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"Williams delivers an exciting, well-executed thriller...The danger is palpable…A highly recommended read that will make readers hope for a sequel.” Kirkus Reviews

"Sensational, electrifying, spectacular read! Better take a deep breath and fill your lungs now because this stunning emotionally packed read will leave you breathless. A highly recommended, riveting storyline!" Cozy Review Crew

Chase Hardeman, a former special ops veteran, is left questioning whether his past covert missions in the Middle East are the cause of the chaos that's erupted in his life.
Dreams of leaving a clandestine war behind and becoming a legend like his father in the auction arena teeter on the brink once he implements a contingency plan amidst an FBI investigation. Captivated by an old flame, Chase navigates the dark corridors of the collector car world in search of a myth. He believes finding this hidden treasure will reveal answers to the ghost buried in the desert of Mosul known to US intelligence as the Prodigal. On this perilous quest, Chase is drawn closer to a deadly threat as he leverages the criminal underworld to prevent a global terrorist attack. With the clock ticking, Chase is forced to relive the past in an imminent showdown and discovers the truth is not as it seems.
What readers are saying...
"Sensational, electrifying, spectacular read."
"Action, intrigue, and mystery grips a person from the first page."
"Unforgettable characters that leave you wanting more and more with each page."
"Stunning emotionally packed read will leave you breathless."
Los Angeles, CA, April 9, 2024: After the first thriller in the Chase Hardeman series, The Auctioneer, released in 2019, the highly anticipated sequel is finally happening in King of the Night. Why such a long wait? Over the last few years Williams has been writing the Beacon Hill series, an epic supernatural YA fantasy series, which means the next thriller in the Chase Hardeman series has been waiting in the wings. But now, Hardeman and his lovable sidekick Dax are back and better than ever.
Williams says, “I’ve been waiting a long time for King of the Night to be released, and I know readers and fans of Chase Hardeman have been waiting patiently too. Finally, we’ll get to see what happens after that last page in The Auctioneer, and it won’t disappoint. Chase and Dax are pushed to the brink, and there’s no telling who will be left standing in the end.”
The first book in the series, The Auctioneer, quickly garnered the attention of readers around the world, as well as Kirkus Reviews: “Williams delivers an exciting, well-executed thriller…The danger is palpable…Near-perfect…A highly recommended read that will make readers hope for a sequel.” Williams is known for delivering page-turning, action-packed, pulse-pounding, high-octane thrillers and in King of the Night, the story is razor sharp, gripping, relevant, and captivating. With the announcement of the sequel, Williams has given exclusive early access to the industry’s number one source for mysteries and thrillers, The Real Book Spy.
So, what is Ryan Steck, author of Out For Blood and founder/editor in chief of the Real Book Spy, saying about the sequel? “Fast, knee-deep in conspiracies and intriguing characters, D.J. Williams’ King of the Night is a sensational thriller from an author who should be watched closely moving forward.”
Leading up to the September 9, 2024 worldwide release, look for exclusive news, plot details and cover art on The Real Book Spy, as well as Williams’ official website.
Ebook available now for preorder, print book available June 11, 2024



"A blistering, high-stakes, fast-paced supernatural thriller that's impossible to put down. D.J. Williams' HUNT FOR EDEN'S STAR introduces a compelling new hero and takes readers on an unforgettable adventure where countless twists and turns await." - Ryan Steck, editor-in-chief of The Real Book Spy

"Williams' series opener moves action and a rich setting boost the beginning of a promising paranormal saga." Kirkus Reviews

Discover the story of an intrepid, globe-trotting teen and a motley group of friends in a world where choices have epic consequences.

In this new coming-of-age YA fantasy novel full of action-packed adventure, Williams tells the tale of a teen who is thrown into a world of ancient secrets when he discovers a supernatural artifact that protects a weapon of mass destruction. With the help of a diverse group of friends, he embarks on a global adventure, seeking the truth about his sister’s death. He uncovers two clandestine, supernatural societies waging an epic, hidden war that threatens the future of civilization.

As Jack races to collect ancient artifacts critical to the survival of the world, readers are transported to incredible international locales across Asia, including the lush jungles of the Philippines and the high-energy streets of Hong Kong. Themes of addiction, revenge, faith, and friendship emerge as Jack battles literal and psychological demons, and even his own friends and family members, on his quest to thwart the forces of evil.
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"The intoxicating story takes me places I didn't expect to go with intense adventure, supernatural allegory, and characters that resonate with a warrior's soul." Jaime Jo Wright, author of The Vanishing at Castle Moreau and The House on Foster HIll, winner of the Christy Award and Daphne du Maurier Award

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Jack Reynolds has uncovered ancient secrets at a great cost. Now he must unleash the truth to discover his destiny with the help of his crew: Vince, Tim, Amina, and Emma.
Jack is the only one who can wield the power of Eden’s Star, but can he control it before it destroys him? Badly weakened by the compass and hunted by powerful dark forces across international cities and secret realms, Jack and his crew are desperate to find him a healer. But when new enemies emerge to test the team’s loyalties, the search for the Cherub’s ancient artifacts intensifies.

Fighting against her own heartbreak, Emma struggles to stop the Merikh from capturing innocent Cherub and stealing their powers for their own sinister schemes. As the truth of a haunting prophecy is revealed, and an ally turns to the dark side, Jack and Emma must decide together if trusting a narrow path is worth the sacrifice.

Dive into this heart-pounding sequel to the supernatural thriller Hunt for Eden’s Star.
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With the DNA of a world traveler, D.J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong, igniting an adventurous spirit as he ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have submerged him in a myriad of cultures, providing a unique perspective that fuels his creativity.

As a fresh voice in mystery, suspense, and YA fantasy, his novels have climbed the charts ranking as high as #1 on Amazon Hot New Releases. His books The Auctioneer and Hunt For Eden’s Star have received stellar reviews from Kirkus Reviews, the most trusted voice in book discovery. Williams has also been featured in Publishers Weekly and Writer's Digest.


With the launch of his latest YA series, Beacon Hill, the trailers and documentary featuring the first book, Hunt For Eden's Star, and the second book, Secrets of the Highlands, have reached over 1.8 million+ views. Beacon Hill is also currently under optioning consideration for film, television, streaming, and animation by the producers, production companies, and studios who have created the most successful YA franchises of all time.

Williams has also been an executive producer and director on over 500 episodes of broadcast television.

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