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 ofa 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"

FADE IN: When your book becomes the pilot script for a television show

Imagine, for a moment, that you have an idea for a novel set at the Garden of Allah Hotel on Sunset Boulevard during Hollywood’s golden era. Now imagine that you realize very quickly that the story will stretch over 32 … Continue reading

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Building a bridge out of Hollywood’s Garden of Allah Hotel

A month ago, I announced details of my upcoming novel about silent screen actress, Alla Nazimova, called Chasing Salomé (due out in August 2019. You can see the details here: http://bit.ly/salomereveal) and then passed the manuscript onto my advance readers. … Continue reading

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Revealing: CHASING SALOMÉ – a novel of 1920s Hollywood

During the ten years it took me to write my nine-book Hollywood’s Garden of Allah series, I kept thinking, Alla Nazimova needs a novel of her own. Alla Nazimova in 1921 At the peak of her film career – late … Continue reading

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Literary Luncheons, Drawing Room Afternoons, and bridge parties at the Garden of Alla Hotel, circa late 1920s

Alison Martino from the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page recently contacted me to say that she had been gifted with two pieces of memorabilia connected to the Garden of Allah Hotel and wondered if I had ever seen anything like … Continue reading

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Releasing the audiobook of “Closing Credits” (and a screenshot)

For those of you who prefer to consume their Hollywood historical fiction through their ears, you might be happy to hear about my latest release: the audiobook version of the 9th and final installment in my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah … Continue reading

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Is there life after the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah hotel?

With the release of Closing Credits, the 9th and final installment of my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels, the question naturally became: What’s next? My father recently asked me, “Now that your last book is out, what are you doing … Continue reading

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The end of an era: CLOSING CREDITS, the 9th and final Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novel is now available

It’s not every day that you get to announce the culmination of a project that’s taken ten years, but today is such a day. I am happy and excited and relieved and sad and amazed and more than a little … Continue reading

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