Blame the Car Ride

Blame The Car Ride is now on audible. Click this link to see it.

I also have 13 free promotional codes. If you are interested contact me via 

First come/ first served.

Happy listening.


Audible free codes for Mrs, Sedgewick

I have more code numbers for a free audible copy of Don’t Mess With Mrs Sedgewick. allows me to giveaway free downloads in exchange for an honest review to help promote the book. If you are interested please contact me at It’s a great time to have an audible book for your road trip and this is a chance to get one free,
This is the link to the audible book if you want to check it out. I will pass along the codes on a first come first served basis.
The following review is the most recent one on the kindle version.

May 13, 2019

Set in Flathead County, Montana, Don’t Mess with Mrs. Sedgwick rings true about aging in the State of Montana, especially as to the weather. Likewise, the subtitle of the book is truly telling, as it dubs the novel a caper. What is more capricious than life itself as we launch into our 70-somethings? I believe I am VERY qualified to review this lively novel as a Montanan having just turned 70 in January. I am grateful that I am not yet a widow, but I can and do appreciate the rich relationships that the protagonist and her three friends maintain with their deceased spouses. Better yet is the tight bond Roberta enjoys with Lucy, the accusatory cocker spaniel. Marie F. Martin swirls us through her fancy footwork pace that is somewhere at the intersection of old time rock and roll, disco and folk rock culture. Even if you are not ‘of a certain age’ you may well hope to get there. If so, put Don’t Mess with Mrs. Sedgwick on your dance card. It’s a Montana Two-Step you won’t want to miss.

Golfing Season is Back!

A few year ago, I brought back four shot-size bottles of fountain of youth water from Florida. My brother and his wife took me on the adventure to see it. Well, Carol and I didn’t look a bit younger so I thought for sure it’d work on my golfing buddies. Here are the pictures taken on the first tee box by our faithful and patient starter, Tony.

Before the magic water. So sad and not young.

But after the gulp, this magic happened.

We have fun. Glad the season has started.

Don’t Mess With Mrs. Sedgewick

Don’t Mess With Mrs, Sedgewick is now available in an audio version. has given me 25 codes for free downloads in exchange for a review. If you are interested in getting a free copy and giving a review of Mrs. Sedgewick please message me at There are 20 left. First come first served.

This is the link to preview it.



A day of surprises.

I had three surprises today. First one was the lilies on the plant my son-in-law Mike gave me for Easter opened more of their blossoms wider. So pretty.


Next surprise was a trinket found by my writing friend Angie at an antique market. She knows I have a 1940 Indian Motorcycle in my new novel that she is critiquing.

And last but not least. The new audio version of Don’t Mess With Mrs. Sedgewick was released. Here is the link to it if you want to check it out.

This was a completely fun day.

Birthday Bicycle

My great-grand son, Gunnar, shares the same birthday date as I do, so we get together each year to celebrate.   A few days before our date, his dad called to ask if he could store a bicycle he purchased for Gunnar in my garage.  I asked him to also buy a helmet and that would be my gift.

On our appointed day, winter’s snow still piled deep in my yard. It was freezing cold, as the kids hurried from their car with cake and ice cream for celebrating. Gunnar eyed the wrapped package on my table and I told him to go ahead and open it.

“It’s a Bike helmet,” he yelled, then gave me puzzled that clearly asked why would I give him a helmet when he didn’t have a bike to ride? His dad told he better go look in the garage.

Out the back door ran Gunnar, followed by his two brother’s. Racket and yelling emitted and was followed by Gunnar proudly rolling his bike out onto the patio. He stopped dead in his tracks and looked dead serious out across the snow-filled yard, then back at his dad. “Why would you give me a bike with all this snow?”

I am happy to report the snow is melting and Gunnar is now happily riding his Birthday Bike.

March 20th, Spring

First day of spring and the first early crocus opened its face near the foundation on the south side of my house. Snow is still piled high in the yard but quickly melting. The Montana sky is a bowl of the bluest of blues with snowy alpine mountains circling the valley. Summer is on its way.



Birthday Greetings


In the mail this morning, three birthday cards arrived. The card on the right is from my older sister full of all her sisterly love. The middle card is from my younger sister who is an artist and with her loving hands painted me a fun flower card.  The one on the left is from my golfing buddy with the caption “Every year you’re not buried in the yard is a good year.” Hummmm.

Well, I guess that’s a form of love, too.

Encouragement by a Reader

About the time I get discouraged with a story I am writing, I get a five star review on Harbored Secrets like this new one today. I had to share it.

Marie Martin is a masterful writer!
March 1, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This book was exquisite! The story spans a time period of almost 60 years, using flashbacks, and the author does a masterful job of revealing just the right amount of information to us at just the right time — never too early, and never too late. (Probably the best I’ve ever read in this regard.) The author also has a fierce grasp of the English language — she uses a wide variety of words in this book, not to show off her large vocabulary, but because she knows precisely what words work best for the story. In reading it, I experienced the intellectual equivalent of sinking down into a warm bubble bath — a little hot for the first several seconds, but then I relaxed into it and didn’t want to get out. 

Blame The Car Ride is Free on Kindle

Free Kindle downloads on my latest release Blame the Car Ride February 24-25, 2019. Good time to grab your copy.

#Mystery #Suspense

A simple game of chance results in Corinne Cooper’s best friend’s death and sets her on a collision course with a detective still nursing hate from from the past.

Marie F Martin

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