Meet Tonya Claiborne

a lead character in Aquamarine Tonya Claiborne was first introduced in my earlier contemporary romance novel, The Betrayal.  She was the seventeen-year-old sister of Annette Claiborne, one of the antagonists, and I created her almost as an afterthought. Like her cousin, Emily, Tonya is an aspiring musician. She also has another talent; reading people’s body language. … Continue reading “Meet Tonya Claiborne”

It’s What I Wanted to Write

but at the time I couldn’t Aquamarine is, in some ways, the contemporary romance novel I wanted to write a few years ago, when I wrote The Scandal. The Scandal is the story of Lauren McAllen, a soap opera star who wants to break into the movies while Calvin Michaelson, the main antagonist, would live … Continue reading “It’s What I Wanted to Write”

A Preview of Aquamarine

The newest Marina Martindale contemporary romance novel, Aquamarine, will be released in June. Aquamarine is the story of Tonya Claiborne, a young music student who plans on becoming a music teacher. Tonya’s well-to-do grandmother is helping her through college. Unfortunately for her, it all comes to a sudden halt when her grandmother unexpectedly passes away. … Continue reading “A Preview of Aquamarine”

Aquamarine Book Cover

Once again, cover artist Wes Lowe has come up with an amazing illustration for the upcoming Marina Marindale contemporary romance novel, Aquamarine. Aquamarine is a spin-off from an earlier Marina Martindale contemporary romance novel, The  Betrayal. Seventeen-year-old Tonya Claiborne is the younger sister of Annette Claiborne. A minor character in The Betrayal, Tonya is smart, outspoken, … Continue reading “Aquamarine Book Cover”

The Diversion of The Rival

Somehow between moving to a new state and living though the horrible Covid lockdowns, (which I call Covid Hell), I’ve managed to start working on my next contemporary romance novel. Interestingly enough, it’s called, The Diversion, and it managed to divert another planned contemporary romance novel, The Rival. Staying focused during Covid has been a … Continue reading “The Diversion of The Rival”

A Christmas Scene from The Betrayal

For your holiday reading pleasure, I’m sharing a sample from my contemporary romance novel, The Betrayal. Emily thought she had a good marriage until she caught her husband, Jesse, with another woman. Jesse however, has fought hard to win her back, and his efforts appear to have been successful. To celebrate their reconciliation, he’s taken … Continue reading “A Christmas Scene from The Betrayal”

Spin-offs Not Sequels

A question fiction writers are often asked is will they write a sequel. Some authors do write sequels or perhaps they’ll write an entire series of books, as I did with a series of novelettes I wrote in the 2000s as Gayle Martin. The Luke and Jenny series of historical novels for young readers was … Continue reading “Spin-offs Not Sequels”

No Covid Here

Will I included Covid 19 in any of my future contemporary romance novels? No. I absolutely will not. This isn’t to say pandemics can’t be good subject matter for a novel. For some genres, such as science fiction, mystery, or thrillers, an epidemic can make for an interesting story with plenty of conflict and drama. … Continue reading “No Covid Here”