Last Leg

We’re coming into the last month of Alex Verus #8, at least if everything goes to plan.  Currently the manuscript is at a touch under 80,000 words, so if I keep to schedule and the book ends up at a similar length to previous ones, we should be done by the end of February.  I’ll keep you posted.

The last month of the first draft is usually the toughest for each new book – it’s where I’m under the most deadline pressure and where I’m most worried about whether everything will line up right.  Everything usually works out in the end, but only once I actually get to the end, and I’ve got a pretty busy four weeks to navigate first.  Hopefully it’ll work itself out.

The release date for Burned is also drawing closer – it’s April 5th/April 7th, which means we’re at about the three month mark.  I’ll release the first chapter a couple of months in advance, as per usual, so expect it around the beginning of February.  I’m looking forward to reading the reviews for this one – I think you’ll like it!

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5 Responses to Last Leg

  1. Jason Enberg says:

    Can’t wait!

  2. Amy says:

    Ooh, super excited for both of them! Is it the writing of the climax that you find hard, or the bit after, that wraps up the loose ends?

  3. Paige says:

    RELEASE IT NOW!!! *Cough* I mean, uhh……..RELEASE IT NOW!!!!

  4. T. Lindsay says:

    Hey Benedict. Just wanted to get your opinion on whether I should buy “Burned”. Did you finally give Alex some offensive capabilities or is he still going to cry for help whenever he gets into trouble? If this is the same old Alex, I’ll skip it. Not a fan of the “run away” hero, but you know that already 🙂

  5. Edward Allen says:

    I’m immersed into the Verus series, and have just finished reading Burned. I believe it to be the most engaging yet. I had a hard time putting it down, though my lady wanted to turn out the lights and go to sleep. I hope Anna and Alex will come together as kindred mages/soul mates and kick Richard’s ass! But please DON’T let that be the end of the series!! There’s a lot of good stuff to mine from the Verus universe!