Monday, January 16, 2012


Mary Martinez
Thank you, Caroline, for inviting me to visit your blog. I love blogging about myself. Yes, I’m totally self centered. I’m long winded and I bore people to death with my enthusiastic words about nothing. Okay so I’m joking. Really. I hope. Now I’m worried. Before I make matters worse, I’d better just start.

Caroline asked me to share how I researched for one of my books. I picked CLASSIC MURDER: MR. ROMANCE. Why? Because I had a blast doing the research for the book. Without giving away the story line, I’ll tell you a bit about what was so fun.

The story has a lot to do with old classic Cary Grant movies, as you’ll see from the blurb. When I came up with the idea, which was actually while I was watching one of his movies, I thought hey what if… And I can’t say more than that. I rented as many of his movies as I could and I watched them all. I had a note pad next to me and made notes throughout the movies. It was a Cary Grant Marathon. I loved every minute.

After I finished, I was actually sad. I had pages of notes. The next couple of days I went through, crossed out what I couldn’t use and highlighted what I thought would work. I went from there. I write by the seat of my pants with just a basic idea of the beginning the middle and almost the end. If it’s a murder mystery, I never know who the murderer is until I find out writing the book.

Here’s a bit about CLASSIC MURDER: MR. ROMANCE


Adam enjoys a lifestyle most men only dream of. Then one day he wakes up to find the morning headlines blaring, "Another victim falls prey to Mr. Romance. Who is next?" He suddenly realizes his way of life is not only frivolous, but deadly.

Dubbed Mr. Romance by New York society for his romantic adventures, Adam Fernando Russo loves women. But lately he realizes how lonely it is coming home to an empty house. Can he settle for only one woman? After he makes a list of qualities worthy enough to merit giving up his desirable existence, suddenly recipients of his coveted attention mysteriously fall prey to a murderer. The murders seem unrelated with one exception--all the victims have recently returned from a fabulous weekend rendezvous with Mr. Romance.

Adam’s assistant, Katie Sinclair, knows Adam is innocent with airtight alibis. The police are at a loss so Adam and Katie work together to discover the link between the murders. As luck would have it, their plan to prove the murderer is copying classic Cary Grant movies goes astray just as Adam realizes his perfect woman has been by his side all along.

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I also have a big announcement to share with all of you. And yes you are the first, unless you’ve been to my web site already.

Coming Soon The Beckett Series!

DISAPPEAR (Book 1) Release March 2012.

There will be a Kindle giveaway in honor of the Series release! Watch my web site and blog for details!

Caroline thank you, again, for inviting me. I have had a great time today.

Mary, Cary Grant was one of my all-time favorite actors. And how exciting for you to have a new series in the works. Thank you for sharing with readers today! We’ll be watching for more news of The Beckett Series.

Please remember that our Amazing Author Event is in progress. I'm including yesterday's author, Cathie Dunn, because I neglected to give her url yesterday. Here's the lineup:

Jan. 15. Cathie Dunn -

Jan. 16. Maggie Toussaint -

Jan. 17. Patsy Parker -

Jan. 18. SG Rogers -

Jan. 19. Linda LaRogue -

Jan. 20 Jacquie Rogers -

Jan. 21. Karen Nutt -

Jan. 22. Anna Kathryn Lanier -

Jan. 23. Barbara Edwards -

Jan. 24. Ginger Simpson -

Readers, please return Wednesday or Thursday for a chat with my friend Susan Macatee. Thanks for stopping by!


Caroline Clemmons said...

Mary, thanks for being my guest today.

Mary Martinez said...

Thank you for inviting me today. I'll check back during the day and watch for comments. I did enjoy writing up my blog post for you.

Thanks again!

Marie Higgins said...

Mary, I LOVE your Classic Murder story! And I know I'll LOVE your Becket Series, as well. You are a great writer and I'm happy to know you!! Congrats!


Mary Martinez said...

Thank you for dropping by Marie! Thanks for the lovely comments, it's always nice to hear!

Beth Trissel said...

Hello Mary. How very interesting your books sound. I'm glad to 'meet' you.

L.L. Muir said...

Sounds like 2012 is going to be a great year for your books, Mary.
Congratulations on all of it!

Mary Martinez said...

Thanks LL, I hope so!

Nice to meet you also, Beth!

KRBailey, Author said...

Mary - great blog. Your book sounds very interesting, and I love old Cary Grant movies. Sounds like you're really on a whirl.