AMY MARTINSEN, a very talented author

Monday, July 24, 2017

I am so excited to tell you about Amy Martinsen, a wonderful author and an amazing person, whom I greatly admire. I asked her if I could interview her and post it on my blog. Someone suggested I read her book, Changing Worlds. I loved it and am now a fan. Below are the covers of two of her books that I have read and love along with my interview. I hope you will take a minute and read through it. Her books can be purchased at

Anna Barrett works for Kamp Keepers, a company that hires BYU students to help out at girls’ camps all over the country. Her latest assignment takes her to the dense forest of Kentucky and Camp Boughlynch, owned by Sylvia Boughlynch and her two sons. Anna finds herself drawn to the handsome Daniel Santini, who confides that he took the Kamp Keepers job to lay low after joining the LDS Church and leaving his mafia family’s organized crime ring.

Everyone at the camp is required to wear a tracking device at all times, and Billy and Bobby Boughlynch forbid even the staff from going near a certain storage shed. Daniel and Anna suspect the sinister brothers are involved in illegal activities, using the girls’ camp as a front. When Billy and Bobby discover Anna knows too much, it seems they will stop at nothing to get rid of her.

But the troubles at Camp Boughlynch are only the beginning for Anna and Daniel as they fall in love and face the wrath of his family. Can she find the faith and inner strength to accept his past? And will the pair survive the mafia to build a future of their own?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if obituaries told the truth? The people of a small town in Montana don t have to wonder because they have Lizzy Langston, the secret obituary writer for the local newspaper. With information she receives at an anonymous email address, she produces mostly humorous, sometimes poignant, but always truthful obituaries that magically appear between sections A and B of the morning paper.
When several cryptic emails question the official details of a man s death, Lizzy elicits the help of handsome detective Jackson Clark. Together, they travel halfway around the world to search for answers . . . and maybe even find love along the way.
With mystery, romance, and a hefty helping of humor, The Secret Obituary Writer will keep you entertained until the very last page

1. What was your inspiration for The Secret Obituary Writer? 
Well, first off, my publisher wanted me to write something humorous, so I had that in the back of my mind. But several years ago I read a book where one of the characters was an older man who wrote obituaries for the local newspaper - that was his only job. If he liked you, you received a glowing obituary - if he didn't, you maybe got a few lines. I just thought this was so funny and could see it actually happening somewhere. I put this character together with the idea of having obituaries tell the "whole" story about someone's there you have it. Every time I've asked someone "what if obituaries told the truth?" they've I felt I was on the right track.

2. What was your favorite obituary to write? 
I'd have to say, Darwin Strayhorn. I actually wrote this obituary as I was still formulating the idea for the book. He just kind of walked into my mind, sat down in a Starbucks and gave in to a Mini Frappuccino...I laughed out loud. Poor Darwin.

3. What advice would you give to beginning writers  
Well, I still feel like a beginning writer, so....I don't know. The only thing I feel worthy to share is my work ethic, which is to simply keep writing - every day if you can. Just keep at it! Because of some caregiving responsibilities that are mine and will be for a while, I've had to learn to write when and where I can. But I feel if you keep trying, the ideas and inspiration will come...but the work and effort have to come first.
4. What's next? 
I'm working on a continuation of The Secret Obituary Writer...just not through with Lizzy and Jackson and all those people in Cutlip, Montana. I'm about a third of the way through and hope to have a rough draft by the end of summer. I also have a few other ideas for completely different novels that keep elbowing their way into my thoughts. I just need that quiet cabin in the woods with no responsibilities that all we writers long for....ha!
Amy Martinsen was born in Mesa, Arizona and has lived in the same neighborhood, on the same block and with the same people her entire life. She loves these people and has learned that you don’t have to travel to remote places to find fascinating stories; they are all around you if you are willing to listen and learn.
Amy received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in English from Northern Arizona University. She is the author of “The Tower of Babel and the Teaching of Grammar: Writing Instruction for a New Century” published in the September 2000 English Journal and the short story Lilly’s Photograph by Moose Enterprise in October 2002. She is the author of two novels: Changing Worlds published by Walnut Springs Press in 2015 and The Secret Obituary Writer published by Walnut Springs Press in 2016.

She loves to hear a reader have the “I just have to know what’s going to happen next” moment and strives to achieve that in her stories. Learn more about Amy and her writing at

Review: Felicity~ A Sparrow's Tale

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Felicity~ A Sparrow's Tale Felicity~ A Sparrow's Tale by Loralee Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exceptional! "Felicity" took my imagination on an exciting ride. The imagery, suspense, and creativity are woven together so masterfully, that I must admit I couldn't put it down, even as an adult reader. I think the young person in most of us never really dies. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as the tender but brave sparrow meet so many dangers with courage and determination. An entrancing tale that wove a spell around me as I read. Exellent writing that will charm any reader. I am so glad I got to read it.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Welcome to my giveaway!!! In celebration of the release of my recent Regency romance, I am giving away two print copies. Just click on the LINK below to become one of the lucky winners.

In the Wilds of Devon is in print!

Had a great day visiting with Garry Mitchell and Linda Prince at Walnut Springs Press today! They had a box for me of the first print copies of my second Regency romance, In the Wilds of Devon.  After a very enjoyable visit, Linda took me out to lunch for some extra delicious Indian cuisine. It is hard to believe after all the work that it is finished. Now on to finishing my third Regency. I love to write!

Just kickin' it with my son Jonathan.

Monday, July 6, 2015

He makes me smile!

It's official! My second Regency will be released within days!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

So am I extremely excited! Yes! Three years in the making, my second Regency romance, In the Wilds of Devon, is finally at the printer and should be available for purchase within the next week or two. Watch my blog and Facebook page for book signings, contests, a book release party, and other fun stuff.

This has been a great journey, and I owe special thanks to these amazing authors who read  my manuscript and gave me such invaluable advice: Joyce DiPastena, Donna Hatch, Jennifer Lunt Moore, Debra, Erfert, Rebecca Lamoreaux, and Marie Higgins. A heartfelt thanks to my friend, Carol Marchant, who read and critiqued my manuscript two or three times as it went through a few revisions. Words could not express my thanks to Linda Prince, my editor at Walnut Springs Press, who spent long hours on the final edits, proofreading, typesetting, and all the particulars that go into turning a manuscript into a book. My most special thanks go to my husband and family who have been my support and cheerleaders at every turn. And a great thanks to all my readers who enjoyed Lydia, my first Regency and asked for more. It has been a great adventure.

A new release you will love!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

I have been too long absent from my blog, but life has been too demanding to give it any time. I plan on changing this. Today, I want to share a new release by one of my very favorite authors, Donna Hatch, who writes exquisite Regency-era romances. For only 99 cents, you can enjoy this awesome, clean Christmas Regency that is set to be released on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Just follow the link below to order. Then go back and read her other wonderful romances.

Heartbroken at the news that her betrothed has wed another woman, Emily is determined to pick up the pieces of her life and enjoy Christmas with her family.

Newly returned from war, Bennett holds a secret and will do anything to ensure Emily, his only true love, never discovers it...even if it means losing her.

Fate reunites the star-crossed lovers and reveals the truth that will either unite them or drive them apart forever.

She should step away. She really should. Allowing him to hold her created a long­-absent sense of wholeness. As safety enveloped her, her shuddering eased and her tears faded to hiccups. He held her close, so strong and protective. She inhaled his aftershave, something clean and earthy and faintly spicy. The warmth of his body brought familiar comfort. She ached to kiss away all her hurt and loneliness. She ached to restore the love they’d once shared. She ached to be complete again. But he didn’t love her. He’d jilted her for another.
The ache intensified to a sharp pain.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Wow, it is now months since I have posted anything to my blog, but I finally redid the template, and I am determined to start posting again. I recently finished the ninth revision of my second book, and after one or two more times through, I think it will be ready to submit.
Christmas was wonderful. I got to be home with my family. That is all I need for a great Christmas. I hate to see the Winter Break end after New Year's, but I am excited to move forward to spring. Here in Bountiful, Utah we are deep in snow. It is beautiful, and yet I can't wait for sunshine, greenery, and warm weather. Of course, I suppose we wouldn't have our amazing springs, summers, and falls without rigorous, snowy winters. Na ja, so geht das!
I have been reading through Pride and Prejudice for the umpteenth time. To learn an art properly, one must continually sit at the feet of its masters. I just love some of the words and phrases she uses.
a report soon followed
air of decided fashion
whose dislike of his general behaviour was sharpened into particular resentment
Upon my honour
obliged to seek another branch of the subject
a most disagreeable, horrid man
there was no enduring him
Did you not?
To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying
made himself agreeable nowhere
To all these high-flown expressions Elizabeth listened with all the insensibility of distrust.
Oh what beautiful, vintage ways of saying things! I love it. That is why I write Regency.
I wish you all a Happy New Year!