Martin’s giveaway

For a while now, people have been suggesting to me that I get onto Goodreads. I was, like, Yeah yeah, I’ll get to it…that and the other 10,000 marketing opportunities that a newly-published author absolutely must must must do to spread the word.

And so I put it on my “I Must Get Around To Looking At That, No, Really I Must List” and left it there for months. One day, in a hour-long convulsion of marketing get-up-and-go, I registered on the site and even got as far as signing up as an author and listing The Garden on Sunset.

And then I did nothing about it for two months.

But this week, I finished the latest draft of book #2 in my Garden of Allah series, The Trouble with Scarlett, and needed a few days’ break from it, so I looked into what the hell I’d signed up for. Holy cow! What a great site!

There are lists of books like “Best Books of the 20th Century”, ” The Movie was BETTER than the Book”, and–this one made me laugh–“Dealbreakers: If You Like This Book, We Won’t Get Along.” There are also reviews, recommendations, book groups, discussion groups, quizzes, and events.

For someone like me–an historical fiction fan–finding this site has opened up shelves of new books and writers to try. It’s like giving the keys of the pharmacy to a speed freak. In fact, with so many new books that sound interesting, I’ve had to force myself to get back to my writing, otherwise it’ll be 2 o’clock in the morning before I think to draw breath again and wonder why all the lights are out.

And then I discovered something else on this site: the Goodreads Giveaway. This program allows authors to give away copies of their book to interested readers (read: potential new fans.) The author gets to chose how many books are given away and how long the giveaway lasts.

As a self-published author trying to get the word out about his novel, the relentless beating of the marketing tom-tom tells you over and over: Word of mouth is your most likely avenue of success so connect with potential readers wherever you can.

So what better place to do that than at a website that’s all about books and the people who like to read them?

Like, duh.

Okay, so I’m a million years late to this bandwagon, but I’m now on board and have just launched my first giveaway.

The giveaway dates are from April 01 to April 08, 2012

If you’re not already a member of, signing up is free so what have you got to lose? And I’m giving away three copies so your chances to win are pretty good!

“The Garden on Sunset” (Garden of Allah, #1) – Giveaway



About Martin Turnbull

The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author writing about the golden era of Hollywood in his series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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3 Responses to Martin’s giveaway

  1. Jaye says:

    You definitely have to let me know how this turns out.

  2. Jo says:

    Yes, I want to know, too– actually I am on the monthly email list, but usually give it a cursory look. I will delve in now, thanks to your advice.

  3. Well, the results are in and the winners have been selected – two from the US and one in Canada. In the week the Giveaway was up, a total of 629 people entered, which I was very happy with. And there was another outcome I hadn’t given much thought to: Before I posted a Giveaway, I had 4 people tagging my book as “to-read” but after it, I had 30 “to-read” tags! So I was very pleased with that!

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