Sunday, November 17, 2013
I'm still playing catch-up on my book trailers, but have finished The Deception trailer, and I'm already working on the book trailer for The Journey. Thanks again to Chillie Willie Groove for the awesome music.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
At long last, The Journey is now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.com/uk.
The Journey is a continuation of The Reunion, with Ian's oldest son, Jeremy, in the leading role. Many Reunion fans have told me their favorite part of the book was the "romance" between Jeremy and Gillian. (It was my favorite part of the book as well.) Some of you have also told me that Jeremy was a very sexy guy. (I think so too.) So, what else can you do, when your leading man has a sexy son? You write him his own story.
The Journey is a much darker story than The Reunion. It begins with a tragedy and the death of a well-liked character from The Reunion. It's followed by another tragedy when Jeremy is kidnapped. The Journey is a story of hope and perseverance. It's also the story of the love between two brothers. But enough prattle from me. Here is a sneak preview from The Journey.
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The knot in Jeremy's stomach grew tighter, the closer he got to the hospital. It seemed like every traffic light turned red in front of him, and all the other drivers were going slower than usual. It felt as if an eternity had passed before he finally pulled into the emergency entrance. He parked his Jeep and raced across the lot, slipping and nearly falling into the slush before reaching the emergency room doors. Once inside, he rushed to the admissions window, asking if his wife had arrived yet.
"Her name's Cassie. Cassandra Palmer. They're bringing her in by helicopter."
The clerk typed something on her keyboard. "She's not here yet, but we're expecting her to arrive within the hour." She handed him a clipboard with some paperwork and told him to take a seat.
He pounded the pen against the clipboard. "What the hell? You've got to be freaking kidding me, lady! My wife may be dying, and you want me to fill out a bunch of damn forms?"
"Calm down, sir." Her voice had a firm, no-nonsense tone. "The doctors need to know her medical history, what medications she may be taking, and any allergies she might have. Someone will come to talk to you, very soon."
He shook his head, letting out a loud sigh as he grudgingly took his seat. A nurse soon approached him.
"Come with me, please."
She escorted him to an elevator. They took it to the third floor, then down a hallway to a small private waiting room. As he handed her the clipboard, she asked him to take a seat.
"The helicopter will be landing shortly. Once it arrives, she'll go straight to surgery. Right now, I need to go over her medical history."
She took out her pen and started asking questions, taking notes as Jeremy responded.
"Well, it sounds like she's in good health, and that'll certainly weigh in her favor. I have one last question for you. Is your wife by chance pregnant?"
"No." Jeremy shook his head. "She's been on the pill for the past few years. We weren't quite ready to start a family yet."
A profound sadness swept over him. He might not only lose his wife, he'd lose the family they would never have. His thoughts were interrupted as another nurse entered the room to announce that the helicopter had just landed. Both women rushed out. Jeremy followed them down the hall. A pair of double doors opened at the end of the hallway. Cassie was wheeled inside, surrounded by a group of people wearing dark-blue scrubs with matching caps. Jeremy stared in disbelief. Cassie looked more dead than alive. An oxygen mask covered much of her face, but what he could see looked ashen. Her hair was streaked with blood. A large, clear plastic box with bloody fluids hung off the side of the stretcher. Another bag, with cherry-colored fluids, hung off the foot. Cassie was bleeding out. He noticed a tube coming out of her side and she was hooked up to several IV lines as well as a monitor. He took a few steps toward her as they wheeled her away, but before he could get too close he felt someone grab him by the arm.
"Cassie! No! Wait! Cassie!" He kept shouting her name as he tried to free himself.
"Come with me, sir," said a female voice behind him.
He stood by helplessly as they turned down another hallway and whisked her out of sight.
"Please, sir, come with me," repeated the woman behind him. "They're taking her into surgery. Trust me, she's in very capable hands. We have one of our best trauma teams working on her."
He looked over his shoulder. A nurse stood behind him, holding his arm. She was young, blonde, and pretty. She gently led him back to the small room where he'd been before. He took a deep breath as he tried to keep the tremble in his voice down.
"How is she? What's her condition?"
"I'm afraid I don't know the details. All I can tell you is she's probably going to be in surgery for the next several hours. One of the doctors will talk to you as soon as they're able. In the meantime, is there anything I can get you?"
"No, thank you." Something about her seemed familiar, although he couldn't place her. "I'll be okay, but please, keep me informed on how she's doing."
"Of course. Just so you know, someone will be coming in to check on you periodically as well. So for now, I'll let you be, but if you need anything, anything at all, come talk to us at the nurses' station. The hospital cafeteria will be open for about another hour or so, if you'd like coffee or a sandwich, and the chapel is just down the hall."
"Thanks. I'll be fine."
He looked at his watch as she stepped away. It was a few minutes past eight. He wondered how everything could have gone so terribly wrong.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Welcome Romance Review game participants. The hints to answer the questions can be found in the sample chapters, linked in the navigation bars above, or in one of the blog articles linked on the left. Good luck with the game, and thank you for participating.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Lately I seem to have gotten into the habit of creating really evil antagonists. So much so that they're even scaring me and leaving me wondering, "Where on earth are these people coming from?" Then my good friend and fellow author, David Lee Summers, explained to me that the antagonist doesn't always have to be an evil villain. He or she could simply be someone whose goals are contrary to the protagonist's goals. So, after listening to David's comments, I decided to give it a whirl and come up with an "un-evil" antagonist. Someone who stands in the way of the protagonist, but has no evil intentions.
Meet Harrison Tyler, or Hal, as his friends call him. A nurse practitioner with an orthopedic surgeon in Phoenix, Arizona, Hal is one of three antagonists who appear in The Journey. We first meet Hal during a time when Jeremy, the leading man, is missing and presumed dead, while Cassie, his wife, is still recovering from a broken leg. The time has come for her cast to be removed, and as luck would have it, the technician is out that day. The job falls on Hal, who immediately falls for Cassie. Larry, her brother-in-law, is also there. He can see that Hal is a decent guy, so he later encourages her to go have coffee with him. A reluctant Cassie finally agrees, just to get Larry off her back.
Cassie sees Hal as a friend who's come into her life at a time when she really needs one. To Hal, however, Cassie is a rare find. And while he hasn't quite fallen in love with her, he knows he wants her, and he's willing to wait patiently until she's ready for him. In the meantime, if that means having to be persistent, if not a little manipulative, so be it. His intention isn't to cause any harm. He simply wants to make Cassie his--before it's too late.
Hal is a purely fictitious character and not inspired by anyone I've ever met in real life. He's that nice guy who's suddenly found himself in the awkward position of wanting something he can never really have, but still trying to reach for it.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
|Photo by Marina Martindale|
Now that I've finished the manuscript for The Journey, I've been taking a little time off and have just returned from a two-week holiday in Scotland. Cynthia Roedig, my editor, has wanted to go to Scotland for sometime now, and we decided we should do it now, before we got too old to do such things. Cynthia is a writer as well. She writes science fiction, historical fiction, steampunk and fantasy, and some of her novels take place in Scotland so, why not travel with her? She came along with me when I went sailing to research The Journey. Besides, I'm of Scottish descent myself, so it's not like she had to twist my arm to make me go.
|Photo by Marina Martindale|
The trip from Tucson, Arizona to Glasgow, Scotland, was a bit long, and changing planes at London's Heathrow Airport wasn't exactly my idea of a good time, but once we got to Glasgow, and had a good day's rest, we were ready to go. We would be taking a two-week bus tour, and Colin, our driver, and Janet, our guide, made the trip enjoyable.We started in Glasgow and drove up the northern coast, through the Highlands, even taking a ferry to Orkney, then back down to Edinburgh. This trip was also a wonderful opportunity for me to do something I really enjoy--photography, and Scotland had no shortage of wonderful scenery.
Will I ever set one of my novels in Scotland? Who knows. Maybe in a future novel one of my characters will take a journey similar to the one I took. In the meantime, enjoy the photos.
|Edinburgh Castle. Photo by Marina Martindale|
|Durness Beach. Photo by Marina Martindale|
|Inverewe Gardens. Photo by Marina Marrtindale|
Friday, September 6, 2013
Hello Romance Reviews Fall Into Romance Hop participants. The two hints for the quiz can be found here.
For the answer to the question, "In The Deception" where did Carrie's boyfriend dump her?: The answer can be found in the "Chapter One The Deception" tab above, or click here.
To find the answer to the question, "What profession is Ian Palmer, leading man in The Reunion," please click on the link, "Meet Ian Palmer," in the sidebar, or click here.
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