Book Birthday, Times Two

June 1 will forever be an important day for me as an author.

In fact, June 1 marks the birthday of two of my books — including my debut Bounty. The first entry in the Jill Andersen series went live on June 1, 2015. Exactly one year later, I launched Behind the Badge, the third book in the series.

Both book releases were largely without fanfare (I was woefully ignorant when Bounty went live, and to this day, Behind the Badge remains my worst-selling book), but still: a day in which I can celebrate the anniversary of two of my releases is a good day. Bounty proved I can do this, and Behind the Badge proved I can tell difficult, important stories.

Just don’t ask about Bounty‘s original cover. Because that will never see the light of day again.

There won’t be a new release on June 1 this year, but Bitter End is coming along nicely.

Bounty (Jill Andersen #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?

Behind the Badge (Jill Andersen #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?

Bounty and Behind the Badge are both available in paperback and all major ebook outlets.

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 and art, 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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BOOK BIRTHDAY: Betrayal

Two years ago yesterday–April 14, 2020–I released by sixth novel: Betrayal, the fifth entry in the Jill Andersen series.

Cover by Sarah Anderson

Yep, I released a book in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oops.

It wasn’t on purpose, just a really unfortunate case of timing, but the launch wound up being relatively successful. I managed a couple preorders and actually had a few ARC reviews in-hand come launch day (making Betrayal the first book to have a successful ARC campaign). All told, I sold 52 books that April (my second-best month ever), and I followed that up in May 2020 with another 38 sales.

Whatever I did back then, I need to get back to doing.

The hope is to have book six in the series, Bitter End, out within the calendar year. I’ve secured both an editor and a cover artist, so we’re officially in what I call “pre-launch” territory.

Hopefully, no renewed plague this time.

Betrayal (Jill Andersen #5)
Someone is killing Baltimore’s heroes.

The ones with badges. The ones who put out fires. The ones who debate laws designed to make the citizens’ lives better. None of them are safe, and their deaths amount to little more than public spectacle. A mysterious band of militants called The Collective takes credit for the killings, but the origins and identities of its members are unknown.

Jill Andersen now has an FBI badge on her hip. She is tasked with bringing down the cult, and she must make sure she doesn’t wind up in their crosshairs in the process. All of her theories and leads come up empty – none of the usual suspects are behind these ghastly murders. They might just be in the line of fire themselves.

With those closest to her now targets, Jill must race against the clock to determine who’s killing the best Baltimore has to offer. But along the way, she’ll discover a jarring secret – one that threatens to make her question everything that has happened in her life to this point.

Assuming it doesn’t kill her first.

Betrayal, the gripping, hard-hitting fifth novel in the Jill Andersen mystery series (BountyBlood TiesBehind the BadgeBehind the Mask), 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.

Betrayal is available in paperback and all major ebook outlets.

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 and art, 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.

Follow J.D. on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.