the Cinematic Rights to the first book in the series are available for $22K
INTRODUCING the TOPDOGS MOTORCYCLE CLUB... fictional top-tier Outlaw Bikers who rule a city and play "the bad guys" in a series about heroes, victims, and undercover policing.
Two opposing and mutually-exclusive lives meet for just a moment at a time and in a place where one of them shouldn't be. The fallout of this moment leaves a woman on the run from Organized Crime, and takes readers on a frantic plunge into the dark streets and back alleys of a richly-described criminal underworld. Inspired by actual events, this shocking and terror-filled crime fiction plays out against a backdrop of bloody gang violence that spilled across Quebec in the 1990's - the Quebec Biker War. Novelist J. Kilburn brings readers to the dark side of seedy streets in this international tale of adventure, terror, and crime set in Montreal.
By its very nature, Heaven's Door, a Novel is a story about depraved behavior: violent crime, Hedonism, commercialized sex, street-gang culture. It's NOT a story about ponies and rainbows and daisy-filled glades. This is a story about a dark and gritty world that's just down the block and around the corner from where the rainbow touches down.
BEFORE, a NOVEL
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In the novel BEFORE, writer J. Kilburn brings readers a light-hearted and whimsical coming of age story that follows the adventures and misadventures of Just Regular Kids as they come of age in a pastoral and peaceful New England college town.
Buckle your seatbelts - all may not be as it seems. Events in a far-away criminal underworld lurk in the background as these teenagers take their first steps into adulthood. Adventurous readers will discover that two Sweet Sixteens have a lot more in common with hardened criminals than you - or they - might realize.... Surprises are in store for everyone!
Would you rather visit those daisy-filled glades? Read BEFORE.
BEFORE by J. Kilburn is a thoughtful and heart-warming blend of Crime Fiction and Coming of Age tale that will leave you re-examining the seemingly innocent sunny streets and wildflower-filled alleys of your own neighborhood.
The HEAVEN'S DOOR series:
A fictional top-tier Outlaw Biker club. A detective tasked with infiltrating and investigating members of that group. Big-city Organized Crime. Everybody's favorite grandmother. The kids next door.
These are the characters that play across the pages of the Heaven's Door series: books about a police officer, but also stories about just regular folks. We meet the undercover police officer in Chapter One of the first book, only briefly. But who is he? How did he come to be in that biker vest, in that job, on the side of a road in New England, on that fateful day that left Outlaw Bikers fleeing Vermont and created a conflict that sets a Girl on the run?
This long story starts when two mutually exclusive and opposing lives meet at a time and place where one of the lives shouldn't be. All the action, adventure, joy, sorrow, and terror that follows explains how those lives got to that single moment and also shows readers how accidental - and heroic - those beginnings and endings sometimes turn out to be.
Part thriller, part dark crime fiction, part bittersweet love story, part coming of age epic, and part police procedural, the Heaven's Door series is entertaining, shocking, thrilling, and cautionary. The characters in this series will have you re-thinking the line between Hardened Criminal and the Just Regular Kid next door - sometimes, the differences can be uncomfortably hard to discern.
The books may be read in any order.
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InD'tale Magazine reviewed an early edition of Heaven's Door, a Novel in the July/August 2020 issue! InD'tale called it Four Stars Good and Five Kettles Steamy! "A heart-stopping tale of good versus evil."
"A brutally raw and riveting look at the inner workings of a fictional Canadian biker gang, Heaven’s Door by J. Kilburn comes in swinging and rarely stops...." (Self Publishing Review - 3.5 out of 4 stars!)
"In the same way Sons of Anarchy gives us an intimate look at characters who play by their own
rules, J. Kilburn’s novel gets up close and personal with unpredictable and often
dangerous people... the world here is rich and full of compelling characters...." (Independent Book Review)
Calls it an "interesting, albeit violent tale...It’s not a story for the faint of heart. " (July/August 2020 Edition review by Alison Ellis)
Authentic! "Author J. Kilburn, where did you do your time?!" (Ed, a local reader)
"A six-hour reading marathon... I couldn't put it down!" (Pam, a Beta Reader)
The Heaven's Door Series:
This story started twenty years ago with actual bones: human remains found by hunters in the bushes beside a quiet and pastoral Vermont road. Weathered and anonymous, the bones were the subject of news reports, gossip, and speculation for a few weeks until the skeleton was relegated to an evidence locker to languish and gradually fade from public view.
Those bones deserved better.
I brought those bones back into the light of day in a yarn spun from whole cloth but embroidered onto a tapestry of actual regional events. I gave these fallen bones family, friends, community. I gave them context, burdened them with conflict, awarded them heroism, introduced danger and finally, inevitably, brought them to a death. Best and worst of all, I gave these weathered bones loved ones who still wait and wonder, each and every day.
Heaven's Door, a Novel is the first in a series of books portraying events in the imagined life of those bones. I hope you'll take a look at it when you are in the mood for literary crime fiction with a dash of horror. And don't forget that there is a real person somewhere under this shroud of fiction... I hope I have done him justice.
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"A SIX-HOUR READING MARATHON... I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!"
"IT'S DARK... SO DARK!" AS A MURDER TALE SHOULD BE!
"I LOOK FORWARD TO READING MORE AND MORE!"
INDEPENDENT BOOK REVIEW compares it to the Sons of Anarchy television series...
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READ THIS PAGE-TURNER IN PAPERBACK! The KDP Paperback Edition, fully edited and polished as a "trade paperback" -style book, is now available at AMAZON.COM !
The Publisher is working on a plan to publish a small number of reasonably-priced and autographed Print Editions for limited distribution to bookstores in the New England region. We've obtained the ISBN, created the cover image, and found a printer. We're working on layout and funding details. Check back soon!