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    Marie

  • Bio

    I live in a valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains.  I raised my children in a place of freedom and fun. The valley has changed since then with more people. It is still the last best place. I began writing in the nineties, cranking out 6 manuscripts which went on a shelf because I couldn’t find an agent or publisher. Life got in the way and finally in 2012 I finished Maternal Harbor and decided to publish on Amazon. It now has well over 200,000 kindle downloads. I then wrote Harbored Secrets and uploaded it to Kindle. It also now has well over 200,000 downloads. It felt like a miracle. Never had I imagined I would carry 4.2 and 4.4 ratings on over a thousand combined reviews. I then rewrote one of the manuscripts on the shelf, Ratham Creek. It too is being downloaded and gaining reviews. I continue to pound out the words and will hopefully publish 101 Harbor Hill sometime this fall. In between I ride herd on a large family, play golf, and tend flower beds. My critique partners are the backbone of my writing. My readers are my gift. They give so many words of encouragement.

    I live in a valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains.  I raised my children in a place of freedom and fun. The valley has changed since then with more people. It is still the last best place. I began writing in the nineties, cranking out 6 manuscripts which went on a shelf because I couldn’t find an agent or publisher. Life got in the way and finally in 2012 I finished Maternal Harbor and decided to publish on Amazon. It now has well over 200,000 kindle downloads. I then wrote Harbored Secrets and uploaded it to Kindle. It also now has well over 200,000 downloads. It felt like a miracle. Never had I imagined I would carry 4.2 and 4.4 ratings on over a thousand combined reviews. I then rewrote one of the manuscripts on the shelf, Ratham Creek. It too is being downloaded and gaining reviews. I continue to pound out the words and will hopefully publish 101 Harbor Hill sometime this fall. In between I ride herd on a large family, play golf, and tend flower beds. My critique partners are the backbone of my writing. My readers are my gift. They give so many words of encouragement.

  • Praise

    This is a one of the latest on Harbored Secrets
    5.0 out of 5 starsBest damn book in ages
    ByCearley melon February 7, 2016
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    I go through books like women go through toilet paper, this has to become a movie. The writing is so rare, the family drama so real, the ending perfect. It reminds me of fried green tomatoes, one of the last decent movies made in a world of sick entertainment. Viva la intelligent writing.Mel Cearley,circa 1930, a lifetime bookworm
    Good writing.
    ByJames Connoron March 1, 2016
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    It was a joy to read a book so well written. As I started Harbored Secrets I was drawn in by the interesting characters. Especially the voice of Blanche. The relationships of all of the members of the Platt family were fascinating. The surprising twists at the end was neat as well as the slow revealing of some of the earlier secrets. Every family has secrets that you learn of if you live long enough. Finding them out creates a fuller picture of your family members. This was a well written book and the subject matter deals with how we are as real people. I would recommend this book to a friend.

    3 out of 5 stars Interesting read
    By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2013
    Format: Kindle Edition
    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my review. That being said, Harbored Secrets was definitely a book full of harbored secrets. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to even like the main character, Blinny (a nickname for Blanche). The story begins with middle-aged Blinny and an elderly woman named Alice. They were very bitter towards each other & Blinny acts like this house she is building is more important than life itself. I do have to say that it took me a long time to get in to the book. Then something happens: The author went in to the past when Blinny was 8 years old & worked her way up to the present. Once that happened, I couldn’t put the book down. Ms. Martin did an excellent job of jumping back & forth from present to past without confusing the reader. When Ms. Martin went in to the past, I started to understand why Blinny & Alice’s relationship was so difficult and also, why this house was so very important to Blinny. Overall, it was a good read and I would most likely read another book by this author.

    Editorial Reviews on Maternal Harbor

    Review
    ”Perfect balance of suspense, action and heart-racing tension.  It draws you in from the first well-written paragraph.”  Richard Hanners, Hungry Horse News.

    A tense thriller that taps into every mother’s worst fear.”  D. Burke, author.

    ”The author was familiar enough with her settings and characters to create a unique story.  She even accomplished the ”le Carre Effect (increasing the plot tension as the book nears its climax such that the reader is obsessed with finishing the book.)” T. Hughes, Amazon Reviewer.

    ”The  concept my be fairly simple, but the execution is awesome.  Without giving away the plot, suffice it to say, the villain of this take is one of the spookiest and most depraved you will ever encounter.”  Dixon Rice, author of The Assassins Club.

    ”A beautifully written novel that makes characters real and believable.  The author’s excellent storytelling abilities, makes the experience absolutely fascinating.” Angela Townsend, author of Angus McBain.

    Editorial Reviews on Ratham Creek
    Ratham Creek is a story of misguided revenge set against the rural mountains of Montana.  Marie F. Martin deftly explores the grief and memories of a family unraveling and a community divided. Ross and Arianne meet and dare to navigate the complexities of their lives in search of lasting peace and true love. —Deborah Epperson, author of Breaking TWIG.

    Ratham Creek is Marie F Martin’s best yet–and I have read all three of her novels. She weaves a story of home and family torn apart by long-standing feuds and tragic misunderstandings.  I felt like I knew the large Ferrell clan, and I cared that they set things right.  Aside from difficulties, what stands out to me is Martin’s obvious love of Montana’s landscape.  The beauty of Ratham Creek and the reverence the characters have for the land will make the reader want to see for oneself.—Ann Minnett, author of Burden of Breath and Serita’s Shelf Life

    Author Martin knows how to keep the reader turning pages.  A grieving widow is dragged into clashes between loggers and drug dealers, and families pitted against their own.  But perhaps the most difficult struggle she faces is to resist a man she is both attracted to and repulsed by.  A compelling plot full of surprises, memorable characters, and great writing.—Debbie Burk, author
    Marie F Martin’s Montana is a wild and romantic place.  Ratham Creek brings the culture of eastern hill people to the rugged west in a tale filled with surprising twists.  It is a good read.  —Bonnie Smith author of Modoc Summer.

    Review of Ratham Creek:
    5.0 out of 5 starsCompelling story of family blood feuds, government failures and trying to survive.
    ByBookzillaon March 18, 2016
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    Compelling story of family blood feuds, government failures and trying to survive. This story is a realistic look at life for generations of mountain people trying to keep the family ties strong. Holding on to family homesteads fighting loss of work, income and steadily increasing taxes.The characters are believable with realistic dialogue. Not all questions are answered. The ending is more a solution than a cliff-hanger.Mullets:Butch frowned at his brother. He was getting too close to something he shouldn’t be saying. “Your new haircut looks like sh@@. Feels like I’m sitting next to a freaking teenager.”Toad tightened his grip of the steering wheel. “Doesn’t hurt to stay modern. The barber called it a mullet cut and it’s dang sure better than that dirt wad you have hanging down your back.”Battle dreams:He managed to fall asleep at daybreak, but fitfully, seeing bullets breaking glass all over, feeling the heart-wrenching fear that one of the bullets would kill, reliving the feeling of water in a foxhole in Nam, and hearing something plop in the water—snake or grenade? Just like now, the threat was real. But how dangerous? Snake bite could be treated, blown off body parts couldn’t be. The wrong decision could last for generations to come in these mountains.Age:Just once, I’d like to know what that boy’s thinking, Ross thought. But he isn’t a boy anymore. Twenty-one going on twelve.I may re-read this story and look forward to other works by this author.
     

     

    This is a one of the latest on Harbored Secrets
    5.0 out of 5 starsBest damn book in ages
    ByCearley melon February 7, 2016
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    I go through books like women go through toilet paper, this has to become a movie. The writing is so rare, the family drama so real, the ending perfect. It reminds me of fried green tomatoes, one of the last decent movies made in a world of sick entertainment. Viva la intelligent writing.Mel Cearley,circa 1930, a lifetime bookworm
    Good writing.
    ByJames Connoron March 1, 2016
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    It was a joy to read a book so well written. As I started Harbored Secrets I was drawn in by the interesting characters. Especially the voice of Blanche. The relationships of all of the members of the Platt family were fascinating. The surprising twists at the end was neat as well as the slow revealing of some of the earlier secrets. Every family has secrets that you learn of if you live long enough. Finding them out creates a fuller picture of your family members. This was a well written book and the subject matter deals with how we are as real people. I would recommend this book to a friend.

    3 out of 5 stars Interesting read
    By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2013
    Format: Kindle Edition
    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my review. That being said, Harbored Secrets was definitely a book full of harbored secrets. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to even like the main character, Blinny (a nickname for Blanche). The story begins with middle-aged Blinny and an elderly woman named Alice. They were very bitter towards each other & Blinny acts like this house she is building is more important than life itself. I do have to say that it took me a long time to get in to the book. Then something happens: The author went in to the past when Blinny was 8 years old & worked her way up to the present. Once that happened, I couldn’t put the book down. Ms. Martin did an excellent job of jumping back & forth from present to past without confusing the reader. When Ms. Martin went in to the past, I started to understand why Blinny & Alice’s relationship was so difficult and also, why this house was so very important to Blinny. Overall, it was a good read and I would most likely read another book by this author.

    Editorial Reviews on Maternal Harbor

    Review
    ”Perfect balance of suspense, action and heart-racing tension.  It draws you in from the first well-written paragraph.”  Richard Hanners, Hungry Horse News.

    A tense thriller that taps into every mother’s worst fear.”  D. Burke, author.

    ”The author was familiar enough with her settings and characters to create a unique story.  She even accomplished the ”le Carre Effect (increasing the plot tension as the book nears its climax such that the reader is obsessed with finishing the book.)” T. Hughes, Amazon Reviewer.

    ”The  concept my be fairly simple, but the execution is awesome.  Without giving away the plot, suffice it to say, the villain of this take is one of the spookiest and most depraved you will ever encounter.”  Dixon Rice, author of The Assassins Club.

    ”A beautifully written novel that makes characters real and believable.  The author’s excellent storytelling abilities, makes the experience absolutely fascinating.” Angela Townsend, author of Angus McBain.

    Editorial Reviews on Ratham Creek
    Ratham Creek is a story of misguided revenge set against the rural mountains of Montana.  Marie F. Martin deftly explores the grief and memories of a family unraveling and a community divided. Ross and Arianne meet and dare to navigate the complexities of their lives in search of lasting peace and true love. —Deborah Epperson, author of Breaking TWIG.

    Ratham Creek is Marie F Martin’s best yet–and I have read all three of her novels. She weaves a story of home and family torn apart by long-standing feuds and tragic misunderstandings.  I felt like I knew the large Ferrell clan, and I cared that they set things right.  Aside from difficulties, what stands out to me is Martin’s obvious love of Montana’s landscape.  The beauty of Ratham Creek and the reverence the characters have for the land will make the reader want to see for oneself.—Ann Minnett, author of Burden of Breath and Serita’s Shelf Life

    Author Martin knows how to keep the reader turning pages.  A grieving widow is dragged into clashes between loggers and drug dealers, and families pitted against their own.  But perhaps the most difficult struggle she faces is to resist a man she is both attracted to and repulsed by.  A compelling plot full of surprises, memorable characters, and great writing.—Debbie Burk, author
    Marie F Martin’s Montana is a wild and romantic place.  Ratham Creek brings the culture of eastern hill people to the rugged west in a tale filled with surprising twists.  It is a good read.  —Bonnie Smith author of Modoc Summer.

    Review of Ratham Creek:
    5.0 out of 5 starsCompelling story of family blood feuds, government failures and trying to survive.
    ByBookzillaon March 18, 2016
    Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
    Compelling story of family blood feuds, government failures and trying to survive. This story is a realistic look at life for generations of mountain people trying to keep the family ties strong. Holding on to family homesteads fighting loss of work, income and steadily increasing taxes.The characters are believable with realistic dialogue. Not all questions are answered. The ending is more a solution than a cliff-hanger.Mullets:Butch frowned at his brother. He was getting too close to something he shouldn’t be saying. “Your new haircut looks like sh@@. Feels like I’m sitting next to a freaking teenager.”Toad tightened his grip of the steering wheel. “Doesn’t hurt to stay modern. The barber called it a mullet cut and it’s dang sure better than that dirt wad you have hanging down your back.”Battle dreams:He managed to fall asleep at daybreak, but fitfully, seeing bullets breaking glass all over, feeling the heart-wrenching fear that one of the bullets would kill, reliving the feeling of water in a foxhole in Nam, and hearing something plop in the water—snake or grenade? Just like now, the threat was real. But how dangerous? Snake bite could be treated, blown off body parts couldn’t be. The wrong decision could last for generations to come in these mountains.Age:Just once, I’d like to know what that boy’s thinking, Ross thought. But he isn’t a boy anymore. Twenty-one going on twelve.I may re-read this story and look forward to other works by this author.
     

     

Books by This Author:

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Ratham Creek


Starts with a grizzly attack, ends with a lover’s spat, in between Arianne is a target.


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Harbored Secrets


A mystery in the revelation of family secrets smoldering beneath the charred remains of their homestead that haunts Blinny. How could her mother do what she did?


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Maternal Harbor


Pregnant and alone, Teagan O’Riley befriends three single moms at an OB clinic. Now, two are dead and the third is close on Teagan’s heels, intent on eliminating the last obstacle to a monstrous plot.