But first, a humblebrag…
One of the hardest parts of independently publishing your own work is cajoling / convincing / coaxing your readers to write a review. Authors live in a world where our success is governed largely by this mysterious secret sauce called “algorithms” – the busy behind-the-scene bees that determine your discoverability – i.e. how potential readers can discover your work. To put it simply, the more reviews your book gets, the more discoverable your book is. And so as an author, I am grateful for every review that someone takes the time to post–be it YAY!, or RASPBERRY! or simply meh.
BUT…when a rave review comes in, as one did recently for Twisted Boulevard, it makes all the difference in the world. Not just to the algorithm, but as an encouragement that my stories of old Hollywood are finding their way to people who find this era as fascinating as I do. I was so touched by what this reader wrote, that I wanted to share part of it with you:
After finishing this book I *may* have sat for several minutes hugging my kindle and bawling my eyes out (yeah, I totally did). “Twisted Boulevard” had it all – laughter, tears and righteous indignation. I love the characters in this book. Over the course of this series so far, they have come to feel like family. And who doesn’t love a story set against the backdrop of classic Hollywood? This book and the series are just fabulous. I especially appreciated the self doubt and slightly adrift feelings expressed by Kathryn and Marcus, following their 40th birthdays.
So with that in mind, I am very pleased and proud to announce the release of the audiobook version of book 6 in the “Hollywood’s Garden of Allah” series: Twisted Boulevard.
My audiobooks narrator – Lance Roger Axt – and has again done a wonderful job breathing life into not just Marcus, Kathryn and Gwendolyn, but also the dawning days of the 1950s.
The Twisted Boulevard audiobook is available through:
(Book 6 in the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah series)
by Martin Turnbull
When the Red Scare ends, paranoia lingers. Can Tinseltown recover to take on television?
After an exile from MGM, ousted screenwriter Marcus Adler is looking for his way back into the biz. When he hatches a plan to start over with a disgraced movie star, a Hollywood censor reminds Marcus that the misdeeds of the past aren’t soon forgotten.
Hollywood Reporter columnist Kathryn Massey is always looking for a hot tip. She never expected it would come from Lauren Bacall, and point her toward a new career high. But when a trip to the set of Sunset Boulevard reveals a haunting glimpse into her past, Kathryn isn’t sure who to trust, especially when a hot new rival hits town.
Gwendolyn Brick thought her new store would be a hit, but she never realized it could become a target. Threatened by Los Angeles’ most notorious madam, Gwendolyn will need a Hollywood-style miracle to keep her store alive.
Twisted Boulevard is the sixth installment in the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah saga. If you like richly woven details, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and characters who come to life, then you’ll love Martin Turnbull’s captivating historical fiction series.
Mary Astor’s Purple Diary by Edward Sorel
Cartoonist Edward Sorel learned of the sensational custody trial endured by actress Mary Astor (of Maltese Falcon fame) in the mid 1930s when he pulled up old kitchen linoleum and found newspaper pages covering the trial. Though forgotten now, the trial was gleefully reported by all the papers, ad nauseum. Astor’s trial has been documented before, but not like this. Not with such warmth and humor – and so many memorable Sorel illustrations!
LA’s Legendary Restaurants – Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played by George Geary
If you’re as much a fan as I am of old restaurants, clubs, diners and menus from Hollywood’s golden era, you’re just gonna lerve George Geary’s book. It takes a look at 60 of the most famous venues around town. Tons of photos and recipes! (See also my website: Hollywood Places)
Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels:
Book One: The Garden on Sunset
Book Two: The Trouble with Scarlett
Book Three: Citizen Hollywood
Book Four: Searchlights and Shadows
Book Five: Reds in the Beds
Book Six: Twisted Boulevard
Book Seven: Tinseltown Confidential (due out June 2017)