My Seventh Novel is Here!

Villa-del-Sol (1) “…an emotional tapestry of rare depth…” (Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author)

“…a thoughtful tale of love, loss, and hope reborn…” (Book Review Directory)

My seventh novel (and eighth book) is here and I’m thrilled to share it with you! Last January, I traveled back to Switzerland, alone. I finally met an online pal and reconnected with a dear friend from years ago. I ventured by train to a region I’d never seen and revisited familiar towns.

Villa del Sol is set in and around Lugano, the largest city in the Italian-speaking area of southern Switzerland. Milano is only about an hour away by train. My character, Jennifer Logan, travels to Lugano and rents a villa in the neighboring village of Gandria. Her husband, the beloved senator from Rhode Island, is dead, and Jennifer can’t wait to escape the people who never liked her anyway. By unplugging, she hopes to find peace.

If you know me, you know about my love of Switzerland. My award-winning “Swiss Chocolate” trilogy is set primarily in Switzerland. Villa del Sol takes you back to this magical place. It is available now, and I’ll be signing copies tomorrow at the RI Authors Expo. 

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Martha Reynolds is a Rhode Island resident who loves the beach in winter, chocolate, and books. After ending an accomplished career as a fraud investigator, she started writing novels – fiction with an element of truth. “Real True Fiction.” You can read her reflections and guest author posts on her blog


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Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo


On My Own

I’m talking about my writing life! As of the end of 2012, I ended the business relationship I’d had with my publisher. I’ve learned a lot in the past year, not just about writing, but also about publishing options. I’d signed on with a small imprint press to get my book released. Now I have total ownership of the book, and will be able to retain all commissions earned going forward. I have a new cover, which I designed and created, and the book is available online at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

photograph by Martha Reynolds
photograph by Martha Reynolds

And here is some great news! I’m still one of the TOP TEN finalists in the Turning the Pages 2012 Book of the Year! Voting runs until January 27th, so if you haven’t yet, you can vote here. And please feel free to tell your friends! This would surely be a wonderful thing.

Have a great day!

What is NaNoWriMo?

It sounds like something Mork from Ork would say. No, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month ( and is a fun approach to novel-writing. It begins this Thursday, November 1, and for the next 30 days, until the end of the month, the goal is to write a 50,000 word (about 175 pages) novel. Daunting? Maybe, but the idea is to write. Just get it out of your head and on paper, or your computer screen. Edit later.

The reason NaNoWriMo is attractive to me is that I’m a seat-of-your-pants kind of writer. I get these ideas for stories and create characters, then I sit down and write a story. Some people spend a long time plotting and outlining. Perhaps I should, but I don’t. Yes, it means a lot of revising and editing, and sometimes, the story takes a wrong direction. For this project, I am plotting, just so I can keep some control (maybe!). And, I have a tendency to edit as I write; working on trying not to do that. NaNoWriMo will make me just write it all out.

According to the NaNoWriMo website, there are about 300,000 writers who take part in this event. Not everyone will finish (last year I really wanted to do this, but I’d already begun writing CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST and didn’t want to start something new). This year, I was hoping to finish up my current work-in-progress so I can begin writing the sequel to CFB. As it’s Tuesday, I can see I’m not going to finish THE REUNION (still a tentative title), but that’s okay. It probably needs a little breather. I’ll head back to it in December.

I’ve already connected with some of my writer pals, and we’ll give each other support and encouragement as we navigate our way through what is already a very busy month. If you’re participating and want to connect with me, I’m up there as Martha Reynolds.

So, 50,000 words in 30 days? Can I do it? How about you? Do you have a novel inside you, one you’ve always wanted to write? Then join me in the madness! In 2011, NaNoWriMo had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline (11/30/2011), entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists. Whether you make it or not, getting there can be just the push you’ve always needed. I’m ready!