April 2015 Newsletter

March came in like a lion and, in many parts of the country, went out like a lion. 

Let’s hope that April is “the lamb.” Our apologies to skiers who like the lion-like weather and would like it to last even longer. For us sedentary types, enough!

Available today, we have more than a book release. We have a national “happening.” TJ Turner’s novel, Lincoln’s Bodyguard, hits the stores and the libraries and all the e-readers in the midst of the national remembrance of the 150 year anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. It occurred on April 15, 1865. Activities will be intense all over, but particularly in Washington, D.C., where the assassination occurred, and in Springfield, Missouri, Lincoln’s hometown and site of his burial. More information can be found at various search sites. New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry (himself the author of The Lincoln Myth) says about Lincoln’s Bodyguard: “This is a delightful romp through an alternate history with an ending that catches you by surprise. It is a fully immersive world that sweeps you in and never lets you go.” Run out and buy this book and join the festivities. This is a Book Club book, for sure.

Lincoln’s Bodyguard


TJ Turner

“In the prologue of Turner’s first novel, an intriguing and plausible alternative history, Joseph Foster, a bodyguard in the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865, prevents John Wilkes Booth from assassinating Lincoln. Seven years later, however, the Civil War still simmers as a guerilla conflict. Foster, who left Washington after saving the president’s life, returns to D.C. in response to a summons from Lincoln, now in his third term. The president, a shadow of his former self (“the office had drained him, pulling his very essence from the shell of his suit”), is worried about a traitor in the White House passing secrets to the Confederates. Meanwhile, Col. William Norris, a leader of the resistance who headed the Confederate Secret Service, offers to end the fighting. Despite Norris’s role in planning Booth’s murderous mission, Lincoln wants Foster to meet with him. The plot twists of this imaginative what-if will keep readers guessing.”

-Publishers Weekly

Lincoln’s Bodyguard is available through:

Our book world was quite active in March. Philip Donlay’s March release of Aftershock is off and running, and so is author Philip Donlay, who is embarking on a cross-country speaking and signing tour that is sure to be a winner. Take a look at Phil’s website: http://www.philipdonlay.com for announcements and try your best to attend one (or more). Aftershock is sensational. So go say “hello” to Phil-and buy a book. If you can’t make an event, Aftershock and all Philip Donlay’s books are available everywhere books are sold both in paper and e-book. And ask for it at your library; if they don’t have it, make sure they order it to include in their collection..

Philip Donlay
“Donlay continues to deliver high-quality, character-driven thrillers with this latest in his Donovan Nash series. One of Nash’s closest friends, Stephanie VanGelder, is kidnapped in Guatemala. A straightforward rescue goes horribly wrong, leaving Nash with the problem of coming up with an alternate plan. Estranged from his wife and daughter, Nash has another problem: convince his immediate family to let him back into their lives. This personal angle gives the story an emotional core, and a rumbling volcano sets the time clock on suspense and leads to a frantic turning of pages. Donlay is on the verge of breaking out-and deservedly so. Readers who pick this fine thriller up will eagerly seek out the previous titles and wait impatiently for the next Nash adventure”

Purchase your copy of Aftershock through these retailers…


During March, David Putnam continues his West Coast barrage of speaking engagements and signings for The Replacements. And he even wandered all the way to Florida to participate in Sleuthfest, Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter’s annual conference.

The Replacements


David Putnam

“Putnam’s thrilling sequel to 2014’s The Disposables finds Bruno Johnson, a former L.A. sheriff’s cop, settled in Costa Rica with his wife, Marie, and the eight abused children they rescued and took (illegally) from the U.S. Early in his career, Johnson intervened in a violent domestic case and managed to save the life of five-year-old Jonas Mabry. Now an adult, Jonas has kidnapped two young girls and will deal only with Johnson. Johnson is unable to resist the appeal of Montclair, Calif., police chief Barbra Wicks, and returns to California to track down Jonas. Jonas proves to be a diabolically clever opponent as he runs circles around Johnson, leading him down one blind alley after another and forcing him to make desperate moves. Putnam steadily ratchets up the tension, while memorable supporting characters, like the courageous Marie, help engage reader interest.”

-Publishers Weekly

Pre-order your copy of The Replacements through these retailers…


Finally, another incredible achievement. Shannon Kirk was awarded two of those rare and coveted starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist magazines for her stunning debut psychological thriller, Method 15/33, which will release on May 5th. Make a note of that and do not miss this read. Congratulations, Shannon. What a great start for a hot new talent on the “thriller-fiction” scene.

Method 15/33
Shannon Kirk
“In Kirk’s harrowing first novel, a kidnap victim-16 years old and pregnant-meticulously plots her escape…This exciting tale builds to a surprising climax.”
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Nietzsche warned us to beware of people with a strong desire to punish. That thought lingers after putting down this dark, disturbing, damnably readable novel…a worthy challenge, a joy to discuss, and a great pairing with John Katzenback’s equally riveting What Comes Next (2012).”
-Booklist (Starred Review)

Pre-order your copy of Method 15/33 through these retailers…


Several Oceanview author activities occurred during March.

New York Times best-selling author Patricia Gussin had a second major launch party for her new book After the Fall. This time in Philadelphia. Oceanview authors John F. Dobbyn and Merry Jones were in attendance as were lots of Pat’s former Johnson & Johnson colleagues. March also marked the licensing of all six books of her books for translation and publication in Turkey.

Enjoy Spring, finally, we hope, and keep on reading!