Sprucing Up My Author’s Page

I decided it was time to update places on my website, blog, and face book page.This seemed to be a reasonable plan. It is now a week and I think I am finally done. This is my new banner after six tries for the designer to try and satisfy my pickiness. I think she did.

Then came the part where I had to update the different places I need the new banner. I am pleased to say the banner is now updated on Amazon, Face book and my blog. Still am not done. so I will go into the second week before I find all the places I need to change. The following is a picture of my great-grandson and me looking for books to buy him. This boy wants to read. that was more fun.

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A Big Surprise!

 

The other day an email from Amazon arrived in my in box. I opened it and it was advertising that Prime day is back and they had my four books listed in a row at the top.

Thank you, Amazon for the promotion and I did see an uptick in sales. You just never know what a day will bring. I couldn’t get the whole thing in one screen shot but am happy with two.

Happy reading, Marie

 

Ratham Creek on free Kindle download.

Ratham Creek is free on Kindle 6/2-6/3 2018. 

I had a new cover made for Ratham Creek and feel it’s a much better image for the thumb nail on the Amazon sales page. I am offering free kindle downloads to readers on 6/2-6/3 2018.  Here’s the new cover. My late husband helped with the research for this novel. We drove high into Montana mountains and were given permission to climb up to an old granny’s decaying still shack where moonshine was distilled. We saw an old school and a church that I used in this story. Also a local bar for one of the fight scenes. I want to thank the mountain people for their sharing with me. Hope you download and enjoy the story.

A story of family and the hurts that separate them

Montana Boy.

Just a Montana boy with his fishing pole at a pristine lake. Life is good.

My Yard Is In Bloom

 

I was out mowing today and got to looking at the perennials that were in bloom and it dawned on me it is actually the middle of May already. there is a hidden picture snapper in one of them.  I love the early blooms.

 

Maternal Harbor

 Spread out during the months of April, May, and June BooksGoSocial will be promoting Maternal Harbor. Their suggestion was for me to do some blogging about the story behind the book. It sounds like a reasonable request so I will turn my attention on the first book I  published on Amazon Kindle. For this posting I have borrowed some words from my website http://www.mariefmartin.com

Writer wannabes are told to write about what they know.  Sounds easy enough, except I had not traveled the world or had an interesting job or run a brothel or committed murder.  What could I possible know that would appeal to readers?  Well, I know about babies and pregnancy.  I know that upfront and personal.  Four children in five years is a good teacher, and at the time of writing Maternal Harbor ten grandchildren blessed our family.  Okay, how could I make that into a story that readers would like.  They like suspense. So two ideas were born.  Babies and suspense.

What else?  I knew about Seattle and Montana.  Now I had two settings. And, love.  Ah, I knew love. I knew about fear.  Would my children grow, be safe, love each other, learn, make their own way?

These thoughts were the earliest concept for my character Teagan and her friends.  I also knew about friendships, how they form and grow into dependence on one another.  My core group is my golfing buddies, who cheer me on.

So the idea was born, written and grew to become Maternal Harbor. Help along the way was a tough critique group and a few classes at the local college.

Maternal Harbor has been downloaded on Kindle over 200,000 times, carries 4.1 rating on 632 reviews. I believe the story worked because I stayed in my own experiences and added the crimes from watching many crime shows on tv. If you have questions I can be emailed through my website.       

Marie F Marin

 

 

Fun New Review

A fun new review on Mrs. Sedgewick. Sharing it because golf season is almost here.

5 stars Don’t Mess With Mrs. Sedgewick Scores a WHOLE in One
ByAmazon Customeron March 26, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don’t Mess With Mrs. Sedgwick is a complete delight. With just enough suspense and lots of humor, Marie F. Martin MASTERS the interactions and detective skills of her senior lady friends who PLAY THROUGH the ROUGH of some real detective work TO A TEE.

Sneak Preview

Yesterday I managed to write the words “The End” on my new story. Now the rewriting begins but the storyline is there. So fun.

Here is a sneak preview of the book cover built by Art by Karri. She is a gem of a designer. I have some months of working on the manuscript ahead so don’t know yet when it will be released, but wanted to give my readers a look/see.

Limping?

My golfing buddies better be high stepping and without limps. Only a few months until green grass and mowed fairways.

Harbored Secrets Free ON Kindle

Jan 14th and 15th, 2018 Harbored Secrets will be on free promotion. A good time to download a read for your new Kindle you got at Christmas.

Reviewers have been kind to Harbored. 638 reviews with a 4.4 rating. Check them out on my sales page. http://amzn.to/1c8YYaC

In May of 1935, Blinny Platt’s homestead shack burns to the ground forever leaving her family asunder, scattering them like the embers flew on the Montana wind. She was only eight-years-old, sent away and in charge of her little sister. She could handle that because Platts take care of Platts.
However, it is the hidden secrets of her parents smoldering beneath the charred remains that haunts Blinny until 1982. She once again leaves the home place to build a house for herself. As the foundation is poured and the walls go up, each of the hurtful memories are uncovered. Finally the mystery, left in the ashes of the burned home, is revealed. How could her mother do what she did?

A sampling of Five-Star Reviews:

This is a tale so well told, you can smell the sage, feel the heat, and pain this family shares. I wish more authors crafted their characters so well.  Renita Hulsey Five-Star Reader Review.

The author was a master at weaving the past with the present.  Quaintreader Five-Star Reader Review

Martin knows family dynamics and human frailties.  From these she has crafted a heartbreaking story, of love, loss, and endurance.   Barb Ward Five-Star Reader Review

https://www.amazon.com/Marie-F-Martin/e/B00APR5XHS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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