So it begins, the first words of Beneath the Twisted Trees

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The first few pages for the fourth book in the Shattered Sands series, Beneath the Twisted Trees, have been drafted. They’re rough, and I still have a lot of work to do in outlining the book, but the first scene or two were clear in my mind, so I wanted to get them down. It provides an anchor of sorts. And working with the characters loads them up into memory from disk, so to speak. It helps to clarify everything in my mind. Where they were last, where they’re headed, their mindsets, the opposition, and on and on.

My plan now is to draft maybe 3-5 chapters, and then launch into a rewrite of A Veil of Spears. That helps me to clarify a lot about where this book is headed as well. Using that re-read to cast forward and come up with new ideas and twists as I polish the previous book. I hope to have a readable, near-final draft of Veil by September some time.

Wish me luck!


  1. Linda Hampton

    July 28, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I enjoyed the beginning of the 4th book. I have so enjoyed this series!! I’m looking forward to A Veil of Spears. I do have a question about that one. I really enjoy going between reading in Kindle and listening. Will A Veil of Spears be available in audio when it’s released? If not, do you have any idea how soon? It’s so exciting to learn that there will be more books in the series!
    Thanks so much.

    • Brad

      July 28, 2017 at 10:06 am

      It should be available in audio on day 1 of the release. If you’re in the US, it should be no problem. If you’re in the UK, we had a hiccup in the release of the audio, but I’m told that is resolved and we won’t experience it again, so fingers crossed for a smooth release of both ebook and audio!

      And thank you for the kind words, Linda!