I have a confession. When I started writing my previous novel – All the Gin Joints, set against the tumultuous making of Casablanca – I had no idea it would be anything but a stand-alone. I had long wanted to write a novel with the filming of the Warner Bros.’ classic as a backdrop, and now its time had come.
However, it wasn’t until I was halfway through the first draft that I experienced an epiphany. I wasn’t merely writing a story that happened to take place in Hollywood during WWII. I was, in fact, telling a much larger story of a fraught time in a place that was central to getting the pro-war, pro-Allies, pro-victory message out to everybody in the world pitching themselves against the Axis.
I realized that in Luke, Nell, Tristan, Beatrice, Gus, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and half the Warners studio, I had a group of people enduring an intense experience together during a turbulent era. Oh, there was lots more story to tell of wartime life in Hollywood.
I’m still tweaking the manuscript ahead of shipping it off to my editor, but I’m now ready to reveal the title and cover art:
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS
a novel of World War II Hollywood
Book 2 in the Hollywood Home Front Trilogy
I am currently shooting for a summer 2022 release, and will soon be ready to reveal the book description to give you a taste of what’s to come. But for now, I’m hoping you’ve taken note that the figure featured in this cover is a girl, which means that the spotlight shifts from All the Gin Joint’s Luke to someone else . . .
Watch this space for more details!
Also by Martin Turnbull:
Book 1 – The Garden on Sunset
Book 2 – The Trouble with Scarlett
Book 3 – Citizen Hollywood
Book 4 – Searchlights and Shadows
Book 5 – Reds in the Beds
Book 6 – Twisted Boulevard
Book 7 – Tinseltown Confidential
Book 8 – City of Myths
Book 9 – Closing Credits
All the Gin Joints: a novel of World War II Hollywood
(Book 1 in the Hollywood Home Front Trilogy)
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