Newsletter for April 2013


Book Giveaways for April

thehit.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of The Hit by David Baldacci. Click on book cover for more information and to enter.

lifeafterlife.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Click on book cover for more information and to enter.




starsandstripessm.jpgTwo random winners will be chosen to receive a signed copy of The Black Stiletto:  Stars & Stripes by Raymond Benson.  Click on book cover for more information and to enter.

Book Giveaway Winners for March

Winner of The Lords of Salem

Carol Lawman - IA

Winner of Bay of Fires

Diane Castiglione - GA

Winner of The Liar's Gospel

Deborah Wallenstein - KS

Featured Book - Charm:  An Amazing Story of a Litltle Black Cat by Leyla Atke


Charm: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat is the gripping account of a remarkable experience in author Leyla Atke's life. It is a story that tells how things are hard to acquire and easy to lose when even slightly neglected. It is a story that makes the reader think about the existence of a higher power and the other world. It is a story about how anyone can be entrusted a certain mission from above - Or simply, it is a story about a miracle?

Sometimes miracles do happen in our lives and Atke's miracle begins when she finds and saves a little black kitten from the middle of a busy road, where cars speed by almost hitting him. She takes the kitten home and named him Charm. But one day, Charm goes missing. When Atke finds him, it's too late. But then something amazing happens and restores Atke's faith. You'll have to pick up a copy of the book to find out what that is!

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Watch a Video About Charm


Featured Book - Realm of the Unknown by James B. McPike

realmoftheunknown.jpgAfter a gathering of people in Israel are inexplicably slain, a renowned investigator from the Ministry-Vince Ramsey-is called in to investigate. Some experts at the scene believe that only something supernatural could be responsible for such an atrocity. Ramsey ends up finding an ancient artifact that leads him to the Antiquities Authority, where he teams up with historical specialist April Fulton. Together they learn the artifact is linked to an ancient secret society founded by a famous Greek philosopher. Only it's much more sinister than they could have ever imagined. Being hunted down at every turn of their journey by ruthless assassins, they race to discover the truth-and finally encounter the diabolical villain controlling a powerful force only spoken about in the Book of Revelation. (Based on real historical/esoteric facts). Called a "Real thriller" from Readers Favorite!

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Featured Book - Secret Storms by Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield

secretsstormssm.jpgI was born into a family that was extraordinary on  so many levels. Had they kept me I would have attended the best schools, traveled around the world, and met many influential people. Instead, I grew up in a small community in Florida where I led an ordinary life with few advantages.


I could barely breathe, walk, or talk. I fell down a flight of stairs when I read her letter. And at the  same time I was so happy I thought my heart would explode. I wanted her to know if she would let me, I would try and make up for all our lost time.


SECRET STORMS: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found will be published in April 2013. (Trade Paperback Original, ISBN 978-0-9857358-0-7, $14.95). It is the extraordinary true story of Julie Mannix von Zerneck and her daughter Kathy Hatfield, who were separated at Kathy's birth, and reunited forty-three years later. The book is beautifully written in two distinct expressive voices conveying what it is like to give up a child and what it is like to be given up. Their circumstances are entirely unique. They begin like this:

Julie, a pregnant upper-class nineteen-year-old Philadelphia Main Line debutante is confined against her will to a state mental hospital. She spends her pregnancy surrounded by the mentally challenged and the criminally insane. On April 19, 1964, she gives birth to a little girl and is forced to give her up for adoption. The father of the child, Frank doesn't learn until later what has transpired.

A loving middle-class couple adopts this baby girl from Catholic Charities. The child is adored and cherished from the very beginning. It is as though she is dropped into the first chapter of a fairy tale but we all know how fairy tales go. Soon after, the loving adoptive mother dies, the father remarries a woman with two daughters of her own, and all hell breaks loose.

Julie Mannix von Zerneck grew up on a farm outside of Philadelphia with a menagerie of wild animals, consisting of a cheetah, eagle, python, monkeys, otters and a pet fox called Tod, who her father wrote about in The Fox and the Hound, the renown children's book. Her debutante party was featured on the front page of every society section in the Philadelphia press. Julie is an actress who had running roles in TV soaps including The Best of Everything, General Hospital and The Secret Storm (inspiring the book title.) She was co-owner of Portrait of a Bookstore, voted Best Independent Bookstore in Los Angeles for several years, and which recommended books seasonally with Susan Stamberg on NPR. She now sells antiques and antiquarian books. She has been married to television producer, Frank von Zerneck for forty-eight years and they have two children. Their courtship, worthy of Romeo and Juliet, is detailed in Secret Storms.

Kathy Hatfield was born in Philadelphia, and grew up surrounded by two brothers, twenty-five cousins, and two sets of grandparents in Florida. She teaches World Literature at a high school, and serves as English department chairman. She and her husband of twenty-five years have two daughters. She is moderator of the Adoption Reunion Stories Facebook page.

Redbook featured Julie and Kathy, the Discovery Channel interviewed them, and now with their book completed, Katie Couric and Jeff Probst have committed to interview them on their national TV shows. In addition to being a page-turning gripping read, Secret Storms promises to add to the continuing dialogue about adoption, and addresses the best approaches for adoption reunions.

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Recent Interviews

Interview with Leyla Atke, author of Charm:  An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat.

Interview with Brian D'Amato, author of Beauty.

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Recent Reviews

Brooklyn Bones by Triss Stein
Caught by Harlan Coben
Charm:  An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat by Leyla Atke
Collateral Damage by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice (Review #2)
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman (Review #3)
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
My Mother was Nuts by Penny Marshall
Pale Horses by Jassy MacKenzie
Phoebe and the Ghost of Chagall by Jill Koenigsdorf
Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd
Pyramid of Sculls by Martin Fruchtman
Realm of the Unknown by James B. McPike
Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. White
Season of the Wolf by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Secret Storms by Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield
Spyder Hole by Bob Nesoff
The Abbey by Chris Culver
The Black Stiletto:  Stars & Stripes by Raymond Benson
The Bracelet by Roberta Gately
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowlands (Review #2)
The Dark Hour by Robin Burcell
The Davinci Deception by Thomas Swan
The Fourth Conspirator by Barry Willdorf
The Hidden Village by Greg Krehbiel
The Llama of Death by Betty Webb
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Santity of Hate by Priscilla Royal
When the Past Haunts You by L.C. Hayden

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