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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 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"

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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Golden-era Hollywood versus Disney’s Hollywood Studios – a side-by-side comparison

I’m freshly returned from a week’s vacation at the so-huge-it’s-almost-overwhelming Walt Disney World resort in Florida. As a Californian, I was curious to see how their Magic Kingdom measured up to the Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom that I’m used to — … Continue reading

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Say Goodbye To Hollywood: revealing the 9th and final Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novel.

The first book in my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah series – The Garden on Sunset – came out in January 2012. Back then, my planned 9-novel rollicking ride through golden-era Hollywood still stretched before me like the yellow brick road … Continue reading

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Releasing the audiobook of “City of Myths” (and other tidbits)

I am very happy and excited and all-things-tingly to announce the release of a new audiobook in my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels: BOOK 8: CITY OF MYTHS I have a new narrator for this one. His name is Price … Continue reading

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Now available! Book 8 in the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels: “CITY OF MYTHS”

Those of us who are fascinated by all things golden-era Hollywood can sometimes forget that it wasn’t the only city in the business of myth creation. When I started writing my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels, my focus was entirely … Continue reading

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“The Ranch” – a Hollywood boyhood reminiscence

Winston Churchill said “History is written by the victors.” I’d like to append that with this corollary: “History belongs to those who record it.” As a history buff–and especially as a Hollywood history buff–I love to hear about it all. … Continue reading

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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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