The Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels

Book One: “The Garden on Sunset”

"The Garden on Sunset" by Martin Turnbull

“THE GARDEN ON SUNSET”
Book 1: the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels
by Martin Turnbull

In 1927, violet-eyed Alla Nazimova, the highest paid and most famous actress in the world, converted her Sunset Boulevard movie-star mansion into a hotel and dubbed it ‘The Garden of Allah.’ Before you could say Prohibition-Schmohibition it became a fabled residence-of-choice for hopeful and ambitious arrivals in Hollywood. The likes of Tallulah Bankhead, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Bogart & Bacall, Gary Cooper, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Errol Flynn, Harpo Marx, Orson Welles, and others walked, wobbled, wandered, and wafted through its doors and sometimes into its pool. Drunk. Or naked. Or both. And rarely alone.

Drawn to this hallowed haven is Marcus Adler whose own father has run him out of Pennsylvania. There is only one address he knows: 8152 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood–the home of the luminous Nazimova, a vision in diaphanous lavender tulle who once visited him when he was a child sick with diphtheria. “Come visit me any time,” she whispered into his ear. He takes her at her word but finds her home is now a hotel. With nowhere else to go, he checks in and thinks, Now what? There he meets Kathryn Massey who has run away from her overbearing stage mother to pursue a career as a journalist–God forbid a girl in Hollywood would actually want to use her brains–and Gwendolyn Brick, a hopeful actress from ‘The Other Hollywood’–Hollywood, Florida–who has come to try her luck in Glitter City. The girl is blessed/cursed with a pair of lips that the men in this town are going to be lining up to have a go at. She won’t be able to fight them off on her own.

They band together: three naïve hopefuls madly dog-paddling against a tidal wave of threadbare casting couches, nervous bootleggers, human billboards, round-world Zeppelins, sinking gambling boats, waiters in black face, William Randolph Hearst, the Long Beach earthquake, starlets, harlots, Harlows and Garbos.

THE GARDEN ON SUNSET is the first in Martin Turnbull’s series of historical novels set during Hollywood’s golden age.

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The book is available in all formats – both ebook and paperback:

* You don’t have to have an actual Kindle to read a Kindle format book. You can read Kindle ebooks on virtually anything with a screen. To download the appropriate app, go here: http://amzn.to/x9Kon1

And if you do buy a copy, could I ask you to write an online review? Apparently the more reviews a book gets, the higher its profile and placement in search engine listings, and in “Customers also bought this book” scrolls. It all helps, and I’d be very grateful.

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Book Two: “The Trouble with Scarlett”

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“THE TROUBLE WITH SCARLETT”
Book 2: the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels
by Martin Turnbull

Summer, 1936: Gone with the Wind is released by first-time author Margaret Mitchell and becomes an international sensation. Everyone in Hollywood knows that Civil War pictures don’t make a dime, but renegade movie producer David O. Selznick snaps up the movie rights and suddenly the talk around dinner tables and cocktail parties across the country is fixated on just one question: Who will win the role of Scarlett O’Hara?

When aspiring actress Gwendolyn Brick finally gets her hands on the book, it’s like the clouds have parted and the angels are singing the Hallelujah Chorus. Only a genuine southern belle can play Scarlett and didn’t she spend her childhood listening to Mama’s stories of Sherman’s march and all those damned Yankees? After years of slinging cigarettes at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, Gwendolyn finds a new purpose in life: to become the silver screen’s Scarlett O’Hara. But isn’t that the ambition of every other pretty Hollywood gal with a deep-fried accent? She knows she’s going to have to stand out bigger than a hoop skirt at a Twelve Oaks barbecue.

Marcus Adler finds himself the golden boy of Cosmopolitan Pictures, the vanity production company set up by William Randolph Hearst for his movie star mistress, Marion Davies. He’s written Return to Sender, Davies’ first-ever genuine smash hit and wins a coveted invitation to spend the weekend at Hearst Castle. The kid who got kicked out of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is now the guest of the richest man in America, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Myrna Loy, Winston Churchill, and Katharine Hepburn. But the trouble with flying high is that you have such a very long way to fall. When Marcus’ Hearst weekend turns into an unmitigated fiasco, Marcus finds himself sinking fast. He realizes he needs a new idea to impress the studios—real big and real soon—when the Garden of Allah hotel gains a new resident. F. Scott Fitzgerald arrives in Hollywood with a $1000-a-week contract at MGM but no idea how to write a screenplay. “Pleased to meetcha,” Marcus tells him. “We need to talk.”

When Selznick gives the nod to MGM’s George Cukor to direct Gone with the Wind, it’s the scoop of the year and falls into the lap of Kathryn Massey, the Hollywood Reporter’s newest columnist. But dare she publish it? All scoops are the exclusive domain of the Hearst papers’ all-powerful, all-knowing, all-bitchy Louella Parsons. Nobody in Hollywood has dared to outscoop Louella before, but isn’t it about time someone did? When Kathryn plunges ahead with her story, Louella retaliates low and dirty. Kathryn’s boss loses his nerve and leaves her dangling like a limp scarecrow in a summer storm. Then the telephone rings. It’s Ida Koverman, Louis B. Mayer’s personal secretary, and she has a proposition she’d like to make.

THE TROUBLE WITH SCARLETT is the second in Martin Turnbull’s series of historical novels set during Hollywood’s golden age.

* You don’t have to have an actual Kindle to read a Kindle format book. You can read Kindle ebooks on virtually anything with a screen. To download the appropriate app, go here: http://amzn.to/x9Kon1

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Book Three: “Citizen Hollywood”

"Citizen Hollywood" by Martin Turnbull

“CITIZEN HOLLYWOOD”
Book 3: the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels
by Martin Turnbull

It’s 1939.

An MGM screenwriter seizes a long-awaited opportunity to get his name on the screen.

An outcast gossip columnist searches for a story to put her back on the Hollywood map.

An aspiring actress decides to go for broke before she turns thirty.

Marcus Adler, Kathryn Massey, and Gwendolyn Brick realize it’s now-or-never time to go big in a Hollywood divided over Orson Welles’ debut motion picture, Citizen Kane. When William Randolph Hearst learns that Welles has based Charles Foster Kane on him, he won’t be happy. And when Hearst isn’t happy, nobody is safe.

CITIZEN HOLLYWOOD is the third in Martin Turnbull’s series of historical novels set during Hollywood’s golden age.

Available in all formats, both ebook and paperback:

* You don’t have to have an actual Kindle to read a Kindle format book. You can read Kindle ebooks on virtually anything with a screen. To download the appropriate app, go here: http://amzn.to/x9Kon1

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The Garden of Allah trilogy

The Garden of Allah trilogy is now available in one ebook.Garden of Allah Novels Trilogy ("The Garden on Sunset" - "The Trouble with Scarlett" - "Citizen Hollywood")

 

 

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Book Four: “Searchlights and Shadows”

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“SEARCHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS” Book 4: the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels by Martin Turnbull

At the dawn of 1942, the dark days of Pearl Harbor still loom over Los Angeles. America is now at war, and posters warn home-front Hollywoodites that loose lips sink ships.

Wartime propaganda is the name of the game, and the studios are expected to conjure stories that galvanize the public for the war effort. Marcus Adler is an MGM screenwriter whose latest movie was stolen out from under his whiskey glass, and he’s determined it won’t happen again. He comes up with a sure-fire hit, but his chance to triumph is threatened by a vicious rumor: “Marcus Adler is a goddamned Commie.”

Gwendolyn Brick is the handiest gal with a needle this side of Edith Head. After losing her job at the Cocoanut Grove, she dreams of opening her own dress store. But banks don’t make loans to single girls. However, wartime in L.A. opens the door to an opportunity that will rake in the bucks. But will it be worth the trouble if it drags her back into the orbit of Bugsy Siegel?

At the outbreak of war, the Hollywood Reporter’s circulation starts to shrink like a food rations coupon book. Its lead columnist, Kathryn Massey, realizes she can no longer ignore the obvious: her boss, Billy Wilkerson, is gambling away his fortune—and her future. Could their very survival depend on a place nobody’s heard of called Las Vegas? In the city of searchlights, suspicions can lurk behind every shadow.

SEARCHLIGHTS AND SHADOWS is the fourth in Martin Turnbull’s series of historical novels set during Hollywood’s golden age.

* You don’t have to have an actual Kindle to read a Kindle format book. You can read Kindle ebooks on virtually anything with a screen. To download the appropriate app, go here: http://amzn.to/x9Kon1

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Book Five: “Reds in the Beds”

"Reds in the Beds" - book 5 - Martin Turnbull

“REDS IN THE BEDS” Book 5: the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels by Martin Turnbull

Hollywood’s

Hollywood history is more than just colorful. It’s dripping with red.

As World War II ends, a new boogieman emerges: the Red Menace. When a scandal accuses Tinseltown of being riddled with Communists, MGM writing department head Marcus Adler needs to keep his reputation beyond reproach. Unfortunately in Hollywood, nobody’s past is spotless.

While the House un-American Activities Committee prepares to grill the brightest stars in town, gossip columnist Kathryn Massey is doing everything she can to shed the FBI informer mantle she carried during the war. Desperate to avoid tangling with a notorious mobster, Massey may have to take on J. Edgar Hoover himself to secure her freedom.

The war killed Gwendolyn Brick’s dream of opening her own store, but valuable secrets can creep into the strangest of places. From behind the perfume counter at Bullocks Wilshire, Brick makes a shocking discovery that could revive her dream and change multiple lives for good.

In postwar Hollywood, there are reds in the beds, the sharks are circling, and it’s feeding time.

REDS IN THE BEDS is the fifth in Martin Turnbull’s series of historical novels set during Hollywood’s golden age.

* You don’t have to have an actual Kindle to read a Kindle format book. You can read Kindle ebooks on virtually anything with a screen. To download the appropriate app, go here: http://amzn.to/x9Kon1

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Book Six: “Twisted Boulevard”

Due out November 2016

"Twisted Boulevard" - book 6, Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels, by Martin Turnbull

“TWISTED BOULEVARD” Book 6 in the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels by Martin Turnbull

When the Red Scare ends, paranoia lingers. Can Tinseltown recover to take on television?

After an exile from MGM, ousted screenwriter Marcus Adler is looking for his way back into the biz. When he hatches a plan to start over with a disgraced movie star, a Hollywood censor reminds Marcus that the misdeeds of the past aren’t soon forgotten.

 

Hollywood Reporter columnist Kathryn Massey is always looking for a hot tip. She never expected it would come from Lauren Bacall, and point her toward a new career high. But when a trip to the set of Sunset Boulevard reveals a haunting glimpse into her past, Kathryn isn’t sure who to trust, especially when a hot new rival hits town.

Gwendolyn Brick thought her new store would be a hit, but she never realized it could become a target. Threatened by Los Angeles’ most notorious madam, Gwendolyn will need a Hollywood-style miracle to keep her store alive.

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3 Responses to The Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels

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  2. Fran Wessel says:

    Martin, I feel your pain. After the same angst you are presently feeling, I finally got a book sold. That was back in 1999. First as an eBook, then finally in print. Hold Back Time is still available, but the publishing game sucks and I gave up and now sew fabric art wall hangings, arty purses, and other wonderfully satisfying things. They sell, I’ve made more than I ever did trying to publish and it’s not nearly as frustrating. I’ve had a solo show at an art gallery, and exhibit my pieces regularly. However, I still have one book half finished, another one under the bed gathering dust. If that agent you eventually find needs more talent, give me a call. Good luck in your writing career.

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