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It’s hard to be a hero when everyone’s out to get you

Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Boundless
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Prequel
by
J.D. Cunegan
Genre:
SciFi Superhero Mystery 
 
A
little more than two years before the events of Bounty, Jill Andersen
makes a life-altering decision. But this decision comes with
consequences she didn’t foresee, and her first night as the
vigilante Bounty winds up being something for which she was wholly
unprepared. 

 

 

A
crisis of faith eventually gives way to certainty: both in terms of
discovering who killed a young man named Johnny Ruiz and in terms of
coping with the latest change in her own life.

 

 

Along
the way, Jill defies death and discovers just how deep the city’s
corruption runs. But will she survive the experience long enough to
decide if a life of vigilantism is for her?

 

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Bounty
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Book 1
 
Jill
Andersen is one of Baltimore’s best and brightest detectives, but she
harbors a dark secret — a secret that threatens to come out when the
body of Dr. Trent Roberts is pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr.
Roberts’ connection to Jill reveals a past that involves a tour in
Iraq, a secretive cybernetic experiment, and a conspiracy that
involves a native son.

 

 

Can
Jill solve the case while still keeping her secret? Will her partners
at the Seventh Precinct find out what she’s so desperate to hide?
What was Dr. Roberts looking into that led to his murder? And perhaps
the biggest question of all…

 

 

Who
is Bounty?

 

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Blood
Ties
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Book 2
 
For
as long as Jill Andersen could remember, her father was a hero.

 

 

But
heroes don’t commit murder, do they? The state of Maryland said
Paul Andersen did just that, three times over, and was set to execute
him for it. But Jill and the rest of her colleagues at the Baltimore
Police Department come across the murder of a law student that leaves
her hopeful that she can clear her father’s name.

 

 

While
Jill and her colleagues work against the clock to clear her father’s
name, new players emerge, hinting to a deeper, darker conspiracy than
what was previously known. An enigmatic faction known as The Order
reveals itself, and the mystery surrounding Paul’s alleged
duplicity leaves more questions than answers.

 

 

Along
the way, Jill must not only face the possibility that her father was
not who she thought he was, but she must also face the prospect of
her secret being revealed. The stakes are higher than ever in Blood
Ties, the intense follow-up to J.D. Cunegan’s debut mystery
Bounty.

 

 

Can
Jill save her father before it’s too late? Will she even want to?

 

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Behind
the Badge
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Book 3
 
For
Jill Andersen, being part of the Baltimore Police Department has
always been both a tremendous honor and a serious responsibility. Her
father, before his fall from grace, had instilled in her a great
respect for police and the work they do day-to-day. But when a
teenage boy winds up dead on the outskirts of downtown Baltimore,
Jill finds herself once again faced with those who would abuse their
badges to fulfill personal agendas and uphold biases.

 

 

Jill
still has a job to do, but she soon finds that not everyone is in her
corner. For the first time in almost four years working Homicide,
Jill finds herself at odds with people who claim to be on her side.
From other cops to suits downtown all the way to the Mayor’s
office, it becomes increasingly clear that Jill will need to rely on
more than just her badge if she’s to solve this case.

 

 

But
even if she finds justice, what’s the price?

 

 

Behind
the Badge, the gripping, hard-hitting third novel in the Jill
Andersen series (Bounty, Blood Ties), gives readers another taste of
author J.D. Cunegan’s comic book-inspired brand of fast-paced
prose, with chapters that fly by and plot twists that will leave
readers constantly guessing and waiting for more.

 

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Behind
the Mask
Jill
Andersen Mysteries Book 4
 
It’s
hard to be a hero when everyone’s out to get you.

 

 

Once
upon a time, Jill Andersen considered herself a hero. Not just
because of the badge handed to her by the city of Baltimore and the
pledge she once made to protect and serve. Her secret life, as the
vigilante Bounty, had allowed Jill to protect her native Baltimore in
ways her day job never could.

 

 

But
all that has gone to hell now. One case pushed Jill past her limits,
to the point where she made choices she can’t take back. As a
result, the entire city is on the lookout for her. Allies can no
longer be counted on. People who were once in her corner might very
well be trying to bring her down… to say nothing of those she has
crossed along the way.

 

 

But
that is the least of Jill’s problems. A shadowy figure emerges
among the chaos, and his link to Jill’s past has the potential to
be her ultimate undoing. Jill thought every link to Project Fusion
has been settled once she solved Dr. Trent Roberts’ murder almost
one year ago, but if she’s not careful, her past might just kill
her.

 

 

Behind
the Mask, the gripping, hard-hitting fourth novel in the Jill
Andersen mystery series (Bounty, Blood Ties, Behind the Badge), gives
readers yet another taste of author J.D. Cunegan’s comic
book-inspired brand of fast-paced prose, with chapters that fly by
and plot twists that will leave readers guessing and waiting for
more.

 

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J.D. Cunegan

Plotting vs. Pantsing (or Both?)

I have a confession to make.

I’ve been outlining of late.

Don’t tell the World Association of Pantsers. They’ll have me excommunicated. Or maybe they’ll throw a sheet over my head, toss me into the back of a van, and drive me to the set of Whose Line is it Anyway? and not let me leave until I successfully complete one of the hoedowns.

A little backstory… I’ve been trying to write Betrayed (Jill Andersen book 5) for almost two years now. I am now on the fifth (yes, you read that right) rewrite. I have not yet managed to complete a first draft. I’m not sure why; I feel like Betrayed has a strong story with a lot of action and intensity and some emotional beats I know are gonna really throw my readers for a loop.

But I keep getting stuck. So you know what they say about desperate times.

A few fellow writers recommended Libbie Hawker’s book Take Off Your Pants! Don’t let the title (or the cover rife with underwear) fool you; this is very much a how-to tailored toward showing pantsers a good, logical method of outlining.

As with almost every book about some aspect of writing, this is not gospel, and everyone’s mileage may vary. There are suggestions in this book I know I won’t be using, or if I do, I’ll use them in a different way from what Hawker suggested. But that’s the beauty of this craft we call writing: there’s no one right way to do it. Everyone has their own method, and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you.

Still, one thing I’ve learned is that it’s okay — hell, even important — to not be so set in your ways. Especially if your ways aren’t working for whatever reason. I can’t tell you why Betrayed has been such a struggle, especially since my previous method had already netted me five published novels and a collection of short stories. But it did, and I had to adapt.

I won’t lie, outlining feels a little weird. But I can already tell it’s also going to help.

Betrayed will get written. It will get published. And then I’ll finally be able to move on to all these other projects I want to work on. And now that I have an outlining format that works for me, I’ll probably become more productive, and at least return to the days when I was publishing two books a year. Those days were better.

So check out Hawker’s book if you’d like.

But more than anything, don’t be afraid to examine your process and make changes if you feel stagnant. This entire process is fluid, it evolves, and you have to know when to evolve with it.

 

 

About J.D. Cunegan
J.D. Cunegan is known for his unique writing style, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism, a lengthy career in media relations, and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, and next to books, his big passion in life in auto racing. When not hunched in front of a keyboard or with his nose stuck in a book, Cunegan can probably be found at a race track or watching a race on TV.

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J.D.
Cunegan is known for his unique writing style, a mixture of murder
mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic
book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of
Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in
journalism, a lengthy career in media relations, and a lifelong love
for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, and next to books,
his big passion in life in auto racing. When not hunched in front of
a keyboard or with his nose stuck in a book, Cunegan can probably be
found at a race track or watching a race on TV.
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Jake Wolfe is a flawed man who has a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
Vigilante
Assassin
Jake
Wolfe Book 2
by
Mark Nolan
Genre:
Thriller
 
Every
marriage has a secret, but this one is deadly. Lauren Stephens wakes
up to find her husband, Gene, has vanished during the night. His
phone is dead. Desperate, she hires Jake Wolfe and his war dog, Cody.
They search the house and discover something so disturbing that Jake
won’t allow Lauren near it. “No, if you see this, there is no
unseeing it.”

 

 

Lauren
thought she had it all: a loving partner, two great kids, a
successful business, and a beautiful home in the San Francisco hills.
But all of that is about to come crashing down, due to a missing
husband, a hidden past, and a frightening secret that will shock a
trusting wife to the core. Gene has enemies, and now they want
something from Lauren.

 

 

Jake
Wolfe is a flawed man who has a habit of being in the wrong place at
the wrong time. He wants to leave his secret, violent past behind
him, but when Lauren and her children are threatened, his protective
instinct takes command. Jake soon finds himself involved in a
dangerous conspiracy, targeted for death, and engaged in battle with
a powerful, unseen group who will stop at nothing to get what they
want.

 

 

Jake’s
going to have to think fast and fight hard to protect Cody, Lauren
and her kids.

 

 

Vigilante
Assassin is “Jake Wolfe book two” in the ongoing series. It can
be read as a stand-alone, or you can start with book one, titled:
Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie.

 

 

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of these Kindle Unlimited books in the Jake Wolfe mystery thriller
novel series are available to read for free with your subscription to
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Lawyers Don’t Lie
Jake
Wolfe Book 1
 
A
mysterious killer who calls himself The Artist is assassinating
wealthy lawyers in San Francisco. When war veteran Jake Wolfe
accidentally takes his picture during a murder, The Artist adds Jake
to his kill list and he becomes a target in a deadly game of cat and
mouse that only one of them can survive. How far would you go to
protect your loved ones from a killer? Jake wants to leave his top
secret, violent past life behind him. But the reluctant, flawed hero
can’t ignore his duty and his personal moral compass.

 

 

This
gripping thriller is full of suspense, plot twists and surprises. It
features a cast of interesting characters, including several
strong-willed women, two wise-cracking San Francisco Police Homicide
Inspectors, one highly intelligent dog, and a philosophical killer
who shares Jake’s admiration for Van Gogh paintings but still plans
to kill him anyway. As Jake gets closer to unraveling a merciless
conspiracy, his life gets turned upside down and the danger level
increases, adding to the growing suspense. This entertaining
page-turner starts out as a murder mystery and then shifts gears into
a high-speed action thriller that takes you on a roller-coaster ride
to the riveting ending. A good read for those who enjoy mysteries,
suspense, action and adventure, vigilante justice, unique characters,
witty dialogue and a little romance too. Now on sale in over a dozen
countries around the world. Be the first among your friends to read
it.

 

 

Fans
of new Kindle Unlimited novels will be happy to know this book is one
of the best financial thrillers in kindle unlimited books.

 

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Nolan is the author of Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie, and the sequel,
Vigilante Assassin. Right now he’s busy writing Jake Wolfe Book 3. He
also tries to make time every day to answer emails from readers. You
can reach him and subscribe to his newsletter at marknolan.com.

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He can’t go home. He’s dead in the real world

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
Alexandria Rising
Alexandria Rising Chronicles Book 1
by Mark Wallace Maguire
Genre: Action-Adventure, Conspiracy,
Suspense
Rand
O’Neal, an ambition-less newspaper reporter, is given a single task
upon the death of his grandfather: Destroy a mysterious map. What
should be a simple errand thrusts Rand into a journey across three
countries chased by unknown pursuers into a world he never could have
imagined. The novel has been reviewed as, “Superb,”
“Amazing” and “Extremely well written” and has
drawn comparisons to Dan Brown, Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum.
The book is labelled an action adventure, but contains elements
of science fiction, suspense and mystery.  It is also linked to
a multi-media website which allows readers to engage with the
experience in video, images and interactive appendices.

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Alexandria
Reborn
Alexandria
Rising Chronicles Book 2
 
He
can’t go home. He’s dead in the real world. Everything has changed.
Forever. In, ‘Alexandria Reborn,’ the anticipated sequel to
‘Alexandria Rising’ Rand O’Neal rises from the ashes to join an elite
team in an effort to shift the power struggle set in motion by
control of the alchemistic Slendoc Meridian. As this fast paced
adventure continues, Rand will discover the answer to many of this
questions, but will he lost Hope in the process? 

 

 

 
 
As
a preacher’s son, Mark Wallace Maguire spent his childhood
crisscrossing the South soaking in the lilting dialects, oral
traditions and cultural idiosyncransies. After a brief career in
music, he settled behind the desk as a reporter at the Marietta Daily
Journal and has spent the last 20 years as fixture in the metro
Atlanta media scene.  He currently serves as director of Cobb
Life magazine and Cobb Business Journal. His writing has been
published in many regional and national publications including Snake
Nation Review, Reach of Song, Cobb Life magazine, Neighbor Newspapers
and The Blood and Fire Review. He has been honored for his writing by
several organizations including The Associated Press, The Society of
Professional Journalists and The Georgia Poetry Society. In 2005, he
was named the Berry College Outstanding Young Alumni of The Year. In
2017, he was nominated for Georgia Author of The Year for his first
novel, “Alexandria Rising” which was described as “magical”
and “phenomenal.” “Letters from Red Clay Country: Selected
Columns” was published in 2015 and features the best of his
award-winning newspaper and magazine columns.  When he’s not
writing, Maguire produces musical projects inspired by his favorite
authors and books as well as painting, gardening and making Star Wars
puns with his sons.

 

 

 
 
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The Prince of Ash and Blood Pre-order link

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
 THE PRINCE OF ASH AND BLOOD
A vampire prince imprisoned under false charges. The appearance of a new prisoner, a werewolf girl who was betrayed and tortured in the name of the crown, interrupts his plots of revenge. With a new cause to stand behind, the vampire prince plans his own death as a means for her escape. But the kingdom has needs only the prince can fulfill. If both survive the dungeon, can they also survive the world of political intrigue, vengeance, and a newly awoken threat to the crown and his people?
Action, adventure, conspiracy, and danger intertwine in this paranormal take of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Ash-Blood-Cheree-Alsop-ebook/dp/B06XFNMMS1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488999129&sr=8-1&keywords=the+prince+of+ash+and+blood