Archive for August, 2010

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Posted in A Writer's Life, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 08-27-2010 by jeffreymartinsnovels

It’s late August. After a long, hot summer, the nights are starting to cool off a bit. Outside, the locusts are buzzing, reminding me that summer has not yet finished running its course. No longer is the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day lazy, like when we were kids; instead, it goes by in a blink. Yet I couldn’t let it go by without paying tribute to it.

My days were full this summer. When I wasn’t out catching the bad guys, I was busy writing. The payoff? I leave this summer with a novel in the final editing stage and a short story released this week on Smashwords. In the true spirit of celebrating summer, I wove a tale focused on the Fourth of July. Mark Blankenship, Chief of Police, makes his first appearance in print since Christmas 2009 in “Dead Holiday” (you can find my books and ebooks in my Amazon store). Against the backdrop of the spirited summer holiday, he chases down a bomber who threatens his town. Of course, I can’t tell you what happens in the end, but suffice it to say that summer in Marcona will be remembered for more than just the temperature.

So celebrate this summer and the release of “Red, White & Blood” with me. Below, you’ll find a quiz of summer trivia. Take it, then email your answers to me at jeffreymartinsnovels@gmail.com by Labor Day (September 6) at midnight. If all your answers are correct, you will go into a drawing to win one of two flash drives that contain copies of ALL my ebooks, including “Red, White & Blood.”

1. What is the most popular ice cream flavor?

a. Butter pecan

b. Vanilla

c. Strawberry

 

2. What county fair ride was first introduced at World’s Colombian Exposition (World’s Fair) of 1893 in Chicago?

a. Carousel

b. Roller coaster

c. Ferris Wheel

 

3. Who won the World Series in 1969?

a. Mets

b. Cubs

c. Orioles

 

4. Brocade, Glitter Palm, and Dahlias are all types of what?

a. Frozen drinks

b. Fireworks

c. Tropical fish

 

5. A sand dollar is actually

a. Pressed sand

b. A marine animal

c. A plant

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Red, White & Blood Released Today!

Posted in New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 08-25-2010 by jeffreymartinsnovels

Independence Day in Marcona has just turned deadly. A crazed bomber has decided to terrorize all in his path, and he won’t stop until his revenge is complete.

Chief of Police Mark Blankenship and his daughter are unexpected targets of the attack, and they find themselves in a struggle for survival. He soon discovers if he doesn’t find the location of the devices or the man himself, all will be lost.

Will Blankenship be able to save the people of the city and disable the weapons of mass destruction…or will the trail of bloodshed include him and everything he loves?

Get your ebook today (for many ebook readers and for your computer!) by clicking here.

Writing Different Genres

Posted in A Writer's Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 08-20-2010 by jeffreymartinsnovels

Today, we talk about writing in different genres and leaving your comfort zone. As most people know, I usually write suspense/thriller novels, but recently, I decided to try something a little darker (okay, serial killers are dark). I have a strong belief, if I intend to be in this writing business for any amount of time, it’s imperative to be flexible in how and what I create for my readers. Now, that can be scary and intimidating, considering most of my fans enjoy my knack for creating a graphic crime scene. But I also understand pushing myself to write outside those certain confines challenges my true ability to write. The fun and joy of putting words on paper has returned back into my blood, and the desire to become a complete writer motivates me more each day.

Btw… A little story called “A Gathering of Crows” is coming this Halloween. So keep your eyes open for it.

New Website for Latest Novel

Posted in New Releases on 08-13-2010 by jeffreymartinsnovels

My latest novel 3:16 will have a few surprises in store for all my fans and followers. One of them is a newly formed website within the storyline. The site is http://www.Konnect2u.com… This is going to be unveiled within several weeks and if you have been following my posts, the antagonist of 3:16(Brandon Thornley),uses this unique social networking site, as he searches for potential victims. I’m excited to present this to you and it also will be the platform for the next giveaway I have planned. So, as I always say… Death is only a click away. Hehe.

Latest Author Event

Posted in Personal Appearances on 08-6-2010 by jeffreymartinsnovels

I wanted to give a shout out to the ladies who work at the Bookworm bookstore in Omaha. Thank you for having me and I look forward to visiting again soon!