BOOK SALE SUNDAY from Heart Beat Books!

BOOK SALE SUNDAY from Heart Beat Books!


The authors from this Sunday's WWII Historical Fiction promotional 
also bid you a hearty hello! 

Brought to you by BookFunnel, The Dark Years: 1939-45 explores the war from combat, civilian, male, female, domestic, and European perspectives. As always, I discuss some of my picks among the eight novels and one series on sale through the end of this month.

I'm also hosting a Goodreads Giveaway for my latest book, The Trouble and another ARC giveaway for Crimsy.  Details below. 


One of this week's featured titles is my novel, The Fires of Lilliput.  Normally $3.99 in Kindle, it is ON SALE this week for $0.99 at Amazon starting today in the US and Wed, Oct. 19 in the UK. Amazon prices in other regions are roughly 50% off. 

The paperback, normally $16.99, is on sale for $9.99 at Heart Beat Books.
It ships Media Mail, roughly $3-$4, in the US only.

The Fires of Lilliput follows Shosha Mordechai and Jakub Chelzak as they fight to survive the Nazi onslaught in Poland during the Holocaust. Shosha tells their story years later to Cardinals at the Vatican, investigating Jakub for Roman Catholic sainthood.

In some ways, The Fires of Lilliput is an allegory that draws from both the Old and New Testaments. Take the horrific death camp of the final chapters, built in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, southern Poland's Kościeliska Valley. Here is the Old Testament loss of Paradise and the New Testament descent into Hell. 

Many of the novel's characters have Biblical counterparts: Jesus and Jakub; Moses and Rabbi Gimelman; Shosha, Rebekka, Leiozia, and the many strong woman in both Testaments.

A heartfelt thank you to Maryann from Boston and Kerry from Australia, who recently reviewed The Fires of Lilliput on Goodreads and Amazon.

From Maryann, "This was a hard read. The detail that this author put into this book is impressive.

"I have been blessed with knowing someone who witnessed what happened in Poland so I came to this with some idea of what occurred.

"I was moved by the strength of these characters. They have been written with great depth, so much so that you will find that you will need to step away in order to continue.

"This is a story of faith and friendship found within one of the darkest times that has befallen man. Put this on your must read list. I guarantee you will not regret the decision."

Calling The Fires of Lilliput "enthralling and inspiring," Kerry wrote, "One is drawn into the very heart and soul of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things during ultimately stressful times."  





Now onto selections from The Dark Years: 1939-45.  Click the pix on the banner for your copies at this link:

Nazi troops take her family's farm, forcing Magda Novak to find another life in The Girl From the Mountains, a title from leading historical fiction publisher Bookoutoure. 


Four years later, Hitler's men come for Magda's new life, at the Czech villa of a Jewish doctor, Tauber, and his family where she works as a nanny.

Just before the soldiers lead Dr. Tauber and his wife away, they entrust their infant son Samuel to Magda. She hides him while forced to serve the Nazis who commandeer the Tauber's villa for an assault on resistance fighters in the surrounding mountains.

Magda manages to smuggle the infant -- and information -- to the resistance, walking a treacherous tightrope as a kind of double agent. 


"Magda is a character I will never forget," Amazon reader Abisue says. "I struggled, ran, cried and finally pulled with Magda much as it was frightening and difficult, to do whatever it took to survive."

GET The Girl From the Mountains AT:





Pearl Harbor is THE well-known World War II attack on US soil, by Japanese forces from the air.   

But as the war was turning against Hitler, he planned a sea-based US attack, code named Operation Magpie, targeting New York City with bombs from German submarines. 

Operation Teardrop was the US Navy's plan to stop Operation Magpie -- and the title of USA Today bestselling author KC Sivil's take on the espionage, propaganda, infighting, suspense, and destruction behind the real-life Operation Teardrop.

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Meanwhile, please check out my Goodreads Giveaway for The Trouble, about an Irish homicide detective pursuing a serial killer exacting revenge for crimes connected to high-ranking Catholic Church officials.

ENTER the Goodreads Giveaway for The Trouble at:





IN CRIMSY, A YOUNG SCIENTIST and her research team must rescue the greatest discovery in history from the universities, governments, and trillionaires fighting to keep it for themselves. A realistic take on science and discovery 20  years from now, Crimsy is perfect for fans of Andy Weir and Michael Crichton.

◆◆◆◆◆"Loved it! Amazing plot. Very insightful on the scientific parts of the story. Great writing."

◆◆◆◆◆ "Scientific backstory excellent!"

◆◆◆◆◆ "Paints a picture of true scientists and the values they share. I recommend this to those who enjoy good dialogue, thrillers, and realistic fiction."

◆◆◆◆◆ "My type of book ... great characters, lots of thought-provoking problem solving."

◆◆◆◆◆ "Parts of this book would make a GREAT movie."

◆◆◆◆◆"A funny, thought-provoking, and well-written story of space exploration, politics, and the moral issues of scientific investigation."

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Send me your snail mail address and a short list of your science fiction favorites, and for ONE LUCKY READER, I'll send one of two remaining Advance Reader Copies of Crimsy AND one of my non-fiction source books for Crimsy, The Sirens of Mars by Sarah Stewart Johnson. US only, postage paid by me.


NEWLY WIDOWED AND STRUGGLING with single fatherhood, Silhouette hero and small-town prosecutor Ben Harper investigates a murder and uncovers racially-charged secrets that threaten a charismatic Black mayor's ambitious plans for New Orleans.

◆◆◆◆◆ "A fascinating read, clear and suspenseful, all the way until the end. Keeps the reader guessing and turning the page. This is a complex tale with lots of character."  

◆◆◆◆◆ "The author does a wonderful job expressing the intricacies and nuances of race in America."

◆◆◆◆◆ "Ben Harper is smart, anchored, educated, and cares about his people. Unlike many previous portrayals of Black detectives that play to various stereotypes, Ben is worthy of Black readers' admiration."

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Thank you so much for reading!

Until next time,

Michael Martin

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