Sunday, January 24, 2021

Book Tour and Giveaway: Edge of Sundown by Jennifer Worrell

Title: Edge of Sundown
Author: Jennifer Worrell
Publisher: Darkstroke Books
Publication Date: November 12th 2020
Print Length: 229 pages
Genre: Suspense
When dystopian fiction becomes real…

Val Haverford’s Sci-Fi and Western novels made him a household name. But that was then. A decade of creative stagnation and fading health has left him in the literary wilderness.

Attempting to end his dry spell and secure his legacy, Val pens a dystopian conspiracy theory set in a tangential universe where alien invaders eliminate ‘undesirables’ perceived as drains on society.

But as he digs deeper into violence plaguing his adopted home of Chicago, he discovers unsettling similarities between his work in progress and a life he thought he left behind. Soon he finds his fictional extremists are not only real—they’re intent on making sure his book never sees the light of day.

As he pieces together haunting truths about his city and his motives, Val realizes his last chance to revive his career and reconcile the past could get him—and the people he loves—killed.

Will he make the right choice? Or will it be too late?

Edge of Sundown is a provocative story that shows how the desperation of lost opportunity can lead to drastic and unexpected consequences.

If Jennifer were to make a deal with the Devil, she’d ask to live—in good health—just until she’s finished reading all the books. She figures that’s pretty square.

In case other bibliophiles attempt the same scheme, she’s working hard to get all her ideas on paper. She writes multi-genre fiction and the occasional essay, and is currently working on a collection of shorts and two picture books that may or may not be suitable for children.

Edge of Sundown is her first novel. She’s always been drawn to “what-ifs” and flawed characters, and has never quite mastered the happy ending.

Jennifer is a member of Chicago Writers Association and Independent Writers of Chicago, and works at a private university library.

- Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
All my characters have at least some connection to a real person, at least at the start. Mostly flaws, because flawed characters are fun to write and read about. Sometimes the characters change so much there’s no resemblance at all in the finished product. Then again a certain irrit has appeared as different manifestations in three stories so far. It’s true what they say: annoy a writer and they’ll torture you in their fiction.

- Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I wish they would have hijacked things! I had to do all the thinking, and that’s a lot of work. Many people visualize their characters taking action, while mine were more like actors at the snack table, waiting for someone to yell ‘action!’. Director Me apparently has as soft a voice as Real Life Me, and someone stole the bullhorn.

- Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have enough short stories for a collection, so I’m working on culling the best ones, then revising and rewriting. It’s both fun and daunting, and I’m really looking forward to organizing it. I even have a title, which is always the hardest thing for me to come up with. 

I may have another “novel” I wrote when I was very young, but I hope I’m wrong. I’ve seen my writing from the past and the nightmares continue to haunt me.
One Winner: $15 Amazon gift card
One Winner: Paperback of Edge of Sundown by Jennifer Worrell + a carved wooden bookmark

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  1. This looks like a really intriguing read- I look forward to checking it out!

  2. The cover makes me feel the dread....spooky

  3. Great cover art and I can't wait to read more about who's preventing Val's novel from being published and why!

  4. I love suspense books and this one sounds like a great one.

  5. Did this pandemic inspire the plot of this book?

  6. This sounds like such a good book!

  7. I feel the cover looks haunting. Thank you

  8. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I enjoyed learning about this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  11. The book cover is appealing and the book sounds great.

  12. The story sounds very interesting! And very pretty cover, congrats to the author!

  13. I like the book cover and the book sounds like one I would enjoy reading too.

  14. I like the cover and plot


  15. I think the fog in the picture gives the book an ominous feeling, I like it.

  16. The cover is subtle, nice. Enjoyed the excerpt!

  17. Jennifer Worrell is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

  18. I love the cover it looks amazing and the book sound great

  19. I love the book cover so much!!! The color palette gives the picture a foggy vibe that's so mysterious and it makes me want to find out more

  20. The cover has an eerie feel and I really like it.

  21. the cover is kind of spooky looking.

  22. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest.