A Glimpse into the Life of Max Shaw by Wendy Byrne

Hard to StopMy name is Max Shaw and somebody’s trying to kill me. Not that I’m surprised. As a former assassin, I made a lot of enemies over the ten years I was in the business and executed more kills than I can count. But my siblings, Jake and Sabrina, and I left that life nearly eight years ago. We immigrated from Europe to New York after I was nearly killed on our last assignment. Now I mess with people’s portfolios rather than their lives working as a trader on Wall Street.

More importantly, being a trader is respectable. It’s not like I could go around telling people I was assassin, even if it was what I’d been trained to do since I was twelve years old. I worked hard at reinventing myself in order to get some distance from my prior profession. I even opted out of joining The Alliance—a covert operation specializing in hostage negotiation and retrieval—even though my siblings work there. For me, working at a place like that was too close to what I’d been. I couldn’t take the risk that I’d fall back into being that person I no longer want to be.

Everything changed when my friend Damon is killed. Getting justice for him is my main objective, especially when I know he was killed because of me. Now I’m deep into the thick of it. Every time I turn around somebody is trying to kill me. It’s not fun getting sucked back into a life I didn’t want for myself. But it’s one of those kill or be killed kind of things.

I have no choice but to hunt down those who want me dead and eliminate them one by one. And hope I can fool that way-too-curious NYPD detective, Gianna Collini, who’s been trying to sniff out what I’ve been up to. The fact that her brother Mick might know more about who’s after me might get him killed as well. And when the kid disappears, it turns into open hunting season on me.


You can read more about Max and his siblings, Jake and Sabrina, in the Hard Target Series, through Gemma Halliday Publishing, beginning with Hard to Kill, the first in the series, followed by Hard to Trust and Hard to Stop.

About Hard To Stop

Wall Street aficionado Max Shaw is a wanted man. He hasn’t figured out how or why there’s a price on his head, but after the third attempt on his life, he realizes this isn’t going to go away any time soon. Forced as a teenager to work as a covert assassin, he’s no stranger to dangerous situations. But he thought he left that life behind him long ago.

To keep his former profession under wraps, Max is forced to team up with sexy Detective Gianna Collini. But can he trust her? Or does she have an agenda of her own? When the case becomes personal for them both, Max finds himself struggling to keep his past secret, his feelings for Gianna professional, and put his closet full of skeletons to rest once and for all…before a killer catches up to them both.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 p.m. eastern on April 3 for the chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

Meet the author
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Wendy worked in the field of social work for twelve years before deciding to WendyBconcentrate more on her writing. With several books already published and several more in the works, most days you can find her pounding away at her laptop spinning tales and inflicting mayhem on her hero and heroine until they beg for mercy. You can find Wendy at: website, on Twitter and on Facebook

30 responses to “A Glimpse into the Life of Max Shaw by Wendy Byrne

  1. MaryAnn Forbes

    What a great opportunity, thank you so much!📖📚

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  2. Sounds awesome! Grabbing the first book now! Thanks for the chance!

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  3. New to me author, new to me series…sounds good!

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  4. Good morning, everyone. Thanks for the comments!

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  5. Good Morning everyone!

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  6. Barbara Hackel

    I loved the first book-and am anxious to read the other two! You certainly have a way of making the characters seem real! Can’t wait to read this.

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  7. This would be an interesting read for me…

    Thank you….

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  8. Sounds intense! The cover is perfect! Thank you for the great review and contest!

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  9. jess dimovski

    Great title to add to my TBR list

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  10. I can hardly wait to read this next book in the series!

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  11. The Hard Target Series sounds like a great read. I will add the books to my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  12. I different setting for a murder mystery. Sounds interesting.
    thanks.

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  13. Sounds like an exciting story.

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  14. This author is new-to-me and the series sounds like to be fun to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. A most interesting book. thanks.

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  16. Thanks for giveaway. Will definitely this new to me author.

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  17. Cynthia E. Blain

    This is such a different/unique storyline and I really would like to read it. I think that my husband would like to read this as well. Thank you for adding me to the list of hopefuls.
    Cynthia

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  18. I’m binge-reading all 3 volumes this weekend. I just reread #1 & started #2. I hear a fast-food commercial when I say to you, “I’m loving it!” My book club did manage to get specials on the first 2 & pre-ordered #3 with a gift from a friend. You’re really a swell writer & I can’t verbalize just how much I like this series. The sky’s the limit for you, i think!

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  19. Awww thanks, K’Tee Bee. Glad you enjoyed the books. They’re intense, but not too graphic for those of you who might be worried about that. I’m a wuss when it comes to blood and gore so not too many details about that. Thanks all of you for stopping by!

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  20. What a great-sounding series, such an innovative touch having sibling assassins. Thanks for the intro and the great prize.

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  21. kathy Gonzales

    I love the sound of this series !

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  22. New to the series …. sounds amazing!

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  23. New series for me can’t wait.

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds very interesting!

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  25. Thanks everyone for stopping by. The giveaway is open for a week so I’ll announce a winner next Saturday. Stay tuned.

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  26. I’m not really into assassins, but I’d give this one a whirl just to see your writing style. Judy

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  27. I know what you mean, but they use their assassin skills for good not evil now! 🙂

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  28. Grabbing the first book!!

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  29. Thanks, Rhonda. Hope you like it!

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  30. contest is closed.

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