Monday, March 19, 2018

Mary's New Release

I’m excited to have Mary Martinez as my guest. 
Welcome Mary, we’re looking forward to hearing about your new release, Glenna’s interview by Jane Carver, and how to enter the raffle for a ticket to the Utah Readers Luncheon. Take it away…

Thank you for having me on your blog this week Judy! I’m very excited to be here. I just released my 6th book of my Beckett Series. I had meant for it to be my last, but alas the next generation protested. So on the horizon there are three more books lurking out there. First though I have a fantasy I’ve been dreaming of writing for years.

I thought it would be fun if a reporter from The Calistogan Weekly Trib, Jane Carver, interviewed Glenna Beckett today. Glenna is the featured Beckett in Abandoned (Book VI The Beckett Series).

Column: Local Celebs.
          By Jane Carver
Today I am going to interview one of our own. Glenna Beckett, owner of Glenna’s Surprisingly Vintage. Though she didn’t grow up around her, she’s made her home here in Calistoga and has become a very important member of the community. She helps with our Helping Others program, along with several other organizations. I’m meeting Ms. Beckett at her favorite place for lunch. The Calistoga Inn.

Jane: Thank you for agreeing to have lunch and chat. Do you mind if I turn on my recording app?

Glenna: No problem, as long as you don’t mind if I have a glass of wine. Interviews make me nervous. I’m afraid I’ll babble.

Jane: I don’t mind at all, I’ll join you. Just don’t tell my editor. (giggle)

Glenna: Lips are zipped.

Jane: Tell us a little bit about why you’re on the opposite coast of your family?

Glenna: I’m the youngest of six siblings, need I say more? Actually I love my family and I miss them. Most of the time. But when I was young, all I wanted to do was get away and be on my own without seven people telling me what to do.

Jane: Seven?

Glenna: The sibs and The Elders.

Jane: (Laughing) The Elders? We need to hear about this.

Glenna: All of us call our parents The Elders. So when I say seven, I mean my five brothers and sisters and my parents. I’m not sure who started calling them The Elders, though I suspect Christine. She’s the second oldest and a kick ass attorney.
Jane: Tell us a little about your family.

Glenna:  Tyler is the eldest he is a Federal Agent. He met his wife on a case, he had to take her into protective custody. And now she’s an agent also. Then Christine, as I said an attorney, she’s married to a NYPD detective, he is a friend of the family through Tyler and my brother-in-law Gabe, who is married to Jessica. But before her, Matt is next in line. He is not in law enforcement. He is an accountant, or something in Washington. He works for the World Banking Association or the WBA. And he met Bryn, his wife, there. Next is my sister Jessica who is a math teacher and an up and coming soccer mom. As I said she’s married to Gabe who is my brother Tyler’s partner at the Bureau. Then last comes my sister Reagan and myself, we’re twins, but she was born a whole five minutes before me. Reagan is a Special agent who does something with Cyber Terrorism. And there you have it. They all thought they knew what was best for me and they were pretty vocal about it.

Jane: Sounds great to me, I’m an only child. So we know why you moved out, by why California?

Glenna: I searched for universities to apply for, mostly as far from New York as I could find. But then I looked up Stanford and they had a large department for Humanities and Sciences. I love art and almost everything that was on their list of ‘major fields’ under that category. It was sort of a no brainer. And then I fell in love with Calistoga on a girls weekend to Napa my junior year. I liked Napa and Sonoma, but Calistoga won my heart.

Jane: How did you get into Vintage art and your shop?

Glenna: You mean how did I decided I wanted to open Glenna’s Surprisingly Vintage? I am not an artist. As much as I have tried with classes and anything else, I am only a passable artist. I still love to browse and find treasures that people give away. I love the masters, I love everything to do with art from artifacts to modern art. What better way to fund my collection habit than to open a shop and share. Though I do have a hard time parting with some things.

Jane: I’m glad you do share. I’ve found some treasures of my own at your shop. Thank you for chatting with me today. I do have one more question. I hear you’re engaged.

Glenna: (pause) Yes. We’re getting married in the fall. Lance is an art collector also.

Jane: Congratulations. Thank you again, I’ll be in touch to let you know what edition your interview will be in.

Glenna: Thank you for including me in your column.

         Abandoned (Book VI The Beckett Series)  


Glenna Beckett loves her family dearly, but being the youngest of six can be overwhelming. Moving across country helped her learn who she was outside the family. She’s built a successful business in the form of a quaint shop on Main Street of Calistoga, that sells a bit of everything vintage, the new age term for antique. What more does she need?

Then he walked into her shop. International playboy, Lance Gordon. After a whirlwind courtship he asks her to marry him. Burying a niggle of doubt in the pit of her tummy, she says yes. He’s even agreed to have the wedding in Brooklyn so her family can attend. But he never arrives.

Glenna refused to believe she’d been abandoned at the altar and asks her brother, Tyler, to contact an agent friend on the West Coast to search for Lance.

Patrick McGinnis can’t believe he’s walking into a prissy shop in the high end of the Napa Valley searching for a missing groom. The bride, Glenna Beckett, is everything he feared, drop dead gorgeous, and a spoiled brat. Not that he’d ever tell her brother that. He hates wild goose chases, and this mission is exactly that. Patrick’s certain the playboy fiancé is off wooing some other delectable creature.

Unfortunately, once Patrick started to dig, he finds there’s more to the tale and it will take all his skills as an agent to keep Glenna safe. Especially when the case takes a turn and threatens the safety of his son, Finn.

Buy Links for The Beckett Series
Disappear (Book I The Beckett Series)
Innocent (Book II The Beckett Series)
Quiet (Book III The Beckett Series)
Illusion – Utopia the Beginning (Book IV The Beckett Series)
Profit – Utopia the Conclusion (Book V The Beckett Series)
Abandoned (Book VI The Beckett Series)

Author Bio:
Mary 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 granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends!

Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home.  With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, 

They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible.

Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA). During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has also participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference.

Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
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I would like to invite you to the Utah Reader’s Luncheon October 13, 2018. I am hosting a table with Judy Baker and Stanalei Fletcher. We are having a contest right now to win a place at our table. Join our FaceBook event for updates.

OR the link is:  Starts 3/19/18 and goes through 4/19/18. Good luck!


  1. Thank you for having me visit Judy's Escape.

    1. Great post Mary and interview. Best of Luck on your new release.

  2. Thanks Marie, I'm glad you stopped by!

  3. Fun interview!! Best of luck on the release, Mary.

  4. Thanks Stanalei and Judy. I had fun with the interview!


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