Saturday, July 19, 2014

Eden in Winter Release Event {+Giveaway}

I’m delighted today to be able to participate in New York Times bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s Rock Star PRLC Release Event for EDEN IN WINTER, the latest installment in his Blaine Family Saga.
With this release event, Patterson is sharing an excerpt from his latest novel. In addition, to celebrate the release one lucky visitor to Thoughts in Progress can win not one, but two of Patterson’s books in this saga. Please see the end of the post for more details.

Longtime and new fans of Patterson’s novels have found themselves delighted by the first-tier literary gifts with which Patterson has rendered the Blaine Family Saga—beginning with FALL FROM GRACE, continued with LOSS OF INNOCENCE (trade paperback out in June), and now concluding with a stunning flourish in EDEN IN WINTER.
In this much-anticipated new novel (which can be read as a standalone), Patterson brings all his gifts of intricate narrative and superbly drawn, psychologically complex characterization to bear on Adam Blaine’s attempt to come to grips with his father’s death and salvage what remains of the bonds between his family members. As long-buried secrets and grudges rise to the surface, Adam will realize that only by confronting and transcending the past can he claim a different life.

Here’s a brief synopsis of EDEN IN WINTER:

The bestselling, breathtaking Blaine Trilogy concludes as one family faces its dark secrets and looks toward an uncertain future from the icy winter cliff sides of Martha’s Vineyard!

        EDEN IN WINTER represents the height of achievement for one of America’s most prolific and beloved modern authors. From the picturesque coastline of Martha’s Vineyard to the violence-ridden recesses of Afghanistan and back again, Richard North Patterson hits every note perfectly as he propels this family drama to its final satisfying scene.

        Two months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, it is taking all of Adam Blaine’s character to suture the deep wounds – both within his family and himself – torn open by the tragedy. 

        Moreover, as the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine’s death continues, it is taking all of Adam’s cunning to protect those closest to him from figures who still suspect that Adam’s father was murdered by one of his kin.
But the sternest test of all is Adam’s proximity to Carla Pacelli – his late father’s mistress; and a woman who, despite being pivotal to his family’s plight, Adam finds himself increasingly drawn to. 

        The closer he gets to this beautiful, mysterious woman, the further Adam feels from his troubles. Yet the closer he also comes to revealing the secrets he’s strived to conceal, and condemning the people he’s fought so hard to protect.

EDEN IN WINTER can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and you can add it to your Goodreads.

The Blaine Family Saga:

FALL FROM GRACEAmazon and Barnes and Noble.
LOSS OF INNOCENCEAmazon and Barnes and Noble.

Now here’s an excerpt from EDEN IN WINTER for your reading pleasure.

Chapter One

For three days, Adam Blaine and his family had entered the Dukes County Courthouse, a modest two- story brick structure with white trim and doors, and passed through a double door to a spiral stair-case that rose to the courtroom itself.

Its new carpets were a rich blue, lending it a certain majesty augmented by the high ceilings and four fluted chandeliers. From the raised mahogany bench, framed by the flags of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Judge Aaron Carr presided.

At a desk below him the court reporter, a young woman with long blond hair and a grave expression, transcribed the proceedings; still lower were the tables for the prosecutor and the witness’s counsel. Black and white photographs of judges, some gazing out from the recesses of the 19th century, gave the room a further aura of gravity. But to Adam, the pallid walls and scarred benches where his family sat watching bespoke a certain world weariness, decades of human missteps and misdeeds, and, on occasion, tragedies— traffic tickets, theft, assault, divorce, domestic violence and, less frequent, a fatal accident. Murder came to this courtroom every thirty years or so. Now his family was trapped here, suspected of killing one of its own. 

On a wall, a schoolroom style clock marked the agonizing pas-sage of time, its second hand twitching from mark to mark. Though four tall windows on each side admitted light, it was dulled by lowering clouds and a steady rain that streaked the glass. Gloom seeping into his soul, Adam could only watch, gripped by the fore-boding that his careful plan to conceal the truth would evaporate before his eyes.

His father sat in the witness stand, preparing to deny what Adam alone knew to be true. The stakes for his family were reflected by the media clustered outside, denied entrance to the medical examiner’s inquest into the death of Benjamin Blaine, the most famous novelist of his time. A man as arrogant as he was gifted, a great sailor, adventurer, and womanizer, the man everyone believed to be Adam’s father. Another lie to be concealed.

The degree to which Adam’s mother and brother grasped these perils differed. Sitting to Adam’s right, Teddy Blaine was an uneasy mix of worry and gratitude, knowing only that, if this witness were believed, the inquest would clear him of murder. Clarice Blaine understood much more. With a characteristic exercise of will, she projected an aura of patrician calm, as perfectly maintained as her blond, tinted hair, which, even now, helped preserve the beauty of her youth. Beneath which, Adam now understood, lived the fear that had consumed her since the day he was born. 

On the stand was Benjamin Blaine’s brother, Jack— a man in his late sixties, with stooped shoulders and silvered hair, whose long face was relieved from homeliness by an aura of modesty and kindness. The only person who knew all that Adam knew, and bore for them both the burden of burying it.

With an unwonted look of wariness, Jack faced his interrogator, District Attorney George Hanley, a bulky figure whose white hair and mustache marked him as Jack’s contemporary. From the front bench, Sergeant Sean Mallory, the ascetic, sharp- eyed homicide inspector for the Massachusetts State Police, studied Jack fixedly. So, too, did Jack’s lawyer, Avram Gold, a Blaine family friend and, of more import, an eminent law professor and defender of hard cases for more than forty years. Adam could not help but wonder if Gold knew, or sensed, how much hatred festered beneath the surface, and how much more was at risk in the next few moments than Jack Blaine’s freedom.

As Gold had explained to Adam, on Martha’s Vineyard the medical examiner’s inquest was invoked in the rarest of cases— a high- profile death where the circumstances were ambiguous, the media pressure unrelenting, the stakes for public officials high. Its modern genesis was the Chappaquiddick incident— the death of a young woman; the fate of a potential president; a swarm of media; a politically ambitious district attorney. In these circumstances, Gold went on, the authorities had needed an investigative tool to determine whether to impanel a grand jury. But, as Gold had trenchantly added, “No one intended for that tragedy to happen. Whereas a lot of people think someone in your family decided that your father deserved to die.”

Though Judge Carr had broad discretion to conduct the hearing, certain rules protected the witnesses and, especially, the person who might be charged. The inquest was closed; the potential subject— in this case, Jack Blaine— could be represented by counsel. The judge could bar all others from attending, though an exception was some-times made for the next of kin of the deceased— as the judge had for Clarice, Teddy, and Adam, who had already given their testimony. But only Teddy, Adam was painfully aware, had told the truth as he understood it. The other three Blaines had committed, or were about to commit, their own separate acts of perjury or omission.

For Adam Blaine, knowing this, the wait for the judge’s final report would be excruciating. The report could precipitate a grand jury, and then a trial, with Jack or Teddy accused of murder. But whatever the result, it would be Adam who had caused it.


Author Richard Patterson
Richard North Patterson is the author of twenty bestselling novels, including Loss of Innocence, Exile, Degree of Guilt, and Silent Witness. He has served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio; a trial attorney for the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.; and was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate Special Prosecutor. 

More recently, Patterson was a partner in the San Francisco office of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, now Bingham McCutchen LLP, before retiring from practice in 1993. 

He has appeared on Good Morning America, Hardball, and The CBS Morning Show, and his articles on politics, literature, and law have been published in The London Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News.
Patterson lives in Martha's Vineyard, Cabo San Lucas, and San Francisco with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.

For more on Patterson and his writing, visit his website and connect with him on Goodreads, Facebook and his Amazon Author Page.


This giveaway is for one hardcover or digital copy of EDEN IN WINTER and Rock Star PRLC is also offering LOSS OF INNOCENCE (the previous installment in the series) in paperback. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end Monday, July 28.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Richard North Patterson’s Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you enjoy stories where each family member is given their own book or had you rather everyone’s story be tied up neatly in one major book? a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I actually do prefer the whole story in one book. I think it's more difficult to do and it makes for a more cohesive story.

    1. Carl, I think you're right in that putting all the stories into one book would be more difficult.

  2. I like both. Some stories can be wrapped up in one book but others need to be told by various family members, especially when several generations are involved. This series sounds so intriguing!

    1. Karen, I've discovered a number of books where the stories did need more space to be told completely. For me, I enjoy following the generations in new installments.

  3. I like the entire story together in one book!

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    1. skkorman, the entire story in one book can be fun.

  4. Martha's Vineyard to Afghanistan - quite a trek.
    Rock Star Consultants. Now that is cool.

    1. Alex, could you image traveling that distance? You're right about Rock Star Consultants being cool.

  5. Mason - Thanks for sharing this book. I think it's so interesting how so many stories are now being told in trilogy form. And the combination of legal issues, suspense, etc. sounds interesting.

    1. Margot, always happy to share books of all genres. I hadn't thought about the trilogy aspect, but you're right there are a good many out.

  6. I like it when each family member gets his/her own story, but I will read both types. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

    1. LSUReader, I'm with you on reading the stories either way just as long as the authors continue to give us good books. :)

  7. Hope you're having a relaxing weekend, Pamela!

    1. Dez, it's a rainy weekend here - perfect reading weather. Hope you're having a relaxing weekend as well.

  8. Thanks for this great giveaway. I enjoy the book which involves every individual. sounds memorable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Traveler, this is definitely a memorable book and series.

  9. Another book to add to reading list.

  10. I like for the family members stories to be tied up together.

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  11. This sounds interesting.

  12. I prefer each member of a family to have their own book so the story has a focus.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on today's post. Thanks for dropping by.