Author Archives: Martin Turnbull

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 www.martinturnbull.com and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"

Keep your footing on the shifting sands of myth: revealing the 8th Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novel

A fellow Hollywood researcher and writer recently moaned to me what a challenge it is to tease fact from fiction in a place built on fabrication. The product of this town – the movies – was born of imagination, and … Continue reading

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Announcing the release of the audiobook of “Tinseltown Confidential” (and other news)

It’s a little amazing to me that I am announcing the release of (the audiobook version of) the 7th novel in my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah series, but here we are. Just two more novels to go! I’m deep into … Continue reading

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A summery fruit salad of golden-era-Hollywood-ness from a sweltery Los Angeles

Hello from an unusually sweltery Los Angeles where we can no longer say “But it’s a dry heat” because apparently we don’t have that anymore… At any rate, I realized recently that I hadn’t blogged much of late, but that’s … Continue reading

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Announcing the release of Book Seven of Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels: “TINSELTOWN CONFIDENTIAL”

Way, way back when I started writing the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels, I knew there was plenty of giddy goings-on to write about in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s: the arrival of sound, the end of Prohibition, the coming … Continue reading

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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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