! I want to re-read and polish the last five chapters, but that won't take long at all, and then I plan to read the entire book in Kindle form to see how it flows and to pick up more typos.

This means that the book will be ready for beta readers sometime this weekend. Who's interested? There are a few requirements for those who want to offer up their services:

  • You must be able to read the book in two weeks and get back to me with feedback. Obviously I want an overall opinion and comments about anything that doesn't work or could be improved, but I'm also looking for simple typos. That said, I'm not expecting you to find things for the sake of finding things.
  • Assuming you like the book, you must be able and willing to offer a nice review on Amazon on launch day. This is essential to me. Reviews definitely sell books, and I would go so far as to say that a nice review and rating on launch day is actually more important than beta-reading feedback and typos. (Naturally the same review can be added to Goodreads as well, if you're a Goodreads member.)

That's it. Two simple but important rules beta readers. Apply now by email please to keith@unearthlytales.com using the email address that I should reply to you at.

Sinister Roots is full of weirdness. The title is apt in so many ways, and I want to thank my author buddy Brian Clopper for coming up with it. I'd tried other titles beforehand, and they just didn't work. Right now, I need to think of a title for Book 3, because I want to include an excerpt in the back of Book 2. I already know that Travis will be going on a new mission with Melinda, the daughter of Robbie and Lauren. She's going to be a shapeshifter for the first time, and she'll need help.

I had a lot of fun with the creepier aspects of this book. What with the Grim Reaper and other deadly specters, and then the forest itself... Yes, it's been a blast. I pushed the boat out a little, exploring the origins of the white-tentacled plants like the one at the Prison of Despair, and other things. Even so, I feel like there's more to say on the subject. Maybe a future book? We'll see.

Sinister Roots will be published in August, exact date to be announced. Before then, I'll be putting out a few teaser ads. :-)

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