Phoenix by Mark Dawson

Hi all,

Today there’s something a little different for you all. Mark Dawson, creator of the John Milton series of books, has a new novella called Phoenix out today, but there’s a little bit of a story that goes with it…




On 16th May, the independent thriller writer Mark Dawson is releasing Phoenix, a new novella in his bestselling Beatrix Rose series, which follows a ruthless government assassin with a conscience, with all proceeds going to his friend Emma Johns, who four years ago was diagnosed with breast cancer.


Although her cancer is incurable, Emma is fundraising to have access to a ‘miracle drug’ which she hopes will at least secure her a little longer with her six-month old son Phoenix. She was diagnosed with breast cancer four and half years ago. Last year, she was startled to discover that she was pregnant, having previously been told that the chemotherapy would make her infertile. Despite having been exposed to chemotherapy for eighteen weeks, her ‘miracle baby’ Phoenix was born a little premature, but healthy, in December last year.



Unfortunately, in order to give birth safely Emma had to stop her treatment and, as a result, the cancer progressed to her hip and lower spine. Her type of cancer (triple negative breast cancer) is very aggressive; grows very quickly; has a poor prognosis; and doesn’t have any targeted treatments. She has tried 5 previous chemotherapy treatments, and her last option is a trial drug called Pembrolizumab, which is only available privately, for the sum of £40,000. She has hit her target, but needs to raise more money to support her family.


In order to raise money for Emma, Mark has written a new Beatrix Rose thriller, named for baby Phoenix, with all proceeds going to Emma’s family. Published 16thMay as an eBook, and priced at £1.99, Phoenix has already been pre-ordered over 4,000 times, reaching #13 in the Amazon Kindle Store. All the editing and cover design has been done for free. Phoenix sees Beatrix Rose team up with Mark’s other assassin character John Milton to track down a missing scientist in Venezuela. But there, Beatrix will uncover a secret that will change her life forever.


With more than two million downloads, Mark Dawson is a bestselling indie author on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple with over 20 published titles including his John Milton series, Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose. His books have been compared to Jack Reacher (“It’s impossible not to think of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher” John Sutherland, The Times), and both the Beatrix Rose and Isabella Rose series have subsequently been acquired by Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint. His John Milton titles are available as audiobooks via Audible and he has recently sold movie rights to another of his series to a well-known Hollywood producer.


To donate, please visit Emma’s GoFundMe page:

To purchase your copy of Phoenix, and to rise some money, click the link below:

Phoenix (Beatrix Rose) by Mark Dawson

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