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, and she has an uncanny ability to read people’s body language. We also learn that like her cousin, Emily, Tonya is an aspiring musician.

We meet an adult Tonya in Aquamarine.  She’s now a promising music student whose well-to-do grandmother was helping her pay for college. But when her grandmother unexpectedly passes away, Tonya’s world turns upside down. 

Aquamarine was a fun book to write, and I really liked the cast of characters. Look for Aquamarine in February, 2022.

Marina Martindale

And in case you haven’t read it yet, The Betrayal is available on Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com

 

 

 

 

The Scandal Book Cover

A book cover with a woman buttoning her blouse. Two men are standing behind her, and the famous Hollywood sign.

My illustrator, Wes Lowe, has come through once again, and he’s created his best cover illustration to date. 

The Scandal is a contemporary romance novel set in Hollywood. Soap opera star Lauren McAllen has recently left the role that made her famous and she’s landed a supporting role in a major motion picture. Unfortunately for Lauren, her dream of stardom will shatter before the camera starts rolling. The studio head is soon accused of wrongdoing, and she’s unwittingly caught up in a major scandal that rocks Hollywood.

While this contemporary romance novel has been the most interesting one to write so far, it’s also required more research, and revisions, than anything I’ve done before. I’ve learned a lot about television and film production, and it’s. very interesting 

Marina Martindale

Update: The Scandal is now available on Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.

THE LETTER Book Cover

The Letter front cover.

My illustrator, Wes Lowe, has once again created a brilliant cover illustration for my upcoming contemporary romance novel,  The Letter


The Letter begins with lead character Stephanie’s accidental discovery of a love letter to Danny, her significant other, from his old girlfriend. Hurt and confused, Stephanie is unsure of what to do. A close friend advises her to talk to Danny, but she hesitates. After thinking it over, Stephanie assumes that his ex was simply feeling lonely and has since moved on. Unfortunately for her, things are not as they appear.


Look for The Letter in late spring, 2018.

Marina Martindale

The Stalker Book Cover

Once again my illustrator, Wes Lowe, has hit it out of the ballpark. His cover art for my upcoming contemporary romance novel, The Stalker, captures the essence of the story perfectly. 

The Stalker is the story of a woman harassed by a former coworker. Rachel considered Craig a mentor until she got a promotion he thought she didn’t deserved. The magazine they worked for as since gone out of business, but Craig continues to harass her, and the stakes are becoming deadly. 

In the following excerpt, Rachel is getting acquainted with Shane, a former classmate, at their ten year class reunion.  

Marina Martindale

A reading sample from The Stalker

They excused themselves from their table, and Shane led the way to a lounge on a lower mezzanine level. A man playing a guitar sat off to the side while a few hotel guests were seated around the tables. Shane led her to a long sofa and a waitress soon arrived.

“Would you like a glass of chardonnay?” he asked.

“Yes. It’s my favorite. Thanks.”

He turned to the waitress. “Make it two.”

Their server stepped away and Shane turned his attention back to Rachel. “So, now that we know all about what we did in college, what happened after that?”

“I ended up in Reno, Nevada,” said Rachel. “I accepted a position with a regional magazine called Sierra Life. It was a lifestyle publication with features on local history, architecture, home decorating ideas, places to visit, that sort of thing.”

“I see. So, what did you do there?”

“I worked in the art department. I did most of the ad layouts, and I helped the art director put each issue together. It was challenging but fun at the same time; sort of like putting a puzzle together.” She paused for a moment and a frown came over her face.

“What’s wrong? All of a sudden, you don’t look so happy.”

Rachel sighed. “While I was there, I had some unexpected challenges.”

“Really? Like what?”

“Well, I’ll spare you all the boring details. Let’s just say I had a coworker who turned out to be, well, rather difficult.”

“You mean you had a coworker from hell.”

“That, my friend, would be an understatement,” she said. “Hell wouldn’t have wanted him, because he would have taken the place over.”

“Wow. So who was he?”

“One of the staff writers. We never dated, or anything like that, but he got into the habit of joining me in the break room for coffee, and we’d talk. Nothing serious, just, you know, everyday chitchat. I guess you could say he was an office buddy, although I did look up to him. Then, later on, the art director left, so I applied for her position. By then I’d been with the magazine for about eighteen months, so I knew the formula, inside and out. I figured it would be a good career move. However, what I didn’t know at the time was that, Craig, my break-room friend, didn’t exactly agree.”

“How so?”

Rachel took a deep breath. “I didn’t want word getting out that I’d applied for the job, so I didn’t mention it to anyone, not even Craig. Therefore, I had no way of knowing his girlfriend’s niece had also applied for the job. Fast-forward a few weeks. They offered me the job, which I accepted. Then, the next thing I know, Craig is unleashing his wrath on me and he’s accusing me of sleeping with the boss.”

Shane’s expression turned serious. “Good grief. What is wrong with people these days? So what did you do then?”

Update

The Stalker is now available on Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.