Thursday, January 8, 2015

My 2015 Prospective Writing Projects

Whenever I have a book idea, one of the things I do for fun is to draft up a simple cover design that conveys the feel of the book. It is both a focusing and motivational technique for me, and although some of the covers will never result in stories - at least in 2015 - I thought I might share a few of them as a sort of "teaser" for the rest of the year. Keep in mind, these are just draft covers, and might change considerably before the titles (maybe, eventually) go to print. Any and all feedback is certainly welcome!

HANGMAN #2: Battle for the Blacktop. The next book in the HANGMAN series. Ex-Green Beret Sergeant Jamie Lynch is hired to provide protection for a long-haul trucking company when attacks by a gang of outlaw bikers threaten to ruin the business. Not only must Lynch take on a roaring pack of chain-swinging, gun-wielding, maniacs, he must figure out who is backing the outlaws and attempting to ruin the trucking company. It'll be death by bullet, blade, and bumper along the highways and back roads of southern California.




KANSAS KILLERS, the sequel to RENEGADE'S REVENGE. Paul and David Miller decide to leave Missouri and head west, but as they ride into Kansas, they find themselves dodging both U.S. Cavalry patrols and packs of roving Jayhawkers, many of whom are now little more than murderous, pillaging outlaws. When the Miller brothers save a young woman from death at the hands of a pair of Jayhawker bandits, they find themselves on the run from a dozen more, as the band's leader seeks revenge for the deaths of his men.




STREET SWEEPER, a vigilante cop novel set in Boston, 1985. Detective Nick Malone used to be a good cop, always playing by the rules. But when Malone makes a move against the Irish mob, the rules set free the gangsters who killed Malone's partner. Unable to find justice while working within the bounds of the law, Malone decides the rules don't just need to be bent, they need to be blown away. Maintaining the facade of a good cop by day, Malone cleans up the streets of Boston at night by sweeping away the filth with a loaded shotgun and a magnum revolver.



KRUEGER #1: Boston Bloodbath. Another Boston-based story, set in 1921. Krueger is a former German storm-trooper who'd fought in the trenches and no-man's land of the Great War for four bloody years. Wounded by bullet, blade, and bomb shell, Krueger survived and returned to the front again and again, a killing machine who just wouldn't die. Now a wandering soldier of fortune, Krueger is hired by a gang of bootleggers fighting to dominate the black-market liquor trade in Boston. But when you hire Krueger to fight your battles, you better be prepared for all-out war..



PANZER ACE: Crushing Poland. Cannons roar and tank treads grind men into pulp as the Blitzkrieg of the Third Reich rolls into Poland. Panzer commander Victor Krieger has no allegiance in his heart for Hitler and his gang of Nazi thugs, but he is a soldier born and bred, and the business of fighting is what he knows best, the razor's edge between life and death the only place he calls home. Krieger pits the armaments and armor of his Panzer against waves of stout-hearted Polish defenders, where quarter is neither asked, nor given. It is war at its ugliest and most savage, just the way Krieger likes it.



DOGFACES: A Day at the Beach. It'll be one hell of a summer's day for Private Jonathan "Jack" Russell and the other men of Dog Company. Along with Captain Collier, Lieutenant Shepherd, Sargent Barker, Corporal Basset, and all the rest, Russell finds himself bobbing around off the Normandy coastline, about to hit the bloody beaches of Fortress Europe and drive back the Germans one hard-fought step at a time. Unfortunately for the men of Dog Company, the same cosmic prankster that put them all together in the same outfit is going to make surviving their day at the beach tougher than a concrete pillbox.


10 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Panzer ace certainly looks pretty cool

Jack Badelaire said...

Yeah, I want to try my hand at a story completely from the German side. Not a "Nazi" character, but not a bleeding-heart everyman, either. Back in the day (60s-80s), there was a ton of trashy WW2 fiction written from the German perspective, some of it pretty cruel, and it seemed fairly popular. Who knows, eh? I think it'd be an interesting project.

FreeLiverFree said...

These all look interesting. I'm glad that there's another Hangman on the way. Outlaw Bikers seem more interesting than the standard Mafia goons in most Action Adventure novels.

The Street Sweeper and Kreuger look interesting. I have to wonder if the gangs in the two are related. I've also been always interested in the classic gangster era Prohibition and later

Jack Badelaire said...

The gangs will both likely be Irish mafia types (hey, this *is* Boston, after all). The historical rise and fall of organized crime in this city is pretty interesting stuff, although for the sake of a dramatic story I will probably fictionalize the gangs involved somewhat to keep from stepping on historical toes.

FreeLiverFree said...

I was wondering if one of the gangs in Krueger might be the same as Street Sweeper.

I remember hearing about the Whitey Bulger case and it was fascinating.

Yeah, I imagine you don't want to step on any toes. You don't want any leg-breakers coming to your house :)

englishteacherx said...

Looks like a buttload of awesome for 2015. And more universe building? I'm guessing Krieger and Krueger are related somehow?

Sean McLachlan said...

I vote for Kansas Killers and Panzer Ace. I've done a lot of research on the Trans-Miss Civil War, especially the Border War, so feel free to ask for historical details. I have a big library on the topic.

Jack Badelaire said...

Sean, between your Civil War Guerillas book (which I have) and picking your brain, I feel I've got a solid footing for KanKill!

Jack Badelaire said...

English, as far as I've determined, they're only related in their love of violence and mayhem...

FreeLiverFree said...

Jack, you may want to do is change their names to avoid confusion. Or you can make them relatives. Sort of a German version of the Lynches.