Monday, February 01, 2016

Romantic February!

Welcome everyone! It's only a couple of months until spring. Can't wait. You all know the drill, grab some goodies from the table and your favorite beverage and let's get down to R O M A N C E!

I love romance. I love to read romance. I love romantic movies. Pretty much everything romance. So I'm going to list some of my all time favorite romantic movies. Some drama's, some comedies, and some just plain romance! And some I just find romantic because of the kissing.

While You Were Sleeping


The Proposal


The Ugly Truth

Gone with the Wind


An Affair to Remember

Notorious



Breakfast at Tiffany's

Dirty Dancing
The American President


True Lies (This one may make you say your over 18)


I could go on all day. These are just some of my favorites and as I right this last bit, I've already thought of more I could add. What are you favorite romantic movies?

Everyone have a wonderful romantic February!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Interview with Jolene of the Indiana Herald.

Good morning, welcome to Mary's Garden, fill up your plates and have your favorite beverage. Today we have a video of an interview with Joline from the Indiana Herald and Madison McCullough a local legal aid attorney.

Jolene settled into her chair and picked up her notes. After she'd studied them a moment, once apparently satisfied she smiled at her guest. "Thank you Ms. McCullough for meeting with me today."

"Please call me Madison. It's a pleasure to be here."

"Well then, Thank you Madison. Shall we begin?"

"I'm ready when you are."

Joline consulted her notes. "Tell us a little about your work."

Madison looked over the the window and then a slow smile spread. "I make barely enough money to make a living, but I love it. I'm a legal aid attorney. I represent people, good hard working people, who are having trouble defending their rights."

"I've done a little research and realize your not just a little passionate about your work, but you live to fight the wealthy when they're trying to trample on the little guy."

"You bet your ass, er, excuse me. But yes, you're correct."

"Give us an example."

Madison stood and paced a bit and then returned to her seat. "I can't use names of course, but I have a young client who naively thought a young man at a frat party actually cared about her. As you can imagine he just wanted to get in her virginal panties. He, of course, was the golden boy of papa's eye and when the young girl came up pregnant and to boot she was only sixteen, yup under age. Well the head of the family has made it his goal in life to prove the young girl was after his prince and the money and they should raise the baby and cut the mother completely out of the baby's life. Oh not to mention, smear the young woman's name and paint her the slut. She's a young hard working, now, single mom. Working during the day and going to school at night and struggling to protect her little one."

Joline chuckled. "And I can see you're very fierce on behalf of your client. I'd like to be in the courtroom when you meet."

"It's a public hearing."

"Madison, I just may take you up on that invitation. I'd like to see how things turn out." She smiled and put her notepad in her bag. "I know how busy you are, thank you for meeting with me today."

"You are more than welcome, I hope to see you in the courtroom."

Chick Magnet
Blurb:
Madison McCullough is recuperating from a broken heart. Her fiance hadn't really loved her, he had used her as a babysitter for his young son while he wined and dined other women.

Brady O'Neill is a Formula One race car driver recuperating from injuries from a near death accident and a broken heart. Brady's matchmaking sister believes her son to be a chick magnet and encourages Brady to take her son to the grocery store.

When Madison and Brady meet, oranges roll. Thanks to Payton, Brady's nephew. The first eye contact over the fruit table causes the air to sizzle. No matter how much Madison resists the attraction, the two are destined for each other.

Buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, IndieBound, BAM

Monday, January 18, 2016

And it is FREE

Welcome to Mary's Garden, I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring. This cold is getting to me. Meanwhile, grab a few things for your plate, you'll notice it's veggie's and fruits. It's that time of year when I watch my health, I really should keep that up year round on a permanent basis, if you know what I mean? Any way once you settle in, I have a surprise.

I have decided to put one of my novella's to FREE. Now if I could get Amazon to put it to be free, that would be awesome. However, if you only have a Kindle and you would like to have a PDF copy, email me. If you're looking for a fun, quick love story here is one for free.

Meet Me In Fantasyland.
After twenty years of marriage, Rissa Tate’s husband has left her for Blondie of the big Boobs. Can she rebuild a life for her and her children with a childhood friend?

Rissa isn’t as surprised as she should be that her husband left her. She’d had an idea for a few years he wasn’t being faithful. She’d buried her head in the sand for the sake of the twins. He left her four month’s earlier, and now he’s asked her to clear all of his possessions out of their home and do with them what she wants. As she boxes everything for Good Will she comes across her old diaries. In them she finds her entry of the pact she made with Robert, Bobby, Graham to meet in Twenty-five years. That date is in two weeks. Would he be there?

Rob Graham has loved Rissa for as long as he remembered. When they’d been in high school she’d only thought of him as a buddy, the brother she never had. Would she remember their pact? If she did, would she be there?

Buy Links, NOOK, KOBO, iTunes.

Enjoy!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cooking

Welcome to winter at the Garden. How have all of you been? Are you settled into 2016? Grab a plate at the table and fill up your plates and pour your favorite beverage.

As some of you may know, I've embarked on a virtual cook book. I started it a few months ago and I have done a few promo's for it. But I decided to showcase it this week. It's called The After Work Cook on YouTube, I also have a blog, www.theafterworkcook.blogspot.com/, where I publish all the recipes, etc. Here goes...

I'm just having fun with it, I'm dorky, and it's me. I'm not a professional cook. What you see is what you get. My husband is a very good sport about filming me. And he refrains from laughing, which I love him for. I'm having a blast though and I don't even care if people watch it. Well I do, someday I want to compile all the recipes into an actual book. Here is where you can find me on YouTube. This is my first Episode.
You can find the rest at: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfkiJ-2_a7CR74xCYJpadOy7qtA61sUOV

Enjoy!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Happy New Year!


Welcome to the Garden everyone, yes it's mighty cold out there. I am checking in to tell you my plans for 2016. Before we get started, please grab some goodies over on the table, and pour yourself a cold or hot beverage.

Resolutions? No I am not going to make any this year. I always end up breaking them. I am so busy with my day job, and the commute takes a major part of my day. We are very active with family and friends. My plan is to write as much as possible. I have a writing day, a full 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with my critique partner every other month. Then when I can I sneak in a mini writing retreat, I will. My husband is going to see our son in Brooklyn for a long weekend, so I'll have two full days to write and a couple of evenings. And my critique partner and I will have our yearly retreat in April.

I'm also planning a few marketing or promotional weeks. I've determined to enlist friends instead of paying to participate with someone else. I'm also going to romance the local librarian and see if she will help me contact other libraries and do a library tour. A panel with a Q and A and then a book signing.

I plan to keep doing character interviews, I've noticed it is something my readers have enjoyed.

Those are my plans as you can see, I tried not to overwhelm myself with unrealistic resolutions. Hopefully, this year will be a great year.

I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year and may this be the year your dreams come true. Please stay safe!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays!

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
TRACIE RUNGE
She has wond the Winter Giveaway!

Welcome to the Garden, if you look out the window of the Rose House you can see the winter wonderland. Please help yourselves to the holiday goodies on the table. It's just a mix and mingle today. No interviews or words of wisdom from anyone.

I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday, no matter what you celebrate. And if you do not celebrate, then have a wonderful new year. I hope everyone's dreams and wishes come true in 2016.

My wish would be that I could give every one of my fans a gift for Christmas, alas, I cannot. However, I do have a Holiday Giveaway Drawing anyone can enter. There is NO contest. The only thing you need to do is email me and say Winter Holiday in the subject --or something close to that. And then ask me to put you in the drawing. I will do my best to look through comments on the blog and posts on other social media, but if you'd like to be sure your name is in the drawing the best way is to email me. [mary L martinez 3 AT gmail dot com] no spaces. Or you can email me through my contact page. I will draw a lucky winner on 1/1/2016!

And what will you win if your name is drawn? This Beckett Christmas basket. It contains: the first four books (signed) of the series, Disappear, Innocent, Quiet, and Illusion. A bottle of Presecco (Italian sparking wine), and two Becket flutes and of course some chocolate.


Good luck everyone.
Happy holidays!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Wanda Glen Carlton, with the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, interviews Charlotte Jane matheson

“I’m Wanda Glen Carlton from the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle. Today I’m talking about dream catchers and will be interviewing Charlotte Jane Matheson, who has moved to Yellow Creek, Tennessee, because of a dream catcher. Many people don’t believe in the supernatural. But, the history of the dream catcher is quite intriguing. Let’s hear from Charlotte.

“Please call me Charlie.”

“Charlie, can you give us a little history about the Dream Catcher?”

Charlie held up her dream catcher for Wanda to observe.
“This is an ancient dream catcher I found in my mother’s old chest. When I was a little girl, she told me it belonged to my great, great, great grandmother Inola. She was a Cherokee Indian.”

“Wow! That looks old and delicate. What’s the meaning of a dream catcher, Charlie? Any history to it?”

“Oh my, yes. The Native American people crafted the original web catcher to teach natural wisdom to their people. They believe nature is our strongest teacher. Dream catchers are woven with twigs, strings and feathers (Charlie points out the rounded twigs and the web of strings). They were first used for newborn babies and hung above the cradleboards giving infants peaceful, beautiful dreams.”

“Are they always good dream? You know, we’ve all had bad dreams at times. What about those?”

“Well, the Native Americans believe the night air is filled with good dreams and bad dreams. I do too actually. Anyway, hanging a dream catcher over your bed will allow the good dreams to filter down through the web, allowing you to capture the dreams, but your bad dreams are trapped until the sun rises and evaporates into the morning air. So they say.”

“Are all dream catcher round?”

“Yes, it represents the cycle of life. First, we’re infants, then move through our childhood and on into adulthood, and then, finally old age with someone taking care of as infants – completing the cycle.”

“I know you’re from Atlanta, Georgia. Do you think this ancient dream catcher told you to come to the Yellow Creek community? What for reason?” “Believe it or not, I had a vision one night. It told me to go to Yellow Creek. At this point, I’m not sure why, but I’m convinced it has something to do with my mother’s disappearance, and the old Cherokee Indian who’s living on my ancestors’ land, here.”

“Thank you Charlie for giving us some interesting history on the Dream Catcher. For those of you who would like to hear more, listen to a short dialogue of her past life journey.”

“This is Wanda Glen Carlton, The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle."



Blurb for Spirit Catcher:
Unexplained visions. An old Cherokee Indian. A dog. And, human bones from the past.

When Charlotte Jane Matheson hangs the ancient Dream Catcher on the wall over her bed, she has weird dreams. Stirred by her dreams, she travels to the small community of Yellow Creek, Tennessee, determined to find out their meaning. While there, she meets an old Cherokee Indian, a dog that suddenly appears out of the dark woods, and a good-looking farmer-wannabe. Then, her dreams stop, but unexplained visions draw her into the past through a circle of light.

The phenomenal images of her mother, who’s been missing for over a decade, has to mean something when she’s led to a cave beyond the Cherokee burial grounds. Is the old Indian a true Cherokee, or a witch? Can he help her understand her visions and their meanings?

How is a missing employee connected to her property in Yellow Creek? And, why is the mysterious, farmer-wannabe always in the right place to help when she’s in need? What does he want from her? What does it all mean?

Buy Link: Amazon