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About martinturnbull

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"

Announcing the release of the audiobook of “Twisted Boulevard”

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 … Continue reading

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Tinseltown’s next big game-changer: revealing the 7th Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novel

It wasn’t until I started researching golden-era Hollywood that I realized every few years, a game-changer came along that forced Hollywood to pivot. First came the advent of sound; then the perfection of Technicolor; and then Gone with the Wind … Continue reading

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Announcing the release of Book Six of Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels: “TWISTED BOULEVARD””

I am very happy to announce that my new novel “TWISTED BOULEVARD” is now available! ~oOo~ The late 1940s were a perilous time in the film industry. Many Hollywoodites assumed that they were done with the venomous HUAC and that … Continue reading

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When you see your own name on IMDB

As an author of historical fiction that focuses on life in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood during the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, one of my go-to research sites is, naturally enough, the Internet Movie Database. I spend much … Continue reading

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A Wonderland-esque road of unimagined marvels: revealing the 6th Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novel

The Los Angeles Public Library recently featured me in their Local Author Spotlight series (more about that later). I was very flattered to be included, but it wasn’t until the interview was published this week, that I began to reflect … Continue reading

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Dancing the Mambo Italiano at the Garden of Allah…and other news

Almost exactly this time last year, I launched the Spanish versions of my first two novels – The Garden on Sunset aka El Jardin en Sunset –and– The Trouble with Scarlett aka El Problema con Scarlett. I’m very pleased to … Continue reading

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Pillow talk with “Reds in the Beds” – and an audio book tip!

Recently, I received an email from a lovely woman in Connecticut who started reading my books the old-school way: via paperback. Then she was given a Kindle for Christmas, so she migrated to the ebooks. And then she got a … Continue reading

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