Welcome, Mary Martinez, to my little corner of the cyber-world!
I met Mary last summer at RWA Nationals, and we've enjoyed keeping in touch since. I'm excited to have her here today as she promotes her newest release, Classic Murder: Mr. Romance. Read on to learn a little bit more about Mary and her writing.
Mary: Thanks, Amy, for hosting the fourth day of my blog tour. Anyone who would like to know the schedule can check it out here. Each blog is a different question from the host. Sort of like a continuing interview. I will also have two giveaways at the end of the blog tour. At the bottom, I’ll tell you how you can participate.
Amy: How have books/reading/writing played a significant role in your life?
Mary: Wow, I’m not sure how to answer this. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without reading. My earliest recollections of my favorite books were, Boxcar Children and Harriet the Spy. Mmm, I love suspense - maybe I get that from Harriet, LOL.
Actually growing up I would love to read about anything. I tried to write a few things for a youth magazine when I was in high school. Nothing panned out on that. Then I got married.
I read a lot of romance during that period of my life. I read Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsay and Heather Graham (her old historical romances). Now I read her contemporary suspense.
When the kids were young I tried my hand at an historical, this was before computers. You cannot take three young kids to the library to research. Add that to the fact it was the worst drivel you ever want to read. I determined I’d wait until they were older and it turned out that they were grown and out of the house before I could find time to write.
When my oldest was about 10, I went through a divorce and had to find a full time job. Then I met my husband. We both had three kids and we ended up with the Brady bunch—yes they all lived with us. When to find the time to write?
To tell you the truth waiting until later to write is the best thing. I’ve learned so much, not to mention I’ve experienced more of life.
I’m not sure if that answered your questions or not. LOL.
Thanks again, Amy for having me today.
Here is a blurb for my new release Classic Murder: Mr. Romance
Adam enjoys a lifestyle most men only dream of. Then one day he wakes up to find the morning headlines blaring, "Another victim falls prey to Mr. Romance. Who is next?" He suddenly realizes his way of life is not only frivolous, but deadly.
Dubbed Mr. Romance by New York society for his romantic adventures, Adam Fernando Russo loves women. But lately he realizes how lonely it is coming home to an empty house. Can he settle for only one woman? After he makes a list of qualities worthy enough to merit giving up his desirable existence, suddenly recipients of his coveted attention mysteriously fall prey to a murderer. The murders seem unrelated with one exception--all the victims have recently returned from a fabulous weekend rendezvous with Mr. Romance.
Adam’s assistant, Katie Sinclair, knows Adam is innocent with airtight alibis. The police are at a loss so Adam and Katie work together to discover the link between the murders. As luck would have it, their plan to prove the murderer is copying classic Cary Grant movies goes astray just as Adam realizes his perfect woman has been by his side all along.
Available from BookStrand Publishing (Electronic Format, Print coming in spring 2011) http://www.bookstrand.com/classic-murder-mr-romance
For an excerpt and to see the trailer visit my web site: http://www.marymartinez.com/mrromance.html
Now to the giveaways, everyone one who participates by commenting on each day of the tour will have their name placed in a drawing for a Photo Album and a signed copy of Watching Jenny.
Everyone who participates and comments on half of the days will have their name in a drawing for a download of Classic Murder: Mr. Romance (or they can wait until it’s in print for a signed copy)