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 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"

Announcing the release of “THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: a novel of World War II Hollywood”

A funny thing happened on the way to writing my Humphrey Bogart-Maltese Falcon-Warner Bros-WWII novel, All the Gin Joints. I realized I wasn’t writing a novel at all; I was writing a trilogy. The people who stayed behind at the … Continue reading

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Hollywood’s Garden of Allah Hotel Jigsaw Puzzle Kickstarter campaign

We never really know what’s going to land in our email inbox on any given day, do we? Case in point: Recently I heard from Stephen Sasser, co-owner of the Nance-Sasser Studio in Portland, Oregon, who approached me with an … Continue reading

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Chapter 1 preview of “Thank Your Lucky Stars” – a novel of World War II Hollywood, by Martin Turnbull

Hello fans of golden-era Hollywood, Turner Classic Movies – specifically Warner Bros., and lovers of WWII historical fiction! Last month, I revealed the title and cover for my upcoming novel, Thank Your Lucky Stars, which is book 2 in my … Continue reading

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Revealing book 2 in the Hollywood Home Front Trilogy

I have a confession. When I started writing my previous novel – All the Gin Joints, set against the tumultuous making of Casablanca – I had no idea it would be anything but a stand-alone. I had long wanted to … Continue reading

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Garden of Allah Hotel model scan superimposed over former site at the southwest corner of Sunset Blvd and Crescent Heights Blvd, West Hollywood, March 2022

Today’s post is a departure from my usual vintage photos of Los Angeles. But first, a bit of backstory. Recently, I did an on-camera interview for a documentary about some of Marilyn Monroe’s effects found in a public storage facility … Continue reading

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The gala opening of the Max Factor building, 1666 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, November 26, 1935

I always assumed that the opening of the new Max Factor building at 1666 N. Highland Ave in Hollywood on November 27, 1935 was probably a big deal, but until I came across this photo and started digging a little … Continue reading

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For those of you who live in Los Angeles…

Those of you who live in L.A. might like to know that I’ve been asked to moderate what promises to be a wonderful evening at the Hollywood Heritage Museum opposite the Hollywood Bowl. Richard Niles, the stepson of Jesse Lasky … Continue reading

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Bogie in your ears

For those of you who prefer to listen to their books, I’m very happy to let you know that the audiobook version of my novel ALL THE GIN JOINTSa novel of World War II Hollywood Book 1 in the Hollywood … Continue reading

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A preview visit to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

After too many delays to count, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is finally opening on September 30th, 2021. As a founding member of the museum, I recently had the opportunity to attend on of the preview days. I am … Continue reading

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Announcing the release of “ALL THE GIN JOINTS: a novel of World War II Hollywood”

Unless we’re a part of the Psychic Friends Network (does that service even still exist???) we never really know what life has in store for us, do we? And maybe that’s a good thing. Take me, for instance. If anyone … Continue reading

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