Summons from His Grace

Summons from His Grace
Regency Anthology

A Scandal To Remember

A Scandal To Remember
Regency Romance

Crazy For You

Crazy For You
romantic comedy

To Love and Protect

To Love and Protect
Romantic Suspense

Dangerous Kiss

Dangerous Kiss
short story

Kisses Of Fire

Kisses Of Fire
contemporary romance

Spanish Eyes

Spanish Eyes
American Historical

Queen Of Hearts

Queen Of Hearts
Historical Western
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Welcome Mary Martinez!

I want to introduce you to a really good friend of mine!  Mary is an awesome writer, and when you read her interview, you'll see why.

Thanks, Phyllis, for hosting the second day of my blog tour. Anyone who would like to know the schedule can check it out here. Each blog a different question from the host. Sort of like a continuing interview. I will also have two giveaways at the end of the blog tour. At the bottom, I’ll tell you how you can participate.

Phyllis: Why do you love writing mystery / suspense. And...could you explain the process of how you set-up your suspense plots?

Mary: I guess you could say I love the puzzle. I want to be able to put together the pieces as I read. I love to have the author lead me through twists and turns until I’m so confused I have no idea who the villain is.

As for the process of how to set-up my plots? I don’t plot. I’m a panster so as I write I let the characters drive the story. I’m constantly trying to figure out who did it. What was their motivation? When I wrote Watching Jenny, I wanted to know why Runner was stalking her, so I could rule out possible suspects. That’s how I found how who Runner was, just like the reader.

My favorite suspense/mystery books are those that stump me until the end. The ones where I sigh when I turn the last page shake my head and say to myself, “I hadn’t a clue.” The best compliment I could receive from a reader is that I’d stumped them.

Thanks, Phyllis that was a great question.

Here is a blurb for my new release Classic Murder: Mr. Romance

Adam enjoys a lifestyle most men only dream of. Then one day he wakes up to find the morning headlines blaring, "Another victim falls prey to Mr. Romance. Who is next?" He suddenly realizes his way of life is not only frivolous, but deadly.

Dubbed Mr. Romance by New York society for his romantic adventures, Adam Fernando Russo loves women. But lately he realizes how lonely it is coming home to an empty house. Can he settle for only one woman? After he makes a list of qualities worthy enough to merit giving up his desirable existence, suddenly recipients of his coveted attention mysteriously fall prey to a murderer. The murders seem unrelated with one exception--all the victims have recently returned from a fabulous weekend rendezvous with Mr. Romance.

Adam’s assistant, Katie Sinclair, knows Adam is innocent with airtight alibis. The police are at a loss so Adam and Katie work together to discover the link between the murders. As luck would have it, their plan to prove the murderer is copying classic Cary Grant movies goes astray just as Adam realizes his perfect woman has been by his side all along.

Available from BookStrand Publishing (Electronic Format, Print coming in spring 2011)

For an excerpt and to see the trailer visit my web site:

Now to the giveaways, everyone one who participates by commenting on each day of the tour will have their name placed in a drawing for a Photo Album and a signed copy of Watching Jenny.

Everyone who participates and comments on half of the days will have their name in a drawing for a download of Classic Murder: Mr. Romance (or they can wait until it’s in print for a signed copy)

THANKS, MARY!!! Have fun on your blog tour!


Mary Martinez said...

Thanks Phyllis for hosting me today! I'm having a great time on my tour so far.

Kerrigan Byrne said...

Mr. Romance seems SO interesting! Writing mystery/romances seems like hard work because you have to combine the two styles. Mad Props to you Mary!

Mary Martinez said...

Thanks Kerrigan, I have fun writing. PERIOD. And now my muse is back I have way too many projects I want to do. I have to decide on one and complete it and move onto the next--but what?

Lesli Muir Lytle said...

Nice post ladies!
You nearly tempt me to try suspense, but I'll leave it to you, Mary.

And Phyllis! What a sh**load of books you have out! Congratulations, baby.


Mary Martinez said...

Lesli, I'll leave the YA to you! LOL

Lorelei Confer said...

Great post revealing lots of information. Keep up he good work!

Phyllis Campbell said...

Mary, it looks like you're getting a good turn out! I know I love your stories. Such great ideas you have!!

Lesli, you make me laugh. Believe it or not, I'll be having a few more stories out soon. (grins)


Anne said...

Hi, Mary-

Congratulations on your new release. You're a new to me author and I look forward to learning more about your books.

stanalei said...

Thanks for sharing your process on suspense, Mary. I think it would so much harder to write it when you don't know who the bad guy is. Props to you and Phyllis for a great interview.

hotcha12 said...



She said...

Enjoyed your interview. I'm glad I'm not the only one who can never figure out who's the bad guy in a mystery.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Congrats on the release. I love stories with secrets.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Mary,
Mr Romance, wow, how could a red-blooded woman not be intrigued by a hero with a name like that.



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Phyllis Campbell is an award-winning, multi-published and best-selling author of romance; from the dark and mysterious hero who sends shivers up your spine to the fiesty heroines who somehow manage to keep them in line. She's published with Bookstrand Publishing, Champagne Books, The Wild Rose Press, and most recently, The Dark Castle Lords Publications. Most of her reviewers have given her the title of “Queen Of Sexual Tension”. Married with kids (and three grandchildren), Phyllis has lived in Utah all of her life and enjoys family activities when she’s not writing her next sensual story.