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.