Roads of Madness preview and launch date

Posted on July 4, 2012 (Subscribe to Blog)

The opening chapters of Roads of Madness are now online. While these chapters are polished and final, there may still be one or two additional edits needed by the time the book is finished. If you spot anything untoward – a typo or inconsistency – please don't be shy about letting me know!

"This morning I took out a comma. This afternoon I put it back again." —Oscar Wilde

20 out of 22 chapters are drafted, but only the prologue and first two chapters are what I might dare call "complete." Chapters 3-12 are fairly well edited and ready for proofing. Chapters 13-20 are very rough. Chapter 21-22 are still in my head. So it's getting there.

I also have an official launch date of August 31st, 2012, for Kindle users only to start with. See the countdown banner at right. The printed editions will follow after that, and then Nook and other ebook formats. I'm changing tactics a little this time around, which I'll explain fully in a later post.

For now, I hope you enjoy the preview of Roads of Madness. It's July 4th today, Independence Day in the U.S., but for Hal and his friends it's the middle of winter and they're feeling anything but independent.

Comment by BRIAN B. on Thursday, July 12, 2012...

Just got around to reading the prologue and chapters this morning on the train. Excellent stuff. One point. The "van" seems to become a truck as the action steps up a notch. Also in the US, a van can also mean a people carrier. Roller shutter type doors are more truck than van.

Comment by KEITH ROBINSON on Thursday, July 12, 2012...

Thanks Brian! That's the kind of heads-up I need. At some point I had made the switch from "van" to "truck" but obviously missed a couple of references. I'll correct it soon. Specifically, I had in mind a Ford e350 box truck, which to me is van-like in the UK. Or maybe the next size up so it's undeniably a truck (or lorry, hehe).

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