So in addition to playing around with podcasting, I thought it would a fun idea to start giving you a sneak peek of The Inner Circle, book two of the Man of Wax trilogy. Originally I’d planned to release the novel this month, but it’s much longer and more complex than Man of Wax, and while I could rush through it, I want to make sure it’s the very best it can be before it’s published. So it’s looking like it will be sometime this summer, probably June, July at the very latest. In the mean time, though, every Friday I plan to present a new chapter for your enjoyment until whenever the book is finally released. For those of you not familiar with Man of Wax, it’s probably best you do yourself a favor and buy the book. I may be biased, but I think it’s pretty good. For those of you who are familiar with Man of Wax and are eagerly looking forward to The Inner Circle, I want to thank you for your support. Also, if you haven’t already, I’d be grateful if you took a couple of minutes and helped spread the word, either by leaving a review at places like Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Goodreads, or just mentioning it on Facebook and Twitter (or, you know, both). If I’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s that reader word of mouth is the best way for other readers to find new books.
Now, regarding The Inner Circle, I don’t want to give too much away of the plot just yet, but I will tell you that the book opens two years after the events of Man of Wax. Ben has yet to find his family, and has in fact become convinced that he’ll never find them, and has therefore become a solider in Carver’s army against Caesar and the Inner Circle. What I’m going to read now is a sort of prologue and the first chapter. I hope you enjoy it.
P.S. Allergies attacked me out of nowhere today, so my voice may be more nasally than usual. I hope this changes for next week.