Starter Road Rules


Come over here. I got something for you. For free.

That’s right. A free hit of Road Rules. After the jump.

It’ll be our little secret.

Of course, only the first one’s free. And maybe the second one. You’ll just have to find out.

Or you can have the whole thing for 99 cents: Kindle | Nook | Smashwords

Your free hit’s after the jump.



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Road Rules Is Now Live On Kindle And Nook!

Yes, it has returned. Road Rules is now easily downloadable for your Kindle, Nook, or other favorite ereader via Smashwords. And it only costs you 99 cents. Where else can you get so much for a buck?

You may ask, “What happened to the free version?”

This is the same version, with maybe a couple of spots cleaned up for readability. I’ve also added a forward from JD Rhoades, author of the Jack Keller series.

As for the free version, let’s just say it was a pain for people to get at. The html version never materialized. The audio version fell victim to my having a life beyond writing, not to mention the need to keep writing. And whereas for 99 cents, you can plunk it on whatever ereader you like from whichever site you want, the free version required you to do some acrobatics with your USB cable and hope that you can transfer it from one machine to another. Plus, Kindle and Nook at least let you read on multiple devices.

I had a lot of fun with this one. It was written with an energy I don’t think I can duplicate again.

“But,” you say, “aren’t you just shifting this over to make money off of it?”

Let’s not kid ourselves. I like getting paid for my work. However, Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords are all bigger platforms for a work than some odd web site out in the middle of cyber-nowhere.

The question now is whether I would entertain a print version. Of course! Like anything else, it would have to be under the right circumstances. If it moves enough copies, there’s Amazon’s CreateSpace. For a traditional publisher, however, I would have to negotiate. Print is now a subsidiary right, and since I have a good day job and day career, I really can afford to say no to deals most people might jump on.

That is neither here nor there at the moment. This is about Mike Blake looking for a new life when a stolen holy relic gets him fired. This is about Andre Koradovich trying to move the hottest of all hot properties under the radar. It’s about Sharon Harrow trying to prove herself to her private eye uncle.

Most of all, it’s about a dollar, less than the cost of a cup of coffee. And unlike the guy on the hungry kids commercial, I’m not going to make you feel guilty for changing the channel.

I mean I’m sure we’ll find some way to fund AJ’s college education. It’s OK.

Kindle | Nook | Smashwords

Tomorrow, catch the Road Rules Cyber-Road Trip at Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine.

What Is Road Rules? Ask JD Rhoades

JD Rhoades, writer, political columnist, lawyer, and all around good guy, was kind enough to write the foreword for the new edition of Road Rules. You’ll get to see first hand what he’s talking about in four more days. For now, here’s what Dusty had to say about the book.

A lot of thrillers these days feature various avatars of the generic hero I’ve dubbed Bolt Studly– the mavericky, two-fisted, fearless ex-Navy Seal/CIA Agent whose only flaw is that he rushes headlong into the action, fired up on patriotism and loaded down with a whole catalogue of lovingly described weapons and tac gear as he goes about battling evil Rooskies/Mooslims/Latino Drug Lords trying to destroy the US and/or the world.

This is not that kind of book.

Then there are the multitude of crime thrillers featuring the hero I call the Brooding Knight. Soulful, tarnished but still inherently noble. the Brooding Knight (usually a cop or PI)  cruises the mean streets of the city he loves, solving crimes, philosophizing, and protecting damsels in distress while listening to jazz, or blues, or something cooler than talk radio or the latest Ke$ha recording.  Occasionally, the BK does all this  in the company of some genial psychopath who’s taken an improbable liking to him  and who can be counted upon to do whatever wetwork that needs to be done but which might make said Hero unlikable if he had to do it.

This is not that kind of book, either.

Not, I should hasten to say, that there’s anything wrong with those sorts of books. I actually really like those. Well, some of them. Hell, I’ve even written similar stuff.

But every so often, I want to read about bad people doing bad things, and doing so with the kind of dark, twisted humor that shows us, not the banality of evil, but the absurdity of it.

Jim Winter gives us all that, and more, in ROAD RULES. There are some unforgettably and hilariously venal people here, all out to make a buck off a holy relic stolen from the Catholic Church. They chase each other up and down the Interstate. They collude, they collide, they lie and backstab one another, and if goodness prevails, it’s because of the bad guys getting tangled up in their own and each other’s schemes and falling on their asses, not the heroics of Bolt Studly or the Brooding Knight.

In short, it’s more like the way evil gets taken down in real life. But funnier.


–         JD Rhoades
Author of the Jack Keller series and Lawyers, Guns, and Money