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Book Title: The Lost Concerto|
The author of the book: Helaine Mario
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Edition: Oceanview Publishing
Date of issue: July 1st 2015
ISBN 13: 9781608091522
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A woman and her young son flee to a convent on a remote island off the Breton coast of France. Generations of seafarers have named the place Ile de la Brume, or Fog Island. In a chapel high on a cliff, a tragic death occurs and a terrified child vanishes into the mist.
The child's godmother, Maggie O'Shea, haunted by the violent deaths of her husband and best friend, has withdrawn from her life as a classical pianist. But then a recording of unforgettable music and a grainy photograph surface, connecting her missing godson to a long-lost first love.
The photograph will draw Maggie inexorably into a collision course with criminal forces, decades-long secrets, stolen art and musical artifacts, and deadly terrorists. Her search will take her to the Festival de Musique, Aix-en-Provence, France, where she discovers answers to her husband's death, an unexpected love-and a musical masterpiece lost for decades.
A compelling blend of suspense, mystery, political intrigue, and romance, "The Lost Concerto"explores universal themes of loss, vengeance, courage, and love."
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HELAINE MARIO - ABOUT THE WRITER
Helaine Mario is the author of two novels of suspense, Firebird (Amazon 2012) and
The Lost Concerto (Oceanview Publishing, July 2015).
New York City born and raised, Helaine is a Boston University graduate. She married in 1969 and moved to CT to raise her two children, volunteer at Save the Children, and write for the local newspaper.
In 1985, Helaine’s life took an unpredictable turn when her husband’s career brought her family to Potomac, MD. For all eight years of the Clinton Presidency, she was a White House volunteer for Tipper and Al Gore, and continues to be a passionate advocate for public service and women & children’s issues.
Because Helaine believes strongly in “giving back,” she has worked on several non-profit boards and, in 1998, founded The SunDial Foundation, Inc., which benefits our most vulnerable women, children and families. She also created Project PJs, offering new books, bears and pajamas to under-served children in the community.
Helaine and her husband, Ron Mario, now spend their time in Arlington, VA - where she continues her advocacy work - Longboat Key, Florida, and Cape May, NJ. She is grateful to be a twelve year cancer survivor and is most proud of her two children and four beautiful grandchildren. Her son, Sean, is the pianist who inspired the classical music background in The Lost Concerto.
When it comes to writing, Helaine wants, more than anything, to tell a good story, create characters with depth, and paint pictures with words. To make people feel. She wants to be a storyteller forever.
HELAINE MARIO, THE LOST CONCERTO
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF, HOW AND WHEN YOU STARTED WRITING.
I always loved reading but never imagined I would write a book. And then I discovered that whatever work I was doing, I gravitated toward the “writing” part of it. So I began writing for the local newspaper. The articles were well-received, but I wanted something more. Until one day, when I found myself thinking of an old friend and wondering ‘what if?’… I reached for a pencil and the words just spilled out. The Lost Concerto was born.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE YOUR NOVEL?
The Lost Concerto was inspired by several personal experiences. The first - sitting on the CT shore wondering whatever happened to my first love – the infamous ‘what if’? The second – learning to love classical music as I watched my son play the grand piano and listened to those glorious pieces. Third – living in the DC area and working for eight years at the White House instilled a fascination with international affairs. And finally, travelling, exploring and being inspired by the beauty of Paris and the South of France.
HOW DID YOU USE YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCE OR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND TO ENRICH YOUR STORY?
For me, writing is not so much ‘write what you know’ as – ‘write what you are passionate about.’ I always have loved the arts – dance, music, art, theater. The arts are, and will continue to be, woven into my stories.
I also have been lucky to have opportunities to travel overseas, and, with time to wander, I discovered atmospheric places that really spoke to me. I could see a whole scene unroll like a film in these places. A cemetery in Paris, for instance. The scenes just wrote themselves.
My reading interests always have centered around novels of World War 2 and the Cold War, and contemporary novels of mystery and suspense. So it was no surprise to me that my first novel, Firebird, told the story of a forgotten spy. And now The Lost Concerto deals with a decades old war-time mystery as well.
Living in the DC area, our daily news is international news. Just reading page 1 of the Post will give you several ideas for a novel. And I did work at the White House for eight years…
ANYTHING AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL IN YOUR NOVEL?
Nope. I write about the women I want to be – courageous,
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