Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Horsing Around with the Next Book Trailer

Photo by Marina Martindale
Sometimes it's fun to take a short break, (and just a short break, mind you), from writing to shoot some photos, and perhaps a little video footage, for the next book trailer.

Our next book trailer will be for The Journey. In The Journey, the leading man's life takes an unexpected detour, and along the way he spends a few weeks at a Montana horse ranch. So, during a recent trip to Prescott, Arizona, I decided to do a little horseback riding and shoot a little footage.

I was a real horse lover when I was a kid. Maybe that's why parts of The Journey, and The Reunion, take place at horse ranches. That said, I had my own show horse when I was in my early teens, but that was, shall we say, awhile back. Still riding a horse is like riding a bicycle. Or so they say. It's not that you forget how to ride a horse. It's that your body doesn't quite move like it did when you were a teenager, but I digress. One thing I will say is that when you're on horseback you can venture far off the beaten path and see things that many people don't get to see.

Photo by Marina Martindale
The Journey book trailer will go into production soon, and even if we don't use any of the footage I shot that day, the opportunity to spend a little time back country made it all worthwhile. 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The REUNION Book Trailer

Rob Resetar has completed THE REUNION book trailer, and it was well worth the wait. To say that I love it would be an understatement. Rob hit this one out of the ballpark! As I mentioned in a previous post, we had some real challenges to overcome during production, so the project took a lot longer than we planned, but it certainly worked out in the end.

I want to thank Rob, and everyone else who was involved with this project, for all your time and effort. We couldn't have done this without you.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Meet Kyle Madden, Leading Man in THE BETRAYAL

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One of the things I enjoy doing as an author is crossing characters from one novel into another. After all, they're just sitting there, doing nothing, so I may as well put them to work, right? One of these crossover characters is Kyle Madden, who we first meet in The Reunion. Kyle is the police detective who warns Gillian, the leading lady, about her ex-husband, Jason.

As I began formulating the plot line for The Betrayal, I decided to include a good cop/bad cop story, with my leading man being the good cop. The story would be set in Phoenix, and, rather than create a leading man from scratch, I decided to use Kyle. He'd only played a minor role in The Reunion, as a generic police detective, so he had plenty of potential. In The Betrayal, Kyle becomes a thirty-something divorced dad. We learn that his wife had left him, and their young son, a few years earlier. Kyle wants very much to be a good father, but his demanding career takes up too much of his time, and it has left him feeling burned out. 

Kyle first meets Emily, the leading lady, at an art gallery opening, but they're destined to meet again. This time, however, it's official police business, and Kyle soon realizes that Emily is being framed for a crime she didn't commit. As he fights to prove her innocence, he'll discover that one of his fellow officers is behind the nefarious plot.

Kyle is inspired by all of the dedicated real life police officers out there who put their lives on the line each and everyday. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Arizona Wine Country

Photo by Marina Martindale
Having been born and raised in Arizona, as well as having spent most of my adult life here, is the reason why I've set all of my novels, at least in part, in Arizona. 

Now when most people think of Arizona, they probably think of cactus and desert, and they'd be right. We certainly have plenty of cactus and desert, but there is so much more to this great state. It's actually quite diverse. We have forests and grasslands, and rivers and lakes. There are places where it snows, sometimes quite heavily, during the winter. We even have the Grand Canyon. About the only thing we don't have here is the ocean. So, as a writer, this gives me a lot of possibilities.

Photo by Marina Martindale
Arizona is always changing, and over the past few decades a brand new industry has emerged here--wine making. One of the areas where wines are made is Santa Cruz county, in the southernmost part of state. This area is only about an hour's drive from where I live, and it's also one of the most beautiful parts of the state. This is why I've set part of The Betrayal in Arizona wine country.

Photo by Marina Martindale
My most recent trip down there was to shoot some video footage for The Betrayal book trailer, and I picked a perfect day to visit. (Have I mentioned that photography, like writing, is one of my life's passions?) This time of year when the grass, which is normally yellow, turns green from the summer monsoon rains, and the grapes are ripe and ready for harvest. It's the prettiest time of year, in one of the most scenic parts of the state, and it certainly made for a most memorable day.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Update on THE REUNION Book Trailer Video

Photo by Rob Resetar
Photo by Rob Resetar
Yes, I'm alive and well, although I've been a little under the weather lately, so I'm running behind on my blog posts. Even so, I've been keeping myself busy. Once again I'm working with Rob Resetar on a new book trailer video, this time for The Reunion.

Of all the novels I've written, The Reunion is the one nearest and dearest to my heart. The story was inspired by someone I loved, and lost, many years ago, so I really wanted this trailer to be special. Unfortunately, it got off to a bumpy start due to circumstances beyond our control. As a result, we had to stop production and recast, but they say things happen for a reason. In the end I was delighted with the new cast. They exceeded my expectations, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the final cut. And when I do, you all will be the first to know. In the meantime, I'm sharing a few production stills.



Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Betrayal is Now Available for Pre-order

Good news everyone. The Amazon Kindle edition of The Betrayal is now available for pre-order, and the print edition will be out very soon. Look for The Betrayal to be available for the Barnes & Noble Nook, and other devices, in coming months. To pre-order the Kindle version, please click here, on on the link on the left.

In the meantime, for those of you who simply cannot wait, here is a sneak peek from The Betrayal. Enjoy.


* * *

Emily glanced at the dashboard clock as she waited for traffic light to change. It was nearly one o'clock. In the hour since she left Dr. Lerner's office, her entire world had collapsed around her, and she wasn't sure where to go next. Should she get a hotel room? Or would she be better off staying with her father? Granted, he'd never been fond of Jesse, but he wasn't one to say I told you so either. The light turned green. She sighed and pointed her car toward her father's house. Ten minutes later she pulled into the driveway.
The house looked quiet. Her father didn't get off work until five o'clock, and Susan worked until seven, assuming today wasn't her day off. With any luck, Emily would have the place to herself for a few hours. She still had the house key her parents had given her when she was a teenager. Hopefully, Susan hadn't changed the locks. She put her key in the lock. It turned. As she stepped into the foyer, she got an enthusiastic greeting from Lurch. Lurch was part sheepdog, part collie, and part something else though no one knew exactly what, but whatever he lacked in pedigree, he more than made up for in love and affection. He put his big paws on Emily's chest and she wrapped her arms around him.
"I know, buddy. It's good to see you too."
She gave the dog a pat on the head and stepped into the kitchen. To her relief, Susan was nowhere to be found. She fixed herself a glass of ice water and headed into the family room. A number of family photos stood on top of the mantle. She picked one up and gave it a closer look. It had been taken at the University of Arizona, shortly after the commencement ceremony had ended. Jesse stood in his cap and gown, his face beaming as he held up his diploma. Emily stood at his side, her face glowing as she showed off her engagement ring. She let out a sigh.
"I think we can safely throw this one away now."
 She took the photo from its frame and ripped it in half, taking its remains back to the kitchen and dropping them into the wastebasket underneath the sink. She refilled her water glass and took it down the hallway to her old room. Her old posters had all been taken down and replaced with other artwork, but it still had the furniture she grew up with. A framed photo sat on the nightstand. It had been taken shortly after the family had moved into the house. A fourteen-year-old Emily sat next to her mother on a chaise lounge by the pool. She picked it up and caressed the glass over her mother's face with her finger.
"I miss you, Mom. Everyday. And most especially today."
She set the photo down and plopped down on top of the bed. Lurch came up and joined her. She wrapped her arms around him and burst into tears.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

THE BETRAYAL Will Soon be Released

Finally, it's done. The Betrayal will be ready for printing and distribution this week. 

I started The Betrayal back in November, 2013. This is the longest it's ever taken for me to complete a book, as I had a few personal challenges along the way that slowed things down. Fortunately, that's all in the past, and now my work is done--for now.

The Betrayal is similar in many ways to my earlier novel, The Deception. Both books have adultery as the theme, but this time around Emily, the leading lady is the wife who was cheated on. And, unlike Scott Andrews in The Deception, Emily's husband, Jesse, isn't a player. Jesse honestly loves Emily, but he made the mistake of taking her for granted, and now he'll have to fight to get her back. Look for Steve Hudson, a supporting character from The Deception, to have a minor role, along with another Deception character, Frederick Lancaster. Kyle Madden, a supporting character in The Reunion, is the leading man in The Betrayal, and Gillian Palmer, the leading lady in The Reunion, will also make a cameo appearance.

I really can't say too much more, as I don't want to spoil it for the rest of you. Suffice to say that just like my other novels, The Betrayal is full of twists and turns and plenty of surprises. 

And now to start my next novel, The Stalker.