On March 18th, 2020, I was invited to present my books and visit with a book club about my novels and how I came to be a writer. They provided a nice table with a linen cloth to put my books on display and was given a wonderful piece of raspberry pie. In the dining room, I sat at a lovely oak table in a lovely home facing the group of women. I only knew one and hadn’t seen her since my children were small. That’s a long time ago. As we chatted and ate the pie, I felt their need to hear about my writing. So it started. I explained how my great-great uncles had homesteaded in the valley and about raising my children here. I could feel them begin to relax and tease a little bit with fun questions. After pie they gathered in the living room and I had the pleasure of explaining each one of my five books to them. They wanted to know the source of my stories and if they were Montana stories. I explained how ordinary small little happenings were the beginnings of each book and expanded on that. And yes the setting for each is Montana. That’s what I know. They listened carefully, asked questions and seemed to have fun. They bought seven books and then informed me they needed to have their business meeting. I left feeling appreciated, pie in my tummy and money in my pocket. Book clubs are fodder for an elderly author.
Thank you, Fort Nightly Book Club for the chance to share my work with you.
Yesterday, Jarrett my five-year-old great grandson came for a visit while his Mom and two big brothers went to an Eagle Scout ceremony. We played, put puzzles together and cooked. The Jarrett asked if we could hide from his brothers when they came to pick him up. Sure, why not, but we needed to put a sign on the back door for them. I got out paper and a marker and wrote, THE BIG BAD, BAD, BAD. I looked at Jarrett and asked what animal he wanted on the note and with bright eyes and a big grin he said, “FOX.” So, we hung a sign saying the “ A BIG BAD, BAD, BAD FOX GOT US” on the door. Then we watched through the kitchen widow for the car to pull up. Jarrett yelled, “They’re here!” and we ran fast as we could and hid in my closet. We heard the back door fly open, kid steps running upstairs, downstairs and through the house into my office. Then they were in my bedroom, my closet door opened and we jumped and yelled. Scared Brycen and Gunnar. I am still laughing at the looks on those three boys faces and that the chosen bad animal was a fox. Picture by Nathan Hennessy
I tripped on my porch steps and have some bruises. Of course I told my daughter about it. I got a drawing from her in the mail this morning. I love the cartoon characters she draws. She spoils her Mom.
My golfing buddy, Ellie, brought this center piece, she made, over the other day and told me to keep it on the porch back for a week or so to keep it fresh. Who could do that? IT’S IN MY LIVING ROOM AND I’M LOVING IT.
October 5-6 2019 Ratham Creek is free on kindle. It’s a good time to download it for a winter read. Arianne Hollis is a new widow, has to sell her home, and is attacked by a grizzly bear. The story answers how she survives and finds happiness among a feuding small town in the Montana mountains.
I am having a free download day on Maternal Harbor. 9/23/2019. Maternal Harbor: Marie F Martin: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
A reviewer left this on the sales page a few days ago, Twists and turns everywhere! I loved the tension in the book. A must read! I loved this book so much!
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I still have some promotional codes from audible for free downloads of my three audio books. If you want a free one just let me know. I will pass them out on a first come first served until I run out.
Ratham Creek is now on Audible for your listening pleasure.
Ratham Creek is a historical/Romance with woman-in-jeopardy suspense
Arianne Hollis figures tossing a rose in her husband’s grave is the worst of all endings. Then reality sets in when she is forced to sell their home and use all her savings to clear his debts. To escape and come to terms with her future, she moves into an isolated cabin along Ratham Creek. In the quiet Montana setting and with a new job in the nearby small town, Arianne begins to recover. She meets Ross Ferrell, a handsome lonely member of the clannish mountain people. He slowly wins her love, but a deadly family feud erupts among rival groups living along the creek. Arianne can’t understand the violence that runs deep in Ross and his family. He cannot abandon them. Then Arianne becomes a target. Can she avoid the same vengeance that’s corrupting the clan? Can she save him and their relationship?
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I am happy to have another of my stories in listening form.