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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!

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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

Meet Me This Weekend!

Posted in A Writer's Life, Personal Appearances with tags , , , , , , , , , on 04-15-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels

This weekend, if you are in the Des Moines or Omaha areas, stop in to say “hi” at the following events! Hope to see you there.

Friday, April 15, 2011, at 12:00 p.m.

The Book Store

606 Locust St

Des Moines, IA 50309

515-288-7267

 Sunday, April 17, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.

The Bookworm

8702 Pacific Street

Omaha, NE 68114

http://bookwormomaha.com/

Listen to My Interview Today with Gelati’s Scoop!

Posted in General Information, Just For Fun!, Personal Appearances with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03-25-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels

Listen to the interview now by clicking here!

Interviewed by Cold Moon Press

Posted in A Writer's Life, Just For Fun!, New Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 02-11-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels

This week, I was interviewed by my publisher, Cold Moon Press. You can read it soon on their website (http://coldmoonpress.com), but I’m posting it here for my fans first! Enjoy!

Tell us about your writing process for this novel.

The creation of this latest work followed the first two books with regards to how I construct my ten chapter outline. In my normal writing calendar, this would mean within 60 days, I would have my first rough draft ready for editing. But 3:16 was very different indeed…after I did a once over of the storyline, I literally had a gag-reflex. (I’m so not kidding.) Simply put, the chapters were lifeless, and the main characters seemed to aimlessly wander the pages without a sense of purpose. So I did what a reasonable author of serial killer novels does…I sent those pages to their new place of residence called the Recycle Bin. I then took a few days scouring my favorite music site and downloaded a compliment of tunes which would assist me in creating something wonderful. All of my characters were redesigned, and any likeness from the previous players was stricken from the record. After I completed a second ten page outline, it was again time to review. A devious grin filled my face as I realized it was time to move forward, and put the other subplots into motion. This novel took almost a year to complete, but I can truly say it was worth it. Now, it’s the fans turn to decide…

This novel has multiple points of view and several main characters, making it your most complex yet. How have you grown as a writer, and what have you done to facilitate that growth?

I knew after my second novel, Deadly Demented, was published. I knew it was imperative to test my writing skill set and spend some time creating a few short stories. I thought, if I could entice readers with a full length work, why couldn’t I accomplish this with a story much less in length? Going from 80,000 words to 8,000 has some very obvious challenges, and I welcomed them with arms wide open. Needless to say, the Mark Blakenship short story series ensued and BELIEVE it or NOT, they don’t involve my patented serial killers or the men who chase them scenario. I have come to realize that the only way to hone this craft and make it believe my next book is always better than my last.

The key to growing in this field is in the ability to research the craft and perseverance of that craft. WRITE! WRITE and WRITE some more!

Describe the three main characters for your book. How are the alike/different?

Ah, only a taste, my dear interviewer. The first character is…drum roll please…Brandon Thornley. He is a security guru for a Threat Assessment Company called Langston Security Solutions. A definite leader of men, Brandon uses his fame and fortune to partake in a murderous reign by using the local social networking website, konnect2u.com. Brandon sends friend requests to select people, and you can only imagine why…Hehe!

Next up is Donovan Petrie. He’s a blue collar type of gentleman who recently has found a hobby of his own, and believe me…it’s truly diabolical and disturbing. Donovan is also one of Brandon Thornley’s select individuals, but Donovan has other plans for the security genuis…but they don’t include playing golf at the local country club.

Finally…Homicide Detective, Patrick Morgan: Yes, he’s the brazen and talented investigator tasked with the challenge to catch a killer, but his competition is fierce, and this individual will do anything to ensure Detective Morgan fails… and I do mean anything.

Let’s ponder the likes of the three.

1. All of them are motivated to accomplish designed goals, and all of them will use any means necessary to ensure their success.

2. All three are confident and understand how this trait works in their everyday contact with outsiders.

Now the differences.

1. Brandon will balance his secret life with his 9-5 career and has little trouble coordinating both.

2. Donovan is fueled by hate and rage, and at that rate… he will unravel.

3. Patrick Morgan is led by honor and commitment, but family obligations are a cross to bear…to say the least.

4. Brandon thinks he’s untouchable and more intelligent than those around him.

5. Donovan is careless and reckless but possesses unseen knowledge the reader would least suspect.

6. Patrick is street savvy and lacks faith.

Where do you get inspiration for your plot?

Now, if I tell you that… you will know the method to my madness…hehe.

Okay, I wanted to use something relevant in this novel with regards to everyday life. A great deal of people use one form or another when it comes to social networking, I wanted to use this as a medium for our killer. This is very real and almost scary to think about. But I think it has a universal tone, and people will be enticed…

What projects are you currently working on? What’s next?

This is like a double secret probation question YOU know…

1. Well, I was trying to complete a Valentines Day short, but as it has developed, Cupid’s Kill will be more than likely be a full-sized novel.

2. Weaving Evil: Female serial killer uses toxins of various deadly insects to seek vengeance on her victims.

3.Death Map: The compilation of Brian Jeffers, Kelly Jordan, AND Mark Blakenship will coordinate efforts to stop a killer who uses the popular geocaching sport to locate potential victims and leaves a travel bug like no other has ever come across…I guess you better find out what a travel bug is…hehe…

Hmm…I should mention the screenplay for my first novel, Lucifer’s Calling, too…

A Great Event at Beaverdale Books!

Posted in A Writer's Life, Personal Appearances with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 02-4-2011 by jeffreymartinsnovels

Many, many thanks to the great staff and my wonderful friends and fans who came out to the signing at Beaverdale Books last weekend! I signed a bunch of books, met some new people, and had a few pics taken (see below).  If you missed this even, make sure you visit Beaverdale Books, and come to my next signing at the Eldora Public Library on February12.

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