Monday, June 29, 2015

Reagan Beckett is in the garden today.

Welcome everyone! I'm very excited to have Reagan Beckett with us today. She had to visit Salt Lake City for a conference and agreed to meet me in the garden.

We're in the Rose Garden one of my favorite places. We have a view of the gardens, water fall, and the amphitheater. And of course we're both having a glass of Pinto Grigio.

"So, Reagan, may I call you that?"

Fort Green Park
She grinned as she gave an affirmative nod. Then took a sip of wine while she drank in the scene around her. "It's very pretty here, we don't have many gardens in New York or Brooklyn. We have our parks, but this is exceptional."


The breeze ruffled her short hair and she took another sip and indicated for me to begin.

"Reagan, I know you only have a few minutes to spare, but I'm very glad you found the time. Just a trivia question, sort of, what was the first place you visited when you reached Brooklyn?"


She giggled, not your normal girl giggle but a deep throated giggle. "That is easy, Putnam's. They have the best Bloody Mary's anywhere!"

"Oh, I love Putnam's, my son lives close and Nikki does make a mean bloody.


Now on to a little more personal questions. I understand you just came out of the agent closet, so to speak, with your family. They thought you were some financial wizard and instead found out you're a special agent like your brother Tyler. What did your family think of that?"

She chuckled, sat her glass on the table and leaned in, she'd removed her leather jacket to drape over the back of her chair, her white tank had a black rose in the middle of her chest. "The Elders were delighted to have me move back home for a while. But I'm not sure they're delighted I'm following in big brother's foot steps."

I sipped and then asked, "What does big brother Tyler and your brother-in-laws, Gabe and David, think?"

She scooted her chair to the side to stretch out her legs and cross her boots at the ankles, I could tell she contemplated how to answer my question. Finally, she sighed. "I'm not sure. Tyler acts like he's welcoming me, but at ever turn he's hoovering over me, like he thinks I'll break. It's sort of annoying. But nice, I've missed my family."

"What do you think of your new sisters and of course little Lucy?"

This time she didn't chuckle but threw back her head and laughed, a couple admiring the roses turned to see where the laughter came from.

"Oh, that little ankle bitter is such a cutie. I'm not used to being around kids, but I'm going through sort of a babtizing by fire, what with Lucy, Sophie, and my Gabby. I'm loving every minute."

I was about to ask another question when she sighed and continued, "It's been a mix of emotions from joy, anger, fear, and back to joy again these past months since I have come home. It's been worth it all."

"Life is full of challenges, but how boring life would be if it were predictable? I know you need to get going, but if you have time, one last question."

She considered for a moment then said, "Sure go for it."

"What do you see on the horizon with you and Paco?"

"Right to the heart of the matter you go. Well to be honest, we're both trying to figure out that very question. The one thing we do know, we want to have an horizon together. Thank you for asking me to join you in this beautiful garden."

"No, thank you! Keep safe in your travels, and give our best to Gabby and Paco."

Reagan's story:
Blurb:

Special Agent Reagan Beckett left Brooklyn for San Francisco ten years ago—and on bad terms with her family. When the World Banking Association (WBA), one of the biggest worldwide financial institutions, is targeted by domestic terrorists, Reagan is called to join the team with two others in New York City. Now she would be home for an extended visit.

Special Agent Paco Luis Perez has heard of the legendary Tyler Beckett and looks forward to working with the man on the assignment in New York. However, when he reads Beckett’s dossier on his flight from D.C., he discovers the Beckett he expected to meet isn’t Tyler.

NYPD Detective Spencer Alexander Williams III, a member of the gang terrorist task force, reluctantly agrees to consult on the domestic terrorist case as the local liaison. He has never liked working with a team; he finds more out on his own. But they need his uncanny knack to anticipate the gang’s movements.

As soon as she receives information on the assignment, Reagan researches her new partners. But does she know enough to literally trust these men with her life?

Buy Links: Amazon Kindle, Amazon Print, Barnes and Noble Print

Monday, June 22, 2015

Illusion is here!

Welcome to Mary's Garden! Today is a long awaited special occasion. Illusion Book IV The Beckett Series is here! Finally. All week long there will be giveaways. Look for the question somewhere in this post for the chance to win a download of your choice of Mary's books.

Last November I went to New York City with my friend. We visited a few of the Beckett's favorite places. Enjoy:

Meet Reagan:
Illusion:
Special Agent Reagan Beckett left Brooklyn for San Francisco ten years ago—and on bad terms with her family. When the World Banking Association (WBA), one of the biggest worldwide financial institutions, is targeted by domestic terrorists, Reagan is called to join the team with two others in New York City. Now she would be home for an extended visit.

Special Agent Paco Luis Perez has heard of the legendary Tyler Beckett and looks forward to working with the man on the assignment in New York. However, when he reads Beckett’s dossier on his flight from D.C., he discovers the Beckett he expected to meet isn’t Tyler.

NYPD Detective Spencer Alexander Williams III, a member of the gang terrorist task force, reluctantly agrees to consult on the domestic terrorist case as the local liaison. He has never liked working with a team; he finds more out on his own. But they need his uncanny knack to anticipate the gang’s movements.

As soon as she receives information on the assignment, Reagan researches her new partners. But does she know enough to literally trust these men with her life?

Monday Question for the chance for a download of one of Mary's books:(the answer can be found on this post or Mary's Web site)
The Beckett family refer to Reagan and Glenna as what?

Buy links: Kindle, Amazon PrintBarnes and Noble Print

And for a limited time, Beckett Bundle is available on Amazon for $3.99 a $2 saving for the first three books.

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Giveaway schedule:
Monday 6/22/15: Mary's Garden Blog marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/ Giveaway - Download of your choice of Mary's books
Tuesday 6/23/15: Stanalei Fletcher's Blog www.stanaleifletcher.com/blog/ Giveaway - Download of Disappear (book I)
Wednesday 6/24/15: Mary's Twitter, (#Illusiongiveaway)
twitter.com/marylmartinez Giveaway - $5 GC from Starbucks
Thursday 6/25/15: Google + plus.google.com/u/0/b/102169317869219350490/102169317869219350490/posts Giveaway - Download of Disappear (book I)
Friday 6/26/15: Pinterest www.pinterest.com/marylmartinez3/ Grand prize giveaway - Download of the Beckett Series Box Set.
I'll wrap it up with the final prize at the Book Signing on 6/26/15. You must drop by the signing to win this final prize. see below for details www.marymartinez.com/events.html
I'll post reminders of where the giveaway will be for the day.
Free on Amazon 6/26/15 thru 6/28/15
Winners will be posted on Facebook on Saturday June 27th

The Beckett Series
The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Beckett Series

Welcome everyone! It's beautiful in the garden. Load your plates with goodies, pour a beverage and find a seat. Illusion Book IV will be out in a couple of weeks. I've decided to devote the month of June to the Beckett's.

The Beckett Series
The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.
See Disappear Book I from last week's Blog.
Trailer:

Innocent Book II
All Jessica wants is a home and a family. So how did she suddenly find herself falsely accused of a felony and then kidnapped by a hit man?

Jessica Beckett loves her job teaching high school algebra. That is until Coach Brinley makes her life miserable because she actually has the audacity to fail his three staring football jocks. Maybe if they’d done their homework they would have passed. She refuses to be intimidated. He on the other hand refuses to admit defeat and manipulates the boys into accusing her of sex in exchange for passing grades.

Gabriel Despain loves his job as FBI agent. But falling for his partner’s sister has complicated a great partnership. It would be a lot easier to ignore his feelings if Jessica hadn't found herself in trouble. Now he must keep her safe. And if he can't remain objective, they both might get killed.

Where can you buy? Links are on my Web site or you can go directly to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Books a Million.

Quiet Book III
Christine Beckett’s dream of partnership in a prestigious New York City law firm has finally come to fruition. She has financial security, a loving family, and owns her home, why does she need a man?

Detective Solomon has worked with Tyler Beckett on several cases, he almost feels he is part of the Beckett clan. He considers them his good friends, except for Christine who seems to look down her professional nose at him.

Christine receives a threatening note and her townhouse echoes with mysterious cries in the night. That is when the handsome and irritating detective insists he temporarily move in to protect her. To add insult, it is with her family’s blessing.

Where can you buy? Links are on my Web site or you can go directly to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Books a Million.

Monday, June 08, 2015

The Beckett Series

Welcome everyone! It's beautiful in the garden. Load your plates with goodies, pour a beverage and find a seat. Illusion Book IV will be out in a couple of weeks. I've decided to devote the month of June to the Beckett's.

The Beckett Series
The Beckett’s have a strong sense of family and honor.
When one of their own is threatened, their bond is as strong as a badge of steel.
Trailer: 


Disappear Book I
After two years undercover as an FBI agent to infiltrate a crime organization and discover the identity of a hit man, Tyler Beckett’s cover is blown. Tyler’s new assignment is to protect the only witness who can identify the mysterious killer. If only he didn’t find her so attractive. Each day it becomes harder to keep his objective, especially since he knows the interest is mutual.

Keira Cavanaugh is the only witness to a hit ordered by a crime boss. The safe house is compromised and the same hit man shoots Tyler. Fearing Tyler is dead, Keira plans revenge on the crime organization. She must fake her own suicide in order to survive.

When Tyler discovers what Keira plans, he realizes he must stop her before he loses her for good.

Where can you buy? Links are on my Web site or you can go directly to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Books a Million.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

I found her!

Welcome to Mary’s Garden! It’s finally wonderful weather here in the garden. You know the drill, grab a plate, fill it with goodies, pour yourself a glass of wine, or whatever and find a shady spot.

Now you wonder who her is, right? Well, maybe you don’t wonder. I’m going to tell you anyway. Are you ready for a story? Or a saga? It is my journey to find my birth family.

I was born in 1955 and a wonderful couple adopted me at birth. I was adopted by an older couple who’d finally given up trying for a child of their own.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a great family, if a bit dysfunctional. Let’s just say that made life interesting and nowhere near what I thought a normal family was supposed to be. But that is not the story I’m here to regale you with. (Or bore you with, one or the other)

I’ve always known I was adopted as did the entire small town I lived in. There were other children who wouldn’t play with me because if my own parents gave me away, why should they like me? Kids can be a bit harsh, but it made me who I am. My adoptive mother was very threatened if I asked any questions about my adoption. After time, I stopped asking.

When my mother passed away, I was twenty-nine. I decided to search for my
birth mother, but I soon realized I was searching for my entire birth family, siblings, dad and all. That was 31 years ago, before home computers. I had to do everything the hard way. Mail things in, go to the library to research. I found all the adoption places and sent in my information in hopes that my birth mother or birth father had registered.

Some people may wonder, why I would want to pursue my birth family if I had such a great life. Maybe if you’re not adopted you won’t understand, and every person is different. Here are my reasons:
1. I wanted to know where I came from. My adoptive family had history they could track back for hundreds of years and they thought that should satisfy me. But it wasn’t ME or who I was, why did I have brown hair and lily white skin that didn’t tan? Why did I have a temper? And why…. You get my drift.
2. I wanted to find my birth mother if nothing else, to ask, why? Even if she didn’t want to have nothing to do with me, I felt I had the right to know why she gave me up for adoption. And did my birth father know about me? (he doesn’t)
3. I wanted to know if I had brothers and sisters my age.

There are many more reasons, but those are the main ones. To me it was like, one minute I wasn’t here and the next I just appeared out of nowhere and my adoptive parents took me in. I have NO BACKSTORY.

A few years went by and nothing. I heard about a researcher, who would find a name of your birth mother and her contact information for $200. I called her right away and asked for her help. She found the name of my mother. June Anderson—talk about a needle in a haystack. She found four June Anderson’s in the Salt Lake City area. I was so hopeful. She ruled out two as born and raised in Utah with no breaks to have a baby and then that left two others. She called them boarders. Meaning they had come to Utah for a short period, one went to the University nursing school (at least it wasn’t the school down south—If you’re from Utah, you know what I mean). The other had a baby on March 31, 1955. But after they left, they were swallowed up. She lost track of them and found out nothing more. She only charged me $100 and I was left with a name and no contact information.

Did I give up? Hell no! But I wasn’t rich so it wasn’t like I could hire anyone. I had a family to raise, school clothes, etc. etc. etc. But I would check the adoption finds places and if a new one popped up, I would register. I even consulted the aid of psychics. Don’t laugh two were wrong. One was spot on. One, my friend, told me she couldn’t really say when or how, but I would find her. That was about six years ago. Then in between I talked to the others and they felt she had moved on to the next life.

Good thing I didn’t believe. Then I spoke with my friend again. She said she felt that a sister would help. She wasn’t sure if that meant my sister or a birth sister or whatever, that was about two years ago. Keep that in mind for when I reach that part in my story.

As you know I’m getting on in life, yeah I hit the big 6 0 this year. So a couple of years ago, about the same time I talked to my psychic friend, my husband asked me what I wanted to do for my 60th birthday. I promptly said I want to go to Ireland. You see, since I was adopted I could be whatever I wanted right? So I have told everyone, for years, I was Irish. We started saving and planning. We decided since we probably won’t get back across the pond, we’d do London for a few days, then Edinburgh, and on to Ireland for ten days. We’re going in August. I’ll blog when I get home. Anyway, you’re wondering what does this have to do with anything right? Well a lot.

Last summer I decided I wasn’t finding my birth family through the registries, psychics, etc. So I decided to go the DNA route, I did two different DNA tests, 23andMe and Ancestry.com. And that way if nothing else, I’d know where I came from. And GUESS WHAT? If you’ve watched my video bio, you already know. But I’m 53% to 75% Irish/British (depending which DNA program you look at), with Irish being 43% of that. I’m visiting my homeland, who knew! But my goal before I go is to find some relative or connection to look up when I get there. Anderson is part Scottish and part northern Irish and Lake (on my grandfather’s side—getting ahead of myself) is Irish.

Remember the part about the sister? Well in February of this year, my sister-in-law told me that the state of Utah had a consensual match site for adoptee’s. I had to get a certified birth certificate and send it in to the site. I did, but no match, as my birth mother hadn’t registered. But my sister-in-law also told me about a private Facebook group of Utah Adoptee’s. So I joined and things started rolling fast. They have a check list to do, all of which I’d done, except checking with LDS services for non-identifying information.

They call themselves search angels. And they are ANGELS. They are trying to set a precedence with the judicial court in Utah. If enough people petition the court to open sealed adoption records and enough of the requests are granted, then the state may consider to open them all. Some states have had this happen. I said I’d be happy to petition the court. On February 10, 2015, I petitioned the Salt Lake City third district court. And then it was time to wait.

Meanwhile I talked to LDS services and they said since it sounded like a private adoption and not through the social services they probably didn’t have any records. They filed the request to check anyway. Two weeks later they called and gave me the disappointing news that they had no records. I thought, well it can’t hurt to call the court and check on my case. And low and behold the judge had granted my request. I was able to go to the court and review and copy my nine page adoption file. It didn’t give me too much information but enough to point my angels in the right direction.

Within a few days they had found the names of my grandparents on Ancestry.com. They were both deceased so Jenn, one of my angels, called the Great Falls library and asked how to request a copy of the obits. In another few days we had copies of the obits and in both of them. They had a survivor listed as June (Anderson) Osborn from Arlington, Washington. Within hours or a day, I can’t remember, my angels had an address and phone number for June.

It took me a few days to decide how to contact her and I was scared. June Anderson had only been a name for thirty-one years. And now she was a person. Those of you who write may understand this better. It was like one of my characters was no longer a name/character in one of my books, but was all of a sudden a real person and I could meet them. Anyway, she was a person who could give me answers to where I came from. I wasn’t just hatched out of nowhere. I thought I’d be so overjoyed at this point. But scared was more accurate. Could I face another rejection? After all she gave me away!

I wrote her a letter, a fairy-tale letter (click here if you’d like to read it) and sent it along with pictures of all the kids and grandkids. I got so carried away with them I forgot to include a picture of just me. I did have a family picture included, so she did get a glimpse of me. I sent it on a Friday, expecting it to arrive the following Monday.

Each day I checked the tracking and it hadn’t been delivered. Agony. Finally on Wednesday afternoon it was delivered. Now, would she respond? Would she ignore it? Would she wait to respond? All these questions had me on pins and needles. That day after work I had an appointment to get my hair cut. Ron, my husband, picked me up after and we went to dinner. I told him the letter had been delivered. He was excited for me. While we were checking out the menu, my phone dinged. I figured it was a text from the kids and didn’t check for a minute. But when I did? She had emailed me and said she was very interested in connecting.

The next day I arranged to call her after dinner. We talked for two hours. It was a little awkward at first. But finally it evened out. Come to find out only my grandmother and her sister-in-law knew about me. So even her husband didn’t. Imagine her surprise to have that package show up with my letter and pictures.

We’ve been emailing ever since. She sent me a few pictures, one from when she was 6 months old. Her birthday was on Mother’s day, she turned 80. I arranged to visit her for the weekend after Mother’s day. Just a quick overnight trip.

She knew I liked wine and planned to have brunch and then go to a winery to taste. As it got close to her birthday she told me that she was getting emails to tempt her to go skydiving, which she’d done on her 75th birthday. But she couldn’t decide if she wanted to do that again or try zip lining. I emailed back and said I would never sky dive, but I loved zip lining, why didn’t we do that for our birthdays, since I had just turned 60 and she 80. At first she said no, another time. But then she thought about it and emailed me back and said Mary, let’s do it.

May 15, 2015, I flew to SeaTac International Airport, caught a shuttle to Marysville and my birth mother picked me up, we embraced for the first time in 60 years in the parking lot of a casino. Then we left, grabbed lattes from Starbucks, because we’re both coffee snobs, and went in search of the zip lining. We then went for our wine, met her husband Buryl for dinner then talked until one or two in the morning, The next morning when I finally woke up, we went to breakfast at a little diner in town, and talked some more. Then she dropped me off at the shuttle. We’re planning to have her come visit us in the fall or next spring to meet the kids and grandkids. Meanwhile she has friended us on Facebook (those of us on FB) to see pictures and keep up with us.

Her reasons for adoption are hers and not mine to tell, I understand them and love my family, I would NEVER change my life. I am so glad that I found her and so greateful for the opportunity to have a relationship now. I really wish I had been able to find her 30 years ago. Hopefully the next post on my saga on finding my birth family will be about my father or a sibling or two. Hope you enjoy the pictures and my journey, thank you for letting me share.
 Our co-zipliners
First picture
Ready for our Zip line

We made it.


Time for our wine!



Breakfast!

Bye for now!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Brenda Novak for The Cure of Diabetes

Welcome everyone, we're having a very rainy May. Fill up your plates and beverages, find a place with an umbrella and get ready to enjoy some fine reading. Or cooking!

It's that time of year again for Brenda Novak. Every May she has an auction to raise funds for Diabetes research. This year she is going about it a different way, or should I say four ways? Let me explain. Instead of her usual auction where everyone goes to her site and bids, she's gathered a host of her friends and authors to help out. First, she has compiled a cookbook with a recipe for every occasion and let me tell you, they're delicious.
LOVE THAT! BRENDA NOVAK’S EVERY OCCASION COOKBOOK.
How would I know, you ask? Well because I not only tried one, I made a video while doing so, yeah I'm a bit of a dork. Actually it was for her release party for the cook book. I made the Spaghetti Squash with Pork.


Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

Next she gathered together some of her authors friends, NY and USA Today Best Sellers and put together three box sets. Sweet Talk (Romance), Sweet Dreams (Romantic Suspense), and Sweet Seduction (HOT). And the proceeds from ALL these fun books go to Diabetes research for The Cure.

Sweet Talk
This is a limited edition contemporary romance collection featuring ten brand
new stories by such amazing authors as #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sherryl Woods of Chesapeake Shores series fame and nine other romance favorites. As a bonus, Brenda has included the prequel to her popular Whiskey Creek series, WHEN WE TOUCH—and megastar Robyn Carr has written the foreword.
Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

Sweet Dreams
This is also a limited edition set, only it contains thirteen new thrillers from Allison Brennan, JT Ellison and more. Brenda has written a special story for
this box. She's including HANOVER HOUSE, the start to the new suspense series that will be coming out in 2016 from St. Martin’s Press. And none other than the amazing Lee Child has written the foreword.
Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

This box is for those who like their romances with some HEAT (a la FIFTY SHADES OF GREY). It features new work from fourteen bestselling erotica authors. Lisa Renee Jones has not only written the foreword, she’s provided one of her full novels as a bonus!

Here are the buy links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

Please help Brenda reach her goal of $300,000 for The Cure of Diabetes!

Monday, May 11, 2015

I challenge you!

Welcome everyone, it's a bit wet in the garden. We've had several days of rain. While this is good for the garden, it's hard to enjoy a chat. Gather some food and drink and find a chair under an umbrella.

Last week I participated in the release for Love That! Brenda Novak's every occasion cook book. This week I've participated in another fund raising adventure. The Will Hauver Diabetes egg crack challenge. For more information on the challenge check out this site.

Every year, Brenda Novak has an On-line auction for Diabetes research. It's in May and it's a month long auction on fun things. I usually donate a basket of goodies. This year, Brenda is doing something different. Several of her author friends (NY Times Best Selling authors) have donated a story to her box sets. She has three, and all the proceeds from the sales are going to Diabetes Research. Sweet Talk, Sweet Dreams, Sweet Seduction, and the cook book. Check her site for more information. And during the release of the cook book Facebook party, Brenda challenged all of us to do the Will Hauver egg crack challenge, so here is my challenge to you!


This is a great cause, and if you love to read you can support Diabetes research but just buying a box set, how cool is that?