Happy New Year to My Friends and Readers!
I’m sending greetings from New Zealand, where the whole family is visiting over the Holidays. We started out at Oceanview Vineyards in the Marlborough region, where we grow Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay for Villa Maria Winery—New Zealand’s most awarded winery. Next, we traveled in a bus—there are 26 of us—to the glaciers of Franz Josef and on to Queenstown, with a side trip to Milford Sounds and then on to Auckland.
We’ve had our vineyards in New Zealand for 17 years now and I find them very conducive to writing. Normally we spend about two months of the year in New Zealand, usually November and April—for the harvest.
On the book front, I am very happy to announce that two of my books (the “A” books) And Then There Was One and After the Fall will be on a Kindle Monthly Deal for January. That means they are each on sale for $1.99.
And Then There Was One (which hit the New York Times best-seller list) is a domestic psychological thriller with themes of survivor’s guilt, impact of parents’ jobs on child safety, biracial issues and a family’s reactions to overwhelming fear.
After the Fall is a psychological thriller which includes a smattering of medicine and pharmaceutical insights and an international political theme—this one has a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly.
And Then There Was One is a standalone novel, and After the Fall is the 4th and last in the Laura Nelson series, but can certainly be read as a standalone.
As for future projects, I’d like to continue the Identical series, which started with Come Home. Nicole and Natalie Nelson will costar in this series as it goes forward.
I am also working on a standalone, tentatively titled The Boy.
I’m hoping you take a look at my website for more information about all my novels and take advantage of the January deals for And Then There Was One and After the Fall.
And “like” my Facebook Page.
And follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
I thank you so much for being my reader fans. Please pass this along to anyone you think may be fans of domestic and psychological thrillers. They can sign up for my newsletters on www.patriciagussin.com.
Happy New Year and keep on reading!
– Patricia Gussin
Hi Friends and Family and Readers
This note comes with best wishes for a wonderful summer. Lots of sunshine and relaxation and discovery of fun things and places.
Since my last newsletter in December, I’ve been very involved in acquisition editing and developmental editing for Oceanview Publishing authors. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than to discover a new author, and that has happened five times since December. Five new voices will be emerging in the world of Mystery-Thriller-Suspense. I’ll tell you more about them in my December newsletter, which should coincide with the first release.
This discovery aspect of my Editorial position at Oceanview is matched only by the pure joy when an established author turns in his or her next manuscript and this has been happening over and over at Oceanview. So far this year, we have a new title or planned launch for David Putnam (2), Sam Gaily, TR Kenneth, R.G. Belsky (2), TJ Turner, Rob Leininger, D.P. Lyle (2), Joe Clifford, Robert McCaw (2), Max Tomlinson (2), Andrea Carter (2), John F. Dobbyn, Yigal Zur, Matt Coyle (2), and Kevin Doherty.
I find working with authors very rewarding, and to top it off, Bob and I received a sensational award last summer: The Thriller Legend Award from the International Thriller Writers Association at their annual ThrillerFest Banquet in Manhattan.
So, folks, that’s a lot of work. I guess I’m telling you all this because I am not ready to announce a new book of my own. I’m making excuses for making less-than-satisfactory progress on what I’ve tentatively titled THE BOY, a story a bit different from my psychological thrillers, but one that explores families and their complexities and the indomitable human spirit.
For those of you who have read THE TEST—and I hope all of you have—the protagonist will be a young boy from the complicated Parnell family. I recently attended a Book Club discussion of THE TEST and I was quite surprised that so many of the readers chose correctly who the child is. So, in case your curious, it’s Tyler Stevens, the youngest (adopted) son of Rory, Paul Parnell’s step-daughter. Sound complicated? It is, sort of, until you get into it. And, there’s a family tree in the front matter.
I’ve always been fascinated by big families, being a part of one myself, and although my novels are classified as domestic suspense or psychological thrillers, I have been influenced by the epic saga writers such a Barbara Tayler Bradford (A Woman of Substance) and prolific South African author, Wilbur Smith. As for THE BOY, I hope to have more encouraging news in my next Newsletter.
On the wine front, our grapes in Marlborough, New Zealand, are still going into that marvelous Villa Maria Wine. And still, Villa Maria is recognized as New Zealand’s leading award-winning winery. That’s quite an accomplishment given the explosion of the wine industry in New Zealand. Bob and I are so proud to be growers for Villa Maria. And, if you have tried their Sauvignon blanc and Pinot noir, you’ve been introduced to our grapes.
On the family front. All’s good. The youngest 2 of the 16 grandchildren just finished their first year of high school. Yikes! How did that happen? We had one high school graduation, Joey in Boulder, CO, and a law school graduation, Connor, from Michigan State. We’re all getting very excited because the whole family (all 31 of us) are going to New Zealand over Christmas-New Year to check out the vineyards and some of those extreme sports that New Zealand is famous for.
Meantime, I hope you know how grateful I am for your support, my friends and readers.
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Have a Great Summer
New York Times Best-selling Author
A note to my readers and friends.
And wishes for a wonderful holiday season.
Just in time for Christmas, my latest book Come Home launched in paperback on December 11th. That makes all four formats available: hard cover, paperback, all e-readers, and audio. As for audio, I think that the narrator, Basil Sands, did such an amazing job. Usually, I cringe a little when listening to my books on audio, but this time, I think he knocked all the voices out of the park, especially the Middle Eastern ones.
Come Home did win the Florida Book Award for Popular Fiction and the Silver Medal in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards.
Working on a new book, a bit of a different concept, inspired by one of my son’s ideas. I’m now calling it “Wayne’s Story”. We’ll see how it goes, and then I’m getting back to the second—after Come Home—in the “Identical Series”.
As for series—you probably already know this—but all four of the “Laura Nelson” books are in a composite ebook—all ereaders—called the Laura Nelson Collection. The four books—Shadow of Death, Twisted Justice, Weapon of Choice, and After the Fall—span a 25-year period of this domestic suspense saga.
Well, while I’m at it, I’ll give a shout out to my two standalones—both best-sellers—The Test and After the Fall. That’s it on the book front except for a huge debt of thanks to the great people at Oceanview Publishing.
On the wine front, our grapes in Marlborough, New Zealand, are still going into that marvelous Villa Maria Wine. And—bet you didn’t know this—for the 40th consecutive year, Villa Maria has been named New Zealand’s leading award-winning winery. That’s quite an accomplishment given the explosion of the wine industry in New Zealand. And the founder Sir George Fistonich has been appointed 2019 President of the International Wine and Spirits Competition—right up there with Baroness Philippine de Rothchild, Robert Mondovi, and many other wine iconic greats. We’re proud to be growing grapes for Villa Maria. I’ll bet many of you have tried their Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir—if so, you’re drinking our grapes.
On the family front. All good. The youngest 2 of the 16 grandchildren started high school this year. How did that happen? Next year, the whole family is going to New Zealand to check out the vineyards and some of the extreme sports that New Zealand if famous for.
Meantime, as I continue to write, I hope you know how grateful I am for your support, my friends and readers.
If you’re on Facebook, and we’re not friends already, please send a friend request. Same goes for Twitter. Patricia.Gussin on Facebook and PATGUSSIN on Twitter. And, you can always contact me anytime at: email@example.com
Have a Happy Holiday Season!
Dear Friends, Family, Fellow Authors, and Fans,
I hope that you have had a great summer and are looking forward to great things to come.
Bob and I have had a phenomenal summer, basking in the honor of being named Thriller Legends by the International Thriller Writers organization. This happened in NYC this July at ThrillerFest, their annual conference.
As you know, I usually talk about my books and I have a few tidbits to report, but the sensation this year was the Thriller Legends Award.
Many of you may not be aware that Bob and I are the founding partners of Oceanview Publishing, now considered one of the premier independent publishers of mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. We invite you to visit our website; www.oceanviewpub.com but also take a look at the Thriller Legends announcement from Publishers Weekly. https://bit.ly/2NUpRre That will explain what keeps us busy day and night! The really great part was the presentation of the award at the ThrillerFest banquet by New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry. It doesn’t get much better than that! We have our incredible list of authors to thank for all this as well as our staff in Sarasota—Lee Randall, Autumn Beckett, and Emily Baar. As an extra surprise, they gathered up comments from our authors and published them in a beautiful book which we will treasure forever.
So that’s my publishing life. My writing life is moving along, too. I’m happy to announce that my latest book Come Home won the Florida Book Award for Popular Fiction and the Silver Medal in the Foreword Book of the Year Award. And Come Home is now available on audio. https://amzn.to/2vQn1fG
Here’s a link to my website which lists all the books—all in hard cover, paperback-(almost, Come Home in December), audio, and all e-readers. https://patriciagussin.com/
As for the family scene, our youngest two grandchildren are starting high school this year—one in Pennsylvania, the other in Boston and another two in high school in Sarasota and Boulder. Four will be in college: Duquesne University, University of Tennessee, Rutgers, and Middlebury. Two more in their last year of law school and well, lots of activity going on. All of us had a great time in Montana this summer—arranged by the younger generation!
I appreciate all you do to support me as an author and as a publisher!
I’d like to leave you with one thought to keep in mind when you read a good book—by any author, in any genre, at any point in their career, at any time available to you—post a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Doesn’t have to be long or involved. The more stars you give it, the better!
Finally, I want to let you know how deeply I appreciate your support. Thank you all!
Dear Friends, Family, and Readers,
Just a quick update on what’s been happening since last November when Come Home reached the shelves. During December and January and even into February, I did a lot of book events and met a lot of old friends and fans and many, many new ones. I toured both coasts of Florida and down the middle all the way to Key West. Because of my background in Philly and Bob’s in Pittsburgh, I also made stops in those two cities. Book signings in both independents and Barnes and Noble, library talks, book clubs, organizations —you name it. Each audience was unique and offered new insight into my writing, and for that I am so appreciative.
But now life has returned to its normal roar.
I do have some good news to report in the Award Department. Come Home won the 2017 Florida Book Award for Popular Fiction. After the Fall had won that same award in 2015, so you can imagine how stunned I was. The award was presented at an official Florida State banquet in Tallahassee.
Following that, I got word that Come Home is a finalist in the Foreword Book of the Year Award in the thriller/suspense category. Lots of competition for these awards, but as you know, hope springs eternal if you’re an optimist!
On the family front, we (all thirty of us) celebrated Bob’s birthday this January at Disney World, the Contemporary Hotel, to be specific. Four days of crazy! For my birthday this year we (Bob and I only) were in New Zealand—Marlborough. This was our sixteenth April in Marlborough, New Zealand, looking after our vineyards over here. The harvest was a good one this year, all our sauvignon blanc and pinot noir and chardonnay grapes are doing well. They are all on their way to Villa Maria Estates wines.
So, books and wine and a big family. Staying busy and very grateful for all, especially all my readers. I truly appreciate all your support. Please feel free to circulate this newsletter to anyone you think may have an interest. And when you have a chance, visit my website; patriciagussin.com and connect up on Facebook.
That’s about it so good-bye for now.
Dear Friends and Family,
On November 7th, 2017 my new book will be available. Come Home is my seventh novel and the first in a new series, The Identicals.
The print format is hard cover and it will also be available on all e-readers. Matter of fact, for the first week, the price for Come Home is priced at 99 cents on all e-readers. And my other six titles will be $2.99 on e-readers for this first week.
I’ll be having my launch party at Bookstore1 in Sarasota on November 9th, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. We’ll have lite bites and Villa Maria wine, so if you’re in Sarasota, please come by.
Come Home is about the parental abduction of a five-year-old to Egypt just before the eruption of Arab Spring. Driven by the tensions that can destroy multicultural families, the search for the child moves from Philadelphia to Egypt to Liberia to Uruguay and back to Egypt. There are some truly evil characters in Come Home, obsessed by arrogance and greed, but at the core is a clash between two cultures with a child in the middle. The consequences—devastating.
A quote from New York Times best-selling author Lee Child: “Brave, unflinching suspense—elegant, intelligent, and superb.”
And from New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry: “The tight suspense unfurls almost lyrically in this high-stakes tale of a mother’s desperation. The lines between right and wrong and good and evil are smudged almost beyond recognition, but there’s emotional clout that resonates, all leading to a provocative conclusion. A terrific story, told terrifically.”
Here’s a link to my website for more information about Come Home: www.patriciagussin.com
You can choose from many sites for online purchase or purchase at your local independent book store or Barnes & Noble (if they don’t have it on the shelf, they can order it in) and if you’re a library patron, you can request that they add Come Home to their collection.
On a more personal note, the last two months have been like a trifecta for Bob and me. We’ve received an award from each of three incredible organizations in our community; each bestowed at a celebratory meal: the Friendship Centers at their annual People Helping People Breakfast, the Library Foundation for Sarasota County at the annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon, and The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota at their Champions for Children Dinner. We could not be more humbled (and well fed). These organizations touch the lives of so many and we are proud to be a part of them.
That’s it for now. Thanks for your continued support, and I hope to see you at one of my events listed below!
- Nov. 10 at 7 on—Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach, FL
- Nov. 12 at 3-5 p.m.—Longboat Key Library, Longboat Key, FL
- Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.—The BookMark, Neptune Beach, FL
- Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.—Writer’s Block, Winter Park, FL
- Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.—Authors Connection, Fruitville Library, Sarasota, FL
- Nov. 28 at 12 noon—Macintosh Books of Sanibel, Sanibel, FL
- Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.—PJ Boox, Ft. Myers, FL
- Dec. 4, Time TBD—Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
- Dec. 6, Time TBD—Hooked on Books, Islamorada, FL
- Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.—Teen program at Bookstore1, Sarasota, FL
- Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.—Longboat Key Garden Club, Longboat Key, FL
- Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.—Anna Maria Library, Anna Maria Island, FL
- Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.—Sip & Sign, Longboat Key Library, Longboat Key, FL
- Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.—Ringling College, Sarasota, FL
- Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m.—Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, PA
It’s been a year since my last newsletter and I wanted to update you on what’s going on with my books. But first I want to thank all of you for having been a part of my life in one way or another. My friends from Johnson & Johnson, from my home town of Grand Rapids including my Marywood Academy classmates. Friends from my days at Wayne State Med School, Aquinas College, Duquesne, and Columbia University. Friends from Amagansett and my current hometown, Sarasota. Especially those I’ve gotten to know from the Boys & Girls Club, the Friendship Center Clinic, and the Library Foundation. And, of course, my family—the extended Pleses, and Stewarts, and Gussins. And in addition to all of the above, you whom I actually know, to all of you who have signed on as fans via my website.
Here’s today’s news: I have a new book—Come Home—which will be released on November 7, 2017. It’s the first book in what I am calling “The Identicals” series.
Here’s a brief summary of Come Home:
Nicole Nelson and Ahmed Masud seem the perfect couple—happily married with a five-year-old son, partners in an elite plastic surgery practice in Philadelphia—until Ahmed, suddenly—with no warning—leaves with their son. Nicole’s search for her child takes her to Egypt, Uruguay, Liberia, and back to Egypt to face an unspeakable tragedy.
And a couple of really famous authors have said this about Come Home:
“Brave, unflinching suspense—elegant, intelligent, and superb.”
—Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author of Night School
“The tight suspense unfurls almost lyrically in this high-stakes tale of a mother’s desperation. The lines between right and wrong and good and evil are smudged almost beyond recognition, but there’s emotional clout that resonates, all leading to a provocative conclusion. A terrific story, told terrifically.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Order
Come Home will be in hardcover and in all e-book formats. Come Home can be pre-ordered, and the e-book will be priced at 99 cents for the week of November 7th.
And don’t forget to request that your local library make it available.
Here’s a link to the Oceanview site, which will get you to all the retail sites:
And the second part of my news is that all six of my previously published books have been chosen as Kindle Monthy Deals for the month of September. That means that each of the books will be available on Kindle for 99 cents for the entire month. This is amazing! So if you have a Kindle, and if you haven’t read them yet . . . the price is right.
Here’s a list, with links to the respective Amazon pages:
Twisted Justice (Laura Nelson series #2)
Weapon of Choice (Laura Nelson series #3)
After the Fall (Laura Nelson series #4)
Lastly, for those of you in Sarasota, please join me for the Come Home book launch party at Bookstore1 Sarasota (12 Palm Ave, Sarasota) on November 9th from 5:30 to 7:00. We’ll have eats and wine—the prize-winning Villa Maria sauvignon blanc from our vineyards in New Zealand.
That’s it for now. I plan to put out another news update closer to the Come Home launch date in November.
Thanks so much for all your support.
I wanted to update you on what is going on in my book writing life. Many great things have happened with After the Fall, which has now been out for a year and a half. There is now a paperback version and an audio version. So that makes all six of my books on all formats. Also, they are now available in the Turkish language, if you can imagine that. I was on the verge of making a trip to Turkey, but plans got averted after the tragic airport bombing there. But I will see my Turkish agent at the Frankfurt Book Fair next month.
The very latest news is that this week there is a new “title” for the collection of the four Laura Nelson books. This is called The Laura Nelson Collection. And is available across all the e-readers. It includes Shadow of Death, Twisted Justice, Weapon of Choice, and After the Fall. So if you know someone who likes psychological/medical thrillers, well, they can have them all.
What’s next? For Fall, 2017, a novel entitled—for now—Out of Egypt. The story’s about a parenteral kidnapping of a five-year-old boy to Egypt by his Egyptian-born father. Stay tuned on that one.
That brings you up to date.
Hope everything is going well with you.
I wish you the very best and appreciate your interest and support.
March 2016 Newsletter
Last year I wrote my first author-newsletter at the launch of my sixth novel After the Fall. Now I’m back in my third letter to announce that After the Fall is now available in paperback as well as hard cover and on all e-readers. But the really great, breaking news is that After the Fall has just won the Gold Medal in the Florida Book Awards for popular fiction. This award comes with a banquet in Tallahassee and a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion. I’m elated, of course, and this come on the heels of just winning the USA Today Best Book Award for adventure/thrillers.
Finally I feel that my transition from medicine to books is taking hold. Although I still volunteer as a primary care physician in Sarasota.
Many of you know about our vineyards in New Zealand. The report on that front is good, too, as the wines of Villa Maria Estates—where we sell all our grapes—still keep winning the lion’s share of awards—more awards than any other New Zealand wineries.
Back to the book front, all six of my novels are now available in Turkey. The covers are all different and the language is unreadable—to me. But hope the Turks can handle the trauma that permeates my fictional characters’ lives.
Thankful to say real-life is good. Looking forward to a South Africa trip with the family this summer and a 29 day Baltic Jewels and the Midnight Sun cruise to ten countries—just Bob and me.
About my next book? Working on it. Maybe-title is Out of Egypt.
Wishing you all the best.
For more info please go to my website: www.patriciagussin.com
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
2015 July Newsletter
It’s now been six months since the launch of After the Fall and I wanted to let you know what’s been happening. Since After the Fall is the fourth and the last of the Laura Nelson series, I’ve had a lot of questions about “Why?” Why discontinue a series after four books. And the reason I give—although it may not be a good one—is that I started out with Laura when she was a twenty-three year old medical student in Shadow of Death. She had a three year old and a three month old son then, in 1967—and she found herself in the middle of the violence of the Detroit riots. She had three more children—one set of twins—during her four years of medical school and endured. Let’s leave it at that since what she endured makes up the plot of the novel.
I hadn’t given adequate thought to writing “a series” but when I went about my second novel, Twisted Justice, I decided to use Laura as my protagonist and to move her seven years forward, making her thirty-four. Everything’s different in her life. She’s a thoracic surgeon in Tampa, her husband, no longer a Detroit social worker, but a Tampa Bay news anchor. Her kids are in the fun middle years, but her life falls apart—all part of the plot.
I took a diversion from Laura for my next two standalone novels, And Then There Was One and The Test.
I kept getting a lot of questions about “what happened to Laura?” so for my fifth novel, I again fast forwarded Laura’s life. In Weapon of Choice Laura is forty-one, chief of surgery, and her kids are teenagers. She gets involved in bioterrorism resulting from a personal vendetta and an act of domestic terrorism on a large scale.
By now, I’m hooked into the series and After the Fall occurs seven years later when Laura is forty-eight. Her kids are now grown, she has a love interest, and she’s enjoying huge career success as a transplant surgeon when—she falls, fractures her hand, her surgical future destroyed. Reluctantly, she takes a job in the pharmaceutical industry to work on an antirejection drug and that—leads to the plot line.
Next book, if I kept up my every seven year scheme, would make Laura fifty-five. I think that’s a bit on the older side for a female protagonist. But I’ve been amazed at how many disagree with me!
And that’s the long answer to my most frequently asked question.
2015 January Newsletter
To my family and friends,
I’m trying out a Newsletter to let everybody know about my new book, AFTER THE FALL. It’s my 6th novel and the 4th in the Laura Nelson series. I’m very excited about AFTER THE FALL because it is the last of the series and brings to closure many issues that have popped up its three predecessors. (SHADOW OF DEATH, TWISTED JUSTICE, WEAPON OF CHOICE). Why am I ending the series? Because Laura is now 48 years old and since I jump the series every 7 years in her life, she’d be 55 in the next one, a bit oldish, don’t you think?
A couple of things about this Newsletter. It will be infrequent. Only about a new book or if I win the Nobel Prize for literature – well, maybe if I win the Edgar Award, or the Thriller Award, or the Agatha Award, or some-other-big award. Also, it’s very easy to opt out. Just unsubscribe below.
AFTER THE FALL is off to a good start with a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly as well as an excellent Booklist and Suspense Magazine review. Each of these reviews highlighted Laura Nelson’s transition from surgery to pharmaceutical research and those of you who knew me in my J&J days can imagine that readers will be going behind the scenes in big pharma. I promise you though, that unlike most medical thrillers, this one does not make big pharma the bad-guys.
Next, I want to thank you all for helping my prior books make best-seller lists, particularly AND THEN THERE WAS ONE, a New York Times and USA Today best-seller. Who could ever have imagined this? Certainly, not me.
And, if you do read AFTER THE FALL, all authors—and I am no exception—appreciate those 5 star reviews on Amazon and B&N.
And, please pass this along to anyone you think may want to stay in my writing-loop.
And, if you are not on Bob’s Monthly Newsletter from Oceanview Publishing and would like to be, just let me know with a reply to this email or our day-to-day email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again for the incredible support and Happy Reading!
Patricia Gussin aka Pat Stewart
PS – I still need to get me a pair of those red stilettos and hope I don’t make “the fall” a reality.