Hey, look! I finally got back around to my alter ego pen name, A.J. Burnes! In case you missed the first book for that pen name, you should check out The Likeness of the Night (Jonah Lane #1).
Title: The Shape of Terror
Series: Jonah Lane, #2
Fresh off a lengthy recovery after his run-in with a demonic hitman, private eye Jonah Lane gets back into the game: by investigating the strange disappearance of four local college students. But what starts as a simple missing persons case quickly devolves into a nightmare when an encounter with an occult creature results in a public disaster.
Driven by the desire to find out the true cause of the disaster, Jonah goes on the hunt for an unknown occultist. But this occultist turns out to have power and influence beyond anything that Jonah could’ve imagined, and Jonah once again finds himself in the crosshairs of a dangerous showdown between the major occult forces of Haverton, Ohio.
Begrudgingly teaming up with the local OEC team, Jonah places himself on a collision course with an occultist who might be too much for him to handle. If he retreats, however, then gross injustice will win the day. And injustice in the occult world is something that Jonah Lane cannot tolerate.
Even if the pursuit of justice costs him his second chance at life.
December turned out to be an “okay” month for writing. Like usual, my writing sessions were interrupted by the holidays here and there, but I still made a fair amount of progress.
I wrote about 28,000 words of The Shape of Terror, the second Jonah Lane novel. I’m on track to finish the draft in a week or two, which means it’ll come out in the second half of January.
That’s about where I wanted to be at the beginning of 2023, so I consider December to be an overall success. I could’ve written a bit more, if I’d put my mind to it, but I don’t like to stress myself out (because that actually makes me less productive).
Once I finish the draft of The Shape of Terror, I’ll be moving on to the first book in a new series. Which is exciting, but also a terrifying prospect, since you never know how your readers are going to respond to a new series.
I’m hoping for a good response to the new series, as well as a continued positive response to the new Jonah Lane book. Either way, 2023 is going to be a year filled with new stuff, including more sequels to my currently running series and brand-new urban fantasy adventures.
I’m looking forward to sharing more of my books with you all in the coming months. Keep an eye out on my social media for the official release date announcement for The Shape of Terror. It’ll be posted as soon as I finish the draft.
After a rather lengthy hiatus due to personal life problems, I have finally completed the ninth novel in the City of Crows series! This book represents an exciting turning point in the series, so I’m super happy that it’s finished!
Title: Night Seeker
Series: City of Crows, #9
Calvin Kinsey has always had terrible luck. But this time, his bad fortune might cost him everything.
In the wake of a successful raid on his mortal enemies, the Children of Enoch, Cal Kinsey unwittingly binds himself to a critically damaged seraph blade. With every minute that passes, the broken blade drains more of his life force. And the only way to stop the blade from devouring him is to destroy it—at the same place it was created.
Accompanied by his mysterious seraph father, Cal must venture deep into the Eververse and overcome dangerous threats in its many strange, unearthly realms. Worse yet, the fallen angels who command the Children of Enoch want the blade so they can use it for their awful ends, and they’ll wreak whatever havoc necessary to steal it back from Cal.
Worlds away from all his friends and everything familiar, Cal will have to fight his way through the most difficult trial of his life. Even if he succeeds, he might be forever changed. But if he fails, he’ll cease to exist altogether.
After a tumultuous spring and summer, I have at last completed the next City of Crows novel, Night Seeker. Coming in at 71,000 words, the book is officially the shortest in the series (thus far), but word count isn’t proportional to the amount of action and adventure (and snark from Calvin Kinsey).
In fact, Night Seeker has quite a lot in the way of adventure, more so than most of the other books in the series. And during that adventure, there’s a bunch of new character introductions, new world-building information, and setups for a lot of the major plot threads of the latter half of the series.
Night Seeker is essentially a transitional book between the “buildup” half of the series and the “climactic” half of the series. Starting with book ten, things really start rolling, and they don’t stop until the end of the series.
I’m very happy that I finally got this book written. I scrapped 50,000 words of the first draft and started over…because the first draft sucked. Like really, really bad. So that was a major setback, but the restart was a great decision. The plot of the second draft is much more exciting and advances the series plot a great deal more than my original draft.
Right now, Night Seeker is in proofreading, with an official publication date of 11/15/22. So keep your eyes peeled for the official release announcement. It should be coming very soon!