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Unable to attend? Just call us at 904-241-9026 and we will reserve a signed/personalized copy for you.

Ron Whittington, "Free Surface Effect" and other Parker Glynn novels

Saturday, June 29 from noon to 2 pm

Local thriller writer Ron P. Whittington will be at The BookMark to sign coies of his Parker Glynn books.

Join us, talk with him about his series and have a book signed.

In his latest novel, "Free Surface Effect", businessman-turned-spy Parker Glynn faces off against al-Qaeda as the terror group targets cruise ships and major U.S. seaports. This is the third in the series which also includes "Second Strike" and "Doppelganged."

Lori Roy, "Gone Too Long," (Dutton Books, $28.00)

Friday, July 12, 7 pm

"A riveting mystery, brilliantly crafted and weighted with real-world resonance. . . . A timely thriller that will stay with the reader long after the last page has been turned."
-- Kirkus (starred review)

"A book so good you can't look away."
--O Magazine, "Best Books of Summer"

"Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy entangles readers in a heart-pounding tale of two women battling for survival against a century's worth of hate. On the day a black truck rattles past her house and a Klan flyer lands in her front yard, ten-year-old Beth disappears from her Simmonsville, Georgia, home. Armed with skills honed while caring for an alcoholic mother, she must battle to survive the days and months ahead. Seven years later, Imogene Coulter is burying her father--a Klan leader she has spent her life distancing herself from--and trying to escape the memories his funeral evokes. But Imogene is forced to confront secrets long held by Simmonsville and her own family when, while clearing out her father's apparent hideout on the day of his funeral, she finds a child. Young and alive, in an abandoned basement...

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Mary Kay Andrews. "Sunset Beach," (St. Martin's Press, $28.99)

Tuesday, May 28 at 7 pm

"Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews' signature wit, heart, and charm." (St. Martin's Press)

Andrews is a former journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and is well known for her much-loved beach reads. Her works include: "The High Tide Club", "The Beach House Cookbook", "The Weekenders", "Beach Town", "Save the Date", "Ladies' Night", "Christmas Bliss", and more.

In "Sunset Beach", Drue Campbell is out of work and feeling a little desperate. At her mother's funeral, her estranged father, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up after a twenty-year absence, and offers Drue a job at his firm. To make the job even less appealing, the office manager is her father's new wife, and coincidentally, Drue's "frenemy" from the eighth grade. Drue reluctantly takes the job. In the meantime, she inherits a run-down beach shack from her grandparents. When a suspicious death occurs in a nearby resort, Drue is drawn into a case that may, or may not involve corruption at her father's firm.

Sunset Beach combines mystery, family secrets, a hint of romance, and a little bit of home renovation--perfect fodder for a great beach read!

C.H. Hooks, "Alligator Zoo-Park Magic," ( Bridge Eight way Press, $15.95)

Friday, May 10th at 7 pm

"Alligator Zoo-Park Magic" centers around two friends who live unapologetically on the edge of poverty in the rugged, un-decorous part of the South. Jimmy, a single father with an addict ex, and Jeffers, a magician whose tricks are closer to miracles--both are immersed in a place where trailers and Hot Pockets dominate the landscape, and alligators roam free. When Jimmy witnesses "losing" his best friend to his biggest trick gone awry, he reflects on their lifelong friendship and what it really means to escape.

"Alligator Zoo-Park Magic is in the best tradition of southern literature--it's fast and funny, dark and desperate." (Shane Hinton, author of "Pinkies" and editor of "We Can't Help It If We're From Florida."

Robert Macomber, "Honoring the Enemy: A Captain Peter Wake Novel (Naval Institute Press, $29.95)

Friday, April 12 at 7 pm

This epic saga just gets better and better, and represents the best blend of accurate history, deep character analysis, and heart-stopping action being written by any sea writer today. -- Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret), Supreme Allied Commander at NATO 2013-2018, Author of Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans

Honoring the Enemy is the story of how American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba in 1898 and, against daunting odds, fought their way to victory. 

Capt. Peter Wake, USN, is a veteran of Office of Naval Intelligence operations inside Spanish-occupied Cuba, who describes with vivid detail his experiences as a naval liaison ashore with the Cuban and U.S. armies in the jungles, hospitals, headquarters, and battlefields in the 1898 campaign to capture Santiago de Cuba from the Spanish. His younger friend, and former superior, Theodore Roosevelt, is included in Wake's story, as the two of them endure the hell of war in the tropics. 

Robert N. Macomber is an award-winning author, internationally acclaimed lecturer, Department of Defense consultant/lecturer, and accomplished seaman.

Honoring the Enemy

Nickolas Butler

Nickolas" Butler, "Little Faith," (Ecco Press, $26.99)

Friday, March 29 at 7 pm

Like a favorite flannel shirt, relaxed and comfortable, well-crafted even as it deals with issues of life and death, faith and doubt --- Kirkus Review

In Butler's breathtaking yet devastating novel (following The Hearts of Men), a family is ripped apart and nearly destroyed when one of its own gets involved with a radical church. Set in a gorgeously rendered rural Wisconsin, the story unfolds over the course of a year, as 65-year-old Lyle and his wife, Peg, grow increasingly uneasy as they watch their once estranged adopted daughter, Shiloh, fall under the influence of a faith healer. Butler weaves questions surrounding faith, regret, and whether it's possible to love unconditionally into every page of this potent book. This is storytelling at its finest.

Little Faith

Celebrate Women's History Month with "Rona Recommends"

Monday, March 25 at 6:30 pm

For the 17th year, The BookMark will partner with the Jacksonville chapter of NOW to celebrate Women's History Month.  The event will be held on Monday, March 25th at 6:30 PM. BookMark owner, Rona Brinlee, will talk about good books written for, and/or about women.

This popular annual event will include light refreshments and lots of lively conversation.  "I love this event," offers Rona Brinlee.  "I look forward to the opportunity to talk about great books and participate in some wonderful discussions!"

Renee Linnell, "The Burn Zone,"(She Writes Press, $16.95)

Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm

After seven years of faithfully following her spiritual teacher, Renee Linnell finally realized she was in a cult and had been severely brainwashed. But how did that happen to someone like her? She had graduated magna cum laude with a double degree. She had traveled to nearly fifty countries alone before she turned thirty-five. She was a surf model and a professional Argentine tango dancer. She had started five different companies and had an MBA from NYU. How could someone like her end up brainwashed and in a cult?

The Burn Zone is an exploration of how we give up our power -- how what started out as a need to heal from the loss of her parents and to understand the big questions in life could leave a young woman fighting for her sanity and her sense of self.  Part inspirational story, part cautionary tale, this is a memoir for spiritual seekers and those who feel lost in a world that makes them feel less than perfect.

Brad Parks, "The Last Act," (Dutton Books, $26)

Friday, March 15 at 7 pm

International bestselling author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction's most prestigious prizes.

Tommy Jump is an out-of-work stage actor approached by the FBI with the role of a lifetime: Go undercover at a federal prison, impersonate a convicted felon, and befriend a fellow inmate, a disgraced banker named Mitchell Dupree who knows the location of documents that can be used to bring down a ruthless drug cartel. . . if only he'd tell the FBI where they are. 

The cartel has quickly risen to become the largest supplier of crystal meth in America. And it hasn't done it by playing nice. Still, Tommy's acting career has stalled, and the FBI offer is too good to pass up.

Using a false name and backstory, Tommy enters the low-security prison and begins the process of befriending Dupree. But Tommy soon realizes he's underestimated the enormity of his task and the terrifying reach of the cartel.

A former reporter with The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger (Newark), Parks lives in Virginia with his wife and two children

Steve Berry, "The Malta Exchange," (Minotaur, $28.99)

Tuesday, March 12 at 7 pm

"[Berry] really is very good at the historical-conspiracy thriller; he's a skilled writer--much more so than Dan Brown, to whom he's often compared--and a more dexterous plotter than many of his contemporaries. Fans of the Malone series will give this one an enthusiastic thumbs-up." -- Booklist

The next in New York Times top 5 bestseller Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series involves the Knights of Malta, a papal conclave, and lost documents that could change history.

The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document from the 4th century. Former Justice Department operative, Cotton Malone, is at Lake Como, Italy, on the trail of legendary letters between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini that disappeared in 1945 and could re-write history. But someone else seems to be after the same letters and Malone is forced into a hunt involving the legendary Knights of Malta and the Secreti, an ancient sect intent on affecting the coming papal conclave. With the help of Magellan Billet agent Luke Daniels, Malone races the rogue cardinal, the knights, the Secreti, and the clock to find what has been lost for centuries as the election of the next pope hangs in the balance.

Roger Johns, "River of Secrets : A Wallace Hartman Mystery" (Minotaur, $27.99)

Saturdy, March 9 at 7 pm

Herbert Marioneaux, a Louisiana politician infamous for changing his mind on hot-button issues, has been murdered and his body posed to send a message. Baton Rouge homicide detective Wallace Hartman has to figure out who's sending that message. DNA points to Eddie Pitkin, a social justice activist who also happens to be the half-brother of Wallace's childhood best friend. But murder seems out of character for Pitkin. As Wallace digs deeper, she unearths a possible alibi witness, along with evidence that points the finger of suspicion at Marioneaux's son.

While Eddie's supporters are convinced of his innocence, his enemies are equally certain of his guilt.  Wallace is forced to untangle a trail of old and disturbing secrets unaided by those she most needs to trust.

 Roger Johns is  a former corporate lawyer and college professor with law degrees from Louisiana State University and Boston University. He was born and raised in Louisiana, though he and his wife now live in Georgia. Dark River Rising is his first novel.

B. A. Shapiro," The Collector's Apprentice,"' (Algonquin, $27.95),

Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm

"Lush, atmospheric . . . Shapiro's romantic and suspenseful art thriller will delight historical- and crime-fiction fans." -----Booklist

It's the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris--broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence--and exact revenge on George.

When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates--including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives . . . and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder.

B. A. Shapiro is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger and the bestseller The Muralist. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan. Her website is

Marietta McCarty, "Leaving 1203: Emptying a Home, Filling a  Heart," ($15.95, pbk)

Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm

Bereaved following her mother's death, McCarty faces the daunting task of emptying her beloved family home. How might she find a way through the inevitable emotional turmoil and the accumulation of more than five decades in the house at 1203?

Told with McCarty's characteristic wisdom, marvel, exuberance, and good will, LEAVING 1203 is about navigating that way through. The author draws on all available resources--friends and strangers, food and laughter, life lessons learned in the very house she now empties, and, not least, her newly-inherited West Highland terrier, Billy. McCarty simultaneously learns and deftly teaches the fine arts of remembering, letting go, and holding on to what matters most. She not only finds the way through, she shows the way.

An engaging raconteur, McCarty invites you in and welcomes you home. She exposes her generous heart and pulls you close. This wondrous volume is a gift to its readers--a hug, long held.

McCarty is the author of bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, Nautilus Gold Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, and The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes.

Karen Rose, "Say You're Sorry,"(Berkley Books, $26)

Tuesday, February 12 at 7 pm

“Fans of Lisa Gardner and J.D. Robb will enjoy this outing and be on pins and needles waiting for the next installments.” – Publishers Weekly

Introducing the first book in the new pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose. 

There is a serial killer on the loose, preying on vulnerable women. The only identifiable mark the killer leaves are letters--sometimes one, sometimes two--all carved into the torsos of his victims. Together they spell "Sydney." 

When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he has found his next victim. But despite her small stature, she fights back with an expertise that quickly frees her. Before fleeing the scene, Daisy also manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace from around the killer's neck. 

The necklace is more than a trivial item--it is a link to a cold case that Special Agent Gideon Reynolds has been tracking for seventeen years. With Daisy's help, Gideon finally has the opportunity to get closer to the truth than ever before. 

But they might not get the chance, as the serial killer has a new target: Gideon and Daisy.

Karen Rose is the award-winning, #1 international bestselling author of twenty novels, including the bestselling Baltimore and Cincinnati series. She has been translated into twenty-three languages and her books have placed on the New York Times, the Sunday Times (UK), and Germany’s der Spiegel bestseller lists.

Book Club Night with Penguin Random House

Monday, February 11, 7 pm

We are delighted to welcome our publishing house representatives after having to postpone due to Hurricane Michael. All three reps will be here to talk about what book clubs are reading and discuss the books hitting the shelves soon. Join us for an evening of discussing books which will not only make for good book club reads full of a wide range of topics, but also good reads period.

Charles Martin, "What If It's True?: A Storyteller's Journey with Jesus,"  (Thomas Nelson, $24.99)

Tuesday, February 5 at 7 pm

The author of thirteen novels which have been translated into seventeen languages, Martin explores the story of Jesus in the Bible.  Though many books have been written about Jesus, this one approaches it in a different manner.  As a NYT bestselling novelist, Martin uses his skill and imagination as a storyteller to illuminate key moments in the Scriptures.

"Instead of endeavoring to prove the historical accuracy of the Bible or outlining how to defend the Christian faith, novelist Martin (The Mountain Between Us) examines how life would be different if the Bible was taken to be literally true in this meticulous work... Deeply reflective and heartfelt" (Publisher's Weekly).

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. "The Mountain Between Us" was recently made into a movie.

Bill Prince Music is My Ticket

Bill Prince, "Music is My Ticket," (Windrusher Hall Press, $14.99 pbk)

Saturday, February 2, 7 pm with Vic DiGenti

Tracking the musical journey of Bill Prince could keep a family of mapmakers busy for years. This master musician has traveled and performed in all 50 U.S. states and in 81 countries. He has walked the historic streets of Europe, the dirt pathways of South African villages, and sailed the oceans, performing his unique multi-instrumentalist show on multiple cruise ships. Music Is My Ticket touches on historic events like the Cuban Missile Crisis, while providing insights into the music and musicians Prince played with--the famous and not-so-famous personalities he met during a remarkable career.

Bill formed strong bonds with many musicians, former students, and fellow teachers over the years, and you'll hear from some of them. Their shared memories add insights into a life rooted in music, describing Bill Prince as a once-in-a-generation talent. From the time he picked up his first trumpet at the age of eight, writing his first arrangement in junior high school, to performing with celebrated big bands and performers, Bill's musical gifts took him places he could only dream about.

No need to pack your bags to accompany Bill Prince on his musical journey, but hang on tight and enjoy the life story of a joyful traveler who made his mark on the world of music.  Plus, he promises to bring one of instruments and play for us.

James Rollins, Crucible: A Thriller ( SIGMA Force Novels #13 ) (William Morrow & Co,. $28.99)

Saturday, January 26 at 7 pm  Introduced by Steve Berry

In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.

Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend's wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. With no shred of evidence to follow, his one hope to find the woman he loves and his unborn child is Kat, the only witness to what happened. But the injured woman is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak--until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to "unlock" her mind long enough to ask a few questions.

What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest for answers that are connected to mysteries reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history--a Medieval text known as the Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches. What they uncover hidden deep in the past will reveal a frightening truth in the present and a future on the brink of annihilation, and force them to confront the ultimate question: What does it mean to have a soul?

James Rollins is the author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and one of the "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets--and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight. He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Tim Dorsey, "No  Sunscreen for the Dead" ( Serge Storms #22 )

(William Morrow & Co, $26.99)

Friday. January 25 at 7 pm

"Dorsey's novels are unfailingly entertaining: his characters are meticulously described...and Serge is, hands down, the most smoothly charming, irrepressibly goofy, joyfully out-of-his-mind series lead in contemporary mystery fiction." Booklist

In this epic adventure that jumps between present day and the tumultuous times of the Vietnam war, mystery fans are in for a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of bestselling author Tim Dorsey.

Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. This time, Serge's interest is drawn to one of the largest retirement villages in the world--also known as the site of an infamous sex scandal between a retiree and her younger beau that rocked the community.

What starts out as an innocent quest to observe elders in their natural habitats, sample the local cuisine, and scope out a condo to live out the rest of their golden years, soon becomes a Robin Hood-like crusade to recover the funds of swindled residents. After all, our seniors should be revered and respected--they've heroically fought in wars, garnered priceless wisdom, and they have the best first-hand accounts of bizarre Floridian occurrences only Serge would know about. But as the residents rally for Serge to seek justice on their behalves, two detectives are hot on the heels of Serge and Coleman's murderous trail.

Over 20 years ago we were the first bookstore to request Tim for a reading.  Little did we know that he would become the famous and prolific author and chronicler of the now legendary Serge.

**This is Tim's birthday, so come share your good wishes!

John Kerry, "Every Day is Extra," (Simon & Schuster, $35)

Tuesday, December 4 at 7 pm

John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life--from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years--a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history. 

"Every Day Is Extra" is John Kerry's candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war. 

Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state--Ohio--of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement. 

"Every Day Is Extra" is Kerry's passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington. 

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for fifty years. "Every Day Is Extra" shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

This event will be held in the large Dance Trance studio directly behind our store. Signing tickets will be provided when you purchase your book.

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Unable to attend? Just call us at 904-241-9026 and we will reserve a signed/personalized copy for you.