Friday, April 24, 2015

B.A. Sherman's THE TEST Pre-Release Blitz & Giveaway

Officer Dorn 
is on the job-so his partner-The Little Voice in his head

The Test
by B.A. Sherman

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Publisher: B.A. Sherman
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Print Length: 164 pages
Available from: Amazon
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Something unexplainable has happened to Greg, a rookie cop. One day, as he is working the mean streets of Denver, a dark feeling inside of him begins to bubble up. This ‘thing,’ which starts as a small voice having a conversation with him, is startling enough. Then the voice becomes stronger, and Greg is unable to control it.
He becomes obsessively driven by this inner voice telling him what to do. First it’s small stuff, and then it’s a command to go out and kill. The killing starts with road-rage drivers, then anyone whose looks ‘it’ doesn’t like. Unable to control the voice and the urges, he cannot help alienating his wife and young daughter, who eventually leave him and move back to Kansas. Even when ‘it’ is silent, Greg begins screwing up at work on the force and increasingly getting into arguments. One black night out on a job, he ends up cornered by his own officers and is shot. ‘Evil’ has been conquered…or has it just been a sinister test?
This first book in the Greg Dorn Series by B.A. Sherman will have readers wondering how and why a guy like Greg could suddenly be taken over by some inner voice and turn to murder. The evil continues in book 2 but the plot takes a whole new twist.

The TestMy Review
The Test by B.A. Sherman

Ever wonder what propels a person to go into law-enforcement? Is it honor, sense of duty or possibly a devastating loss that never should have happened? Growing up Greg had the perfect and carefree life of a boy well-loved, who knew how to give love back, but that was stolen from him the day a mentally ill boy in a stolen car plowed through the family vehicle brutally snuffing out the lives of his mother and younger sister. It never should have happened and he and his father were paying the price while the killer was re-institutionalized.

Greg becomes the model officer in his small town, marries his high school sweetheart and together they take off for the big city where Greg feels he can work miracles there, also, but was he ready for the road rage, the flagrant and dangerous ignoring of traffic rules or would it switch on a part of his brain that made him what he considered to be an avenging angel? Life caves in on Greg, his vision has narrowed to a pinpoint goal, and he has crowned himself both judge and jury, will he also carry out the punishment? How hasn’t he been caught? Don’t they say every criminal messes up at some point? Only the voice in his head knows what he is doing, but is this a true slip from reality or is something else going on? Is his inner voice testing him or is this all a bad dream he cannot wake from?

B.A. Sherman’s The Test is a white-knuckle journey through the veil of reality into a chaotic and twisted world that will leave you guessing to the very end, and even then, you question your own assumptions! Mr. Sherman writes with a powerful and bold hand, knowing exactly where he is taking his readers as we are led through the shadowy mind of Greg, the twisted streets and scenes, all culminating in an ending that takes twisted ending to a new level! If you enjoy intensity, darkness and brutally frank storytelling that pounds at you page after page, this is a sure bet winner! Be advised, check your own road rage at door, Greg might be out there, citation pad in hand…
Bradley Sherman takes the Tome Tender Hot Seat - His answers are pretty amazing!

Four things that you won’t find out about me online:

My favorite food:
This will probably sound gross to many of you, but it is the most delicious food in the world! My Grandma in small-town Macon, Nebraska used to make me these sandwiches made with bread, chipped dried beef, Philadelphia cream cheese (not the light cream cheese) and homemade dill pickles.  I haven’t had that sandwich since I was probably 16 years old. I miss those sandwiches and my Grandma!
Another thing you will not find online about me:
A true story: I was 28 years old and I was still living in Nebraska when I tried out for arena league professional football. When I arrived at tryouts I found out I was the oldest one there, surrounded by eighteen- and twenty-year-olds. I still felt confident in my drive to try out, but it looked bleak for me (just saying). There were two cut times, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I at least made it to the afternoon but that was when the sharp pendulum swung and cut me, so I walked out of there with my head held high, knowing that I at least beat some of those young whippersnappers and I tried and I did my best.
About me being an author:
It is crazy how I like to write Dark Thrillers that have so much violence, but to know me you will find out that is not who I really am. I am a committed family man who stops whatever I’m doing to help out when it is needed. I walk to my daughter’s school every day to pick her up and I am flooded with her classmates all asking to give them “underdogs” on the swing set at the play ground. Ten kids lined up yelling at me, “Mr. Sherman, can I have an Underdog too?” I usually need a nap after all of that. 
I am also the cop who...
 ...took an hour out of my duties to stop and check on a car on the side of the road and found a mother inside with her young son in the back, crying. She looked up at me and said, “Thank God.” I looked down and asked if she was OK. She said, “My son and I just got back from a chemotherapy session and they didn’t give me good news today, but you are here now and he has always wanted to meet a Police Officer, because that is what he wants to be when he grows up.”
I sat in the backseat of her car that day and talked with her son, getting beaming smiles from him along with his mother as he asked me a ton of questions about my uniform, my gun and duty belt. Her son then accompanied me back to my patrol car where I showed him everything in it, he even got to turn the lights on and run the siren. I really wanted to do more for the boy, but his Mom came back quickly and said they had to go. I reassured her son to stay strong and fight the sickness, as his Mom drove away with tears in her eyes. I went back to my car and cried, cried for that little boy and was also angered at myself that I should have done more for him, more in the way of writing down their names, grabbing her license plate number and finding out where they lived. I cried because there was probably nothing more that I could have done to help that little boy out, just by the way his Mom talked about the bad news and how upset she was. I have had many of those special moments in my Law-Enforcement career and I am proud of the work I have done so far in my 24 years.
 I can only hope that it’s true what they say about writing about bad memories and negative moments I’ve endured…they have been locked away in my head, and writing will make room for the good memories to move forward and filter out the bad. This way, those good memories will flourish inside of me.

A quote that I live my life by each and every day, because life is too short not to!

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat”  -Teddy Roosevelt

Meet B.A. Sherman
My name is B. A. Sherman (sounds more author-esque) but you can call me Brad. I am married to my beautiful wife, Julie, and have two kids, Zach and Sophia. We live in the great state of Colorado.  Aside from the granduer of the Rocky Mountains, I also love that the insect population is low and the humidity levels are even lower.  That certainly was not the case in rural Nebraska where I grew up.  Although there are things from there that I miss: watching storms roll in off the broad expanse of the plains, the sense of celebration that is community-wide after harvest and the love and respect that those small towns have for their community servants, in particular, officers of the law.  Yep, no surprise, I've been in law enforcement for 23 years.  As you read more of my writing,  you will find that much of my inspiration comes from past actual events that I've brought back to life with a heaping spoonful of fiction.
I don’t have any accomplishments in writing to share but I hope that will all change. I wrote this short story around my four year old daughter’s schedule and let me tell you she wasn’t into Dad writing on his “Pequter” (she calls it) while clawing for my attention.  Hey, but the storyline flowed for some reason and so I just went with it.
Mostly, I am a funny person and can make people laugh pretty hard but I do have a dark side as you will see in The Truth as well as in another upcoming book, “Road Rage”. Please check out the end of “The Truth” for my contact information. You can email me, friend me, like me and even go to my website and browse around.  Feel free to send me an email with any questions or concerns and I will correspond back if my four year old will let me.
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The Giveaway
Enter to win your own Print copy of THE TEST!
Open to U.S. Addresses only
Ends May 4, 2015
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Thinking outside of the box, B.A. Sherman has another way for readers to get a copy of THE TEST!
It really is pretty cool....Ready for just a couple of "rules" to follow?

1. Purchase B.A. Sherman's THE TRUTH for only .99
2. SOMEWHERE  B.A. has a fun play on words sexual reference. It is definitely not that kind of book but he was able to slip it in there any way-it just worked out-kind of funny.
3. You will receive B.A.s email address to give the author "THE WORD"
and he will send you a print copy of THE TEST.
 4. It would be awesome for you to leave an HONEST review on Amazon /Goodreads

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