What to Consider As You Purchase a Toaster or a Novel.

Whenever we shop, we study or research the product before we purchase. We look at the item we want to buy through newspaper and TV ads or literally head to stores. We want a product that is well made, meets our needs and has a good price. The same needs go for purchasing a book. […]

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A Hike on the Wild Side by Gail Gaymer Martin

Sometimes it’s hard to face that certain times of life, we can’t do what we might have done ten years earlier. Living in the beauty of Arizona and surrounded by the amazing red rocks, I love to get out and walk while viewing the amazing scenery. Walking is something I can do, but so many […]

Christmas Blessings and a Joyful New Year

With Christmas on our doorstep, I know that we are in a fury to finish preparing for Christmas which means shopping, decorating, baking, and planning. Holiday parties are in the air, the scent of spices fill the house, and piles of wrapping paper or gift bags are found in a variety of locations. At least […]

Confession of a Traditional Author turned Small Press

As a traditional writer for 20 years, I worked under contract with deadlines, often pushing myself, neglecting friends and family and missing out on a great deal of life. Yes, I earned a healthy amount of money, but as time passed, and life became weighted with pressure, I realized it was no longer for me, […]

Living in the West

Moving from a place I lived forever wasn’t easy but I knew I would love it here in the West and I do. In Michigan, my view was houses with lawns of green grass and flowers and trees everywhere. The skies were blue most often with clouds. The seasons saw leaves fall or snow pile […]

The Pain and Joy of Moving

In the beginning of September 2016, this huge moving van pulled in front of our new house with our life in boxes. We moved 2000 miles across the country leaving family, friends, banks, stores, doctors, and life behind us in Michigan. And why would we do this? Because we fell in love with Sedona, AZ. […]

Writing Fiction Using Real Location by Gail Gaymer Martin

My latest novel is set in Pacific Grove in the Monterrey area, and this scene captures the setting for some of the events in the book, Poppy Fields With You. Over time, I’ve learned if I want to write real I need to visit the location of my novel. While creating a fictitious location can […]

Treats for those Holiday Parties and Events

December is a month of special events including Christmas and New Year with family gatherings and parties. This year was different for my husband and me since we had moved in August to Sedona, Arizona from Michigan.  But  that didn’t stop the parties. We were more active here than in Michigan, and partly because I […]

We All Started Somewhere… from Gail Gaymer Martin

When did you know you had writing talent…or any talent for that matter? Sometimes, I think, our talents are qualities that we think are normal and we take them for granted. When I was in the third grade my teacher wrote on my report card, “Gail has writing talent.” She based this on poetry I […]