Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Book Deal!

Hello All--


For the entire month of June, both Category Five, and Pegasus Down, are Amazon Kindle specials priced at 99 cents.  Load up those readers and read a thriller at the beach.  Of course with Category Five, pick your beach wisely.  Spread the word, and reviews are always much appreciated.














In other news, Speed the Dawn is well on its way for a March 6th 2018 release.   The cover art and synopsis are below.  Preorders are being taken, which both authors and publishers love.




Best-selling author Philip Donlay climbs to a new height of terror in his 8th Donovan Nash thriller.

Hundreds of white-hot meteor fragments plunge toward Earth near Monterey Bay, California. Huge fires ignite the tinder-dry landscape and, as the sun sets, the power grid collapses and the fires grow, illuminating a nightmare created in hell itself. Donovan Nash realizes he is trapped.

Injured and growing desperate, his options dwindling, Donovan fights to keep himself and a small band of survivors alive until dawn when they can make one last attempt to escape the inferno.
Meanwhile, Donovan's wife, Dr. Lauren McKenna, arrives on the scene. Working with the Pentagon as well as the Forest Service, she envisions a bold idea to try to stop the fire from spreading all the way to the Bay Area and the seven million residents living there. She's terrified that if not executed perfectly, her plan could cause the death of thousands of people―including Donovan.

Monday, April 17, 2017

TJ Turner and Abraham Lincoln

Hello all--

After a very hectic six weeks since Seconds to Midnight was released, I'm taking a bit of a break.  I have a round of edits to complete for next years book, and I also have a story I want to share. 

In 2007, my second novel, Code Black was released into silence.  I was still flying then, and it seemed like the universe was conspiring to repeatedly send me out of the country so I couldn't do much of anything to promote my novel.  Duty called, but I clearly remember the frustration as my visions of writing novels seemed to dissolve as I sat helplessly and watched Code Black flounder.  I recovered, eventually, but the frustration is still etched in my mind.

Fast forward to 2017, and a friend of mine, award winning novelist, TJ Turner is currently stationed in Afghanistan. His second novel, Land of Wolves, is being released May 2nd without him present,  and my plan is to make some well deserved noise for this book.  I first met TJ several years ago in San Diego, at a Veterans Day book event, and he instantly hooked me with a brief synopsis of his debut novel, Lincoln's Bodyguard.   I loved his story, and as early as I could, I got an advanced copy of his second book, Land of Wolves, and it's perhaps even better than his first.  Land of Wolves has kept me thinking about the story weeks after I finished the last page.

I'm happy for TJ's success, and I'm hoping he returns home soon so he can tell you his story himself.  I've already ordered a hardcover copy for the shelf where my favorites sit, and I urge you to do the same. It's the beginning of what I hope is a long-lived series.  Way to go TJ.



Wherever books are sold.





Monday, March 6, 2017

Backlist Blowout!

 
To celebrate the release of Seconds to Midnight, my publisher is discounting my entire backlist.  From March 7th to March 14th, all six previous books will be priced at $2.99 for the electronic versions.   Enjoy, and here they are in the order of publication.  Thanks to my readers, I added a few of the highlights the books have encountered along the way.  Catch up, and then strap in for Seconds to Midnight, which Suspense Magazine had this to say:    “Some of the best reading ever created!"

                                                   
 
 
 

"Category Five is a first rate thriller filled with believable characters and lots of inside information! I can't wait for Donlay's next book." -- Vince Flynn, NYT best-selling author







"Code Black--finalist for the Minnesota Book awards."

"Authors like Philip Donlay, who write the pure thrillers, have capabilities and strength I can only envy." --- William Kent Krueger, NYT best-selling author






“Philip Donlay’s new thriller, Zero Separation, is a timely and terrifying roller-coaster ride depicting the realities of the post-9/11 world. Deftly plotted and expertly executed by a gifted writer who also happens to be a licensed pilot, Donlay’s story opens with a bang and doesn’t let go.”     ―Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best-selling author

"Finalist for the USA Book awards"






 “Like thrillers? Boy, have I got the one for you. Deadly Echoes by Philip Donlay. Do not miss it…Deadly Echoes starts off running and doesn't stop until the last page. It is rather exhausting to read. I think at times I almost forgot to breathe. I repeat. Do not miss this one.”                                                 ―Bookloons


"Finalist for the Nancy Pearl Literary award."
"Finalist for the USA Book awards"



“The action races to a shoot-out on the shores of Lake Atitlán and a desperate flight through a volcanic eruption as Mt. Atitlán rips itself
                                   ―Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

“The action ping-pongs back and forth as Nash’s rescue and McKenna’s investigation proceed, until events collide as the volcano’s eruption threatens them all. Donlay’s knowledge of flying and Guatemala add authenticity to the story, and he keeps the pace building to a powerful and memorable climax."
                                   ―Suspense Magazine (Suspense Magazine)


"Finalist for the Nancy Pearl Literary award."


"Before you crack open Pegasus Down  the new novel by Philip           Donlay, you better buckle up: You’re in for a hell of a ride."―Killer Nashville Magazine

"On par with the best in suspense writing, the story plays out like an edge-of-your-seat movie, complete with danger, explosions, intrigue, betrayal and redemption.  The extensive descriptions of aircraft jargon and technology bring a realistic dimension but may slow the story down for some readers.  Even so, for anyone who loves action, intrigue and adventure, this one is an absolute must!"―InD'tale
 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Seconds to Midnight has been released


Hello all, I finally have something to talk about.  I'm very pleased to announce the release of my seventh thriller:  Seconds to Midnight.    The early reviews have said it perfectly:

“Some of the best reading ever created!"   ---Suspense Magazine


"Like his previous thrillers, Donlay’s Seconds to Midnight is impossible to put down. The action starts from the first page and doesn’t let go until the very end. The plot is wild and unpredictable and leaves you wondering what would happen next."  ---Seattle Book Review



“Don’t let them know I’m alive—they’ll kill everyone.”
 

While on a routine Eco-Watch flight above northern Canada to study one of the most powerful solar flares in history, Donovan Nash and Michael Ross narrowly miss colliding with another aircraft—a Boeing 737 that’s not supposed to be there.  With the mysterious 737 trailing smoke, Donovan and Michael watch as the stricken aircraft makes an emergency landing on a frozen lake.
As the Boeing breaks through the ice and begins to sink, a figure escapes into the frigid water and manages to climb up onto the ice.  Donovan reaches the lone survivor and discovers it’s a young woman. Just before she blacks out, she whispers a dire warning, “Don’t let them know I’m alive—they’ll kill everyone.”
 Seconds to Midnight plunges Donovan Nash and the Eco-Watch team into a fight for their lives.  While Donovan searches for answers at the bottom of a frozen lake in Canada, his wife, Lauren, runs from operatives embedded in the top levels of the Russian Government.  With communication in the Northern Hemisphere crippled by the massive solar storm, Donovan, Michael, and Lauren battle for each second, as the clock ticks toward a possible Armageddon.
 
**As always, thanks to my readers, and don't forget my usual warning:  I dare you to read this book on a plane.  However, if you do, take a picture of you and the book for the website, and you'll be automatically eligible for an advanced copy of the next Donovan Nash thriller.  Send photo to phil@philipdonlay.com
 

Seconds to Midnight--First Look

The clock is ticking (pardon the play on words) toward the 3-7-17 release of my next Donovan Nash thriller, Seconds to Midnight.  The cover art is finished and the actual book begins to come together. This is a very cool time for me as the project moves from idea, to word document, to this visual confirmation that it's going to be an actual hardcover book.  Even for the seventh time, it's both exhilarating and deeply gratifying.   Enjoy this first look:

While on a routine Eco-Watch flight above northern Canada to study one of the most powerful solar flares in history, Donovan Nash and Michael Ross narrowly miss colliding with another aircraft—a Boeing 737 that’s not supposed to be there.  With the mysterious 737 trailing smoke, Donovan and Michael watch as the stricken aircraft makes an emergency landing on a frozen lake.
As the Boeing breaks through the ice and begins to sink, a figure escapes into the frigid water and manages to climb up onto the ice.  Donovan reaches the lone survivor and discovers it’s a young woman. Just before she blacks out, she whispers a dire warning, “Don’t let them know I’m alive—they’ll kill everyone.”
 Seconds to Midnight plunges Donovan Nash and the Eco-Watch team into a fight for their lives.  While Donovan searches for answers at the bottom of a frozen lake in Canada, his wife, Lauren, runs from operatives embedded in the top levels of the Russian Government.  With communication in the Northern Hemisphere crippled by the massive solar storm, Donovan, Michael, and Lauren battle for each second, as the clock ticks toward a possible Armageddon
 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

You've been warned...



.99 cent summer beach read madness!

It's been four months since Pegasus Down was launched, and I'm happy to report that the e-Book title will go on sale for Kindle, Nook, and iTunes platforms, June 30th, through July 7th. Yes, only .99 cents.

Now when I say beach read, I mean that as a euphemism for any relaxing place you might want to read a novel.  In this case however, it does not translate to reading on the plane headed for vacation.  Consider it a friendly suggestion.  Give the cover a quick glance, what with all that lightning, and the radar scope superimposed over Europe--just know the cool artwork is no accident--it's a preview.  Just saying, now enjoy.

Since Pegasus Down was launched, there have been some of the best reviews ever for a Donovan Nash thriller.  Below are some of my favorites:

 







“The sixth and latest novel in the simply outstanding 'Donovan Nash' series, "Pegasus Down" is another superbly crafted action/adventure suspense thriller from the pen of Philip Donlay and once again confirms him to be a master of the genre.”  --Midwest Book Review

 “I'm sure that, as I read, at times I forgot to breathe. Pegasus Down is the thriller of the year.”  –Book Loons

 “Philip Donlay’s Pegasus Down, the sixth book in his Donovan Nash series, is an action-packed thrill ride from the opening scene."  –Forward Reviews
 
Have a great summer and read books!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Summer to do list:

Hello all--

I just finished the Spring portion of the Pegasus Down book tour, and I want to thank all of the people who made this year the best yet.  You're wonderful!  Hopefully I'll see everyone again next year.  As I start my summer, here are a few pictures that turned up in my travels.

A photo from the 2016 book tour




 A photo of my very first book signing (2004)





I wish these things could be planned better, but summer will find me on an operating table in Minneapolis getting various body parts repaired.  So while everyone else throws on shorts and heads outside, I'll be muttering bad words and hobbling to physical therapy.  

Two years ago it was my knee.  This year it's my shoulder, my right shoulder to be specific. You know, the one I fly fish with, drive my stick shift car with, the one that seems to come in handy for just about everything.  So this summer's list now goes something like this:

Shoulder surgery
Recover
Write a new Donovan Nash Thriller

Yes, writing will be done this summer.   I just finished a round of edits for next years thriller: Seconds to Midnight, (March 7th, 2017) and I must say I'm particularly proud of this one.  In true Donovan Nash fashion, STM has the potential to keep the reader up far past their bedtime.  Oh, and as usual, I dare you to read it on a plane. 

So, as I convalesce in Montana, sipping a cool beverage (left handed), rest assured I'll be working on the next Donovan Nash thriller.  More to follow.

Everyone have a safe summer, read books!