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Red, White and Blood…

Posted in A Writer's Life, General Information, Just For Fun! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 07-3-2020 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?

Pre-Order Available Now!

Posted in A Writer's Life, General Information, Get To Know The Characters!, New Releases, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03-7-2019 by jeffreymartinsnovels

I wanted to reach out to everyone as my latest novel is available for Pre-order! For the next 72 hours utilize flash20 for a discount!

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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: http://coldmoonpress.com/coldmoonslivers.html

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

Directions

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 jeffreymartinsnovels@gmail.com.

5. Drawing will be held on Friday, June 3, and announced on the blog at http://jeffreymartinsnovels.com. 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.

BONUS

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: http://tinyurl.com/Read316byJMartin

Goings on at Cold Moon Press

Posted in Just For Fun! with tags , , , , , , , , on 05-1-2011 by Katie

It has been a busy few weeks here at Cold Moon Press. As a new independent publisher, there is always so much to do (in a good way). One thing I can say without hesitancy: I am truly never bored!

One thing I love is being challenged. The last few weeks have offered many wonderful opportunities to learn new things, expand my skill set, and promote the press and its wonderful authors.

For example, at the end of this month, Vonnie Winslow Crist and I will be presenting at Balticon, an amazing conference in the Baltimore area. As a bonus, attendees will be receiving a gorgeous keepsake program, and we’ve secured an ad for our press and current authors. Since many of you aren’t in the area, I thought I might share what our half-page ad will look like. And if you are lucky enough to attend, you’ll find a wonderful surprise when you see the ad for Vonnie’s book, The Greener Forest. It will definately be an engaging treat for readers! So during the last few weeks, I’ve been working on creating advertising, designing promotional materials, and preparing to present.

Next month, Cold Moon Press opens for its first multi-author anthology, Walking Down the Sky. This anthology opens for submissions at the beginning of June and will contain our favorite 13 stories that feature the moon. We hope that if you write urban fantasy, fantasy, scifi, or horror you will consider submitting to us…click on the link above to read the guidelines. The project will be released late fall to coincide with Cold Moon Press’s first anniversary. I’ve been planning and working with some great authors to get their feedback on the project.

We have also been spending time preparing formal marketing plans for distribution. Seasoned writers know that there is a lot of work to be done after the last word is written on the page. Furthermore, authors like our very own Jeffrey Martin know the value in forming a partnership with their publisher to make sure their book is successful. Many, many thanks to him for all his hard work and patience. I’ve been learning so much about the business side of books and their promotion! (And make sure you pick up a copy of Jeff’s book here!).

If you’d like to learn more about Cold Moon Press, please visit our site. Sign our guest book, read our blog, and keep current on all the happenings at our press!