Giveaways at The Kindle Book Review


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Welcome to October! I’ve been a recalcitrant blogger lately, mostly because I’m hurrying to get my new novel ready for an early December release. I’ve begun a tradition of showcasing a new novel each year in December at the annual Rhode Island Authors Expo. This year I’ll have All’s Well in Jingle Valley, the sequel to both A Jingle Valley Wedding and April in Galway.

But while we’re talking books, how about this? You can participate in The Kindle Book Review’s big Fall Giveaway. You have a chance to win a $200, $100,  or two $50 Amazon eGift Cards from the No. 1 site for reader giveaways~~The Kindle Book Review. Just click on the link below and enter the Rafflecopter on the giveaway page. It’s easy & fun. If you love reading, enter now! The giveaway ends October 31st. Click here and enter every day ~> http://ow.ly/hiCV50wEBqg

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I’m featuring one of my earlier books during this giveaway – Bits of Broken Glass, the story of four people who attended the same high school, but weren’t close. As the days lead up to their 25-year high school reunion, each of them will wonder if it’s possible to ever go home again. The ebook version of Bits of Broken Glass is discounted during October to just 99 cents. Not a bad deal for a novel one reader predicted, “…you’ll find yourself turning each page in anticipation of what comes next.” Get the book HERE.

And there a more giveaways coming! So stay tuned and enjoy October!

Happy Book-iversary (to me)!


99centsMy first novel, Chocolate for Breakfast, was published on August 12, 2012 – nearly four years ago! (It was republished with a new cover in April 2013.) In those four years, I’ve written and published six novels, all of which have given me tremendous pride and a sense of accomplishment. I’m doing what I’ve always dreamed of doing, and that is sufficient. Well, pretty much.

New novels can trigger a sales flurry, but sales drop off after a time, even for beloved best-sellers.

So….for the coming week, every one of my six novels will be discounted to 99 cents for the e-book (Kindle version). I have no control over the print price, but if you come to the RI Authors Book Expo on December 3, 2016 http://www.riauthors.org/riexpo/ , I’ll have print copies available for a great price.

You can grab a three-book series, described by one reader as “writing (that) draws wonderful pictures of the characters and allows you to really ‘fall into’ the book ~ which is one of my favorite things about reading.” Or read about a group of classmates readying for their 25-year high school reunion and visiting old grievances. A novel about a young woman pursuing her dream of becoming a best-selling author, only to face a harsh reality check. And finally, a lighter story involving two friends who gamble on a dream of turning a rundown farm into a premier wedding venue. If you’ve already read these books, here’s a chance to give some gifts. In any event, I’m grateful – so very grateful – for all the positive feedback and encouragement I’ve received, from friends and strangers new friends, over the past four years.

Casting the Movie – “Bits of Broken Glass”


I’m a guest on the lovely Courtney Giardina’s blog today, casting the movie version of BITS OF BROKEN GLASS. Now all I need is Joe Traversa to direct!

Here’s the post:

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Good morning everyone! We are continuing with our run “The Perfect Cast” blogs as I can’t get enough of them!
Martha Reynolds is stopping by today with her picks for her book Bits of Broken Glass and I have to admit, I am loving her picks for this one! Take it away Martha!
My third novel is out and it’s a departure from my first two, Chocolate for Breakfast and its sequel, Chocolate Fondue. While there’s still one more in the chocolate series to be completed (before year-end, fingers crossed), this novel is, on its surface, about a 25-year high school reunion, but is really about a lot more than that.

How much really changes in 25 years?  Former classmates are poised to find out as their first-ever high school reunion gets closer. Some lives have improved, some have soured, but all remained connected by their shared West Alton High past…

Once the target of ridicule, one-time “ugly duckling” Kellie has transformed in both beauty and attitude, though her fears and fragility remain as deep scars within. Will facing those who once wronged her help or do even more damage to her delicate psyche? Joe was adored by everyone in school. Well…almost everyone. Being gay in a close-minded small town, he knew he had no future in West Alton, so right after graduation, he traded one ocean for another. Now an Oscar-winning Hollywood director, Joe is ready to return. Except that it means having to face the horrific event that ultimately pushed him away… Former cheerleader Cherry planned this reunion to make peace with those she may have wronged in school. But as she faces cancer and stares down her own mortality, will she really be able to make things right again? And then there’s Scott, the West Alton “lifer,” who’s been collecting a disability pension from the town for a suspicious back injury, among other questionable life choices. Are his reasons for wanting to attend the reunion pure? Or does he have another agenda? As the months count down, long-kept secrets will be revealed as the question ever looms… Can you ever really go home again?

So I’m thinking about casting Bits of Broken Glass. Folks who graduated from high school in 1988 would be about 43 years old now, so I kept that in mind when I developed my dream cast. Here it is:

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 Minnie Driver is my choice for Kellie. She’s got a great look, can handle the dramatic elements in the story, and she does a very believable American accent. I’ve loved her ever since she played Bernadette “Benny” Hogan in “Circle of Friends,” based on the novel by Maeve Binchy.

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 Ewan McGregor as Joe. At first, I wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, because he’s so…Leo, but he’d steal the spotlight away from everyone else, and this story is as much about Kellie as it is about Joe. Ewan McGregor has the look (easy on the eyes), and he’s be a great Joe Traversa.

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Rachel Weisz as Cherry. She’s perfect as the former cheerleader, the beauty whose terminal illness has transformed her appearance.

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 Vince Vaughn as Scott. Believe me, this is a perfect choice! In fact, when I was writing about bad boy Scott, I would visualize Vince Vaughn. I’m sure he’s a really a nice guy, but not for this movie!

Supporting roles:

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 Julie Delpy as Suzanne. As best friend to Kellie, and to Joe, Suzanne plays a vital role in the story.

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Octavia Spencer as Camille. I hesitate to choose her, because she might be too famous for this small role, but Ms. Spencer could turn any role into something special, and I think she’d shine as Kellie’s self-conscious, big-hearted co-worker.

Now you’ll have to go read the book to see if you agree!! …Go on now, Bits of Broken Glass is available at Amazon! What are you waiting for

See What Happens When You Rush?


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That was my mom. Or sometimes my dad. Running through the backyard, running at the beach, on the playground. And what happened? A skinned knee, a banged-up elbow, and me, crying. “See what happens when you rush, Martha? Now slow down! Here, have a cookie.”

That was my teacher, after I was first to finish an assignment. Sure of myself, positive I’d see a “100” or an “A+” at the top of the paper, I was shocked to find I’d missed an easy question. “See what happens when you try to finish first, Martha? Now I know you’re capable. Next time, take your time. It’s not a contest to see who can finish first.”

That was me, today. After setting my own deadline for publication of my third novel, I rushed. I didn’t do what I counsel new writers to do – take your time. Read. Re-read. Read it out loud, slowly. And today, I read my ebook and found errors. And no one hates errors more than I do. Yep, a couple of typos, a couple of punctuation errors, one or two words that didn’t belong. Hey, maybe you’ll find them, maybe you won’t. I still believe it’s a good story, and some readers aren’t troubled by a few small(ish) errors. But I am. My name is on the book, and it’s supposed to be the best it can be.

I fixed the digital file, and I corrected the print version. But for all of you who were so kind to purchase the book this past weekend, in either version, thank you and I’m sorry. Next time – no deadline. It’s done when it’s done.