Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday Tips and Tweaks

Mary loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends! ary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and six wonderful grandsons and five beautiful grand childrens.
First I thank you for having me as a guest. My tip of the day is a writing tip. Although, it’s not really about writing as much as it is about reading. The best advice I can give a writer is to join a book club. I know that sounds odd, but I have learned so much from the readers in my club. None are writers, that’s the key.

You may wonder why? Because it gives you a chance to read outside your comfort zone. Read a variety of authors and study their style. And if you’re anything like me, you nitpick over everything. Once you’ve read the book and you meet for book club, you hear what a reader—not a writer—has to say about the book. Usually it’s totally different than what you thought about the book.

Each book you will have an up close and personal insight on what the reader wants in a book. What they didn’t like, what frustrated them. It really does help when you’re writing a scene, I’ve caught myself thinking, oh wait, book club did like this when that one author used the same type of scenario.

And the fun part is, you get to read books, you have a night out, and if it’s like our club you get to drink wine.

Mary Martinez

Mary’s Garden where imagination blooms.

Blog: marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com

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.


  1. Hi, Mary and Beverley! I agree about joining a book club. I belong to one with four ladies and it is very surprising when we discuss books. The ones we are most critical of garner the most discussion. The ones we like, sorta are glossed over. Sometimes, the book isn't liked because of the writing style or genre, etc, but we always finish and I always feel like I've learned something. Good post!

  2. Thanks for dropping by Vicki. I have book club this weekend. I'm finding the book a little slow, it will be interesting to see what the others say.

  3. My "Book Club" is called "Martini Club 4" I highly recommend book clubs. Just sayin'...

  4. Great tip, Mary. Now, to find those extra hours! :)