Oath of Office: Now on PaperbackDecember 26th, 2012
Hi gang, happy to announce that OATH OF OFFICE, my 17th thriller and the first book in the Lou Welcome series, is now on paperback.
In it, Lou is called to unravel a horrifying incident involving his client, Dr. John Meacham. Meacham, who recently had his medical license restored, goes on a shooting spree at his office and kills his business partner, staff, two patients and himself.
Lou knew that Meacham was an excellent doctor, and after hearing about the incident is in shock like everyone else. When Lou looks further into matters, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that leads directly to the White House.
At the heart of the terror in OATH OF OFFICE is corn modified with the genes of a flesh-eating termite known as Macrotermes bellicosus. Although the book is a work of fiction, it brings to light the substantial impact that genetic modification, corporate farming and shoddy labeling can have on our food system.
Order your copy today or pick one up wherever books are sold. Have a Happy New Year.
The First Patient- $2.99 on eBook (Limited Time Only)November 20th, 2012
Hi Gang and Happy Thanksgiving.
I’m excited to tell you that my book The First Patient is for sale for $2.99 on eBook for the next month or so. This is the one that got Bill Clinton’s nod of approval. It’s a great read—especially after recovering from a big dinner with family and friends. The first few chapters of Political Suicide (my 18th thriller, out December 11, 2012) are included at the end.
Hope you enjoy it. Wishing well as the holiday season gets underway.
My original short story, On Call, out next weekOctober 10th, 2012
Warm regards from the North Coast of Boston. I hope that your fall has gotten off to a good start. As I write this letter I’m in the midst packing for a 16 day trip to the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. I’m looking forward to the adventure and the chance to separate myself from my writing for a short while.
For book news, I’m happy to announce that my original short story On Call is available in e-book format for $1.99 in less than a week (10/16/2012). In the story, Lou Welcome of Oath of Office (2012) and Political Suicide (2013); and Gabe Singleton of The First Patient (2008) begin their medical residency at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital. Before long, they learn that the chief medical resident has been murdered in the on-call room known as the Love Shack, and Lou is the prime suspect. As they look into matters, the two friends discover that the circumstances behind this tragedy aren’t exactly like they seem. I encourage you pre-order your copy today. As an added bonus, On Call also comes with a sneak preview to my 18th medical and political thriller, Political Suicide–out in January 2013.
Thanks again and happy reading,
NO REST FOR THE DEAD- now on paperbackJuly 16th, 2012
The book news for this month is that NO REST FOR THE DEAD, a collaborative novel (known as a “serial” in the book world) that I contributed to is now available in paperback. I’ve been involved in projects like this before, where talented writers come together to write a story, but this experience was one of my favorites. All proceeds are donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So far, the books’ sales have raised over $60,000.
Jeffery Deaver, Sandra Brown and David Baldacci are just a few of the notable authors who participated. I celebrated with all of the contributors last year Simon and Schuster Launch party last year. It’s always great to get together with the writing community. Watch highlights from the evening in this video below and pick up a copy of the book. As they sometimes say: two heads (or in this case, 26) are better than one. Watch the full video recap of the evening–it’s a lot of fun.
Happy Audiobook MonthJune 12th, 2012
It’s hard to believe that June has arrived again—the month where authors, readers and publishers give audiobooks some (very deserved) special attention. I encourage you to get involved in the celebration. Pick up an audio version of your favorite novel at your local bookstore or library or enter an audiobook giveaway. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter – follow and tweet the hashtag #JIAM (which stands for “June is audiobook month”).
I very much enjoy listening to audiobooks, and wish that I had more time to dedicate to the hobby. Almost all of my 17 books are available in an audio format–I’m very grateful for MacMillan Audio for making this possible. I always get a kick out of listening to my writing in spoken word.
You can listen to an excerpt of my latest medical and political thriller, OATH OF OFFICE, narrated by Robert Petkoff by clicking the link below. Stay tuned—I will be giving away copies of the audiobook on my Twitter and Facebook pages throughout this month.
A pause for appreciationMay 23rd, 2012
I hope that you are all doing well and enjoying the first taste of summer. It’s been a busy and exciting few months for me. As many of you know, my 17th medical and political thriller OATH OF OFFICE made the New York Times bestseller list. With your support, I was able to donate a percentage of the pre-order book sales to The Food Project, an organization in my community that empowers youth and promotes sustainable agriculture.
Now that I have (a little) time to breathe, I wanted to express my appreciation for your encouragement and enthusiasm since the release of OoO. Your kind thoughts, emails, tweets, Facebook posts, and appearances at book events continue to keep me going.
Here are just a few of the reviewers and book bloggers, who that read OATH OF OFFICE and featured the book on their websites. I encourage you to visit these blogs for more reading recommendations, writing tips and book news. Again- I am grateful for all of those who reviewed the book- I could not fit everyone in this post, but hope to share more about those bloggers soon.
These are just a few of the great reading and writing blogs that are out there. Who do you turn to when you need a new book recommendation? Let me know by commenting below or by posting on my Twitter and Facebook pages.
OATH OF OFFICE makes the NYTimes Best-seller listMarch 2nd, 2012
Greetings to everyone from the North Coast of Boston. Now that March is upon us, we’ve gotten one of the first substantial snow storms in the New England area. A strange winter indeed.
I’m happy to tell you that my newest medical/political thriller, Oath of Office hit the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction at number 16 , and the USA Today Best-Seller list, which includes titles from all genres and printed in all formats, at number 71.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement and for making this possible. I am so appreciative and grateful.
In other news, I will be spending the next few weeks on the road. I’m looking forward seeing writing friends and making new ones at book festivals in Tucson, Arizona; Ft. Myers, Florida and Easton, Connecticut. Take a look at the “events” page for the full schedule.
OATH OF OFFICE: Now AvailableFebruary 14th, 2012
The day has finally arrived: My 17th medical/political thriller, OATH OF OFFICE is now available in stores and online in a hardcover and digital format. You can also purchase the audiobook, narrated by Robert Petkoff, and produced by Macmillan audio.
The Associated Press says: “[OATH OF OFFICE] will have readers fearful of doing something as simple as taking a bite of food.”
Thank you for your encouragement throughout the past few months—reading and sharing preview chapters, discussing the book’s themes and sending me nice notes on Facebook and Twitter.
Most of all, thank you for helping me to support The Food Project, an organization in my community in Eastern Massachusetts engaging youth in social and personal change through sustainable agriculture education. Thanks to you, I am donating a percentage of OoO’s pre-order sales to their efforts.
As promised, I will also call one person who participated in this initiative (and their book club) at a time that is mutually convenient.
The winner is: Vicki Whitacre.
Thanks again. Happy reading.
Valentine’s Day Contest WinnersFebruary 13th, 2012
It just so happens that the release date for OATH OF OFFICE (a terrifying and scary read) falls on Valentine’s Day this year. I couldn’t help thinking of all of the St. Valentine’s Days I’ve had, many of which I’ve made a mess of. I invited readers to reminisce with me and post their most unforgettable Valentine’s Day experiences—romantic or devastating—on my Facebook Page. In exchange, I promised to choose one person to send a signed hardcover of OATH OF OFFICE to.
Thank you to all who opened their hearts to this exercise. It was a tough choice—so I decided to pick two people: Kimberly Beyer, for reminding us that love is not about expensive gifts and fancy dates; and Angela Johnson, for sharing her family’s tradition of honoring her late husband on February 14th—the same day as their anniversary. You can read more stories on my Facebook page.
Once you’ve eaten all of the candy hearts your stomach can handle I encourage you to pick up a copy of OoO, for sale in hardcover and digital format in stores and online. The audio book is also available through MacMillan Audio, narrated by Robert Petkoff.
Wishing you another memorable day tomorrow. Thank you for your continued support.
To label or not to labelJanuary 16th, 2012
Last week, I started the Food For Thought discussion series on my Facebook page. I thought this would be fun exercise leading up to the release of my 17th medical and political thriller Oath of Office (2/14/2012). My inspiration for OoO first came after I watched Food, Inc, a documentary that highlights many of the unpleasant realities behind what we eat. In an effort to keep the conversation going about important issues facing our food—I posed the first question:
Do consumers have the right to know if a food product has been genetically modified? Would you support GMO food labeling if it meant that the food prices increased 2%?
Lots of great thoughts came out of this exercise. Overall, most of you would like to know where your food is coming from and any details about how it was processed. You do value this information, and many of you (although not all) would be willing to pay a bit more for it. To learn more about this debate, I recommend that you listen to this interview on The Diane Rehm Show featuring Gardiner Harris of the New York Times, Thomas Rednick of the Global Environmental Ethics Counsel and Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
Again- I was taken away by your commitment to providing natural and healthy foods to your families.
I chose two notable contributors to send an advanced review copy of OoO to. This was an incredibly hard decision as you all had very thoughtful things to say. The winners this week are: Tim Burns and Vivian Lee Mahoney.
Help me to keep the conversation going by suggesting a discussion question on my Facebook page or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Stay tuned for the second Food for Thought question soon.
A Few Memorable Thriller Novels from 2011January 11th, 2012
A week ago, I asked you what thriller books made the biggest impression on you in 2011. It was another year of great novels: Stephen King came out with 11/22/63, inspired by Kennedy’s assassination and Joe Finder introduced us to Nick Heller, a “private spy” working to uncover the mysterious kidnapping of Alexandra Marcus in Buried Secrets. Tess Gerritsen’s The Silent Girl, Lisa Gardner’s Love You More and John Lescroart’s powerful Damage I also highly recommend.
A big 2011 memory for me was when A Heartbeat Away, my 16th medical/political thriller came on at number ten on the New York Times bestseller list for Hardcover Fiction. All of my books have made “the Times List” and I try not to get too high or too low about things, but the competition is getting increasingly stiff, and “heavy hitters” are publishing faster and faster, so this was definitely a high point in my writing career. Thanks for all of your support and for making this possible.
This past year was important for my son, Daniel, whose debut novel Delirious hit stores in a big way at the beginning of February. It was very exciting for me to see all of his years of hard work pay off and to spend fun time with him on the road.
Thanks again for sharing your most memorable reads of 2011. I’ve listed a few of your choices below. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012.
Our cats from HELLDecember 29th, 2011
As some of you may know, I am at the beginning stages of writing Political Suicide (2/15/13). The book continues the story of Dr. Lou Welcome, the protagonist of Oath of Office (2/14/2012). I shared a bit of the subplot with my readers on Facebook, where Lou agrees to get his daughter, Emily, a cat. Unfortunately—this cat ends up being the cat from HELL. So, I found myself in need of a cat name and ideas to get Lou’s excruciating experience going. In exchange, I picked two participants with memorable posts to win a book.
Over 20 people answered my post with endearing and frightening stories. It was funny and inspiring to me that no matter how many drapes they rip up, friends they clawed or furniture they ruined—you still love them.
The prize goes to Mona Bloom who shared the story of a loyal Tabby that stood by her owner that was suffering from terminal cancer (and managed to injure the nurse) and to Kayla Scally, whose three year old cat ripped up upholstery, set his tail on fire and urinated all over her brand new mattress. Read their full responses on my Facebook page.
Happy New Year.
OATH OF OFFICE UpdateDecember 9th, 2011
As most of you know, my 17th thriller Oath Of Office is coming out on February 14, 2012 in hardcover and e-book. The novel was inspired by the documentary Food Inc.. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend renting a copy (and not watching it right after dinner). The film exposes many of the frightening and hidden realities of the food industry and uncovers the “plastic veil” separating us from what we eat. I was most impressed with the efforts and passion of the featured food justice advocates, farmers, writers and policy makers. It was individuals such as Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivores Dilemma, Joel Salatin, author and farmer at Polyface Farm in Virginia, and Barbara Kowalcyk food safety advocate whose 2 ½ year old son died of E.coli poisoning that motivated me to write Oath of Office.
Here’s a bit about the story: The novel opens when Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree at his medical office killing his business partner, staff, two patients and himself. The blame then falls on Dr. Lou Welcome, who worked with Meacham years before as a counselor, after John’s medical license had been revoked for alcoholism and angry outbursts. Lou knows that Meacham was an excellent doctor who deserved to be practicing medicine, and fought hard for his license to be restored after his rehabilitation. As Lou looks into matters, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power. At the heart of the terror is corn modified with the genes of the flesh-eating termite Macrotermes bellicosus.
Over the few months until the book’s release, I will post articles, questions, and discussions on my website, Facebook and Twitter pages relating to OoO’s themes. I would love to hear your thoughts about the food justice movement. What books, movies, articles and experience have furthered your understanding of food ethics issues? What farms and businesses in your community are providing options to eat and shop locally? What specific food issues do you wish you knew more about? Please share your insight and on my Facebook page—I’m happy to respond to and highlight your thoughts.
Here are a few more things to look for on this page in the coming months:
Thank you again for your support, readership and friendship over the years. I am truly grateful.
The First Patient is #1 Best Seller for Kobo e-BooksJanuary 19th, 2011
The First Patient is #1 on e-book provider Kobo’s best seller list – and #2 on Apple’s Best Seller list. Joining Michael on the top five of the Kobo list are such notable authors as Nora Roberts, Stieg Larsson, John Grisham and Dean Koontz.
A Heartbeat Away – Audiobook WidgetJanuary 15th, 2011
Listen to the first chapter of the audiobook for A Heartbeat Away.
The Last Surgeon Nominated for Best Medical ThrillerDecember 1st, 2010
The Last Surgeon has been nominated by Suspense Magazine as one of the best medical thrillers of the year.
Just wanted to share the good news!
Giving Thanks to Indie BookstoresNovember 22nd, 2010
Greetings from Boston’s North Shore,
It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post, but with the winter months approaching and my sixteenth medical thriller A HEARTBEAT AWAY finalized for a February 15th release, I figured it appropriate to take a moment and reflect upon some of what I am thankful for in my life as a writer.
First of all, given the current e-book surge I’d like to dedicate this blog post to the Independent Bookstores. Don’t get me wrong—I’m still very much appreciative of the larger retailers too. In fact, my son Daniel and I meet frequently at a Barnes & Noble to read and assist one another on our latest projects. We seldom come away without at least a couple of books, even though we each have an e-reader.
But as an author who has patronized many Independent Bookstores over the years, I have been witness to the hard work, passion for books and writers, commitment, and imaginative marketing that have helped to keep reading alive in our communities. The dedication and enthusiasm that these stores exhibit inspires authors like myself to experiment, take chances, collaborate, and get involved with readers on a more personal basis.
So this season I’m extending my thanks to The Independent Booksellers, and my hopes that they can weather the storm of change within our industry. I’ve compiled a (growing) list below of bookstores that I’ve been connected to online, through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. My goal is to be a reminder to readers and writers alike of the role that the independents play in our communities and neighborhoods. Indie store owners and employees are truly my kind of bookkeepers. If I’ve left out your favorite Independent Bookstore, please comment below to add it.
Thanks, have a wonderful holiday and keep on reading.
A Recipe for Rhinoceros Stew…September 21st, 2010
Writing a Novel is Like Following a Recipe for Rhinoceros Stew that Begins:
1 Find A Rhino…
Michael’s Next Novel: A Heartbeat AwaySeptember 21st, 2010
Here’s the cover for Michael’s forthcoming novel, A Heartbeat Away
Book Page: Michael’s Summer SelectionsJune 18th, 2010
For the author forum, BookPage brought together Sandra Brown, Carla Buckley and Michael Palmer to ask: What’s on your summer reading list?