Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Blog Tour... Darren Jorgenson's Finding Max


Finding Max by Darren M. Jorgensen
Published: May 22, 2018
Pages: 353
Published by: Creators Publishing



Available on Amazon US : CA


Five-year-old Max is abducted from a playground on a hot summer day while his brother, Gary, has his back turned. Seventeen years later, Max returns to Gary’s life in a serendipitous twist with a disturbing tale to tell. As they learn to love and trust each other, they must outwit and outrun the nefarious Quinn, who seeks to re-abduct Max for his own evil purposes. Killing Gary and his new girlfriend, Jean, to get them out of his way is just part of his plan. Will they escape? And when all is said and done, will Max and Gary ever truly be freed from the shackles of guilt and pain from the past?

Amid the gritty, harsh landscape of New York City, Finding Max explores those areas of society we seldom like to look at—homelessness, hunger and sexual abuse—with profound delicacy, brutal honesty and compassion. This thrilling novel with keep you reading long into the night.




Excerpt:

Chapter Five


What was that sound? It was like a child's muffled, anguished cry. He turned his head this way and that, and then walked slowly around the room. Was he imagining it? Where was it coming from? Across the hall, he was sure of it. But he didn't think there were any children living there. And the apartment beside him was completely empty, since it was up for sale.
Gary stepped gingerly toward the front door, still listening intently. As he neared it, he noticed he'd left the closet door slightly open, and he pushed it closed as he stepped by. The cry immediately got quieter. Gary stopped in his tracks. He placed his hand on the closet door handle, turned it and slowly slid the door open. Inside, crouched on the floor, was Max, wiping tears from his cheeks with the back of one hand. Clutched in the other was a deadly looking switchblade that seemed about five inches long. He was making little stabbing motions at the air in front of him. His eyes looked out and into another world. He saw dark figure after dark figure pass before his eyes, fearing each and trembling before each, but not crying out. With each stab, a puff of air escaped his mouth.
    "Max?" Gary said softly. "Max, can you hear me? Max, give me the knife," he said as he reached down toward the blade. Max redoubled his desperate efforts to stab the demons in his mind.
"Max, please. Give me the knife. It's Gary,” he said, sounding desperate. “I won't hurt you. Please hand me the knife. Please, Max."
Max slowly lowered the blade and let it fall on his knees. Gary reached down and gently took the knife, putting it into his robe pocket. He knelt down, pushed some pairs of boots aside and sat beside him in the closet, just like he used to do after their mother beat Max. He put his arm around his little brother, his hand resting on his shoulder. The number of times he had comforted his little brother in this way he didn't know, but he knew one thing for certain: For Max, the closet was a place where his mother didn't follow. For Gary, it was a place where he knew he could keep his brother safe. It was his place, a place where he had power. It was a space where he could hold his brother and be reminded of their order in this world, where Gary was the big brother who helped Max, who held Max, who kept the demons at bay. They would sit crouched together, two brothers cloaking themselves from their cursing mother, who was lying on the sofa exhausted after her expenditure of cruelty. He used to keep a few books in there, to read to Max, to calm him. But those days were long past, and there were no books to be read in this one.


Available on Amazon: US : CA


What others are saying:
Darren Jorgensen is unafraid to plumb the darkness of the human heart where most others fear to tread. — Greg M.

Jorgensen captures the tenderest of moments within his characters’ relationships where you feel the struggles amongst them. A thrill ride of a book. — Katie A.

Jorgensen uses human tragedies as a catalyst for looking deeply into the human heart. The book is mesmerizing, captivating and brilliant! He had me at the first page. — Ginette L.

ABSOLUTELY RIVETING!!! Clear your day cause you won't want to put it down. — Karen T.


Meet the Author:

Darren M. Jorgensen grew up among the fields and forests of Alberta, Canada. At seventeen, he left home for greener pastures. He settled in various cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Stratford, Sault Ste. Marie and New York City. While in New York, Jorgensen worked at the United Nations in various capacities, even spending a year in Baghdad to help dismantle Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs. After returning to the States, he matriculated at Brown University at 30 years old, one of only six adults older than traditional college age granted admission that year.
While at Brown, Jorgensen garnered several awards, all in the area of video and film production. Later, at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, he directed, produced and shot the film At the Hands of Another: When Someone You Love Is Murdered, a documentary that incorporated personal interviews with family members of murder victims.
    Jorgensen has studied law, society, art, theatre and professional photography. But it became too clear during his years of higher education that his first love was writing. He has always fed his passions through involvement in book clubs and writing groups. Writing has served as the best vehicle for Jorgensen to explore the trauma of homelessness, hunger, extreme poverty and illness, issues he’s faced throughout his adult life. He wrote his debut novel, Finding Max, in just 12 days.
Jorgensen now lives back in his native province, on a farm east of Edmonton, with his wonderful wife, Ginette, and two extraordinary dogs, Dobby and Molly, who march to the beat of their own drum. He loves to walk with his dogs through the fields while watching the sun rise on the eastern horizon.

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Creators Publishing:
Anyone who would like to interview Darren or find out more information about Creators Publishing can contact Alissa Stevens at astevens@creators.com or 424-217-1434.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Release Blast.... Barb Shuler's Edge of Danger



Edge Of Danger
Shattered Lives Series; Book 6
Publish Date: May 25, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller/ Suspense

Cover Design by: MadHat Books


Purchase Links:
Amazon US : AU : CA : UK



Stalked. Hunted. Betrayed. The past never stays in the past.


For the last seven years, the small town of Burke, Texas has been fighting an unseen monster. In the wake of devastation, the monster was eliminated. Things were starting to get back to normal…
Evil has risen once again with vengeance in its blood. The shadows seek out retribution and no one will be safe until it’s wiped out, again.
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The darkness surrounding three men on a journey to clear their heads and soak in the wilderness around them turns into a bloody game of cat and mouse. Threats would cow some, but not these men. You should always know your enemy. You should always know your surroundings. You should… run.




Purchase Links:
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​Shattered Lives Series
My Own Nightmare / Somewhere I Belong / Shatter Me Whole /
Sparks Of Deception / Living In Your Hell

The Cowboy Way Series
Wrangled By Love

A Rescue Series Novella
A Marshal’s Courage
Her Savior

Standalones
Primal Darkness
Shifting Shadows

Anthologies
Dirty Fairy Tales Anthology - What Big Teeth
The Parlour Anthology - Ultimate Control

Coloring Books
Shaded With Love: A Coloring Book for a Cause Vol 5



~Meet Barb Shuler~

I’m a Carolina Girl by right and a Texan by birth... so I have a Texas-sized temper. Living and working in both states I’ve learned a lot about hard work, adapting to your surroundings and making the best of the path that you have been led down. My grandma Dollie once told me I would know what I was meant to do when it happened. She was right, as always.
As with most book lovers, I am an avid reader. Reading has always been a hobby - a passion, really. Reading helps to expand the perimeters of one's mind. That is what got me to start writing as a kid. If I had paper...or a wall... I was writing. Words are a part of us all. Why not use them, right?
During the day I work as a ‘desk jockey’ and help the residents of my county navigate themselves around our little, but not too little country town. By night I am either blogging, doing PA work for some of my favorite authors or I am fighting with the voices in my head. (They can be stubborn at times.) It’s a way to cope and make the troubles of the day disappear, if only for a few hours. It’s a blessing and I am cherishing every moment. For that which is my creation, may become someone else's treasure.
Tomorrow is never guaranteed so I want to make sure I live the day as fully as possible.

~ Connect with Barb here ~

Saturday, May 26, 2018

New Release.... Cocktales: The Cocky Collection

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Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is available now!

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Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

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Download your copy today:
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/Cocktales

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/CockTalesGR

Contributing Authors Include:
Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – 'Cocked and Loaded'
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Double Cocked'
Whitney Barbetti – 'Cocksure Grin'
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'A Wicked, Cocky Plan'
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Magical Cock and Bull'
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Don’t Get Cocky'
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal'
Mariah Dietz – 'Landmines'
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – 'Cock and Balls'
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.'
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall'
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Tricky Bond'
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – 'Cockamamie'
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Couture'
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Culinary Cock-Up'
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Crimson Cocktail'
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Swag'
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Love & Hate at the Stallion Station'
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Going Down'
Katyi McGee - USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocksure Co-Star'
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cockblocked'
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Getting It Up'
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Her Cocky Russian'
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman'
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Fight or Flight'
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Capo'
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Beard and Hen'
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Color of Love'
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Aligned'
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – 'All'
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series'
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Until the Cock Crows'
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Chocolate and Cockup'
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – 'The Golden Sombrero'
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Alpha'
Karla Sorensen – 'Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story'
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Mafia'
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Code of Conduct'

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:
Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund. *Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com