Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tina Martin ~ an interview and her novel ~ Leaving Barringer

Romantic Suspense
Date Published: January 4, 2016

Tina Martin
Author Bio:

Tina Martin is the Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author of over thirty women's fiction and romantic suspense novels and novellas. Her books include, The Accidental Series, The Alexander Series, The Dying To Love Her Series, The Champion Brothers Series, The Blackstone Family Series, The Mine By Default Mini-Series, Secrets On Lake Drive, Can't Just Be His Friend, All Falls Down, Just Like New to the Next Man, Might As Well Be Single, Falling Again, The Crush and Vacation Interrupted.

She released her newest novel, Leaving Barringer, on January 4, 2016 and a novella, Who Do You Love?, on December 12, 2015. She is currently working on Book 4 of The Champion Brothers Series titled, Wives and Champions.

When she’s not writing, Tina enjoys reading, traveling, blogging and spending time with her family. Visit her online at where you will find a full listing of her novels, upcoming works and contact information.


Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?
A: I picture vegetables. A few years ago, I had a garden that produced the freshest vegetables I’ve ever eaten – ten times better than store bought stuff. So I’m actually working on a garden this month.

Q: Dress up or dress down?
A: I like dressing up, but lately, dressing down is the way to go for me. Dressing up requires too much work. I don’t have that kind of time to spend on clothes and such.

Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Coffee. I think I’m addicted to it. Summer, winter, fall…it doesn’t matter. I’ll go for a five-mile jog and drink coffee afterwards as if it was water.

Q: Texting, love it or hate it?
A: I love texting. I’m usually busy doing something: writing, trying to keep up with my kids, reading, cooking…don’t have much time to spend on the phone. Sending a quick text is the way to go for me. 


Q: What is your favorite part of writing? 
A: My favorite part of writing is dialogue, especially between a man and woman. One of my readers once told me that I write well from a man’s perspective (and I have no idea why that is…lol). But I love dialogue between characters to help tell the story.

Q; Now your least favorite part? 
A:  My least favorite part is feeling like I haven’t done the story justice. At some point, the story has to be complete. But there’s always a lingering feeling like, did I add enough detail here…will my readers understand what I’m trying to say…did that chapter end too abruptly?

Q: Describe your favorite hero?
A: When I create a hero, he has to have flaws. Many flaws. He makes mistakes, yet he learns from them. He stops at nothing to get what he wants. He’s tall, dark and handsome and usually has some physical flaw that adds a level of interest to his appearance. He’s well spoken. Well dressed. He loves his family. Most of all, he’s loyal.

Q: Do you like to read the genre that you write?
A: Yes. I read a lot of romantic suspense novels. One, because they mostly read like Lifetime movies (and who doesn’t love a good Lifetime movie?). Two, I like to see how the hero and heroine work through their difficulties and end up together in the end. Just like the movies, some of the novels I read are predictable, but who cares? It’s entertaining!


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I am currently working on the last book in my series, Mine By Default titled, Forever Mine, slated for an April 2016 release.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: I released two books in February. The first is Claiming You which is a novella. The second is Wives And Champions, Book 4 of The Champion Brothers Series.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: Yes. My website is: You can Like me on Facebook at

Buy links:
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Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A:  Yes, I am participating in a blog tour. My schedule can be found here:

Calista Blackstone has no problem playing her position as the supportive, dutiful wife of Barringer Blackstone. All she wants is a family, but after five years, she's given up hope of actually becoming a mother - at least to Barringer's children.

Barringer (Barry) Blackstone is too busy making money to make babies. CEO of Blackstone Financial Services Group, he's actively working on taking his father's company to the next level and avoids the subject of children. He's no longer certain that he wants the added stress of trying to raise a family while growing the business. But the workaholic will learn the hard way that money should never precede family.

Calista Blackstone scanned the interior of her bedroom one last time before zipping up the large, black suitcase that rested on top of their king bed – a suitcase she had packed full of her clothes. Not all of her clothes. Just enough. The essentials. Two weeks’ worth for now. She would have to get the rest later.
Blinking back tears while feeling pressure build in her throat, she forced away memories of all the times she and Barringer had made love in this bed, although she couldn’t recall a recent instance. Then again, there was that one time a few months ago, but there was nothing memorable about that occasion. Nothing to brag about to her girlfriends if she was into that sort of thing. (She wasn’t). The intimacy, if you can call it intimacy, was cold, to-the-minute quick, sorely lacking and wham-bamish, followed by Barringer snoring loudly shortly thereafter. There was no cuddling. No, I love you. No good night kiss. No nothing. And she lay awake, yet again, staring at ceiling, wondering how they got to this point while listening to him snore like a bear in hibernation.
That memory alone was enough to push her to the door, but she drifted in thought again, forcing herself to remember some of the good times. Like when they would stay in bed all day, order takeout and go right back to bed. Or when they’d share popcorn and watch movies together in that bed. Or when she would lie against his chest while they watched football or the ten o’clock news. And what about the cool evenings when he would hold her. When he’d run his fingers through her hair while they talked about their days. When lovemaking was more than, let’s-hurry-up-and-get-this-over-with-so-I-can-go-to-sleep, but actually meant something. The memories remained, but those days of marital bliss were long gone. The shipped had sailed. The train had officially left the station.

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