Friday, November 2, 2018

Colorado Dreaming

Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Photo by Marina Martindale
Along with Hollywood, my next book, The Scandal, will also take place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I lived in Colorado in the late 1990s, and it truly is a beautiful state. Sometimes I wish I hadn't left, however, circumstances were such at the time that I had no choice. Maybe that's why I've used Colorado as a location in so many of my novels. It's a way for me to go back and visit, at least vicariously, a state that, in my opinion, is one of the most scenic and beautiful in the country.

Steamboat Springs is an old ranching and mining town that's now become a popular tourist destination, much like Durango and Telluride. It's also a few hours' drive away from Denver and Colorado Springs, making it the perfect literary location as it's easy for my characters to travel back and forth from those bigger cities to Steamboat Springs. It also has a cool sounding name. 

Living in Arizona means I'm fortunate enough to be able visit Colorado, and a few years ago I took a trip there that included Steamboat Springs. Since that time, however, I've acquired much better camera equipment, and I've learned how to shoot and edit video. I hope to return to Steamboat Springs sometime soon, but in the meantime I'll end with a video I shot of southwestern Colorado, (under a different name.) It features Ouray, another beautiful mountain town that looks a little like Steamboat Springs.


Colorado Dreaming from Gayle Martin on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

It's Creepy All Year Long

I've been getting some nice reviews for The Stalker on Author's Den, and the readers are pretty consistent with their comments about not being able to put the book down. 

The Stalker is probably my darkest story to date, and it's definitely high on the creep factor, making everyday seem like Halloween for leading lady Rachel, and after reading this small sample you may agree. Enjoy.

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They headed out to the parking lot. After Alice drove away, Rachel turned her attention to Shane.
"So, what'd you think?"
"I like her. She's like you, in a lot of ways."
"You think so? I always thought that because we're really only half-sisters, we weren't that much alike."
"Well, in that case, you're each other's better half. Seriously, you two have a great relationship. I wish I could have been closer to my own sister, but there's such a big difference in our ages. By the time I was old enough to get to know her, she'd gone off to California for college. After that she only came home for short visits."
"It's never too late, you know," said Rachel. "Maybe you should call her sometime, just to say hello."
"Well, maybe. We'll see. Meantime, I'll walk you to your car."
Rachel was parked a few spaces away. She stepped up to the driver's side door and reached into her purse for her keys.
"Thank you again, Shane, for such as wonderful evening. I'm glad you liked my sister."
"You're welcome."
He gazed into her eyes and slowly leaned down to kiss her. It was a gentle, yet passionate kiss. When it was over, he wrapped his arms around her and pulled her in close as he kissed the top of her head. A sense of calmness came over her as she basked in the warmth of his embrace, but her mood quickly shattered as pair of glaring headlights shined in her face. A red pickup truck slowly drove past. She watched as it turned out of the parking lot and drove away.
"Are you all right?" asked Shane.
She nodded toward the street. "That truck. I've seen it a lot lately. Over the past few weeks it's been going up and down my street."
"Are you sure? There are plenty of red pickup trucks in Tucson."
"Yes, I'm sure. It's a red Dodge Ram, with California plates."
"And that's a popular model. Maybe someone from California recently moved into your neighborhood."
"Maybe," she replied, "but that particular truck has a small dent, just above the left rear wheel, and I recognized the same exact dent on the truck that just drove by."
"It's okay, Rachel. I know what you're thinking, but it's been weeks since we bumped into Craig Walker, and you've heard nothing of him since. I'm beginning to think his being at the same hotel where we had our reunion was one of those weird coincidences. In the meantime, we're only a few blocks away from your place, so it's entirely possible that someone from California has just moved into your neighborhood."
Rachel remained unconvinced, but she didn't want to start an argument. "Well, hopefully, you're right. Maybe it is just a coincidence."
She unlocked her car door and Shane gave her a final hug and another quick kiss before she slipped behind the wheel. He stood by as she fired up the engine and waved goodbye as she slowly headed out of the parking lot.

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The Stalker is available on Amazon and

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Stalker Book Trailer

Drum roll please. The new book trailer for my novel, The Stalker, has gone live, and I couldn't be happier.

My good friend Rob Resetar, has done it again. The Stalker is a much darker story than my other novels, and Rob wanted to do it film noir style, to give it a more creepy feel. The result is amazing. He's really captured the essence of the novel.

Enjoy the video.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Entering the Home Stretch for my Next Book Trailer Video

A makeup artist at work during production of The Stalker Video.
Photo by Marina Martindale.
The Stalker book trailer video will be launching soon, and, just like before, I'm working with my dear friend and co-producer, Rob Resetar, of Rob Resetar Video.

The Stalker is my darkest story to date, and we wanted a dark, creepy feel to the video, so early on Rob decided film noir would be the way to go. It was the perfect choice, and the result, once again, is spectacular. I'm really look forward to launching it. I also have some other exciting projects lined up with Rob, and will tell you more about them later. 


Saturday, August 25, 2018

I'm Going Hollywood

© Can Stock Photo / PerseoMedusa
My next book, The Scandal, begins in Hollywood, and I'm having a blast writing it. Hollywood a bizarre place indeed. There's no other place like it in the world. (Thank goodness!) Things happen there that you could never, ever, get away with anywhere else, which means that as writer, the sky's the limit. My characters are doing all kinds of crazy stuff. No wonder I'm having so much fun writing this one.

The inspiration for this story goes back many years to when I was a young, budding artist, and I had a cousin who played on a soap opera. She was kind enough to allow me to draw the cover art for her fan club newsletter, and, when she left the show, she invited me to her wrap party.

Now, here's the dirty little secret. Hollywood wrap parties are just as boring as any other corporate employee party. The only difference is the faces are more recognizable. However, in my story, my character's wrap party will be anything but boring.

I've created a lead character who's very different from my cousin. She's completely fictitious, and the title implies, she'll be unwittingly caught up in a major Hollywood scandal, with the rest of the story focusing on her struggle to reinvent herself and move on to a whole new chapter in her life. So stay tuned.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

No Politics Just Entertainment

I posted this meme on Facebook with the comment, I swear, on everything that is holy, this story isn't set in Washington, D.C. And people are getting the joke. They're giving it lots of likes.

All jokes aside, I keep my books politically neutral. I do so by design. It doesn't matter if I'm conservative or liberal, roughly half of my fans would be the opposite, and I don't want to lose half of my fans.

As a fiction writer, my job is to entertain my readers--not tell them what to think or who to vote for. The whole idea of reading a novel is to take a break from reality for a little while. Something which, in my opinion, the romance genre does quite nicely, as the focus is on the relationship between two people who've fallen in love. As a footnote, romance includes a number of sub-genres, such as sweet romance, (no sex) erotica, and gay and lesbian, which, depending on the authors, may or may not have political undertones. I happen to write sensual romance. It seems to be one of more popular styles of romance, again with the focus on the relationship between two lovers.

For those who are interested, there is a genre called, "political fiction." Famous novels in the genre would include George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm. I read both when I was in high school, and they are indeed interesting books. There's a time and a place for everything, however, my novels aren't the place for a political debate. 


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Meet Martha Morrison, the Antagonist in THE LETTER

© Can Stock Photo / zdenkamicka
Unlike many of my antagonists, Martha isn't an evil person, although she is extremely annoying. She's the kind of person who gets under your skin like a bad rash.

Martha and leading man Danny dated briefly, and Danny told her upfront there would be no strings attached. What he didn't know was that the recently divorced Martha had been married to her high school sweetheart, the only man she'd ever dated. Lonely and vulnerable, Martha ignored Danny's conditions and latched onto him, believing that he was the man she was destined to spend her life with. Danny met Stephanie a few weeks later and ended his relationship with Martha. But even without Stephanie, Danny had already decided to move on. 

Martha's reaction to their breakup wasn't what Danny expected. She thinks Danny simply needs a time out, and she fully supports him dating other women. In her mind, dating other women will prove to him, once and for all, that she's the only woman for him, and she's willing to wait for as long as it takes. In the meantime, she'll stay in touch. She starts with emails and text messages, but when a family member openly disapproves, she switches tactics and starts writing hand-written letters to eliminate an electronic paper trail. She also thinks hand-written letters are more romantic. And while Danny never responds to any of her messages, he's keeping all of her letters in a file to build a case against her; a move that, will, unfortunately, have serious unintended consequences for him.

Unlike like Craig Walker, Martha isn't a stalker, nor has she set out to intentionally cause any harm. She's a desperately lonely woman, afraid of being on her own, and unable to accept the fact that Danny isn't love with her.

We have a saying in the writing business that goes, You can't make this stuff up. Martha is loosely based on a woman who dated a friend's husband before he married my friend. The old girlfriend kept writing him love letters after they'd broken up because she believed he'd come back to her someday, but he of course never did.