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Marina’s Journal

Writing is one of my life’s passions. I put my heart and soul into each and every contemporary romance novel I write, and Marina's Journal, is where you’ll get the inside scoop. You’ll learn more about your favorite characters, and I’ll talk about what inspires me. Best of all, when I start working on my next novel, you’ll be the first to know. Please explore and thank you for visiting!

Marina Martindale

It was Time for a Change

Those of you who are regular visitors may have noticed a big change. My website now has a whole new look.  I began writing books in the early 2000s. This was back in the dark ages of dial-up modems and AOL flash sessions to download your email. The two main Internet providers, CompuServe and AOL, only offered a limited amount of online hours each month. My how times have changed. Back then having a website ...

The Love of a Father and Son

While my contemporary romance novels center around the love between a man and a woman, they also include other stories of love. The love between siblings. And, the love between parent and child.  In this scene from my debt contemporary romance novel, The Reunion, I delve into the relationship between fathers and sons. The scene was inspired by a speech someone gave at my Toastmasters club. He talked about the difficult relationship he had with ...

My Novels are for Adults

The was a big brouhaha on Twitter the other day over Nora Roberts. Apparently some moms in Florida were banning her books from high school libraries because someone thought she was writing porn. My readers sometimes tell me my contemporary romance novels remind them of Nora Roberts, which I take as a compliment. She is, after all, a very accomplished romance author. Romance, however, can be problematic for some readers. This is why there are ...

The Betrayal Opening Scene

When Emily gets an unexpected afternoon off from work due to a power outage, she decides to surprise her husband, Jesse, by preparing his favorite dish. Unfortunately, Emily will be the one in for a surprise once she arrives home. Please enjoy this sample read from the contemporary romance novel, The Betrayal. Marina Martindale *** Emily stepped out into the blazing midday sun, smiling to herself as she walked across the parking lot. She would ...

A Spring Break Scene

Spring break is coming up fast, but Tonya may have to change her plans at the last minute, and Evan isn't pleased. Please enjoy this sample read from Aquamarine.  ***    Evan greeted her with his usual kiss when he arrived. "Ready to go?" he asked. "In a minute." Tonya's tone turned serious. "First, I need to talk to you about something." A concerned look came over his face. "What's wrong? Is there another family ...

Colorado Bound

Lauren has unwittingly been caught up in a major Hollywood scandal. Thinking her career is over, she plans to start a new life in Colorado, but Chuck wants to tell her goodbye before she leaves.  A Sample from The Scandal by Marina Martindale   Chuck looked at his phone and sighed. The call had dropped. Obviously, Lauren hadn't found her charger quick enough. As he waited for her to call back, he wondered if he ...