Monday, January 31, 2011

Day One of Mary's Blog Tour

Please help me welcome my good friend and fellow blog mate who is kicking off a blog tour for her new release, Classic Murder: Mr. Romance. Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and five wonderful grandsons and 2 beautiful granddaughters.

Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing and Italy for the wine. With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters.

Mary and her husband are avid college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.

She's honored me with her first day of the blog tour, but you can follow her through the entire tour and maybe even win a copy of her book. For each blog, she's answering a single question about her book. Here's mine.

How did you come up with the idea for Classic Murder: Mr. Romance?

Mary: First off, thanks for hosting the kick off day of my blog tour. I have scheduled 10 days, 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.

Now to the question. Liz, you know I’m a pantster, so basically it was a germ of an idea that started the ball a rolling. I love classic movies, and I watch them all the time. I can’t remember which movie I was watching, but it had Cary Grant in it. He was suave and debonair. I thought what a great character he’d make in one of my books.

And that’s how Classic Murder: Mr. Romance began. Adam Russo is handsome to a fault and has that suave and debonair air about him that makes all the women want him. A son of a factory worker in Detroit, he’s a self-made entrepreneur.

Then there’s Katie. Born with a silver spoon in her mouth and beautiful, she got tired of everyone only wanting to be her friend because of her money and looks. But never for her. In order to find out who her true friends were, she hides behind drab clothes and ugly glasses. Until she lands a job at the university with the great Mr. Romance. Then it’s time to stop hiding.

And as I said before, I’m a pantster. I had no idea who the villain was for a long time. Like my readers I had to figure out who it was and why.

Here’s 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)


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Ooooh, love how Adam sounds. I will have to read this one for sure.

Great idea with the one question blog tour. Good luck to you, Mary.

Mary Martinez said...

Thanks Kari, I'm excited to see how it works.

Liz, thanks for helping me kick off my first blog tour.

Cassy Pickard said...

Mary: This sounds like great fun. We have more snow due in and your book would be the perfect way to spend the day. Good luck with your tour. I bet you'll have plenty of takers for this.

Lindsay said...

I can't think of one movie in which Cary Grant was suave and debonair.
Good luck you the tour. I'm hoping to catch you at every stop.

Tonya Kappes said...

Congrats on your blog tour! What a wonderful place to start:)Have fun!!

Mary Martinez said...

Lindsay, you don't like Cary Grant? Shame on you.

Thanks Cassy, I hope you're right!

Thanks Tanya, I plan too.

Liz Lipperman said...

Mary, I can't tell you how excited I am that you chose me to start off your tour. Your characters are so enticing, I can't wait to read more.

Good luck to a wonderful tour and a successful book launch.

Lindsay said...

My bad. I meant to say I can't think of a movie where he wasn't sauve and debonair

Mary Martinez said...

Thank you Liz! Where the heck else would I start it? Mmmm?

Lindsay, thank you for clarifying. I thought you were just being a guy...

Lindsay said...

And in my opinion Charade with him and Audrey Hepburn was his best. But then again I'm a just a guy

Anita Clenney said...

Congrats and good luck with the blog tour. I love hearing how other writers get ideas for their books. This sounds great!

K S Parker said...

This is such a good idea! What a fun way to get to know more about you and your writing. I look forward to more of the same.

Good luck on your tour!

She said...

Mr. Romance sounds wonderful. I liked your interview and I like the sound of your blog tour. I saved your original e-mail so I would know where you are and when.

Mary Martinez said...

Thanks everyone for joining me today. Day one--I think was a success--Now on to day two.

Thanks Liz for having me on your day.

And thank you all for the lovely compliments about Adam and Katie. They are two of my favorite characters.

Anne said...

Will some romance develop between Katie and Adam? Or is that TMI?