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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Come by and Meet Mary Martinez - one of my most awesome friends!

Thanks, Regan, for hosting the third day of my blog tour. Anyone who would like to know the schedule can check it out here. Each blog a different question from the host. Sort of like a continuing interview. I will also have two giveaways at the end of the blog tour. At the bottom, I’ll tell you how you can participate.

Okay! My turn!
Regan: If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be and what would you ask them that might help further your writing career?

Mary: What a question, you’re going to make me think are you? There are so many people in history I’d love to have met. But to ask them for help in my writing career, I’m not sure.

I think it would be Charles Dickens. He wrote some fantastic stories, and one of my favorites isn’t one of his more well known stories, like Oliver or a Tale of Two Cities. It’s Hard Times, how many of you have read that?

Regan: Actually I have. Several years ago I dug into my dad's collection of all Dickens' work and read all of his books.  He was such a marvelous author and chronicler of his time.
Mary:  He led such a hard life and many of his characters were from those hard times. When he was younger, he pasted labels on bottles of shoe polish for only six shillings a week. Then he was in debtors prison for a while. I guess he had to learn to survive the only way he could. The impressions from his youth made him the great author he turned in to.

What I would ask him? If he considered his early years, what made him a great author or can a person achieve success without living the trials and hardships he went through. Did that make sense? Sometimes I wonder if you have to suffer and feel what your characters feel in order to know how to write it down make your reader feel it also.

I hope not.

Thanks again Regan for having me today.

Um, Mary, you aren't leaving without a blurb for your lastest release, are you?
Mary: You got me. Here is a blurb for my new release Classic Murder: Mr. Romance

Adam enjoys a lifestyle most men only dream of. Then one day he wakes up to find the morning headlines blaring, "Another victim falls prey to Mr. Romance. Who is next?" He suddenly realizes his way of life is not only frivolous, but deadly.

Dubbed Mr. Romance by New York society for his romantic adventures, Adam Fernando Russo loves women. But lately he realizes how lonely it is coming home to an empty house. Can he settle for only one woman? After he makes a list of qualities worthy enough to merit giving up his desirable existence, suddenly recipients of his coveted attention mysteriously fall prey to a murderer. The murders seem unrelated with one exception--all the victims have recently returned from a fabulous weekend rendezvous with Mr. Romance.

Adam’s assistant, Katie Sinclair, knows Adam is innocent with airtight alibis. The police are at a loss so Adam and Katie work together to discover the link between the murders. As luck would have it, their plan to prove the murderer is copying classic Cary Grant movies goes astray just as Adam realizes his perfect woman has been by his side all along.

Where can we find this super sounding read?

Mary:  It's now available from BookStrand Publishing (Electronic Format, Print coming in spring 2011)

For an excerpt and to see the trailer visit my web site:

And you have some giveaways?
Oh yes. Everyone one who participates by commenting on each day of the tour will have their name placed in a drawing for a Photo Album and a signed copy of Watching Jenny.

Everyone who participates and comments on half of the days will have their name in a drawing for a download of Classic Murder: Mr. Romance (or they can wait u

Thanks Mary!!!!!  Oh, and if you want to check out a fabulous cover:


  1. If I could meet one author from time I think that person would be Jane Austen.

  2. Interesting post and one that got me thinking about who I'd like to meet. For me, it would be someone in more recent history. Alistair MacLean had some fascinating tales of WWII.
    Thanks for sharing, Mary and Regan.

  3. Thank Regan for hosting my 3rd day. I'm having a riot.

    I'm glad to find someone who's read Hard Times, most people who claim to love Dickens has never even heard of it.

    Thanks so much!

    Mary Martinez

  4. Tale of Two Cities was one of my tipping point books that made me want to be a writer. It was beautiful, but I wanted the power to make those characters live happily ever after.

    Thanks guys,

  5. I've read some Dickens--A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver, Great Expectations, and A Christmas Carol. I've heard of Hard Times but haven't yet read it. I was in school when I read his other books. I want to re-read them as an adult and see if I still get the same things out of them. Something tells me with life experience I will get more out of them. Dickens is a fascinating person. He fought for the downtrodden because he knew what their lives were like. He'd been there. Good choice, Mary.

  6. Lindsay and Stanalei, thanks for letting me know who you'd like to meet. I always find it very interesting!

    Lesli, I knew you and I were a lot alike!

    Thanks everyone for visiting! See you tomorrow.

    Thanks for having me Regan!