Summertime News

It seems like forever since I’ve updated, although my last post was back in April. I just finished a project, so it seemed a good time to provide an update on what’s been happening and what’s to come.

I’m about halfway through a novel I’ve named Dream Eater. Progress has been good, but with the distraction of a new job and all the summertime activities with my family, I took a break from it to write a few short stories.

As such, I now have a collection of twelve short stories collected over the past year, mostly stuff written between novels. It’s been fun just jumping into a new world every few days, compared to spending two months on a single novel. Now that I have enough short stories for a collection, I’ll be getting these copy edited and hopefully published by the end of July. If you want to be the first to know when it comes out, sign up for my mailing list. You’ll also receive a free book for signing up.

I’ve gone through some pretty upsetting job changes over the past year, so focusing on the writing has been a little challenging. But I’ve been at my new job for two months now and I’m loving it. The mental stability this provides will allow me to focus better when writing longer novels and novellas, so look for a few more books later this year.

I’ve written about 100,000 words this year and we’re halfway through it, so I’m a little behind on my goal of writing 300,000 words. But I’ve published two books so far with a third on the way. I think I can still get three more books out before year end. I plan to finish Dream Eater this year, but beyond that I’m not sure what I’ll be working on. We’ll see where the muse takes me, I suppose. No matter what, 2017 has been SO much better than 2016 was. I had high hopes for this year, and so far I haven’t been let down.

Before I go, I’ll pimp my most recent releases, Kryptos and Redemption In the Badlands. Kryptos is a “creature feature”, chock-full of monsters and folks struggling to stay alive. Redemption brings us back to the Badlands world, catching up with Pastor Dan after Ed and Jasper left for Kansas City. Reviews have been good and it was a lot of fun to write. If you dug my other Badlands books, I think you’ll like this one too. While you’re at it, you can check out all my other books here.

Until next time, take it easy.

“Redemption” Is Here!

My latest book, Redemption In the Badlands, is now available from all major ebook retailers.Redemption In the Badlands

Pastor Dan Owens wants to believe there’s still good left in an evil world. When he meets Lilly, he’s certain that helping this woman in need is the right thing to do.

In fact, it’s his mission in life.

But when a murderous gang kidnaps Lilly, Dan’s oath to protect her will send him down a path that no man of God should ever have to travel.

To save her, Dan will have to do things the hard way.

Old Testament style.

To pick up your copy, follow this link. There you’ll find buy buttons for all retailers, along with a free sample if you’re on the fence.

I hope you guys like this book as much as I do. Thanks for reading!

The Next Book

Inspiration finally struck this morning. I’ve figured out which book I’m writing next. It’ll be a horror novel called Dream Eater. I’ve been tossing around a vague idea for this book since last summer, but the gist of the rest of the story just came together today. I love it when that happens.

Dream Eater Cover

 

“Redemption” Teaser

Look for this book in April. Meanwhile, check out the series page for a complete listing of Badlands books, along with the recommended reading order.

Redemption In the Badlands

Pastor Dan Owens wants to believe there’s still good left in an evil world. When he meets Lilly, he’s certain that helping this woman in need is the right thing to do.

In fact, it’s his mission in life.

But when a murderous gang kidnaps Lilly, Dan’s oath to protect her will send him down a path that no man of God should ever have to travel.

To save her, Dan will have to do things the hard way.

Old Testament style.

March Update

Lots going on here at Brian J. Jarrett HQ, so I thought I’d take a moment to catch you guys up on things (nearly) completed and what’s coming down the pike over the next few months.

Firstly, I’ve finished the manuscripts and copy edit for my novel Kryptos. I still have to give it a final read through to ensure I catch as many pesky typos as I can, but my goal is to have that completed either this weekend or next. Preferably by Sunday, but you know how these things go.

In Badlands news, on Thursday I finished the manuscript for Redemption In the Badlands, a novella set within my Badlands universe starring Pastor Dan Owens. You might remember him as the level-headed preacher from book #2 in the series, Beyond the Badlands. I’m super excited about this book; I think it turned out great. Plans are for an April release, once all the post-production work is complete. If you haven’t signed up for my mailing list, do that now. You’ll be the first to know when my new books are published.

Monday I’ll be starting a new book, but I’m keeping the details secret for now. Let’s call it an “experiment”. I’ll be tied up with that book for a couple of months, but after it’s complete I’ll start on another new book. I’m not sure which one just yet, but it might be a novella called Dream Eater.

The writing has been going well, so I expect to hit my goal of at least six books published in 2017. I’ll keep you all posted here as the year progresses. Thanks for reading!

Kryptos

It’s done. Finished the manuscript yesterday. I’m shooting for a February 18th publication date (that’s my birthday). Here’s the cover and the synopsis.

ONE NIGHT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING

Life as the constable of a quiet vacation island has been good to Marty. Unlike big city cops, he’s managed to avoid the worst of the job.

But when he gets a call about a murder-suicide, he’s sure it will be the worst thing he’s ever seen.

He couldn’t be more wrong.

Something is coming to the island tonight. Something terrible. Something unspeakable.

And it won’t stop until everyone on the planet is dead.