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Chapter 1 preview of “All the Gin Joints – 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, cover, and description of my upcoming book: ALL THE GIN JOINTS A novel of World War … Continue reading

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Revealing: ALL THE GIN JOINTS – a novel of World War II Hollywood

During the past couple of years since I finished writing my Hollywood’s Garden of Allah series, I have written a couple of biographical novels: specifically Chasing Salomé about actress Alla Nazimova, and The Heart of the Lion about MGM producer, … Continue reading

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Exhibitor’s Herald, December 25, 1926, announcing the plan for The Garden of Alla(h) Hotel on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles

You’d think that after a dozen years researching and writing about the Garden of Allah Hotel, that somewhere somehow I’d have come across this announcement in the Exhibitor’s Herald, December 25, 1926 that Alla Nazimova planned to turn her movie-star … Continue reading

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Peters family photos of the Getty mansion used during the filming of “Sunset Blvd” at 641 S. Irving Blvd, Los Angeles, 1949

I was recently contacted by Teresa Peters who told me that her grandparents, Cletus and Della Peters were the caretakers of that mansion and would I like to see some family photos of their time there. Naturally, I told her … Continue reading

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An original neon sign from the Garden of Allah Hotel is now for sale

Quite a few years ago – ten or twelve, maybe – while researching the Garden of Allah Hotel for my series of novels, I happened upon a photo of one of the hotel’s original neon signs. This sign that had … Continue reading

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Teasing the stuff that dreams are made of because this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Yesterday, I wrote the two sweet words you get to type after you finish the first draft of a new novel you thought would take three months but ended up taking four. I never like to give out hints of … Continue reading

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Recreating (pieces of) the Garden of Allah Hotel

I recently came across a photo of a letter dated February 6, 1939, written from the Garden of Allah Hotel, 8152 Sunset Boulevard at the gateway to the famed Sunset Strip. As I studied the photo, I realized that I … Continue reading

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Would Irving Thalberg have enjoyed audiobooks?

Irving Thalberg, the legendary head of production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer once said famously (or infamously as it turned out) “Novelty is always welcome but talking pictures are just a fad.” He had to be convinced on the idea of adopting that … Continue reading

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“Chasing Salomé” audiobook and other news to share

I’m very happy to let you know that the audiobook version of my novel about Alla Nazimova  – Chasing Salomé – is now available. For this release, I accepted an offer from Oasis Audio, who wanted Chasing Salomé to be … Continue reading

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Announcing the release of “THE HEART OF THE LION: a novel of Irving Thalberg’s Hollywood”

Imagine that you were born with a blazing desire to make your mark on the world, and that you knew you had what it took to achieve those far-reaching ambitions. And then imagine that your birth coincided with the rise … Continue reading

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