Friday, June 13, 2014

Update, Amazon, and a few words about Aftershock...coming 2015!

Dear Readers:
It's been three hectic months since the launch of my latest Donovan Nash thriller, Deadly Echoes. I had a wonderful time on tour, met old friends, and hopefully made some new friends as well. My thanks to everyone who came out to meet me, and most of all, thanks to those of you who bought the book. I'm grateful for my readers, and I love all the emails and answer each one personally. If you have something you'd like to ask, please don't hesitate:
After book tour, on my first day in Montana for a little rest and relaxation, I managed to take a misstep that eventually required surgery on my left knee. Ouch would be an understatement. I've been a little distracted by that little endeavor, but it's finally time to get caught up and share some news.
Zero Separation
Amazon has made their Kindle edition of Zero Separation a June special of the month. It's only $2.99. Please spread the word, if anyone you know might want to read a thriller about a stolen jet, a missing airliner, and a last ditch effort to save millions of lives, send them my way. As always, warn them about reading it on a plane.
Category Five is where the series began, it's near and dear to my heart, and just in time for hurricane season Amazon is putting it on sale as one of their Big Deals. From 6/13 until 6/28, Category Five on Kindle will be priced at $1.99.
Category Five
Another project that is in the works is Deadly Echoes is being translated from English to French. More details as they become available, though I'm pretty excited about this deal.
That's it for now, never far from my crutches, book #6 is taking place among the piles of notes, maps, and research material spread everywhere on my desk. At seeing the chaos in my office, a friend once asked me if I was taking over the world. I responded by explaining that world domination required less paperwork than writing a novel.
Thanks again,
Philip Donlay

And finally, a sneak peak into next Spring's yet to be published Donovan Nash thriller, Aftershock, scheduled for release March 3, 2015:
The flames of Donovan Nash's worse nightmare are fanned to life when one of those closest to him is kidnapped in the volcanic powder keg of a lawless Guatemala. With help from his inner circle, plus his estranged wife, Dr. Lauren McKenna, Donovan races headlong into the nightmarish realm of third world corruption and deception. Aftershock is the story of Donovan Nash, the loyalty of those closest to him, and the courage he must find to protect those who matter most. In the face of an erupting volcano and a winner take all rescue, Donovan must also confront a revelation he's sought for decades—a truth that will alter he and Lauren forever.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You might feel a little pinch...

I recently had surgery, and as a somewhat interested observer in the activity going on around me, I was reminded of the vague terms that the medical professional uses to give the patient a brief heads-up that something unpleasant is about to happen. As someone who uses words to invoke different perceptions, I like to examine the actual meaning of a given word, though it's difficult to concentrate through all of the trepidation of actually being the patient.  Below are some of the insights I've developed over the years, and may perhaps shed some light on what's about to happen to you, if you find yourself on the wrong end of a medical procedure. 

"A little sting."  A brief but painful meeting of flesh and steel usually a small needle.

"A little stick."  This means a bigger needle is about to pierce your skin and last longer than a sting.

"A little prick."  This one worried me for an instant, but it's a painful medium-large needle.

"A little pressure."  This could be anything that hurts like hell, it's usually large.

"I need you to remain still."  This means your initial impulse is going to tell you to run like hell.

"Take a few deep breaths."  Hang on, this will probably make you feel like screaming.

"Take my hand."  When spoken by a nurse, it means someone is behind you--and it's gonna hurt.

"Take a few breaths and relax."  Don't believe for a moment it's over, it's only intermission.

"That wasn't so bad, was it?"  This means you survived...for now.

The part that I respect most is the fact that I know they're lying, they know they're lying, and they know I know they're lying.  Yet the dance continues.