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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

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 from Aquamarine

Spring break is coming up fast, but Tonya may have to change her plans at the last minute. Evan isn't pleased, and he let's her know it 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 ...

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 ...

A May-December Romance

When I wrote my debut contemporary romance novel, The Reunion, I had a lot of interesting feedback. Everyone seemed to agree that their favorite part of the story was the quasi romance between Gillian and Jeremy, a man young enough to be her son. Some even joked about it being the cougar part of the story. So, I've decided to include a May-December romance in my upcoming contemporary romance novel, Rivalry. Back when I was ...

Making Bad Romance Choices

I've noticed a trend with my two most recent contemporary romance novels. My lead characters chose to get involved with the wrong man for the wrong reasons. This got me to thinking. Why do we do this in real life? Granted, I'm not a mental health professional. I'm simply a person who's made my fair share of romantic blunders and later asked myself what the hell was I thinking? So, based on my own experiences, ...

New Year’s Scene from Aquamarine

As the old year comes to an end Tonya and Mike are on opposite sides of the country. Mike is performing in New York while Tonya has a gig at a hotel in Beverly Hills. During a break, however, she'll discover that she has an unexpected ally.  Marina Martindale *** A New Year's Scene from the contemporary romance novel Aquamarine   The hotel ballroom was packed with New Year's Eve revelers. Among them were Stanley ...