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Cupid’s Kill Part 1…now FREE on Kindle!

Posted in Just For Fun!, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 02-14-2012 by jeffreymartinsnovels

Want a free copy of my latest release, “Cupid’s Kill, Part 1”? Here’s a note from my publisher:

Happy Valentine’s Day from Cold Moon Press. We love our readers…and we’re giving away free ebooks to show it! Throughout this week, you can get a short story for your Kindle from our new line, Cold Moon Slivers. Find out how by clicking here:


Cupid’s Kill, Part 1

Posted in Just For Fun!, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 02-5-2012 by jeffreymartinsnovels

In the next week, I will be releasing part one of my latest short story, “Cupid’s Kill” on Kindle and in several other ebook formats. As a bonus, it will be part of my publisher’s celebration of the opening of their ebook short story line. I will be spotlighted February 12-18, and the story will be available as a FREE download during the “We love our Readers!” week. Stay tuned for how to get your free copy!

Death arrives in diverse delivery methods.

One in particular is a plague to the detectives of the Marcona Police Department. A monster has returned, and he won’t rest until his vengeance is complete. Armed with a paralyzing concoction and the tools of his trade, he targets a select few to add to his collection.

Chief Mark Blankenship, along with detectives Brian Jeffers and Kelli Jordan, face off against the madman, hoping to end his bloody path of destruction.

Unfortunately, they haven’t anticipated the killer will sacrifice at all costs, making one of them his prized token…

Miss My Radio Inteview with Trestle Press? Listen Now!

Posted in A Writer's Life, Get To Know The Characters! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12-9-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels

Just in case you missed my inteview on Gelati’s Scoop on Blogtalk Radio earlier this year, here it is, for your listening pleasure.

Jeffrey Martin and the announcment of the 1st Trestle Press Spring Submission Winner

Holiday Kindness

Posted in A Writer's Life, Just For Fun! with tags , , , , , , , , on 11-30-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels

As he approached his destination, Mark brushed off his coat, noticing a shabbily dressed middle-aged man standing outside of the giant superstore’s entrance. He sat next to a red kettle ringing a small gold bell, trying to get the attention of people as they walked past. Glad I’m not standing out here. Mark thought about bypassing him, too. Instead, he stopped in front of the kettle, reached into his pocket, and removed several waded bills.

He smiled at the man as he placed the bills through the slot. “Hey, why aren’t you inside the foyer doing this? It’s too cold to be out here.”

The man strained to look up as he exposed a toothless grin. “The store doesn’t want me in there…says I need to be out here.”

Not very holiday Joy-to-the-World, good-will-towards-men mindset. “Well, stay warm. Hope I helped a little.” Mark shrugged.

The man stood up but still had a hard time reaching over to pat him on the shoulder. Mark bent over to receive the gracious gesture. The man slipped a foiled wrapped chocolate Santa into Mark’s large hand. “Every little bit helps…have a nice Christmas.”

“You, too, sir,” Mark waved, pocketing the chocolate.

This time of year always reminds me how lucky I am: for my family, for work, for a warm place to sleep at night. I try to make sure that even my characters are grateful, such as Mark Blankenship in my short story, “Dead Holiday.” What ways will you express your gratitude and spread holiday kindness this year?

Meet Me Tomorrow at The Great Iowa Book Event

Posted in A Writer's Life, Personal Appearances with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11-11-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels

Brandon Thornley unzipped his jacket and removed the GPS device. Following the frost-covered trail, he reached the wooded sanctuary that was home to the tools of his real trade. He thought he could give it up and live the life of an honest man, but the hunger for killing was too strong and couldn’t be masked any longer. He forced himself through the dense tree branches, barely feeling their backlash on his exposed face and neck. A few steps further, he stopped in front of a large pine tree. The computer-generated voice from the GPS, which indicated he had reached his destination, startled him.

So tomorrow, what is your destination? If you’re in the Des Moines area, put the Southridge Mall on your GPS, and come meet me and many other great authors at The Great Iowa Book Event. From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., we will be talking with readers and signing books. And if you haven’t picked up your copy of 3:16 yet, there will be plenty on hand. Look foward to seeing you there!

The Great Iowa Book Event!

Posted in A Writer's Life, Just For Fun!, Personal Appearances with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10-15-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels

Find the Clues to My Scavenger Hunt…Win Free Books!

Posted in Just For Fun! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 05-16-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels


Below, you will find 10 parts to our scavenger hunt. Each answer or clue can be found online. Find all the pieces of the hunt, and you will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of two signed copies of my latest novel, 3:16!

Here is what you do.

1. Read the statement carefully.

2.  Find the answer online. Type your answer or cut-and-paste your picture into a Word document.

3.  Type your name on the document, and save the answers with your name in file name (example: Jones – 3:16 scavenger hunt)

4. Submit your answers between now and May 31 to

5. Drawing will be held on Friday, June 3, and announced on the blog at Winner will also be contacted via email.

Scavenger Hunt

1.  In the prologue, Brandon finds his tool bag in the woods using a GPS. Find a picture of a GPS.

2. Detective Patrick Morgan enjoys a cup of hot chocolate. Find a recipe for homemade cocoa (with or without mini marshmallows!).

3. Many of the characters in this novel have a penchant for upscale cars. Find a list of the top selling luxury cars in America for 2010.

4. It’s Christmas time, and Patrick works to decorate his tree with his family. Like many of us, his lights are a tangled mess. Find three tips for keeping lights from tangling.

5. Donovan interviews with Brandon’s company. Find 5 things you should or shouldn’t do at an interview.

6.  Dr. Abbey Krieger earned her degree from a prestigious university and is the medical examiner. Find an online brochure or other information about a college with a strong forensic science program.

7.  The characters sometimes communicate using text messaging. List or find 5 words or phrases commonly abbreviated when text messaging.

8. Some of this story takes place in a snowy graveyard. Find a picture that illustrates that.

9. The killer in this book uses candles. Find an easy set of directions on how to make them.

10. There were snowmen on the front of Brandon’s card to his son. Find a picture of a snowman.


Earn a second entry into the drawing by simply posting this on your social networking site, blog, or website.

Read 3:16, the latest thriller from Jeffrey Martin. Get your copy by clicking here:

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