If you’ll recall, at the very end of 2020, I announced a slew of new projects that, at the time, I thought would be hitting shelves this year. As it turns out, I vastly underestimated how hectic 2021 would be from a professional standpoint, so the release dates I promised in that original post are…not going to happen.
But those projects are still in the works, and I wanted to offer an update on their progress (since more than one of you have reached out and asked about them).
Also note: the next installment of the Jill Andersen series is in the works. What was originally going to be Bitter End will now be split into two books: Bitter Divide, which will hopefully release in early 2022, and Bitter End, which will (hopefully) follow in late 2022.
Operation: Hellion series
Several months ago, there was an attack on our nation’s capital.
The mad Underworld king, Seraphus, summoned a demon from under the Earth and watched as the creature rained death and destruction on Washington, DC–even tearing through the Capitol and killing three members of Congress. A small group of unknown heroes defeated the creature and eventually saved the world, but the damage had already been done. A message had already been delivered: Monsters were real and America wasn’t ready.
Newly-elected President Amanda Crawford, in conjunction with both her predecessor and disgraced former Army scientist Dr. Sebastian Lo, has an idea for how to deal with the growing supernatural threat: a clandestine task force called Operation: Hellion. Dr. Lo supplies the technology, while President Crawford’s various contacts have allowed her to recruit some of the world’s sharpest supernatural minds and strongest demon fighters.
Borrowing from both Notna and the Jill Andersen series, the Operation: Hellion series will act as a cross between The West Wing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The Operation: Hellion series will debut in mid-2022, with the first book, Land of the Free. Look for a short story collection titled Prelude to Hellion by the end of 2021.
Summertime, Assassins, and Other Skullduggeries
Summer Rhoades kills people for a living.
Except when she doesn’t. Which usually isn’t a problem, unless she promises she will and then doesn’t follow through. Assassins command top dollar, so to take a job and not follow through with it is almost unheard of. But Summer’s target is not who her employer told her, and Summer makes a judgment call.
Which is fine and dandy, until her employer comes after her.
So now Summer is on the run, during the time of year she refuses to work. Several of her former colleagues (if you can call them that) are after her, but one assassin in particular is especially eager to have Summer in the crosshairs.
Summer has 30 days to survive the price on her head. Where she goes from there…even she doesn’t know.
Some of you may recognize this as my 2020 NaNoWriMo project–the one I’ve already knocked out 73,000 words on…only to discover I’m not even halfway through the story yet. Chances are, Summertime, Assassins, and Other Skullduggeries will be broken up into a trilogy–the sort where I write the entire thing before publishing any of it.
The Summertime trilogy is tentatively set to release in the summer of 2022.
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.