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.

Two New Paperbacks

I’m pleased to announce that two of my latest titles are now available in paperback.

I Am The Darkness Redemption In the Badlands
I Am the Darkness, the second installment in my Tom Miller crime series, and Redemption In the Badlands, the latest addition to my Badlands series can now be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers. And, if you order the paperback from Amazon, you’ll received the Kindle edition free with your purchase.

You can find out more by clicking the following links:

Thanks for reading!

“Redemption” Is Here!

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

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!

“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.

 

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.

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!

Sneak Peek

Looks like I’m not finished with the Badlands universe after all…or maybe it’s not finished with me. Stay tuned.

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.

Familiar Lies Gets A New Cover

I released a murder mystery/crime thriller called Familiar Lies back in June of last year. This was the first book I’d written using a combination of techniques called sprints and cycling, which sped up the process and made it a ton more fun to write.

But six months after completion, I was looking at sales of this book and found that I haven’t sold any copies outside of Amazon. I made me think there might be a way I could spruce it up, so I worked up a new cover that I think fits the story much better.

Here’s the synopsis as a reminder, along with the old and new covers:

When Max Williamson’s teenage son Josh died in a climbing accident, Max’s world fell apart.

But a year later when Max stumbles upon a letter hidden in his son’s room—a letter that suggests Josh might have been murdered—Max begins his own investigation.

As he gets closer to the truth about what really happened to his son, Max finds himself caught up in a seedy underworld of lies, corruption, and exploitation. Max quickly becomes a target and the only way to stay alive is to expose the truth.

But the truth is a double-edged sword. What Max learns could save his life.

Or the truth could just as easily tear him apart.

Here’s the old cover:

 

And here’s the new cover:

 

I think this new cover does a better job of identifying the genre of the book. It looks more “thriller” than the original cover (which was probably better suited for a  literature book). I also feel like it aligns better with my other book covers’ look and feel, making it look more like a Brian J. Jarrett release.

Whether or not it sells more copies with the new cover remains to be seen. Regardless, I’m happier with it, which is what matters most.

I Am the Darkness

Book #2 from my Tom Miller series is live!

 

A KILLER LURKS IN THE SHADOWS

Months after he tracked down a killer of children, Tom Miller has settled into a new life of relative sobriety with a semblance of a future.

When another murderer strikes, Tom must make good on his promise to a distraught mother and find the man who killed her daughter.

But to stop a killer who lives in the darkness, Tom must journey to his own dark place. A dangerous place. A place where demons live.

A place from which he knows he might never return.

Available now at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and more.