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Border Breach Book Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway

Border Breach JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Border Breach by Darlene L. Turner, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Border Breach Title: Border Breach
Author: Darlene L. Turner
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

When drugs are smuggled across the border
it’s their duty to stop the culprits…at any cost.

Forming a joint task force, Canada border officer Kaylin Poirier and police constable Hudson Steeves have one objective: take down a drug-smuggling ring trying to sell a new lethal product. But when the smugglers come after Kaylin and Hudson, this mission becomes more than just a job. Can they live long enough to solve the case?

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Darlene Turner

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders.

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Hi Darlene! Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and giving my readers the chance to get to know you and your debut book- Border Breach- a little bit better. I always like to begin these interviews the same way with something fun… tell us 5 random facts about yourself that we WON’T find in your bio!
       I have over 25 plaid shirts. Ha ha!-       I have a pen fetish! Love pens.-       My favorite color is coral.-       I love a Big Mac (once a year ha ha!)-       I always wanted to play “Anne” of Green Gables in a play but never did!

Let’s talk writing! Your writing journey has been a rather long one that started early but was put on the back burner. What was it that brought you back to that passion for writing?

Ooooo…that’s a loaded question and a long story. I went through some rough times and a betrayal by someone close to me (you can see my full story on my blog under My Story https://darlenelturner.com/category/my-story/). I have always wanted to write, so as I journeyed through that hurt, I took a creative writing course. This sparked the idea for the very first book I wrote. That’s when my love of writing re-surfaced and grew. So, God does use ALL circumstances in life to grow us, right? J

After such a journey, I can only imagine the excitement of seeing this debut book in print for the first time! Congratulations! Can you tell us about that experience? 

Yes! Thank you very much. It is a dream come true and I still pinch myself even now as I’m answering these questions. I took some amazing courses through the Jerry B. Jenkins group and had some wonderful mentors. I started attending writing conferences in an attempt to get an agent. I’d pitch to them and have interest but nothing happened. I wrote two previous manuscripts before writing Border Breach. In 2017, I won the Genesis award for one of those books. I believe this helped me catch the eye of my agent (who is an absolute sweetie!). She started pitching both of those books and suggested I write something to send to LIS, so I did. After doing some revisions, my agent got the call from them. When she called me, I did a happy dance (you should have seen my husband’s dance! haha). God is good!

What advice or encouragement would you give those other writers who have put that love on the back burner?

I would say pick up your pen (or laptop!) again. Keep on and don’t give up. I know that’s easy to say as there were times when I felt like giving up, but I had many supporters cheer me on. Also, read writing books, go to conferences, and find a writing mentor. These will all help you.
Can you tell us a little bit about Border Breach

Kaylin Poirier has issues from her past she still needs to work through when she’s thrust into danger at the Windsor-Detroit border. This immediately puts her into the path of the constable she butted heads with a few months ago. Constable Hudson Steeves wants to get to the bottom of a drug ring who has targeted his nephew, but can he set aside his angst of having to work with the beautiful CBSA officer?

I always love to hear the story behind the story! What inspired you to write this story?

I’ve crossed different borders into the States many times and I’ve often thought it would be fun to put a female border patrol agent together with a police officer to solve a smuggling ring. When I started googling some ideas, the doda drug came up and that’s when the storyline came to me. 

What do you hope readers will take away from this book? 

Border Breach is a story of forgiveness. It’s my hope that readers will be captured by the action-packed plot, inspired by the characters, and moved by the inspirational message.

I love a good suspense story, so Border Breach has certainly made its way to my TBR. I have found that writers are so often some of the best readers too. If we were to take a look at your own TBR, what might we find there? 

Oh…many books! Haha! Right now, I’m reading A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate. I will soon be reading my friend Natalie Walter’s book, Silent Shadows. A Firm Place to Stand by Lori Altebaumer. Killer Insight by Virginia Vaughan. Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason. Plus many more!

Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions. Before we go, can you give us an idea on what we can look forward to next? Any projects you are currently working on that you can share?

Thanks for your questions. I’ve written the next book and my agent has sent it off. We’ll see what happens! And…one of my plaid shirts may or may not have made it into this manuscript. ;-)

(1) winner will receive a cross pendant, bookmarks, pens, and $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Border Breach JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 31, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on April 7, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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