Still have more blurbs coming in for my forthcoming memoir, ADRENALINE JUNKIE.
And some disturbing news... I had enjoyed a wonderful response to presales on Amazon, when all of a sudden, I received an email from them that my own preorder was being cancelled. No reason given. When I went to Amazon's site, I discovered it had been taken down. No reason given. I contacted my publisher, Down & Out Books, and they were unaware of this. After several days, they told me they'd talked to Amazon and it was reinstated, but Amazon claimed not to know why it had been taken down, that it was just kind of a "mistake." But, all the presales were gone. I reordered, but have no idea if anyone else who had preordered it had also reordered it. I hope so! If you were one of those who'd preordered it and got an email from Amazon that it was cancelled, I'd really appreciate it if you'd reorder it. And, let me know if you receive any more emails from them.
I was kind of suspicious about the whole thing and now am really suspicious after being contacted by good friend and fellow writer, Elaine Ash, that this same thing had happened to a dozen other authors and that she was investigating it. Check out her post at
The common denominator seems to be that each writer is a conservative or libertarian. I'm pretty upfront that I'm a libertarian--my political belief is that I want the government pretty much out of my life. No big deal--at least in my mind--but it seems to matter to some, and perhaps to Amazon. If so, that's a fairly blatant case of censorship. We'll see...
Anyway, here are the new blurbs with more to come:
"Les Edgerton is a
back-alley Kerouac. Walk away from this knowing that your life-defining moments
were his slow Tuesdays."
Liam Sweeny, author of
"Presiding Over the Damned."
...Sometimes shocking, often
poignant, occasionally distasteful, frequently funny, and always brutally
honest, Adrenaline Junkie tells the story of one man’s harrowing yet ultimately
successful quest for redemption. Written with razor-sharp clarity, Adrenaline
Junkie is a triumph.
~ Robert Rotstein, author of We the Jury
Edgerton's prose hits with the force of a hammer--as does
his recollection of an America, both deeply flawed and wonderful, that is now
more important than ever to keep in our sights. A Hillbilly Elegy with a
deep, pulsing heart, Adrenaline Junkie makes sense of one man's life
while showing us all new aspects of our own.
--Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling and Mary Higgins
Clark award-winning author of Cover of Snow and Wicked River
A tryst with Brit Ecklund, a shoot out in a
deserted grade school, robbing a laundromat in front of a patrol car. Those
are just a few moments is Les Edgerton's checkered past. He went
from a Huck Finn-like childhood in Texas, the swinging sixties as a criminal,
time in Indiana's Pendleton prison, and eighties excess in New
Orleans, with little slowing him down until a good woman found a way. Funny,
harrowing, and poignant in spots, reading Adrenaline Junkie is like being lucky
enough to sit at the bar next to that guy who has lived a lot of stories and
knows how to tell them. Yes, Les Edgerton was an adrenaline junkie
and he always knew where to get a fix.
MysteryPeople Crime Fiction Coordinator
I'm pretty sure these folks were commenting on the book's material and not whether I swing to the right or left... and that's as it should be.
I hope some of you will preorder my book or get a copy when it's officially released. For the paperback edition, you can preorder at the photo of the cover on the column to the right. Thank you so much, in advance!