Presenting The Scandal


My newest contemporary romance novel, The Scandal, is now available. It was a fun book to write. Part of me wished I could have kept writing it forever, and I almost got my wish. I had to make many last-minute revisions, but I’m pleased with the final result and I hope you’ll be as well.

The Scandal is the story of soap opera actress Lauren McAllen. Lauren has had a long, successful run on The Seas of Destiny, a top-rated soap. She’s leaving the show to pursue a film career and luck appears to be on her side. She’s soon offered a supporting role in a feature film, but before the camera starts rolling, Lauren finds herself in the middle of a scandal which rocks Hollywood.

In the meantime I’m going on a brief hiatus. My dogs will be so happy. As much as I love writing, I have to take a break from time to time, so I’m going to do some photography and play with my piano. I may even take a road trip or two, but not too worry.  I’m already formulating my next book in my mind. 

Marina Martindale

A sample read from The Scandal

Lauren desperately needed to talk to someone. Luckily, she had a mentor in whom she had trusted for many years. She punched the accelerator and headed to the freeway, entering the network studios parking lot twenty minutes later. Stepping out of her car, she entered the building through the visitor’s door. Harriet, the security guard, looked up from her desk and greeted her with a hug and a big smile.

“How are you, sweet girl?”

“Actually, Harriet,” said Lauren, “I’m not sure. When did you start working the front desk?”

“A few weeks ago. Knee started acting up. Must be old age or something, but I’ll be fine. So, what about you? You don’t seem like yourself today. Is anything wrong?”

“Today was my first day at Cloudland Pictures, and—”

“Lord have mercy.” Harriet looked stunned. “It’s been all over the news this morning. They’re saying Calvin Michaelson raped someone.”

Lauren’s stomach twisted into a knot. “We were told he’d been arrested, but they didn’t know what the charges were. Then I heard it was for rape. Do they know who the victim is?”

“She hasn’t been identified yet, but apparently she had a bit part in Honeymoon in Vegas.”

“I see.” Lauren still couldn’t believe what she was hearing. “So when did this happen?”

“Three years ago, but they’re saying she was too afraid to come forward until now.”

For a moment Lauren thought she might be sick.

“Are you okay, Lauren?” asked Harriet.

“I think so. It’s just such a shock. Is Sharon here today?”

“She sure is. Would you like me to call her office?”

“Yes. Thanks.”

“Then have a seat. I’ll let her know you’re here.”


The Scandal is available on Amazon and