Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Showcase - Firebird by Helaine Mario

I'm so pleased to showcase Helaine Mario's newest Oceanview release, Firebird. Firebird is actually her first book and has just been re-released. I devoured Helaine's last Oceanview offering, The Lost Concerto and I can't wait to read Firebird.

ISBN-13: 9781608091904
Publisher: Oceanview
Release Date: 08-15-2017
Length: 492pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo
Overview:Firebird has it all—mystery, suspense, drama, politics, romance and sensitivity. And added to that are vivid locations—Maine, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Russia and an author that makes you feel like you are there. Now mix in rich characters as well with heroic bravery and devotion to family, friends, and country, and you have an incredibly powerful novel. Throw in twist and turns and threats and a great plot and you have an electrifying thriller. 
Dr. Alexandra Marik, a single mother and art gallery curator, is haunted by her past and the sudden, inexplicable death of her older sister.  Ivan is a lonely, secretive Russian spy who has been “forgotten” since the chaos of Glasnost.  Their lives are about to collide.
It is October, just weeks before the Presidential election.  A controversial Senator has replaced an ailing Vice President on the Republican ticket…
Just miles from the White House, the funeral of Alexandra’s sister, Eve, is about to begin, while, in a forest far to the north, the man called Ivan is mourning Eve’s death as well.
Alexandra’s quest for the truth behind her sister’s death will expose a decades old political secret that must be protected at all costs to allow Ivan to complete his mission.  Her search will test her courage, challenge her concepts of family, surprise her with unexpected romance, and propel her to risk her own life to protect the children she loves.

Helaine's Other Works
Available now                        Out July 2018

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Praise for Helaine Mario––

Starred review from LibraryJournal
*Mario, Helaine. The Lost Concerto. Oceanview.
Jul. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9781608091515. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781608091522. F
“Taking the form of a concerto, this second novel from Mario (Firebird) is divided into three action-packed emotional movements. Consumed by grief, recently widowed Madgalena O’Shea is disengaged from her life as a concert pianist. When her best friend Sofia is murdered and her godson disappears, Maggie becomes embroiled in a conflict that is at once global and deeply personal. The agent investigating Sofia’s death shares with Maggie a photograph recently taken in Paris and a recording of an unpublished concerto. She recognizes the piece as a composition by her first love, lost in war-torn Beirut 30 years ago yet impossibly alive in the Paris photo. Vowing to find her godson and the truth, Maggie hastens to France, unaware that the trail she follows will lead to stolen art, musical artifacts, criminals, and terrorists. VERDICT: Music is not just backdrop here but also a character that permeates Maggie’s life. With the help of a vigilant retired colonel and bolstered by the transformative power of classical music, Maggie finds what has been lost, including herself. Brava!”
—Library Journal
“suspenseful, heartrending novel…”
“Musical artifacts and stolen art also figure in the action, which builds to a highly satisfying resolution.”
“fans of romantic thrillers will be enthralled.” (July)
Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 7 – Recommended, Summer Books, Hunt Down These Killer Mysteries
“The Lost Concerto” by Helaine Mario (Oceanview, $28, July 1)
With undertones of a “melancholy nocturne” and the frantic tempo of Stravinsky’s “Dance of the Young Girls,” this is the kind of compulsive continent-crossing thriller that summer reading is all about.”

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Meet Helaine:
Helaine Mario grew up in the New York City area and is a graduate of Boston University. She has served on many nonprofit boards both while residing in the DC area. A passionate advocate for women’s and children’s issues, she is the founder and president of The SunDial Foundation, which contributes to over 30 DC area nonprofits. Helaine and her husband Ron now live in Arlington, Virginia, and Sarasota, Florida. The Lost Concerto, her second novel, was inspired by her son Sean, a classical pianist.


  1. This sounds good Debbie and is a new to me author. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes Blodeuedd I'm humming the 007 theme right now :)

  3. Love the sound of this one so will keep it on my radar.

  4. Oh gosh, I sshould try books like this. I have 5 books on rotation and NONE of them are holding my attention. Maybe it's time I go wayyyy out of my "usual" and try something like this. Thanks D!

  5. Thanks so much for showcasing this!

  6. My goodness, how have I not heard of this author? I love these type of books that keep me on the edge of my seat with twists and turns, and a little romance thrown in? I also like the amount of pages which guarantees a lot going on. I'm so there Debbie! Hugs...RO

  7. First time I've seen this one, I think. Thanks for the heads up!