A funny thing happened on the way to my latest audiobook.

Book 2 in my Hollywood Home Front trilogy – Thank Your Lucky Stars – came out in June 2022 and immediately upon its release, I sent the manuscript to the narrator I’d chosen to do the audiobook. They take a deceptively long time to do well—it’s more than just saying a bunch of words into a microphone—so I wasn’t overly concerned when a good chunk of time had gone by without a word from the narrator. That is, until a couple of months turned into quite a few months, which turned into “Hello? Hello? Is anybody there?”

Turns out, the narrator had had a protracted illness and now that she was well again, she had a backlog of projects to complete before she got to mine. Okay . . . fair enough . . . these things happen. But did I want to wait even longer? Umm . . . no.

So I contacted James Romick, who narrated book 1 – All the Gin Joints – and asked him if, perchance, he knew of anyone who might fill in. Why, yes, as a matter of fact, he did: his wife, Liz. They were actors when they met and now she wanted to become a narrator. It was a perfect solution because book 3 in the trilogy will be a dual-POV novel where we alternate between the hero of All the Gin Joints, Luke Valenti, and Nell Davenport, the heroine of Thank Your Lucky Stars.

More on that book later. Meanwhile, if you prefer to consume your Hollywood historical fiction via your ears, you can now get the audiobook of Thank Your Lucky Stars:

The Thank Your Lucky Stars audiobook is available at:



And speaking of book 3 of the Hollywood Home Front trilogy…

For those of you who have enjoyed All the Gin Joints and Thank Your Lucky Stars, you will be pleased to know that progress on the final book in the trilogy is coming along right on schedule. I have settled on a title and have hired my cover designer. Once it’s finalized, I’ll be revealing it here. So keep your eyeballs peeled for that!

All the best,

Martin Turnbull


Also by Martin Turnbull:

The Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels

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

Chasing Salomé: a novel of 1920s Hollywood

The Heart of the Lion: a novel of Irving Thalberg’s Hollywood

The Hollywood Home Front trilogy
Book 1 All the Gin Joints
Book 2
Thank Your Lucky Stars
Book 3 – coming soon


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About Martin Turnbull

The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author of a series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at www.martinturnbull.com and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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1 Response to A funny thing happened on the way to my latest audiobook.

  1. jacquiturnbull says:

    Great work Martin! Xxx



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