Monday, December 3, 2018

Remembering Gloria

Photo by Marina Martindale
It's been a challenging couple of weeks. My  dear friend, and proofreader, Gloria Gray, suffered a serious stoke earlier this month, and, sadly, she has passed away from complications.

Gloria was my proofreader for The Stalker, and The Letter. She had been a proofreader for a newspaper for many years, and she was a delight to work with. She had an eagle eye when it came to finding typos, misspellings or wrong homonyms. She would also let me know if a paragraph seemed ambiguous or confusing so I could change the phrasing. She used to talk about the characters and the things they did. She really loved my books, and was one of my biggest fans. I talked with her a few times about my current book in progress, The Scandal, and she told me how she really looked forward to proofreading it.

Gloria and I also shared a love of music. In fact, we met through a mutual friend who is a jazz singer. I also took her with me to a few other musician friends' gigs, and she always enjoyed them. 

People like Gloria don't come along everyday. She had a good heart and she always had your back. She will most certainly be missed.

MM

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

My New Blog

Don't worry, Marina Martindale's Musings will still be here. However I've started up a new photography blog.

As most of you already know, photography, like writing, is one of my life's passions. Must be why some of my characters, like Carrie Daniels in The Deception, and Danny Woodruff, in The Letter are photographers as well. I've even shared a few of photos here. However, this blog really is about my books, so the new one is for photography only. And don't let the name fool you. I create things under different names. I hope you'll go over and have a look. Here's the link.


Meantime I'm coming along on my latest manuscript, so stay tuned for more.

MM

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A New Composite Video

Photo by Marina Martindale
I've done enough book trailer videos by now to combine footage from all of then into a cool little mini-trailer inspired by you, my readers. The one comment I read time and time again in your reviews is that you couldn't put the book down, so this new video illustrates the point. I'll be using it on Facebook and Twitter, and probably on Amazon too.

Thanks, you guys. You're the best, and I love hearing how much you enjoy my books.

MM


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.

MM




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 BarnesandNoble.com






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.

MM

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. 

MM